City cancels events because of H1N1 Flu

By Holley Nees - bio | email

ANGELINA COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - Some East Texans said they could understand if there had been confirmed cases here in East Texas, but cancelling their plans has been hard for some people to swallow.   However, the city said they would much rather take too many precautions than risk someone getting the virus.

Kyle Lovelace won't even make it on first base Thursday night because the city won't let him play.

"If we do something and it's considered an over-reaction, then we are condemned, but our number one goal, our number one priority is to make sure that we are trying to do the best we can to protect public health and welfare," said Deputy City Manager Keith Wright.

Some think the city may have acted too soon.

"Schools are not closed, our town is not quarantined, Wal-Mart's still open, Brookshire Brother's is still open, people are still going to restaurants and eating, so the only thing we're not doing is playing baseball," said Executive Director for Lufkin Youth Baseball Judy Maddux.

Judge Wes Suiter understands her concerns.

"My son, he's been on a science project now for three months [or] four months, he's got it ready to go.  He's all excited about going to science fair and now, we're going to have to tell him, well you're not going to get to do it," Suiter said.

He said as an elected offical it's hard, but he'd rather err on the side of caution.

"We're not trying to alarm the public, we just want them aware of what's out there," said Suiter.

So, Thursday night, instead of stepping up to bat, Kyle will, "Go home and sit nothing."

H1N1 may keep him from from the field, but it won't stop him from loving the game.

"I just like to go out there and play and now I can't do it right now," said Lovelace.

The city and county said they are closely monitoring the situation meeting with the health district and the regional advisory council.   We also just got word the Angelina County Science and Tech Fair on May 5th and 6th is cancelled.   Over 1,100 participants were scheduled to attend the event.