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Commissioners Discuss Possible County Improvement District

Monday, Walker County Commissioners discussed the possibility of establishing a County Improvement District. It would mostly be located in western Walker County should it be created by an election.

Precinct #3 Commissioner Bill Daugette explained the concept to commissioners . . . .

Precinct #2 Commissioner White raised a question in reference to any funds raised . . . .

Commissioner Daugette passed along what he planned to do . . . .

Funds must be spent in the improvement district in which it is for.

Assistant District Attorney Quentin Russell will also look into the matter.

A Few Summer Jobs Available For Kids With County Maintenance

Maintenance Director Marvin Cannon informed commissioners at their meeting Monday that, “With the summer months approaching quickly and the increased workload to the Maintenance Department, there’s times that we have to be in three or four different places at the same time, at one time . . . .

It would be two part-time and one full-time position classified as temporary and funded by budgeted funds. The persons hired would be supervised at all times. Mr. Cannon said they would work with various schools looking for the right candidates. Commissioners approved.

President Firm On Sanctions Until Denuclearization Of North Korea

The upcoming talks with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un is still much on the minds of reporters.

At Monday’s White House Press Briefing, Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was asked by ABC Reporter Jonathan Karl, “On North Korea, is the president willing to accept anything short of complete denuclearization before lifting any sanctions?. . . .

SHSU Alumna Receives Texas Superintendent of the Year Award and National Nomination

In its nearly 150 years of service to the world, education has played a center role in the existence of the university for its long history of preparing teachers to accomplish their aspirations and inspire future generations.
Sam Houston State University alumna and Lufkin ISD superintendent LaTonya Goffney is a prime example of how education can change lives.

As the 2018 Texas nominee for National Superintendent of the Year and the Texas Association of School Boards’ selected Superintendent of the Year, Goffney is known for putting into full force the motto, “Those who believe can achieve.”

Holding her bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees from Sam Houston State University College of Education, Goffney has served for six years as superintendent of Lufkin ISD, a school district of 8,200 students in east Texas.
A native of Coldspring, Texas, she began her career as a language arts teacher in Coldspring-Oakhurst ISD. Goffney served as an assistant principal, principal and superintendent in that district before her move to Lufkin.

Spring Commencement Ahead At SHSU

Rick Hartley, Arcilla Acosta and State Representatives Trent Ashby and Tom Oliverson are the confirmed speakers for Sam Houston State University’s 2018 Spring Commencements taking place from May 10-12 in the Bernard G. Johnson Coliseum.

On May 10 at 7 p.m., Rick Hartley will address graduates from the College of Criminal Justice.

He’s a media professional who served as Executive Director of the 100 Club, Hartley is a 1992 SHSU graduate with his master’s degree in criminal justice management.

On May 11 at 9:30 a.m., Representative Trent Ashby will address graduates from the College of Business Administration and College of Fine Arts and Mass Communication.

Sworn into the Texas House of Representatives in 2013, Representative Ashby has served on the House Natural Resources Committee and the House Committee on Appropriations.

On May 11 at 2:30 p.m., Arcilla Acosta will address graduates from the College of Sciences and Engineering Technology and College of Fine Arts and Mass Communication.

As an entrepreneur, nationally recognized speaker, philanthropist and mother, Acosta is the President and CEO of CARCON Industries and Construction.

On May 12 at 9:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., Representative Tom Oliverson will address graduates from the College of Education, College of Health Sciences and College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Representative Oliverson represents Texas’ 130th State House District in northwest Harris County.

Commissioners Recently Looked At Cattle Guard Issues

Commissioners brought up the issue of cattle guards on County roads at their last court session.

On our “Around Town” program over the weekend, Precinct #2 Walker County Commissioner Ronnie White passed along, “There was an issue with the cattle crossing one of them with some of the land owners.”

He said in court “a lady was there explaining she was having some issues . . . .”

Texas Ads 32,000 Nonfarm Positions In March

The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate held steady at 4.0 percent in March and remains below the U.S. unemployment rate of 4.1 percent. The Texas economy added 32,000 seasonally adjusted nonfarm jobs in March, which marked 21 consecutive months of employment growth. Over the year, Texas added 294,100 jobs for an annual employment growth rate of 2.4 percent in March.

Lane Closures On SH 19 Announced For Saturday

On Saturday morning, April 21st, beginning at 2 a.m., southbound SH 19 at I-45 southbound will be closed until 10 a.m. This closure is necessary to set concrete traffic barriers on southbound SH 19 adjacent to the on-going construction operations of the proposed new southbound SH 19 flyover.

The construction of the six-mile widening project, Segment 1B of IH 45 from 0.5 miles north of Vick Springs Road to 0.3 miles north of SH 19 is under way. This project will widen IH 45 to six lanes and will replace the State Park Road 40 bridges and southbound SH 19 Flyover. During the 3-year project, multiple lane shifts and relocation of traffic will take place at various times to accommodate construction activity.

I-45 and SB SH 19 will also be closed at various times for safety of the traveling public and construction workers. The reconstruction of IH-45 will take place in two major phases. Phase 1 is under way and will include the addition of Veteran’s Memorial Bridge, northbound SH 19 Bridge and a new southbound SH 19 flyover.  Phase 2, will include replacement of the Park Road 40 bridges. Johnson Bros. Corporation, a Southland Company, was awarded the construction contract for the amount of $116,878,722.89.

For more information, contact Bobby.Colwell@txdot.gov or (979) 778-9764.

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