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.
A March vehicle crash led to the indictment this week of a second person. 24-year-old Benjamin Elder is the second man charged for the fatal crash along South Bryant which resulted in the death of three children. Reports say Elder is charged with 3 counts of accident involving death, second-degree felonies. Elder is a student at Angelo State University. A 17-year-old, Antonio Jose Gonzales was the first to be indicted in the crash. Elder had not had his court date set.
City Street officials say street reconstruction work began today at the Southwest and Southland intersection. Traffic on Southwest was moved to the northbound lanes and traffic on Southland was moving to either east or westbound lanes. The estimated completion time for each quadrant is three weeks, pending any potential weather delays. The intersection will be fully reconstructed using concrete pavement.
Registration has been extended for the 17th Annual West Texas Legislative Summit. The event brings together hundreds of elected officials and business professionals throughout West Texas. It provides a forum for West Texas community to spend a day addressing common legislative priorities. The Summit will be held on August 3rd and 4th with the theme of “Beyond COVID-19”. Honorary Co-Hosts- Congressman Pfluger, Senator Perry, and State Representative Darby will address federal issues which directly impact our community’s industries. Registration is now open at "san angelo dot org".
Members of the San Angelo City Council will meet Tuesday, July 27th at 9 a.m. in the East Mezzanine at City Hall, located at 72 West College Avenue. The budget workshop meeting is open to the public. Public comment can be made in person at the meeting. The meeting will be streamed LIVE on SATV Suddenlink Channel 17 and on the City's YouTube Channel.
The longtime curator of the city's International Water Lilly Collection and local professional pyrotechnician Ken Landon was remembered today (Thurs.) after he passed away last week. Family and friends remembered Landon as they strolled through the Water Lilly Garden this morning, just before attending his funeral across the street at St. Paul Presbyterian Church. Landon was well known for his years of care of the Water Lilly garden and also for presenting the annual fireworks shows in San Angelo for Independence Day. Local officials say he will be sorely missed.
San Angelo Police arrested two men for aggravated robbery this (Tuesday) morning. Officers were called to the 8 hundred block of East 36th Street just after 10 am for a robbery in progress. Upon arrival, the suspect’s vehicle was parked in front of the residence and two males were immediately detained. Police say after further investigation it was determined that the victims were associated with the suspects. The victims were not injured. 25-year-old Cameron Lewis and 29-year-old Khari Brown were both arrested for Aggravated Robbery and transported to the Tom Green County Jail without incident.
Angelo State University has added two new master's degree programs - a Master of Science in computer science and a Master of Public Health and both are now enrolling students for classes that will start this coming fall semester. The M.S. in computer science degree is offered through the Department of Computer Science in ASU's College of Science and Engineering. It provides a much-needed advanced degree program and career path for students and professionals in computer science and related fields, such as cybersecurity, information technology, the sciences, mathematics and engineering, to meet Texas' and the nation's increasing workforce demands in those areas. The M.P.H. degree is offered through the Department of Health Science Professions in ASU's Archer College of Health and Human Services. It will prepare students to become practitioners, researchers and teachers who can carry out public health functions at the local, state, national and international levels. The degree program consists of 42 credit hours and is delivered entirely online.
During the 2021 4th of July holiday period, the Tom Green County Sheriff's Office participated in the Texas Department of Transportation "Impaired Drivers Mobility" campaign. Deputies provided extra patrol during the holiday weekend period and conducted 142 traffic stops. During these traffic stops, Deputies took 26 enforcement actions for speeding, 10 enforcement actions for intersection violations, and 134 enforcement actions for other traffic violations. Deputies also arrested nine individuals for violations, including driving while intoxicated, evading with a motor vehicle, Felony possession of a controlled substance, Possession of marijuana, and outstanding arrest warrants.
San Angelo Police are hoping to discover who vandalized a couple of art pieces in downtown San Angelo over the weekend. Surveillance footage may provide help as one of the city's fiberglass sheep was knocked over and a painting was removed from the Painted Alley. The sheep statue was located along West Concho Avenue and the painting was removed from a wall at the nearby Painted Alley. Downtown officials say they hope to find who might have destroyed the artwork.
