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15
Apr

Group’s mission is to preserve city’s concrete markers

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   There are about 168 little-known concrete street markers in Bay City and a local group is working to ensure people see them and affirm them as part of history. 
   “Bay City has been in existence for many years and these concrete markers are part of our history,” said D.Ann Criswell, who is part of the Inspire Bay City committee.  
   “Bay City Council Member Becca Sitz formed this committee as a group of people who like to do fun improvement projects,” Criswell explained. 
   “We learned that these concrete street markers were a WPA project from the 1920s-1930s,” she said. 
   “Communities throughout the states purchased the markers to identify their streets.  
   “Sadly, many have not survived the years as street intersection improvements, general neglect, and other factors affect their condition and the current metal street signs have been installed. 

Thu
15
Apr

Early College High School blends high school, college

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Nala Williams (center) has a crowd to help celebrate her selection in the Early College High School.

   On Thursday, Bay City ISD employees surprised many of our Early College High School students at home with balloons and signs to celebrate the students’ hard work. 
   The Early College High School (ECHS) model allows students to blend high school and college coursework with the opportunity to earn up to two years of college credit (60 hours) while earning a high school diploma.   
   This model has shown to increase college readiness, provide rigorous instruction and coursework, and academic and social support for students.   
   The aim of Bay City Early College is to: 

Thu
15
Apr

Dabelgott touts Ladycat achievements this season

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
Ladycat freshman Alyssa Castro (11) concentrates on the ball despite her Salado shadow behind her.

   “The girls soccer program had an amazing year,” Ladycat Soccer Head Coach Darin Dabelgott posted on Facebook last weekend.
   The Ladycats lost to Salado by a 1-0 score last Friday in the UIL Regional finals at College Station High School. 
   The JV went undefeated 14-0, and outscored opponents 71-13, two goals in district. 
   The varsity went 24-1, outscoring opponents 126-14, and only giving up three goals in district.
   Records set this season:

Thu
15
Apr

"April sales tax rebates up for Bay City, Palacios" by: Mike Reddell

   April sales tax rebate checks for Bay City and Palacios are up this month compared to the same month last year.
   Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar sent cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose taxing districts $677.3 million in local sales tax allocations for April, 3.5 percent less than in April 2020. 
   These allocations are based on sales made in February by businesses that report tax monthly. 
   Bay City’s April sales tax rebates totaled $480,812, up 5.93% from the $453,890 rebate city received for the same month last year.
   The city’s year-to-date total is $1,895,531, which is 6.05% less than the $2,017,761 total the city received for the same period in 2020.

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Thu
08
Apr

"County’s COVID-19 cases stand out among neighbors" by: Mike Reddell

   While Matagorda County COVID-19 cases have the highest per-person count in Southeast Texas – including Harris County – at least one health official is puzzled by the apparent lack of interest in last week’s vaccination efforts.
   Meanwhile, Emergency Operation Center (EOC) spokesman Mitch Thames urged residents to take advantage of the second dose of the Pfizer vaccine scheduled Thursday and Friday, April 8 and 9. 
   “If you were one of the 1,620 persons that received the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine during the Texas National Guard HUB distribution on March 18 and 19 at the Matagorda County Fairgrounds, you are asked to return for the second dose,” Thames said.
   The location is the same as before, the Matagorda County Fairgrounds, at 4511 FM 2668. No appointments will be scheduled.
   This is a first-come, first-serve event from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Thu
08
Apr

And they’re off!

Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard
Avid young Easter Egg scramblers rush forward toward the beckoning numbers of multi-colored treasures at the City of Bay City’s Easter event at LeTulle Park on Good Friday, April 2.

Thu
08
Apr

"CASA seeks volunteer help from county" by: Jessica Shepard

   Commissioners unanimously approved a resolution by the Gulf Coast CASA to support awareness for volunteer child advocates and foster homes in Matagorda County during their regular meeting Monday, April 5.
   Gulf Coast CASA — which stands for Court-Appointed Special Advocate — is a nonprofit serving abused and neglected children from Brazoria, Matagorda, and Wharton counties placed in foster care.
   The resolution says that almost 48,000 children were in the Texas foster care system due to neglect or abuse in 2020.
   “In Matagorda County, 117 children were removed from their homes and placed outside of the county or region due to the lack of foster homes,” reads the resolution.
   “Approximately 20% of the children removed were separated from their sibling, causing further trauma to the child.”
   “We are in desperate need of volunteers to be advocates and fosters for children,” said Gulf Coast CASA Program Director Lucy May.

Thu
08
Apr

Easter coloring contest winners

Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard
Winners of the Sentinel's Easter coloring contest got a chance to take their picture with Peter Rabbit and their prize baskets at Schulman's MBG Saturday, April 3. From left, Coleman Dodd and Addison Dodd, representing the 2-4 and 9-12 age groups respectively. Not pictured is Easton Faglie, who won the 5-8 age group.

Thu
08
Apr

"Cookoff auction features photograph from ‘Giant’ " by: Jessica Shepard

   The 7th Annual Andrew Vasek Memorial BBQ Scholarship Cookoff starts at 5 p.m. Friday, April 9, and lasts until 11:30 p.m. Saturday, April 10, at the Matagorda Fireman’s Hall.
   Cookoff categories feature ribs, beans, chicken, chili, beans, fajitas, brisket, and Dutch oven desserts.
   This year also features a margarita and Bloody Mary drink contest.

Awards will be given for barbecue winners along with “People’s Choice” and “Good Time Charlie.”
   A variety of live entertainment will be on tap, along with washer, cornhole, and domino tournaments Friday night.
   The cookoff also will host the exclusive auctioning of a photo taken from the movie set of “Giant.”

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Thu
08
Apr

"Sargent ‘corkscrew’ replacement bridge opens Thursday" by: Mike Reddell

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An aerial view of the Sargent bridge replacement span that TxDOT says will open Thursday, April 8.

   The $41 million Sargent swing bridge replacement – or corkscrew bridge – will open Thursday, April 8, after three years of construction, the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) said Monday.
   Public hearings on the bridge began in 2015 and construction was under way in April 2018 on the span linking FM 457 across the Intercoastal Gulf Waterway.
   TxDOT outlined the project as far back as 2013.
   The new span replaces the swing bridge that’s the last bridge of its kind in Texas, according to the Sargent website.

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