Lifestyle

Thu
28
Jan

Archery Lessons

Bay City Sentinel/Jessica Shepard
One of the outdoor events designed for younger sportsmen was the archery demonstrations and hands-on training at Camofest Saturday in downtown Bay City.

Thu
21
Jan

Council wants more answers from city staff

   Bay City council members complained about the lack of information from city staff on three fronts at council’s meeting last week.
   Council expressed dissatisfaction about insufficient details on building permit fees, the theater building proposal and financial reports at its regular meeting Thursday, Jan. 14.
   Works Director Marla Jasek and city inspector Otis Justice told council they looked at other cities’ building permit costs in developing the fees for Bay City.
   Council approved an ordinance with new building permit fees last October, but members became concerned on how much the new fees that were effective Jan. 1 were impacting overall residential construction costs.
   Residential building permit fees, noted City Council Member Chrystal Folse, jumped Jan. 1 from a little over $1,000 to more than $3,000 for a $200,000 house under construction.

Thu
21
Jan

MLK silent march of unity

Bay City Sentinel/Mike Reddell
An estimated 150 people participated in the Silent Unity March Saturday morning organized by the MLK Committee of Matagorda County. The march began at Avenue C and end at Linnie Roberts Elementary, where there were programs different booths.

Thu
21
Jan

Camofest wild game menus a secret

   There are currently eight teams ready to “guide” Camofest goers through a few savory samples of wild game, fowl or fish.
   However, the menus are being kept as a closely-guarded secret.
   “It is a good mix; venison in many forms, duck and I think some quail and other surprises,” said Alicia Waters, co-director of Main Street and promotional committee chairman.
   “I want to remind everyone this is a sampling of wine and food, not a full meal.”

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Thu
21
Jan

VV Elementary gets Blue Ribbon School national nomination

   Van Vleck Elementary is one of 26 schools across the state that the Texas Education Agency has nominated for the prestigious national Blue Ribbon Schools Award.
   The nominees from across the U.S. are now being evaluated by the U.S. Department of Education who will announce its Blue Ribbon winners later this year.
   “Just being nominated is a huge honor,” said Van Vleck ISD superintendent John O’Brien. “We are very excited about this.”
   The national Blue Ribbon Award was the brainchild of former U.S. Secretary of Education Terrell Bell, appointed by President Ronald Reagan as the nation’s second-ever education chief. 
   Bell also authored the ground-breaking and best-selling education book, “A Nation at Risk” in the 1980s.

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Thu
21
Jan

Trustees veto Brown’s contract extension

  Bay City School Superintendent Keith Brown’s contract, which runs until July 2017, was not extended after a 5-2 vote by trustees Tuesday night, Jan. 19.
   Brown faced a similar outcome from the board last year on Feb. 17.
   The superintendent’s performance is evaluated annually.
   The evaluation is based on all campuses having “Met Standard” on the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) test and reaching district goals.

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Thu
21
Jan

Hall named one of Top 10 doctors

Contributed photo
Joining Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. Christopher Hall, second from right, in receiving the Top 10 Doctor award from Vitals.com are, from left: Tyler Fiebrich, PA; Steve Smith, CEO of Matagorda Regional Medical Center; and Stefanie Edwards, MHA.

   Dr. Christopher Hall, M.D., an orthopedic surgeon with Matagorda Medical Group, was recently named one of the “Top 10 Doctors” by Vitals.com, a website resource that helps consumers find any type of doctor anywhere in the U. S.
   The Top 10 Doctors are chosen by patients who visit Vitals, which gets more than 100 million visitors a year. 
   Visitors to the Vitals website leave ratings and reviews, including doctors’ bedside manner, follow-up care, east of appointment setting, courtesy of office staff and overall appointment experience.
   “It is certainly nice to be recognized for hard work and dedication by this community,” said Hall. 
   “My orthopedic team strives to give patients equal or better care than they can get in Houston or elsewhere. I am proud to offer outstanding orthopedic care in a small town.” 
   Matagorda Medical Group also announced a long-term agreement with Hall.

Thu
21
Jan

New JP sworn in

Photo by Suzan Thompson
County Judge Nate McDonald, left, swears in Bill Pendergraft as the new Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace during ceremonies Tuesday morning. Pendergraft suceeds Jeanette Bell, who resigned the post to join the District Attorney’s office.

Thu
21
Jan

Allen asks city for policy to save trees

   Longtime historic preservationist Judith Allen asked for city council’s help in preserving and planting trees throughout the city.
   “Life would be a lot less pleasant without trees,” Allen told council at its meeting last week.
   Allen reminded council about Scott Peden’s donation of 900 trees to the community a few years ago and the creation of a fund where people could donate $1,000 to have a tree planted at the courthouse.

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Thu
21
Jan

Holloway officer of the month

   John Holloway is Bay City Police Department’s December Officer of the Month.
   Holloway has been with BCPD since January 2014.  
   Holloway attended Palacios High School where he participated in Future Farmers of America and he graduated in 2007.  
   Holloway joined the Marines in 2008 and spent 4 ½ years at his home base of Twentynine Palms, Calif., which included two, seven-month-long deployments to Afghanistan as an infantryman.  
   Upon completion of his military enlistment he returned to Palacios.  
   Holloway attended Victoria College and decided on law enforcement as his career and attended the Victoria College Police Academy, graduating in December 2013.    
   BCPD selects officer of the month based on calls for service, reports taken, traffic contacts and arrests.  
   During December, Holloway answered 127 calls for service and took 13 reports.  

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