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James, Emma CS’s most popular baby names in 2018

By Jay Socol, Public Communications Director

Oh, do I look forward to writing this one each January: Baby names and numbers that represent how creative – and procreative – our residents were during the previous year.

Before you notice the drop in the number of births from 2017 to 2018, let me explain the main reason for it: College Station Medical Center closed its labor and delivery services in mid-July, which meant almost every baby born here after that was at Baylor Scott & White Hospital. The official breakdown was 1,402 births at Scott & White, 609 at The Med, and 5 home births.

So, here’s the complete data from Yvette Dela Torre, our perennial rock-star local registrar who’s in charge of our vital statistics reporting:

Births Girls Boys Twins Triplets
2013 2,159 1,066 1,093 36 sets
2014 2,460 1,264 1,196 30 sets 1 set
2015 2,494 1,245 1,249 50 sets
2016 2,307 1,206 1,164 44 sets
2017 2,398 1,168 1,230 48 sets 1 set
2018 2,016 970 1,046 27 sets

Most popular boys first names

  • James (14)
  • Jackson (13)
  • Aaron (12)

Jackson tends to stay in the top three, but James displaced Jayden, Elijah, and Noah from last year.

Most popular boys’ middle names

  • James (34)
  • Lee (25)
  • Alexander (22)

James repeats as the top middle name, and Alexander loses a spot. Lee jumped into the top three to replace Wayne from 2017.

Most popular girls’ first names

  • Emma (20)
  • Ava (11)
  • Harper (10)

Emma and Ava swapped places from 2017, but Harper jumps up to replace last year’s third-place tie between Camila and Charlotte. This makes 34 Emmas in two years — a brisk pace!

Most popular girls’ middle names

  • Rose (53)
  • Grace (44)
  • Marie (40)

These are the same three from 2017, but Rose and Grace have swapped places.

Honorable mentions

Last year, I took a deep dive into the entire list of names and, holy moly, was it worth it. Of the more than 2,000 wonderful names from 2018, here are some of my favorites.

“Alexa, what should I name my baby?”

  • Alexa Naelid
  • Alexa Viridiana

Cowboys

  • Duke
  • Maverick Wayne
  • Maverick Layne
  • Ripp Wilder
  • Ryder
  • Trigger
  • Wyatt

Presidents

  • Cleveland
  • Jefferson
  • Kennedy
  • Lincoln
  • Madison
  • McKinley
  • Reagan

There’s even a cowboy-president

  • Abraham Rowdy

Born to be wild

  • Boone Ranger
  • Canyon Marie

Born to be a leader

  • Kaiser
  • Major Sebastian Hayes
  • Militia-Saint
  • Moses

Royalty

  • King
  • Pharaoh
  • Pippa
  • Prince-Alan
  • Royal
  • Sir

NBA all-stars

  • James
  • Joel
  • Kevin
  • Kyrie
  • Lebron
  • Russell
  • Stephen

Namaste

  • Blessing
  • Blyss
  • Cedar
  • Essence
  • Harmoniee
  • Journei
  • Joy
  • Juniper
  • Luna
  • Paisley
  • Serenity

Retro

  • Birdie
  • Evelyn
  • Hazel
  • Lucy
  • Winnie

Fire & water

  • Amina Fire
  • Blaze
  • Brazos Beaux
  • River Wylder
  • Wylder Blaze

Strong character

  • Creed
  • Exzavior
  • Honorable
  • Justyce
  • Kourage Valor
  • Maximus
  • Noble
  • Ryker

The Jackson 5

  • Jackson Henry
  • Jackson Lynn
  • Jackson Howard
  • Jackson Cole
  • Jackson Elliott

They’ve got the moves like…

  • Jagger Patrick
  • Jagger Robert

Too great not to mention

  • Abel Cain
  • Athena Mayhem
  • Jefferson Juan
  • Sackett Fritz

More 2018 birth stats

  • Months with the most births: April (202), May (201)
  • Month with the fewest births: November (105)
  • Day with the most births: April 26 (19)

College Station ended 2018 with an estimated population of 119,871. Will we have enough Emmas and Jameses to push us over the 120,000 mark in 2019?

I feel pretty confident we will.

