Local News Headlines–7/2/2013

One person was hospitalized after a small fire broke out yesterday morning at a Bryan apartment complex.  Battalion Chief Jordan Gallagher says besides the one victim with possible smoke inhalation, there were no other injuries reported at the small fire in the stairwell at Saddlewood Apartments.    Gallagher says the fire was put out very quickly.  He says the source of the fire remains unknown, but it appeared to be trash.

The Bryan School Board made decisions in preparation for the upcoming school year at yesterday’s board meeting.  David Diaz will be the new principal at SamRayburnMiddle School. Diaz previously served seven years as a district bi-lingual director and a middle school principal in Cleburne.  Also, Tina Tompkins was announced as the new Special Education Director. Tompkins served in a similar capacity in Mabank ISD for nine years.  Pay raises included stipends for counselors increasing by $2,000, and pay for teachers will be increased by 3.86 percent.

And, clients of First Victoria National Bank will soon be accessing their accounts at a new bank.  Prosperity Bank is the second largest banking franchise in Texas and First Victoria is the oldest independent bank in Texas.  First Victoria National Bank President Russell Marshall says that Prosperity Bank is buying out Victoria National Bank for around $374-million in cash and stocks, possibly the highest price paid for any bank in the nation in the last five years.  He says after the deal closes in about four or five months, there will be some rebranding, but there shouldn’t be that many changes locally.  Marshall says the main change in Bryan-College Station will be that First Victoria signs will come down and Prosperity signs will go up, and some employees might change locations.   Marshall says this deal has been in discussion since March, and he feels that the merger will benefit First Victoria customers the most by giving them more than 200 branches to do business across Texas and into Oklahoma.