Author: East Texas Review

Saying Good Bye to District 3 Councilwoman Kasha Williams.

The City of Longview said goodbye to District 3 Councilwoman Kasha Williams with a reception before her last City Council meeting on Feb. 8, 2018. Kasha has served on the Longview City Council since 2011. A beautiful, sumptuous, delectable cake and punch was in the lobby of City Hall before the City Council meeting for all who attended to enjoy. Kasha Williams is an avid volunteer and hard-working Councilwoman. She accomplished so much for District 3. One of her most recent monumental achievements is working with Pinnacle Consultants to secure affordable housing developments. For example, the Petroleum building will...

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Smith County Shelter to Host Valentine-Themed Adoption Event

The Smith County Animal Shelter is hosting a “Cuter than Cupid” free dog adoption event on Saturday, February 10. “A sweet cuddly dog would make the perfect Valentine’s Day gift,” Smith County Animal Control Coordinator LeKisha Stinecipher said. “We hope to find forever homes for all of our dogs here on Saturday.” From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, the public is invited to the shelter, at 322 E. Ferguson, to take a tour and look at all of the cute puppies and dogs available for free adoption. A photo booth will be set up for people to take Valentine’s Day photos with their new best friend! There are more than 50 dogs available for adoption. Adoption is free, but those adopting a dog must agree to get their dog spayed or neutered and get all of the required shots within 30 days of adoption. The Smith County Animal Shelter is open from 8 a.m. to noon and 1-5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and routinely holds special weekend adoption events. For more information, as well as photos of some of the dogs available for adoption, please visit: https://www.facebook.com/pg/smithcountyanimalcontrol/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1330914573611247 or call...

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Ahead of Vote, Cornyn Pushes for Passage of Disaster Relief Bill for Texas

‘Today marks the culmination of our efforts. The supplemental appropriations bill we will consider today includes $89 billion in disaster relief; $8 billion more than the House passed.’   ‘Helping Texans recover and rebuild has been my top priority, and I’m now urging my colleagues on both sides of the aisle and in both Houses to pass this critical relief bill as soon as possible.’   On the Senate floor, U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) praised the revised disaster relief legislation, which includes funding available for Hurricane Harvey recovery, and encouraged his colleagues in both Chambers to quickly pass it. Excerpts of Sen. Cornyn’s remarks are below.   “It was the most significant rainfall event in the United States. During a period of about five days, the skies opened up and dropped 50 inches of rain.”   “Working closely with the Majority Leader, my Texas colleagues and I were able to increase the first disaster relief bill last fall by adding money for Community Development Block Grants.”   “We worked with Dr. Carson, the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, to accelerate the allocation of these funds, which he graciously did. Congress followed up by passing a tax relief bill for individuals and small businesses and sustained financial hardships as a result of the hurricane. And then finally we worked with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to identify...

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What the Bipartisan Budget Act Means for Texas

Makes Almost $90 Billion in Disaster Relief Available for Those Recovering from Hurricanes: Ensures Texas will have increased access to Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) funds Ensures that $15 billion of U.S. Army Corps funding will go directly towards construction in high priority areas impacted by flooding Provides flexibility to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to allow them to carry out necessary projects in Texas Includes funding to help Texas address lingering transportation issues resulting from Hurricane Harvey Allows the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) to distribute formula money using 2000 Census data for areas that temporarily...

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HHS Secretary Azar holds flu briefing with key HHS leaders

   Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar received a briefing on preparedness and response efforts for seasonal and pandemic influenza from Acting CDC Director Anne Schuchat, NIH National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Anthony Fauci, and Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response Robert Kadlec. Also in attendance and participating were Deputy Secretary Eric Hargan, Acting AssistantSecretary for Health Don Wright, Surgeon General Jerome Adams, FDA Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research Director Peter Marks, and HHS Office of Global Affairs Director Garrett Grigsby, all of whom are participating in flu preparedness and response efforts. Secretary Azar...

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