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11
Jan

"Tidehaven trustees extend Seigrist contract" by: Jessica Shepard

   Tidehaven ISD trustees renewed current superintendent Dr. Andrew Seigrist’s contract through January 2021, during their regular meeting Monday night. 
   “I am very happy about the board of trustees extending my contract through January of 2021.  Tidehaven ISD is just a very special place from the students to the parents and to the staff members all the way through the trustees,” Seigrist said after the meeting.
   “It is an honor to serve as superintendent for Tidehaven. Our next goal will be moving forward on the selected demolition and renovation of the old high school campus, along with my other superintendent duties. Those will be my main focus moving forward.”
   Seigrist told trustees that he would take a trip to China from Jan. 9-23 to help consider an exchange program with students and teachers.
   “This business trip will come at no cost to the district,” added Seigrist, expressing his excitement for the trip.

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11
Jan

"County closes Tenaris Capital Fund contract" by: Mike Reddell

  Matagorda County closed out its $1.5 million, four-year Texas Capital Fund contract that paid for Texas 35 road improvements in front of TenarisBayCity at commissioners court’s regular meeting Monday, Jan. 8.
   No comments were received at commissioners court’s Jan. 3 public hearing on closing out the contract that began Jan. 16, 2014, requiring Tenaris to hire 300 employees.
   Tenaris has created more than 600 jobs at its $1.8 billion Bay City steel mill, where an inauguration last month drew more than 1,000 people, including federal, state and local officials.
   County Judge Nate McDonald explained the Capital Fund grant paid for the necessary earthwork related to the Texas 35 construction of a turning lane as well as deceleration and acceleration lanes.
   Tenaris met the obligations of the grant and created 343 jobs that can be counted toward the TCF contract, a minimum of 300 were required, the court’s Monday agenda indicated.

Thu
11
Jan

"Local option election petition drive tops number required by state law"

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Bay City Restaurant Iniative members included, from left, Heather Menzies, Elizabeth Quillin, Mike Ferdinand, Floyce Brown, David Holubec, Heidi Martinez and DC Dunham.

   The Bay City Restaurant Initiative has more than enough signatures to call local option elections in Bay City and Matagorda County to allow the sale of all legal alcoholic beverages.
   The petition drive was launched Dec. 5 and secured the state-required signatures of more than 1,300 Bay City voters and 900 Justice Precinct 1 voters signing petitions. 
   “Bay City and Justice Precinct 1 registered voters overwhelmingly supported calling the election,” said Mitch Thames, Bay City Chamber of Commerce president, and a member of the Bay City Restaurant Initiative.
   He added that the election petitions also support equalizing alcohol sales rules for all of Bay City.
   The number of signatures submitted far exceeds the state requirement to call the election and the group was able to gather the signatures in less than half the time allowed by state law, Thames added. 

Thu
11
Jan

BCISD statement on Sandra Hogg

   Bay City ISD learned (last Friday morning) of the death of one of our staff members of 12 years, Sandra Hogg. 
   She worked in the district in past years as a counselor at several campuses, and most currently served as an LSSP (Licensed Specialist in School Psychologist) with MCES (Matagorda County Educational Services) - the countywide special education co-op housed within BCISD. 
   Sandra’s only son is a freshman at Bay City High School.
   A crisis team was dispatched this morning to MCES to help staff there hearing the heartbreaking news.
   BCISD is grieving at this tremendous loss, and our thoughts are with the family as they deal with this tragedy.

Thu
11
Jan

Bay City couple’s deaths shock community

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
Bryan and Sandra Hogg’s residence on Lazy Lane.

   A Bay City couple was found dead of gunshot wounds – in what investigators believe was a murder-suicide - in their house Friday morning by their teenage son, Bay City Police Department reported.
   About 8:45 a.m. Friday, Jan. 5, Bay City Police Department got a call from friends of the family, who had gone to the house of Bryan and Sandra Spencer Hogg, at 6 Lazy Lane, and knocked for several minutes without getting an answer, BCPD Lt. Clayton Ryman said.
   The couple’s teenage son responded when the people climbed a ladder to the son’s upstairs bedroom to get his attention and they were finally able to make contact, Ryman said.
   “The son reportedly found his mother and father deceased inside the residence after being woken up,” Ryman said.  
   Both 911 and local EMS were immediately contacted and police responded to the scene. After police arrived, they cancelled EMS.  
   Bryan Hogg was 44, and Sandra Hogg, 42, Ryman said.  

Thu
11
Jan

Campers of the week

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Markham Elementary Campers of the Week include: (top row, from left) Jordan Talbert, Chloe Frick, Kadence Sanchez, Jenna Mireles, and Lylah Quintanilla. Bottom row, from left: Robyn Brown and Bree Graham. Not pictured: Serena Lule

Thu
11
Jan

JSL Corporate Partners recognized

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Corporate sponsors for the Junior Service League 2018 Charity Ball are: Jonathan Fehmel - Texas Commercial Fire & Safety; Tami Savage - Prosperity Bank; Janet Peden - Janet & Scott Peden; Lynsey Curtner - Mr. & Mrs. Tiler Curtner; Erin Stone - Keystone Construction/Stone Turf; and Eric Wright - Oxea.

Thu
11
Jan

Game Wardens rescue green sea turtules

Texas Game Wardens patrolling East Matagorda Bay last week successfully rescued 151 green sea turtles that were stunned from the recent cold weather. All turtles were transported to the Sea Center Texas, in Lake Jackson, where they will be rehabilitated and released back to East Matagorda Bay.
Texas P&W photo

Thu
11
Jan

Bay City Airport celebrates 50th anniversary

   Bay City Regional Airport is marking the 50th anniversary of serving citizens and businesses of Bay City and Matagorda County in 2018, Airport Manager James Mason said.
   The airport services about 14,500 aircraft annually, including aircraft for emergency services and the military. 
   “Over our 50 years the airport has seen a lot of changes and growth - from adding more space for aircraft parking, aircraft hangars, new parking lot, and lengthening our runway and taxiway,” Mason said.
   The airport is upgrading security fencing and gates. 
   In addition, Mason pointed out that the airport’s lighting system upgrade and the avgas fuel farm relocation will be engineered this year. 
   “In 2019, we will be replacing our lighting system, installing an emergency generator and began the engineering to move our taxiway for safety reasons and improve our drainage.” 

Thu
11
Jan

"Reel Reviews:‘Jumanji’ a fun romp, faithful to 1995 original" by: Jessica Shepard

   I’m going to tell you straight off that this version of “Jumanji” isn’t a reboot or a total remake.
   In fact, it’s a pretty faithful semi-sequel to the 1995 original that featured the late Robin Williams.
   And, even then, that film was loosely based on the illustrated children’s book by Chris Van Allsburg.
   “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” hits all the right nostalgic notes for fans of the original flick and still provides laughs for newcomers from children to adults.
   The movie debuted Dec. 20 and has raked in over $520 million, managing to make more than the latest installment of the Star Wars franchise.
   Welcome to the Jungle is set 21 years after the first film in the present-day, as four very different high schoolers – Spencer Gilpin (Alex Wolff), Martha Kaply (Morgan Turner), Anthony “Fridge” Johnson (Ser’Darius Blain), and Bethany Walker (Madison Iseman) – all find themselves in detention together, for a variety of reasons.

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