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Thu
18
Jul

Hankins new director of BCHS dance team

Photo courtesy of BCISD
Wendy Hankins

   Wendy Hankins is the new director of the Bay City High School Aristocats Dance Team, and has already met the team and begun rehearsals. 
   Hankins brings 26 years of experience to BCHS.
   Her previous directing stints include most recently the Brazosport High School Shipmates/Silver Starz Dance Team. 
   Prior to that, Hankins founded and directed the Cinco Ranch High School Cougar Stars Dance/Drill Team. 
   She also is a former director of the Lamar Consolidated Fillies Dance Team, where in 1999, her head officer won Miss Drill Team Texas and they travelled to California to compete nationally. 
   Hankins began her directing career with the Waller High School Wranglerettes. Hankins has taught grades 9-12 dance, served as dance instructor at Freeport Intermediate School, and coached cheer teams, among other school positions.

Thu
18
Jul

Linnie Roberts names Ashley Hagg as new principal

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Ashley Hagg

   Ashley Hagg has been promoted to Principal of Linnie Roberts Elementary. 
   Hagg began her professional education career in Bay City ISD in 2010 as a teacher at Tenie Holmes Elementary. 
   She taught for five years in the classroom, and then moved into school counseling in 2015. 
   Her most recent position has been as the Cherry Elementary school counselor.
   Hagg earned her undergraduate degree from Sam Houston State University in Early Childhood Education, and her Masters in School Counseling from Lamar University. She also achieved her Principal Certification from Lamar.
   “I am looking forward to building a campus that puts student growth at the forefront of every decision and that cultivates a love of learning through student and teacher success,” said Hagg. 

Thu
18
Jul

"Bay City July sales tax rebates show upward swing" by: Mike Reddell

   Bay City’s July sales tax allocations from the Texas Comptroller’s office were among three area cities with numbers higher than the same month last year. 
   Statewide, the July allocations totaling $764.3 million were 0.7 percent more than in July 2018.  
   These allocations are based on sales made in May by businesses that report tax monthly. 
   Bay City July sales tax rebates total $510,748, up 6.32% from the $480,369 tally from the same month last year. 
   For the year, Bay City’s sales tax allocations are $3,421,084, which is 3.53% higher than the $3,304,400 total for the same period in 2018. 
   In Palacios, July’s total of $58,654 is 15.71% down from $69,593 the city received for the same month last year. 
   For the year, Palacios rebates total $411,336, down 7.61% from the 2018 year-to-date tally of $445,228. 
   El Campo’s July rebate total was $369,888, up 9.26% from the same month last year. 

Thu
18
Jul

BCISD recognizes 18 area firms in business recognition program

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
Pictured from left to right are: BCISD Board of Trustees President Bob Klepac; Sydney Armatta, Capital Farm Credit; Janet Hickl, DAR; Rev. Charles Roberson Sr, New Horizon Church; John O’Neal, Hip Hop Hope Ministries; Rosie Rodriguez, IBC Bank; Lisa Morales, Lisa’s Main Street Salon & Coffee Bar; Jennifer Arbuckle, Meant to Bee; Matthew Gullett, Tenaris Community Relations Manager; Erika Bienek, Tenaris Global Community Relations Director; and BCISD Superintendent Dr. Marshall Scott III.

   Bay City ISD recognized 18 area businesses and organizations with the Texas Association of School Board’s (TASB) Business Recognition Program honor “Stand up for Texas Public Schools” at the regular board meeting on July 15. 
   This is the second year that BCISD has participated in TASB program, which seeks to recognize those for their support of public schools through partnerships, donations, and services. 
   Recognized for the 2018-19 school year were: Bay City Abstract and Title Company, Bay City Rotary, Capital Farm Credit, Celanese, Champion Turf Farms, Crafts Furniture. 
   Also, Daughters of the American Revolution/Mary Rolph Marsh Chapter, Hip Hop Hope Ministries, IBC Bank, Lisa’s Main Street Salon and Coffee Bar, Matagorda County Education Finance Committee, Matagorda County Farm Bureau, Meant to Bee, New Horizons Church, Tenaris-Bay City, The Children’s Store, Totally Tux and Walmart-Bay City. 

Thu
18
Jul

"Ballenger finds some closure in namesake nephew of friend" by: Ron Ballenger

Contributed photo
Ron Ballenger, left, with George Mummert, who was named for his uncle, at his gravesite.

   EDITOR’S NOTE: Ron Ballenger is a lieutenant for the Sheriff’s Department and an active member of the Philip Parker VFW Post 2438.

Thu
18
Jul

"Popular city employee found dead at facility" by: Mike Reddell

   The body of longtime – and respected – City of Bay City employee Joe Rodgers was found last week inside the recycling center.  
   Bay City police received a call shortly before 7 p.m. July 10 from a man who mows the lawn in that area.   
   He noticed the bay doors to the recycling center were open and they are normally closed at that time.   
   He decided to check the building and located the body of the employee.   
   Police arrived and notified JP Mark Finley who ordered an autopsy.   
   Services for Joe Rodgers, will be as follows: 

  •     Viewing, from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, July 18, at Taylor Brothers Funeral Home. 
  •     A graveside service will be at 10 a.m. Friday, July 19, at Cedarvale Cemetery.
Thu
18
Jul

Texas Oilman’s Invitational Fishing Tournament

The 18th Texas Oilman’s Invitational Fishing Tournament will be Friday and Saturday, July 19 and 20, at Matagorda Harbor. The tournament is a huge boost to the local economy, as well as for the many charities that benefit from TOIFT generosity.
Sentinel file photo

Thu
18
Jul

BCJH teachers recognized for digital literacy instruction

BCISD photo
Annette Gajewsky Maly and James Nolen

   Bay City Junior High teachers Annette Gajewsky Maly and James Nolen earned the “Digital Literacy Master” recognition from Learning.com in June.  
   They earned this honor for the 2018-19 school year for depth and breadth of usage of the Learning.com platform and being digital literacy advocates at BCJH. 
   The Learning.com platform allows staff to teach students: to stay safe on social media, assess the credibility of online sources, and discourage cyberbullying; introduces students to computer science, computational thinking, and coding; keyboarding and computer fundamentals; use of technology apps, multimedia and presentations; computational thinking and coding; and online safety, digital citizenship and internet usage.

Thu
11
Jul

"County OKs road use pact with wind farm" by: Mike Reddell

   A road use and master road repair agreement between Matagorda County and Peyton Creek Wind Farm was approved by commissioners court at its regular meeting Monday, July 8.
   Wind farm construction already underway has damaged county roads, Precinct 1 and Precinct 2 Commissioners, Gary Graham and Kent Pollard, respectively, have reported.
   County Judge Nate McDonald asked if the county “got enough to fix the roads.”
   County Attorney Denise Fortenberry, who discussed the road use and repair pact with the court, said, “The heavy loads and increased, repetitive traffic has caused damage already.

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Thu
11
Jul

"Oxea, BCISD reach resolution on paying for 2015 agreement" by: Jessica Shepard

   Bay City ISD received a $1,376,520 check from OXEA Corporation as part of its newly amended appraised value limitation agreement July 2.
   The check is only part of the total $2,477,736 the company has owed the district since 2015.
   “This is the first payment we’ve received from them the whole time since 2015,” said BCISD Chief Financial Officer Rick Johnson.
   Originally, the company owed over $5.5 million in back payments, but BCISD trustees approved reducing that total to just over $2.4 million during the school board meeting June 27.

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