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Van Vleck OAP finishes run at Region tournament

Contributed photo
The road ended for Van Vleck High School’s One Act Play (OAP) at Region IV 3A OAP competition this week. Honors won by the VVHS OAP include: All Star Tech Crew: Luiza Martinez;
Honor Crew: Van Vleck High School; Honorable Mention All Star Cast: Lizzie McElroy and Kobe Blackmon; All Star Cast: Julia Landry; Advancing Plays: Yoakum and Randolph
Alternate: Palacios

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Apr

"Council letter to Bricker lists performance expectations" by: Mike Reddell

   City Council handed a letter listing its job performance expectations to Mayor Mark Bricker last week, following the second closed meeting for evaluating the mayor.
   “Council has created a letter of expectations” for the mayor, Council Member Jason Childers said after council’s brief executive session at council’s regular meeting, April 12.
   The mayor didn’t respond when he was given the letter that was signed by all of the council members and he also didn’t respond to requests for comment about the letter.
   The first closed meeting with was March 22, and the purpose was, the letter indicated, was to “discuss and have dialogue with you relative to short coming in the performance of your duties as Mayor of Bay City.
   “You, however, chose not to be present, leaving us no choice but to communicate with you in writing.”

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"Evans: Flawed 2013 charter requires new election, resignations" by: Mike Reddell

   Jerry Evans told City Council last week that if Council Members Julie Estlinbaum and Bill Cornman don’t resign before June 1, “a qualified voter” will go to the Attorney General and for “retribution.”
   Evans made that ultimatum based on his assertion the 2013 city charter amendment election didn’t have a grandfather clause that would have allowed present council and mayoral terms to begin on 2013, rather than when they were elected before that year. Evans said at council’s April 12 workshop.
   “Instead, it was understood” the grandfather clause existed, Evans said. 
   He pointed out that former city attorney George Hyde wrote a caution for the grandfather issue to be included in the 2013 charter amendment election.
   But nothing was included in the charter election to allow for that, Evans said.

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Apr

"LEPC Block Party, Beach Cleanup, tree sales all part of weekend" by: Jessica Shepard

   The annual Matagorda County LEPC Community Safety Block Party is from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Saturday, April 21, at the STP Center for Energy Development, 4000 Ave. F, Bay City.
   The event is free and open to the public with free food and drinks. 
   Children’s activities include coloring, puppet show and a chemistry show.
   The Red Cross, United Way, TCEQ, For the Love of Animals, and Markham Industrial Group are only a handful of the businesses with informational booths that day.

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"BCISD board hires Coleman as new principal of BCJH" by: Mike Reddell

Dollie Coleman

   Dollie Coleman - the interim principal at Bay City Junior High since January – was approved as the new principal by the Bay City school board at its regular meeting, Monday, April 16.
   In addition, trustees also heard an update on school bond projects including the new BCHS baseball field and the Bay City Junior High work site.
   Trustees went into closed session of about 25 minutes to discuss Coleman taking over the principal post. She succeeds Dr. Keely Scruggs, who left in December.
   Coleman’s hiring was the result of the district’s selection process that Superintendent Dr. Marshall Scott III promised BCJH parents after Scruggs’ departure.

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"VVISD OKs Skanska for bond project management" by: Jessica Shepard

Van Vleck ISD trustees approved Skanska USA Building, Inc. as project administration management for the 2017 $88.2 million bond program.
   The bond projects feature a new elementary, junior high and high school along with several district-wide renovations and improvements including new school buses.
   Skanska has a vast portfolio of construction and project development services ranging from education and aviation to healthcare and industrial settings.
   Skanska’s main office is in New York City, but they have offices in Houston, Cincinnati, Dallas and San Antonio.
   PBK Architect Ron Bailey gave the board construction and design updates during a workshop prior to the meeting.
   “At the middle school and the high school we’ve been having intense meetings and discussions on design development,” said Bailey.

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Apr

"Sargent bridge replacement work underway" by: Mike Reddell

The latest design for the Sargent replacement bridge.

   The $41.2 million Sargent swing bridge replacement project is under way with the relocation of all utilities in advance of constructing a corkscrew-style span linking FM 457 across the Intercoastal Gulf Waterway.
   A 36-inch directional bore conduit will hold one 15” water line and 2 - 6” electrical conduit, said Michael Zanella, project manager, for the main contractor, Irving-based Austin Bridge & Road.
   TxDOT describes the new bridge as a fixed-span, high-clearance structure with spiral approaches that will be constructed on the east side of the existing swing bridge – the last bridge of its kind in Texas.  

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Apr

Tiger pride at Bay City Public Library

Bay City Public Library observed National Library Week by hosting several events throughout last week. Above, one of those was Family Night: Tidehaven Tiger Tales featuring Tidehaven Tigers, Tigerettes and the Tiger Pride Band.
Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard

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Apr

MRMC recognizes Dr. Sher

Dr. Andrew Sher’s 34 years of service to the community was recognized at a retirement reception at MRMC Monday, April 16. Shown at the event are, from left: County Judge Nate McDonald, Audrey and Willie Rollins, Dr. Sher and his wife, Karen. Both Andrew and Karen Sher worked several years in Bay City and Matagorda County health care.
MRMC photo

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"Agriculture news: High winds harming young cotton plants" By James E. Engbrock County Extension Agent Emeritus Matagorda County

Agricultural Situation
   Cool windy weather plagued most of our crops as well as gardens during the past week. About 3 1/10th of an inch of rain was received over a majority of the county this past weekend. Our young cotton plants were attacked by the high winds blowing from the south and then from the north. 
   This created sand blasting in some fields. Several producers cultivated to slow the sand blasting of the plants. Then the wind turned from the north and continued at a high velocity. 
   The cool temperatures of the high 40’s to low 50’s effected the growth of the plant. As a consequence most of our cotton plants do not look good at this time. Warm, sunny weather is needed. These problems have created some replanting of some of our fields throughout the county. 

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