Lifestyle

Wed
03
Aug

Another day at the beach

A popular place for people to gather at Matagorda Beach is the tiny inlet just off the jetty. There are county signs posted about dangerous swimming conditions from rip tides.
Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell

Wed
03
Aug

Tidehaven gets new track

Sentinel photo/Don Cudd
The mower was out Monday to make sure Tidehaven's football stadium is ready for pre-season practices and scrimmages and practices in mid-August. Two-a-day camps began Monday at a separate practice field where they will continue through this week. Once it officially opens for business with the Tigers' first home football scrimmage Aug. 18, the stadium will feature a brand new track that was installed this summer. The new track has been in place for at least two weeks, but workers from the Nebraska-based installation contractor still must add a few finishing touches before it will be ready for use, Superintendent Andrew Siegrest said. That work is expected to be completed before the stadium opens for football season.

Wed
03
Aug

Library's end of summer bash

Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard
Teens in the Bay City Public Library’s summer program celebrated the end of the season with a party, July 28. Prizes were won for various games like Wii dancing, seen here.

Wed
03
Aug

Face painting fun

Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard
Children and parents got to visit different booths at WIC’s Family Fitness & Nutrition Fun Fair Friday, July 29, to learn more about staying healthy. Kids also got chance to get their faces painted, seen here, play games, learn new fitness techniques and got a goody bag.

Thu
28
Jul

"County moves on nuisance properties" by: Mike Reddell

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
Haskell Simon holds up on of the many publications tied to Texas water issues during commissioners court Monday, when he recommended County Agent Brent Batchelor to replace him on the Region K water planning group.

   Action against four Matagorda County properties that county officials identify as nuisances was approved by commissioners court at its regular meeting Monday, July 25.
      The court also held a public hearing on reducing Sargent’s Canal Drive speed limit from 30 to 25 mph and followed up by approving the lower limit.
   In addition, County Agent-Agriculture Brent Batchelor was appointed to the Region K water planning group, to replace longtime Region K member Haskell Simon.
   Environmental Health Director Lisa Krobot and County Attorney Denise Fortenberry jointed presented the nuisance cases that were attached with cost estimates to abate the problems.
   Estimates on addressing three nuisance cases range from $17,083, on Skelly Road property in Bay City, to $2,855 for the Sargent property problems, to $325 for nuisance property in Van Vleck.

Thu
28
Jul

"Council works to set priorities for new budget" by: Mike Reddell

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
At city council’s budget workshop last week, Public Works Director Barry Calhoun, far left, guides City Council Member Bill Cornman (center) and Mayor Mark Bricker through the proposed public works budget.

   A prominent feature of the city council budget workshops now underway is how many municipal roads, utilities, buildings and parks that need attention – save for the enormous price tag and tax hike it would take to fix those things.
   Yet, as in most years, council is focusing on how to deliver municipal services and to look after its work force without raising taxes much, if at all.
   Overall, Mayor Mark Bricker’s proposed fiscal 2016-17 budget isn’t much different than the present fiscal year’s document.
   His preliminary budget calls for $13.3 million in operating expenses, up a bit from the $13.2 million budgeted for fiscal 2015-16.
   The city’s recently certified tax rolls for the next fiscal year shows about $763 million in taxable property, compared to $743 million in valuations this fiscal year, Bricker told council at last week’s budget workshop.

Wed
27
Jul

"Burglars hit 8 places in Blessing" by: Mike Reddell

   Burglars hit eight Blessing locations – including the Post Office, library, and Masonic Lodge – July 20-21, the Matagorda County Sheriff’s Department reported.
   Entry for most of the break-ins was by prying open locks or entering through a side or rear window, the reports show.
   Details provided by the sheriff’s department on the locations include:

Wed
27
Jul

"Cornelius, BCCDC sign legal counsel contract" by: Mike Reddell

   A contract with former Matagorda County Attorney Jill Cornelius to be Bay City Community Development Corporation’s new legal counsel was approved Monday evening, July 25.
   County Attorney for 16 years, Cornelius succeeds former BCCDC attorney Chris Ludwig.
   Under the contract that’s effective July 1, BCCDC agrees to pay Cornelius $200 per hour for legal services and her para-legal $75 an hour. 
   Construction on the Schulman Movie Bowl Grille is running about six days behind, BCCDC Executive Director D.C. Dunham told the corporation’s board at its regular meeting.
   Dunham gave an overview on the project, telling the BCCDC board she takes part in a regular weekly conference call that also include the architect, contractor and the owner, Mark Schulman.
   In addition to ongoing construction at the site, on McCrosky Road between Bay City and Van Vleck, bids are being sought for landscaping and lighting, Dunham said.

Wed
27
Jul

A lane all their own

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
The City of Bay City last week painted down bike and pedestrian icons along the outside lane of Baywood to give those modes of transportation a dedicated and hopefully secure lane to travel en route to nearby Linnie Roberts Elementary and the Post Office. City officials said the outside lanes along Baywood will discourage motorists from claiming two lanes along the thoroughfare.

Wed
27
Jul

Rotary Mixer

Bay City Rotary Club hosted the chamber mixer at 12 Strings Bar & Grill July 21, in conjunction with the Rotary Concert featuring Robert Earl Keen Aug. 20 at the Bay City Civic Center. Visiting at the mixer were, from left: Tiffany Foltyn, Steve Smith and Bob Watts.
Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell

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