Cases of Covid-19 are on continuing in the Concho Valley. City of San Angelo health officials said a total of 10 persons tested positive for Covid-19 reported today (Fri.). The total positive cases in the county stand at 16,636 with 66 active cases. 2 persons are currently hospitalized with one person in ICU. Since their last report on Wednesday, they have released 13 cases and contacts of cases. They report that 14 cases did not request release letters and are past their isolation period so they can be released from state and local monitoring. Also, they say that 33,708 persons have received their first vaccination dose and 24,1991 have received a second dose. The county stands at a 3 point 3 percent positivity rate. There are 26 pending Covid tests.
Local medical officials are urging everyone to continue to wear a mask that covers their mouth and nose, wash hands frequently, practice social distancing, and don't attend large gatherings, to help stop the spread of Covid-19.
The Western Shamrock Carnival opens its gates this afternoon as the San Angelo Rodeo begins today. Events include the Parade the vendors, and other attractions and activities. The first Rodeo performance takes place this evening at 7:30 PM. The Rodeo Parade will take place downtown tomorrow morning at 10 am. featuring riding clubs, antique tractors, wagons, marching bands, and floats. The annual Championship Cook-Off sponsored by the San Angelo Restaurant Association to raise money for the scholarship fund will also be held tomorrow. For more information on all the events and performances, go to San Angelo Rodeo dot com.
As the election campaigns for local city and school board candidates ramp up for the May election, the San Angelo Chamber of commerce will conduct 2 city candidate forums next week. They will hold a City Mayoral Candidate forum on Monday (April 12th) and a forum for the city council candidates on Wednesday, April 14th. Both forums will begin at 6:30 PM at Historic Fort Concho. Attendees will hear from candidates and will have the option to submit questions for a Q&A portion of the forum. Questions for candidates must be submitted at the event. Chamber President/CEO Walt Koenig will moderate both forums. Anyone is invited to attend. Register to attend at San Angelo.org.
Reports say this afternoon that West Texas Medical Associates has announced it will close by April 30th and many of their medical providers will be moving their practices to Shannon Clinic and Shannon South. West Texas Medical Associates has been operating in San Angelo for 40 years. CEO of the organization, Barbie Thomas made the announcement this afternoon. WTMA is staffed by more than 2 hundred employees. For more information visit WTmedical dot com.
City officials say construction on the Southwest Boulevard Project is set to begin Monday. Reece Albert Inc. is the contractor for the project. The Project consists of two phases. Phase A will be a mill and overlay and Rail crossing improvements to begin at Twin Mountain Drive and end at Rockbrook Drive. Phase B will begin at Rockbrook Drive and end by Cavender’s at the Houston Harte Expressway. It will consist of a mill and overlay. There are three areas of full reconstruction: Sherwood Way to Houston Harte Frontage Road, the low water crossing adjacent to Hobby Lobby, and the Sunset Boulevard intersection. The low water crossing adjacent to McDonald’s will also be improved. The project will take two and a half year and is part of a 10-year, 80-million dollar Capital Improvement Plan for street rehabilitation/reconstruction.
The San Angelo Chamber of Commerce will hold the 15th Annual Goodfellow Appreciation Day event on May 15th, which is also Armed Forces Day. This year’s event will be different from anything they have done in the past. In lieu of offering a day full of activities at one location for the men and women of Goodfellow Air Force Base, they are inviting the local business community to promote special discounts and offers to our military community through our Goodfellow Appreciation Day Savings Pass.
If you’d like to show your appreciation while giving your business a boost in exposure, contact Tricia Peterson at email@example.com and include the savings offer you’d like to give to our military community. Upon receiving confirmation of your offer, you will be added to the list of businesses on the Goodfellow Appreciation Savings Pass, which will be available online at "san angelo dot org".
Shannon is celebrating a milestone of completing 5 thousand procedures with the da Vinci Xi Surgical System. As part of this celebration, da Vinci is bringing its demo system to Shannon next week. The da Vinci Xi Surgical System was designed with the goal of further advancing the technology used in minimally invasive surgery. Robotic surgery allows surgeons to have 3D vision along with better digitalization, magnified vision, and wrist-articulated instruments. The system is used in Shannon’s Downtown and South hospital campuses. Currently, Shannon’s surgeons are utilizing the da Vinci for many different types of procedures.
Because of a surplus of donated books to the Adult Literacy Council, they are holding a Book Giveaway the next four Saturdays. Boxes of books that will be available for free from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, the 17th, the 24th, and May 1st. Their office is located at 59 E. 6th St. The Council is a nonprofit, community-based literacy program serving 13 counties in the San Angelo area.
Up to a million dollars could be spent to repair San Angelo's streets after the harsh winter storm. The City council, during their meeting, approved emergency contracts with 2 local construction company's Reece Albert Incorporated and James D. Goode Construction. The council unanimously voted to approve the contracts. Work on the streets should begin shortly. In other business, the council approved an agreement to host the annual Drag Boat races on Lake Nasworthy in late June and approved the adoption of the city's latest Capital Improvement plan.