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About the Blogger

Jay Socol (@jaysocol) is in his 10th year as College Station’s public communications director. A 1991 graduate of Texas A&M. Jay has also been communications director for the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service, public information officer for the City of Bryan, and news director at several Bryan-College Station area radio stations. A native of Breckenridge, he also serves as past president of the Texas Association of Municipal Information Officers.


 

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City presents 100th historical marker to 1932 Southside home

(L-R): Councilwoman Linda Harvell, HPC Chairman Gerald Burgner, Emily Jane Cowen, Chris Cowen, Councilman Dennis Maloney, and Mayor Karl Mooney.

By Jay Socol, Public Communications Director

Let’s face it: Plenty of College Station residents were born before our city was officially incorporated in 1938. Still, honoring our history — albeit a relatively brief one — is essential. 

That’s why College Station’s Historic Preservation Committee had the vision to launch its Historical Marker Program in 1991. The effort recognizes qualifying homes, buildings, sites, events and other classifications significant to College Station’s earliest days.

The College Station City Council on Thursday honored the 100th residence to receive a marker: 603 Guernsey Street, which is owned by Chris and Emily Jane Cowen. The Cowens purchased their beautiful 1932 home in 2012 and later renovated the entire structure. They now have a numbered, cast-aluminum plaque bearing the likeness of an old College Station railroad depot to display on their home with pride.

 

The College Station Historical Marker Program shouldn’t be confused with the National Register of Historic Places or with Official Texas Historical Markers; instead, it’s a separate endeavor with clear criteria consisting of two categories: structure and subject.

The structure criteria are pretty straightforward. A home must be at least 50 years old, have historical significance to Texas A&M or the community, or display architectural importance. Questions asked by the committee might focus on whether the structure’s materials came from local sources, or if the builder, architect or style of construction carried significance.

Subject marker criteria is a bit different. To be considered, a nominated person must have had a prominent role in the city’s history and been deceased for at least 20 years. Their contribution to the community might have been in education, government, business, religion, cultural institutions, or ethnic or civic leadership.

Even events, objects and topics meeting their own sets of criteria can be considered for a College Station Historical Marker.

To learn more about the program, visit cstx.gov/heritage.

 


About the Blogger

Jay Socol (@jaysocol) is in his 10th year as College Station’s public communications director. A 1991 graduate of Texas A&M. Jay has also been communications director for the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service, public information officer for the City of Bryan, and news director at several Bryan-College Station area radio stations. A native of Breckenridge, he also serves as past president of the Texas Association of Municipal Information Officers.


 

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Live Blog: Thursday’s city council meetings (Jan. 10)

By Colin Killian, Public Communications Manager

Welcome to our live blog from the College Station City Council’s workshop and regular meetings on Thursday, Jan. 10. It’s not the official minutes.

The meetings can be watched live on Suddenlink channel 19 or online. An archive of previous council meetings is available on the website.

5:33 p.m.

The workshop has started. No action was taken in executive session.

5:37 p.m.

Consent Agenda Discussion

The council will vote on items listed on the consent agenda during tonight’s regular meeting. Councilmembers pulled these consent items for workshop discussion:

  • General Parkway Extension: The General Parkway Extension Project includes the extension of General Parkway to Cain Road. The railroad crossing at Cain Road and Wellborn Road is being closed due to safety concerns, and a new railroad crossing will be at Deacon Drive and Wellborn as part of the Deacon/Cain Railroad Crossing Project. The extension of General Parkway will improve transportation flow.
  • Highway 6 Waterline Project: The project includes the construction of a section of 20-inch waterline along the northbound frontage road of State Highway 6 near Pavilion Avenue. Phase IIIA extends north from the intersection of State Highway 6 and Pavilion Avenue about 700 feet. Phase IIIA is being expedited as part of the Phase III project in coordination with ongoing development.

5:38 p.m.

Harvell elected mayor pro tem

The council unanimously elected Councilwoman Linda Harvell as mayor pro tempore. She will act as mayor during the absence or disability of Mayor Karl Mooney.

6:00 p.m.

Brazos Transit District routes

The council heard a presentation from the Brazos Transit District’s Wendy Weedon about the district’s future routes.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

6:03 p.m.

