City of Bay City achieves specific transparency goals

Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar announced City of Bay City achieved specific transparency goals through the Comptroller’s Transparency Stars program. The city received a star in the area of Traditional Finances. Shown, from left, are City Council members Bill Cornman, Jason Childers and Julie Estlinbaum, Finance Director Scotty Jones, Senior Accountant Jennifer Leverett displaying the award with Mayor Robert Nelson, City Manager Shawna Burkhart, and Council members Becca Sitz and Brent Marceaux.
Sentinel photo: Mike Reddell


"Tidehaven hears solar farm proposals" by: Jessica Shepard

   Tidehaven school board members heard a trio of proposed changes from Danish Fields Solar regarding its taxable value limitation application with the district during their regular meeting Monday, Sept. 14.
   The first two proposals featured lower percentage payouts to the district in the beginning of the agreement’s maturity and the third was termed a “mistake on the solar company” by Tidehaven’s district legal counsel.
   Powell, Youngblood and Taylor attorney Selma Charania told the board that no formal action need be taken.
   “We are just bringing these proposed changes to you and giving our recommendation,” she explained.

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"EOC: COVID-19 new cases down in past few weeks" by: Mike Reddell

    The Matagorda County EOC weekly report indicated monitoring of COVID-19 and the Gulf and Atlantic storms.
   “As far as active cases of the virus, this is the best week in a long time,” said EOC spokesman Mitch Thames Monday.
   “As we have been watching the new cases have been down the past few weeks that has allowed the active cases to drop to 35 people,” Thames said.
   “In one respect this is a turning point for our community, it is closer to the number 10. 
   “If a rural county has fewer than 10 active cases there are less restrictive rules from the State of Texas,” he added.
   “I have said before, we control our future, we can control the virus. It is up to us, as what do we want our future to look like.
   “This is great news, special thanks to our medical community for leading the charge to get us here,” said Matagorda County Judge Nate McDonald.


BC Parks to host 1st ‘Community Market’

   Bay City Parks and Recreation Department is hosting it’s first-ever “Community Market” from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3 at the Sports Complex, 2414 FM 3156.
   The market is a mix between a yard sale and flea market with grassy area and pavilion spaces for rent.
   “Spent your time staying at home cleaning the house and wondering what to do with all the stuff?” said a PARD press release.
   “Love yard sales and want to visit several at once? We have an event for that!”
   Vendor spots and fees are:


"Reel Reviews: ‘Face the Music’ caps off Bill & Ted’s story excellently" by: Jessica Shepard

   If you’re wanting to see a time travel movie that’s pretty wholesome and full of comedy, “Bill & Ted Face the Music” is definitely your jam.
   I actually went in to see this without much hope since comedy sequels struggle often at recreating the magic of the original.
   Or, in this case, the third film in a series has even lower expectations.
   However, I was happily surprised and loved almost every last moment of this film from cringe-worthy family problems to watching Bill and Ted grow older in the worst ways.
   Bill & Ted Face the Music is a science fiction comedy film directed by Dean Parisot and written by Chris Matheson and Ed Solomon.
   It is the third film in the Bill & Ted series, and the sequel to “Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey” (1991).


"WPC annual ‘Baby Bottle’ fundraiser goes digital in wake of pandemic" by: Jessica Shepard

   The Women’s Pregnancy Center of Matagorda County’s (WPC) annual “Baby Bottle” fundraiser has gone digital in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic from now until Sunday, Oct. 18.
   Digital donations can be made by texting the word “GIVE” to 979-335-898 then by completing the registration prompts and texting any amount to give.
   Donations are also accepted online through the WPC’s website with an electronic check or credit/debit card or by mail to: WPC, P.O. Box 986, Bay City, TX 77404.
   Baby bottles are also available at many local churches for physical donations in changes, check or dollar bills.
   “It used to be called Baby Bottle Boomerang, but now with COVID issues, we have gone virtual also and changed the name to ‘Baby Bottle Campaign,’” said WPC Board President Carlisa Krenek.


Bay City man arrested for arson

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Fire at For the Love of Animal building ruled arson.

   Two warrants for arson were served on a Bay City man already in Matagorda County Jail Sunday, Sept. 13, on charges of arson and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. 
   The arson warrants were on Michael M. Allen, 32, of Bay City, police said.
   The first warrant was for an incident at about 4:20 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 5.
   Bay City Fire Department was dispatched to a possible fire at 4101 Avenue F, For the Love of Animals. 
   The fire was put out and Sgt. Dan Shook was notified. Shook is a trained fire investigator. 
At the time, Shook was told it was undetermined if the fire appeared suspicious.
   Shook was later contacted by a representative from For the Love of Animals. 
   He was notified there was video of someone setting the fire. 
   Shook obtained video from some area businesses showing the fire being started. 
   Shook identified Allen through several resources, police said. 


"Bay City hangs to win 3rd straight from high-flying Wharton" by: Mike Reddell

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
Blackcat senior runningback Davieyon Curtis (7) eyes a Wharton defender as he picks up ground around end. Curtis was Bay City’s leading rusher with 123 yards.

   Bay City Blackcats had trouble pulling free of Wharton – and shaking off 121 penalty yards - but prevailed in a 42-31 victory over the Tigers there Friday night, Sept. 11.   
   “It was a great game for the fans but hard on the coaches and players but I tip my hat to Wharton,” said Head Coach Robert Jones.   
   Bay City had 450 total yards of offense to the Tigers’ 490 and 16 first downs to Wharton’s 20 first downs.  
   Bay City’s offensive stats included 218 yards rushing and 232 yards in the air.  
   “Those guys keep fighting back, but I’m still happy for the coaches and kids to be setting at 3-0.    
   “Our pass coverage was not on point,” Jones said of Wharton’s 19 of 34 for 341 aerial yards and five touchdowns – including one 80-yard scoring throw.   
   “We had our eyes in the backfield and we will get that fixed this week in practice,” the coach added.    


"Cobras comeback dooms Leopards" By John Hoffman Special to the Sentinel

Photo by Anna Hernandez
Leopard Hayden Pena (7) gains ground wide against Industrial Friday.

   VAN VLECK – The Van Vleck Leopards and Industrial Cobra football game looked more like a track meet, as both team’s offenses wore out the grass at Burl McKinney Stadium last Friday night. 
   With both teams trading leads, it was the Cobras coming out on top 60-52 when the time expired.
   Van Vleck started off much better than they did a week ago, taking the opening drive and scoring their first touchdown of the night. 
   The Leopards started from their own 33-yard line and went quickly down the field. Running back Sam Bree got the first three carries down to the Cobra 49-yard line, and then a quick strike from Payton Brown to Slade Huerta set Van Vleck up at the Industrial 6-yard line. 
   Bree took it in one play later, and with a Hayden Pena extra point, the Leopards were up 7-0.


County Clerk urges early-vote plans for Nov. 3 elections

   County Clerk Stephanie Wurtz is emphasizing some key points in the 2020 general election Nov. 3 that includes several races from the local to the national level.
   “As far as emphasis, I think there are a few things:
   “My hope is that people are very aware of their options for voting in person. 
   “The Governor expanded the length of early voting by four days to allow plenty of time for people to make it to the polls. 
   “Given that we are contracting with various entities (schools, cities, etc.) this year due to the May elections being postponed, I want people to be aware that the ballots will be long and contain several races. 
   “They should be prepared for the amount of time it could take to vote. 
   “I hope everyone will realize this and take advantage of early voting.  
   So many people on Election Day want to show up at the early voting location to vote and can’t. 


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