Nearly 500 FFA students compete at BCHS

   Approximately 500 FFA students from 25 schools competed at Bay City High and the old Bay City Intermediate campuses in the FFA District 3 Leadership Development Events (LDE) Contest on Nov. 12.
   The LDE Contest allows FFA members to compete individually or in teams to demonstrate their abilities in public speaking, decision making, communication and knowledge of agriculture and the FFA organization. 
   BCHS FFA student Ethan Frazier competed in Creed Speaking, where he had to recite the FFA Creed from memory, and then answer questions about its meaning and purpose. Ethan said, “It was stressful, but still fun. Everyone is getting the chance to meet others from many schools who have our same interests.”
   BCHS FFA hosted the district contest, with assistance from the Bay City ISD Maintenance Department. 


Final review for STP units 3&4 set Nov.19

   Final review and approval for South Texas Project’s license application for Units 3 and 4 is scheduled by the Nuclear Regulatory Agency Nov. 19 in Washington, D.C.
   That hearing will be for a Combined Operating License (COL) for Units 3 and 4 Advanced Boiling Water Reactors (ABWR). 
   The hearing caps a review process that began Sept. 20, 2007, when the application for the COL was first submitted.
   “We’re moving forward,” said Buddy Eller, general manager, Corporate Communications and External Affairs at STP Nuclear. 
   If Units 3 and 4 are approved by the NRC, that will bring 800 permanent new employees to STP, Eller told a local group recently.
   In addition, as STP’s older employees – about 44 percent of its workforce - begin to retire, the nuclear operating station will be hiring 500 employees over the next five years, Eller commented at STP’s annual media luncheon last week.


Salute to veterans

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The Bay City High School Aristocats paid tribute to local veterans during last Friday's game. The Blackcat Band joined the Needville band at halftime and provided music for the half time show as well. Check out pages 10 and 11 for more Veteran's Day recognition.


HEB shopping spree now in its 25th year

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HEB Store Manager Clint Hewitt (left), HEB Admin Specialist Lety Vega and Doc Campbell plan for HEB Shopping Spree.

   The Bay City HEB grocery store and Doc Campbell have partnered up once again for their annual shopping spree on Nov. 17 at 10 p.m.
   “This is the 25th year we’ve done this,” said Doc Campbell.
   “This has been an ongoing effort by many local businesses 
and folks in an effort to have some fun and raise some funds to help out financially in our community,” said Clint Hewitt, HEB store manager.
   Teams of four are required to sign up no later than 9:30 p.m. the night of the shopping spree.
   The entry fee this year is $60 and limited to a total of 30 teams.
   The team members must be ages 16 and up.
   “These teams race against the clock in order to see who can shop the fastest and complete their grocery order and become the champions of the HEB shopping spree,” said Hewitt.
   The first, second and third place winning teams are awarded recognition and bragging rights for the year.


8 inducted into BCHS Hall of Fame

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The Blackcat Hall of Fame Class of 2015 was inducted during halftime ceremonies on Friday night. From left: Bobby Briggs, Class of 2000, Baseball; Stoney Davis, Class of 2009, Track; Dennis Grebe, '06, Football; Debra and Lynn Grebe representing James Craig Grebe, '04, Football; LaWanda and Dexter Hines representing Colby Hines, '09, Baseball; Allison Hinton, '07, Softball; Chance Leissner, '09, Baseball; Letevin Wilcox, '10, Football.

The Bay City ISD Blackcat Hall of Fame inducted eight members at a football game halftime ceremony on November 6th.   
   The Hall of Fame was established in 2001 to recognize former Blackcat and Ladycat athletes or head coaches who have distinguished themselves beyond “the norm” and who have represented our community at a state or national level.  

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Deeb talks about campaign at Bay City

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Congressional candidate Gregg Deeb met with several local residents here Tuesday evening at Fat Grass Restaurant. Here, Deeb visits with, from left, Barbara Sanders, Denise Fortenberry and Tammy Savage.

