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National Book Awards Festival Monday

The National Book Awards Festival is getting underway in Huntsville today. National Book Awards Festival coordinator, Dr. Amanda Nowlin-O’Banion, tells us more . . . .

The main stage event is tonight at six with reading and discussion with guest authors Lisa Ko, Danez Smith and Jason Reynolds at the Gaertner Performing Arts Center. For a more complete schedule of activities and free tickets for tonight’s event, go online to SHSU.EDU/NBA.

Pond & Lake Workshop #1

Texas AgriLife County Extension Agent Reggie Lepley informs us that Pond & Lake Workshop #1, the first in a two-part workshop series will be held April 17th. Participants may attend one or both workshops.  Topics for this session will cover Water Management for new or newly refurbished ponds & lakes, fish selection and stocking, plus additional management needs during this time of year. Cost per participant is $10.00. Two hours of TDA CEU applicator credit will be available. If you have specific pond problems, bring your questions to the workshop.

Additional program information can be obtained from the Walker County Texas AgriLife Extension office at (936) 435-2426   or .

Mike Pompeo Questioned In Senate Confirmation Hearing

Thursday, current CIA Director Mike Pompeo answered questions during his senate confirmation hearing for Secretary of State under the Trump administration . . . .

He was questioned on everything from a ground invasion of North Korea to Russia’s meddling in the U-S elections. From, if he thinks Robert Mueller’s investigation of the president is a witch hunt, to his private conversations with president Trump. Pompeo appeared very supportive of the president.

Sales Tax Holiday For Emergency Supplies, April 28-30

With the potential for severe weather approaching this spring, Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar reminds Texans they can purchase certain items tax-free during the state’s sales tax holiday for emergency preparation supplies, from April 28 to April 30.

Hegar said, “This tax holiday allows people to save money while ensuring they have the supplies they need before an emergency situation occurs.”

There’s no limit on the number of qualifying items you can purchase. These include:

  • batteries, fuel containers and flashlights priced at less than $75;
  • hurricane shutters and emergency ladders priced at less than $300; and
  • portable generators priced at less than $3,000.

Purchases that do not qualify include:

  • batteries for automobiles, boats and other motorized vehicles;
  • camping stoves and camping supplies;
  • chainsaws;
  • plywood;
  • extension ladders and stepladders; and
  • tents.

 A list of emergency preparation supplies that may be purchased tax-free can be found on the Comptroller’s website.

The Comptroller’s office estimates shoppers will save more than $1.5 million in state and local sales taxes during the tax holiday, which was approved by lawmakers during the 2015 Texas Legislature.

Police News

In Huntsville Police news, on the day shift Tuesday several thefts were investigated:

–in the 2500 block of Sycamore Avenue, a known suspect failed to complete services paid for.

–in the 7000 block of Highway 75 South, an unknown suspect stole property.

–in the 900 block of Bearkat Boulevard, an unknown suspect used another’s identifying information to make purchases.

–in the 1500 block of Windwood an unknown person stole property.

–then again, in the 2500 block of Sycamore Avenue, a known suspect failed to complete services paid for.

In the 2700 block of Aberdeen Drive, John Lewis was arrested on a Parole Violation Warrant.

In the 800 block of Boettcher Mill Road, Ochie Smith was arrested on an out-of-county warrant.

On the night shift Tuesday, in the 700 block of El Road Elvis Kelley was arrested for resisting arrest, interfering with an emergency call and assault in family violence. He was also arrested for a parole violation warrant. In the 200 block of Watkins Street, Rodrick Smither was arrested for possession of a controlled substance, evading with a vehicle and DWI 3rd or more. In the 100 block of State Highway 30, Kashelton Alexander was arrested for an out-of-county warrant. In the same block, Stefan Dennis was arrested for possession of marijuana and felon in possession of a firearm.

Speaker Paul Ryan To Retire From Congress

Republican congressman from Wisconsin and Speaker of the House Paul Ryan has announced this is his last term.

He explained why to reporters Wednesday morning . . . .

Congressman Ryan said he plans to serve out his full term. He will be retiring in January.

He got more specific about why he is leaving . . . .

Huntsville Arts Commission Meets

The Huntsville Arts Commission will meet at five this afternoon at the Wynne Home Arts Center on 11th Street.

The Commission will hear citizen input and review funding for arts projects for Fiscal Year 2018-19.

They will also hear reports on Friends of the Wynne; the Texas Thyme Unit; and a staff report on facilities, programs, art projects, rentals and events. They will also distribute informational items.

SHSU Cheer Alumni To Train Team Norway 2019

Meagan Balentine, Sam Houston State University’s assistant spirit programs coach, shows no signs of slowing down. With over a decade of cheerleading experience, she along with Bearkat alumnus, Jesse Hulet, have been invited to coach the 2019 National All Girl Team and the National Coed Team in Norway.

For the first time, Team Norway will be picked from scratch and represented by independent athletes from different clubs within the country. In all, the pair will coach 48 athletes all over the age of 15. Both the Norway National All Girl Team and Norway National Coed Team will train to represent Team Norway at the International Cheer Union in Orlando, FL in the Premier Division. Tryouts begin April 14 in Oslo, Norway.

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