BRAZOS VALLEY LATEST NEWS

April 23, 2012

The BBB Announces Torch Award Recipients

The Better Business Bureau team announced the winners of the 2012 BBB Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics on Tuesday, April 19. The luncheon was held at […]
April 23, 2012

Annual Coach Blair Golf Classic

Registration for the Golf Classic ends April 27.Gary Blair, head coach of the Women's Basketball Team at Texas A&M, is not stranger to winning. But when hosts the 9th Annual Coach Gary Blair Charities Celebrity Golf Classic on Friday, May 4, it won't matter what place Blair's athletes finish that he will remember -- it's the pure joy of participating. Blair says the first time he placed a medal around a child's neck at the Special Olympics that he was hooked. It didn't matter if the child was receiving a 1st place medal or 6th, the joy he saw in their eyes was indescribable.

"It's called the Special Olympics because these kids are truly special," says Blair, who has been involved with the Special Olympics for more than 20 years.

April 22, 2012

365DealsforU Expands Markets With Acquisition

The popular daily deal site, 365DealsforU.com, has expanded its market to reach Austin and Boulder, Colorado, by acquiring CollegeMint.com. The website is separate from 365Deals, but […]
April 17, 2012

Messina Hof’s Grape Stomp Competition To Benefit American Heart Association

Participants from Messina Hof’s 2010 Grape Stomp Competition are working hard to squish those grapes. Messina Hof’s Wine & Roses Festival is a celebration of spring […]
April 16, 2012

Celebrity Softball Classic & Family Fun Night April 27

Don’t miss out on the B/CS Chamber’s 4th Annual Celebrity Softball Classic at the Brazos Valley Bank Ball Park on April 27 from 6pm to 9pm. […]
April 16, 2012

Technology For All: Free Computer Classes at Libraries

The TFA classes are free and run for 3 hours.Technology For All is offering free computer and digital literacy classes at the Clara B. Mounce Public […]
April 16, 2012

‘Visas for Freedom: Spanish Diplomats and the Holocaust’ at Bush Library and Museum

"Visas for Freedom: Spanish Diplomats and the Holocaust" will be on display at the Bush Library and Museum until April 29.The George Bush Library and Museum will host “Visas for Freedom: Spanish Diplomats and the Holocaust” in memoriam of Holocaust Remembrance Day through April 29.

Documents and photographs in honor of Spanish diplomats who used their position to save the lives of thousands of Jews during World War II will be displayed to memorialize their humanitarian work.

Mayor Jason Bienski of Bryan and Mayor Nancy Berry of College Station have issued a joint proclamation in support of the exhibit and are calling all community members to mark Holocaust Remembrance Day on April 19.  

“This exhibit shows our community an example of service and selflessness that all of us should strive to achieve,” Bienski says. “The City of Bryan is proud to help sponsor an exhibit that honors and remembers this important history.”

“The story told through this exhibit is important for people of all ages and backgrounds to understand,” Berry says. “The Spanish people are to be commended for allowing the safe passage of the Jewish people fleeing from the Holocaust.”

The exhibit is free and available for viewing in the Bush Library and Museum’s rotunda. For more information, visit http://bushlibrary.tamu.edu/visas.
April 9, 2012

Order Up! Congregation Beth Shalom’s Deli On The Brazos

Congregation Beth Shalom’s Deli on the Brazos is April 23 from 11am-2pm.Deadline to order is April 16.Deadline to order a delicious box lunch from Congregation Beth […]
April 9, 2012

Ladies Night, Festivals & More With Raindrop Turkish House

Ladies Coffee Night at Raindrop Turkish House gives insight into the Turkish culture.The public is invited to Raindrop Turkish House for its monthly seminar on Thursday, […]
April 9, 2012

See History Sunday: Union Pacific’s 150th Birthday & Engine No. 844

Steam Engine No. 844 was the last steam engine Union Pacific built. Experience Union Pacific’s 150th Birthday Party in Hearne on Sunday, April 15, beginning at […]
April 9, 2012

B/CS Chamber Events: Job Fair, Softball Classic & Business After Hours

The B/CS Chamber of Commerce has several networking opportunities beginning with the Job Fair Wednesday, April 11.The B/CS Chamber of Commerce will host a job fair […]
April 4, 2012

This is Larry’s Story

Larry Hodges, age 45 and in the best shape of his adult life, was sure he was having a stroke. story by Angelique Gammon, photos by Marci Greenbaum, Specialties Photography

It was Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Not unusually, Larry was at his desk at Copy Corner early. Dressed in sweats, his plan was to finish at his office for the morning and head to the gym for a workout before showering and getting dressed for an evening engagement.

Gym time figured large in Larry’s routine. About five years before he’d had one of those age-related reappraisals and come to the conclusion that the years between 30 and 40 had been too fast: too fast food; too fast and furious entrepreneurial lifestyle; too fast on his way to being heavier than he’d ever been in his life.

So he changed gears, started working out and eating better and dropped the excess weight.

Thinking back on that morning Larry says he felt great, even better than when he was 15 years younger. Life was good.

“I was about ready to go work out. Then I felt lightheaded,” Larry recalls, “but I’d had that before.” He wasn’t really worried, thinking maybe it was leftover from a winter cold. “I didn’t feel bad really,” he explains, “just odd.”  

Then his left foot went numb.

April 4, 2012

MSC OPAS Presents ‘Unsinkable’ April 17-18

MSC OPAS will host “Unsinkable Women: Stories & Songs from the Titanic” April 17-18 at Rudder Theatre on the Texas A&M Univeristy campus. While touring the […]
April 4, 2012

Scholar’s Cup 5K & 10K April 15; Teal Ribbon 5K April 21

40th Anniversary Celebration & Scholar’s Cup 5K & 10K Sunday, April 15, St. Michael’s Episcopal School will host the Scholar’s Cup 5K and 10K. Both races […]
April 4, 2012

Stroke? Think F-A-S-T

Face: Ask the person to smile. Does one side of their face droop

Arm: Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?

Speech: Ask the person to say, "The sky is blue." Does their speech sound slurred or strange?

Time: Time is IMPORTANT. Stroke is an EMERGENCY!

TOP 5 SYMPTOMS OF A STROKE

1. Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm, or leg (especially on one side of the body)

2. Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding speech

3. Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes

4. Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination

5. Sudden severe headache with no known cause

If you experience any of these symptoms, call 9-1-1 immediately. 

On average, someone suffers a stroke every 40 seconds, dies of stroke every four minutes and 795,000 people will suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year in the U.S.

Source: www.st-joseph.org/strokecare        

What is a stroke?

A stroke is what happens when blood flow to the brain is interrupted. Brain cells in the immediate area begin to die because of a lack of oxygen. The two most common types of strokes are ischemic stroke and hemorrhagic stroke.

The more common ischemic stroke is caused by blockage in a blood vessel leading to the brain, either fatty deposits from the walls of arteries or blood clots that travel to brain.

A hemorrhagic stroke is when a blood vessel in the brain bursts destroying the brain tissue around it. Hemorrhagic stokes are more common in patients with high blood pressure or an aneurysm, a weakness in the wall of a blood vessel.