KHVL News

The Latest News on The Hits

WALKER COUNTY REPORTS FIRST CASE OF COVID-19

Walker County is reporting the first case of COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, in a county resident. The person is male, in his early twenties, and the source of the infection is being investigated at this time.  This person was tested outside of Walker County.  He is currently experiencing mild symptoms and has been isolated at home.

The Texas Department of State Health Services is supporting Walker County in identifying any close contacts of the patient so they can be isolated and monitored for symptoms and quickly tested, if needed.

WALKER COUNTY REPORTS FIRST CASE OF COVID-19

Walker County is reporting the first case of COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, in a county resident. The person is male, in his early twenties, and the source of the infection is being investigated at this time. This person was tested outside of Walker County. He is currently experiencing mild symptoms and has been isolated at home.

The Texas Department of State Health Services is supporting Walker County in identifying any close contacts of the patient, so they can be isolated and monitored for symptoms and quickly tested, if needed.

WALKER COUNTY CLERK AND DISTRICT CLERK OFFICES CLOSED TO PUBLIC WITH EXCEPTIONS

The Walker County Clerk and Walker County District Clerk have closed their offices.  The clerks’ offices will not assist customers in-person unless they have an actual court hearing on that date or a pre-arranged appointment.  This will extend for a duration of up to eight weeks.  All customers are urged to contact County Clerk Kari French at 936-436-4922 or via email at kfrench@co.walker.tx.us, or District Clerk Robyn Flowers at 936-436-4972 or via email at rflowers@co.walker.tx.us.

UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFIT SERVICES

On Tuesday, Gov. Greg Abbott waived the 10-day waiting period that is usually tied to unemployment benefits.

The Texas Workforce Commission’s website is at twc.texas.gov– click on unemployment.

If your employment has been affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19), apply for benefits either online at any time or by calling TWC’s Tele-Center at 800-939-6631 from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.

PHASE #3 OF CORONAVIRUS BILL STALLED

Phase #3 of the Coronavirus stimulus package remains uncertain after Senate Democrats did not add to the 60 required votes of approval to open debate on the coronavirus measure Sunday and then possibly pass the bill today.

Democrats complained that the package did not go far enough to provide health care and unemployment aid for Americans and did not put restraints on a proposed $500 billion “slush fund” for corporations. Democrats say the ban on corporate stock buy-backs are weak, and the limits on executive pay would last only two years.

Perhaps, some movement forward on the bill will take place today.

CITY CLOSING ALL OFFICES TO THE PUBLIC

The City of Huntsville will be closing all facilities to the public at 11:59 p.m. Friday, March 20, in accordance with the order issued by the Governor’s office, to remain in effect until further notice.

This effort is being made to prevent and reduce the spread of COVID-19. City Manager Aron Kulhavy stressed that limiting in-person contact according to CDC guidelines is of utmost importance. The public is encouraged to call or use the City’s website to conduct business. For more information, call 936-294-5700 or log on to www.HuntsvilleTX.gov.

What you need to know:

Huntsville City Hall – City Hall will no longer allow citizens to enter the building for their protection as well as the employees. You may make your utility payment at the drive-through or overnight drop at 1212 Avenue M. You may request a receipt by placing your email address on the back of the envelope and we will email a receipt. We currently accept money orders, check, and debit/credit cards. Customers can also log on to HuntsvilleTX.gov/PayBill. This service allows citizens to manage Utility Billing accounts, request new service or make changes to current service. For more information, call 936-291-5431.

Huntsville Police Department – The City of Huntsville has made the decision to close the public areas of the Police Department. A sign has been placed on the front door of the building with dispatch’s number for people to call, even if they come up to the PD during the day. Staff will not be bringing anyone into the station unless it is necessary, and no one will be brought into the lobby. If calls can be handled via public service, even report calls, then make that attempt. Online services are available at HuntsvilleTX.gov/Police or by calling 936-291-5480.

Huntsville Fire Department – Staff will be at stations for normal operations. Citizens can apply for burn permits online and call stations for non-life-threatening emergencies. Visit HuntsvilleTX.gov/Fire for more information.

Huntsville Municipal Court – Huntsville Municipal Court, in accordance with the Supreme Court of the United States and the City of Huntsville, will be dealing with the COVID-19 Virus by taking precautions with the public coming into the facility. Customer Service windows will be closed to the public, but if you are a defendant wanting to pay your ticket, please use our online credit card services at HuntsvilleTX.gov/PayBill. You may call the Huntsville Municipal Court at 936-291-5476 with any questions or concerns. All trials and hearings scheduled for the remainder of March and the entire month of April are being reset.  Reset notices will be sent to defendants by mail or at the address on file.  Defendants should ensure that the court has their correct address on file.  If you have moved since your case or citation was filed, inform the court as soon as possible either by phone at (936) 291-5476 or by email at mcourt@huntsvilletx.gov.

Service Center– Permits, Building Inspections, Engineering, Public Works, and Parks will be closed to the public; however, staff will be conducting business by phone, email or on the website at HuntsvilleTX.gov. Call 936-294-5700 to inquire about procedures and requirements to complete business transactions.

Solid Waste Transfer Station – Solid Waste services will continue, with the Transfer Station drive-through services remaining open for business. For more information, call 936-294-5712 or log on to HuntsvilleTX.gov/SolidWasteRecycling

Huntsville Public Library – The Library will remain closed to the public. All library loans can still be returned to the book drops, including the drive-through at the rear of the building. The Library offers many digital options, from online books to databases to continue education efforts. Log on to MyHuntsvilleLibrary.com for more.

