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"TISD OKs pay raises mandated by HB 3" by: Jessica Shepard

   Tidehaven school trustees unanimously approved pay raises for teachers, librarians, counselors, registered nurses and at-will employees in response to Texas House Bill 3.
   House Bill 3 provides more money for Texas classrooms, increases teacher compensation, reduces recapture and cuts local property taxes for Texas taxpayers.
   Teachers, librarians, counselors, and registered nurses with 0-5 years of experience will get $4,000.
   Teachers, librarians, counselors, and registered nurses with six years or more experience will receive $4,400.
   All at-will employees will be given a $2,000 raise.
   “The district is required by HB3 to commit 30% of all new monies generated by HB3 to employee pay raises not including administrators,” said Superintendent Dr. Andrew Seigrist.
   “With the strong support of the board of trustees, Tidehaven exceeded the 30% minimum requirement in the law of HB3.”

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25
Jul

"TIRZ 1 board agrees to pay Stuart Lynn" by: Jessica Shepard

Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard
Developer Stuart Lynn discusses possible city ownership of Camille Road with the Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone 1 board July 17. The board took no action on reimbursing Lynn for the road until the city attorney clarifies who owns it and therefore is responsible for its upkeep.

   Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone (TIRZ) 1 board unanimously approved developer Stuart Lynn to proceed to Phase 2 construction starting Aug. 20, during their regular meeting, July 17.
   Lynn has 18 months from that date to complete Phase 2 work.
   Phase 2 work estimated $100,000 cost includes: 

  •     A pedestrian bridge over Cottonwood Creek
  •     Playground with a water play feature
  •     Creekside path
  •     Sidewalks

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25
Jul

Gun threat by felon nets 12 years in prison

   BAY CITY - “Officer Linsey was heroic,” said First Assistant District Attorney Lindsay Deshotels.
   “Knowing that the defendant had a loaded and cocked weapon in his hand, Officer Linsey stood between that gun and the victim,” she continued.
   Deshotels was speaking to jurors during the trial of Anthony Lee Vega, 39.
   Vega was charged with aggravated assault and unlawful possession of a handgun because he has a prior felony conviction.
   According to testimony and videotape evidence, the crime took place at a Bay City apartment complex during early morning on April 30, 2017.
   Linsey told the jury he saw Vega cock a handgun while making threats toward apartment resident Adam Zavala.
   A loaded 9mm Beretta handgun was later found on the ground in a field behind the Cadillac which Vega had driven to Zavala’s residence.

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25
Jul

"Reel Reviews: ‘The Lion King’ computer-generated remake longer than necessary" by: Jessica Shepard

   The Lion King is a photorealistic computer-animated musical film directed and produced by Jon Favreau, written by Jeff Nathanson, and produced by Walt Disney Pictures.
   It’s also the remake of Disney’s traditionally animated 1994 film of the same name.
   Currently ranked at No. 1 worldwide, it’s generated over $543 million and is rated PG for sequences of violence and peril, and some thematic elements.
   Now, I wasn’t head over heels for the original, but this shot-for-shot remake is lacking for me.
   The musical numbers were depressing for me since I was expecting more choreography like the old animated movie – instead, they were boring.
   It also seemed to drag on longer than the original when Simba’s growth from cub to adult was shown, though there were more jokes between Timon and Pumbaa.
   If you’re really a fan of the original, then you’re going to love this one more than me.

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25
Jul

"Card skimmers at local gas pumps are increasing" by: Jessica Shepard

   From Jan. 1 through July 23 there have been about 50 cases of reported credit/debit card abuse to Bay City Police Department.
   “Our city is experiencing an increase in credit card abuse/fraud cases,” said a BCPD press release July 19.
   “The increase is being caused by external and internal skimming devices at ATMs and gas station pumps.”
   “Between January 2018 and July 2018 we only had 24 reported cases,” said BCPD Lt. Irene Kjergaard.
   “Right now we seem to have had the most reports at gas pumps.”
   Kjergaard didn’t say which specific gas stations were being reported for skimmer abuse.

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25
Jul

Former BCJH campus demolition under way

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
Bay City Junior High's old campus buildings are undergoing demolition before the new school year starts on Aug. 26. The new campus is situated next door and will be open for classes on the first day back. The new junior high project is the first brand new campus for the district since Bay City High School opened in 2002.

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25
Jul

Aquacats qualifies 28 swimmers for the Summer Games of Texas

Photo courtesy of Bay City Aquacats
Bay City Aquacats pictured are Caden Baker, Matthew Brooks, Christopher Castillo, Rachel Castillo,Trevor Frazier, Lucille Frick, Kaiden Garza, Alexis Gibbons, Iralynn Gibbons, Curtis Goodman, Reagan Hood, Kiaan Khondker, Suhana Khondker, Paislei Lee, Megan Moya, Felix Rodriguez, Sergio Rodriguez, Nicole Ryman, Alistair Spencer, Keegan Spencer and Lillian Wurtz. Not Pictured participants and winners are Madilyn Ashworth, Morgan Ashworth, Bailey Bower, Ella Bower, Payton Bower, Daniel Dye, Daiten Garza, Kodi Grey, Elyse Hurtado, Madelyn Hurtado, Ty Kubecka, Christopher Peralta, Aubrey Robles, Geddan Robles, Joey Rodriguez, Kailey Rodriguez, Craig Sneary, Savannah Teeler, Jordan Wright

   On July 13, 42 swimmers from the Bay City Aquacats, more than half our team, traveled to The Woodlands to compete in the TAAF Region 1 State Qualifier. 
   This meet included the top amateur swimmers from the coastal cities surrounding Houston. 
   Of our 42 swimmers, 28 placed in the top 3 of their events and will be swimming at the TAAF Summer Games of Texas held at Texas A&M the last weekend of July.

Thu
25
Jul

Rotary hosts July Chamber mixer

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
Rotary member Jason Childers told businesses and individuals that the annual Rotary Summer Concert tickets were sold out for Aug. 17 during a Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture mixer July 18.

Thu
25
Jul

BCHS sends 7 to FFA convention

BCISD photo

   Seven Bay City High School FFA students attended the 91st Texas FFA State Convention in Fort Worth, TX at the Fort Worth Convention Center July 15-19. 
   The students attended sessions and served as voting delegates for the Texas FFA. 
   The students attending were: Ryan Abercrombie, Jonathan Smith, Garrett Dobbs, Blake Quinn, Holland Cobb, Emily Jenkins and Kaila Whitten. 
   BCHS Agriculture teachers Sarah Mirelez and Morgan Campbell also attended the convention.
   The 91th annual Texas FFA Convention recorded approximately 13,000 members and guests. 
   Members of the state’s largest agricultural youth leadership organization spent the week attending leadership workshops, participating in events and activities, being recognized for their achievements, and serving as the legislative body for the Texas FFA Association. 
   The Texas FFA is the nation’s largest state FFA association with a membership of more than 130,000. 

Thu
25
Jul

Nelson hosts appreciation event

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
Mayor Robert Nelson, right spoke with citizens during his appreciation party July 19. Above, Nelson is shown greeting Suzanne and Keith Sullivan. The event was held at Bowlera Fun Center with catering by Fat Boyz Pub & Eatery.

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