Angelo State University is once again celebrating April as “I Chose Angelo State Month” and is inviting the San Angelo and surrounding communities to join with the Ram Family, past and present, to show and boost pride in Angelo State. As in past years, the campaign will run the entire month while officially kicking off this (Yesterday) morning when the San Angelo City Council approved a proclamation designating April as “I Chose Angelo State Month” in the city. A primary goal of the month-long celebration is to encourage local and area students of all ages to consider making ASU their first choice for their college education.
The West Texas VA Health Care System is providing COVID-19 vaccinations in accordance with the SAVES Lives Act. On April 1st the Acting Under Secretary for Health defined the administration’s guidance and determined vaccinations could be administered to the following groups:
It is highly encouraged that those wanting to receive the vaccine, call our vaccination hotline to register – 432-268-2564.
Walk-ins are also welcome at the following locations, Mon-Fri from 8:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M.:
If you meet the SAVE LIVES Act criteria, WTVAHCS is offering COVID-19 vaccines on a first come, first serve basis, dependent upon vaccine availability. If you are a Veteran not yet enrolled, although not required, it is helpful if you bring your DD-214 (separation papers) with you.
San Angelo Mayor Brenda Gunter presented a statement today at the City Council meeting regarding the complaints residents have about the Suddenlink Cable and Internet Service. She said the city is unable to intervene on behalf of customers because of the customer's service agreement with Suddenlink. Any disputes or issues an individual might have must be dealt with between them and Suddenlink. The City cannot do anything on behalf of the citizens of San Angelo regarding Suddenlink. She did say the city has outlined steps, including sample documents, that residents can use if they wish to file a formal notice of dispute and arbitration against Suddenlink. This information can be found at "cosatx dot us slash suddenlink".
Registration has opened for COVID-19 vaccinations through the San Angelo Health Department. The vaccine being administered is the single-dose Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine. Registration is open to anyone 18 and older. The Health Department has a limited supply of vaccinations to offer this week. If you are interested, visit the website: "cosatx dot us, slash VaccineForm" to schedule an appointment. The clinic will be held on Friday at the McNease Convention Center at 501 Rio Concho Drive.
U.S. Congressman for District 11, August Pfluger, pinned medals on three local Vietnam veterans this (yesterday) morning. The three were presented the medals during a ceremony at the Federal Courthouse downtown. The three men honored were Fred Maskil, Manuel Ortegon and Robert Moncibais. All three served time in Vietman during the long conflict.
Local schools continue to report Covid-19 cases. The San Angelo School District reports 4 new Covid-19 student cases as of their report on April 1st. The cases cover from March 25th through April 1st. Two of the cases were reported on April 1st, at Holiman Elementary and Central High school. Angelo State University reports 4 current student cases and no staff member cases currently this spring semester. In total ASU has reported 80 total cases this semester. Howard College San Angelo Campus currently reports no cases of Covid-19, They have had a total of 15 cases.
San Angelo police charged a local man, Ian Smith with murder in connection with a Saturday evening shooting incident that resulted in the death of 24-year-old Sterling McCain. Police were sent to the 8 hundred block of Childress for an unknown problem. Officers arrived on the scene shortly after 9 pm and located the shooting victim along with two additional persons, identified as Ian Smith and Myan McCain. Detectives found out that it was a domestic disturbance that led to Smith shooting Sterling McCain. At the conclusion of the initial investigation, Ian Smith was charged with Murder, and was booked into Tom Green County Jail.
The Concho Valley C.A.R.E.S. Coalition, The Alcohol & Drug Abuse Council for the Concho Valley and collaborating partners will host a Prescription Drug Take-Back on Saturday, April 24th from 10:00 AM till noon at The Alcohol & Drug Abuse Council for the Concho Valley, located at 3553 Houston Harte Expressway. The public is encouraged to attend this drive-through event to drop off unused or expired prescriptions or over-the-counter medications for proper disposal at no cost. Illegal substances, syringes/needles, inhalers, or glass containers will not be accepted.
Late June may once again bring back the annual drag boat races on Lake Nasworthy. Reports say the organizers have rented parts of Spring Creek and Middle Concho Parks for the event to be held June 25th through the 27th. The Southern Drag Boat Association is bringing the racing weekend as part of their summer tour. Details about the event's schedule will be released later. City officials are expected to approve the contract tomorrow.
The Fort Concho Speaker Series will return this year from noon to 1 p.m. each Wednesday this Month. Admission is free. Each presentation will take place in the Fort Concho Stables, located at 210 Henry O Flipper St. Attendees are welcome to bring their own lunches. Seating will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Masks and social distancing will be required. For more information, call 325-657-4441 or visit fortconcho.com.
Renters in Tom Green County who were forced from their damaged homes because of the severe winter storms may be eligible for help from FEMA and the U.S. Small Business Administration. Federal monetary awards may help pay for temporary housing and other needs not covered by insurance. Awards may be available to rent a different place to live for a limited time while repairs are made to your rental home. FEMA also helps eligible survivors, including renters, with uninsured and underinsured necessary expenses and serious needs caused by the storms. Renters may also qualify for an award under FEMA’s Other Needs Assistance Program for essential personal property and other disaster-related expenses. For more information and Applying Online, by visiting "DisasterAssistance.gov" or call the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362.
