Local News Headlines–4/16/2013

There are at least eight runners from the Brazos Valley who competed in the Boston Marathon. All completed well before the explosions near the finish line.  The marathon website lists four runners from B-C-S, a fifth who ran at Texas A&M, two from Brenham, and one from Hempstead.

A student is hospitalized in critical condition after he was struck by an S-U-V yesterday afternoon at Harvey Mitchell Parkway and Welsh Avenue near A&M Consolidated High School.  Police say 15-year-old Joshua Odle of College Station was flown to a hospital in Austin.  Officers were told Odle was walking north across Harvey Mitchell when he was struck by a westbound Jeep, driven by 35-year-old Taylor Herzog of Dallas.  No other details have been released as the investigation continues.

And, Brazos and some neighboring counties are among the strongest areas for job growth in the country.  Federal authorities recently released figures compiled for the 12 month period ending last September.  During that time, job growth in Brazos County was 3.6-percent.  That’s good for 17th best in the country.  Montgomery County was fourth best in the country, Fort Bend ranked sixth, and Harris County tenth.  While the job force continues to increase, the average weekly pay in Brazos County is among the lowest in the country among large counties at $721 a week, or $37,000 a year.  That’s compared to the Texas average of $930 and the national average of $906.  Those working in Madison and Washington counties make less.  Those in Robertson, Leon, Grimes, and Burleson counties make more.