Hannah King KRHD

Hannah King KRHD Multimedia Journalist and Reporter for ABC's KXXV KRHD 25 News

06/28/2021
Running 4 Heroes returns to Central Texas, Trooper Tovar receives grant

RUNNING 4 HEROES: What a remarkable young man!

Zechariah Cartledge with Running 4 Heroes Inc. made a stop in Central Texas this weekend.

With each whip of his flag and every step he takes, this 12-year-old Floridian is remembering and honoring fallen officers from the Lone Star State.

Cartledge also gifted Madison County Trooper Juan Tovar with his non-profit's injured First Responders Grant Saturday.

More on his mission here: https://www.kxxv.com/brazos/running-4-heroes-returns-to-central-texas-trooper-tovar-receives-grant

06/28/2021

Congratulations to Mallory Fuller '20 on earning the title of Miss Texas 2021 at the Miss America Texas competition last night! Whoop!

MADE IN AMERICA MARKET: You've still got time to head out to the Brazos Co Expo where Texas Market Guide is holding thei...
06/27/2021

MADE IN AMERICA MARKET: You've still got time to head out to the Brazos Co Expo where Texas Market Guide is holding their 2nd annual Made in America market. Today's hours are 11-4.

Organizers tell me this weekend's event is to highlight American business and American manufacturing. Everything you see this weekend is made in the USA. If you still need your Fourth of July décor, they've got you covered!

This is the same group that was here last fall for Main Street Holiday Market.

BUCEES! The last time we took a pic we both had our masks on! Can't believe almost a year has gone by. Buc-ee's
06/26/2021

BUCEES! The last time we took a pic we both had our masks on! Can't believe almost a year has gone by. Buc-ee's

BUCEES! The last time we took a pic we both had our masks on! Can't believe almost a year has gone by. Buc-ee's

TELEHEALTH: The only telehealth station of its kind in Texas! Pretty Cool Milam County has it. I went out there Monday t...
06/22/2021
Telehealth station in Milam County first of its kind in Texas, bridging accessibility gap in rural areas

TELEHEALTH: The only telehealth station of its kind in Texas! Pretty Cool Milam County has it. I went out there Monday to chat about how this technology helps with the lack of accessibility some face with after hours health care options in rural areas. Milam County does not have a hospital, an emergency room, or after hours medical care in the entire county. Options are well-needed after the two hospitals there shut down.

After hours healthcare options in Milam County are limited, in fact, there are none... except this kiosk.

BREAKING: Navasota PD tells me they received a report around 2pm of an unconscious male behind a restaurant on E Washing...
06/20/2021

BREAKING: Navasota PD tells me they received a report around 2pm of an unconscious male behind a restaurant on E Washington Ave. When EMS arrived, the person was non-responsive and was determined deceased.

Investigators do not believe any foul play was a part of it. Navasota PD has made a request to the Justice of the Peace for an autopsy. A name has not been released at this time.

BREAKING: Navasota PD tells me they received a report around 2pm of an unconscious male behind a restaurant on E Washington Ave. When EMS arrived, the person was non-responsive and was determined deceased.

Investigators do not believe any foul play was a part of it. Navasota PD has made a request to the Justice of the Peace for an autopsy. A name has not been released at this time.

Milam County collected nearly 10,000 tires from Saturday's tire clean up day! One man I spoke to says the event helped r...
06/14/2021
Milam Co ramps up efforts to combat illegal dumping, adds cameras for surveillance

Milam County collected nearly 10,000 tires from Saturday's tire clean up day! One man I spoke to says the event helped residents clean up their yards, as well as clean up the county itself.

The county is really ramping up their efforts to combat illegal dumping which now includes surveillance cameras in troublesome areas.

Milam County Judge Young tells me they have 10 cases in court in relation to illegal dumping.

For some, illegal dumping is a bad habit and it can come with some pretty hefty penalties... and Milam County leaders say they’ve had enough.

06/13/2021
Trooper Tovar first interview after April shooting in Bryan, thankful for community support

TROOPER TOVAR'S RECOVERY: Honored doesn't even come close to cutting it, but I am truly honored Trooper Tovar allowed me to share a glimpse of his road to recovery. I sat down with him Saturday for his first interview since the shooting that took place in Bryan back in April, where he was wounded while trying to capture the man police say opened fire on co-workers at Kent Moore Cabinets.

The Madisonville community hosted a golf tournament to benefit Trooper Tovar Saturday and boy was it something special.

Trooper Tovar still has a long road ahead of him, but he knows this community will be by his side every step of the way.

"I've had so many people ask me how I’m doing daily. I never expected anything like this. This community is pretty awesome," Tovar added.

Organizers of the event expect to raise tens of thousands of dollars to help with Trooper Tovar’s recovery and he couldn’t be more grateful.

"I am grateful for the brotherhood and the family that we have. You might not know another officer, but you still support them, so I appreciate it," Trooper Tovar added.

