Scouts visit City Hall

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
A couple of Boy Scouts visited a recent session of City Council to learn how their city works. Mayor Robert Nelson greeted Scouts Grant Friesenhahn, left, and Levi Spears. The boys are part of Troop 45, Bay City.


"Reel Reviews: ‘F9’ relies on weak plot to propel franchise into space in Pontiac Fiero" by: Jessica Shepard

   Let me preface this review with saying that if you’ve loved “Fast and the Furious” movies so far, then you’ll probably like this edition.
   And, honestly, if the storyline didn’t hinge on such a weak point – estranged family reconnecting - I would have loved this film more.
   After all, the return of an elusive third biological Toretto family member seems especially weak since this middle brother has never been mentioned in any of the other 8 movies.
   It seems like a lame storyline plucked out of some mid-afternoon soap opera instead of part of such a long-running franchise.
   But, if you’re expecting awesome cars, espionage, gratuitous explosions and a groovy soundtrack – then “F9: The Fast Saga” is your cup of tea.
   Personally I’m holding out my spy skill hopes for “Black Widow” opening later this week.
   Still, F9 is an action film directed by Justin Lin from a screenplay by Daniel Casey and Lin.


Bay City Community Development Corporation announces refunding savings

   Bay City Community Development Corporation announces the recent refunding of two separate debt obligations, one for a training facility and another for land acquisition. 
   “Combining the two into one obligation maximized the savings for Bay City Community Development Corporation,” said Jessica Russell, executive director. 
   With the restructuring, Bay City is able to achieve significant interest savings via today’s low market rates, Russell said.
   Government Capital Corporation, Southlake, Texas, provided the refunding structure and refinancing.
   “The financing provided by Government Capital Corporation will allow us optimum budget flexibility. Their experience allowed the refunding to proceed very efficiently,” Russell commented.
   “The current economic environment has development corporations searching for alternative funding options,” pointed out Jana Jay, municipal finance specialist, Government Capital Corporation. 


Van Vleck’s Klepac wins national rodeo finals

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Van Vleck 7th grader Kami Klepac recently competed in Des Moines, Iowa, and won National Junior High Finals Rodeo World Champion Barrel Racer 2021.


Local swimmers compete in San Antonio invitational

From BCHS Swimming
BCHS Swimmer Keegan Spencer is shown in his freestyle competition at the USA Swimming’s Southern Zone meet last weekend.

   Two local athletes swam in the George Block Invitational in San Antonio last weekend.
   Nearly 600 swimmers from seven teams in USA Swimming’s Southern Zone raced in the prelim/final meet.
   AAAA (San Antonio), BTA (Houston), COM (Midland), FINS (Baton Rouge), RACE (Dallas), ShAC (Houston), & WWAC (San Antonio).
   Top eight finishers in morning prelim sessions competed in finals. Competition course was 50m, all distances in meters.
   Competing for ShAC were Oliver Spencer (14) and Keegan Spencer (12), both of Bay City.
   Their top eight finishes:
   Oliver Spencer (13/14 Boys)
   50 freestyle – 1st – :25.70
   100 freestyle – 1st – :55.88
   200 freestyle – 1st – 2:04.68
   100 backstroke – 6th – 1:10.08
   200 backstroke – 7th – 2:34.15
   100 butterfly – 8th – 1:06.60
   100 breaststroke – 8th – 1:20.05
   200 individual medley – 8th – 2:28.26


"Texans with disabilities fear voting will get harder for them as special session on GOP restrictions nears" By Alexa Ura Texas Tribune

   It took Nancy Crowther three hours, four public bus rides and an impressive amount of gumption to make sure her vote counted in the 2020 election. She’s hoping Texas lawmakers don’t make it even harder the next time.
   With Texas Republicans determined to enact additional voting restrictions in the upcoming special legislative session, much of the uproar has focused on changes that could make it harder for people of color to cast ballots. Less attention has fallen on another group of voters bracing for what could happen to them under the GOP’s renewed push to further tighten the state’s voting procedures — people with disabilities, for whom the voting process is already lined with potential obstacles.


"Annual Rice Dish Roundup will be held Aug. 31" By Gabrielle Kanu Family and Community Health Agent Texas A&M AgriLife Matagorda County

    This year’s Bay City Lions Club annual Rice Festival is slated for the beginning of September.
   As tradition follows, the Matagorda County Extension Office is partnering with the Lions for the “Rice Dish Round-up” contest again.
   Completed Rice Dish Round-up entry forms with typed recipes are due by 5 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 25, at the Matagorda County Extension Office, at 2200 7th Street, 3rd Floor in Bay City.  
   “I look forward to helping with the Rice Dish Round-Up this year,” said Matagorda County Family and Community Health County Extension Agent Gabrielle Washington-Kanu.
   “Pull out your favorite rice recipes and begin planning for the annual Rice Dish Round-Up Cooking Contest!”
   The Rice Dish Round-Up Contest is open to any resident of Matagorda County meeting the age requirements of the contest.  


Bay City Lions Club award winners

Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard
The Bay City Lions Club installed new officers and celebrated their awards ceremony with a banquet, Wednesday, June 30. Award winners in no particular order are Erwin ward, Ronald Autin, Stacy Schwartz, Doc Cambell, Michael Finster, Ryan Ricks, Steven Johnson, Alan Green, Hawes Dickerson, and Bobby Seiferman.


BC Gas temporarily absorbs February gas charge so customers can be billed in ‘reasonable fashion’

   Following the extraordinary February freeze, Bay City Gas Company has worked diligently to manage the financial impact to its customers, its manager, Kevin Hecht, said in a recent press release.
   Hecht asked Bay City Gas customers to forgive the delay, “as we worked to ensure we were getting the most accurate pricing for our customers prior to billing. 
   “As we are sure you are aware, the price of natural gas increased significantly during this event,” Hecht said.
   “However, after several agonizing months, we have finalized our investigation, and can confidently invoice our customers with an accurate price for the increase we all suffered during the freezing weather.” 
   He explained that Bay City Gas uses a pass-through method of billing that means the company does not profit from any increase in the cost of gas to customers. 


BCPD detectives investigate June 27 stabbing incident

   Bay City police detectives are working on a stabbing June 27.
   Bay City police officers were sent to the 2600 Block of Ave. C in reference to a stabbing, at about 10 p.m. Saturday, June 27.  
   The victim was taken to the MRMC Emergency Room by private vehicle.  
   It was determined the assault occurred in the 1200 block of Duncan.  
   Officers spoke with several subjects in the area.  
   The only information police have is that the suspect may have been driving a black Pontiac.  
   Officers contacted the victim at the ER. The victim refused to provide any information and was later released from the hospital.  
   Anyone with information is asked to call the Bay City Police Department 979-245-8500.  
   Ask to speak with the detective division.


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