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LEARNINGRx IS HOSTING AND SPONSORING THE OCTOBER 2020 BUSINESS AFTER HOURS

Make plans to attend Huntsville-Walker County Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours on TUESDAY, October 27 sponsored by LearningRx NOW located at 49 Hwy 75 North. The event will begin at 5:15 pm.

Business After Hours is just one of the monthly networking events provided by the Chamber. The event gives Chamber members an opportunity to meet informally at local business establishments, to visit and share ideas and opinions, socialize, make business contacts, meet new people, and learn more about their host’s business.

All Chamber members are invited and encouraged to bring their business cards to network with other members. There will be beverages and hors d’oeuvres to enjoy, door prizes and the $50 Cash Pot to give away to a lucky member present.

FOREST SERVICE ANNOUNCES STUBBLEFIELD LAKE BRIDGE CONSTRUCTION

Construction of the Stubblefield Lake Bridge replacement on Stubblefield Lake Road in the National Forest and Grasslands in Texas, Sam Houston National Forest, will begin approximately October 19.  Construction is expected to be finished in Spring 2021.

The construction area will be marked with signs, and locations around the construction site will be closed for safety.  The includes areas near the bridge, bridge road approaches and boat ramp.

Boaters will need to avoid the area around the construction site.  The damaged bridge will be removed and replaced.  Work will include reconstructing east and west approaches to the bridge.

Visitors need to remain clear of all construction activities and follow all signs related to the construction project.

The new bridge will include pedestrian walkways on both sides of the bridge.

The bridge was damaged in 2017 by floodwaters from Hurricane Harvey.

For more information, visit their website www.fs.usda.gov/texas.

 

 

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE

The Walker County Office of Emergency Management reports that among regular county residents as of, yesterday, Thursday, October 15, there were 760 active cases of coronavirus reported, with1,705 recovered and 14 deaths.

Among TDCJ offenders in the county, there were 15 active cases reported, with 1,978 recovered and 37 deaths.

Among TDCJ employees in the county, there were 82 active cases reported with 379 recovered.

The free coronavirus drive-though program is underway at 125 Medical Park Lane in Huntsville. The hours are Monday through Friday, 4 to 8 PM, and Saturday 8 AM to Noon and Sunday 4 to 8 PM. Appointments are no longer required, and results are returned in 3 to 5 days.

EARLY VOTING UPDATE

Walker County Elections Manager Julie Cooper informs us:

There were a total of 1,442 voters checked-in during early voting Thursday for the November 3rd General Election here in Walker County. This makes for a total of 4,721 voters checked-in during early voting, so far. 

Early Voting in-person resumed at the Walker County Storm Shelter today at  8 and will continue until 5 this afternoon.  Early voting in-person will also be offered at the Storm Shelter tomorrow, Saturday, 1 to 5 PM.

TxDOT CLOSURE THIS WEEKEND

Beginning at 10 PM Saturday, October 17th, 2020, and ending at 5 AM Sunday, October 18th, 2020, IH 45 southbound will be closed, weather permitting. All IH 45 southbound traffic must exit using the temporary exit ramp at the south of PR 40 (Exit 103). Traffic will be directed to frontage roads to access IH 45 at the entrance ramps at New Waverly. Motorists should expect delays and may want to consider an alternate route.   Drivers should exercise caution and be prepared for extended delays during this closure.

The reason for the southbound IH 45 lane closures is to allow TxDOT to install overhead sign trusses that crossover the IH 45 southbound main lane safely, which is part of a larger project to reconstruct seven miles of IH 45 in this area to decrease traffic congestion and travel times, and to increase safety along the route.

DAY #4 OF SUPREME COURT NOMINATION HEARING

Democrats on Thursday tried to stop the nomination of Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barett.

Here, for example, is committee member Senator Richard Blumenthal addressing Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham . . . .

Thursday, the Democrats brought forth witnesses who spoke about how Barrett’s rulings in the future could impact Americans negatively. Witnesses from the American Bar Association called Ms. Barrett ”well qualified.”

Republicans being in the majority on the panel, approved Senator Graham’s motion which set the vote on the nomination for October 22 at 1 PM.  Next, the full Senate would vote a couple of days later.

Governor Abbott, HHSC Announce More Than $20 Million For Disaster Crisis Counseling Services

Governor Greg Abbott has announced the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) will receive more than $20 million in additional federal funding for disaster crisis counseling services for Texans impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The funding is provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Regular Services Crisis Counseling Program.

HHS Deputy Executive Commissioner of Intellectual Developmental & Behavioral Health Services, Sonja Gaines, said, “This grant allows Texas families to have greater access to the services they need during this challenging time.”

For additional resources, visit the Mental Health & Substance Use Resources web page. Texas residents can dial 2-1-1 to learn about programs and services.

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE

The Walker County Office of Emergency Management reports that as of yesterday, Wednesday, October 14, there were 755 active cases of coronavirus reported among regular county residents, with 1,696 recovered and 14 deaths.

Among TDCJ offenders in the county there were 15 active cases reported, with 1,983 recovered and 37 deaths.

Among TDCJ employees in the county, there were 84 active cases reported with 377 recovered.

The free coronavirus drive-though program is underway at 125 Medical Park Lane in Huntsville. The hours are Monday through Friday, 4 to 8 PM, and Saturday 8 AM to Noon and Sunday 4 to 8 PM. Appointments are no longer required, and results are returned in 3 to 5 days.

There will be a free mobile COVID testing for Walker County residents today at Riverside Baptist Church at 2359 FM 980. Walk-ins are welcome from 10 AM to 8 PM.

EARLY VOTING UPDATE

Walker County Election Manager Julie Cooper informs us:

There were a total of 1,554 voters checked-in during early voting Wednesday for the November 3rd General Election here in Walker County. This makes for a total of 3,279 voters checked-in during early voting, so far. 

Early Voting in-person resumed today at the Walker County Storm Shelter, 8:00am – 5:00pm and will continue through October 30th.

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