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FIGHT AT HUNTSVILLE HIGH SCHOOL WEDNESDAY

According to a press release to the Huntsville Item from Huntsville ISD, fighting occurred between several female students Wednesday at Huntsville High School’s auxiliary gym. Scrapes and bruises were suffered because of the incident.

Resource officers on campus responded to the incident and brought calm to the situation. Those involved were identified and sent to the campus administration authorities for disciplinary action conforming with the Student’s Code of Conduct.

IS HUNTSVILLE’S INFRASTRUCTURE READY FOR AN INFLUX OF RESIDENTS?

A lot of people are expected to move our way in the future.

We asked our recent guest on our public affairs “Around Town” program, Councilmember Paul Davidhizar, “Will the city’s infrastructure, not including streets and highways, be able to handle an expected influx of new citizens during the new decade? . . . .”

REPORT ON SAFE CITIES

The National Council for Home Safety and Security released its annual report on the safest cities in each U.S. state. The Safest Cities Report examines each city’s per-capita crime data to provide state rankings and simultaneously features cities that have made strides to improve or sustain a safe environment for their residents.

Texas, for example, saw a 4.9% decrease in violent crime and a 6.0% decrease in property crime since last year.

Twenty-two miles northeast of Austin lies Hutto, the safest city in Texas

Texas’ 2nd safest city is Fulshear, a city whose population went from just 700 in 2008 to an estimated 13,790 in 2020.

The colorfully named Trophy Club is Texas’ 3rd safest city. Similar in size to #2 Fulshear.

Number #4, Colleyville, is an affluent suburb of Dallas renowned for its excellent public school system.

And Murphy, another wealthy Dallas suburb, fills out the list of Texas’ five safest cities.

NEED FOR SECURITY ASSISTANCE FROM U-S TO MEXICO DISCUSSED

It’s not safe in several regions of Mexico for men, women and children because of the cartels. It’s not safe for journalists as a category, as well.

On Thursday, State Department and United States Agency for International Development officials spoke before a House Foreign Affairs subcommittee regarding security assistance from the U-S to Mexico.

Chairman Albio Sires among others addressed the committee . . . .

Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, Richard Glenn, confirms the intensity of the issues down south of the border . . . .

CONGRESSMAN BRADY ADDRESSES FULL COMMITTEE MARKUP OF HEALTH LEGISLATION

Our 8th District Congressman Kevin Brady, who is also the top Republican on the House Ways and Means Committee, has been working with Congressional leaders on medical issues for years.

This week, one of the issues he addressed the Full Committee Markup of Health Legislation on was surprise medical bills . . . .

GOP PRIMARY CANDIDATE MEET AND GREET MONDAY

The Republican Party of Walker County will host a Candidate Meet and Greet on Monday, February 17, 2020 at the Huntsville Public Library Community Room from 5:30-7:00pm.

This event will give the community an opportunity to meet the candidates seeking the nomination for the Texas 8th Congressional District, for District Judge for the 12thJudicial District as well as the local County incumbent candidates. Also invited will be the incumbent candidates for Commissioner Precinct 1, Danny Kuykendall and for Commissioner of Precinct 3, Bill Daugette as well as the Constables for all 4 County precincts, John Hooks, Shane Loosier, Steve Hill and Gene Bartee. Walker County Sheriff, Clint McRae and Walker County Tax Assessor-Collector, Diana McRae round out the incumbent positions on the 2020 Primary ballot.

Early voting begins Tuesday February 18, 2020 with the Primary Election on March 3, 2020.

WILLIS ISD CALLS FOR BOND ELECTION

The Courier reports that the Willis Independent School District’s Long Term Planning Committee has called for a $175 million bond election scheduled for May 2nd. It will include three propositions that include new facilities for sports and a new pre-kindergarten center.

Referred to as Proposition B, it contains a new stadium at a cost of $50 million, a relocation of the of the school’s softball and baseball fields for $9.6 million, also $2.2 million for a new track to be relocated and $550,000 for tennis.

GROUNDBREAKING FOR PRESIDENTIAL BUST SITE AHEAD

You’re invited to a groundbreaking ceremony for the David Adickes Presidential Bust Project on Monday, February 17th at 11 AM at the HEARTS Veterans Museum. This event is being hosted by the Veteran’s Museum and the Huntsville/Walker County Chamber of Commerce. David Adickes will be in attendance, and following the groundbreaking he will have a question and answer period regarding the project.

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