Bryan police, responding to a report of cell phones being stolen, wound up discovering a suspicious looking piece of pipe yesterday afternoon. And, Officer Kelley McKethan says the pipe, under the bridge at Highway 47 and Villa Maria, affected traffic for more than two hours. Officers had tracked the G-P-S signal of a stolen phone to the area under the bridge where they found what appeared to be a pipe bomb which the bomb squad determined not to be a threat. Investigators believe there is no connection between the pipe and the cell phone thefts.
Bryan school district administrators are negotiating contracts for two more construction projects approved by voters last November. The district’s construction director, Jeff Windsor, told school board members Monday a local firm, Dudley Construction, will do the $2.5-million facelift at Merrill Green Stadium which includes a new press box. Administrators picked an out of town company for the $6-million expansion of Davila Middle School. Balfour-Beatty is the same contractor hired for the $34-million expansion at Stephen F. Austin. Windsor says the stadium is $96,000 under budget and Davila is $22,000 under budget. The board will take final action later this month.
Texas A&M went to social media to release fall enrollment statistics. On A&M’s Twitter feed, an infographic reports more than 61,000 Aggies are on the campuses in Brazos County. That breaks down to more than 59,000 in College Station and another 2,600 at the Health Science Center. Compared to last year, that’s an increase of 3,300 on the main campus and 124 at the H-S-C. Adding in the Galveston and Qatar campuses, that boosts the overall number to 64,600. That’s up almost four-percent from last fall.
And, while Veterans Day is still more than a month away, those who served and their families are being asked now to find their dog tags. Bill Youngkin of the Brazos Valley Veterans Memorial says that will be a part of this year’s program. Youngkin says 101 names are being added to the more than five thousand on the memorial during next month’s program. The featured speaker is a former Aggie yell leader, Mike Beggs, class of 1968, who is a retired Marine.