"STP did its job, June 12-13 graded drill evaluators find" by: Mike Reddell

STP did a good job in protecting the public health and safety in a recent multi-agency graded emergency preparedness drill June 12-13.

That was the primary point that came out of a public overview June 14 of the results from the evaluated exercise.

“There were no preliminary findings for any issue,” said Nan Williams, RAC chair, Radiological Emergency Preparedness, for FEMA Region 6.

“That’s good news,” she said.

The drill included 13 evaluation areas where 57 criteria were effectively demonstrated, Williams said in the FEMA overview session.

The major assessments were: emergency operations management, protective actions and decision making on protecting the general public, protective action implementation and technical evaluation.

“We evaluated risk assessment on guidelines provided by the federal government and field measurements,” Williams said.


Strawberry Moon concert draws a crowd

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
The Strawberry Moon Concert last Friday, June 15, drew people downtown to enjoy the music and food in a relaxing setting


Zipping around the Full Moon Food Truck Festival

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
One girl sets off on the zip line children’s attraction at the Full Moon Food Truck Festival Saturday, June 16, at the Matagorda Birding Nature Center.


"Van Vleck considers 3% staff raise" by: Jessica Shepard

   Van Vleck ISD trustees held a budget workshop for the 2018-2019 school year during their regular monthly meeting MondayMonday night.
   Preliminary appraisal district values have the district at a net taxable value for day-to-day operations at $595 million and a debt service (I&S) of $1.460 billion.
   “Those numbers are going to go up a bit, since all of the Tenaris money hasn’t been figured in yet,” said Superintendent John O’Brien.
   “Our local revenue is going to generate money for our I&S fund this year,” said assistant superintendent Gayle Blackmon.
   “In fact, this is the first time we’ll have any debt service.”
   Debt service funds are on the bond project passed by voters last November.
   Based on the 2017 average residence market value of $128,837, residents in the district could end up paying $1,105 in taxes at a rate of $1.255 per $100 valuation.
   “We’re waiting for the final numbers in July,” she added.


"Trustees OK 3% staff pay hike" by: Mike Reddell

   Bay City school trustees approved a $39,254,616 fiscal 2018-19 budget that includes a 3 percent raise for all employees at the school board’s regular meeting Monday night, June 18.
   Later in the session, trustees also approved a 3 percent raise for Superintendent Dr. Marshall Scott.
   The 2018-19 budget includes $17,935,161 for instruction – the largest budget expense – with a total operating budget of $34,192,116, plus $5,062,500 for debt service.
   The two main maintenance and operations (M&O) revenue sources include BCISD property taxes that will raise $14,625,000 and the state funding of $16,282,559.
   Total projected M&O revenue is $32,867,538, while M&O expenditures total $34,192,116, for a projected deficit of $1,324,578.


Story new Main St. manager

Shelly Story

   The Bay City Main Street board has named Shelly Story as Main Street manager, replacing Pattie Odom who resigned in May.
   Story will immediately be sent to new Main Street Manager’s training in Amarillo in July.
    “I thank the Main street board for allowing me this opportunity,” said Story. 
   “I know there are several projects already in the works and am ready to get involved and meet those challenges.”
   Story, a Bay City High School graduate, was raised in Matagorda County. 
   She worked as a community health worker and insurance verification representative for Matagorda Episcopal Health Outreach Program. 
   Before MEHOP, Story was the Bay City Tribune Managing Editor for 13 years.
   She is married to Richard and they have six sons and three grandchildren.
   She has one brother and three sisters and is the daughter of Shirley Linner of Spring, and Jerry and Jan Fritzsching of Bay City.



Russell: Grateful to be CDC executive director

Jessica Russell

   BCCDC announced the recent selection of Jessica Russell as its new executive director to replace D.C. Dunham who will start with Lynn and Associates in mid-July.
   Russell, a Van Vleck High School graduate, was born and raised in Matagorda County. 
   She earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Texas A&M University and a Master of Science from Auburn University.
   “I am excited to accept this position,” said Russell. “I hope to build upon what D.C. has created for the community.
   “I want to thank the BCCDC board of directors and the community for giving me this opportunity. I plan to wake up ready to go and give it my all every day,”
   “I look forward to working with Matagorda County Economic Development Corporation Director Mike Ferdinand and will benefit from his knowledge and skill set,” she said.
   “It was a difficult decision, but I know we made the right decision,” explained BCCDC President Julie Estlinbaum.  


"Lengthy council sessions yield work on capital plan" by: Mike Reddell

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
District Judge Craig Estlinbaum, right, administers the oath of office to city council members Bill Cornman and Julie Estlinbaum, who faced no opposition to the respective re-elections May 5. Councilman Jason Childers, middle, watches the ceremony.

   A heated exchange between Mayor Mark Bricker and Council Member Julie Estlinbaum renewed another difference between the mayor and council – this time on appointments to the Bay City Community Development Corporation board.
      The argument – and the appointments – were among several other topics in the four-plus hour marathon of three city council gatherings – a special meeting, workshop session and regular meeting - Thursday, June 14.
   The dispute between Bricker and Estlinbaum was indicated on the agenda item placed by the mayor that called for consideration of the two “non-council” appointments to the BCCDC board.
   The mayor argued the charter allowed him to make his own BCCDC appointments, an issue that divided Bricker and council when he wanted his own appointments on BCCDC board places two years ago.
   The mayor wanted to appoint Tony Martinez and Vicente Gomez to the board, saying he didn’t need council’s approval.


"Craig Morgan headlines 2018 Rotary Summer Concert" by: Jessica Shepard

   Tickets to the 18th Annual Rotary Summer Concert are on sale now.
   Doors open at 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18, with this year’s main act to start at 10 p.m. at the Bay City Civic Center.
   Over 300 tickets are still available for purchase ranging from $40 for individuals to $500 for a 10-seat table depending on which side of the room you want. 
   All children age 3 and up must have a ticket. 
   All tickets are available for purchase at
   Chart-topping Craig Morgan headlines this year’s concert.
   Morgan is known for several hits including Bonfire, Almost Home, International Harvester, Redneck Yacht Club and That’s What I Love About Sunday.
   “We are excited to bring Craig Morgan to Bay City,” said Rotary Club President-elect and 2019 Event Chairman James Scardami. 


"Reel Reviews: 'Hotel Artemis, Ocean’s 8’ two summer movies to see" by: Jessica Shepard

   I’m quite a fan of action movies in general, but, there’s just something about a flick that makes you root for the bad guy.
   For example, this week I got a chance to see both “Hotel Artemis” and “Ocean’s 8.”
   I went into both movies with high expectations and was both surprised and let down.
   Starting with Hotel Artemis: go see it! The flick stars Jodie Foster, Sterling K. Brown, Sofia Boutella, Jeff Goldblum, Charlie Day, Brian Tyree Henry, Jenny Slate, Dave Bautista, and Zachary Quinto.
   The plot follows Jean Thomas (Foster), a nurse who runs a secret hospital for criminals in futuristic Los Angeles.
   The hospital is located inside the Hotel Artemis and features several rules the criminal patients have to obey in order to receive care.
   The film opens on June 21, 2028, with a water riot breaking out in Los Angeles.
   Criminal brothers Waikiki (Brown) and Honolulu (Henry) rob a bank along with a few other thugs.


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