Lifestyle

Wed
19
Oct

BCISD Trustees recognized

Bay City ISD Superintendent Keith Brown presented a plaque to the board of trustees in recognition of all their support to the district. Seen here are: Crystal Allison, Frankie Cole, Helen Knezek, Bobby Kimball, Robert Klepac, Keith Brown, Edward Nelson and Terry Farrar.
Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard

Wed
19
Oct

Hartzell in "Group Exhibit"

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
Local artist Kerye Leigh Hartzell shows off one of her works during October's artist reception at the Art League Gallery in Bay City. Hartzell was joined by several other artists as part of this month's "Group Exhibit."

Wed
19
Oct

BCPD disappointed with alcohol compliance

   Bay City police are calling a recent alcohol compliance check disappointing after checking 12 Bay City stores and finding seven of them complied. 
   Led by Sergeant Edward Guzman, several BCPD divisions took part in the undercover operations targeting clerks who illegally sell alcohol to minors Wednesday, Oct. 12. 
   During these operations, minors are sent into stores to attempt to purchase an alcoholic beverage from the clerk.   
   If the clerk sells alcohol to the minor, the clerk is arrested for sale of alcohol to a minor, a Class A Misdemeanor.   
   Officers checked 12 random stores Oct. 12. 
   Seven of the 12 stores refused to sell the alcoholic beverage to the minor.   
   BCPD commended those stores for “staying vigilant and keeping our kids alcohol free.” 

Wed
19
Oct

Bay City October sales tax rebates up

    Bay City sales tax rebates from the state show an uptick of nearly 7 percent after several months of declining numbers. 
   The allocations are based on sales made in August by businesses that report tax monthly. 
   Bay City’s October rebate was $465,786, up 6.85 percent from $435,887 for the same month a year ago. 
   The year-to-date total for Bay City was $4,512,076, down 1.62 percent from $4,586,644 in same period in 2015. 
   For Palacios, its October rebate was $55,786, up 10 percent from $50,602 in October 2015. 
   Palacios’ year-to-date total was $525,883, compared to $504,225 in 2015.

Wed
19
Oct

"Wine, Chocolate & Kendra Scott Oct. 27" by: Jessica Shepard

   The third installment of “Wine, Chocolate & Kendra Scott” will be from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27, at Homestead in downtown Bay City. 
   Over 600 postcard invitations were mailed out stating that “the 2016 Kendra Scott Winter Collection will be available.” 
   A portion of the proceeds generated will be donated by Homestead to the Matagorda Regional Medical Center Foundation (MRMCF). 
   “We’re really lucky to have Homestead’s support,” said Tiffany Foltyn, MRMCF director. 
   “Farrah Ashcraft, owner of Homestead does this out of the goodness of her heart.” 
   Not only will there be wine and chocolate, but raspberry tea and water. 
   “And a special ‘Mermaid punch,’” added Foltyn. 
   The chocolate treats are not just candy but also include cake balls, macaroons, cookies and chocolate-covered pecans, to name a few. 
   Over $2,000 was donated to the Foundation after last year’s event. 

Wed
19
Oct

"Bond issue proposals for Cherry, multi-use facility" by: Allsion Sliva

Cherry Elementary concept

   This article is the third in a series detailing the November 8th Bay City ISD bond election with a focus on Priority Two bond projects. 
   The Bond Steering Committee ranked the projects at Cherry Elementary School and the multi-use facility at Bay City High School as second priority or “should do” projects. 
   Cherry Elementary School was built in 1986, making it 30 years old. Of the total bond package, $5.1 million is budgeted for Cherry. Some of the facility needs at the campus include a new roof, drainage improvement, and a new chiller.  
   In addition, the Americans with Disabilities (ADA) access issues at Cherry will be remedied through renovating and enlarging the administration and Media Center, widening the hallways, and renovating the restrooms.  

Thu
13
Oct

"Judge hopefuls stake positions at Sargent forum" by: Mike Reddell

Craig Estlinbaum

   The two candidates for Matagorda County’s 130th District Court Judge provided two differing views of the job at a Sargent Chamber of Commerce forum Wednesday, Oct. 5.
   Four-term incumbent Craig Estlinbaum, a Democrat, is challenged for the post he’s held since Jan. 1, 2001 by Assistant Matagorda County Prosecutor Ken Leatherman, a Republican.
   About 25 people attended the event at Sargent’s VFW Hall and those attending submitted questions on cards to the two candidates.
   “I’m very proud that I’ve not had a jury trial reversed in 15 years. I have not had to retry a case,” Estlinbaum remarked in his opening comments.
   A BCHS graduate who finished his BS degree in agriculture economics in 1980 from Texas A&M University, Estlinbaum later earned a Master’s there in 1985 in land economics.

Wed
12
Oct

Exceptional Day fun

Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard
Students from across Matagorda County got a hand in this year's annual Rice Festival "Exceptional Day." Above is a small group enjoying the "Happy Swing" ride. Others were on the carousel, spinning teacups, fun house and even the petting zoo.

Wed
12
Oct

Fingerprinting at Open House

Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard
Bay City Police Department hosted an "Open House" Tuesday evening. Officers helped children fingerprint themselves for use in emergencies like being lost or kidnapped. Dispatchers, SRT members, animal patrol officers and a K-9 officer demonstration were among many the sights to see.

Wed
12
Oct

"Utilities grant to help 750" by: Mike Reddell

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
Matagorda County Commissioners Court members joins volunteers after the court proclaimed Saturday, Oct. 22, as Family Fun Day Resource Fair in Matagorda County.

   More than 700 Blessing and Wadsworth residents will benefit from water and sewer improvements funded by a state Community Development block grant accepted by Matagorda County Commissioners Court at its regular meeting Monday.
   “These are much needed improvements,” said Precinct 1 Commissioner Kent Pollard, explaining considerable local work went into securing the Texas Department of Agriculture grant. 
   Commissioners ratified the TDA contract for the grant totaling $367,500, which will pay for water and sewer improvements at Wadsworth and sewer improvements at Blessing, plus engineering costs.
   In Blessing, the two-year project calls for replacing 2,280 feet of six-inch sewer line that is projected to serve 710 persons – 365 of them, or 51 percent, are low-to-moderate income.
   In Wadsworth, 2,320 feet of two-inch to six-inch water lines will be installed serving 53 people – 94 percent fall into the low-to-moderate income level.

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