Lifestyle

Thu
31
Dec

Dunn open for business

Sentinel Photo/Mike Reddell
Dunn Heat Exchangers plant on Texas 60 north has 225,000 square feet.

   Dunn Heat Exchangers sprawling plant on Texas 60 north is open and ready for business.
   The newly completed Bay City operations now join Dunn’s Texas City headquarters plant in repairing and cleaning hydrocarbon-contaminated equipment used in the oil and gas, petrochemical and power-generation industries.
   “We’re open for business,” said Bay City plant manager Jamie Todd, “And we’re in good shape.”
   The plant encompasses a total of 225,000 square feet and two 75-ton cranes on its 18-acre industrial site.
   “Everything is pretty good,” said Todd.

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Thu
31
Dec

Firework sales raise funds for BCHS band

Sentinel Photo/Jessica Shepard
Bay City High School Blackcat Band senior Toni Balderas helps a customer pick out his artillery shell fireworks Tuesday, Dec. 29. Balderas is among the band members volunteering to man the American Fireworks Superstore at 5021 Ave. F in Bay City. Proceeds from fireworks sales will be collected for the students to help fund camps, instruments and other member needs.

   For the second year in a row, Bay City High School Blackcat Band students and parents are staffing the American Fireworks Superstore at 5021 Avenue F in Bay City.
   The students volunteering their time work in shifts of four or five hours every day this week from 10 a.m. – midnight.
   That includes Friday, Jan. 1, as well.
   In accordance with House Bill 1150 passed in June by the 84th Texas Legislature and effective Sept. 1 2015, the sale of fireworks at a retail store was extended to encompass Dec. 20 to midnight Jan. 1of the following New Year.
   This year, the Band Booster Club is in charge of and running the store overall.

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Thu
31
Dec

County OKs process for JP job applicants

   A process for people to apply for the Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace position was approved by the Matagorda County Commissioners Court at its regular meeting Monday, Dec. 28.
   Jeanette Bell recently announced her resignation from the post effective Jan. 17. She will be joining the District Attorney’s staff.
   “The first step is having people apply,” County Attorney Denise Fortenberry told commissioners.
   Applications for the job are due by 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 7.
   Once the applications are received, the applicants’ qualifications will be reviewed by a committee.

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Thu
31
Dec

Oxea donates to Bay City ISD

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The OXEA Corporation donated school supplies to Bay City ISD on Dec. 10, in an effort to help get the students who need to restock their supplies for the upcoming second semester. Pictured from left are BCISD’s Allison Sliva, and OXEA representatives Megan Saenz, Betsy Ryan, Shelly Nelson, Gracie Frausto and Jerone Fikes.

Thu
31
Dec

Thief targets mailboxes

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Some of the stolen mail James Mitchell was able to find in his area of Bay City.

   Someone is stealing mail from residents – especially those with boxes close to the street – in at least one Bay City neighborhood, former sheriff James Mitchell is warning.
      Mitchell learned about the mail theft from a woman who lives five blocks distant and returned his mail that she found, he pointed out.
   Mitchell found his stolen mail from Saturday in places blocks from his house on Avenue H and Austin.
   “Someone is going around and stealing mail,” he said.

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Thu
31
Dec

Update Tour...

Contributed photo/Tenaris Bay City
Matagorda County commissioners toured TenarisBayCity to see the development and get an update on the project.
From left to right: Alex Corra, Tenaris Senior Assistant to the Engineering Director; Precinct 2 Commissioner Kent Pollard; Precinct 3 Commissioner James Gibson; Matagorda County Judge Nate McDonald; Roberto De Hoyos, TenarisVice President of Public Affairs; and Precinct 1 Commissioner Dan Putska.

Thu
31
Dec

Third at state for Van Vleck team

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The Van Vleck FFA Jr.Skills Team, represented Van Vleck at the State FFA Leadership Development Event at Sam Houston State University in November. The girls placed third out of 265 teams in Texas. The team consisted of Rebeccah Harvey, Kathryn Willy and Tarah Dwight. Not pictured are Madison O’ Neal and Easton Brown who also helped the team. To qualify, the team also placed first at Area III FFA Skills Competition. Van Vleck’s FFA also placed third in Sweepstakes at the District III FFA Leadership Development Contest in Bay City.

Thu
31
Dec

First Book gives away 14,000 books in 2015

First Book of Matagorda County gave away more than 14,000 books to 6,000 children in the county in 2015. In its annual report sent to supporters across the county, the charity said it the books it gave away totalled more the $33,000.
   “We had another very successful year,”  Chairperson Cynthia Garrett said in an email accompanying the report. 
    Those numbers show that the group hit is goal for 2015 of providing at “least 2 books to the Pre-K - Grade 1 students enrolled in all five Matagorda County School Districts.” 

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Thu
24
Dec

Schulman describes features of cinema

Sentinel Photo/Mike Reddell
Mark Schuman explains his proposed entertainment center.

   Mark Schulman gave a detailed description of the proposed Schulman Movie Bowl Grill (MBG) to Bay City Community Development Corporation (BCCDC) board members at their meeting Thursday, Dec. 17.
   “This will be a full-service facility that will entertain audiences and dining customers,” Schulman said of the 51,000-square-foot family entertainment center.
   Schulman is president of Waco-based Schulman Amusement Company.
   That center includes an eight-screen, dine-in movie theatre – with 1,000 high-back rocking seats – Billy’s Grille, with an outdoor patio featuring live music, an interactive arcade/fun center, private meeting-party rooms and 12 bowling lanes.
   The 12-acre Schulman MBG is a private-public partnership between Schulman Amusement Company and Bay City Community Development Corporation (BCCDC) at the intersection of Texas 35 and McCrosky Road, between Bay City and Van Vleck.

Thu
24
Dec

Toys for Kids delights

Sentinel Photo/Mike Reddell
Members of Road Riders Inc. dressed the part and indeed became Santa Claus - or his top assistants - to hundreds of Matagorda County children who received gifts as part of the motorcyle group’s 17th Annual Toys for Kids deliveries Saturday, Dec. 19.

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