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The Walker County Office of Emergency Management passed along that as of Tuesday, June 29th, DSHS reports 15 total active cases of Coronavirus with 131 total Coronavirus fatalities among members of the community. There were ten new community cases reported since June 29th.
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.
The SHSU Bearkats celebrated their national championship win with a parade through Huntsville Monday. Our radio station was on hand for the celebration along with a lot of Bearkat fans.
Commissioner Jimmy Henry was there for the County. Mayor Andy Brauninger read a proclamation from the City. . . .
The Voice of the Bearkats, Rob Hipp, was there to welcome the Bearkats once they arrived at the celebration stage . . . .
President Biden said over the weekend that he has no plans to veto a bipartisan infrastructure bill if it comes without a reconciliation package. One bill offers $579 billiion in beginning funds for $1.2 trillion in improvements of America’s roads, bridges and broadband. The second piece of legislation would be more oriented to issues such as childcare, health care, climate change, and education and passed through reconciliation.
At Monday’s White House press conference, Press Secretary Jen Psaki explained . . . .
Looking over Police news over the weekend:
Last Friday, police were called to a terroristic threat in the 100 block of Blanco Drive. Known suspects damaged property in the 2200 block of Sam Houston. Police were called to a stalking case in the 1600 block of Sycamore. A license plate was reported stolen in the 900 block of Veterans. A known suspect sexually assaulted a child at a Westridge location. A revolver was found in the 300 block of MLK. In a case of aggravated assault, a known person threatened another with a deadly weapon in the 500 block of Normal Park.
On Saturday, police investigated a case of harassment in the 2500 block of Lake Road.
On Sunday, a phone was reported stolen in the 100 block of I-45. In the 100 block of Normal Park, a catalytic converter was stolen. In the 7000 block of State Highway 75, Aaron Payne was arrested for possession of marijuana, possession of a controlled substance, resisting arrest and evading with previous conviction.
Sam Houston State University incoming freshman Ramon Castaneda III was recently announced as a winner of the Texas State University System (TSUS) Foundation – Edmund P. Kuempel Scholarship.
The scholarship, awarded by the TSUS Foundation Board, is given to students who display excellent academic achievement and commitment to community service. Castaneda, a Forensic Chemistry major, was one of 11 students system-wide who earned the award and as a selected scholarship recipient, he will receive a one-time, $5,000 grant for the Fall-2021 academic semester.
Castaneda’s extensive volunteer work in Waco, Texas while attending Midway High School made him stand out as a candidate. While dedicating much of his time to tutoring and mentoring students as part of the Midway High School homework club, Castaneda also worked with Voice Inc. in central Texas, a nonprofit that empowers children to lead healthy and productive lives by teaching critical life skills.
From the New Waverly Fire Department, Jimmy Williams reports a driver pulling a horse trailer had just entered the northbound lanes of I-45 Sunday morning when he noticed an 18 wheeler approaching him from behind. The big rig struck the rear of the horse trailer and the force of the collision sheared off the trailer frame near the gooseneck connector. The 18 wheeler continued to push the now unattached trailer, passing the astonished driver of the tow vehicle before trailing off the shoulder and into the grass before finally coming to a stop. Miraculously, the horse trailer remained upright as it was pushed several hundred yards by the 18 wheeler, and the horse survived with no significant injuries.
New Waverly Firefighters soon arrived and although there were no human injuries, the already stressed horse was in danger of overheating and crews quickly went to work to free him. A tow truck operator hooked up to the front of the horse trailer and pulled it away from the 18 wheeler, allowing rescuers enough room to force open the rear door and free the animal. New Waverly FD District Chief Byron Robinson remarked that although the horse “was ready to get out of there”, it appeared to be in good condition in spite of the ordeal.
There were no reported injuries, and DPS Troopers are conducting the crash investigation.
Governor Greg Abbott is urging County Judges across Texas to submit their 2-year projected budget for expenses related to the ongoing border crisis. These projections, submitted through the online Border Budget Forecast Form, will be used by the State of Texas to request additional border security funding from the Legislature during the upcoming Special Session.
The governor said, “As the Biden Administration continues to ignore the crisis at the border, the State of Texas is stepping in to ensure our counties have the resources and support they need to keep their communities safe.” He said, “I urge County Judges to fill out the Border Budget Forecast Form by July 9th to ensure the State of Texas has the information needed to secure additional funding to combat the ongoing crisis at our southern border.”
Regarding the building collapse in Surfside, Florida, early this morning Fox News reported at least nine dead and over 150 reported missing. Family members of those missing were transported by bus to a site where they could observe rescue teams at work.
The City of Huntsville is asking the community to join them in a parade this evening in honor of the 2020 NCAA Division I Football National Champion Sam Houston Bearkats. The parade will begin at 6:30 this evening starting on 19th street, then travel down Sam Houston Avenue, and turn west on 11th Street and end on Ray Black Drive.
At around 6:45 there will be a ceremony outside the courthouse to honor the Bearkats first FCS national title. Mayor Andy Brauninger and County Judge Danny Pierce will read the proclamations, and KSAM’s voice of the Bearkats, Robb Hipp, will be the celebration’s Master of Ceremonies, formally introducing the National Champions.
The TDCJ website reports that:
Inmates in Texas prisons will soon have access to secure tablets that are able to deliver educational, vocational, religious, and legal materials along with messaging and numerous other programs.
At the Friday meeting of the Texas Board of Criminal Justice, it was announced that the competitively bid contract was awarded to Securus. The company will provide each eligible inmate a tablet at no cost to them or the state. In addition to installing the infrastructure, the agency will also receive command control tablets for correctional staff.
The tablets are managed through a secure internal network and they will be unable to access the internet.