Local News Headlines–8/23/2013

There was a natural gas leak on the Texas A&M campus yesterday afternoon. Chace Murphy with Atmos Energy says a contractor hit a gas line near the bell tower.  Murphy says to call 8-1-1 at least two business days before starting your project.  According to A&M’s Code Maroon alert system, traffic was blocked at the intersections of Wellborn and George Bush and Wellborn and University for almost two hours. The Interdisciplinary Life Sciences Building was evacuated and those in other nearby buildings were told not to leave. And transportation service buses were stopped.

Two major ceremonies in the twin cities were held yesterday.  Groundbreaking took place on the site of the $150-million, 700,000 square foot Axis Pipe and Tube plant in north Bryan.  285 employees will be generating 300,000 tons of product for the oil and gas industry when the plant opens next year.  Later in the day on the Texas A&M campus, a customized poster board was used for the ceremonial signing of contracts committing future hotel occupancy tax money to the Kyle Field redevelopment project.  Chancellor John Sharp proclaimed the interlocal agreement combined “town and gown,” the cities and county with the university.  The chairman of the Convention and Visitors Bureau, Hunter Goodwin, says it took a lot of courage and leadership to complete the deal.  Multiple speakers credited Frank Simpson, who was in his first month as College Station city manager when he unexpectedly died of a heart attack, as the catalyst.  His wife Kelly attended the presentation.

And, a head-on collision in Bryan last night landed seven people in the hospital. Bryan police say around 8:30, a van with one adult and four children was headed south on Finfeather near Dodge when it allegedly crossed over the center line and struck a work van carrying two adults. All seven people were transported to St Joseph’s hospital with non life-threatening injuries. Police are continuing to investigate the cause.