17 starving horses found among field of equine skeletons, carcasses in Washington County, Houston SPCA says
WASHINGTON COUNTY, Texas – Officials at the Houston SPCA said they removed 17 emaciated horses from a property in Washington County on Wednesday after discovering multiple carcasses and scores of bones, including a skull of what appeared to be a young horse. The owner’s family members reached out to the Houston SPCA for assistance after they reported that the animals were not being taken care of properly, officials said. “It is critical that owners reach out when they need lifesaving assistance with their animals, and not wait until it’s too late,” said Adam Reynolds, chief animal cruelty investigator, in a written statement. “It became abundantly clear there was suffering and neglect for a significant amount of time once we discovered all of the bones.”The horses are now receiving veterinary care and proper nutrition, and will also be rehabilitated by a Houston SPCA team.
Vaccine pre-registration closed for residents 75 and older in Austin, Burleson, Fayette, Grimes, Waller, and Washington counties
A special vaccine pre-registration for residents 75 and older in Austin, Burleson, Fayette, Grimes, Waller, and Washington counties is now closed. The goal was to set as many appointments for Tuesday, Feb. 9, as possible. Those not scheduled for Tuesday will remain on the registration list for the next allotment of vaccines. There will be three attempts to reach each registration. Once submitted, those who pre-registered will be contacted by an agent, in the order the form was received, to complete your registration and set an appointment time as vaccines become available.
Washington County officials plan to start vaccine appointment process Monday
BRENHAM, Texas – Washington County officials said they plan to start vaccinating people against the coronavirus this week. The state recently designated Washington County EMS as a vaccine hub. Kevin Deramus, director of Washington County EMS, said the agency anticipates receiving 2,000 doses this week. He said officials have been preparing for the vaccine’s arrival, testing and retesting things like call center capacity and the administration process. He said he believes all 2,000 shots will be administered within four days at a drive-thru site set up at the Washington County Fairgrounds.
19 deaths, 100+ cases at Brenham nursing home, health officials say
BRENHAM, Texas – A nursing and rehabilitation facility in Washington County has seen dozens of cases of coronavirus. As of Monday, 102 residents and staff members at Brenham Nursing and Rehabilitation Center tested positive for COVID-19, according to numbers posted on a county website. “The nursing home in town got hit really hard,” Dr. William Robert Loesch, the local health authority, said in a video update dated April 29. Karan Janes said her mother, Margie McCracken, 90, was a resident who died several days after learning she tested positive. We have implemented many protocols and procedures to reduce the risk to patients and staff at all of our facilities.
Afternoon thunderstorms pushing through southeast Texas
Afternoon thunderstorms pushing through southeast TexasThuderstorms are pushing through southeast Texas Saturday afternoon, according to National Weather Service Thuderstorms are pushing through southeast Texas Saturday afternoon, according to National Weather Service Photo: NWS Photo: NWS Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Afternoon thunderstorms pushing through southeast Texas 1 / 1 Back to GalleryThunderstorms are moving through Harris County and Washington County this afternoon, prompting a National Weather Service advisory. Doppler radar is now tracking a strong cluster of thunderstorms near Bellville and Brenham, moving east at 40 mph. An upper level disturbance blowing through the Houston area could bring half-inch size hail and winds in excess of 30 mph. Emergency Management officials said dime-size hail was reported in Brenham at 2 p.m.A sneaky upper air disturbance is going to bring Houston a quick round of "elevated thunderstorms." Expect storms to move through the Houston area next week, possibly bringing the temperature down to the 50s.chron.com
Year-round camp breaks down barriers for children with special needs
HOUSTON – A year-round camp in Washington County is changing the way people with special needs experience camp. Camp For All is a 206-acre campus in Burton that specializes in activities for disabled children and adults without any barriers, said President and CEO Pat Sorrells. Sorrells said the camp splits the $1,000 per person cost in half with its 65 community partners. “Campers come here and discover what they can do as opposed to out in the real world what they can’t do. For more information on Camp For All on how to sign up or how to donate, click here.
Henry Thomas, who played Elliott in 'E.T.,' arrested on DUI...
Photo by Washington County Sheriffs Office via Getty Images(CNN) - Henry Thomas, best known for his role as Elliott in the 1982 film "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial," was arrested Monday in Oregon, police told CNN. Subsequent investigation by officers resulted in Thomas, 48, being arrested and charged with driving under the influence of intoxicants. Thomas was transported to the Washington County Jail, according to Massey. He was released from custody Tuesday morning on his own recognizance, according to a Washington County Jail spokesperson.