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21
Apr

Brymer explains attainment status

Bay City Sentinel/Jessica Shepard
David Brymer, director of the Air Quality Division at Texas Commission on Environmental Quality spoke about Matagorda County’s current attainment or non-attainment status at the Bay City Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture luncheon Thursday, April 14..

   About 35 people attended the Bay City Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture’s monthly luncheon Thursday, April 14.
   This month’s guest speaker was David Brymer, director of the Air Quality Division at Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.
   He explained the process of how Matagorda County could be designated as reaching attainment or being non-attainment with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s clean air standards.
   The EPA reviews air quality standards every five years.
   “If necessary, they need to change those to help protect human health and the environment,” said David Brymer.
   “Ozone has been the most difficult air quality pollutant to control across the country and the EPA has lowered the standard over time. They recently lowered it again; from the existing level of 75 parts per billion (ppb) to and even lower number of 70ppb.”

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21
Apr

Bay City High School OAP Area winners

BCISD/Allison Sliva
Bay City High School students who won awards at the Area One Act Play contest on April 8 are from: Kaitlin Rodriguez, Kate Bruening, Chloe McGalliard, Derek Nemec, Ben Thomas, Dandee Cabanay and Otensha Milimo.

Thu
21
Apr

Bay City High School OAP Bi-District winners

BCISD/Allison Sliva
Bay City High School's One Act Play, “Cider House Rules Part 2,” won Bi-District. Pictured are BCHS students who won individual awards at Bi-District. In front, l-r: Katelyn Bruening, All Star Cast; Derek Nemec, Best Actor; Kaitlin Rodriguez, Best Tech. Back row: Prinard Payne and Ben Thomas, Honorable Mention All Star Cast.

Thu
14
Apr

County awards bids on roofing projects

   A roofing bid of about $720,000 for five county structures – minus the courthouse - was awarded to Holden Roofing by commissioners court Monday, April 11.
   The court also authorized County Judge Nate McDonald to send a letter to Tenaris Bay City requesting a “clawback payment” of $12,168, for missing, by eight positions, the 2015 job-hiring requirements in the county tax abatement agreement with Tenaris.
   The approved roofing bid did not include the Matagorda County Courthouse, because the proposed courthouse roofing work requires a more thorough walk-through, County Auditor Cathy Ezell told commissioners.
   That roofing proposal will be presented to the court for consideration later, she explained.
   The combined roofing work bid awarded to Holden – Jaco Roofing was the other bidder - includes:

Thu
14
Apr

Relay For Life loop

Bay City Sentinel/Mike Reddell
Relay For Life recognizes cancer survivors and the caretakers during its annual gathering at the Matagorda County Fairgrounds Saturday evening, April 8. These cancer survivors are taking the traditional walk on the first loop. It’s an event that brings together cancer survivors, their families, friends and caretakers for an evening of activities.

Thu
14
Apr

Deshotels works to fund senior center in county

   For five years, George Deshotels has been working in conjunction with the Southeast Housing Authority (SETH) to help fund a senior center in Matagorda County, more specifically in Bay City.
   “We have already bought land and are committed to building here,” said George Deshotels, Matagorda County representative of SETH for the Houston/Galveston area.
   Deshotels received that position via appointment by Matagorda County Commissioner’s Court.  
   “The Southeast Texas Housing authority is an affordable housing authority,” said Deshotels.
   “Don’t confuse us with the Section 8 HUD. We get working people into houses and an example of this is: we’ll give a $20,000 down payment and closing cost assistance for someone making $67,000 or less in Matagorda County. It’s a good project.”

Thu
14
Apr

Council OKs concert funding

   Despite some misgivings, city council agreed to give the Bay City Rotary Club $10,000 from hotel occupancy tax (HOT) funds to help pay for Robert Earl Keen to appear in concert here Aug. 20.
   The Rotary Club decided to spend $20,000 more than usual to sign popular Texas singer-songwriter Keen to Bay City, said D.C. Dunham, a Rotary Club member and Bay City Community Development Corporation executive director.
   “One of the Vision 2040 goals was to draw more events,” Dunham told council.
   In seeking the HOT funds, Dunham noted that Rotary has brought top-name entertainers to Bay City for 15 years – this year is the 16th.
   City councilman Bill Cornman asked Dunham if Rotary could handle paying Keene’s contract without the city HOT funds.
   “Probably, but I won’t do it again,” Dunham replied.
   She noted that ticket prices will be the same and Rotary hopes to earn about $45,000 during its concert auction.

Thu
14
Apr

Celebrating 'National Public Library Week'

Bay City Sentinel/Jessica Shepard
Bay City High School's Show Choir, lead by Dr. Kara Cowart, performed a variety of 80s classics during "Family Night" at the Bay City Public Library Tuesday night. "Family Night" is one of a week-long activity schedule of events to help the library celebrate "National Public Library Week."

Thu
14
Apr

Rotary concert to feature Robert Earl Keen

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Texas Hall of Fame singer-songwriter Robert Earl Keen will perform at this summer’s Rotary concert.

   BAY CITY — The Bay City Rotary Club has announced that Robert Earl Keen has signed to headline the club’s 16th Annual Rotary Concert later this year
   Keen will perform his popular hits, favorite covers and latest songs at the Bay City Civic Center onAugust 20.  
   Event and corporate tickets are on sale now.  
   Reserved tickets will go on sale in June.
   A 2012 inductee into the Texas Heritage Songwriters Hall of Fame, Keen has released 19 live and studio albums on various labels during a career that spans four decades. 
   His most popular songs include Texas standards such as “Corpus Christi Bay,” “Feelin’ Good Again,” and the iconic hit “The Road Goes On Forever.”  
   Keen’s songs have also been covered by George Strait, Nanci Griffith and many other top artists during his career.

Thu
14
Apr

Tenaris lends a hand for 'Day of Caring'

Bay City Sentinel/Mike Reddell
Tenaris employees work in concert to spruce up a porch in Bay City during during United Way’s Day of Caring Friday, April 8.

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