Local News Headlines–5/22/2013

The College Station school board has received recommendations for a November bond election, but no board action was taken yesterday. That’s not expected until August.  There’s a package of nine items with a total price tag of more than $84-million including more than $15-million to expand Timber Academy into a center for alternative learning and $12-million in deferred maintenance.  $20-million of that is for a proposed ninth elementary school. The majority of board discussion and questions was over a new natatorium.  There are two proposals for a new natatorium, the more expensive being a $32-million pool that’s 50 meters by 25 yards.  A 36 member committee came up with the two proposals following six meetings from February through April.

Starting tomorrow, motorists navigating through the construction zone on Briarcrest will start seeing new traffic signals.  Dale Picha at the city of Bryan says flashing yellow arrows are replacing green balls for drivers wanting to make left turns at three intersections.  Picha says it’s the second year the flashing yellow arrows are being installed in Texas.  The flashing yellow arrows are already in use in College Station at Harvey Mitchell Parkway and George Bush Drive.

And, the Brazos Valley Media Giving Back Fund has been reactivated to assist the victims of the Moore, Oklahoma tornado.  Donations can be dropped off at any location of The Bank and Trust or you can go online to our website at www.kagcradio.com.  All the money goes to organizations helping in the relief effort.  And, Bryan High School’s chapter of the National Honor Society has an annual blood drive for students and employees.  This year, N-H-S leadership has decided to expand it community wide and help with blood shortages due to the large number of people injured in Moore.  Appointments and drop-ins are welcomed tomorrow and Friday from 8:30 until 3:30.