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"BCISD approves $23M bond sale for new Linnie Roberts" by: Mike Reddell

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New Linnie Roberts Elementary Principal Ashley Hagg, far right, is introduced to Linnie Roberts' granddaughter, Cheryl Roberts Owens, far left, at Monday night’s trustee meeting. Martha Brown is in the center.

   The sale of $23 million in bonds to build a new Linnie Roberts Elementary on the old McAllister Elementary site was authorized by Bay City school trustees at their regular meeting Monday night. 
   Selling the bonds represents the fourth and final installment of the $125 million November 2016 bond election. 
   “This is a great day for Bay City ISD by selling all of the $125 million bond issue,” exclaimed Board President Robert Klepac. 
   Building a new Linnie Roberts Elementary with the bonds “completes all of the projects” in the 2016 election, he added. 
   Bond counsel Tom Spurgeon guided trustees through the bond sale timetable that includes taking bids on the bonds Aug. 13 and delivering the bonds Sept. 10. 
   BCISD’s projected “very, very low” interest rate of 3.15% is lower than previous bond sales, the bond counsel pointed out.  

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18
Jul

"Van Vleck trustees give teachers, staff pay raises" by: Jessica Shepard

   Van Vleck ISD trustees unanimously approved approve a 5% raise for teachers and counselors with 6 or more years while all other staff received a 4% raise as part of the regular Monday night meeting. 
   “Plus, all staff will receive a $1,500 longevity pay check,” said VVISD Superintendent John O’Brien. 
   The raises and longevity checks are due in part because of the 86th Legislative session passing House Bill 3. 
   The bill is supposed to provide more money for Texas classrooms, increase teacher compensation, reduce recapture and cut local property taxes for Texas taxpayers. 
   “Even with HB3 in place, we always review our salaries and stipends during the budget process,” said Gayle Blackmon, assistant superintendent of finance. 
   “We try to make sure that all of our employees are getting something every year. Usually, we try to give 3% every year.” 

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18
Jul

"Sanchez: STP consistent in its plant safety" by: Jessica Shepard

Alfred Sanchez
Photo by Jessica Shepard

   United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s South Texas Project Senior Resident Inspector Alfred Sanchez addressed over 25 businesspersons and citizens about the plant’s safety during a luncheon July 10. 
   “We’re happy to announce that STP has completed its end-of-cycle performance assessment for Units 1 and 2,” said Sanchez. 
   “Historically, STP has almost always been in the green for us and this time is no different. STP has never posted a high safety violation.”  
   Being in the “green” means that any inspection findings were of very low safety significance in the NRC action matrix. 
   The green status also puts STP in the category for a baseline inspection program. 
   As safety significances increase, a plant progresses through several other categories going from green to white, yellow and then red – the highest safety significance. 

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18
Jul

"Council: Mayor to keep salary for 3 mo. after interim city manager hired" by: Mike Reddell

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
Bay City Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture President Mitch Thames, center, discusses the Bay City Civic Center during city council’s budget workshop Thursday, July 11.

   Following an executive session that included discussion of an interim city manager, City Council set the compensation for Mayor Robert Nelson Thursday, July 11. 
   There were three matters listed for executive session discussion, but the only action taken afterward was on an agenda item originally marked for open session and discussed in closed session – timelines for interim city manager hiring and the mayor’s compensation. 
   Council members Julie Estlinbaum and Bill Cornman had excused absences, leaving the council quorum of Jason Childers, Becca Sitz, Brent Marceaux and Nelson. 
   Councilman Jason Childers moved – and council unanimously approved - to allow Nelson continue with his $83,000 salary for three months after an interim city manager is hired and to receive the following compensation during his term of office: 

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18
Jul

"Claude ‘Tiger’ Lane remembered at commissioners court" by: Mike Reddell

   Claude “Tiger” Lane was remembered at the Matagorda County Commissioners Court meeting Monday, July 15. 
   Lane, the longtime Sargent chamber president and widely acknowledged goodwill ambassador, died in a Houston hospital early Monday morning, July 15. 
   Precinct 2 Commissioner Kent Pollard momentarily paused, in his grief, as he included Lane in giving the prayer that precedes all court meetings. 
   “He was an outstanding gentleman who had a big heart for Sargent,” said County Judge Nate McDonald later in the meeting. 
   An application for funding to continue progress on preventing the Sargent Beach erosion was approved by commissioners court at its regular meeting Monday. 
   In February, a Sargent Beach Study proposed ways to prevent further erosion with barriers in the surf and renourishment efforts on shore. 

Thu
18
Jul

Rock the Block gets festive

Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard
Several volunteers from IBC bank handed out Christmas cookies to passerbys downtown as part of Rock the Block: Christmas in July, July 11.

Thu
18
Jul

Blessing Hotel Fundraiser on tap this weekend

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The annual Blessing Hotel fundraiser is from 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Saturday, July 20 at the hotel. The event features a car show, waterslide, dunking booth, vendor booths, auction, $10 per person hamburger lunch and much more. There will be a multiple-item raffle and live auction. This year’s live entertainment is from the Lazy Farmers.

Thu
18
Jul

Learning about SWAT

Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard
Bay City Police Department Sgt. James Reckaway gave an inside look at what it means to be a member of SWAT at the Bay City Public Library July 16. Reckaway showed children and adults all the tools of the trade including weapons, armor and communication headsets..

Thu
18
Jul

One arrested for violating protective order

   A 21-year-old Bay City woman was accused of violating a protective order and breaking into a residence to assault a woman Monday, July 15, Bay City police said.
   Sha’Dasia L. Wilcox, 21, Bay City 2019, was charged with violation of protective order and burglary of a building – assault, records show.
   Officer Jacob Garon was sent to the 200 block of Ronald at about 9:30 p.m. Monday on a burglary that had just occurred.  
   Upon arrival, Garon observed blood all around the area.  
   He spoke with the complainant who said the suspect had cut herself when she broke out a bedroom window to enter the residence.
   The complainant said he heard glass breaking and went to check when he saw the woman assaulting his girlfriend.  
   The man grabbed the suspect and pulled her outside and went to check on his girlfriend.  
   At that time, the suspect drove off in a silver vehicle.  

Thu
18
Jul

"Reel Reviews: ‘Stuber’ shows off Bautista’s comedic side" by: Jessica Shepard

   So, I didn’t know what to expect when heading in to see “Stuber,” but judging by the trailer, I figured I would laugh once or twice.
   Well, I definitely did more than that and probably at more jokes than anyone else in the audience, too.
   If you’re a fan of Dave Bautista’s “Drax” character from Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” movie series – there’s plenty of that in this and a side of him I didn’t expect to see either.
   Just buckle up and keep your eyes wide open for this one!
   Stuber is an action comedy film directed by Michael Dowse and written by Tripper Clancy. 
   It stars Kumail Nanjiani, Dave Bautista, Iko Uwais, Natalie Morales, Betty Gilpin, Jimmy Tatro, Mira Sorvino, and Karen Gillan.
    A meager Uber driver named Stu (Nanjiani), hates his job at a retail sporting goods store.

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