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24
Dec

Toys for kids donates bike

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One Bay City High School student has a new bike to get to and from his new job, thanks to the Road Riders, Inc and their Toys for Kids effort. The Matagorda County organization donated the bike after they heard about the need via social media. Pictured from left are: BCHS nurse Kelli Hunt, Road Rider representative William Jahnsen, BCHS nurse Wendy Meador, BCHS Assistant Principal Jamie Bates, BCHS teacher Sherri Barton, and Road Rider representative Sue Jahnsen.

Thu
17
Dec

Bird count shows strong numbers

This is the 15-mile diameter counting circle that birders work in. Marshes, prairies, industrial landscapes and beaches are only part of the diversity found in the Matagorda Mad Island Marsh Christmas Bird Count.

   A preliminary total of 232 bird species were tallied Monday night at the 22nd Annual Mad Island Marsh Christmas Bird Count (CBC).
   The Matagorda CBC is part of the 116th Annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count of North America.  
   There are nearly seven other rare birds that require identification before being counted in the total.
   That puts Matagorda County down by two from last year’s 234.
   “We’re probably in the top five of the nation still,” said Brent Ortego, Wildlife Diversity Biologist.
   Ortego cites Santa Barbara, Calif., and the Guadalupe River Delta, Texas, count circles as main contenders for the number one title.
   “We get better quality over quantity on the Peninsula,” said Ortego, in reference to the various species found in Matagorda.

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Thu
17
Dec

Griffith receives 2015 George Holst Award

Michael Griffith

   MATAGORDA – Michael D. Griffith, Bay City CPA and Chairman of the Port of Bay City Authority, was named the 2015 George Holst Award recipient for excellence in community vision and economic leadership in Matagorda County during Matagorda County Economic Development Corporation’s annual meeting at Poco Playa Restaurant Thursday night, Dec. 10.
    In keeping with tradition, Erwin Ward, the 2014 George Holst Award recipient, presented the award. 
    Griffith couldn’t attend the event due to his position as chairman of the Port of Bay City Authority. He was attending an out-of-town training workshop for Public Funds Investment Officers. Jim Frankson, Griffith’s business partner and 2002 George Holst Award recipient, accepted the award on his behalf.

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Thu
17
Dec

Shopping, sharing bonds kids, police

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There were lots of smiles between children and police officers at Shop with a Cop Dec. 9.

Shop with a Cop is proving to be a great, two-way event for the kids and adults alike.
   First, the 24 children – 26 were invited - in the third year of Shop with a Cop were thrilled to shop for gifts amid Wal-Mart aisles with the Bay City and Bay City ISD police departments’ staff members.  
   The local kids, ranging in age from three to 14, were paired with the police departments’ employees at the Dec. 9 event. 
   Each child was given $125 to spend – up from $100 last year, thanks to fund-raising efforts and generous donations from churches, businesses, citizens before the event, said Bay City Police Lieutenant Clayton Ryman.

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Thu
17
Dec

Peterson optimistic about local economic prospects in 2016

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Two MCEDC’s retiring board directors received plaques of appreciation for their many years of service and dedication. The recipients were Susan Mitchell, right, an MCEDC board member since 2002, as a representative of the Matagorda Area Chamber of Commerce, and Claude “Tiger” Lane, on the MCEDC board since 2008, as a Sargent Area Chamber of Commerce representative.

   MATAGORDA - Eva Peterson gave an upbeat assessment of local economic development for 2016 in her year in review for Matagorda County Economic Development Corporation at its annual meeting Thursday night, Dec. 10.
      “We’re on the cusp of an upswing. We’re going to see a lot happening next year,” said Peterson, MCEDC executive director.
   “Thank you for coming tonight. I want to thank all of those who have been supportive over the past six months,” she declared, referring to her tenure with MCEDC.
   “I learned a lot working with the governor’s office.”
   Peterson told the estimated 50 people attending the event at Poco Playa, there were 38 economic development prospects this year, 19 leads from the Governor’s office and 19 direct leads. 

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Thu
17
Dec

Tidehaven trustees focus on projects

 Tidehaven ISD officials indicated Monday construction work is going well on several new athletic facilities the district plans to open in 2016.
    “They have made some good strides (construction crews) have worked really hard getting things moved along as quickly as we can while still trying to maintain the quality in what we want to do,” said board president Stephen John Crowe said during the group’s regular meeting. 
    “There’s been a few hiccups, but we’re going to see it through and get it done. It’s going to look really nice.”

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Thu
17
Dec

BCHS powder puff games raise $7,500 for graduation

   The recent Bay City High School Powder Puff games raised an estimated $7,500, for Project Graduation said organizer Martha Cashion.
   In the round robin tournament held Dec. 5, at Memorial Stadium,  the seniors beat the freshman/sophomore team; the juniors beat the freshman/sophomore team; and in the final game the juniors defeated the seniors. 
   The Powder Puff Prince Court consisted of Hannah Koenig, Amy Bertsch, Emma Batchelor and Brittany Condry. 
The Princess Court included Cole Cashion, John Ottinger, Spencer MacLennan and Landon Gutierrez. 
The winners were John Ottinger and Brittany Condry. Cashion also gave a shoutout to Adrian Lara, who doubled as coach for the girls and volunteered to be deejay.

 

Thu
17
Dec

Bay City sales tax rebates up

   Bucking a statewide trend of lower December sales tax rebates from the same month in 2014, Bay City and Palacios showed gains.
   Bay City’s December sales tax rebates were up 5 percent over the previous December totals - $420,460 over $399,366.
   State Comptroller Glenn Hegar said December rebates statewide averaged 3 percent less than the same month a year ago.
   For the year, Bay City has collected $5.488 million in payments to date – 13 percent higher than the comparable 2014 year-to-date total of $4.8 million.
   In Palacios, its December sales tax rebates were $68,421, which was 16 percent higher than December 2014 payments of $58,918.
    Year-to-date rebate totals for Palacios were $633,354 - 5 percent less than the 2014 collection of $672,044.
    These allocations are based on sales made in October by businesses that report tax monthly.    

Thu
17
Dec

Tenaris on the move

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Tenaris scholarship recipients of the Wharton County Junior College Manufacturing Technology Program in Bay City and program faculty members also recently toured the construction site and checked out the progress while learning about the seamless mill in more detail. Tenaris officials said they received positive feedback from the group, which was impressed with the main industrial building’s size.

Thu
17
Dec

Schwartz at Houston's Thanksgiving Day Parade

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Bay City High School’s Universal Cheerleaders Association All-American Cheerleader Rachel Schwartz, a freshman, was part of Houston's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

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