   Gregg Deeb is a retired Marine fighter pilot and former squadron commanding Officer who is running for the 27th Congressional District that includes Matagorda County. 
   Deeb is a candidate who believes in listening to what people have to say, in letting America’s free-market system work unfettered as possible and in his faith in God. 
   “It’s invigorating – people still think there is hope,” Deeb notes about his travels around this district. 
   Deeb served 20 years in the Marine Corps – his last assignment was at NAS Kingsville near Corpus Christi, where he and his family have now lived for 11 years. 
   His wife Donna is a retired Marine Corps Chief Warrant Officer. The Deebs have been married for 20 years and have five children, four daughters and a son. 
   Deeb is seeking the GOP nomination for the Congressional seat held by U.S. Rep. Blake Farenthold, also a Corpus Christi Republican. 


Hazardous waste collection totals in

   The results of the Annual Household Hazardous Waste collection are in.
   This year’s collection was Saturday, Oct. 10 at the Matagorda County Fairgrounds.

  •  78 Volunteers
  •  273 Families represented   
  •  246 Vehicles participated
  •  65 Automotive batteries collected
  •  196 Alkaline and rechargeable batteries collected
  •  2,500 Tires
  •  325 Gallons of used oil
  •  1 Drum of oil filters
  •  40 Gallons of antifreeze
  •  90 Gallons of paint
  •  2,810 lbs. of paint
  •  8,656 lbs. of Household Hazardous Waste
  •  42 White Good items         
  •  7 Pallets of E-Waste collected
  •  2,700 lbs. of paper shredded 



MCEDC seeks George Holst Award nominations

   BAY CITY – The legacy of the late George Holst of Palacios is certainly one to be celebrated and the Matagorda County Economic Development Corporation (MCEDC) will do just that at its annual meeting in December when the 17th recipient of the George Holst Award for excellence in community vision and economic leadership is announced. 
   Each year the MCEDC board of directors seeks nominations from the community for outstanding economic leaders to be considered as recipients of this prestigious award.
   According to guidelines set out by the MCEDC board, good candidates should be of good moral character, have the ability to give solid reasons for an action and be able to move people emotionally and intellectually. 

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Quilts of Valor honor veterans

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   The Matagorda County Memory Makers Quilt Guild presented 28 Quilts of Valor 2015 at ceremonies at the Matagorda County Birding Nature Center Saturday, Nov. 7.
   Veterans receiving the handsome quilts were:
William Miller Navy WWII - Anniversary
Shirley Eidson Marines -WWII
Albion Ewton Marines-WWII - 1942-45; 1952-54
William Guynes Navy-Iraq - 2004-09
Donald Miller Navy-Vietnam-1966-67
Jimmy Kilbride Army-Vietnam -1967-68
James Wright Army –
Edward Hlavinka Army-
Herbert F Carr Navy Vietnam
Fred Holub Army-1945; AF-1950
James A. Holden Army
Bill Greer Marines-Vietnam-1967-70; 1985-2000
Ed Luna Air Force-Vietnam-1971-91
Adam Rodriguez Navy-Vietnam-1969-71
Kenneth Coates Marines-Southeast Asia 1965-1971
Tommy Griffin Army-Vietnam-1968-70
William H. Smith Jr. Army-Vietnam-1960-83
James Sowell Army Air Corp-Italy-1943-45 
William McDonald Air Force-Korea


New training center celebrated

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WCJC President Betty McCrohan introduces Tenaris North America President German Cura at the Bay City Training Center open house Thursday, Oct. 29.

Local civic, business and government leaders joined Tenaris and Wharton County Junior College officials at an open house for the recently completed Bay City Training Center Thursday, Oct. 29.
   An estimated 125 people attended the Bay City Community Development Corporation event for its $1.2 million building that will house WCJC’s Manufacturing Technology program that includes machining, hydraulics and welding technical training.
   “This public/private partnership has definitely been a win/win situation,” BCCDC Board President Bobby Wilkinson told the gathering at Center for Energy Development (CED). The new training center is next door to CED.
   “Financing the cost of this training center is one of the best investments in our young people the BCCDC and its partners, STP Nuclear, Celanese, Oxea, Lyondell Basell and Tenaris could ever make,” Wilkinson said.


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