Jared Donnelly, staff liaison for the City of College Station’s Historic Preservation Committee, talked about a program to collect, store and preserve pictures, stories and more from the city and its residents during an interview on The Infomaniacs, Friday, August 8.

Click below to listen to Jared Donnelly’s discussion with WTAW’s Scott DeLucia.

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Blinn College President of Brazos County campuses Dr. Sylvia McMullen and Blinn assistant communications director Richard Bray visit with WTAW’s Bill Oliver about new traffic signals coming to the intersection of Villa Maria and Joseph Drive, an update on addressing growth of the Bryan campus, the announcement of a joint agreement between Blinn and Baylor, a new scholarship program for students in STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering, and math), upcoming workforce education opportunities, and pinning ceremonies.

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News release courtesy of Blinn College:

Baylor University and Blinn College today announced the creation of a formal Baylor Bound transfer agreement that will help students transfer more easily between the two institutions and continue to expand educational opportunities for young people all across Texas.

Blinn District President Harold Nolte and Baylor President and Chancellor Ken Starr signed the partnership agreement during a ceremony in the Janis Sneed Banquet Room in the Blinn – Brenham campus Student Center.

As one of its goals under the Pro Futuris strategic initiative, Baylor intends to create 10 Baylor Bound partnerships with strong Texas community colleges over the next five years. The Baylor-Blinn agreement is the third partnership, along with McLennan Community College in Waco and Tyler Junior College in Tyler.

The Baylor Bound program will serve highly motivated Blinn students who, upon meeting the program’s criteria, will transfer to Baylor toward the goal of completing their baccalaureate degree. Students will be able to participate in Baylor Bound at Blinn starting in the fall of 2015, with the intent to transfer to Baylor in the fall of 2016.

“This is a natural partnership,” Nolte said. “Baylor and Blinn have long traditions of creating educational opportunities for Texas students and providing them the tools they need to be successful. This agreement gives our students a formal pathway into Baylor University and the opportunity of a lifetime.”

“The Baylor Bound program is a wonderful avenue for so many community college students who wish to continue an outstanding education at Baylor University,” Starr said. “We are grateful to Blinn College for entering into this historic agreement, which will provide greater educational access for students in the Brazos Valley.”

Students may declare their intent to transfer to Baylor by submitting the Baylor Bound application prior to enrolling at Blinn or while enrolled as a full-time student. Admission to the program will be determined by Baylor’s Office of Admission Services.

Blinn students who become part of the Baylor Bound program can choose a plan from 66 distinct majors, all of which are articulated through specific MAPS – or Major Academic Planners – that will assist them as they move toward timely degree completion. More information about these majors and course transfer equivalency between Baylor and Blinn is available at: www.baylor.edu/advising/bbmaps.

Most students in Baylor Bound will take classes for one year at Blinn and three years at Baylor. However, some students may be approved to take two years at Blinn and two at Baylor, depending on the student’s major and number of transfer credit hours.

Students must be enrolled in an approved A.A. or A.S. academic program leading to an approved Baylor B.B.A., B.A., B.S.W. or B.S. degree and refer to Baylor’s Major Academic Planner when planning coursework.

Advisors from both institutions will help students select courses that satisfy program requirements to allow for a successful transition from Blinn to full-time status at Baylor. Blinn Baylor Bound students also will receive information about scholarships for transfer students and special transfer residential experiences. Also Blinn students will have access to Baylor’s libraries via the Interlibrary Loan Agreement as well as special opportunities to visit the Baylor campus and meet with Baylor representatives.

Baylor and Blinn officials, along with alumni, friends and special guests from across the region gathered in the Janis Sneed Banquet Room inside the Blinn – Brenham campus Student Center to celebrate the historic partnership between the two institutions. Speakers included Joseph “Hal” Machat, Baylor and Blinn alumnus, Starr and Nolte.

Photo courtesy of Blinn College of (L-R) Blinn President Harold Nolte and Baylor President Ken Starr shaking hands.

Photo courtesy of Blinn College of (L-R) Blinn President Harold Nolte and Baylor President Ken Starr shaking hands.

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College Station Mayor Nancy Berry discussed council beginning the budget process, the recent Games of Texas and 7 on 7 events, game day traffic, and more during her regular appearance on The Infomaniacs, Wednesday, August 6.

Click below to listen to Mayor Nancy Berry visit with WTAW’s Scott DeLucia.

