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Hallmark statement on tax office closing due to COVID

   JUNE 26, 2020 PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT FOR TAX OFFICE CLOSURE 
   As of today, Matagorda County has reported 90 Covid-19 cases from the period of June 1 through June 26, 2020. 
   For the months of March through May there were a total of 70 cases for a three month period. 
   Our risk of exposure has risen as Covid-19 cases continue to rise.
   Therefore, beginning Monday, June 29, 2020, the Matagorda County Tax office will be closed to the public. 
   Our office will remain staffed and available to assist the public through online services, via US Mail, or by telephone from 8 AM – 4:45 PM, Monday through Friday, excluding Holidays. 
   A drop box for motor vehicle registration renewals and property tax payments will be located in the hallway just outside the tax office. 
   A receipt and registration sticker will be returned via US Mail if applicable.

Thu
02
Jul

Phillips 66 donates to BCVFD

City of Bay City officials, Phillips 66 representatives and Bay City volunteer firefighters together show off a $38,000 donation from Phillips 66 that will be used to purchase 20 air bottles and a new Jaws of Life machine for our Volunteer Fire Department (VFD). Please join us to celebrate the donation at a check presentation event following the recommended social distancing guidelines.
Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard

Thu
02
Jul

Chamber urges business owners to create business continuity plan

From Bay City Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture

Thu
02
Jul

Trees on the move

Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard
The Bay City Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture’s 56th Annual J. C. Lewis Live Oak Memorial Tree Sale drew buyers despite increasing COVID-19 cases, Saturday, June 27. There have been over 8,546 trees purchased since 1965.

Thu
02
Jul

Cherry, Holmes elementaries National Showcase Schools

   Cherry and Tenie Holmes elementary schools each received a Capturing Kids’ Hearts National Showcase School award for the 2019-2020 school year from the Flippen Group. 
   Several years ago, both campuses began an initiative to transform their schools into emotionally safe and relationally connected places for students, staff, and parents.
   This is the third consecutive year that Cherry Elementary was recognized, and the second consecutive year for Tenie Holmes Elementary. 
   After researching programs used by some of the nation’s most successful schools, Bay City Independent School District chose to join hands with the Flippen Group to bring Capturing Kids’ HeartsⓇ to the entire district. 
   Teachers and staff learned processes to increase students’ connectedness with both peers and adults on campus. 
   They learned how to create a classroom environment where students are excited to enter and learn every day. 

Thu
02
Jul

"Kate’s coffee shop, airport receive funding from BCCDC" by: Mike Reddell

   Kate’s Coffee, Tea & More received a $10,000 business retention grant for improvements and Bay City Regional Airport will get a $75,000 for a generator project from the Bay City Community Development Corporation (BCCDC).
   In addition to those funding approvals, the BCCDC board elected new officers and welcomed new members Jeannette Bell and Robert Knox at its regular meeting held by teleconferencing Monday, June 29.
   Outgoing BCCDC president Julie Estlinbaum presented the slate of new officers, and board members approved: Floyce Brown, president; Becca Sitz, vice president; and Jason Childers, secretary.
   Their new terms begin in July.

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02
Jul

"Russell notes leadership traits of departing BCCDC board members, new officers " By Jessica Russell Executive Director Bay City Community Development Corporation

   EDITOR’S NOTE: The Sentinel asked BCCDC Executive Director Jessica Russell to comment on departing board members Julie Estlinbaum and Loy Sneary and the three new officers Floyce Brown, Becca Sitz and Jason Childers.
   Julie Estlinbaum’s leadership of the BCCDC brought so much to our Bay City community. 
   Under her leadership we were able to hire a grant writer for our nonprofit community to use free of charge, begin Nile Valley Road phase 1 construction, and initiate a much needed drainage survey that will pave the way for our city to address drainage issues and plan for future development. 
   Her guidance to me has been extremely personal, as I look to her for advice on decisions that needs to be made that have as much positive impact on our community as possible. She is a passionate advocate for our city and I’m blessed to be able to call her a friend.

Thu
02
Jul

Police advise caution after dark

   After a Bay City woman was sexually assaulted at her residence Wednesday, June 24, Bay City Police Department all citizens use extra caution if out after dark.
   The woman told police she was at her Peach Street residence when her outside dog started barking at about 12:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 24.
   She went outside to investigate and saw a man in a ski mask standing there.  
   The woman said she asked him what he was doing and threatened to call police.  
   The man began running towards her.  The victim tried to run back in the house but fell.  
   She was able to strike the assailant with a hammer, police were told, and he then struck her and assaulted her.  
   The victim believes she was knocked out at that time.
   The victim was taken to Matagorda Regional Medical Center by EMS.  
   There, she was treated and released.  

Thu
25
Jun

"County’s rising COVID counts mirror state increases" by: Mike Reddell

   The Matagorda County EOC reported five new COVID-19 positive cases Tuesday, June 23.
   On top of the 21 new cases reported by EOC Monday, Matagorda County Matagorda County now has 134 positive cases, of which 61 are recovered, and 68 active cases.
   The medical professions also report four patients seeking treatment with COVID-19 in the Matagorda Regional Medical Center.
   The Palacios Community Medical Center reports 35 negative and four (4) pending Covid-19 cases.
      The rapid rise of new cases in recent weeks drew a joint statement this week from Matagorda County Judge Nate McDonald, Bay City Mayor Robert Nelson, Palacios Mayor Glen Smith, and the senior medical and administrative leaders of Matagorda County’s largest community health organizations.

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Thu
25
Jun

"City Council sets citywide goals for 2021" by: Mike Reddell

  City Council set its city-wide goals for 2021 at council’s regular meeting Tuesday night, June 23.
   The goal-setting was through council’s approval of the city planning document Vision 2040 “Bay City Works.”
   Council and city staff worked on Vision 2040 during recent budget workshops and Tuesday night council added public safety to the document’s five core elements.
   Another major item for council was approving a resolution expressing intent to finance improvements to the city’s water and sewer systems.
   City Manager Shawna Burkhart said financing the repair or replacement of the city’s drinking water system will be done through low-interest loans, with the financial assistance from the Texas Water Development Board.
   The projected system-wide wastewater improvements, including the treatment plant and lift stations, will cost about $36,400,000.

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