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Neighborhood Fights Land Speculators Over ‘Shady’ Tactics

MRE tries again to turn GA White Addition commercial The Huntsville Planning and Zoning Commission this month sent a clear message to the residents of at least one established neighborhood in the city: The “highest and best” use of your land is not your family home but a new fast ...

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New Apartments Mean New Tax Revenue, Utility Line Upgrades for City

Council OKs projects to serve $20M new units near SHSU Updated 7/10/2016 By Walker County News Today Staff The housing crunch for an increasing population of Sam Houston State University students might further be relieved this time next year with the addition of apartments that the city will support through paying only ...

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City Voters Face $80M Bond Election in November

Council could raise water rates, not taxes, to pay note Walker County News Today Staff Huntsville City Council wants to get taxpayers in an additional $80 million worth of debt and is looking for creative ways to pay the note without raising taxes. After several workshops with Houston-based engineering and design firms ...

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Paul Davidhizar wins seat on Huntsville City Council

Low turnout favors Alpha Omega headmaster By Walker County News Today staff Paul Davidhizar, the headmaster of Alpha Omega Academy, a private Christian school in Huntsville, defeated retired educator and small business owner John S. Little on Saturday in the race for at-large Position 1 on the Huntsville City Council. The seat was ...

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Huntsville Cites ‘Safety’ as Reason for Costly New Mobile Home Restrictions

Council votes to adopt code changes despite citizens’ appeal once again for fair housing standards By Walker County News Today Staff The Huntsville City Council on Tuesday voted to impose restrictions on mobile homes in the city limits — following a lengthy workshop and a second round of public comment — ...

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Bid Fail Casts Doubt on Integrity of City Process

Council rejects out-of-state bid submitted after deadline By Walker County News Today staff The Huntsville City Council last week took action to spend $48, 500 in tax funds to update the city’s master parks plan and OK’d a bid for $188,863 in additional infrastructure to the $24 million upgrade of the Trinity River Authority’s water treatment ...

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Huntsville City Council OKs $140,000 in 1st Phase of Statue Center Upgrade

 By Walker County News Today staff   The Huntsville City  Council on Tuesday approved the use of $140,000 in Hotel Occupancy Tax (HOT) funds for engineering design of the Sam Houston Statue Visitor Center Expansion and Renovation Project. HOT funds are derived from a 7 percent surcharge paid by guests who stay in ...

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Walker County Races End Super Tuesday in Runoffs

By Walker County News Today staff Sen. Ted Cruz and Sen. Hillary Clinton easily won Texas during Super Tuesday primary voting, but Walker County races were more hotly contested with most ending up in runoffs. In the race for Pct. 1 County Commissioner, Danny Kuykendall will face Tom DeYoung and Precinct 3 ...

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City Could End Up with $4.3M Busts of Presidents

Cost to city Taxpayers a Projected $100,000 By Walker County News Today staff Houston sculptor and Huntsville native David Adickes, the creator of Huntsville’s 67-foot Sam Houston Statue on Interstate 45 South, appeared before Huntsville City Council on Tuesday to offer a complete set of 43 massive busts of former U.S. Presidents valued ...

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Hospital District Hit With PIRs Over Secret Meeting

District Defends Outsiders’ Attendance at Closed Session   By Walker County News Today Staff CountyNewsToday.com and at least one private citizen have filed Public Information Requests after the Walker County Hospital District Board of Managers dodged questions while defending the presence of a Dallas securities firm at an apparently illegal ...

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