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College Station Medical Center Receives Chest Pain Center Accreditation

Posted: 08/07/2009 - College Station Medical Center – College Station, TX received full Cycle II accreditation with PCI from the Accreditation Review Committee on August 2, 2009. Accreditation expires August 1, 2012. Heart attacks are the leading cause of death in the United States, with 600,000 dying annually of heart disease. More than five million Americans visit hospitals each year with chest pain. The goal of the Society of Chest Pain Centers is to significantly reduce the mortality rate of these patients by teaching the public to recognize and react to the early symptoms of a possible heart attack, reduce the time that it takes to receive treatment, and increase the accuracy and effectiveness of treatment. The Chest Pain Center’s protocol driven and systematic approach to patient management allows physicians to reduce time to treatment during the critical early stages of a heart attack, when treatments are most effective, and to better monitor patients when it is not clear whether they are having a coronary event. Such observation helps ensure that a patient is neither sent home too early nor needlessly admitted. With the rise of Chest Pain Centers came the need to establish standards designed to improve the consistency and quality of care provided to patients. The Society’s accreditation process insures centers meet or exceed quality-of-care measures in acute cardiac medicine.

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Brenham and Bryan Alums to be inducted into Blinn Hall of Honor

Posted: 08/03/2009 - The Blinn College Ex-Students Association announced the 2009 Hall of Honor inductees. They include the head of Blue Bell, a retired insurance executive, a Brenham school official, a longtime Blinn instructor, and the general manager of KBTX-TV. The association honors alumni and others who have contributed to their communities. The association named Paul Kruse, the chief executive officer and president of Blue Bell Creameries, as Person of the Year. Kruse is a lifelong resident of Washington County and a graduate of Texas A&M University and Baylor University School of Law. The first inductee from the Bryan/College Station area is Mike Wright, the vice president and general manager of KBTX-TV. Wright is a graduate of Blinn College and Baylor University. He is also the president of Blinn’s Brazos County Advisory Committee.

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Downtown Projects are Finalists for Statewide Awards

Posted: 08/03/2009 - Old Bryan Marketplace was named a finalist in the Best Downtown Business category, and the Brazos Valley Decorative Center was named a finalist in the Best Renovation/Rehabilitation category for the 2009 Texas Downtown Association Presidents Awards Program. The Best Downtown Business award recognizes an exceptional downtown business that positively promotes the downtown or commercial district as a destination and participates in revitalization efforts. The Best Renovation/Rehabilitation award recognizes excellence in rehabilitation of the interior or exterior of an existing building.

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City seeking volunteers for Teen Court

Posted: 07/22/2009 - The City of Bryan is seeking volunteers for its innovative teen court program at Bryan and Rudder high schools – one of the first of its kind in the State of Texas. Attorneys, parents and students are needed to participate.

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Officer Tim Adams retires with almost 22 years at Bryan PD

Posted: 07/21/2009 - The Bryan Police Department honored Officer Tim Adams at a retirement ceremony on July 14, 2009 at the Bryan Justice Center for his 21 years and 9 months of service to the Bryan Police Department, his community and the citizens of Bryan.

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College Station Heritage Program Honors Volunteer With National Award - PRESIDENT’S VOLUNTEER SERVICE AWARD

Posted: 07/21/2009 - The City of College Station awarded Vicky Eastes a bronze award from the PRESIDENT’S VOLUNTEER SERVICE AWARD, a national honor offered in recognition of volunteer service. Eastes has been volunteering in the Heritage Programs office for the last 18 months, scanning documents in to the Project HOLD (http://HOLD.cstx.gov) historic online library database. She was also instrumental in writing the award application for Heritage Programs’ recent “Leadership in History” award from the American Association for State and Local History. Eastes graduated from Texas A&M University in 2007 with a Master of History degree specializing in European history. She is from Georgetown, Texas.

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DANSBY GRANT FOUNDATION AWARDS BVCAA $10,000 FOR ORAL HEALTHCARE

Posted: 07/08/2009 - Brazos Valley Community Action Agency, Inc. (BVCAA) announced today it received a grant for $10,000 from the Esther McCulloch and Pauline McCulloch Grant Foundation. The funds were donated for BVCAA’s oral healthcare program. BVCAA’s dental program is part of the comprehensive services offered by the BVCAA Community Health Centers. Services offered by the dental clinics include oral examinations, x-rays, extractions, fillings, cleaning and sealants. Through these clinics and the grants made possible by the Dansby Grant Foundation and those like them, affordable and accessible dental care is available to those who need it.

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School of Rural Public Health Graduate Student Secures National Public Health Poster Presentation

Posted: 06/11/2009 - Michelle Steck, a recent master’s degree graduate in epidemiology at the Texas A&M Health Science Center School of Rural Public Health, was selected as one of 19 people nationwide for the Delta Omega National Honorary Society in Public Health portion of the research poster presentations at the American Public Health Association annual meeting Nov. 9-13 in Philadelphia. Steck also received the Dean’s Research Award during graduation ceremonies May 17.

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DARE Officer Ed Grawl retires after 16 years at Bryan PD

Posted: 06/11/2009 - The Bryan Police Department will be honoring Officer Ed Grawl at a retirement ceremony on June 4, 2009 at 9:30am at the Bryan Justice Center for his 16 years of service to his community and to the City of Bryan. The media and the public are invited to attend the ceremony.

