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Early Voting Update

Walker County elections manager Julie Cooper reports that the total number of voters checked-in during the first day of early voting, Tuesday, February 20th was ­­­494; of those voters, 34 voted in the Democratic Primary, and 460 in the Republican Primary.

Primary elections are unique in that they are elections held by each individual political party to determine which candidates will appear on the November General Election ballot. Voters may cast their vote in either the Democratic Primary Election or the Republican Primary Election, Monday thru Friday, 8:00 am thru 5:00 pm between now and Friday, March 2nd at the Walker County Annex, Room 101. Election Day will be Tuesday, March 6th.

2018 Wall Of Honor Recipients At SHSU

The SHSU College of Humanities and Social Sciences honored four individuals on Feb. 16th who brought distinction and honor to the college through their accomplishments and service.

Selected for recognition on the 2018 Wall of Honor were, alumni Robert Mann and George Miles Jr., and faculty members Mary Alice Conroy and Ralph Pease III.

The ceremony took place at 5:30 p.m. in the Lowman Student Center Ballroom at Sam Houston State University, followed by a dinner honoring the recipients.

Community Invited To Huntsville ISD CTE Student Showcase

Huntsville ISD celebrates February as Career & Technical Education (CTE) Month. “Celebrate Today, Own Tomorrow!” is the theme and the perfect time to call attention to the district’s Career & Technical Education Department. They are very proud to spotlight the outstanding course offerings at Huntsville High School as well as a variety of internships, licensing, and certification opportunities made available to our students. Come see first-hand what their students are learning as they share their projects in a wide variety of programs at a CTE Student Showcase this Thursday, February 22. They invite parents, community members, and business leaders to this come & go style Public Open House from 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm in the Huntsville High School small practice gymnasium located at 515 FM 2821 East. Attendees should enter campus from FM 2821 onto Hornet Way and park in the back lot across from the Joe Clements Field House. The public access point for this event will be the rear campus entrance by the Commons area. Directional signage will be available for those who are unfamiliar with the campus. For more information please call, 936-435-6132.

Free Basic Computer Classes

Do you want to get more comfortable with computers or update your skills? If your answer is yes, then register for free Basic Computer Classes held at the Huntsville Public Library. Classes will be on Tuesdays in March from 10 – 11 a.m. These classes will feature using the mouse, typing, emailing, and Internet browsing. Class size is limited and registration is required. A library card is needed to participate in the classes. If you don’t have a card, bring your ID. Adults 17 and older can register for classes online at, or call the IT Reference Desk at 936-291-5485.

Congressman Brady Visits Huntsville

Congressman Kevin Brady visited Huntsville Monday afternoon and addressed those attending from the community at the Chamber on several issues, including the deficit, social security, minimum wage, immigration, DACA and a visa tracking system.

Initially, the congressman’s primary focus was on the recent successful passage of a tax reform bill. Mr. Brady, Chairman of the House, Ways and Means committee is proud of how the new bill is affecting the economy in a positive way . . . .

Early Voting Underway

In early voting, voters may cast their vote in either the Democratic Primary Election or the Republican Primary Election beginning today at the Walker County Annex, Room 101.

Early voting will continue Monday thru Friday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm until Friday, March 2nd. All voters registered in Walker County may cast their vote for either primary election at the Walker County Annex during this time. Election Day will then be Tuesday, March 6th, polls will be open from 7:00 am – 7:00 pm. Voters will be required to vote at their precinct of registration on Election Day.

City Council Meets Tonight

The Huntsville City Council meets for a regular session at six this evening at City Hall.

Prior to the meeting, at 5 PM, they will hold a Work Session where councilmembers will hear information on debt issuance and bond proposition timelines.

Tonight’s “Consent Agenda” includes the authorization of several purchases, including;

–a replacement network and server equipment for the IT Department for $73,500

–a change order with Timberline Constructors for $60,000 for roof repairs to the Statue Visitors Center

–a construction contract for the Wells 18 and 19 Connector Project

–and a variety of equipment and parts for Public Works for $91,500

Tonight’s “Statutory Agenda” includes possible action on several items:

–an application to the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs for Housing Tax Credits for a development named Huntsville Estates to develop affordable rental housing

–directing the City staff to make the remainder of the property at 1930A Sam Houston Avenue available for sale to the public

–authorizing the interim City Manager to enter into a contract with Architects Design Group for the design of the Huntsville Police and Fire department Proposition/Bond Project #1

–authorizing the proper officials to proceed with all documents and processes in connection with the sale of Proposition #3 bonds for water and sewer projects.

Tonight, interim City Manager Aron Kulhavy will discuss possible action on the Council’s 2018 Strategic Plan.

In closed “Executive Session” tonight, the council will consult with counsel on legal matters to receive legal advice on litigation regarding Kimberly Webb—an attorney may speak by conference call.

Police News

In Huntsville Police news, looking back over the past several days:

On the day shift Friday in a burglary of a vehicle in the 3000 block of Glen Court and in the 3000 block of Old Houston Road, the property was recovered in the 3000 block of Old Houston Road. A building was burglarized in the 900 block of Avenue H. An aggravated assault was investigated in the 700 block of Avenue G. Police were dispatched to an assault in the 300 block of MLK.

On the night shift Friday at State Highway 19 and 2821, Melissa Bass was arrested for out of county warrants and possession of a controlled substance. At the same location, Shannon Etheredge was arrested for possession of a controlled substance.

On the night shift Saturday at Angier Road and Sam Houston Avenue, Lance Carter and Betty Bright were arrested for possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia. At the same location, Kendra Harrison was arrested for possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia.

On the night shift Sunday, firearms were reported stolen from a residence in the 1500 block of Pine Street. A report was filed at the police station regarding a tailgate that was stolen.

Regents Approve New Degree Programs And Design Of Art Complex

New Sam Houston State University degree programs and the design for a new Art Complex were among the items approved by the Texas State University System Board of Regents at their regular quarterly meeting in Beaumont on February 15th.

In SHSU academic affairs, Regents authorized three degree program additions – a Bachelor of Arts in French, a Master of Fine Arts in Digital Media Productions and a Master of Science in Nursing. Regents also approved an online graduate certificate in Political Science.

Authorized credit hour change requests included a semester credit hour increase from 32 to 33 for the Master of Science with a major in Biology and a semester credit hour decrease from 133 to 129 for the Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy.

Within planning and construction, Regents approved the design prepared by Kirksey Architecture for a new Art Complex.

In other business, an amendment to the University’s food service contract with ARAMARK was approved. The University was authorized to enter into an agreement with Commemorative Brand, Inc. dba Balfour (CBI) to design, manufacture and market the official ring of SHSU. The University was also authorized to enter into an agreement with Barnes and Noble College Booksellers LLC for bookstore operations.

TxDOT On Campaign Sign Rules

TxDOT’s Bobby Colwell reminds everyone that during campaign season, the landscape blooms with a special kind of flower–the political sign.  Unlike wildflowers that are welcome anywhere, putting campaign signs on public land is illegal.

  • It is illegal to place any signs on or within the right of way.  This includes posting signs on trees, telephone poles, traffic signs and other objects on the right of way.
  • Campaign signs along Texas roads can be placed on private property with the owner’s permission.  Signs must be made of lightweight material and be no larger than 50 square feet.
  • Campaign signs may be posted as early as 90 days before an election (no earlier) and must be removed within 10 days after the election.
  • Before placing a sign inside of incorporated city limits, check with the city for applicable ordinances.

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