Don Cheek, Dr. Drew Curtis, and Dr. Clifton Jones have been selected to receive the 2019-20 Gary and Pat Rodgers Distinguished Awards honoring outstanding staff, faculty, and administrators at Angelo State University. Cheek, events manager for the Office of Special Events Facilities/Services, received the Distinguished Staff Award. Curtis, an assistant professor of psychology, received the Distinguished Faculty Award. Jones, dean of the Norris-Vincent College of Business, received the Distinguished Administrator Award. Each also received a $2,500 honorarium. They, along with 48 other nominees, were honored during a special virtual ceremony on Wednesday.
Yesterday was an election day in the state. Locally the election is for the Democratic Primary Runoff and polls were open from 7 am till 7 pm. Candidate M.J. Hegar is claiming victory over State Senator Royce West for the U.S. Senate Nomination in the runoff. She will be facing Republican Senator John Cornyn in the November election.
Published reports say Governor Greg Abbott announced on Wednesday that his Public Safety office will provide 41 million dollars in federal funds to assist cities and counties throughout the COVID-19 response. According to a release, the first round of awards will be totaling 7 million and will be distributed this week. The funds come from the Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental Funding Program authorized by the federal emergency appropriations for Coronavirus Health Response and Agency Operations Act, according to the release.
Reports say a local nursing care facility is hosting Covid-19 patients as an isolation unit for adult patients needing care after being released from the hospital. They say that Meadow Creek Nursing & Rehabilitation is the first secure Isolation unit for San Angelo for Covid-19 patients. The facility will be caring for up to 10 persons, with more to be added later.
This month, Benchmark Research will launch clinical research trials to test vaccines aimed at preventing the spread of COVID-19 in San Angelo. Participants, 18 and older—particularly front-line workers, individuals likely to be exposed to the virus, individuals over 65 and high-risk individuals with chronic health conditions—are needed for the upcoming trials. All participants will receive financial compensation. Those interested can call 1-888-902-9605 or visit: www.benchmarkresearch.net to learn more.
Angelo State University announced the winners of its annual awards for faculty and staff excellence during a virtual awards ceremony today(yesterday). Dr. Heather Lehto of the Department of Physics and Geosciences, Dr. Han-Hung “Floyd” Huang of the Department of Physical Therapy, and Dr. Lesley Casarez of the Department of Curriculum and Instruction are the winners of the President’s Awards for Faculty Excellence. Several staff members were also awarded the President's Awards for Staff Excellence. Cody Guins of Facilities Planning and Construction is the winner of the Chancellor’s Colonel Rowan Award for Execution. They, along with 98 other faculty and staff nominees, were honored during the virtual ceremony sponsored by the ASU Faculty Senate and Staff Senate.
Due to the escalating COVID-19 cases in Tom Green County, Fort Concho has canceled the National Cowboy Day event on Saturday July 25th. The event will not be rescheduled. The American Plains Artists Show at the Quartermaster will remain open for regular hours, For more information, call the fort at 481-2646 or check the website at fortconcho.com.
City officials say they are canceling the upcoming San Angelo Girls Midnight Madness Fast Pitch Tournament. The event was scheduled for July 24th through the 26th. It was canceled due to the rise in local cases of COVID-19. In a statement, officials say they hope that they can return to hosting and attending all local public events soon. They are asking that everyone in the community do their part in preventing the spread of COVID-19.
The Tom Green County Sheriff's is alerting community members in the Harriett area of the county of a public safety concern stemming from one confirmed case of a kitten having rabies. Residents are encouraged to make sure their pets are properly vaccinated. Call the Tom Green County Sheriff's Office immediately at (325)655-8111, if you see a suspected case.