Mayor Mooney adjourned the workshop after the council discussed its calendar and received committee reports. The regular meeting will start after a short break.

6:12 p.m.

The regular meeting has started.

6:22 p.m.

100th Historical Marker

The Historic Preservation Committee presented Chris and Emily Jane Cowen the city’s 100th historical marker for their home at 603 Guernsey St. The structure was built in 1932. The Historical Marker Program was launched in 1991.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

6:22 p.m.

The meeting has been suspended for a short reception for the 100th historical marker.

6:31 p.m.

The meeting has resumed.

6:36 p.m.

Hear Visitors

One person spoke during Hear Visitors when citizens might address the council on any item that doesn’t appear on the posted agenda.

  • Councilwoman Elianor Vessali recognized Army 1LT Kile West as part of The American Fallen Soldiers Project. The 23-year-old Hutto native died May 28, 2007, when his Bradley Fighting Vehicle was struck by an improvised explosive device in Abu Sayda, Iraq.

6:37 p.m.

Consent Agenda

The council voted unanimously to approve the entire consent agenda:

  • A contract not-to-exceed $150,000 with Hilltop Securities for financial consulting services.
  • A $350,619 contract with Palasota Contracting for the construction of the General Parkway extension.
  • A $235,310 contract with Elliot Construction for the State Highway 6 Waterline Phase IIIA Project.

6:53 p.m.

Comp Plan and UDO Annual Reviews

After a public hearing, the council unanimously accepted the annual reviews of the city’s Comprehensive Plan and Unified Development Ordinance.

Here are the PowerPoint presentations:

7:27 p.m.

Wellborn Road Land Use Change

After a public hearing, the council unanimously approved a request to change the land use designation from Wellborn Estate to Wellborn Commercial for about 7.4 acres on the west side of Wellborn Road about 500-feet south of Barron Cut-off Road. The change will allow for commercial development.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

7:31 p.m.

Tower Point Rezoning

After a public hearing, the council unanimously approved a request to change the zoning from Rural and General Commercial to General Commercial for about 2.5 acres at 4320 State Highway 6 South near the intersection of Arrington Road and State Highway 6. The change will allow for commercial development.

Here are the PowerPoint presentations:

7:36 p.m.

Board and Commission Appointments

The council appoints citizens and fellow council members to represent the City of College Station on joint committees with other governmental agencies and community groups. The council also has several internal committees. 

These appointments were unanimously approved:

Arts Council of the Brazos Valley (College Station representatives)

  • Bob Brick, appointed 12/17
  • Patricia Burchfield, appointed 11/15
  • Hans Hammond

BioCorridor Board (2-year terms)

  • Linda Harvell, appointed 1/19
  • Johnny Burns, appointed 12/16
  • Casey Oldham, appointed 1/17

Blinn College Brazos County Advisory Committee

  • Karl Mooney, appointed 12/16
  • Bob Brick (alternate), appointed 12/17

Aggieland Humane Society

  • Peggy Sherman, appointed 12/17
  • Charles Fleeger, appointed 2/16

Brazos Appraisal District

  • Ronald Kaiser, appointed 11/17; 10/11; 9/13; 9/15; 11/9

Brazos County Health Department

  • John Nichols, appointed 12/17
  • Linda Harvell, appointed 12/16

Brazos Valley CEOC Policy Advisory Board

  • Karl Mooney, appointed 11/16
  • Linda Harvell, appointed 12/17

Brazos Valley Economic Development Council

  • Karl Mooney, appointed 12/17
  • Dennis Maloney, appointed 1/19

Brazos Valley Council of Governments Board of Directors

  • Karl Mooney, appointed 11/16

Brazos Valley Council of Governments Intergovernmental Committee

  • Karl Mooney (chair), appointed 01/15; 11/16
  • Bob Brick, appointed 12/17

Brazos Valley Solid Waste Management Agency Board of Directors

  • Karl Mooney (chair), appointed 10/11; 8/14 (1-yr term); 9/15; 9/18 (3-yr term)
  • John Nichols, appointed 10/16
  • Richard Floyd, appointed 2/12; 8/14; 9/17 (3-yr term)