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Lifetime Honorary Member Announced At Brazos Valley Symphony Society Annual Meeting

Posted: 06/11/2009 - Each year the Brazos Valley Symphony Society holds its annual meeting in May and reports on the events of the past season. This has been going on for twenty‐seven years since the inception of the society. The meeting is an enjoyable event, but not usually filled with the unexpected. However, on May 18, 2009, Rose P. VanArsdel was surprised and bestowed with the title of Lifetime Honorary Member of the Brazos Valley Symphony Society. “Rose VanArsdel has been a strong supporter of the Brazos Valley Symphony Society since its formation. She has generously shared her time in leadership roles in the society, as well as in our support organization . . . She is a true steward in every sense for the Symphony Society,” said 2009‐2010 President Bill Ward, who presented the award that evening.

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Bryan Police Department Welcomes 7 New Officers

Posted: 06/11/2009 - Today, June 4, 2009, at 1:30pm the Bryan Police Department will swear in the newest members of the Bryan PD family. The seven new officers are: Brandon Suehs, 25, from Caldwell, Texas Chase McConnell, 24, from Magnolia Texas Scott Helms, 26, from Monroe, North Carolina Joseph Workman, 27, from Snook, Texas Aaron Arms, 24 from San Antonio, Texas Stacey Dowling, 28, Jackson, Michigan Michael Houk, 27, from Palm Bay, Florida

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Blinn Ex-Students Association Seeks Hall Of Honor Nominations

Posted: 06/11/2009 - The Blinn College Ex-Students Association is seeking nominations for its seventh annual Hall of Honor awards. The Association honors alumni and others who have contributed to their communities. This year’s honorees will be inducted into the Hall of Honor on Oct. 24.

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Officer Brooks honored at Bryan City Council

Posted: 06/11/2009 - On April 25, 2009, at around 1700 hours, the Bryan Police Department received a report of a possible drowning. The call came in stating that a 10 month old infant had drowned in a bathtub. It was reported that the infant was unconscious, not breathing and did not have a pulse. Officer Adam Brooks responded to the call and arrived before medics. Officer Brooks met the residents as they ran outside with the infant in their arms. He took the infant and went back into the residence where he laid the infant on the floor. Officer Brooks began CPR and continued until medics arrived and took the child to St. Joseph’s Hospital. Bryan Fire Department Medics were able to get fluid from the infant’s lungs and the baby began to breath and regained a pulse. Bryan Medics attribute Officers Brooks’ initial action on scene as critical to insuring the survival of the infant. The Bryan Police Department is happy to announce that to date the child is home with its parents and perfectly healthy.

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St. Joseph Foundation Awards 2009-2010 Scholarships

Updated: 06/02/2009 - St. Joseph Health System’s Foundation Scholarship Committee and Board of Directors announced scholarship recipients for the 2009-2010 academic school year. After reviewing applications received from across the Brazos Valley, including Bremond, Bryan, Caldwell, Centerville, College Station, Franklin, Hearne, Madisonville, Navasota, Shiro, and Somerville, the scholarship committee presented almost two dozen scholarships.

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Bryan Firefighters Recognized For Life-Saving Effort

Posted: 05/19/2009 - Bryan Fire Lt. Blake Barrentine and Operator Jonas Brooks were recognized last week by the Houston 100 Club for their life-saving efforts at a recent structure fire on Brown Street.

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Torch Run to pass through B-CS on Wednesday

Posted: 05/19/2009 - The Gulf Coast leg of the Texas Law Enforcement Torch Run will be coming through town on Wednesday, May 20. The group hopes to raise awareness for the Special Olympics program. They will arrive in College Station at the Texas Roadhouse restaurant around 2:20 p.m. At that time, local officers will present the Special Olympics a check for $9,350. The funds were raised during the Tip-a-Cop event at Texas Roadhouse in March.

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Sigma Xi 2009 Award Recipients

Posted: 05/15/2009 - The Texas A&M University chapter of the scientific research society Sigma Xi recognized a Texas A&M professor and three local school teachers at their 2009 banquet held April 3rd at the MSC.

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A&M High School Choir Ensemble wins Competition

Updated: 10/02/2009 - Over spring break, the ensemble class at AMCHS competed in an a-cappella competition in Ft. Meyers, FL. They won the competition which qualifies them to compete for the championship in New York at the Lincoln Center on April 18th.

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College Station Utilities Receives National Recognition

Updated: 03/24/2009 - The American Public Power Association (APPA) has recognized College Station Utilities for its high level of reliability while providing safe service while also focusing on future improvements.

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KBTX Helps Fans Go Green at the Aggie Basketball Game

Posted: 02/11/2009 - On Sunday, February 8 News 3 anchors Steve Fullhart, Crystal Galny, Rodney Harris, and Shane McAuliffe passed out reusable grocery bags to Aggie Basketball fans at the ladies basketball game vs. Nebraska at Reed Arena.

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NASA ‘Voice of Mission Control’ To Speak On Campus Jan. 26

Posted: 01/12/2009 - Josh Byerly, public affairs officer for NASA at the Johnson Space Center who serves as a “voice for Mission Control” and is a 1999 Texas A&M University graduate, will talk about his work at the world’s largest space agency when he comes back to campus Jan. 26.

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Former A&M System Regent Huffines Dies

Updated: 01/07/2009 - J.L. Huffines, an Aggie grad, longtime Dallas businessman and former member of the Texas A&M System board of regents, has died according to his family. He was 85.

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