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"4 sworn in as council begins term under new government" by: Mike Reddell

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
Taking their oaths of office at last week’s council meeting were, from left, Councilman Brent Marceaux, Mayor Robert Nelson, Councilman Jason Childers and Council Member Becca Sitz.

   Mayor Robert Nelson and council members Jason Childers, Brent Marceaux and Becca Sitz were sworn into office at council’s regular meeting June 13.
   The council members were elected in the city’s May 4 election, while Nelson defeated Julie Estlinbaum in the June 8 mayoral runoff. Estlinbaum remains a council member.
   Plaques were presented to former Mayor Mark Bricker, who served from 2010 to 2019, and former Council Member Crystal Folse, who served from 2013 to 2019.
   Councilman Bill Cornman recommended a mentoring plan to for new council members Nelson and Marceaux, who has previous council experience.
   Childers, who is the new mayor pro tem, was chosen to guide the two in the mentoring plan.
   Last Thursday’s meeting also represented the start of a new government system, where voters replaced the former mayor-council form of government with a mayor-council/city manager system.

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Jun

"Van Vleck trustees OK $2M in costs to repair roofs damaged by hail" by: Jessica Shepard

Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard
Matagorda Wellness’ Renee Savage and Loy Sneary addressed Van Vleck ISD trustees and community members with an update on the future of the county aquatic center Monday night, June 17.

   Van Vleck ISD trustees unanimously approved over $2 million in roof construction costs due to May 10 hail damage as part of their regular meeting Monday, June 17.
The approval included bids from both Montgomery Construction and Remedy Contractors to do the work.
   “We had considerable damage to all roofs in the district,” said VVISD Superintendent John O’Brien.
   “There were reports of hail in varied sizes, some said it was between golf ball and baseball sized hail. It seemed to decrease as the storm worked it was way across town.”
   O’Brien added that Montgomery Construction would tackle the intermediate and middle school roofs while Remedy would work on the elementary and high school roofs.

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Thu
20
Jun

Governor signs Harvey recovery, relief legislation

   AUSTIN - Governor Greg Abbott (R-Texas) recently hosted a bill signing ceremony related to disaster relief and preparedness with Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick (R-Texas), Speaker Dennis Bonnen (R-Angleton), Senator Lois W. Kolkhorst (R-Brenham), members of the Texas Legislature and emergency management officials. 
   The signing ceremony was held at Gallery Furniture in Houston, owned by Jim McIngvale, also known as “Mattress Mack.” When Harvey hit Houston in August 2017, McIngvale opened two of his stores as shelters for Houstonians displaced by the storm. 
   “This bill signing ceremony was personal because every county in my senate district was declared a federal disaster area from Harvey,” said Kolkhorst. 
   “Homes, businesses, and entire families were devastated, but the Texas spirit to recover and rebuild has been inspiring.”
   Governor Abbott signed the following bills:

Thu
20
Jun

"‘Lion King, Jr.’ begins June 20" by: Jessica Shepard

Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard
The stampeding wildebeests, above, play a pivotal role in Community Actors of South Texas and Bay City High School Dungeoneers’ production of “Lion King, Jr.” during dress rehearsals June 17. Tickets are on sale now for $10 per person with reserved seating.

   Time’s running out to get your ticket to Community Actors of South Texas’ summer musical “Lion King, Jr.”
   This production runs from 7-9 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, June 20-22, with 2 p.m. matinees on Sunday, June 23 and 30.
   Event tickets are $10 per person and available for purchase as reserved seating at https://dungeoneers.ticketleap.com/lionking.
   The play clocks in at an hour long with a 10-minute intermission.
   Bay City High School Theatre Director Magda Mirelez directs the musical with a cast and crew include over 70 children ranging from ages 6-18.
   Mirelez was approached to do a children’s play for summer 2019.
   “I proposed Lion King Jr. as a way to introduce younger community members to theatre and performance,” said Mirelez.

