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Posts published in “Day: March 4, 2021

Governor lifts Mask mandate, opens business 100% against heavy criticism

GOVERNOR ABBOTT makes announcement at a Chamber of Commerce luncheon in Lubbock.

AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott stirred up a major controversy Tuesday, by issuing an Executive Order (GA-34) lifting the mask mandate in Texas and increasing capacity of all businesses and facilities in the state to 100 percent. The Governor made the announcement at Montelongo’s Mexican Restaurant in Lubbock in an address to the Lubbock Chamber of Commerce.

The announcement immediately drew criticism from County and City governments, labor unions, and public health officials that have been attempting for over a year to reduce the number of illnesses and deaths caused by the COVID-19 virus. This highly contagious virus is spread through human contact, and masks and social distancing, and “lockdowns” are the major elements in the fight against the disease.

President Biden tours Houston Relief sites

TOUR of the Harris County Emergency Center included L to R, Mayor Turner, Governor Abbott, President Joe Biden, and HC Judge Lina Hidalgo, explaining the details of operation in the emergency center.

HOUSTON – President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden traveled to Houston last Friday, February 26 as Harris County slowly recovers from the winter storm and power and water outages.

The president was greeted at Ellington Airfield when he landed by a delegation including Mayor Turner, Governor Abbott, and Congresspersons Al Green and Sheila Jackson Lee. They met with Gov. Greg Abbott at the FEMA vaccine super-site at NRG around 5 p.m. Friday. This will be Biden’s last stop after touring several locations, including the Houston Food Bank and the Harris County Emergency Management Center.

Biden earlier surveyed damage and recovery efforts following the deadly winter storm.

Murder in Highlands

HIGHLANDS – A man was found gunned down in the 100 block Del Monte Lane, near Bluebell Street before 2:50 a.m. Sunday, the last day of February.

Harris County Sheriff’s Office District III deputies discovered the victim, who was identified by family members at the scene, lying in the driveway, unresponsive from an apparent gunshot wound.

It appears Rene Hernandez, 53, was shot in his sister’s front yard upon returning from a bar unannounced, according to Sergeant Sidney Miller of the Harris County Sheriff’s Office Homicide Division.

Highlands Fire Department EMS arrived on the scene and pronounced Hernandez deceased.

Witnesses told deputies of hearing a loud argument then at least two gunshots.

Chamber installs new board members

Rev. Larry Koslovski of the Brethren Church, Justin League of Sparks Insurance, Toni Handley, Chelsey Stringer of Community Resource Credit Union, Tiffany Muller of Crosby Church and Eric Jennings of DOC Resources after standing election are sworn in by Precinct 3 Position 2 Justice of the Peace Lucia Bates. J.P. Bates also swore in returning Chamber Board members. March 18 the monthly luncheon will be held at Crawfish Shack for a Business Showcase Luncheon. Tees & Tails Golf Tournament is April 15 at Stonebridge.