City Health officials say the number of new Covid-19 infections is rapidly rising again. The last three days saw a total of 174 new positive cases reported from Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. There were 50 new cases on Saturday, 51 on Sunday, and 73 on Monday. 416 local residents are now suffering from active cases of Covid-19. Officials revealed that the Delta variant is spreading in San Angelo and with fewer persons wearing masks and few new covid vaccinations, the infections are spreading. There were 21 patients receiving treatment in the hospital. The total positive Covid cases in the county stand at 17,533. Health officials are urging everyone to get the free vaccination, to continue to wear a mask, and practice social distancing.
Over 750 San Angelo ISD educators came together for three days of professional learning during the district's 5th annual Learning Palooza last week. During the conference, teachers and staff had the opportunity to attend more than 2 hundred sessions to discuss best practices in instruction, content, classroom management, future-ready learners, technology and more to help the teachers prepare for the upcoming school year.
– The 17th Annual West Texas Legislative Summit begins in San Angelo, Texas, August 3 – 4, 2021. The event is presented by the San Angelo Chamber of Commerce.
Honorary co-hosts are Congressman August Pfluger, State Senator Charles Perry, and State Representative Drew Darby.
The Summit begins with a reception and dinner the evening of Tuesday, August 3rd, at The Historic Cactus Hotel. Attendees will meet and greet legislators, agency leaders, panelists, sponsors and other attendees.
A full day of topic driven panel discussions will take place Wednesday, August 4th from 8:15 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. on the Angelo State University campus at the C.J. Davidson Conference Center located in the Houston Harte University Center.
Panel topics include:
The luncheon keynote speaker is San Angelo native Congressman August Pfluger, 11th Congressional District of Texas, member of the Foreign Affairs and Homeland Security Committee. His presentation is titled “Security Challenges”.
The first panel topic will be “Reimagining Education by Reshaping for the Future”, moderated by Texas Tech University System’s Chancellor Tedd L. Mitchell. Joining him in this discussion will be Congressman Chip Roy (TX-21), Commissioner Mike Morath from the Texas Education Agency, Dr. Donald Tharp of Goodfellow Air Force Base, and Colby Nichols of Ancira Strategic Partners, LLP.
The “Essentially Crucial Infrastructure” panel will highlight trade, transportation, pipelines, and ports, moderated by the Texas Department of Transportation’s Commissioner Alvin New. The panel will feature Congressmen Brian Babin (TX-36) and Jodey Arrington (TX-19). Congressman Babin serves as the senior-most Republican Texan member on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, and Congressman Arrington serves on the Ways and Means Committee. Other panelists include Commissioner Christi Craddick, Chairman of the Railroad Commission of Texas, John Osborne, Chairman of Ports-to-Plains Alliance, and the CEO of Port of Corpus Christi Authority Sean Strawbridge.
The next panel, titled “The Resilience of Agriculture and Water” welcomes honorary co-host Senator Charles Perry, who serves as Chairman of the Water, Agriculture, and Rural Affairs Committee as moderator. Congressman Roger Williams (TX-25), Commissioner Emily Lindley of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, and Texas Farm Bureau’s Alisha Schwertner will lend their knowledge and expertise as panelists.
Finally, the “Energy: Management, Consumption & Change” panel will be moderated by honorary co-host and State Representative Drew Darby. Featured panelists include Congressman Kevin Brady, ranking member of the powerful Ways and Means Committee, Congressman Michael Burgess, ranking member of the Energy and Commerce Committee, and Representative Tom Craddick, who serves on the Energy and Resources Committee. Rounding out this robust panel will be Commissioner Jim Wright from the Railroad Commission of Texas, Texas Alliance of Energy Producers Karr Ingham, and Luke Legate of G. Fox Consulting.
Links to register are available at https://www.sanangelo.org/wtls/. Registrants may also contact the San Angelo Chamber at (325) 655-4136.
Please see attached agenda for a complete listing of current panelists as of today’s date.
Members of the Chamber’s West Texas Legislative Summit planning committee include:
The City-County Health Department has confirmed an additional COVID-19-related death in Tom Green County, a Female in her 60s from Tom Green County. This brings the total COVID-19-related death count in Tom Green County to 318, 203 from Tom Green County and 115 from other counties.
The City is stepping up efforts to get City employees vaccinated against Covid-19. The Tom Green County Health Department will again be administering the Moderna vaccine to city employees on Friday. All employees are being encouraged to get the vaccination to help prevent the spread of Covid-19. Employees were asked to sign up for a time slot for the vaccination appointment on Friday.
A local assistant county attorney and chief prosecutor with the county's Domestic Violence Prosecution Unit, Leland Lacy announced that he is running to become a Tom Green County court at law judge. The 14-year attorney made his announcement late last week. He said his platform's slogan will be "faith, family, and fairness. The current County Court at Law # 2 Judge is Penny Roberts.
Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar is reminding shoppers they can save money on clothes and school supplies during the state’s sales tax holiday on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, August 6th through the 8th. State law exempts sales tax on qualified items — such as clothing, footwear, school supplies, and backpacks — priced below $100, saving shoppers about $8 on every $100 they spend. Apparel and school supplies that may be purchased tax-free are listed on the Comptroller’s website at TexasTaxHoliday.org.
The San Angelo ISD announced Greg McIntyre as the District’s new Deputy Superintendent. He comes to the School District with over 33 years of educational experience most recently serving as Deputy Superintendent and Chief Administrative Officer at College Station ISD in College Station. Prior to his role as Deputy Superintendent, Mr. McIntyre worked at the elementary, middle school and high school levels serving as a classroom teacher, assistant principal, and principal as well as administratively within College Station ISD. McIntyre begins his new role on Monday, August 2nd.
Mayor Brenda Gunter is strongly urging everyone to get vaccinated against Covid-19 and is urging local residents to please wear masks. She and medical professionals plus city leaders hosted a media event this afternoon to update residents on the serious sharp rise in covid cases and the current low rate of vaccinations. She said everyone who is eligible should get the free vaccination.
She said that in July, 83 percent of those hospitalized were unvaccinated individuals. Less than 40 thousand residents have been fully vaccinated. Concern was raised about children who will be returning to school in the fall without a mask mandate, as the Governor had said he would not impose a mask mandate for children in schools. Currently, there are 20 persons hospitalized in San Angelo, with 2 in the ICU. She urged those wanting to get vaccinated to contact their doctor or visit "vaccines dot gov" to find a vaccine location.
The city of San Angelo and Keep San Angelo Beautiful are inviting area residents to bring old used tires to a large collection event on Saturday, July 31st from 8 am to Noon at the Foster Communications Coliseum. The tires will be shredded and recycled. They are needing passenger and truck tires only, no larger than 17.5 x 25-inch size, but no NO RIMS and NO TORN TREAD. There is no limit to the number of tires brought in. For more call Charlotte Anderson at (325) 486-3771. City of San Angelo and Tom Green County residents are welcome.