Lifestyle

Thu
10
Dec

Huffin' and Puffin' at BCHS

Bay City High School’s Project Graduation group presented its annual “Powderpuff” flag football dayat Memorial Stadium Saturday. Girls from all four classes at the school formed teams that squared off against one another in a friendly, round-robin format tournament. Boys from the school supported the players as cheerleaders and coaches, and the school’s Aristocrats Dance Team performed in between games. The event raised money for the annual “lock-in” party set for graduation night in the school gym. Project Graduation is a nationally known program offered by many schools across the US. It encourages communities to rally each school year around plans for a year-end, alcohol-free option by which seniors can celebrate their graduation.

Thu
10
Dec

Thames tells about shift in hotel tax revenue use

   Revenue from Bay City hotel occupancy taxes will be concentrated on events here that entertain local hotel guests, Mitch Thames told city council at its regular meeting last week.
   “With hotels really full, we’re looking at what we can do to entertain them - enhance events in the city,” said the Bay City Chamber of Commerce president, who also oversees Matagorda County CVB operations.
   Both the chamber and CVB are based in the Bay City Civic Center.
   Typically, hotel tax revenues are spent on attracting out-of-town visitors to local events or attractions, otherwise known as putting “heads on beds.”
   Thames suggested the new strategy of spending hotel tax revenues on local events.

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Thu
10
Dec

LCRA refuses to release data on Lane City Reservoir

   The Lower Colorado River Authority says a $255 million reservoir it is building in southeast Texas won’t reduce freshwater flows into Matagorda Bay enough to hurt aquatic life, but the organization is refusing to release the hydrological modeling that led to it that conclusion, the Texas Tribune recently reported.
   The authority — the largest water and power supplier in Central Texas — has told the Matagorda Bay Foundation it can’t have the information and asked state Attorney General Ken Paxton for an opinion shielding the data from the state’s open records laws. 

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Thu
10
Dec

Gill takes a 9 - pointer

Contributed photo
Robert Gill of Bay City, shows off the 130 Class 9-point whitetail buck he shot near Sonora, Texas, dressing out at 160 pounds.

Thu
10
Dec

Annual food drive short on donations

Contributed photo
Students at Van Vleck E. Rudd Intermediate School have been collecting donations of canned goods for the Matagorda County Food Drive. Their goal was to collect enough items to block the door to Principal Shannon Jedlicka's office and "CAN" her in. .

   The Annual Matagorda County Food Drive is short of donations to meet the needs of local families.
   “A total of 469 families registered this year,” said food drive volunteer Jo Halbert.
   That’s down from last year’s 560 families.
   Deadlines are not being extended this year due to keeping the box distribution on track.
   “We are still in need of much more and still need about $5,000,” said Captain Christella Rodriguez.
   “Not sure on how many pounds of food at current but we are probably at only half of what we need.”

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Thu
10
Dec

Lister introduces Tilley

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
Bay City Police Department Captain Robert Lister, left, introduced new police officer Matt Tilley at the city council meeting Thursday, Dec. 3.

Thu
10
Dec

Shop with a Cop donation

Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard
Members of the First Presbytarian Church of Bay City stopped by the Bay City Police Department with a donation for the annual "Shop with a Cop" event Wednesday, Dec. 4. Judy Frahm, Mary Ann Roe, Rev. Tracy Williams and Fay Gilzow are shown with BCPD officers.

Thu
03
Dec

Merry Christmas afloat

Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard
This brightly lit vessel with its colorful displays was among the boats participating in this year Matagorda Lighted Boat Parade Friday, Nov. 27, in Matagorda Harbor.

Thu
03
Dec

Christmas presents on the move

Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard
Members and parents of Bay City Cub Scout Pack No. 4545 came gift-wrapped to be in the Bay City Chamber of Commerce Lighted Christmas Parade Tuesday night, Dec. 2.

Thu
03
Dec

Trustees review district needs

   Facility improvements and a possible new high school stadium that together could lead to a nearly $100 million bond election was discussed by Bay City school board members at a special meeting Monday night. 
   Trustees’ discussion was focused on “Bay City ISD Future Bond Planning,” and they will soon hear community input from trustee-selected committee members. 
   “At this time we are discussing the facility needs of Bay City ISD and we have not called an election,” said Superintendent Keith Brown. 
   “We have identified facility needs at all five of our campuses that are in use and we are making plans to possibly improve those facilities to meet the needs of current and future students.” 
   While still in the planning phase, trustees are making changes to make a proposed bond issue more appealing to citizens. 

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