"BCCDC approves 5 facade grant applications" by: Mike Reddell

Five Business Retention and Expansion Façade grants were reviewed and approved at last night’s Bay City CDC meeting. CDC Executive Director Jessica Russell explained that while four grant applicants had sought a $5,000 façade grant, there wasn’t enough left in the façade account for that amount.

She said the $25,000 was budgeted for the grants and that $9,906 had been awarded, leaving about $15,903.

Russell suggested bringing up the applications in one block and divvying up the $15,903 among four applicants – with $404 going to Meant to Bee’s request for that amount.

That would leave $3,672 for each for the remaining applicants.

Board President Floyce Brown twice told the board that Bay City restaurant La Casona had decided to move forward with their façade improvement based on the anticipated approval of their grant application.

“Please consider funding the full amount for the La Casona request”, Brown said.


"County tables constable requests" by: Mike Reddell

Commissioners Court tabled Precinct 2 Constable Keith Sullivan’s request to hire five deputy constables at the court’s regular meeting Monday, Nov. 30.

When that agenda item came up Monday, Precinct 2 Commissioner Kent Pollard immediately indicated he wanted more written explanation to follow existing statutes the hiring of deputies.

Pollard said he wanted “more written documentation to show there is that necessity.”

The court unanimously approved tabling the request.

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A bright, but chilly market days

Following a canceled Saturday event, Matagorda County Trade Days opened their first Sunday with seasonal weather conditions, Nov. 29. Attendees braved the chilly and windy atmosphere to take advantage of local and visiting artisans for their crafts and wares while being serenaded by live music.


"STP considers technology upgrades, revises emergency plans" by: Jessica Shepard

Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard
STP Manager of Emergency Response Joe Enoch addressed a number of STP managers and community members as part of the company’s annual “Media Day” event, Monday Nov. 30. Enoch highlighted changes the company is expected to implement in 2021 and 2022.

STP Nuclear Operating Company is looking at technology upgrades while revising its emergency plans during the company’s annual “Media Day” presentation, Nov. 30.

“I’m glad to share this exciting news with you about rebuilding our emergency plan from the ground up,” said STP Manager of Emergency Response Joe Enoch.

“As it stands, the emergency plan we’ve had in place has been around since 1993 and not much has changed.”

Enoch explained that all of the changes and the final plan would have to be approved by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) and be “fully in compliance.”

“We’re working on having some new process in place with these changes and have to be fully compliant with federal and state laws,” he added.

One of the biggest changes STP faces is embracing current technology and planning for the future technology to come.

“We’re looking at ways to leverage smart technology and to be more efficient,” Enoch said.


"BCPD displays 'Tree of angels' for 2nd year" by: Jessica Shepard

Bay City Police Department is displaying their “Tree of Angels” for the second straight year with a ceremony Thursday, Dec. 3.

“We will again have our Tree of Angels displayed,” said BCPD Crime Victim's Liaison Lettie Ramos in a press release.

“Due to Covid-19 we are going to live stream our ceremony on Facebook at 10 a.m. Thursday, to be shared with you and our community." 

This ceremony acknowledges that while those represented by the angels no longer live among us, they live in our memories and in our hearts.

“Last year, we had our first Tree of Angels displayed at the Bay City Police Department,” she added. 

“After the ceremony, it will be displayed in the lobby of the Bay City Police Department for the remainder of the holiday season.”

These angels will become a permanent part of the Tree of Angels and will be displayed year after year.


Police probe armed robbery

Bay City PD detectives are investigating an armed robbery that happened Sunday, Nov. 29.
Officers were dispatched in reference to an armed robbery around 8 p.m. Sunday to the Valero, 205 Avenue F.
Some officers searched the surrounding area while other officers searched the store.
They were unable to locate the suspect.
The employee stated a black male with a white bandana and hoodie entered the store and pointed a gun at her.
He demanded that she give him the money in the register.
The employee handed over the money and the suspect left the store and ran in a northerly direction.
Nobody was injured during the robbery.
Detectives are still investigating this case.
A photo of the suspect from the store surveillance cameras was placed on the Bay City PD Facebook page.
Anyone with information can call 979-245-8500 and ask to speak with Detective Kim Kunz. 


"Reel Reviews: Croods family takes the next evolutionary step in new movie" by: Jessica Shepard

   “The Croods: A New Age,” also known as The Croods 2, is a computer-animated adventure comedy film produced by DreamWorks Animation and distributed by Universal Pictures.
   A sequel to The Croods (2013), the film is directed by Joel Crawford (in his feature directorial debut), with a screenplay by Dan Hageman, Kevin Hageman, Paul Fisher, and Bob Logan from a story by the original directors Chris Sanders and Kirk DeMicco.
   Now, this movie kind of came out of nowhere for me since I wasn’t expecting it and just got swamped with trailers a few weeks ago.
   I’ve been a fan of the original since I first laid eyes on it and am glad to see my favorite animated Neanderthal family still toughing it out in the pursuit of a new home.
   The movie is rated PG for peril, action and rude humor and is 95 minutes long.


"All-District Blackcats" by: Mike Reddell

Sentinel file photo/Mike Reddell
Senior Blackcat quarterback Avery Smith (12), shown here avoiding El Campo tacklers, was chosen District 14-4A-1 Offensive MVP.

   Senior Blackcat quarterback Avery Smith was the top pick for Offensive MVP on the District 14-4A-1 first team All-District Team.
   Smith compiled 1,399 passing yards, with 12 aerial TDs, for an average of 139 passing yards per game. 
   He also rushed for 1,173 yards on 149 carries for an average of 7.9 yards per carry.
   Other Blackcats on the first team offensive All-District team included:

  •     Senior running back Davieyon Curtis, a unanimous pick
  •     Senior wide receiver Ray Bibbins, also a unanimous selection
  •     Senior offensive lineman Jessie Oros.

   First Team Defensive All-District selections from Bay City were:

  •     Senior defensive lineman Trent Monroe, unanimous
  •     Senior defensive back Amarion Holman, unanimous

   Blackcats on the second-team All-District offensive squad were:


"Texas elections are over. Now it’s time to govern" By Ross Ramsey Texas Tribune

   The seasons change in the political world, too. We’re in that periodic move from electioneering to governing. The Washington version is noisy. The Texas version is a bit quieter, but it’s underway.
   Most of the vote counting is over. Most of the noise, with any luck at all, is behind us — although the Electoral College voting happens in two weeks. Cross your fingers, if you haven’t stuck them in your ears.
   Assume, for the sake of conversation, that the elections are over. 
   Next comes the part that the elections were all about.
   The national part of this is at the top of the news, with a new administration forming and an outgoing administration winding down. 
   But there is a quieter and less visible version of that going on in Texas.
   The winners of the November election will take their oaths of office in January. 
   The Legislature will start its 87th regular session on the second Tuesday of the year — January 12.


New City Council members

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
New Bay City Council members Floyce Brown and Jim Folse are sworn in by Mayor Robert Nelson at council’s regular meeting Nov. 17. Please see other photos from that session on Page 9.


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