City to hold hearing on annexation
Brenham could be adding several hundred homes to its city limits through annexation of an area that will include a new subdivision and retail space.
Engineering firm building new facility here
An engineering company has announced plans to build a $2.4 million office building here.
$7 million in building permits issued
The city of Brenham issued 99 building permits totaling $7,062,111 for new construction, renovations and additions during January.
Tax credit workshop set for owners of historic buildings
Main Street Brenham will be hosting a series of workshops in 2017 for downtown property and business owners, with the first workshop covering a new program that allows property owners to take tax credits for rehabilitations to historic properties.
Blinn seeking community input on strategic plan
Blinn College seeks the community’s input in developing a new strategic plan for 2017-20.
Local winery earns awards at San Francisco competition
Washington County’s Saddlehorn Winery has won several top prizes at the prestigiouos San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition (SFCWC).
Sales tax rebates rise
Governmental entities in Washington County that collect sales taxes saw increases in their refunds this month.
Groundbreaking set for Hodde Center expansion
A groundbreaking ceremony will be held Thursday at 3:30 p.m. for the expansion of the Workforce and Technical Training Center in the Brenham Business Center industrial park, located on U.S. 290 at FM 577.
2016 building permits total $47.5 million
The city of Brenham issued $47.7 million in building permits during 2016, up by $14 million from the previous year.
Jobless rate drops to 4.6%
Washington County’s jobless rate in November matched the year-long low of 4.6 percent, figures from the Texas Workforce Commission show.
New church tops building permits
The city of Brenham issued $2 million in permits for new construction, renovations and additions during November, including a new church.
Five elected to EDF board
Five directors have been elected to three-year terms on the Brenham Economic Development Foundation board.
Council to consider tax break resolution
Brenham City Council members Thursday will discuss a resolution that would provide a tax break for a local industry.
Ground broken on BSSLC athletic complex
The Brenham State Supported Living Center broke ground Tuesday on a new sport complex which supporters say will enhance the lives of the facility’s residents.
Trustees discuss 'District of Innovation'
Brenham school trustees Monday discussed whether they should explore applying for “District of Innovation” status.
Blinn earns highest recognition for community service
Blinn College has been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the highest federal recognition an institution can receive for its commitment to community, service learning, and civic engagement.
Council OKs more housing board members
Adding two members to the Brenham Housing Authority’s board of directors has been approved by city council members.
EDF holding board election
The Brenham Economic Development Foundation (EDF) is distributing ballots to its members to elect five directors to serve a three-year term starting December 2016 through 2019.
New homes, remodeling pace building permits
Homebuilding and a commercial remodeling project paced building permits issued in October by the city of Brenham.
'New' library will feature state-of-the-art technology
Patrons who are eagerly awaiting reopening of Brenham’s Nancy Carol Roberts Memorial Library in only a few weeks will find that it’s not “the same old library.”
County jobless rate down slightly
Washington County’s unemployment rate dropped slightly in September, as the number of people with jobs grew by 41.
Blinn board OKs tenancy for tech center
The Blinn College Board of Trustees has approved a 20-year tenancy lease with the Economic Development Foundation of Brenham regarding a technical training center.
Local sales tax rebates jump
Sales tax rebates to Brenham, Burton and Washington County this month were all higher than a year ago.
Council agrees to loan for land purchase
The Brenham City Council has agreed to help fund the purchase of 45 acres to expand an industrial park.
Building permits for year top $40 million
The city of Brenham issued more than $2.2 million in building permits during September, boosting the 2016 total past $40 million.
Arts and Music Festival to be held here
Ten bands on three different stages and a host of other activities will highlight the first Texas Arts and Music Festival in downtown Brenham.
Jobless rate drops slightly
Washington County’s jobless rate dropped slightly in August, when its labor force dropped slightly and a few more people found work.
Filmmaker says bright lights, economic boom coming to Brenham
The owner of a media production studio in Brenham says he's open for business and has plans to make an economic impact on the city and surrounding areas over the next several years.
Building permits sky at $5.7 million for August
The city of Brenham issued more than $5.7 million in building permits in August, including a $2.25 million expansion project for an existing business.
$4.2 million allocated for road work in county
The Texas Department of Transportation will spend more than $4.2 million in Washington County over the next four years for maintenance and safety improvements.
BRA operation permit approved by state
The Brazos River Authority has received a permit which it says will make more water available for use in the Brazos River basin.
City projects near completion
Two major city of Brenham building projects are nearing completion.
New BSSLC director welcomed
The new director of the Brenham State Supported Living Center officially met the community Wednesday at a “meet and greet” hosted by the school’s Volunteer Services Council.