Brazos Valley Wide Area Communications System

  • Elianor Vessali, appointed 1/19

Bryan/College Station Metropolitan Planning Organization

  • Karl Mooney, appointed 11/16
  • John Nichols, appointed 12/17

Experience Bryan/College Station

  • Linda Harvell, appointed 10/18
  • Jerome Rektorik, appointed 10/17
  • Mechelle Milliorn, appointed 10/17
  • Karen Bonarrigo, appointed 06/18 unexpired term
  • Steve Miller, appointed 10/17 (1-year); 10/18
  • Robert Holzweiss, appointed 10/17 (1-year); 10/18
  • Jay Primavera, appointed 10/17 by Bryan and CS (hotel operator)

Keep Brazos Beautiful

  • Venessa Garza, appointed 3/12

Regional Transportation Committee for Council of Governments

  • Bob Brick, appointed 12/17

RELLIS External Advisory Council

  • Karl Mooney, appointed 2/17
  • Elianor Vessali, appointed 1/19

Research Valley Partnership

  • Karl Mooney, appointed 11/16
  • Jerome Rektorik, appointed 12/17
  • Johnny Burns, appointed 5/18 – Effective June 1, 2018

Spring Creek Local Government Corporation

  • Karl Mooney, appointed 2/17
  • Jerome Rektorik, appointed 1/19
  • John Nichols, appointed 2/17
  • Julie Schultz, (citizen member) appointed 2/17
  • Jane Kee, (citizen member) appointed 2/17

INTERNAL COMMITTEES

Architectural Advisory Committee

  • Bob Brick, appointed 12/17
  • Elianor Vessali, appointed 1/19
  • Linda Harvell, appointed 12/17
  • Bradford Brimley, (citizen) appointed 01/18
  • Ward Wells, (citizen) appointed 01/18

Audit Committee

  • Karl Mooney, (chair) appointed 11/11
  • Elianor Vessali, appointed 1/19
  • Dennis Maloney, appointed 1/19
  • Mike Ashfield, appointed 04/17
  • Nate Sharp, appointed 04/17

Budget and Finance

  • Karl Mooney, appointed 12/12
  • John Nichols, appointed 1/19
  • Jerome Rektorik, appointed 1/19

Compensation and Benefits

  • Bob Brick, appointed 12/17
  • Karl Mooney, appointed 01/15
  • Elianor Vessali, appointed 1/19

Economic Development

  • Karl Mooney, appointed 11/16
  • Jerome Rektorik, appointed 1/19
  • John Nichols, appointed 12/17

Transportation and Mobility

  • Karl Mooney, appointed 11/16
  • Bob Brick, appointed 12/17
  • Linda Harvell, (BPG chair) Appointed 12/17

7:39 p.m.

The council discussed and reviewed future agenda items.

7:39 p.m.

Mayor Mooney adjourned the meeting. The council meets again on Thursday, Jan. 24.

 


About the Blogger

Colin Killian (@ColinKillian) has been with the City of College Station since 2010 after serving 23 years as associate media relations director for the Texas A&M Athletics Department. Killian has also worked as a reporter and editor for the Corpus Christi Caller-Times and Lewisville News. A native of Hobbs, N.M., he graduated from Texas Tech with a bachelor’s degree in journalism/political science.


 

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5 things to watch at Thursday’s city council meetings

By Colin Killian, Public Communications Manager

The College Station City Council gathers Thursday at city hall for its workshop (5 p.m.) and regular (6 p.m.) meetings.

Here are five items to watch:

  1. Brazos Transit District: The Brazos Transit District will give a presentation about its future routes.
  2. General Parkway Extension: As part of the consent agenda, the council will consider a $350,000 contract with Palasota Contracting for the General Parkway Extension Project.
  3. Comp Plan and UDO Review: The council will discuss the annual reviews of the city’s Comprehensive Plan and Unified Development Ordinance and conduct a public hearing.
  4. Wellborn Road Land Use: After a public hearing, the council will consider a request to change the land use designation from Wellborn Estate to Wellborn Commercial for about 7½ acres on the west side of Wellborn Road north of Barron Cut Off Road.
  5. Tower Point Rezoning: After a public hearing, the council will consider a request to change the zoning from Rural and General Commercial to General Commercial for about 2½ acres near the intersection of Arrington Road and State Highway 6 in the northern part of the Tower Point Subdivision.