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20
Jun

"Reel Reviews: ‘Men In Black: International’ features all-star cast, stiff ‘buddy cop’ feel" by: Jessica Shepard

   Men In Black: International (MIB) had a good plot and all-star cast, but it lacked the same chemistry we’ve come to love and expect as its predecessors.
   There’s just something nearly iconic with Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones teaming up as “buddy cops” to police alien activity on planet Earth that this film lacks.
   The film is sailing at the top of the box office worldwide and has raked in over $103 million dollars.
   Men in Black: International is a science fiction action comedy film directed by F. Gary Gray and written by Art Marcum and Matt Holloway. 
   The movie is rated PG-13 for sci-fi action, some language, and suggestive material.
   It is a spin-off of the Men in Black film series, which is loosely based on the Malibu/Marvel comics of the same name by Lowell Cunningham. 

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20
Jun

"Bay City Housing Authority partners with WorkSource for teen on-the-job training" by: Jessica Shepard

Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard
The Bay City Housing Authority staff greeted their new summer interns with open arms and excitement June 13. The teens are learning job-related skills from the ground up and are getting a behind-the-scenes look at the housing authority.

   Bay City Housing Authority Director La Wanda Davis partnered with the WorkSource to have three local teens intern at the BCHA office starting last week.
   Manuel De La Rosa, O’Queal Bell, and Tysha Enoch are getting hands-on training and work-related skills from the ground up.
   The partnership features the interns working for up to 30 hours per week for five weeks and are paid by the WorkSource itself.
   “We were approached by WorkSource and asked to join their program and provide job descriptions for positions that could be filled by teens,” said Davis.
   “This program also coincides with one of our goals of being more involved with the youth in our community. 
“We approached our board of directors as part of this project and they encouraged us to take part.”

Thu
20
Jun

"Bay City sales tax rebates up 8.2%" by: Mike Reddell

   Bay City June sales tax rebates are up 8.24% over the same month last year.
   Bay City’s total was $488,094, compared to $456,934 the city received in June 2018, the state comptroller’s office reported.
   For the year, Bay City has gotten $2,910,335 for the year, up 3.05% from the $2,824,031 for the same period last year.
   Palacios’ June sales tax allocation check was for $55,543, up .86% from the $55,066 it received in the same month in 2018.
   Palacios has received $352,681 so far this year, down 6% from $375,634 for the same period in 2018.
   El Campo’s June payment was $390,126, up 18.7% from May 2018, while Wharton’s $203,691 check for the month was 17% higher than the same month last year.
   Lake Jackson’s $926,648 rebate for June was up 20 percent from June of last year.
   The June rebate for Port Lavaca was $268,458, up 13% from the same month last year.

Thu
20
Jun

Learning acting basics

Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard
Community Actors of South Texas (CAST) board President Richard Knapik lead an acting improv boot camp at the Bay City Public Library, June 13. Children of all ages attended the camp and learned the importance of stage blocking, voice projection and the basics of acting.

Thu
20
Jun

Twelve Bay City High School students graduate Wharton County Junior College-BCHS Dual Credit EMT program

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Twelve Bay City High School students enrolled in the Wharton County Junior College-BCHS Dual Credit EMT program graduated the program after passing their exams with flying colors. The lowest grade earned by this group was a 94. The students next must complete their clinicals to finish the EMT program, and then take their state exam. Erica Gilbert is the BCHS Health Science and EMT teacher. The students graduating were: Autumn Ayala, Yolanda Cuevas, Jada Finley, Ariana Hall, Diamond Harris, Zane Havel, Mireya Martinez, Deja Mendoza, Gloria Ochoa, Anthony Ruiz, Selena Torres and Juana Vega.

Thu
20
Jun

Food Truck Festival fun

Sentinel photos/Jessica Shepard
Matagorda County Birding and Nature Center's 4th Annual Full Moon Food Truck Festival June 16 featured a wide range of activities, including a bounce house and zip line. Cold slices of seedless watermelon were a definite crowd pleaser. One little girl was all smiles when she got her first bite.

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