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U.S. Representative Bill Flores (R-TX) of Bryan discussed the recent death of a two-star American general in Afghanistan, the latest on immigration, increased debt in the latest spending bill, and more during his weekly Washington update on The Infomaniacs, Wednesday, August 6.

Click below to listen to Congressman Bill Flores’ discussion with WTAW’s Scott DeLucia.

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United-Way-LogoEach Monday from August through the end of the year, WTAW’s 5 p.m. news hour will include a segment featuring United Way of the Brazos Valley.

President/CEO Alison Prince visits with WTAW’s Bill Oliver in the opening interview about preparations for the start of the UWBV community campaign and an invitation to be a campaign volunteer.

Click HERE to be directed to the UWBV website.

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For the second time in three years, the Boys and Girls Club of the Brazos Valley is the beneficiary of a football fundraiser.

Bob Ibach of Nikco Sports says 2,014 full sized Rawlings footballs recognizing Johnny Manziel’s rookie season with the Cleveland Browns have been produced.

This is the same company that in 2012 produced a limited edition Texas A&M University football for the Aggies first year in the Southeastern Conference.

Each football, which comes with an acrylic display case, is officially licensed by the NFL, it is approved by the Browns, and each football comes with a certificate of authenticity that is numbered.

The football features a draft day photo of Manziel on one white panel. Another panel lists some of his college career highlights that include winning the Heisman Trophy. And there is a special panel that has info on the Browns stadium as well as Browns championship history…which if you didn’t know the franchise has four NFL titles, four AFC titles, 11 conference championships, and 13 division titles.

Fans can order two ways: call 1-800-345-2868 or go online to www.nikcosports.com.

Click below for comments from Bob Ibach, visiting with WTAW’s Bill Oliver.

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Courtesy of Nikco Sports.

Courtesy of Nikco Sports.

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Sandy Farris of the Downtown Bryan Association (DBA) visits with WTAW’s Bill Oliver about DBA night at the Brazos Valley Bombers game, August First Friday, the first August Terrific Tuesday, and an update on September’s Texas Reds Festival.

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U.S. Representative Bill Flores (R-TX) of Bryan discussed the passage of two bills last night—a 420-5 vote to overhaul the VA and a mostly party line vote to sue President Obama for executive overreach—and more during his weekly Washington update on The Infomaniacs, Thursday, July 31.

Click below to listen to Congressman Bill Flores’ discussion with WTAW’s Scott DeLucia.

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The president-elect of the Houston Bar Association, Laura Gibson, visits with WTAW’s Bill Oliver about a free legal clinic for veterans and spouses of deceased vets Saturday morning at the Bryan American Legion.

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Here are details of Saturday’s clinic, courtesy of the Houston Bar Association:

· The clinic is Saturday, August 2, 2014, from 9:00 a.m. until Noon, at American Legion Post 159, 101 Waco St., Bryan TX 77803. No appointment necessary. You may want to bring documentation related to your legal issue, but it is not required.

· The clinic is sponsored by the Houston Bar Foundation’s Veterans Legal Initiative, in cooperation with the Brazos County Bar Association. The American Legion Post is allowing us to use their facility, as they did for our January clinic there. The Veteran Resource Center at Texas A&M University has been very helpful in working with us on the clinic.

· Any veteran, or spouse of a deceased veteran, can sit down with a volunteer attorney for one-on-one advice and counsel on many legal issues–family law, consumer law, wills and probate, real estate, tax, disability, benefits, etc.

· Anyone can get legal advice at the clinic. If the veteran needs ongoing representation for a legal matter and meets the income eligibility requirements, the program will make every effort to find an attorney to handle their civil case pro bono. While the income eligibility guideline is no more than 300 percent over the poverty level, we encourage them to apply for services even if they are unsure they will qualify, as expenses and other items are taken into consideration. All veterans attending the clinic will be asked to fill out an application for service through the Houston Volunteer Lawyers, our pro bono program.

· Veterans may be able to get advice on criminal cases, but our program cannot represent them in criminal matters.

· We will have a representative from the Texas Veterans Commission to answer questions on VA benefits, in addition to attorneys.

· We welcome veterans of all ages, including student veterans attending Texas A&M, Blinn College and other colleges and universities in the area.

· If anyone has questions, they can visit our website, www.hba.org or call 713-759-1133.

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Lt. Chuck Fleeger of the College Station police department visits with WTAW’s Bill Oliver about recruiting new officers and the 50th class of the Citizens Police Academy.

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