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College Station Councilman Jerome Rektorik visits with WTAW’s Scott DeLucia about the new city manager, the upcoming city council runoff election, this year’s voter turnout, a new roof for city hall, the groundbreaking ceremony for the new police department, the idea of an advisory board for the city’s electric utility, and more during his appearance on The Infomaniacs on Friday, November 16, 2018.

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Todd McDaniel, Economic Development Specialist, visits with Scott DeLucia about his experience in the position so far, development plans throughout the city, what businesses consider when moving to a new city, the future of “big box” stores, and more during his appearance on The Infomaniacs on Thursday, November 15, 2018.

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Congressman Bill Flores of Bryan (R-TX) visits with WTAW’s Scott DeLucia about his visit to France for the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day, his vote for Kevin McCarthy as minority leader, issues the House needs to address before the term ends, and more during his appearance on The Infomaniacs on Thursday, November 15, 2018.

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Bryan Mayor Andrew Nelson visits with WTAW’s Scott DeLucia about the first recommendations for a future superpark, plans for the former city golf course, how the city is going to pay for the superpark, the 380 agreement in Downtown Bryan, Ben Hardeman’s departure from the council, and more during his appearance on The Infomaniacs on Wednesday, November 14, 2018.

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The seventh state historical marker on the Texas A&M campus was dedicated Tuesday morning.

A&M officials and the Brazos County Historical Commission unveiled a marker in front of the Academic Building recognizing the institution’s contribution during World War I.

Click below for comments from A&M archivist and Brazos County Historical Commission vice-chairman Greg Bailey, visiting with WTAW’s Bill Oliver.

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Photo courtesy of Greg Bailey.

Script of the World War I historical marker at Texas A&M provided by Greg Bailey:

WORLD WAR I ALLOWED THE AGRICULTURAL AND MECHANICAL COLLEGE OF TEXAS TO EXPAND BEYOND MILITARY TRAINING AND DIRECTLY CONTRIBUTE TO THE WAR EFFORT WITH STAFF AND STUDENTS VOLUNTEERING FOR SERVICE IN LARGE NUMBERS. STUDENTS FIRST SERVED FOR OTHER COUNTRIES BEFORE THE U.S. ENTERED THE WAR. AS EARLY AS SEPT.1914, GEORGES PIERRE FERDINAND JOUINE, CLASS OF 1907, ENLISTED AS A PRIVATE IN THE FRENCH ARMY. IN MAR. 1917, THE SCHOOL OFFERED THEIR PROGRAMS AND FACILITIES FOR USE DURING THE WAR. BY DEC. 1917, TAMC WAS DESIGNATED A U.S. ARMY TRAINING BASE.

ALONG WITH THE NORMAL INSTRUCTION OF ITS COLLEGE STUDENTS, THE COLLEGE BECAME A BASE FOR THREE LINES OF INTENSIVE MILITARY TRAINING. IN DEC. 1917, SOLDIERS REPORTED TO TRAIN AS RADIO MECHANICS. THEY WERE ASSIGNED TO GOODWIN HALL AS THEIR BARRACKS, AND RECEIVED TECHNICAL INSTRUCTION FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING. THE SERVICE TRAINING DETACHMENT OF MECHANICS AND TECHNICIANS WAS IN OPERATION BY SUMMER OF 1918. THE THIRD AREA OF TRAINING WAS IN THE SIGNAL CORPS SCHOOL OF METEOROLOGY, ESTABLISHED IN MAY 1918 TO TRAIN MEN FOR AVIATION, GAS AND FLAME ATTACKS, BOMBING EXPEDITIONS AND MANY OTHER MILITARY AND NAVAL OPERATIONS. THE SCHOOL OPERATED OUT OF THE CIVIL ENGINEERING BUILDING AND WAS THE ONLY ONE OF ITS KIND AMONG ALLIED NATIONS DURING THE WAR.