The Wynne Home Arts and Visitors Center, Main Street, and Sam Houston Statue and Visitors Center were closed prior to the Governor’s order and will remain closed to the public.

Parks will remain open to the public. Citizens are encouraged to observe CDC guidelines regarding social distancing and cleanliness following activity in public.

CITY CLOSING ALL OFFICES TO THE PUBLIC

The City of Huntsville will be closing all facilities to the public at 11:59 p.m. Friday, March 20, in accordance with the order issued by the Governor’s office, to remain in effect until further notice.

This effort is being made to prevent and reduce the spread of COVID-19. City Manager Aron Kulhavy stressed that limiting in-person contact according to CDC guidelines is of utmost importance. The public is encouraged to call or use the City’s website to conduct business. For more information, call 936-294-5700 or log on to www.HuntsvilleTX.gov.

What you need to know:

Huntsville City Hall – City Hall will no longer allow citizens to enter the building for their protection as well as the employees. You may make your utility payment at the drive-through or overnight drop at 1212 Avenue M. You may request a receipt by placing your email address on the back of the envelope and we will email a receipt. We currently accept money orders, check, and debit/credit cards. Customers can also log on to HuntsvilleTX.gov/PayBill. This service allows citizens to manage Utility Billing accounts, request new service or make changes to current service. For more information, call 936-291-5431.

Huntsville Police Department – The City of Huntsville has made the decision to close the public areas of the Police Department. A sign has been placed on the front door of the building with dispatch’s number for people to call, even if they come up to the PD during the day. Staff will not be bringing anyone into the station unless it is necessary, and no one will be brought into the lobby. If calls can be handled via public service, even report calls, then make that attempt. Online services are available at HuntsvilleTX.gov/Police or by calling 936-291-5480.

Huntsville Fire Department – Staff will be at stations for normal operations. Citizens can apply for burn permits online and call stations for non-life-threatening emergencies. Visit HuntsvilleTX.gov/Fire for more information.

Huntsville Municipal Court – Huntsville Municipal Court, in accordance with the Supreme Court of the United States and the City of Huntsville, will be dealing with the COVID-19 Virus by taking precautions with the public coming into the facility. Customer Service windows will be closed to the public, but if you are a defendant wanting to pay your ticket, please use our online credit card services at HuntsvilleTX.gov/PayBill. You may call the Huntsville Municipal Court at 936-291-5476 with any questions or concerns. All trials and hearings scheduled for the remainder of March and the entire month of April are being reset.  Reset notices will be sent to defendants by mail or at the address on file.  Defendants should ensure that the court has their correct address on file.  If you have moved since your case or citation was filed, inform the court as soon as possible either by phone at (936) 291-5476 or by email at mcourt@huntsvilletx.gov.

Service Center– Permits, Building Inspections, Engineering, Public Works, and Parks will be closed to the public; however, staff will be conducting business by phone, email or on the website at HuntsvilleTX.gov. Call 936-294-5700 to inquire about procedures and requirements to complete business transactions.

Solid Waste Transfer Station – Solid Waste services will continue, with the Transfer Station drive-through services remaining open for business. For more information, call 936-294-5712 or log on to HuntsvilleTX.gov/SolidWasteRecycling

Huntsville Public Library – The Library will remain closed to the public. All library loans can still be returned to the book drops, including the drive-through at the rear of the building. The Library offers many digital options, from online books to databases to continue education efforts. Log on to MyHuntsvilleLibrary.com for more.

The Wynne Home Arts and Visitors Center, Main Street, and Sam Houston Statue and Visitors Center were closed prior to the Governor’s order and will remain closed to the public.

Parks will remain open to the public. Citizens are encouraged to observe CDC guidelines regarding social distancing and cleanliness following activity in public.

DRIVER’S LICENSE EXPIRATION DATES EXTENDED, DL OFFICES CLOSED IN LIGHT OF COVID-19 OUTBREAK

At the direction of Governor Greg Abbott and in light of the governor’s State of Disaster Declaration related to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) has been directed to extend the expiration date of Texas identification cards (ID), driver licenses (DL), commercial DLs (CDL) and election identification certificates (EIC). Additionally, the department has been directed to close DL offices, effective Thursday, March 19, until directed to reopen by the governor. These actions come as the state works to limit the ongoing spread of COVID-19 by increasing social distancing in communities.

The majority of customers who come into Texas DL offices (for example, 3.2 million people in Fiscal Year 2019) don’t have to. These customers can actually conduct their transaction online, by phone or by mail. DPS encourages Texans to check the expiration date on their card and call 1-866-DL-RENEW (1-886-357-3639) or visit Texas.gov to see if you’re eligible to conduct your transaction online, particularly in light of the closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

TRILLION DOLLAR CORONAVIRUS PACKAGE IS UNDER NEGOTIATION

On Thursday, Senate Republicans introduced a trillion dollar coronavirus package to begin negotiations with Democrats.

As it stands at present, in the package would be a direct payment to qualified Americans of up to $1,200. Married couples could get $2,400. Taxpayers who earn more than $75,000 annually will start to see that payment reduced by $5 for every $100 they earn over $75,000. Those who make over $99,000 don’t receive a check. Families who have children would get $500 per child.

KHVL on Facebook

KHVL on Twitter