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Annual Parish Jamaica

Vendors served up everything from elotes (corn cob on a stick) and chalupas to fruit cups and snow cones, shown here, during Our Lady of Guadalupe’s “Annual Parish Jamaica” Sunday, Sept. 18. Raffles, live music, games and bingo were among of the few activities offered.
Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard

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Sep

"BCISD levy slightly lower than last year" by: Jessica Shepard

Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard
Bay City Junior High students Layla Lopez, Kassidy Tucker, and Ramira Castellano were recognized for their outstanding academic and extracurricular achievements during the Bay City ISD board of trustees meeting Sept. 19. Dr. Keely Coufal, right, presented the girls to the board with lists of their recognized skills. Not pictured is Sage Ryman.

   The BCISD board of trustees approved a fiscal 2016-17 tax rate of $1.3312 per $100 valuation Monday night.
   The new levy includes a $1.14730 maintenance tax rate and a debt-service rate of 18.390 cents.
   “This is not an increase from last year,” said Richard Johnson, BCISD Finance Director.
   “It’s actually about a penny less than last year,” said Johnson.
   Johnson said the district’s total taxable value of all property for 2015 was $1,175,190,000.
   “This year it’s $1,173,636,000,” added Johnson.
   “That’s about a $2 million drop of taxable value from one year to the next.”
   Curriculum director Lisa Moya presented a summary of campus needs assessments to the board for approval.
   “These assessments were started in spring, continued through summer and ended finally this fall,” said Moya.

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Sep

"County clerk wants all voters ready to cast ballots " by: Jessica Shepard

   About 5,900 people voted in the March primaries in Matagorda County.
   That number is less than half of the total 12,250 voters of 2012 presidential election.
   “My office is working to make sure all the voters in Matagorda County are ready to cast a ballot,” said Janet Hickl, Matagorda County Clerk, in a recent press release.
   “These new options for voters who cannot obtain photo ID are currently in place and will be used in the November 8 election.”
   To vote the ID must be current, or be expired for less than 4 years:

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Sep

Blessing man charged with meth distribution

   A Blessing man was arrested and what’s believed to be meth seized at his residence after Palacios Police Department served a search warrant looking for drugs and stolen weapons Friday night, Sept. 16, Palacios Chief David Miles said.
   Richard Howard Rutherford, 52, was charged with manufacture or delivery with intent to distribute 115 grams of high-grade meth and is under a $100,000 bond, Matagorda County Jail records show.
   He remains in jail, Miles said Tuesday.
   The police chief said he worked in conjunction with the Matagorda County Sheriff’s Department on the search warrant. 
   Deputies and a DPS narcotics agent assisted in executing the search warrant, the chief noted.
   A sawed-off shotgun was seized in the search, but no illegal weapon charge has been filed, Miles said.
   There was no problem in making the arrest, he added.

 

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Sep

Busy Business Expo

Bay City Chamber of Commerce of Agriculture brought back the Business Expo last week, encouraging people to visit with local businesses. In addition, the Expo featured seminars on the Texas hotel tax, customer service and the new overtime wage law. Above, people attended the Expo’s after-hours mixer.
Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell

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Sep

City begins fall leagues

   The Bay City Parks and Recreation Department has begun registration for its upcoming adult softball and volleyball leagues.   
   The adult men’s softball league began Sept. 15, and runs for six weeks with a tournament set for the week of Oct. 20.   
   Each team will play two games per night. 
   The fee is $200 per team. 
   Games are played at the Sports Complex. 
   Adult volleyball league begins Sept. 22, runs for seven weeks with a tournament the week of Nov. 7.   
   The fee is $125/team.   
   Games are played at the Bay City ISD Intermediate School. 
   For more information or to register, contact the Parks and Recreation Department at (979) 323-1660 or visit us on the web at www.cityofbaycity.org. 

 

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21
Sep

A dress fit for a Queen

Contributed photo
Bay City Lions Club Rice Festival Committee members recently presented the 2016 Rice Festival Queen’s gown. OXEA representative Eric Wright purchased and donated the dress. Pictured, from left, are: Rice Festival Chairman Jason Childers, OXEA’s Wright, Lions Club President Steven Reis, Pageant Chairpersons Clint Hewitt and Liz Hewitt and Pageant Director Nicasio Perez.

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Sep

"Rice Festival Chairman Childers’ welcome to this year’s activities" by Jason Childers

Jason Childers

   It is my honor to be your 2016 Rice Festival Chairman for the 71st Annual Bay City Lions Club Rice Festival.  
   We are set for a great festival this year, with a large group of Bay City Lions pulling together as well as several of the surrounding area Lions Clubs to make this an incredible experience for all attendees.    
   This year’s Rice Festival will be held alongside the Matagorda County Fair Association’s Bull Blast on Saturday night.  
   The festival activities “officially” start on Saturday, October 1, 2016 with the Rice Festival Queen’s Pageant and followed the Rice Dish Roundup on Wednesday, October 5th.  The Carnival officially begins on Thursday, October 6th at 4pm with the Exceptionally Challenged Day on Friday morning.  
   The Exceptionally Challenged Day allows special needs children the opportunity to take part in the festivities by riding the rides and walking through the Midway while closed to the general public.    

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Sep

"Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day slated Oct. 1" by: Jessica Shepard

   The 22nd Annual Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day is scheduled for 8 a.m. - noon Saturday, Oct. 1, at the Matagorda County Fairgrounds.
      Household hazardous waste is any product labeled: toxic, corrosive, poison, flammable, combustible or an irritant.
   This also includes things such as used batteries, pool chemicals, pesticides and herbicides as well as household cleaners.
   A limit of eight tires will be taken per household, but they cannot be tractor or semi tires.
   Electronic waste such as computers, printers or cellphones also will be accepted.
   Baycel Federal Credit Union is sponsoring free document shredding services to help avoid identity theft.
   There is a limit of six boxes personal paper products per household.

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Sep

Wounded Warrior Classic at Matagorda Harbor Pavilion Oct. 8

   The second annual Wounded Warrior Classic will be at Matagorda Harbor and Pavilion Saturday Oct. 8. 
   “Come out and cheer the boys on as they bring their day’s catch in,” said Nathan Lubbers with Texas Trio Classic Team.
   Weigh in will be from 1-3 p.m. under the Harbor pavilion. 
   The Trio Classic Team will meet all of the veterans at LeTulle Park at 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7.
   The veterans will be escorted to Matagorda by The Matagorda County Calvary and the Matagorda County Sheriff’s Department. 
   If you would like we ask the public to hang out around the square in Bay City as the guys will be driven around the square before heading down to Matagorda.
   “We had the honor of hosting 15 of our nation’s finest vets last year. This year we will once again be hooking up with The Wounded Warrior Project along with Run N Gun Adventures to host 20 veterans, Lubber said.

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