Blinn trustees approve legislative priorities
Blinn trustees Tuesday approved six legislative priorities for the 85th session of the Texas Legislature, including a call for more state funding.
Building permits top $2 million
The city of Brenham issued more than $2 million in permits last month for new construction, renovations and additions.
Burton ISD may seek $18 million bond issue
Voters here may be asked to approve an $18 million bond issue that could increase the tax rate by more than 30 cents.
Blinn board adopts budget for 2016-17
Blinn College trustees Tuesday approved the adoption of the 2016-17 fiscal year budget and stipends that will be implemented on Sept. 1.
Building permits surge past $30 million
The city of Brenham issued almost $3.3 million in building permits in June, pushing the year-to-date total to $30.7 million.
Zither Music adds 2nd 'best of show' award
Zither Music Company has again won a prestigious “best of show” award from the National Association of Music Manufacturers.
Rose retiring from Bluebonnet; Bentke named new GM
Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative has announced that General Manager Mark Rose will retire after 14 years with the co-op.
County's jobless rate drops slightly
Washington County’s unemployment rate fell slightly during May as its labor force and the number of people with jobs grew.
$2.9 million in building permits issued
A new $825,000 multi-family housing complex on Sabine Street led building permits issued in May by the city of Brenham.
Local businesses honorerd
Two local businesses were honored Wednesday at the Governor’s Small Business Forum here.
Jobless rate drops to 4.7%
Washington County’s unemployment rate in April was 4.7 percent, its lowest rate in almost a year, figures from the Texas Workforce Commission show.
County organizations get Bluebonnet Electric grants
Non-profit entities in Washington County have received $260,000 in grants from Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative.
Assistant city manager named
Ryan Rapelye, an assistant city manager in Del Rio, has been has been named Brenham’s new assistant city manager for general government.
BEC giving $3.18 million back to customers
Bluebonnet members will get more than just their electric bill in the mail beginning this month.
Blinn gym boosts building permits
Building permits issued by the city of Brenham last month were boosted by Blinn College’s new $9.8 million gymnasium.
Hospital here gets new name
Baylor Scott & White Health officially announced the new name of its Brenham hospital at a special community event Friday.
County approves retail incentives
Washington County commissioners today approved a package of incentives for retail development.
Hughson assumes VP role at hospital here
John Hughson has been named vice president of operations for Baylor Scott & White Health’s hospital here.
Local sales tax rebates up
Washington County and the cities of Brenham and Burton all saw increases in their sales tax rebates this month.
Hoddes donate $20,000 to Blinn technical education center
A.W. Hodde Jr. and his wife Virginia have gifted $20,000 in support of the A.W. Hodde Jr. Technical Education Center.
BCA partnering with university for online courses
Brenham Christian Academy (BCA) officials have announced a new partnership with Liberty University (LU).
Building permits surge in March
Building permits surged here in March, which saw permits taken out for a new motel and the first phase of a new recreation center on the Blinn College campus.
New housing blooms in Brenham
A Texas homebuilder that develops communities outside Houston and some of the state's other large cities recently purchased land in Brenham, where it says the real estate market hasn't been affected by recent troubles at Blue Bell Creameries or the oil price collapse hurting other cities across the state.
County's jobless rate at 4.8%
Washington County’s jobless rate dropped during February as more people found jobs.
Commissioners OK tax phase-in
Washington County commissioners today approved a tax phase-in agreement with Valmont Coatings, which plans to move forward with their original project from last year to locate a galvanizing plant here.
Council OKs tax abatement
The Brenham City Council has approved tax abatement for a local industry which wants to expand into a new operation.
Building permits total $1.1 million
The city of Brenham issued $1,143,413 in building permits during February.
Blinn trustees OK housing project
Blinn College trustees Tuesday approved a resolution to authorize an on-campus privatized student housing project, short term construction, permanent financing and ground lease connected to the project to house 453 students on the Brenham campus.
City projects on schedule
Two major city of Brenham projects are expected to be complete in the next few months.
BEC holding town hall meetings
Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative is hosting a town hall meeting here, one of five that will be held in February and March.
$500,000 job training grant awarded
Blue Bell Creameries and Stanpac USA have partnered with Blinn College to provide job training for 771 new and incumbent workers using a $500,160 Skills Development Fund grant.
$2 million in building permits issued
A church project led building permits issued by the city of Brenham in January.
Commissioners approve resolution in support of apartment development
Washington County commissioners today approved a resolution in support of the proposed Parklane Villas development and HuntJon LLC’s application of the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs for housing credits.
Action! Work beginning on major motion picture
A major motion picture project will begin this spring in the Brenham area.
