U.S. Representative Bill Flores (R-TX) of Bryan discussed a bill regarding future ransom payments, the new overtime requirements about to take effect, the Obama administration’s new health insurance campaign, and more during his weekly Washington update on The Infomaniacs on Wednesday, September 28.

Click below to hear Congressman Bill Flores visiting with WTAW’s Scott DeLucia.



Three months ago, volunteers packaged 1,250 “baby bundles” on United Way of the Brazos Valley’s Day of Action.

Director of Community Development Eleesha Blackwell says there have been so many births, they have fewer than 300 bundles of appropriate books and toys to give to parents of low income households.

In addition to collecting toys, books, and monetary donations, volunteers are needed to package the bundles.

Click below for comments from Eleesha Blackwell, visiting with WTAW’s Bill Oliver.



Click HERE to be directed to United Way of the Brazos Valley’s website.


Click below for a preview of the 10th Texas Reds Festival with Sandy Farris of the Downtown Bryan Association and WTAW’s Scott Delucia on The Infomaniacs, September 22, 2016.



Click HERE to be directed to the Texas Reds Festival website.

Additional information from the Texas Reds Festival:

Let’s raise a glass to celebrate the breweries and wineries participating in the 10TH ANNUAL TEXAS REDS STEAK & GRAPE FESTIVAL in Historic Downtown Bryan this weekend (September 23-25). This year’s fest, presented by Union Pacific, includes lots of new offerings highlighted by complimentary train rides on the Union Pacific Heritage train. Breweries and wineries, which include Blackwater Draw, Fiesta Winery, Karbach, Messina Hof and many more, join the ever-growing list of artists and vendors set to arrive in Downtown Bryan this weekend.

Admission to the festival is free. However, tickets must be purchased for wine tastings, beer tastings, and specials. Products include 10th Anniversary VIP Ticket Package ($220), 10th Anniversary Cheers Ticket Package ($90), Thursday Night Messina Hof Farm-to-Table Dinner ($75), Friday Night-VIP Kick-off Party at Astin Mansion (SOLD OUT), Saturday Evening Steak Dinner ($25), Sunday Steak and Egg Brunch ($45), Texas Wine Tasting Package ($25), Texas Craft Beer Tasting Package ($25), Kids Zone Wristband ($15) and Wine and Beer Tasting Tickets (10 tickets for $10). For full product descriptions, please visit www.TexasRedsFestival.com.

Live music by Texas artists is a cornerstone of Texas Reds. The festival will kick-off Friday night at the intersection of Main and 24th Street with a concert by the Texas Twisters at 8 PM. Festival headliners include Ray Wylie Hubbard (“Snake Farm,” “Screw You We’re from Texas”) on Saturday night at 8:30 PM and Grammy Winner Rodney Crowell (“After All This Time,” “I Couldn’t Leave You If I Tried”) on Sunday afternoon at 3:30 PM.

Additional music acts confirmed for this September’s festival include Austin Meade, Bri Bagwell, Continental Drift, Daniel Gonzales, David Ramirez, Edison Chair, Ian Moore, John Fullbright, Katye Hamlin, KP & The Boom Boom, Mama K & The Shades, Randy Pavlock, Roxy Roca, Shinyribs, Soul Track Mind, Steady Legend, Texas Twisters, The Departed, The Docs, The Nightowls, Uncle Lucius and Vandoliers. See full concert schedule at www.TexasRedsFestival.com.

TRAIN RIDES: Reserved train ride tickets are included with every VIP and Cheers ticket package. Ticket holders will be allowed to select a train ride time and will be seated in the dome car, which has a glass roof. With the purchase of one VIP or Cheers package, you will also be allowed to bring one child with you on the ride. Reserved ticketed time train rides are only available through VIP or Cheers packages. A separate non-reserved train car will be available on a first come, first ride basis and requires a ticket. These tickets are FREE and can be obtained at the Union Pacific information booth located on 26th Street during the festival.