The Share the Love Blood Drive is coming this Saturday at Sunset Mall. There is a critical need for ALL Blood Types, Especially O positive and O negative. O negative is the go-to blood type for ER physicians when there is not enough time to perform a blood type test. COVID-19 Vaccinated persons can give blood if they meet all general blood donation eligibility criteria. Blood donors only need to be at least 16 years old, weigh a minimum of 110 pounds and be healthy. The drive will be Saturday from 11 am to 3 pm at the Community Room at Sunset Mall. Appointments are encouraged Call 877-25VITAL (877-258-4825) with the blood drive code: "badge", or download the Vitalant APP.
City officials say the City Health Department Immunization Clinic will resume on Tuesday. The cost is 14 85 per child, per visit. The hours will be 8 am to 11:30 and 1 to 4:30 pm. Due to limited space and social distancing, they ask that parents bring only the child who is receiving vaccinations. As a reminder, they are a T-V-F-C provider and can only administer vaccinations to children who are uninsured or are on Medicaid. An updated shot record must be presented at the time of the visit for processing and the latest Medicaid card will also need to be presented if the child is on Medicaid.
This month will feature 2 events at Historic Fort Concho.
Fort Concho will celebrate National Cowboy Day on Saturday, starting at 9 a.m. at the American Plains Artists Summer Show at Barracks 6 off Henry O’ Flipper Street on the fort’s northeast corner. There will be a short tour of this year’s show. The Concho Cowboy Company will perform one of their award-winning skits in the barracks 5 & 6 courtyards. Coffee, juice, fruit, and breakfast pastries will be available. Admission is free.
Then on Wednesday, July 28th it's the 155th anniversary of the buffalo soldiers. The celebration will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a retreat ceremony on the fort’s parade ground followed by a special program by the Buffalo Soldiers of the Arizona Territory in the Commissary building. For more information, call Fort Concho at (325) 481-2646 or check the website at "fort concho dot com".
San Angelo School district officials say that all San Angelo ISD students will have free meals this school year, according to a district news release. They say that the students will get the free meals, regardless of income eligibility. The district said the news was from the United States Department of Agriculture "issued guidance" to the district which allows San Angelo ISD to offer meals to all students at no cost for the 2021-2022 school year without applying for the free or reduced lunch benefit status.
Angelo State University will present a free public art exhibit by the Water Valley Artist Society starting Monday (7-19) in the Carr Education-Fine Arts Building. Titled "Disrupted," the mixed-media exhibit of abstract paintings, prints and sculptures will be on display in the EFA Building's Gallery 193 and will be open for free public viewing on weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through July 30th. For more information, call the ASU Department of Visual and Performing Arts at 325-942-2085.
The Pull for PAWS Charity Claybird Shoot event is scheduled for Saturday, August 7th at the San Angelo Claybird Association. The event is to raise funds to help cover the costs of emergency and standard veterinary care associated with the rescue and rehoming of shelter pets. Funds raised at the event will go directly to helping with the cost of veterinary care associated with the organization's rescue efforts. PAWS also offers a program to assist with the emergency veterinary care of pets from low-to-moderate income homes. For more information call Jenie Wilson at 325-656-3950.
Sunset Mall and La Esperanza Clinic are hosting the eighth annual Back to School Celebration on Saturday, August 14th for National Health Center Week. The Back to School Celebration will begin at 10:30 a.m. with a backpack and school supply giveaway. La Esperanza Clinic, Inc. will provide free backpacks to the first 3 hundred kids in grades K through 5. Then local non-profit organizations and other businesses will help fill those backpacks with some school supplies. Concho Valley County Medical Society will also have free bike helmets while supplies last. Sunset Mall will have a prize wheel with the chance to win school supplies, gift cards and other prizes. For more information visit "sunset mall dot com" or call 325-949-1947.
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.
San Angelo Chamber of Commerce officials say registration for the 17th Annual West Texas Legislative Summit opens on May 4th. The West Texas Legislative Summit is an award-winning event that brings together hundreds of elected officials and business professionals from throughout West Texas. This event provides a forum for West Texas community representatives to spend a day addressing our common legislative priorities. To sponsor this event, or for more information contact Tricia Peterson at email@example.com or visit "san Angelo dot org slash WTLS".