Hodde Center work expected to begin in summer
Construction on the expansion of Blinn College’s technical education center could begin as soon as this summer.
Jobless rate drops to 4.9%
Washington County’s unemployment rate fell in December as its work force dropped and the number of people with jobs increased.
Inn at Dos Brisos earns 4-diamond rating
A Washington County hotel is one of only 84 statewide to gain a prestigious “four-diamond” rating from the American Automobile Association.
$33 million in building permits issued in 2015
The city of Brenham issued $33 million in permits for new construction, additions and renovations last year.
Contract awarded for Highway 36 project
Work is expected to begin in February on widening of a dangerous stretch of the Highway 36 Loop.
Council OKs special use permit for public housing
A specific use permit that will allow construction of apartments to replace deteriorating public housing units has been approved by the Brenham City Council.
TWC awards Blinn grant to provide training for Stanpac employees
The Texas Workforce Commission has awarded Blinn College almost $100,000 from its Skills Development Fund grant to provide skills training for 75 Stanpac USA employees.
Blinn invites local businesses to job fairs
Blinn College is inviting local businesses to recruit students from its exceptional Applied Sciences programs during a pair of job fairs in February.
LCRA, city of Brenham award $39,550 for Brenham art center renovations
The Brenham Fine Arts League will be able to renovate its art center thanks to a $39,550 community development grant from the Lower Colorado River Authority and the city of Brenham.
Council hears minor league baseball proposal
A pitch to bring minor league baseball to Brenham was heard Thursday by city council members.
New economic development entity approved
Creation of a new organization that will work with economic development efforts was approved Thursday by the Brenham City Council.
Blinn moves forward on new housing
Blinn College trustees have authorized college administrators to negotiate with a company to finance, build and manage a new dormitory with more than 400 beds.
Five elected to EDF board
The Brenham Economic Development Foundation announced today that its members have elected five directors to serve a three-year term on the board starting in December.
Blue Bell restart will be boost to local economy
Production at Blue Bell Creameries’ plant here is beginning with “baby steps,” but the psychological boost it provides is significant.
Blue Bell's back
Blue Bell Creameries is back in business in Brenham.
Sales tax rebates up
Sales tax rebates rose this month for local entities that assess the tax, figures from the Texas Comptroller’s office show.
$750,000 donation will fund park work
A $750,000 donation for Fireman’s Park improvements — including a new playground — has been accepted by the Brenham City Council.
Five local entities get BEC grants
Five entities in Washington County have received grants from Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative.
Building permits for year top $27 million
Building permits issued by the city of Brenham in 2015 surged past the $27 million mark with $2.4 million in new construction, renovations and additions during October.
BHS' 3D printer staying busy with 'hand' projects
It’s been almost a year since a Brenham boy received a red-and-black prosthetic hand built on a 3D printer at Brenham High School.
Blinn names Waxler executive vice president,general counsel
Blinn College has hired a 30-year veteran of public and legislative affairs, law, communications and community engagement to serve as executive vice president and general counsel.
Blinn board approves first steps towards rec center, hears $10 million bonding presentation
The Blinn College board of trustees authorized the college’s administration to seek out professionals to begin surveying, soil testing and platting the location of the newly approved Kruse Recreation Center at Tuesday’s meeting.
Commissioners appoint Hensley to Workforce Solutions Brazos Valley board of directors
Washington County Commissioners today approved the appointment of Blinn College district president/CEO Mary Hensley to the Workforce Solutions Brazos Valley board of directors.
Blinn introduces associate of science degree in education
Blinn College next fall will begin offering an associate of science (AS) in education degree.
Jobs fair for veterans to be held Nov. 12
The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC), in partnership with 28 local workforce development boards and the Texas Veterans Commission, will host statewide veterans hiring fairs on Thursday, Nov. 12.
Blinn announces new Resource, Grant Development department
Blinn College has announced Tuesday the establishment of a new, district-wide Resource & Grant Development department.
Blinn board approves construction of Kruse Recreation Center
The Blinn College board of trustees awarded a guaranteed maximum price to Collier Construction for the building of the Kruse Recreation Center Monday at a special meeting.
Highway 36 bid award set next month
A contract to widen Highway 36 is expected to be awarded next month, officials say.
Rezoning request mulled by city council
The Brenham City Council is allowing a plan to rezone two blocks of South Market Street to move forward.
New homes pace building permits in September
Homebuilding paced construction permits issued in September by the city of Brenham.
Blue Bell to expand markets Nov. 2
Blue Bell Ice Cream will enter phase two of its five phase market re-entry plan on Monday, Nov. 2.