WITH THE U.S. CALLING ON THE MALE FACULTY TO SERVE, FOR THE FIRST TIME IN THE COLLEGE’S HISTORY WOMEN SERVED ON THE FACULTY, TEACHING BOTANY AND FRENCH. DESPITE AN INFLUENZA OUTBREAK IN SEPT. 1918, THE COLLEGE AND COMMUNITY CONTINUED THEIR SUPPORT THROUGH LIBERTY BOND DRIVES AND INCREASING AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTION UNTIL THE WAR ENDED. MORE THAN 2,200 AGGIES SERVED, WITH AT LEAST 62 MAKING THE SUPREME SACRIFICE FROM A DEDICATED COMMUNITY OF STUDENTS, FACULTY AND CITIZENS DURING A TIME OF WAR.

Remarks at the historical marker dedication provided by Greg Bailey:

Howdy! Thank you for joining us this morning. First I want to thank the Corps of Cadets Association as they there the ones that generously funded this marker. I am going to try to keep this relatively short, as there is a slip nip in the air.

Two days ago we celebrated the 100th Anniversary of the Armistice of 1918, ending hostilities between the Allied Nations and Germany. Today we dedicate this Texas Historical Commission Marker, commemorating the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas’ involvement in the Great War.

With the ever increasing likelihood of the United States entering the war, the faculty of the College called a meeting on March 21, 1917 and unanimously passed a resolution asking the Board of Directors and State Legislature to offer the faculty and facilities to the Federal Government. Two days later President William Bennett Bizzell presented the resolution to the Board of Directors, who in turn unanimously voted in favor of the resolution. In essence Texas AMC had declared war on Germany. A little over a week later on April 6th the United States Congress voted to declare war on Germany.

Later that spring word reached campus that the National Council of Defense had selected the College as one of six schools that would train a unit of the U.S. Army Signal Corps. President Bizzell also announced that the Senior class was excused from further class duties to enter the Officer Training Camp at Camp Funston, Leon Springs, Texas. On June 3rd a ceremony was held at Camp Funston where 73 of the senior class of 133 was stationed. An additional 13 had entered the Marine Corps and four the navy.

In December the first of three lines of specialized training for the U.S. Army began on campus as soldiers of the Signal Corps arrived to train as radio mechanics. The Service Training Detachment of Mechanics and Carpenters was in operations by the summer of 1918 and in May 1918 the Signal Corps School of Meteorology, the only one of its kind among the allied nations, opened at College. More than 4000 men would train in these programs.

Faculty, staff, and students would heed the call of the nation and enter service. This resulted in the addition of the first women to the College’s faculty, while also seeing more than 2,200 Aggies serving the country, many as junior officers.

The College also had a far reaching effect on the state as the Agricultural Extension Service worked diligently to increase food production, while also coming up with ways to conserve food and lower consumption on the home front.

In the end the College saw 62 of her sons make the ultimate sacrifice.

Thank you for joining us today to commemorate the commitment and sacrifices the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas made to world in the defense of freedom.

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Dendy Brown, a sanitation worker for the City of College Station, was hit by a car in late September.

This Friday, a BBQ lunch and silent auction will be held to raise money for Dendy and his family. The event is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

There will also be a blood drive, in honor of Dendy, on Friday at Veterans Park from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Click here to schedule an appointment and enter code VPAC.

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WTAW’s Bill Oliver visits with United Way of the Brazos Valley president Alison Prince about using the 2-1-1 Texas phone number to request assistance during the holidays, including Thanksgiving meals, and captain Paul Ryerson of UWBV partner agency the Bryan/College Station Salvation Army.

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Steve Larkin, former principal at Bryan High School, visits with The Infomaniacs about his acting career and his new movie on Hallmark Channel, “Christmas at Pemberley Manor”, which premiered this year.

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Ana Romero, Recreation Manager for College Station Parks & Recreation, visits with WTAW’s Scott DeLucia about Lights on Display, Christmas in the Park, the Jingle Bell Fun Run, and more during her appearance on The Infomaniacs on Friday, November 9, 2018.

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Tom Turbiville narrates “What is a Vet?”

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