The meetings can be watched live on Suddenlink Channel 19 or online. We’ll post a detailed live blog on this site.

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About the Blogger

Colin Killian (@ColinKillian) has been with the City of College Station since 2010 after serving 23 years as associate media relations director for the Texas A&M Athletics Department. Killian has also worked as a reporter and editor for the Corpus Christi Caller-Times and Lewisville News. A native of Hobbs, N.M., he graduated from Texas Tech with a bachelor’s degree in journalism/political science.


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Live Blog: Thursday’s city council meetings (Dec. 13)

By Colin Killian, Public Communications Manager

Welcome to our live blog from the College Station City Council’s workshop and regular meetings on Thursday, Dec. 13. It’s not the official minutes.

The meetings can be watched live on Suddenlink channel 19 or online. An archive of previous council meetings is available on the website.

5:03 p.m.

The workshop has started. The council took no action from executive session.

Earlier this afternoon, the council recognized the city’s employee of the year along with employees reaching 20, 25, 30 and 35 years of service.

5:28 p.m.

Consent Agenda Discussion

The council will vote on items listed on the consent agenda during tonight’s regular meeting. Councilmembers pulled these consent items for workshop discussion:

  • Dog Leashes at Lick Creek Park: The ordinance would remove the Lick Creek Park exception to the city’s dog leash requirement and add a designated leash-free area.
  • Lick Creek Park Shade Structure: The $139,516 shade structure over the amphitheater at Lick Creek Park would provide protection from the elements. The cost includes installation. 
  • Water Line along Greens Prairie and Arrington: The $81,089 oversized participation request is to increase the size of about 5,272 linear feet of water line from an 8-inch to a 12-inch line. The line ties into an existing 12-inch line on the south side of Greens Prairie Road West and extends west and south through the Greens Prairie Reserve subdivision and through the Phase 101 area. 
  • Water Line through Greens Prairie Preserve: The $25,251 oversized participation request is to increase the size of about 1,786 linear feet of water line from an 8-inch to a 12-inch line. The line extends through the Phase 102 area and ties into the proposed 12-inch lines to the north and south being installed with Greens Prairie Reserve Phase 101. 
  • Gasoline and Diesel Fuel: The $1.4 million contract has firm fixed prices for profit and delivery, allowing the city to pay costs (which fluctuates) plus markup. The estimated expenditures are based on past fuel usage and expenses.
  • Impact Fees Semi-Annual Report: The report documents the fees collected in the service areas. The city adopted system-wide impact fees for water, wastewater, and roadways in late 2016. Fee implementation occurred in phases with full implementation occurring this month.

5:50 p.m.

Legislative Update and Preview

Legislative Consultant Jennifer Rodriguez provided the council with a legislative update and a preview of the 86th Texas State Legislature.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

6:11 p.m.

Parks & Recreation Needs Assessment

The council received and discussed the results of the recent Parks & Recreation Needs Assessment survey conducted from Oct. 17-Nov. 16 by National Service Research.

The city will use the survey to assess and prioritize parks and recreation services and needs. 

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

6:23 p.m.

Veteran’s Park Field Naming

The council discussed the naming of the new artificial turf fields at Veterans Park and Athletic Complex. 

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

6:30 p.m.

Mayor Karl Mooney adjourned the workshop after the council discussed its calendar and received committee reports. The regular meeting will start after a short break.

6:40 p.m.

The regular meeting has started.

6:46 p.m.

Hear Visitors

One person spoke during Hear Visitors when citizens might address the council on any item that doesn’t appear on the posted agenda.

  • James Benham recognized PFC Larry Isaiah Guyton as part of the Fallen Heroes Memorial program. The 22-year-old Brenham native died in May of 2007 after a bomb detonated near his vehicle during combat in Iraq. 

7:02 p.m.

