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Nov

Hardin to consider trial testimony

   Testimony in the nine-day trial on Tres Palacios Gas Storage lawsuit over Matagorda Central Appraisal District 2012 and 2013 property valuations ended last Thursday, and now it’s up to 23rd District Judge Ben Hardin to decide.
   In addition to hours of trial testimony, there are about 85,000 pages of court-filed documents in a case where the two sides are about $300 million apart on Tres Palacios’ valuations in those two years.
   The Clemville natural gas storage company – owned by Houston-based and publicly traded Crestwood Equity Partners – claims a $60-90 million value on its property that was purchased for $720 million in 2010.
   MCAD’s taxable valuations are about $390 million for both 2012 and 2013. The initial tax appraisal after the 2010 purchase was $414 million.
   Hardin politely sent the press from the courtroom several times during the trial at the insistence of Tres Palacios attorneys.

Thu
05
Nov

Pilot Club event grosses $18,000

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Batman, AKA Steve Smith, and Dr. Andrew Sher, at the Celebrity Waiter fundraiser.

   The Pilot Club of Bay City’s 5th Annual Celebrity Waiter Fundraiser grossed over $18,000 Oct. 29.
   “That means we made about $16,000 after expenses,” said Pilot Club fundraising chairwoman Theresa Knebel.
   “The fundraiser gets bigger and better every year and we’re grateful for everyone involved.”
   

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Thu
05
Nov

New clay target course opens

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Dr. Wayne Hite, left, and Eric Rooth look over one of the clay target throwing machines at the new Clay Time

   Growing up, Dr. Wayne Hite has fond memories of the Bay City Gun Club just west of Markham and learning from his father and other men how to shoot.
   Now a Houston physician, Hite has opened Clay Time, with 163 acres off Texas 60 North to develop for “sporting clays” to instill the same spirit and excitement of shooting.
   “My dad, Ted Devant and others spent so much together at the Bay City Gun Club in those days in the 1970s and 1980s,” said Hite, a 1971 Bay City High School graduate.
   Opening day was last week for Clay Time and Hite, with the help of longtime friend Eric Rooth of Bay City and Jason Menke with Briley Manufacturing, set up an impressive shooting pavilion on land owned by Wayne and Jaesoon Hite, Paul and Eva Allison and Robert Allison. 
   Hite tries to return to Bay City as often as possible to relax and shoot.

Thu
05
Nov

Upbring Head Start grand opening

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The grand opening for Upbring Head Start – Bay City Center – was Thursday, Oct. 29. The center is one of four Upbring operates in Wharton and Matagorda counties. A total of 115 children are served at the Bay City Center, between Head Start (3-5 yrs) and Early Head Start (0-3 yrs). Some 259 children are served between the four centers. Pictured are, from left: Carol Wootton, Field Representative, Congressman Blake Farenthold’s office; Steve Angell, Head Start program director; Andrew Benscoter, vice president of Education and Innovation, Upbring; Dr. Kurt Senske, president and CEO, Upbring; Mayor Mark Bricker; Pastor Laura Olson, St. Paul Lutheran Church, Wharton; Lillie Stone, director of Bay City Center.

Thu
05
Nov

Annual BCPD, FUMC food drive begins

   Over 560 families were served last year during The Bay City Police Department and the First United Methodist Church of Bay City’s annual county-wide food drive and distribution goals.
   “Many police officers and community volunteers have seen what a difference this effort makes in people’s lives and we want to continue to carry that vision into the future,” said Captain Christella Rodriguez of the Bay City Police Department.
   Last year’s efforts show just how much this event has grown from the original 35 families in 1989.
   Currently, they are soliciting donations from the community for tax-deductible donations to purchase can goods and other non-perishable items.

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Thu
05
Nov

Meeting the JSL Charity Ball corporate sponsors

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Corporate Sponsors of the 2016 JSL Charity Ball are pictured with one of the 2015 and 2016 Charity Ball grant recipients, Empowerment For Exceeding Together (E4E2). E4E2 is an adult learning center servicing adults of all ages with GED classes learning program and ESL classes. Shown, from left, are: Tania Ruiz, E4E2 student; Kyle Martinez, Wells Fargo Bank; James Gernand, Wells Fargo Bank; Erwin Ward, Ward Real Estate, Inc.; Sharon Ward, Ward Real Estate, Inc.; Robert Lister, E4E2 board member; Priscilla Robinson, E4E2 executive director; Samantha Hudgins, Phillips 66; and Daisy Martinez, E4E2 board president.

Thu
05
Nov

Matagorda Family Practice's Grand Opening

Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard
Matagorda Family Practice held its grand opening ribbon cutting, Friday, Oct. 30. Their newly renovated building and location are at 2205 Ave. K.

Thu
05
Nov

Pumpkins on parade

Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard
Fourth grade students at Cherry Elementary held their “Pumpkin Parade” Friday, Oct. 30. Students designed and decorated their pumpkins based on character analyses from their favorite books.

Thu
05
Nov

Day of the Dead reception

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
Above, artist Kayle Sanchez, right, joins Lisa Carrillo, center, and Zeinab Ghais in discussing her art work during her reception at Studio ZG Monday. Sanchez centers her work on the "Day of the Dead" by drawing form her culture and experiences as a folklorico dancer.

Thu
05
Nov

Halloween on the Square

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
Lots of Halloween costumed folks of all ages participated in the trick-or-treatering around the square Saturday afternoon.

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