TRAFFIC: Partial street closures occur Friday afternoon. All Downtown streets will be closed at 11:59 p.m. on Friday night and will remain closed until after the festival Sunday evening. PARKING: Free parking is available in the Roy Kelly Parking Garage (301 E 26th Street), Messina Hof Winery & Resort (Saturday only) and Blinn College on Villa Maria. Complimentary shuttle rides are available to and from Messina Hof on Saturday and Blinn College on Saturday and Sunday. These shuttles will pick up and drop off riders at the Roy Kelly Garage.


U.S. Representative Bill Flores (R-TX) of Bryan discussed new legislation, the upcoming lame duck session, what it would mean if the U.S. does not control ICANN, and more during his weekly Washington update on The Infomaniacs on Thursday, September 22.

Click below to hear Congressman Bill Flores visiting with WTAW’s Scott DeLucia.



Officer Kelley McKethan of the Bryan police department visits with WTAW’s Bill Oliver about a longtime officer who is retiring this week, the release of a video where a burglary suspect is seen trying to use a stolen credit card, a reminder to register for National Night Out block parties, and locations of increased traffic enforcement.



The video below identifies a person of interest in a vehicle burglary on 8/12/16 on College View Drive. The person in the video attempted to use the victim’s credit card at Walmart a short time later. If you recognize this person of interest please contact Detective Beau Wallace at 979-209-5455 or Brazos County Crime Stoppers at 979-775-TIPS. Refer to case #16-0800500.

Photo of Officer David Long from Bryan police.

Photo of Officer David Long from Bryan police.

More information about the retirement of Officer David Long from the Bryan police department:

David Long started with the Bryan Police Department in January 1986. He served as a patrol officer for 29 years. He served a few months with the Traffic Safety Unit in 2005 and was transferred to the Criminal Investigation Division in August 2015.

Officer David Long received his Master’s Certificate in 2001. He received a Police Commendation in 2010 after responded to a domestic disturbance. He observed a male and female arguing on the front porch. When the male saw Officer Long he retreated into the residence. When Officer Long made contact with the male, the male had a knife to his own throat. The male then retreated into the home and exited out a side door. Officer Long heard this and confronted the male who was trying to walk into a residential neighborhood while he had a knife and was in an agitated state. Officer Long talked with the subject who was angry at the female and at Officer Long. After talking with the male the male then turned all his aggression towards Officer Long and came at him with the knife. Officer Long discharged his Taser causing the male to drop the knife and was then taken into custody. Officer Long’s quick thinking allowed him to contain the armed subject in the yard and take him into custody without anyone being injured.

Officer Long has been a mentor to many officers within the Bryan Police Department. His quick wit will be long remembered and missed. We wish David Long all the best in his retirement.

Please come and join us for David Long’s retirement on Friday, September 23, 2016 at 3:00 p.m. at the Bryan Police Department.


City of Bryan Mayor Jason Bienski discussed Tuesday night’s special meeting where the council wrapped up the 2017 fiscal year budget by ratifying the tax rate, flooding fixes, RELLIS updates, and more during his regular appearance on The Infomaniacs on Wednesday, September 21.

Click below to hear Jason Bienski visiting with WTAW’s Scott DeLucia.



United Way of the Brazos Valley president Alison Prince visits with WTAW’s Chelsea Reber about their Youth Leadership Day and more during the weekly United Way of the Brazos Valley update on Monday, September 19.

Click below to hear Alison Prince visiting with WTAW’s Chelsea Reber.



Jeff Kersten, College Station Assistant City Manager, discussed the city’s budget, the new police facility, funding increases and decreases, sales tax revenue, and more during his appearance on The Infomaniacs on Friday, September 16.

Click below to hear Jeff Kersten visiting with WTAW’s Scott DeLucia.



College Station Mayor Nancy Berry is joined by Dave Coleman, Water Services Director, to discuss budget updates, impact fees, water rate increases, and more during their appearance on The Infomaniacs on Wednesday, September 14.

Click below to hear Nancy Berry and Dave Coleman visiting with WTAW’s Scott DeLucia.



U.S. Representative Bill Flores (R-TX) of Bryan discussed new legislation, funding the government, the Freedom Caucus’ call for a vote to impeach the head of the IRS, and more during his weekly Washington update on The Infomaniacs on Wednesday, September 14.

Click below to hear Bill Flores visiting with WTAW’s Scott DeLucia.



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