The first of two family-friendly Cowboy Way Jubilee events for 2021 brings in the month of May. On Saturday, May 1st, they will hold the “Cowboy Way Crossroads” at Fort Concho. Beginning at Noon with vendor booths there’ll be demonstrations by some of the artisans. Local musicians will partake of the event’s “Open Mic”. A live concert is planned for that evening, featuring Stephen Pride, younger brother to Charlie Pride, plus former American Idol contestant Kristyn Harris. A full 3-day Cowboy Way Jubilee annual event will be held from October 7th to the 10th. Full event schedule, dates, and times as well as registration forms are available from "cowboywayjubilee dot com".
Volunteers in San Angelo, volunteers are raising funds for COTA in honor of transplant patients like local teenager, Reagan Stephenson. Reagan is the daughter of Stacy and Rex Stephenson. Born in 2007, Reagan was diagnosed with Dilated Cardiomyopathy. The transplant team at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston, Texas, performed a life-saving heart transplant on February 15, 2008. San Angelo volunteers are raising $60,000 for COTA to assist with transplant-related expenses.
Volunteers are needed for this COTA community campaign. Individuals and groups interested in more information should contact Community Coordinator Shayla Grelle at 325.340.3142 or Shayla.firstname.lastname@example.org. Media representatives should contact the Public Relations Coordinator Sharla Adam at 325.234.0005 or email@example.com for more information about the family or the COTA community fundraising effort.
COTA helps transplant families avoid financial devastation. Transplant procedure costs range from $100,000 to more than $800,000. Once the transplant is complete, families face significant transplant-related expenses, including medication; transportation to and from the transplant center; lodging; and expenses while parents are out of work and often living with the hospitalized child far from home. These out-of-pocket expenses add up to tens of thousands of dollars annually for transplant families with lifetime totals often exceeding $1,000,000. In cases where a shortfall exists, COTA helps bridge the financial gap.
Reagan’s family has asked for assistance from the Children’s Organ Transplant Association. One hundred percent of all funds raised for COTA in honor of patients assist with transplant-related expenses.
Contributions may be sent to the Children’s Organ Transplant Association, 2501 West COTA Drive, Bloomington, Indiana, 47403. Checks should be made payable to COTA, with “In Honor of Reagans Journey” written on the memo line. Secure credit card gifts are accepted online at www.COTAforReagansJourney.com.
The Railway Museum of San Angelo is running a membership drive opportunities and activities through Saturday, May 15th. Every Saturday during the membership drive Living History tours welcomes guests in a historic fashion. And a different scavenger hunt with a winner drawn each time from the completed entries. All members receive unlimited visits to the Railway Museum for a year. The membership drive will end with the First Annual Railway Days Festival, Saturday, May 15th. There will be food, free entertainment, and outdoor spaces for vendors. For more information visit "san angelo railway dot org".
The City of San Angelo and school district elections will be held Saturday, May 1st. The deadline to register to vote is April 1st. Voter registration applications postmarked by April 1st will qualify for the May election. Officials say because there are multiple city single-member districts and school districts involved in the election it will be important for voters who have moved to ensure they have updated their address so they will be voting on the correct representatives. The Election office will have special hours during the week of March 29th. The office will be closed on the 29th, hours on the 30th and 31st will be 8 to 12, hours on April 1st will be 8 to 5, and county offices are closed for Good Friday on April 2nd. Requests for ballots by mail must be received by April 19th. Early voting will be conducted at the Edd B. and Frances Frink Keyes Building, 113 W. Beauregard in the election office.
The San Angelo Sunrise Rotary club will be hosting their second annual 5K Run & Walk, R.A.T. or Red Arroyo Trail Race, on the Red Arroyo Trail on April 24th. The event will benefit a local nonprofit organization. Early entry fee is 25 dollars. To participate and register for the event go to "Get-Me-Registered dot com, slash run the rat race". For more information call 325-656-2494.
Angelo State University has announced plans to conduct in-person commencement ceremonies for its spring graduates on Friday and Saturday, May 14the and 15th, in the Junell Center/Stephens Arena. Nearly a thousand graduates are scheduled to walk the stage during the five commencement ceremonies. All seating will be reserved, and each graduate will have access to four tickets for family and friends to attend their respective ceremony. Only those ticket holders will be allowed to attend. The doors to the Junell Center/Stephens Arena will open 30 minutes prior to the start of each ceremony. Prospective graduates can get their tickets through the Dean’s Office of their particular college starting April 20th.
The Texas Division of Emergency Management is continuing to providing FREE COVID-19 testing at 110 E. Twohig downtown. The site is running from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and is open to anyone who would like to be tested. Symptoms are not required for testing at the site. Attendees can register for the free test collection by calling 267-362-5207 or Text D-O-C-S-T-X to 41411.
Filing for Single Member District 4, is current councilwoman Lucy Gonzales, who is unopposed.
Filing for Single Member District 6 was current councilwoman Billie DeWitt, along with challengers Larry Miller and James Ervin
For more information about the May 1st election, visit cosatx.us/Elections.