Lifestyle

Thu
11
Feb

BCPD reinstates motorcycle unit

   This year, Bay City Police Department has reinstated a motorcycle unit whose priority is to stop traffic violators and write citations.
   This would include increased enforcement of occupant restraint laws, traffic light violations and speed limit laws especially in school zones.
   The decision to implement the motorcycle was based on the increased volume of traffic in Bay City, and the maneuverability of a motorcycle unit.
   BCPD hopes to increase driver safety in the city and reduce crashes and fatalities.
   It has been several years since the department last used a motorcycle. The position was vacated and the department went several years without a designated traffic officer.
   Reinstating the position has been in the works for some time and the timing was right this year for its reintroduction.

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Tue
09
Feb

Press Release: NRC To Issue South Texas Project New Reactor Licenses, Following Conclusion of Mandatory Hearing

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has cleared the way for the agency’s Office of New Reactors to issue two Combined Licenses (COL) for Nuclear Innovation North America’s (NINA) South Texas Project site in Texas.

Based on the mandatory hearing on NINA’s application, the Commission found the staff’s review adequate to make the necessary regulatory safety and environmental findings.

Following the Commissioners’ direction, the NRC staff will work to issue the COLs promptly.

The licenses will authorize NINA to build and operate two Advanced Boiling Water Reactors (ABWR) at the site near Bay City, Texas.

The South Texas Project Nuclear Operating Company already operates two reactors at the site.

The staff will impose several conditions on the license, including:

Thu
04
Feb

Tenaris open house

Bay City Sentinel/Mike Reddell
German Cura, president Tenaris North America, makes some remarks at TenarisBayCity open house at the Center for Energy Development Tuesday afternoon. An estimated 130 people attended the event.

Thu
04
Feb

Council focuses on theater

   City council continues to talk about accepting the old Texas Theatre building and using hotel tax revenues to pay for roofing work and air conditioning for the 1927 historic Avenue F structure.
   Lead by council member Bill Cornman, the discussion at council’s regular meeting Jan. 28 centered on accepting Rhema Church’s donation of the theater building and the city’s role in fixing it up and turning it over after two years to a non-profit group.
   “We need to sit down with the committee (formed to study the theater) to be pro forma and cherry pick it,” Cornman declared about the need to look at what needs to be done to the theater and how much it will cost.

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Thu
04
Feb

Realignment interrupts Tiger-Lep football rivalry

New district alignments for area high school sports teams will likely bring an interruption to a local football rivalry.
    Matagorda County rivals Tidehaven and Van Vleck will not play in the same football district beginning next season, and the two coaches seem unable to work a meeting into their non-district schedules. 
    “The good news is that we will still have each other in our basketball districts (and likely most other sports too), so the rivalry can stay alive. Just not in football,” said Tidehaven athletic director and head football coach Brent Maschek. 
    The University Interscholastic League, Texas’s governing body for public school sports, released its biennial re-alignment notice to coaches on Monday, making it official that Tidehaven and Van Vleck will play in different divisions of Conference 3A for the next two seasons.

Thu
04
Feb

Directing dinner traffic

Bay City Sentinel/Mike Reddell
Sheriff Skipper Osborne lent a hand directing traffic at the 9th Annual Crisis Center Chicken Fried Steak Fundraiser Friday, Jan. 29. Osborne was among several dozen volunteers who came out to help with this event.

Thu
04
Feb

Trustees OK $3.1m to finish HVAC at BCHS

 School Board trustees approved the extra approximately $3.1 million needed to finish updating and upgrading the HVAC system at Bay City High School.
   “We have architectural and structural work that was not originally anticipated,” said Leonard Lane, an architect with Chelsea Place Deign, Inc., at the board’s Jan. 28 meeting.
   The multi-million dollar increase features some structural work to the roof of the academic building, new access areas to the AC units via ladder, and new controls for the units.
    “We found things in the school, control valves that were bad that we didn’t know were bad,” said Ed Stacy, mechanical engineer.
   “We have to add some CO2 sensors into the building for energy conservation.”

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Thu
04
Feb

BCHS advances 2 to DECA state

BCISD/Allison Sliva
BCHS DECA students Bailey Daniel and Detrick Delarosa will compete at the Texas DECA State Career Development Conference and Contest Feb. 25-27.

 Bay City High School DECA students Bailey Daniel and Detrick Delarosa advanced out of district competition and will compete at the Texas DECA State Career Development Conference and contest in San Antonio February 25-27.
   Daniel and Delarosa competed as a team in Community Service Project at district at Ridge Point High School in Missouri City Jan. 16.
   Their competition involved both a visual and oral presentation of the BCHS DECA 2015-16 community service project on supporting the residents of Matagorda Nursing and Rehabilitation in Bay City. 

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Thu
04
Feb

Ability Beyond Disability one of JSL Charity Ball grant recepients

Corporate Sponsors of the 2016 Junior Service League Charity Ball are pictured with one of the 2016 Charity Ball grant recipients, Ability Beyond Disability.
The mission of Ability Beyond Disability Services is "to improve the quality of human life for persons diagnosed with an intellectual disability and/or related conditions by treating them with the utmost dignity and respect, providing services and support that meet their needs, and allowing them to live in the least restrictive community environment in order to maintain their independence.
Shown, from left: Elia Rodriquez, Ability Beyond Disability-Day habilitation supervisor; John Thompson, Ability Beyond Disability owner and director; Barbara and McDonald, McDonald Equipment; Marvin Etgen, Ability Beyond Disability- Consumer; Tracy Martinez, Ability Beyond Disability- Consumer; Dr. Jim Humphries, Humphries Family Dentistry; Teresa and Darryl Elliott, Poco Playa Resturant, Bar & Village

Thu
04
Feb

BCPD promotes two, transfers one

BCPD
Police Chief Roger Barker, center, is flanked by two recently promoted officers: Kim Kunz and Justin Kirk.

   Bay City police officers Justin Kirk and Kim Kunz were promoted and Matthew Mayberry was transferred from patrolman to detective during a promotional ceremony Jan. 21 at Bay City Council Chambers. 
   Chief Roger Barker presided over the ceremony attended by several members of BCPD plus other city departments, and family and friends of the newly promoted officers.

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