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CORONAVIRUS & TESTING UPDATE

The Walker County Office of Emergency Management reports that as of Monday, April 5, yesterday, DSHS, hospitals and clinics reported1,596 active cases of Coronavirus and 70 fatalities among members of the community.

Free Curative testing kiosks are located at 125 Medical Park Lane. All testing is by appointment only through Curative.com daily from 8 AM until 5 PM. To find additional COVID-19 Test Sites, go to Curative.com.

SHSU STUDENT SELECTED TO ATTEND SPECIAL LINK PROGRAM

Sam Houston State University junior, Jackera Davis, was one of only 32 students from a nationwide search selected to attend the LINK program for Acting & Musical Theatre.

The national program is designed to connect students to potential agents and opportunities through workshops and a showcase, and only 3% of applicants are accepted.

One of three previous SHSU musical theatre students who attended the program nominated Davis. She was nominated both her freshman and sophomore years as well, but this March, after the third try, she was accepted.

Davis said the experience changed how she views herself and how the program gave her a lot more confidence.

GOVERNOR ABBOTT RECENTLY PROVIDED AN UPDATE ON OPERATION LONE STAR IN WESLACO

Governor Greg Abbott recently held a press conference in Weslaco where he provided an update on Texas’ response to the humanitarian crisis at the southern border through Operation Lone Star. Prior to the press conference, the Governor received a briefing from the Texas Department of Public Safety and local law enforcement on the ongoing crisis at the border.

Since the launch of Operation Lone Star on March 4th, DPS has made 598 criminal arrests and made over 16,000 referrals of illegal immigrants to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection. This averaged out to 21 criminal arrests per day and more than 571 referrals per day to border patrol. The operation has also led to the seizure of 14 pounds of cocaine, 23 fire arms, and millions of dollars in currency, and the arrests of nine gang members involved in the movement of this contraband.

Governor Abbott also highlighted the rise in violence at the border, detailing stories of abuse, assault, rape, and attempted murder of migrants at the hands of smugglers and cartel members. The Governor recognized DPS Trooper Curtis Woodard, who helped rescue a mother and her six-month old baby who were thrown from a raft into the river by cartel members. The Governor noted that the Biden Administration’s continued refusal to secure the border has perpetuated the sharp rise in illegal crossings and urged President Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris to take immediate action to end the humanitarian crisis.

Governor Abbott said, “Operation Lone Star is delivering results to keep our communities safe, but it is also exposing the continued failures of the Biden Administration to secure the border.”  He said, “I want to thank the men and women of the Texas Department of Public Safety, the National Guard, and U.S. Border Patrol for putting their lives on the line every day to secure the border, arrest dangerous criminals, and protect the victims of trafficking and smuggling. It is past time for the federal government to step up and secure the border, and I am urging the Biden Administration to take action now to save lives and get this crisis under control.”

The Governor was joined for the press conference and briefing by DPS Director Colonel Steve McCraw, Adjutant General of Texas Tracy Norris, members of the National Border Patrol Council, and local law enforcement.

CDC HAS NEW RULES FOR TRAVEL

If you haven’t heard, there are new rules from the CDC for travel. On Friday, CDC Director Rochelle Walensky passed along guidelines . . . .

In regard to traveling in and out of the United States, she said . . . .

Director Walensky also said, “Our guidance reiterates that all travelers, regardless of vaccination status should continue to wear masks on planes, buses, trains and other forms of transportation.”

WALKER COUNTY FAIR UPDATE

At the Walker County Fair this year, Kendyll Williams won Grand Champion Steer. Reserve Champion went to Mason Buhler.

Grand Champion for Scramble Heifers went to Shelby Warner. Reserve Champion went to Bethany Brock.

Grand Champion for Commercial Heifers went to Owen Slott. Reserve Champion went to Madison Andrews.

In Market Barrows, Grand Champion was Ashley Billnoske. Reserve Champion was awarded to Lillie Burris.

In Meat Rabbits, Cason Moorman got Grand Champion. Reserve Champion went to Kinley Cobbs.

In Market Lambs the Grand Champion Award went to Jordan Ellisor. Reserve Champion went to Kynley Davidson.

For Turkeys, the Grand Champion award went to Kaiden Rowley. The Reserve Champion award went to Mattie Wilson.

In Meat Goats, Grand Champion went to Kelsey Johnson. The Reserve Champion Award went to Cassidy Pool.

We congratulate all who entered in all categories. For more information, check out the Walker County Fair Association Facebook page.

OVERNIGHT I-45 NORTHBOUND CLOSURE

Beginning at 12 AM Tuesday, April 6, 2021 and ending at 4 AM Tuesday, April 6, 2021, the northbound lanes of IH-45 will be closed to traffic at Exit 102 in New Waverly. All northbound traffic will be detoured onto SH 75 at Shepherd Hill Road, Exit 98, and directed by law enforcement and signs back to the interstate at SH 150 in New Waverly.

The closure is necessary for construction crews to place the new overhead sign truss across the northbound IH-45 main lanes for Exit 102.

Drivers should exercise caution and expect delays during this closure, or seek alternate routes.

 

BECOME A CASA VOLUNTEER

Our guest on our “Around Town” public affairs program over the weekend was CASA of Walker, San Jacinto and Trinity Counties Training Coordinator, Janet Davidson.

If you’re interested in becoming a CASA volunteer to advocate for children, Janet told us . . . .

You can find out what it means to be a volunteer for CASA . . . .

For more info, go to CASAOFWALKERCOUNTY.ORG

CORONAVIRUS & TESTING UPDATE

The Walker County Office of Emergency Management reports that as of Friday, April 2nd, DSHS, hospitals and clinics report that there were 1,598 active cases of Coronavirus and 70 fatalities among members of the community.

Free Curative testing kiosks are located at 125 Medical Park Lane. All testing is by appointment only through Curative.com daily from 8 AM until 5 PM. To find additional COVID-19 Test Sites, go to Curative.com.

STATE SALES TAX REVENUE TOTALED $2.6 BILLION IN MARCH

STATE SALES TAX REVENUE TOTALED $2.6 BILLION IN MARCH

(AUSTIN) — Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar reported that state sales tax revenue totaled $2.63 billion in March, 2.4 percent less than in March 2020. This amount, however, includes some revenue remitted in March that in normal circumstances would have been received by the state in February.

The majority of March sales tax revenue is based on sales made in February and remitted to the agency in March. This year, however, the Feb. 22 due date for state taxes and fees to be reported and paid was extended by one week, to March 1, due to the effects of the winter storm. After adjusting the March totals to account for March 1 activity, March sales tax revenue totaled $2.46 billion, down 8.6 percent from March 2020.

Hegar said, “Adjusted for the effects of delayed payments due to the late February winter weather disaster, March state sales tax collections continued to slump below levels of a year ago.” He said, “Collections from all major sectors other than retail trade and restaurants continued to decline, led by depressed receipts from oil- and gas-related businesses.

He said, “Some of the trends established during the COVID-19 pandemic continued, as remittances from online retailers, building materials stores and sporting goods stores continued to show strong growth over the previous year. Clothing and accessories stores and furniture stores showed declines, likely due to store closures caused by widespread power outages.”

 

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