More:
https://www.kxxv.com/brazos/trooper-tovar-sits-down-exclusively-with-krhd-news-for-first-interview-post-shooting

06/11/2021
City of Bryan to enhance local alerts during heavy rainfall, utilizing $180,000 grant

ENHANCING SAFETY: Flash flooding is a big problem this time of year and it can make traveling dangerous, but thanks to a grant the City of Bryan - Government received, a number of roads will soon be safer when the heavy rain falls.

Bryan City staff say Texas is in the top 5 for flood-related deaths and they hope this new technology will help save lives.

More: https://www.kxxv.com/brazos/city-of-bryan-to-enhance-local-alerts-during-heavy-rainfall-utilizing-180-000-grant

It's rare the media gets recognized and thanked for their role in informing a community, especially during this pandemic...
06/11/2021

It's rare the media gets recognized and thanked for their role in informing a community, especially during this pandemic, so when it happens, it's pretty special. Chief invited a few media members across the Brazos Valley out for this reception, I was grateful to be one of them. I'm almost certain I interviewed Chief Jim Stewart, our county's COVID-19 Vaccination Task Force leader, on a weekly basis, all things COVID-19 and the Brazos Co Vaccination Hub. Members of the community and volunteers came together for one last hooray as they celebrated the hub's success and the closing of their doors. They hit their goal administering 100K shots. What a chapter!

06/08/2021
TCM's Community Café satisfies more than just stomachs, open to anyone who needs a warm meal

Can't believe this was my first time at Twin City Mission!

Twin City Mission says their community café is just that, a café for the community where anyone needing a hot meal can find themselves one there.

I spoke with a resident who lives and works at Twin City Mission and what he's been able to take away from his time there, far exceeds the number of days under their roof.

More here: https://www.kxxv.com/brazos/tcms-community-cafe-satisfies-more-than-just-stomachs-open-to-anyone-who-needs-a-warm-meal

06/07/2021
June 6, 2021: 77th Anniversary of D-Day, local museum honors heroes, including a local one

D-DAY: I tried to open up my story a little different for this one and with so much in the museum, I was allowed in one of the vehicles.

Watch below to see my crawl into a World War II Half Track.

I caught up with one Brazos Valley family who picked the perfect Sunday to check out the Museum of The American GI as they honored D-Day heroes, especially a local one, General Rudder.

More: https://www.kxxv.com/brazos/june-6-2021-77th-anniversary-of-d-day-local-museum-honors-heroes-including-a-local-one

Ensuring art is accessible for all ages, Adult Art Classes are back on at the The Arts Council of Brazos Valley! Leaders...
06/07/2021
ACBV Adult Art Classes make their return, stem from location change and demand

Ensuring art is accessible for all ages, Adult Art Classes are back on at the The Arts Council of Brazos Valley! Leaders tell me, the Adult Art Classes were held at their old location, but hadn't been hosted at their new studio, until recently. The return stems from a location change and demand.

Ensuring art is accessible for all ages, the Council has officially brought back their adult art classes. The classes have resumed due to a location change.

Always a good day when I get to head out to the Museum of The American GI! Today is the 77th anniversary of D-Day and th...
06/06/2021

Always a good day when I get to head out to the Museum of The American GI! Today is the 77th anniversary of D-Day and the Museum is open until 5pm with all things D-Day and WWII.

Always a good day when I get to head out to the Museum of The American GI! Today is the 77th anniversary of D-Day and the Museum is open until 5pm with all things D-Day and WWII.

06/05/2021

I'm no Meteorologist, but look at the cloud cover! Thankfully no rain came from it though! This morning BS&W's College Station region held their first 'Walk with a Doc' event after a year long pause. I chat with an early success story from the program. More tonight at 6.

05/31/2021
Flag Remembrance held in College Station Saturday, around 900 flags placed for veterans ahead of Memorial Day

OBSERVING MEMORIAL DAY: I went out to College Station Cemetery over the weekend where local service and historical groups placed nearly 900 flags at the names of veterans ahead of Memorial Day.

Positioning a flag near the names of those who have served is a simple gesture to make sure this group of individuals aren't forgotten. Those volunteering say they hope when people see the visual, they reflect.

05/31/2021
College Station summer sports in full swing, schedule set to bring in millions to local economy over next few months

KICKOFF TO SUMMER: City of College Station - Government kicked off summer this weekend as they hosted their first summer sports event. With a jam-packed summer up ahead, they aren't slowing down anytime soon. So what exactly is it that drives tournament directors and fans to College Station? We found out.

The Parks & Recreation Department will host 12 sports events from May 29-Aug. 29.

Officials tell me, nearly 30,000 visitors will be coming into town for these events over the next few months and the economic impact is projected to be around 5 million dollars.

05/26/2021
Lifeguard shortage forces City of Bryan to adjust pool hours, prioritizing safety first

City of Bryan - Government is looking for lifeguards! Right now, they are facing a lifeguard shortage, but this shortage is not specific to just our community. I chat with City Staff at the Bryan Aquatic Center and she shares more on this current nationwide issue, as well as how important this role truly is.

