Daily cases of Covid-19 are dipping, but still high in San Angelo as the Delta variant spreads. City officials say there were 80 new Covid cases reported on Thursday. Shannon Medical Center is treating 69 patients suffering from Covid-19 symptoms. 1,701 residents are suffering from active cases of Covid. The total positive Covid cases in the county stand at 23,541. To slow the spread of the delta variant, health experts are urging people to get fully vaccinated. Visit "vaccines.gov" to see all of the free vaccination locations in San Angelo. They urge the use of masks and to practice social distancing.
A Tom Green County Corrections Officer suffered injuries during an assault at the County Detention Center this (Thurs.) morning. the jailer was assaulted by an inmate within a multiple occupancy unit. The assault occurred as the officer escorted medical personnel distributing medications. Shortly after the assault, the offending inmate was identified as Brian Garcia. Garcia was relocated to a single-person cell following the assault. Garcia is currently incarcerated on charges including Murder, Aggravated Robbery, and Burglary of a Habitation among other felonies. The correctional officer was transported to Shannon Hospital and was treated and released with minor injuries. Officials say the cellblock where the incident occurred remains in lockdown status.
Residents gathered outside city hall this morning to celebrate the kickoff of Hispanic Heritage month with a musical and dance performance. Mayor Brenda Gunter read a proclamation and Dr. John Klingemann of ASU presented a historical briefing on the Hispanic Heritage Month and Diez y Seis celebrations. Festively dressed students from Fort Concho Elementary danced to traditional Hispanic Music. Several other events are scheduled to celebrate. The month-long celebration recognizes the valuable contributions made by citizens of Hispanic descent to all aspects of American life.
Angelo State University officials say they will resume face-to-face instruction as the primary instruction mode on Monday, September 20th. The decision was collectively agreed on by their leadership team, deans of the colleges and other senior officials due to the overall substantial decline in the rate of infections on the ASU campus. All students, faculty and staff are required to complete a wellness screening each day. They are strongly encouraging masks, as well as getting the COVID-19 vaccine. ASU has several on-campus vaccination clinics scheduled through next month exclusively for the campus community.
Angelo State University is planning fireworks at the conclusion of the Rams' football game on Saturday at LeGrand Stadium at 1st Community Credit Union Field. The game between the Rams and Midwestern State University will begin at 6 p.m. and end at about 9. Residents in the surrounding area may hear loud popping and blasts as the fireworks commence. More details about the football game are available at angelosports.com.
Angelo State University has been named one of the nation's 2021 "Great Colleges to Work For" and will be featured in a September special edition of The Chronicle of Higher Education, the major national news source for college and university faculty and administrators. ASU is one of only 70 institutions of higher education recognized nationally and also ranked highly enough to be one of only 42 institutions named to the 2021 Honor Roll. This marks the seventh straight year ASU has made both the "Great Colleges to Work For" list and the Honor Roll.
Shannon Medical Center officials will host an annual public meeting regarding its Certificate of Public Advantage on Thursday at 10 am at the Brooks and Bates Theater, at 82 Gillis Street. The meeting will provide an overview of the positive changes and new services Shannon implemented over the last year and integration with the Shannon South Campus. It will also provide a look at future plans to expand access for local patients. Participants will have an opportunity to provide oral comments during the meeting. Shannon is also accepting written comments at care for sanangelo dot com.
An ASU Nursing Student wins a thousand dollar scholarship award from a local Nursing facility. On Tuesday San Angelo Nursing & Rehab awarded Madeline Trevino the Scholarship money. Trevino is a family member of one of San Angelo Nursing & Rehab CNAs and was the winner of the Scholarship Fund. The San Angelo Nursing & Rehab Scholarship was created for an employee’s family member who is attending college in a qualified healthcare program. She is a first-time freshman and pursuing a nursing degree from Angelo State.
The City-County Health Department has confirmed three additional COVID-19-related deaths in Tom Green County, a Male in his 50s from McCulloch County, a Female in her 60s from Tom Green County, and a Male in his 60s from Tom Green County. All three were unvaccinated. This brings the total COVID-19-related death count in Tom Green County to 396: 258 from Tom Green County and 138 from other counties.
The International Water Lilly Collection is presenting Lilly Fest 2021 on Saturday. The event celebrates the memory of the late Ken Landon and Tim Davis. The event will take place at Civic League Park from 9 am till noon at the Lilly garden. The water lily collection is said to be the largest collection in the world. The garden is located at 2 South Park Street, near Central High School.
Dr. Kenneth Carrell, an assistant professor of physics at Angelo State University, has been awarded a two-year, $105,535 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to fund an astrophysics research project that will also involve ASU undergraduate students.
Also director of the ASU Planetarium, Carrell was awarded the grant through the NSF's new Launching Early-Career Academic Pathways in the Mathematical and Physical Sciences (LEAPS-MPS) program for his project titled "LEAPS-MPS: A Systematic Investigation of Transient Behavior in RR Lyrae Variable Stars."