Consent Agenda

The council voted unanimously to approve these consent agenda items:

  • The $104,674.25 purchase of five police motorcycles from The Ranch Harley Davidson. The action also includes a $4,590 one-year extended warranty and the $30,000 trade-in of five 2015 motorcycles.
  • Removal of the Lick Creek Park exception to the dog leash requirement in the city’s Code or Ordinances and added a designated leash-free area.
  • Authorized the city manager to approve and execute employee benefits contract documents and expenditures related to the employee benefits contracts provided that such expenditures are appropriated from available funds approved from the annual budget and consistent with state and local laws. The action also renewed the city’s contract with Cigna for stop-loss reinsurance for 2019.
  • A $1.23 million contract with Binkley & Barfield for engineering services related to the design of the Greens Prairie Widening Project.
  • A $104,671 contract with Gessner Engineering for construction materials testing for the new police headquarters.
  • An $81,089 oversized participation agreement that upsizes about 5,272 linear feet of water line from an 8-inch to a 12-inch line along Greens Prairie Road and Arrington Road.
  • A $25,251 oversized participation agreement that upsizes about 1,786 linear feet of water line from an 8-inch to a 12-inch line through Greens Prairie Reserve.
  • Renewal of a contract not to exceed $250,000 for pavement markings and roadway striping.
  • Extended for one year a $1.4 million contract with Brenco Marketing Corporation for gasoline and diesel fuel.
  • The semi-annual report on system-wide impact fees for water, wastewater, and roadways.

This item was voted on separately:

  • The council voted unanimously to approve a $139,516 contract with USA Shade & Fabric Structures for a cantilevered shade structure for the Lick Creek Park amphitheater. The contract includes installation.

7:37 p.m.

Rezoning North of Emerald Forest

After a public hearing, the council unanimously approved a request to change the zoning from Rural to Restricted Suburban and Natural Areas Protected for about 46 acres near North Forest Parkway north of the Emerald Forest Subdivision. The change will allow for residential development similar to the existing area.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentations:

7:41 p.m.

The council discussed and reviewed future agenda items.

7:41 p.m.

Mayor Mooney adjourned the meeting.

The council meets again next Wednesday to canvass the votes from Tuesday’s run-off election, and  Dennis Maloney will take the oath of office as the Place 6 councilman. The council’s next full-agenda meeting is Thursday, Jan. 10.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

 


About the Blogger

Public Communications Manager Colin Killian (@ColinKillian) has been with the city since 2010 after 23 years as associate media relations director for the Texas A&M Athletics Department. Killian also worked as a reporter and editor for the Corpus Christi Caller-Times and Lewisville News. A native of Hobbs, N.M., he graduated from Texas Tech with a bachelor’s degree in journalism/political science.


 

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5 things to watch at Thursday’s city council meetings

By Colin Killian, Public Communications Manager

The College Station City Council gathers Thursday at city hall for its workshop (5 p.m.) and regular (6 p.m.) meetings.

Here are five items to watch:

  1. Employee of the Year: Before the workshop, the council will recognize the city’s employee of the year along with employees reaching 20, 25, 30 and 35 years of service.
  2. Legislative Update: In the workshop, the council will receive a legislative update and a preview of the 86th Texas State Legislature.
  3. Parks & Recreation Survey: The council will hear a workshop presentation and discuss the results of the Parks & Recreation Needs Assessment survey conducted this fall by National Service Research.
  4. Lick Creek Dog Leash Ordinance: Among the items on the consent agenda is an ordinance removing the Lick Creek Park exception to the city’s dog leash requirement and adding a designated leash-free area.
  5. Rezoning Behind Emerald Forest: After a public hearing, the council will consider a request to change the zoning from Rural to Restricted Suburban and Natural Areas Protected for about 46 acres near North Forest Parkway north of the Emerald Forest Subdivision. The change will allow for residential development.

The meetings can be watched live on Suddenlink Channel 19 or online. We’ll post a detailed live blog on this site.

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About the Blogger

Colin Killian (@ColinKillian) has been with the City of College Station since 2010 after serving 23 years as associate media relations director for the Texas A&M Athletics Department. Killian has also worked as a reporter and editor for the Corpus Christi Caller-Times and Lewisville News. A native of Hobbs, N.M., he graduated from Texas Tech with a bachelor’s degree in journalism/political science.


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