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EARLY VOTING UPDATE

Walker County Elections Manager Julie Cooper informs us that the total number of voters checked-in for the first day of early voting Tuesday, February 18th was 227, with a total of 67 voters voting in the Democratic Primary and 160 voters voting in the Republican Primary.

Early Voting will continue until Friday, February 28th at the Walker County Annex, Room 101.

UPDATE ON SENIOR LIVING HOUSING DEVELOPMENT

At Tuesday’s Huntsville City Council regular session, councilmembers considered a resolution in support of an application to the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs for Housing Tax Credits for Fish Pond Living at Huntsville, a senior rental housing development proposed to be located in the 100 block of FM 247.

Councilmember Beebe commented on the resolution . . . .

Mayor Pro Tem and Ward #4 Councilmember Joe Rodriguez also commented on the matter . . . .

Councilmembers voted to approve the resolution.

SHSU ETHICS TEAM STRIVES FOR MORE THAN A MORAL VICTORY

The newly established Sam Houston State University Ethics Team recently competed in their first-ever Texas Regional Ethics Bowl (TREB). Despite being a first-year program, SHSU finished third in the competition and are now preparing for the National Collegiate Ethics Bowl in Atlanta, Georgia on Feb. 22-23.

Out of the 26 teams that competed at TREB, only four are moving on to nationals. Teams from across the country will debate different ethics topics in front of a panel of judges. These ethics cases can range from questions about medicine, law, engineering, climate, research, animal rights, socio-economic policy, warfare, business and beyond. Teams must form a cohesive argument and master the moral dimensions of each case, while being ready to answer any question from the judging panel.

BLUEGRASS BAND COMING TO SHSU

Legendary bluegrass group, The Travelin’ McCourys, have certainly done a lot of traveling in their career and show no signs of slowing. Currently headlining historic venues and festivals across the country, the 2019 Grammy award-winning group for “Best Bluegrass Album” will take to the Gaertner Performing Arts Center stage on Feb. 20 at 7:30 p.m. for an intimate performance hosted by Sam Houston State University’s College of Arts & Media.

Tickets for the show are currently on sale with prices ranging from $15-$40. All SHSU students will have the opportunity to secure one free ticket beginning January 20, if ordered online.

For more information or to reserve tickets, please follow the link: www.shsutickets.com.

HEARTS MUSEUM BREAKS GROUND FOR UPCOMING PRESIDENTIAL PARK

The groundbreaking ceremonies for the planned Presidential Park filled with huge busts of presidents through Obama was held outside the HEARTS Veterans Museum Monday, and then everyone went inside the museum to get their questions answered.

Sculptor David Adickes was there. Mr. Adickes, a well-known sculptor of many famous creations, also sculpted the Sam Houston Statue on I-45.

The artist was raised right here in Huntsville, and he reminisced to the crowd . . . .

President of the HEARTS Museum Board, Kenneth Lee, addressed the those in attendance about the future Presidential Park exhibit, a large picture next to him depicted it , , , ,

The busts are, at present, in Houston. Project Manager Don Martinez passed along some of the logistics of the coming park . . . .

According to Museum Director Tara Burnett, the project is not taxpayer funded but will be funded completely from grants and private donations. Museum Board President Lee commented more on this . . . .

The HEARTS Veterans Museum is located at 463 Highway 75 North. Their phone number is 295-5959.

LOCAL GOP HOLDS MEET AND GREET

Fourteen candidates or a representative for a candidate addressed a Walker County Republican Party Meet and Greet Monday at the Library’s Community Room. It was hosted by Republican County Chair Linda McKenzie. Local Republican County candidates, many of them running unopposed, expressed how the various members of the County government were working together cohesively.

Within the GOP race locally, a local field director for incumbent Congressman Kevin Brady, Brian Aldaco, passed along the results of the Congressman’s successful work on the new tax program, his work on lowering illegal border crossings and his work in the economic sector resulting in the rise in employment.

Two candidates are opposing Brady for the Republican nomination, Kirk Osborn and Melissa Esparza-Mathis. Osborn has been a consultant for large firms like Halliburton and does not think Brady was visible protecting the President during the opening accusations from the Democrats against the president regarding impeachment. Ms. Esparza-Mathis, a former Arabic-linguist for the U-S military, thinks it has actually been the President that has been doing Brady’s work.

Sample ballots for the early voting underway can be picked up at the Walker County Elections Department at the Annex. You may also find them online at co.walker.tx.us. Look under the current elections tab.

HUNTSVILLE CITY COUNCIL MEETS FOR REGULAR SESSION

he Huntsville City Council will meet for a regular session this evening at six at City Hall.

Previous to the meeting at 5 PM, there will be a presentation on the Economic Development Strategic Plan.

Among several items, Tonight’s “Consent Agenda” includes a Second Reading to enter into an agreement for Architectural Services for the design of Bond Prop 2 Projects including City Hall and the Service Center. There will also be a Second Reading amending the City’s Development Code. This agenda also includes authorization to apply for an H-GAC Criminal Justice Grant program for $84,268.

Included on tonight’s “Statutory Agenda” is considering the authorization of the City Manager to enter into a contract for a feasibility study on the Martin Luther King, Jr. Neighborhood Community Center.

The council will also consider a resolution in support of the passage of Congressional Bill HR 759, the Ysleta De Sur Pueblo and Alabama-Coushatta tribes of Texas Equal and Fair Opportunity Settlement Act.

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