According to Carrell, RR Lyrae stars physically change in size over the course of about half a day and have been known as a class of variable stars for over a century. However, modern space-based observations have revealed that these stars are actually more complicated than previously thought.
"The NSF grant will pay for myself and several undergraduate students to travel to the McDonald Observatory near Fort Davis twice a year for the next two years to observe some of these stars with newly discovered strange behavior," Carrell said. "Our goal is to use these follow-up observations to try to understand the physics behind the transient phenomena, and to better understand stellar interiors more generally. It will also fund trips to the national American Astronomical Society meetings so the undergraduate students can present the work."
The NSF's new LEAPS-MPS program is designed to help launch the careers of pre-tenure faculty in mathematical and physical sciences at minority-serving institutions and predominantly undergraduate institutions. The ultimate goal is to increase participation by student populations that are traditionally under-represented in those fields. As such, consideration for grant awards is based on both scientific merit of proposals and the broader impacts on those under-represented groups at the university and in the community.
The San Angelo Homebuilders association has launched a campaign in opposition to a proposed sidewalk ordinance for the City. They say the City wants to expand sidewalks and that the cost will be borne by the homeowners. They insist that local homebuilders support sidewalks near schools, churches, and heavily trafficked areas but they say the proposed ordinance will put a burden on homeowners and the development community. They say the proposal would affect new construction, and existing homes as well.
San Angelo Police were dispatched to the 4 thousand block of South Chadbourne Street on Tuesday to take a report of a possible robbery. Officers talked to a 41-year-old man who said he was beaten up by two men and had his vehicle stolen at an unknown location. The victim was transported to Shannon Medical Center by medics for non-life-threatening injuries and a report was written by officers. Police say the exact location of the incident was unknown and the incident is still under investigation by their Criminal Investigations Division.
On Saturday several of San Angelo’s museums will offer free admission and special programs to celebrate National Museum Day, an event sponsored by Smithsonian Magazine to note the contributions made by the nation’s museums and cultural institutions. Museums and facilities with free admission will be Fort Concho, the Mayer Museum, the San Angelo Nature Center, and the Railway Museum. Fort Concho will be having a special demonstration of sewing, talks on the roles of women in the late 19th century, plus specially assigned guides in several of the historic buildings. The recently opened Mayer Museum, on the ASU campus, will have special games and scavenger hunts for children. The Nature Center will offer a dinosaur/animal color craft kit available on-site or for pickup while supplies last. The Railway Museum of San Angelo will feature living history tours led by appropriately dressed conductors, engineers and dispatchers.
Angelo State University is inviting the community to take part in a full day of family-friendly activities on Saturday including a concert, the first Ram Jam tailgate party of the season, athletic events involving three of ASU's nationally-ranked teams, and an evening fireworks show. The Rambelles soccer team ranked No. 19 in the nation, will kick things off at 1 p.m., and events will continue non-stop throughout the day, culminating with fireworks after the Rams' first home football game of the season. The Ram Jam, the included concert and the post-game fireworks show are free and open to the public. More details on the athletic events, including ticket prices, are available at angelosports.com.
The San Angelo School District says a significant number of students and staff members are suffering from the Covid-19 virus. In their latest published Friday, the district says more than 125 students and 11 staff members are suffering from Covid 19. The cases were in 13 elementary schools, both high schools, plus the middle schools.
Conexion Special Projects will be hosting a Christmas Toy Drive for underprivileged children around the San Angelo area. The Toy Drive will take place from September 15th to December 9th and will only be accepting BRAND NEW, UNOPENED, UNWRAPPED GIFTS for their toy drive. The drop off locations will be the Downtown San Angelo offices at 24 West Concho Avenue, and the Villzap-Columbia Tax Service, Villzap Premium Insurance, Pinata Palace at 1623 South Chadbourne. Both till October 15th. All toys collected will be distributed December 10th at the Conexion San Angelo Christmas Pasada.
Shannon Urgent Care West, at 4251 Sunset Drive, has reopened its drive-thru COVID-19 testing site. The testing site is open daily from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. No appointments are needed and the test is free. Patients are encouraged to bring their insurance cards with them. For more information about screening or testing, visit ShannonHealth.com, or call the Shannon COVID-19 Hotline at 844-6-SHANNON.
The Shannon Health Vaccine Clinic is now offering the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccines to those aged 12 and up. Health officials say that the health risks for that 12 to 15 age group are still at a high risk to develop Multi-System Inflammatory Syndrome. They say it’s a syndrome where multiple organs develop reactions to the COVID-19 virus. It’s like an immune or allergic reaction.
Halloween weekend will bring some wild air race action to San Angelo. City and Chamber of Commerce officials announced plans for the first-ever stand-alone Formula 1 Air Race in the United States on October 30th and 31st. The "Air Race 1" action will take place at Mathis Field Regional Airport. Around a dozen planes will race at more than 2 hundred miles per hour as spectators watch. The event is benefitting the host, San Angelo Lions Charities. The two-day festivities will include flight line viewing, vendors, static displays, live music, and more. Ticket information will be available from the San Angelo Chamber of Commerce.