Story resigns from Main Street position

   Bay City Main Street Program manager Shelly Story has resigned effective July 9.
   She is leaving to pursue other endeavors after serving in the position for three years.
   “It’s been a great three years. During the time I have been here I have watched our business owners fight their way through COVID and come out stronger than before the pandemic. 
   “I am proud to have been a part of such a dedicated group of people,” said Story.
   Story was a part of the county’s business retention team during the pandemic, keeping business informed of available grants and funds and helping to promote online sales.
   Story led the way for two successful Camofest events, raising funds to make improvements to the downtown historic district.


Adult fun at the library

Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard
Adults young and old tried their hand at animal origami bookmarks and making pop-up cards as part of the Bay City Public Library's summer program, June 14. A full list of weekly events is available on the library's Facebook page.


Business After Hours is back!

Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard
421 Coffeehouse & Bistro hosted the Bay City Chamber of Commerce & Agriculture’s first “Business After Hours” since the COVID-19 pandemic started, June 17. A variety of local elected officials and businesspeople showed up and socialized.


"Reel Reviews: ‘Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard’ defies logic in funny way" by: Jessica Shepard

   Look, I’m just going to tell you if you enjoyed the first “Hitman’s Bodyguard” (2017) then you’ll like this.
   It’s hilariously violent, mouthy, and has gorgeous settings across the Mediterranean Sea.
   Shameless adult fun with a threadbare plotline, but, it was worth it for turning my brain off to just laugh.
   Was it absurd and wildly impossible – yes.
   But, that’s the point of this movie and its predecessor.
   Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard is an action comedy film directed by Patrick Hughes and written by Tom O’Connor and Brandon and Phillip Murphy.
   The film features Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson, Salma Hayek, and Richard E. Grant reprising their roles, with Frank Grillo, Tom Hopper, Antonio Banderas, and Morgan Freeman joining the cast.
   It’s rated R for strong bloody violence throughout, pervasive language, and some sexual content and runs for 99 minutes.


Scott named to UIL State Executive Committee

   Bay City ISD Superintendent Dr. Marshall Scott III has been named to the University Interscholastic League State Executive Committee for the 2021-22 school year.
   The committee is made up of eight school administrators, representing each of the four geographical regions and each of the six conferences, and a minimum of four-at-large members. 
   The committee interprets the rules, settles disputes between different UIL districts and disputes which arise past the district level, conducts investigations and hearings of alleged violations, and hears appeals.
   It is the highest judicial body in the UIL, and has the final say on eligibility decisions. 
   Scott will join the following administrators on the committee:
   Mike Motheral, Sundown, Chair
   James Colbert Jr., Superintendent, Harris County Education
   Curtis Culwell, Garland
   Johanna Denson, Austin, Vice Chair
   Darrian Dover, Superintendent, Meadow ISD


Bay City swimming pools open for 2021 season

   The 2021 Swim Season is officially open at Bay City pools.  
   Hilliard Pool (3020 Le Tulle) will be open Tuesday - Friday, from noon – 6 p.m. and Saturday -Sunday from noon – 7 p.m.  
   Valiant (16th) Pool (2624 Carey Smith) will be open Tuesday - Friday from noon – 5 p.m., Saturday-Sunday from noon – 7 p.m.  
   Floats and arm floaties are not allowed.  
   The cost is $1 per child 17 and under and $2 per adult 18 & older.
   Season passes (individual - $40; family $100/family of 5) can be purchased.
   Children under the age of 10 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.  
   Lap Swim will be Monday – Friday, from 5 – 7 p.m. at Valiant Pool.
   Lap swim is $1/day, or a monthly pass can be purchased for $10/month.  
   Buy a lap swim pass or season pass online at  


Game Warden Field Notes

     Dude, Where’s My Car?
A Bexar County game warden was patrolling Calaveras Creek by boat because the banks are closed to the public when they saw a person trespassing then hide in the mesquite brush.
   The warden called for backup and two additional wardens and a K-9 officer arrived to assist. After an exhaustive search, they were still trying to locate the subject. 
   One of the wardens continued navigating their vessel father north into the creek when they spotted someone walking on the other side.
   The subject was stopped and told he was trespassing. He said he didn’t have any fish or fishing gear and was walking back to the roadway where his van was parked. 
    The subject said his friend brought him to the property but had already left and was waiting at the van.
   The warden exited the vessel and walked along the subject’s path where they found an ice chest with six tilapia, one black bass and a cast net.


Police make 2 arrests after stopping vehicle for defective brake light

   Two people were arrested on drug charges and several other complaints after Bay City police stopped the vehicle they were in for a defective brake light late Friday morning, June 11.
   Officer Tommy Hallman made a traffic stop on the vehicle in the 2000 block of Avenue F for a defective brake light, reports show.  
   When Hallman talked with the driver, identified as Krystal Baizabal, 35, Houston, he reported that she appeared nervous.
   A BCPD check revealed she had outstanding Wharton County warrants.  
   After the warrants were confirmed, the woman was arrested and taken to the jail by another officer.  
   While still at the stop, Hallman was notified by dispatch they received information that Baizabal’s child was being neglected.  
   Since the child was on location, Hallman talked with the child.  


Moreno rejoins BCPD with swearing in June 17

Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard
Bay City Police Officer Luis Moreno watches his wife, April Moreno, as she pins on his badge during a swearing in ceremony June 17

   A Bay City police officer who left the department to pursue opportunities has returned to where he started - Bay City Police Department.
   Officer Luis Moreno was sworn in by Police Chief Robert Lister in a ceremony at Municipal Court Thursday, June 17.
      Members of the new officer’s family plus several members of the police department were present. 
   Moreno has three children and two stepchildren with his wife, April Moreno. 
   He graduated from the police academy in 2010 and started his career with BCPD. 
   He left his position to pursue other professions. 
   After six years away, he decided it was time to come back to Bay City. 
   After the swearing in, the family was given a photo opportunity with the new officer.


"BCISD pool plans to be revealed at Aug. 14 board meeting" by: Jessica Shepard

   Bay City ISD Athletic Director Warren Trahan will provide an update on the feasibility of a district-use-only pool at the Aug. 14 school board meeting.
   BCISD Superintendent Dr. Marshall Scott was originally asked to research the cost of a district swim facility at the May 17 board meeting.
   “We hadn’t really gotten any direction for the project, so we’re relying on swim coach Bob Button on what he needs,” said Trahan in a phone interview June 7.
   “We’re only looking at his needs to run the swim program and research it from there – not what he ‘wants.’”
   Trahan explained that those needs would include the number of lanes for competitive swim, depths, diving requirements, and other necessities.

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