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07
Nov

"Council retreats from parallel parking plan" by: Mike Reddell

   City Council backed off a plan to implement parallel parking on certain stretches of Texas 60 and Texas 35 downtown after a determined outcry from merchants near or on the courthouse square at council’s regular meeting Tuesday, Nov. 5.
   County Judge Nate McDonald addressed council at the first of its meeting and asked if the new state law that permits comments on agenda items would allow him to speak later.
   While the city’s parallel parking proposal – presented by City Manager Richard Morton – didn’t include any of the courthouse square or nearby angle parking on 6th Street and Avenue G, five business owners told council that any parallel parking would be bad for business.

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Thu
07
Nov

Blessing woman killed in collision

Sentinel photo/MaLinda Reddell
Emergency vehicles at the scene of the fatal vehicle collision northeast of Blessing Monday afternoon.

   Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Troopers investigated a fatal vehicle collision northeast of Blessing on Texas 35 Monday.
   The preliminary information indicates that a southbound 2017 Chevrolet Silverado traveled into the northbound lane of Texas 35, striking a 2016 Jeep Cherokee head-on at about 12:05 p.m. Monday.
   Jessica Surritt, 36, of Blessing, was identified as the driver of the Chevrolet, DPS reported. 
   Matagorada County EMS transported her to Matagorda Regional Medical Center in Bay City. 
   Surritt was pronounced (at the hospital) by MRMC staff, reports show.

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Thu
07
Nov

Celebrating Day of the Dead

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
A trio of festively-painted ladies posed for a quick snapshot before venturing on to enjoy the 2nd Annual Day of the Dead Festival at LeTulle Park, Nov. 2. The event featured live entertainment, a magician and Mexican storyteller for children and plenty of food and shopping vendors.

Thu
07
Nov

"County, other defendants to pay $748,107 in settlement" by: Mike Reddell

   A total of $748,107 will be paid to settle the Kevin Davis vs. Matagorda County lawsuit that was filed in the U.S. District Court in Galveston, EEOC, and the 122nd State Judicial Court of Galveston County.
   Matagorda County Commissioners Court approved the settlement that dismisses all cases in the lawsuit on July 12 and the terms of the agreement were released under a Freedom of Information request by the Bay City Sentinel. 
   Former Precinct 3 employee Kevin Davis alleged in the original filing in Galveston the county fired him for reporting department head and Precinct 3 Commissioner James Gibson for keeping a separate ‘kitty box’ fund and allegations of racial discrimination.

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Thu
07
Nov

T-Rex make Halloween appearance downtown

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
Among the many colorful and creative costumes walking around downtown, a pair of tyrannosaurus rex-clad trick-or-treaters drew crowds wherever they went, Oct. 31. The inflatable dinosaur costumes were even able to withstand the coldest Halloween temperatures on record for Texas since the 1920s.

Thu
07
Nov

"Cedar Lane man’s arrest leads to shooting, internal investigation " by: Mike Reddell

   A Cedar Lane man faces four felony charges and bonds totaling $165,000 in connection with fighting with sheriff’s deputies who went to his residence to serve a felony warrant Oct. 25, the sheriff’s department reported.
      At one point as deputies were struggling to arrest the man, he grabbed a Taser, fired it and shocked a deputy, reports show.
   William Blake Moody, 34, of 11912 FM 457 in Cedar Lane, was arraigned on the following charges, with the specific bonds set: burglary of a habitation, $25,000; aggravated assault on a public servant, $100,000; resisting arresting or transport with a deadly weapon; and burglary of a building, $15,000, sheriff and jail reports show.

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Thu
07
Nov

"New Sargent fire truck funded by state, precinct, local fundraising" by: Mike Reddell

  A new Sargent fire truck – paid with state, county and local fundraising efforts – was approved, along with a firefighting contract with Matagorda, by Matagorda County Commissioners Court Monday, Nov. 4.
   The new 4,000-gallon tanker that costs $297,650 for Sargent Area Volunteer Fire & Rescue will be funded by a $200,000 Texas A&M Forestry Service grant, $20,000 from Precinct 2 Commissioner Kent Pollard’s budget and $77,650 raised from a letter-writing campaign by local residents.
   “They worked very diligently in securing the funds,” Pollard told commissioners about the local fund-raising campaign for the tanker.
   Pollard also commended Sargent area leaders in raising funds for the renovation under way to convert the old VFW Hall into the Sargent Branch Library of the Bay City Library.

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07
Nov

"Boys & Girls Club brings back tradition of Bay City Pancake Supper" by: Jessica Shepard

   The Boys and Girls Club of Bay City and Matagorda County will host a pancake supper from 4:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14 at the Bay City USO Service Center. 
   Supper tickets are $10 each and feature pancakes, bacon and a drink. 
   Plates also will be available for dine-in or to-go orders. 
   Tickets are available at the door or by contacting 979-244-8865. 

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07
Nov

"Chamber luncheon focuses on frequent Human Resource mistakes" by: Jessica Shepard

Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard
The Bay City Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture partnered with Allison Benefit Consultants to host a luncheon presentation over the “7 Most Frequent Human Resource Mistakes and How to Avoid them,” Oct. 31. Insperity's business performance advisors Frances Andrews, left and Josh Delgado, right lead the presentation and gave tips on human resource issues business owners could face.

   The Bay City Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture partnered with Allison Benefit Consultants to host an Oct. 31 luncheon presentation over the “7 Most Frequent Human Resource Mistakes and How to Avoid them.”
   Insperity, a Houston-based human resource and administration service company, lead the presentation and gave tips to over 20 local businesses on how to attract and keep desirable employees along with other human resource issues.
   “First and foremost you need to know yourself, your company and the competition,” said Frances Andrews, Insperity certified business performance advisor.

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Thu
07
Nov

"Dungeoneers present ‘Annie’ exclusively for one weekend" by: Jessica Shepard

Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard
Little orphan "Annie" makes the days spent doing chores go by faster with a little song and dance. It's a hard knock life for Annie, played by Alexandra Chavez, center, and her friends while singing and dancing cues are finalized during dress rehearsal, Monday, Nov. 4.

   The Bay City High School Dungeoneers present the musical “Annie” exclusively for one weekend only.
   The musical will start at 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday Nov. 7-9 with a 2:30 p.m. matinee Sunday, Nov. 10 at the BCHS theater.
   Tickets are $7 per person pre-sale on dungeoneers.ticketleap.com/annie or $10 at the door.

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