Local News Headlines–1/17/2014

An out of town trucker is accused of leaving the scene after his rig turned too sharply and broke a power pole near downtown Bryan yesterday morning.  Electricity was cut off to about 100 customers near FanninElementary School as B-T-U crews replaced the pole at 29th and Hutchins.  29th was closed between Haswell and Baker.  The school was not affected by the outage.  The truck was stopped at North Texas and Old Hearne Road, near Highway 21.  The driver, from suburban Dallas, was taken to jail after he was arrested for failing to leave information. Bryan school officials say classes at Fannin were dismissed at the regular time and parents picked up their children at the usual locations.

Construction will continue at the Brazos County Courthouse for the next year-and-a-half. County Judge Duane Peters says a $6-million contract includes replacing two elevators and extending them and a stairway to the fourth floor, where the jail was once located.  All three district courts will be moved to the fourth floor along with bringing in the precinct four justice of the peace and constable offices from a nearby building.  County budget surplus has provided money for the renovation, and Peters hopes more is found to take on a proposed fifth phase. The proposed fifth phase would include replacing plumbing issues that Peters wants to address.  Peters says construction will take about a year and a half. No decision has been made on what becomes of the present courtrooms on the second and third floors. During part of the renovation, the 361st district court will be located in the administration building.

And, two months ago, the Bryan school district sold the former Carver school and adjoining land to a developer.  A month later, the developer backed out.  This week, a school board majority approved an amended contract with the developer. Instead of an all cash deal, the school district will occupy 1,600 square feet of office space in the renovated school at no charge for five years. David Stasny was concerned that the agreement did not set a lease rate after that period.  Stasny abstained, while Tommy Bosquez voted no. The value of the five year lease was set at $164,000 while the district will receive $27,000 in cash. Homes are to be built on five acres of land adjoining the former school.