I dive deeper into what it takes to become a lifeguard, as well as where you can apply here:

https://www.kxxv.com/brazos/lifeguard-shortage-forces-city-of-bryan-to-adjust-pool-hours-prioritizing-safety-first

05/26/2021

LIFEGUARD SHORTAGE: The City of Bryan posted yesterday about our area experiencing a lifeguard shortage and they are altering pool hours to make sure safety stays their number one priority. I chat with Ashley Bennett, who says normally 75 lifeguards are needed for their 3 pools in Bryan, right now they are sitting at only having 21.

05/25/2021
TxDot's Click It or Ticket campaign begins, Brazos Valley Mother shares importance of seat belts

CLICK IT OR TICKET: TxDot says while almost 91% of Texans are buckling up, nearly 9% still don't. Click It or Ticket is happening now until June 6th, urging Texans to buckle up.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says "No matter what type of vehicle you drive, one of the safest choices drivers and passengers can make is to buckle up."

If you ask Pam Todaro, a Brazos County Mother, she will tell you that seat belts, save lives.

More on this campaign and the number from unrestrained accidents in our area here: https://www.kxxv.com/brazos/txdots-click-it-or-ticket-campaign-begins-brazos-valley-mother-shares-importance-of-seat-belts

05/19/2021

Happy to do it!

05/19/2021
College Station City Council interested in proposed amendment to ordinance regarding cats and dog sales

CLOSING ON PUPPY MILL PIPELINE: College Station City Council voted unanimously to proceed with a proposed amendment to their ordinance governing how dogs and cats in the city are sold.

The proposed ban on the sale of cats and dogs in puppy stores, unless they are obtained from an animal shelter or rescue, would make it easier for police to close any future stores that pop up.

City staff is finalizing the recommendation for final approval from the council. The next meeting for City Council is May 27th.

If approved, LeUnes says, College Station could soon become the 8th City in Texas with a similar ordinance.

More here: https://www.kxxv.com/brazos/college-station-city-council-interested-in-proposed-amendment-to-ordinance-regarding-cats-and-dog-sales

Judy Webb LeUnes

05/18/2021
Vast COVID-19 related lows recorded Sunday, Gov. Abbott thanks fellow Texans

ICYMI: Gov. Abbott took to Twitter and shared a bit of good news Sunday. He reported there were 0 covid-related deaths in Texas on Sunday, which hasn't happened on a single day in 14 months.

Local health officials tell me seeing the '0' was the goal all along.

Takeaways straight from the Gov's Tweet on Sunday 5/16:

* 0 Covid related deaths--the only time that's happened since data was tracked in March, 2020.

* the fewest Covid cases in over 13 months

* the lowest 7-day Covid positivity rate ever

* the lowest Covid hospitalizations in 11 months.

05/17/2021
SDBA returns to Lake Bryan, brings in thousands to witness speedy boats

SDBA: Were you one of the thousands who hit Lake Bryan this weekend? We had some great and some dreary weather, but the fun was never spoiled! The Southern Drag Boat Association returned to Lake Bryan for the first time since 2007. I speak with the Series Director, a local Driver and a fan taking in all the action.

Destination Bryan
SDBA Southern Drag Boat Association LLC

05/17/2021
'They are my family now', One local business owner describes customers as they rally to keep his business alive

BCS RESTAURANT SAVED: We brought you this story Saturday on air about a local restaurant in Bryan and their one last push before potentially having to close up shop after falling behind on rent over $9,000, mostly due to struggles from the pandemic.

Zand's posted a Code Red on social media Wednesday saying the business could be saved if he came up with $9,200 by Monday.

Since making the Facebook post, from sales and donations, the restaurant is here to stay. As the owner prepped for what could have been one of his last days as a business owner he shared "I didn't know I had that big of a family.. They are... To be honest... They are my family now. I love them. They supported me big, big, big time. They surprised me big time.

The team at Zand's took to Facebook Sunday to share their appreciation of the support they've felt over the last few days.

Ali Zand's Persian Kebabs

HAPPENING NOW: The Brazos County First Responders Association’s annual BBQ Cookoff is free and open to the public and is...
05/15/2021

HAPPENING NOW: The Brazos County First Responders Association’s annual BBQ Cookoff is free and open to the public and is going on until 3pm at St. Nick’s Green at 19191 Hwy 6 in College Station.

The Association tells me this event is a huge fundraising effort and normally brings in $15,000-$20,000 each year with proceeds going to officers and their family members who may be suffering with an illness or an on-duty injury and these funds can help cover costs not covered by insurance.
Brazos County First Responders Association

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Flash! This just in from the newsroom: It's HMK's birthday... Happy birthday, Miss Hannah!🌹
That was a GREAT story on honey bees that you did with Justin & Ashley of Prime Bees (good friends of mine). I wanted to add that there will be a "Beginning Beekeeper Seminar" in Bryan (at the Brazos Center) on Saturday, Sept 26. This is an all-day series of classes designed to help people interested in becoming a beekeeper get the information they need in order to get started. More information on the seminar, including how to register can be found on my website at
Congrats!