Lifestyle

Thu
29
Aug

"Sitz talks up canal beauty" by: Mike Reddell

   Beautification prospects for an unused LCRA canal at Nile Valley and Texas 60 south was discussed by the Bay City Community Development Corporation board at its regular meeting Monday, Aug. 26.  
   Board Member Becca Sitz brought up the idea of beautifying the canal, plus detention ponds in and around Bay City.
   “I love pretty,” Sitz said.  
   “I would like to investigate,” how to improve the canal’s appearance, she added, but pointed out she wanted the board to know about approaching LCRA.  
   The canal is not abandoned, but it’s not used to transport water, noted board member Loy Sneary.  
   “I see myself talking to LCRA to get to a pretty level,” Sitz said. Beautification efforts could include walking paths, she remarked.  
   BCCDC’s accountant, Jim Frankson, noted the canal is part of Bay City’s flood-protection levee system.  

Thu
29
Aug

New Blackcat beginning

Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard
Bay City High School Blackcat cheerleaders show off a few moves while the band enters as part of the first pep rally of the year, Aug. 22. The pep rally featured performances by the band, cheerleaders and Aristocats.

Thu
29
Aug

"Lions Rice Dish Round-Up entries due Sept. 12" by: Jessica Shepard

   This year the annual Rice Dish Round-Up Contest will be Tuesday, Oct. 1, at the Multi-Purpose Building at the Matagorda County Fairgrounds during Rice Festival Week.  
   The Rice Dish Round-Up Contest is open to any resident of Matagorda County meeting the age requirements of the contest.    
   All food dishes and recipes must contain a minimum amount of rice or rice product as outlined in the contest rules.    
   The purposes of the contest are:    

Thu
29
Aug

Mitchell gains serious yardage

The Bay City Blackcats scrimmage Victoria East High School last Friday at Memorial Stadium. Bay City senior running back RJ Mitchell picks up serious yardage.
Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell

Thu
29
Aug

City tourism department honored

Bay City Council members recognized two awards - Strategic campaign and 1st Place Tourism Promotion - received by Tourism Manager Heidi Martinez and the Tourism Council for the city. At right, pictured are, from left: Jason Childers, Nicasio Perez, Julie Estlinbaum, Shea Ingram, Sue Crow, Pam Oliver, Brent M, Mayor Nelson, Heidi Martinez, Jessica Perez, Raleigh Conklin, Becca Sitz, and Bill Cornman.
Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell

Thu
29
Aug

City finance department honored

The Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) recently announced the City of Bay City received GFOA’s Disttinguished Budget Presentation Award for its budget. “The award represents a significant achievement” by the city in “meeting the highest principles of government budgeting.” The award was made to the department primarily responsible for achieving the award - the finance department. Shown at last week’s council meeting, from left, were: Jason Childers, Mayor Pro-Tem; Julie Estlinbaum, Council Member; Scotty Jones, Director of Finance; Jennifer Leverett, Senior Accountant; Robert Nelson, Mayor; Starla Justice, Payroll Administrator; Sharmane Brown, Finance Clerk; Brent Marceaux, Council Member; Becca Sitz, Council Member; and Bill Cornman, Council Member.
Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell

Thu
29
Aug

Clute PD helps county with K9 gear

Contributed photo
Matagorda County Sheriff Skipper Osborne pets K9 Hansel. The county has received $50,000 worth of K9 gear donations.

   Matagorda County Sheriff’s Office new K9 Hansel is making an impact, said Sheriff Skipper Osborne.  
   The sheriff also recognized the Clute Police Department’s recent donation of a K9 kennel and heat alarm that was installed in a sheriff’s department Chevrolet Tahoe.   
   The Tahoe was donated by Reserve Deputy Ron Ballenger to the sheriff’s office.  
   Osborne noted that DLE (Dogs for Law Enforcement) donated K9 Hansel to the sheriff’s office.  Hansel is handled by Sgt. M. Tilley and together they were certified as a narcotics detection team on June 19.  
   Tilley and Hansel were called to assist Bay City Police Department in a search Aug. 21.  
   Hansel gave a positive alert to the vehicle being searched where methamphetamine and other narcotics were recovered and two felony arrests were made.
   Hansel is already making an impact on removing street level narcotics from Matagorda County, Osborne said.

Fri
23
Aug

"Morton hired as interim city manager" by: Mike Reddell

Richard Morton
Photo by Odessa American

Former Odessa city manager Richard Morton was hired as Bay City’s interim city manager by a unanimous city council vote at its regular meeting Thursday, Aug. 22.

Morton will begin work Sept. 1, said Mayor Robert Nelson, who explained that Morton will be under contract and will not be a fulltime city employee.

Morton’s employment agency will be paid $94 an hour, Nelson said.

Morton’s hiring completes a two-pronged process after Bay City voters approved a mayor-council/city manager form of government May 4.

One facet was hiring an interim city manager to oversee city operations until council hired a permanent city manager – the second part of the process.

Odessa’s city manager for more than 15 years – and widely credited with major Odessa development during that time - Morton was one of two finalists for the interim position that council considered in recent executive sessions.

Thu
22
Aug

"‘Stuff the Bus’ donations head for campuses" by: Jessica Shepard

Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard
Bay City ISD Education Foundation and other volunteers unloaded a truck full of school supply donations as part of the foundation's "Stuff the Bus" school supply drive, Aug. 17. The supplies were sorted via type, then boxed according to campus school supply lists.

   Volunteers and members of Bay City ISD Education Foundation sorted through dozens of boxes of donated school supplies Aug. 17. 
   The supplies were donated to the foundation as part of the “Stuff the Bus” school supply drive for all Bay City ISD students. 
   Donation drop-off sites included several campuses and businesses while several organizations and Blackcat alumni donated privately. 
   School supplies were sorted first by type, then were boxed according to each campus’ supply list requirements. 
   Every campus from John H. Cherry Elementary to Bay City High School received boxes of supplies. 

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Thu
22
Aug

"County approves budget for 2019-2020" by: Mike Reddell

   After a public hearing, commissioners court approved the fiscal 2019-20 budget of $26,901,206, and held the second of two hearings on the proposed Matagorda County fiscal 2019-20 tax rate of 43.342 cents per $100 valuation, at the court’s regular meeting Monday, Aug. 19.
   The court will adopt the tax rate at its regular meeting Monday, Aug. 26.
   Mid-Coast Oyster Growers Association (MCOGA) members introduced themselves to the court Monday and asked for county help to be represented on a state oyster task force being formed.
   Former marine agent Bill Balboa was spokesman for the oyster farming group that Balboa said explores and plans to invest in the oyster mariculture operations in and around Matagorda Bay.
   The Texas Parks & Wildlife Department (TPWD) is forming the Coastal Fisheries Division Oyster Mariculture Task Force.

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