UPDATE: Senator Schwertner’s New Committee Appointments

Friday update: State Senator Charles Schwertner of Georgetown, whose district includes Brazos County, has received a second new committee assignment. Dr. Schwertner was named chairman of the Senate’s Health and Human Services Committee. The opening came when Jane Nelson was named chairwoman of the Senate Finance Committee. From a news release, Schwertner stated “As a […]

Former Bryan Dentist Enters Plea Agreement to Improper Visual Recording

A Bryan dentist who told police he secretly videotaped a dental assistant in the employee bathroom has entered a plea agreement in Brazos County district court. 67 year old William Birdwell was sentenced to the maximum two years for the felony crime of improper visual recording. As part of four years probation, Birdwell will serve […]

Bryan School Board Told To Expect First Surplus Budget in Years

For the first time in recent history, the Bryan school board may be able to adopt a budget with surplus funding. During a board workshop Wednesday, assistant superintendent Amy Drozd says the district could have an additional $3.2 million dollars.   The proposed budget includes two department directors and three other fulltime professional positions that […]

CSISD Sets Public Hearings For Changing Elementary School Boundaries

On August 19th, College Station school board members will learn recommendations of redrawing elementary school boundaries that will take place a year from now. Superintendent Clark Ealy says a rezoning committee has completed its work, taking into account the opening of Spring Creek elementary in August of 2015. The CSISD board has scheduled three public […]

Brazos Valley Fair Announces Entertainment and Special Events

Headline entertainment has been announced for this year’s Brazos Valley Fair. Senior Manager Fiona Meyer says Kevin Fowler will perform Friday, October 17; Earl Thomas Conley on Saturday the 18th, and Las Fenix and Elida Reyna Y Avante on Sunday the 19th. Those performances will begin after each evening’s CPRA Rodeo Performance in the North […]

Emu Rescued Near Kurten

KURTEN, Texas (AP) _ Texas deputies and some good Samaritans have helped return a domesticated one-eyed emu to its owners. The Bryan College-Station Eagle reports (http://bit.ly/1jSYAoo ) the large bird believed to be named Elliott was discovered Wednesday afternoon near Kurten. Mariann Balcar and her mother discovered the bird wandering near the road. Worried for […]

Aide to Former Galveston Mayor Convicted of Embezzlement

GALVESTON, Texas (AP) _ A personal aide to a now-former Southeast Texas mayor has been sentenced to 10 years of probation for embezzling more than $360,000 from the city leader. Prosecutors in Galveston say Mary Louise Castano stole from then-Galveston Mayor Lyda Ann Thomas. Castano must also repay nearly $160,000 as part of her guilty […]

Houston Veterans Sleeping on the Streets

HOUSTON (AP) _ Houston veterans have been left to sleep on the streets after a disagreement between federal and local officials. The Houston Chronicle reports that the Department of Veterans Affairs and Houston housing officials could not agree on how many housing vouchers were available for veterans. Housing vouchers are funded through the U.S. Department […]

Deion Sanders Charter School Fights to Stay Open

DALLAS (AP) _ The head of a charter school co-founded by former Dallas Cowboy Deion Sanders says he will appeal the state’s decision to revoke its charter. Superintendent Ron Price said Wednesday he will appeal the Texas Education Agency’s decision to shutter the two Prime Prep Academy campuses, home to nearly 500 students. The agency’s […]

Passenger Jet Shot Down Over Kiev, Missile Suspected

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) _ An adviser to Ukraine’s Interior Minister says a Malaysian passenger plane carrying 295 people has been shot down over a town in the east of the country. Anton Gerashenko says on his Facebook page the plane was flying at an altitude of 33,000 feet when it was hit Thursday by a […]

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