Local News Headlines–5/3/2013

This week’s meeting of the A&M System Board of Regents was the first for two members.  Houston attorney Charles Schwarz grew up in Brenham as pointed out by new regents chairman Phil Adams of Bryan.  Schwarz received his college degrees from Blinn, the University of Texas, and Harvard.  Schwarz’s father, Dr. Walter ”Onion” Schwarz, was a longtime president at Blinn College.  Also participating in his first regents meeting was another Houston attorney, Tony Buzbee, Aggie class of 1990.

If you’ve wondered what happened to the proposed multi million dollar state water plan, State Representative John Raney of Bryan says a technicality has killed it.  Raney says there aren’t enough committee votes to bring it back to the full House.  Raney says the legislation was bogged down by those who wanted money to go to education and others who didn’t want to tap the rainy day fund. The technicality that was used was a point of order that supporters didn’t wait until the 118th day of the session to call for a vote.

And, Downtown Bryan is stepping up to help West as it continues to recover from the fertilizer plant explosion.  Downtown Bryan Association’s Kristy Petty says starting at noon on Sunday, you can enjoy food, drinks and live music at the Fest for West, which will be located at the Palace and Grand Stafford theatres.  Petty says more than a dozen bands will play, including headliner Brandon Rhyder, Chris King and the Liberators, Blue Bear, and Tubie and the Touchstones.  She encourages guests to bring their own chairs.