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.
San Angelo ISD officials say beginning Monday, July 20th, parents and guardians will have the ability to select between either in-person or virtual instruction for their children for the 2020-2021 school year. The district is making the necessary updates to its enrollment process based on the Texas Education Agency and other guidance. They will announce more details on Monday. Also, the district is announcing that select extracurricular activities will be offered to middle school and high school students who choose the virtual learning program in the coming school year.
A civil disturbance call for San Angelo Police on Saturday afternoon led to the arrest of a local woman on an arson charge. Reports say Melinda Ramirez was arrested after she allegedly had caused a fire, damaging a motorcycle. The investigation by detectives led to the arrest of Ramirez on a charge of arson. She was reportedly booked into the county jail.
The Tom Green County Sheriff's Office has received reports of someone posing as a Tom Green County Sheriff's Office Lieutenant using the name Terry Lowe, the caller states they are an employee with the Sheriff's Office and is calling residents to tell them they need to contact him due to an urgent matter. If you are contacted by any other number or manner and have questions about if the person works for the Tom Green County Sheriff's Office please call 325-655-8111.
City Health Department officials say they are behind on getting people released from quarantine or isolation due to the increase in positive cases of COVID-19. They say If you are currently under quarantine or isolation, either a positive COVID-19 or a contact to a known case, and have met the requirements to be released, to fill out the form on their website. Once it is complete it will be reviewed, then the patient will be sent an official release document. Visit the website at "cosatx dot us slash Release Form".
Early voting for Democratic primary runoff elections for U.S. Senate and for Railroad commissioner ended Friday. The election day is tomorrow July 14th. At the conclusion of early voting on Friday, the County election office says they had 268 in-person balloting and 645 ballots submitted by mail. Eligible voters include voters that voted in the Democratic primary election March 3rd or voters that did not vote in the March 3rd election.
The National Weather Service in San Angelo has issued an Excessive heat warning for the Concho Valley through Tuesday evening at 7 pm. The Afternoon and early evening Temperatures could reach 105 to 110 degrees. The warning means that dangerously hot weather conditions are expected. This will create a DANGEROUS SITUATION in which heat illnesses are likely. Drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun, and check up on relatives and neighbors. Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside. When possible, reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening. Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heatstroke. Wear lightweight and loose-fitting clothing when possible.
Members of the San Angelo City Council will conduct an online virtual budget workshop meeting tomorrow. They will be meeting, starting at 8:30 am. Among the budget topics will be discussion regarding the fiscal year 2020-2021 budget preparation, including, but not limited to Public Works Operating Funds revenue and expenditures and other items needing Council direction. They will also talk regarding follow Up and Administrative Issues and consider future Budget Workshop dates. The meeting can be viewed online at the city's Youtube channel.
The Concho Valley Farmers Market will host a Melon Fest on Saturday morning July 18th. The event will take place at 609 South Oakes, across from Fort Concho. The fest will include a croup of Cantaloupes, red and yellow watermelons and will take place from 7 am till noon. The farmers will also have other seasonal fruits vegetables and plants for sale. Additionally, there will be music, door prizes consisting of free melons and other produce, and about 30 vendors.
Texas Governor Abbott today issued a proclamation extending his Disaster Declaration for all Texas counties in response to COVID-19. Originally issued on March 13th, the Disaster Declaration provides the state a number of resources to effectively serve Texans as the Lone Star State continues to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. He stated, "Extending this Disaster Declaration helps ensure that Texas has the resources and flexibility needed to effectively respond to COVID-19. To further mitigate the spread of the virus and overcome this challenge, Texans should continue to do their part by wearing a mask, social distancing, and staying home if possible."
As the new Tom Green County Detention Center is newly opened, the first case of COVID-19 has been found in a jail inmate. The case involves a male in his late 30's. The inmate was isolated in a cell to prevent the spread of the COVID-19. Officials say Inmates have been and will continue to be, provided the necessary resources to protect themselves from the virus.
The Detention Center will conduct business as usual, partially due to the design of the new facility which affords deliveries, attorney's visits, and other business to be conducted in areas separated from the detention areas. The Detention Center maintains medical staffing at the facility in coordination with Shannon Medical Center to provide medical care to inmates.
Governor Greg Abbott today issued a Proclamation suspending all elective surgeries in hospitals in all counties located within 11 Trauma Service Areas in Texas which includes Tom Green County. He said the move is to help ensure an ample supply of hospital beds for COVID-19 patients. He said the State will continue to do everything it can to mitigate the spread of this virus and support hospitals and health care professionals as they care for their fellow Texans. He said we must all come together and continue to practice social distancing, wear a face-covering in public, and stay home when possible.
San Angelo School District officials gave an update on procedures for classes for the fall semester. The district will still have the choice of in-classroom or virtual instruction, but with the ability to select your preference at each 9-week grading period. For in-class instruction, safety protocols will be in place including distancing measures.
In accordance with Governor Abbott’s order, masks will be required for all students age 10 and older when distancing measures are not feasible. Virtual learning will be conducted through a new, enhanced online learning program.
District officials say the situation is constantly evolving, and they will continue to update as more information becomes available. They are planning two Facebook Live sessions next week to provide more information and to answer questions.
Producer Leslei Fisher announced today that the Cowboy Way Jubilee set for July 23rd through the 26th in San Angelo has been canceled for 2020. It was scheduled to be held on the grounds of Historic Fort Concho. The event had already been postponed from April. Planners are already now preparing for the 2021 Cowboy Way Jubilee to be held in late April next spring at Fort Concho. Tickets purchased for 2020 can be exchanged for the 2021 event. Go to for more information.
Angelo State University’s 16th annual Phil George Blue & Gold fundraising event for ASU athletics, one of the largest yearly gatherings of donors and alumni, will be conducted in a virtual format this year as a responsible approach to addressing the current COVID-19 situation. This year’s Blue & Gold event will feature a five-day online silent auction and a virtual live program and auction. The silent auction will open on Wednesday, August 5th, at 5 p.m. and run until Sunday, August 9th, at 5. The virtual live program and auction will take place on Friday, Aug. 7, at 7:30 p.m. All proceeds from the event will go to benefit ASU’s 340 student-athletes who have won 19 Lone Star Conference regular-season and tournament championships over the last four years.
Due to the increasing number of COVID-19 cases within our community, Shannon has updated it’s visitation policy. No visitors are allowed in the Emergency Department. Patients under the age of 18 may have 1 parent or caregiver allowed with them. One designated essential visitor will be allowed within the inpatient facilities. Designated visitors will be screened upon entry. Any visitor screening positive for the symptoms of fever, cough or flu-like symptoms will not be allowed in. Visitors are asked to bring a mask to the hospital and should wear it in common areas.
City of San Angelo officials released a statement clarifying how the city counts positive tests for Covid19. Officials have seen comments regarding testing numbers and that health departments are inflating their numbers by testing the same people multiple times. City officials say to clarify, each positive test reported is a new, unique case. So, the large number of new positives that they have seen since June are all new cases from different individuals. They say in Tom Green County, they are not testing individuals multiple times and counting each test as a new case.
There are two strategies for releasing cases from home isolation: one is the non-test-based strategy, which requires isolation until at least 10 days have passed since symptom onset and at least 72 hours have passed since the resolution of fever and improvement of symptoms. The second is a test-based strategy, which does require isolation until receiving negative results from at least two consecutive specimens 24 hours apart. Since March, the City-County Health Department has used only the non-test-based strategy and does not require any additional testing.
There have also been questions about what test types they are reporting. The County Health Department only reports PCR tests. They say they do not report antibody serology tests.