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Apr

"Early vote turnout starts slow for City, BCISD elections" by: Jessica Shepard

      As of presstime Tuesday afternoon over 230 voters have hit the polls during early voting Monday and Tuesday.
   It is unknown if that number is on par with the last mayoral election.
   “We do not have the exact numbers for each day of early voting in the last Mayoral race as we no longer have those records,” said Lillie Norris, deputy city secretary. 
   “The retention period at the time was two years. However, I can tell you that the total number of early votes for Mayor in the 2016 election was 1,162.”
   Votes are not broken down per candidate or proposition at this time.
   “We do not tally any votes until election day so we do not have any information on how any candidate or proposition stands,” added Norris.

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25
Apr

"Main Street meeting focuses on Camofest" by: Jessica Shepard

   Among several business objectives discussed during the regular Main Street Program meeting April 10, growing Camofest was high on the list.
   “We want to grow Camofest, increase funds raised and increase participation and attendance,” said Shelly Story, Main Street Program board director. 
   This year’s Camofest event made roughly $15,000 overall.

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Thu
25
Apr

"Weekend features wide array of events, activities" by: Jessica Shepard

   WCA is sponsoring the annual City of Bay City “Spring Clean-up” from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 27 at the WCJC Parking Lot, 4000 Ave. F. 
   The clean-up site is open to all Bay City residents with proof of residency and a driver’s license or ID required. 
   Brush and tree limbs must be taken to the brush site on Skelly Road.
   Recyclables including cardboard, papers, plastics, cans, motor oil and kitchen grease will only be accepted at the Recycling Center at 1812 Ave. H.
   For more information, call Public Works at 979-323-1659.
   Bay City Feed is holding their 22nd Annual Free Rabies Vaccine Clinic from 8-11 a.m. on Saturday, April 27 at Liberty Park, next to the Bay City Feed store. 
   Dr. Jim Davant is donating his time to administer the vaccines and Bay City Feed will absorb the vaccine cost for one dog per household. 
   Additional dogs can be vaccinated for $7.50 per dog to cover the cost of the vaccine. 

Thu
25
Apr

"County OKs Sargent Library pact with city" by: Mike Reddell

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
Matagorda County Commissioners Court approved a proclamation Monday, declaring April 28 to May 4 as “Soil and Water Stewardship Week.” Two members of the Soil and Water Conservation District, Chairman Raymond Jones Jr. and Vice Chairman Charlie Baker were at the court session. Pictured are, from left: Commissioners Gary Graham and Bubba Frick, Jones, County Judge Nate McDonald, Baker and Commissioners James Gibson and Kent Pollard.

 Matagorda County Commissioners Court approved an amended interlocal agreement for Bay City Public Library to manage the Sargent Branch Library at the court’s regular meeting Monday, April 22.
   City Council approved the interlocal agreement for operating the Sargent Library within the former VFW building at its April 11 meeting.
   Precinct 1 Commissioner Kent Pollard said the VFW “dedicated the building solely” for the Sargent Branch Library.
   He added Sargent area events also raised funding benefit the library.
   Pollard also indicated that grants to refurbish the library also are available.
   County Judge Nate McDonald asked Pollard if he was satisfied with the terms of the amended library agreement.
   The commissioner indicated that he was satisfied with the document.
   The county is responsible for maintaining and repairing the building and for renovations completed with city approval.

Thu
25
Apr

Martinez, Story promote county at trade show

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Bay City Tourism Director Heidi Martinez, left, and Main Street Program Director Shelly Story are shown at a recent trade show promoting the City of Bay City and Matagorda County.

Thu
25
Apr

"Cherry Elementary to build playground" by: Jessica Shepard

Help John H. Cherry Elementary build a playground in partnership with KaBOOM! and Rebuild Texas Fund from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 27 at the school campus. 
   The playground build will happen rain or shine; volunteers are asked to come dressed for the weather. 
   Closed-toe shoes are required; sneakers or work boots that you don’t mind getting dirty are advisable. 
   Please leave valuables at home as secure storage is not available on site. 

Thu
25
Apr

GOP resolution endorses city charter changes

   The Executive Committee of the Republican Party of Matagorda County recently adopted a resolution endorsing the three Bay City charter propositions on the May 4 city ballot.
   The proposed changes call for changing the mayor-council form of government to a mayor-council/city manager system, expanding city council terms from two to three years and for reviewing city charter changes every five years, instead of the present mandated charter review committee. 
   “Whereas 97% of the cities in our state have a City Manager as the head of day to day operations of their cities, whereas, the Neighboring Cities of Palacios, Port Lavaca, El Campo, Wharton, Rosenberg and Lake Jackson have enjoyed the benefits from trained leadership. And Whereas, we feel that conservative focus on Tax dollars and economic development will be enhanced with a City Manager,” the resolution reads. 

Thu
25
Apr

Bay City High School Blackcat Baseball Team recognizes 1st responders

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
Bay City High School Blackcat Baseball Team recently hosted 1st responders. The Blackcats recognized BCISD Police, Bay City Police Department, Matagorda County Sheriff’s Department, EMS, Bay City Volunteer Fire Department, Precinct 6 Constable Bill Orton and State Troopers.

Thu
25
Apr

"WCA sponsors citywide spring cleanup Saturday" by: Jessica Shepard

   WCA is sponsoring the annual City of Bay City “Spring Clean-up” from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 27, at the WCJC Parking Lot, 4000 Ave. F. 
   The site is open to all Bay City residents with proof of residency and a driver’s license or ID required. 
   Items accepted include furniture, mattresses, household trash, Freon-free appliances and a limit of eight scrap tires per households.
   Items not accepted are: 

Thu
25
Apr

LyondellBasell’s Matagorda Complex supports local recycling

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