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29
Aug

"Van Vleck ISD budget, levy falls in line with projections" by: Jessica Shepard

    Van Vleck ISD trustees unanimously approved the fiscal 2019-2020 budget of $16,892,324 and tax rates during a special meeting, Aug. 26.  
   That budget includes over $11.7 million in general operating costs for instruction, extracurricular activities, and employee salaries.  
   Van Vleck has a minimal food service budget on tap this year as part of the Food and Nutrition Services Department Community Eligibility Program.  
   “All of our students are eligible for free breakfasts and lunches this year,” said VVISD Assistant Superintendent for Finance Gayle Blackmon.  
   “With this grant, as long as the students are eating lunch on campus we’ll be reimbursed.”  
   The adopted total tax rate is $1.19 per $100 housing valuation with 99% expected collection.  
   Blackmon reminded the board about how the tax rate was calculated.  
   “Our appraised value is at $2,216,497,825,” she said.  

Thu
29
Aug

"County tax levy built into $26M budget" by: Mike Reddell

   County commissioners court formally approved the fiscal 2019-2020 tax rate and signed off on Sheriff Skipper Osborne’s plan to replace pay-level numbers with ranks at its regular meeting Monday, Aug. 26.  
   The tax rate of 43.342 cents per $100 valuation will increase 2019 property taxes by $1,635,050 or 8.69%.  
   The rate is built into the new fiscal year budget of $26,901,206 that the court approved Aug. 19.  

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Thu
29
Aug

Lions debut Rice Queen’s dress

Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard
OXEA's Eric Wright joins Bay City Lions Club members Steven Johnson, Lynn Grebe, Ray Reis, Ryan Ricks, and Hawes Dickerson to pose with this year's Rice Festival Queen dress, sponsored by OXEA, Aug. 23. The dress is from "New Beginnings" in El Campo.

Thu
29
Aug

"100 Club focus on recognizing law enforcement" by: Jessica Shepard

Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard
The 100 Club of Matagorda County held the 42nd annual law enforcement awards dinner to recognize local law enforcement personnel and to treat them to a barbecue dinner Aug. 23. Local, county and state personnel were recognized and are, in no particular order: Steven Johnson, Randy Worthey, Bobby Longoria, Heather Lewis, Reyna Perez, Trey Sparkman, Jamie Buis, Elva Fernandez, and Billy Castro.

   The 100 Club of Matagorda County held its 42nd annual law enforcement awards dinner to recognize local law enforcement personnel and to treat them to a free dinner Friday, Aug. 23.  
   Law enforcement and other special awards were presented to officers of various county and state agencies serving Matagorda County.  
   “We are aware of the risks of what you do for us,” said 100 Club President Steven Reis.  
   “We want to show our appreciation for the job that you do for us and for putting yourselves between us and the threats we face.   
   “You all are running into these stressful and sometimes hazardous situations while the rest of us are running out and that’s commendable.”  
   Reis also explained the history of the 100 Club and why it was formed.  

Thu
29
Aug

"Mayor: We must celebrate differences" by: Jessica Shepard

Sentinel photo/MaLinda Reddell
Mayor Robert Nelson makes a point during his state of the city speech at the Bay City Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture luncheon last Friday.

Mayor Robert Nelson addressed citizens and merchants as part of the Bay City Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture’s guest speaker luncheon, Aug. 22.  
   Nelson spoke mainly about bringing the community together and working toward a common goal.  
   “We have all different types of people here, but we come together for a common cause,” said Nelson.  
   “We all want what’s best for our family, for ourselves, for our children, for our city; so we have to come together to do that. We have some similarities amongst each other and some differences and those differences are okay.  
   “We need to celebrate those differences and come together to understand each other,” Nelson said.  
   “We should learn to appreciate the differences.”  
   He reminded everyone about his election platform and how he is working to institute those campaign ideals.  
   “So, I ran my campaign on growth, collaboration, and unity,” said Nelson.  

Thu
29
Aug

"Reel Reviews: ‘Angel Has Fallen’ highlights greed as underlying evil" by: Jessica Shepard

   Angel Has Fallen is an action thriller film and the third installment in the Fallen film series, following Olympus Has Fallen (2013) and London Has Fallen (2016).   
   Even though it’s the third part of a series of films, this one can stand on its own and doesn’t hint too much at the previous films.  
   That way, it appeals to a broader audience base and certainly has some wiggle room.  
   Angel Has Fallen leads the box office at No.1 in its debut weekend with over $21.3 million in domestic theaters and is rated R for violence and language throughout.  
   Directed by Ric Roman Waugh, the film stars Gerard Butler and Morgan Freeman, with Jada Pinkett Smith, Lance Reddick, Tim Blake Nelson, Piper Perabo, Nick Nolte and Danny Huston in supporting roles.  

Thu
29
Aug

"Sitz talks up canal beauty" by: Mike Reddell

   Beautification prospects for an unused LCRA canal at Nile Valley and Texas 60 south was discussed by the Bay City Community Development Corporation board at its regular meeting Monday, Aug. 26.  
   Board Member Becca Sitz brought up the idea of beautifying the canal, plus detention ponds in and around Bay City.
   “I love pretty,” Sitz said.  
   “I would like to investigate,” how to improve the canal’s appearance, she added, but pointed out she wanted the board to know about approaching LCRA.  
   The canal is not abandoned, but it’s not used to transport water, noted board member Loy Sneary.  
   “I see myself talking to LCRA to get to a pretty level,” Sitz said. Beautification efforts could include walking paths, she remarked.  
   BCCDC’s accountant, Jim Frankson, noted the canal is part of Bay City’s flood-protection levee system.  

Thu
29
Aug

New Blackcat beginning

Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard
Bay City High School Blackcat cheerleaders show off a few moves while the band enters as part of the first pep rally of the year, Aug. 22. The pep rally featured performances by the band, cheerleaders and Aristocats.

Thu
29
Aug

"Lions Rice Dish Round-Up entries due Sept. 12" by: Jessica Shepard

   This year the annual Rice Dish Round-Up Contest will be Tuesday, Oct. 1, at the Multi-Purpose Building at the Matagorda County Fairgrounds during Rice Festival Week.  
   The Rice Dish Round-Up Contest is open to any resident of Matagorda County meeting the age requirements of the contest.    
   All food dishes and recipes must contain a minimum amount of rice or rice product as outlined in the contest rules.    
   The purposes of the contest are:    

Thu
29
Aug

Mitchell gains serious yardage

The Bay City Blackcats scrimmage Victoria East High School last Friday at Memorial Stadium. Bay City senior running back RJ Mitchell picks up serious yardage.
Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell

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