Local News Headlines–7/26/2016

Differing opinions continue about the future of veterinary school programs in Texas after the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board reviewed a report last week about how to approach the need for more large animal vets and stop the flow of students moving out of the state to get training. A statement released by the Texas A&M system says in part a plan by Texas Tech to open a second vet college is unnecessary because A&M is opening a new complex and is expanding its program with four A&M system institutions. The chancellor of the Tech system stated in part they were encouraged about the coordinating board’s recommendation to consider what Tech considers as an innovative, cost efficient veterinary college.

Filing is underway for this November’s city council and school board elections in the twin cities. All three current members of the College Station school board are all seeking re-election…Jeff Harris, Michael Wesson, and Quinn Williams. One of three incumbents on the Bryan school board has filed for re-election, Trey Moore. Three have filed for the College Station city council. Seeking the council position two seat is Jerome Rektorik, who is currently on the planning and zoning commission. Previously announcing candidacies for mayor are current councilmen Karl Mooney and John Nichols…which means both are giving up their council seats. This Thursday’s council meeting agenda includes approving special elections in November for the positions now held by Mooney and Nichols. Also making his declaration official on the first day is the first candidate for Bryan mayor, businessman Andrew Nelson. The deadline to file for Bryan and College Station city and school elections is August 22nd.

A woman moving out of her College Station apartment Saturday morning was the victim of a burglary and attempted sexual assault. The victim told police she had left the door open to her unit at The Stadium Apartments on Marion Pugh when she noticed someone had entered her bedroom. When the five foot ten Hispanic man attempted the sexual assault, the woman began screaming, and then the man ran away. In addition to the police response, officers were joined by a dog search team from the state prison system in an attempt to locate the suspect. Anyone with information about the incident, which was reported Saturday morning around 10, is asked to contact C-S-P-D.

Add Burleson and Milam counties to the list with of those with burn bans. Brazos Valley counties already with burn bans are Brazos, Robertson, Leon, Madison, Grimes, and Walker counties.