Disaster Areas Declared

flood_Dis_areaGovernor declares state of disaster in a number of local counties due to flooding
(AUSTIN) — As flooding continues to impact parts of East and Southeast Texas, Governor Greg Abbott today declared a state of disaster in the following counties: Angelina, Erath, Gregg, Hardin, Harrison, Hood, Jasper, Jefferson, Liberty, Madison, Marion, Newton, Orange, Parker, Sabine, San Augustine, and Tyler. The Governor also elevated the activation level of the State Operations Center (SOC) in Austin, and is urging Texans to stay on high alert and immediately heed any warnings from their local officials related to this severe flood threat.

“Flooding resulting from historic rainfall in East Texas is having a significant impact on residents,” said Governor Abbott. “The State of Texas continues to do everything it can to assist all the counties affected by this severe weather, and my thoughts and prayers are with all those impacted. I want to thank the first responders for their quick response to this disaster and ask that residents heed the warnings of local officials, particularly concerning evacuation notices.”

To read Governor Abbott’s disaster declaration, click here.

School Closings or Delays, Hypothermia – It’s Real, Honor a Teacher, Pray for a Family, Happy Groundhog Day, Blackout Prep

School Closings or Delays due to winter weather:

* Apple Springs will have a late start at 10 a.m. Wednesday.
* Kennard ISD will have a late start at 10 a.m. Wednesday.
* Crockett ISD classes will begin two hours late on Wednesday. Buses will run two hours late.
* San Augustine ISD classes will begin at 10 a.m. on Wednesday. Teachers report at 9:30 a.m.
* Lufkin boys basketball game rescheduled for 6 p.m. Wednesday.

Check back with this story throughout the day for the latest updates on school closures and delays.

Hypothermia – It’s Real: The lower temperatures drop the greater your chances of any number of medical problems. (KTRE-ABC 9)

Power Thoughts

  • “The best teachers teach from the heart, not from the book.”  ~Author Unknown
  • The dream begins with a teacher who believes in you, who tugs and pushes and leads you to the next plateau, sometimes poking you with a sharp stick called “truth.”  ~Dan Rather
  • “A good teacher is like a candle – it consumes itself to light the way for others.”  ~Author Unknown

Facebook question? Did you have a teacher that changed your life if so what grade and how?

Pray for a Family: A school & two communities and a family mourn after a Corrigan teacher is killed by a suspected drunk driver – The halls are quiet, the door is locked, school is in session at Corrigan-Camden Junior High, but there’s a void there that Connie Mckay once filled. From letters on her door to posts on her Facebook page, Mckay’s influence went beyond her seventh grade reading classroom.

“It’s going to be hard,” said Corrigan-Camden Junior High Principal Robert Elliott as he held back tears. “It’s going to be hard for a while, but I keep going back to her family. I’m a husband and I’m a father and I can’t imagine.” Elliott said McKay was often one of the first ones at school in the morning getting ready to teach.

“The best compliment you can give somebody is that they made a difference and she made a difference every day,” said Elliott. “She made a difference with the teachers and staff here and she made a difference with the students she had.”   “She had a genuine concern for these other teachers and staff and for her students,” said Elliott. “She knew every student, seventh, eighth grade, she knew every one of them. She knew what they were doing and what they were capable of doing.”  Mckay was dedicated to her profession and to the lives she taught. Now, they work to keep her memory alive.

Funeral services for Connie Renee McKay, of Lufkin, will be held today at 10 a.m., Lufkin’s First Assembly.

HAPPY GROUNDHOG DAY 🙂 Do you believe it makes a difference if Phil sees his shadow?

How To Prepare For Blackout: FEMA says to be ready in case you lose power! Get a kit, Make a plan & Be Informed. Go here for details.