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Nov

"City plans to resolve Hamman Road speed limit" by: Mike Reddell

   Hamman Road’s posted speed limit is 30 mph, the speed limit ordinance for that stretch is 40 mph and Bay City police say the average speed is 36 mph. 
   “Police want a little direction from council and mayor,” Public Work Director Barry Calhoun told council at its regular meeting Tuesday, Nov. 18.
   The south Bay City street’s speed limit became an issue, Calhoun said, as police were issuing tickets to enforce the 30 mph posted limit.
   “A person challenged the ticket,” Calhoun said.
   Council discussed the speed limits and Councilman Bill Cornman said he favored the 30 mph limit, particularly since that’s the posted speed for much of Bay City.
   Councilman Brent Marceaux asked if the street’s condition prompted a slower speed for safety.
   Calhoun said the street, which underwent extensive reconstruction earlier this year, is safe.

Thu
21
Nov

"Sanders explains status of court case" by: Mike Reddell

JP Jason Sanders reads from prepared statement at news conference.
Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell

   Precinct 1 JP Jason Sanders held a press conference Monday afternoon at Matagorda County Courthouse to say he pled no contest to a tampering with government record charge.
   He was indicted on the Class A misdemeanor charge last February.
   “I was charged with tampering with a government record in connection with my mishandling of a marriage license,” Sanders told about 20 people who gathered outside the courthouse’s north entrance.
   “My case was set for a jury trial this morning. My lawyer Rick Davis, and the state’s attorney worked out a reasonable compromise,” Sanders read from a prepared statement that had been released earlier in the day.
   “I pled ‘no contest’ and received deferred adjudication probation,” he said. 

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Thu
21
Nov

"BCISD pursues vaping sensors" by: Jessica Shepard

   Bay City ISD heard about a new vapor sensor system awaiting installation in both the high school and junior high and heard bond project updates during their regular meeting Nov. 18.
   The vapor sensor system will feature 20 sensors in BCHS and 14 at the junior high campus.
   “These sensors will be in areas identified by the campus administrators as popular vaping spots,” said Bay City ISD Police Department Investigator Chris Cunningham.
   “Some of those spots include stairwells and bathrooms. Once a sensor picks up on vaping, it will send an email or a text to the campus administrator who can move forward from there.”
   At that point, the principal would review security camera footage from that area to determine the culprit, Cunningham said.

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Thu
21
Nov

BCHS seniors meet college recruiters

Sentinel photos/Mike Reddell
A representative from Texas A&M University at Kingsville, right speaks to a group of seniors about attending their campus after graduation Nov. 13. The recruiter was one of several from universities across Texas along with military recruiters for various branches of the armed forces.

Thu
21
Nov

"State grant to allow aerial hog hunts" by: Mike Reddell

   A state-funded feral hog grant would bring back aerial gunning as a way to control the animal’s population in Matagorda County, County Agent Dr. Aaron Sumrall told commissioners court at its regular meeting Monday, Nov. 18.
   The $20,000 grant – a fifth of the total state allotment – would allow the county to continue work to contain the number of the feral hogs.
   “Last year, we removed a little over 3,000 hogs,” Sumrall said of the program’s results.
   “Three-quarters of (this year’s) funding will go to aerial gunning,” he added.
Precinct 1 Commissioner Gary Graham asked how the carcasses from hog kills will be handled.
“That’s up to the landowner,” Sumrall replied.
   “We recommend burying the animals, no more than three feet from the surface,” he added. 
   “No carcasses in ditches,” Sumrall said.

Thu
21
Nov

"Tidehaven trustees approve cameras on buses" by: Jessica Shepard

   Tidehaven ISD trustees unanimously approved buying cameras for several district buses and installing full-stainless steel holding pens in the agriculture barn as part of their regular meeting, Nov. 12.
   “This is a three-camera system,” said Assistant Superintendent Debra Taska.
   “There’s one camera in front, one in the back and one in the middle.”
   Taska explained to the board that the cameras could be installed and moved to another bus as needed.
   “The cameras have both audio and visual capability,” she added.

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Thu
21
Nov

"Van Vleck school board agrees on $29M bond sale" by: Mike Reddell

   Van Vleck trustees approved $29 million in bond sales that went to Bank of America Merrill - the lowest of seven bidders - at the school board’s regular meeting Monday, Nov. 18.
   Bank of America’s low bid for the $29 million sale included an interest rate of 2.65834 percent.
That’s a lower rate than the district’s previous bond sale rate of 3.9 percent, said Lewis Wilks, with U.S. Capital Advisers, the district’s bond adviser.
   “It’s a very good interest rate,” said John O’Brien, Van Vleck school superintendent.
Monday night’s sale approval is the third installment of the $88.2 million school bond issue voters approved in November 2017.
   The two previous sales were for $9.6 million and $40 million. 
With Monday night’s sale of $29 million, the district has $9.6 million left from the original bond issue.

Thu
21
Nov

"Sumrall leads off discussion for Master Gardener program" by: Jessica Shepard

Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard
Matagorda County Extension Agent Dr. Aaron Sumrall, left, held a presentation and discussion about starting a Master Gardeners program in the county Monday, Nov. 18.

   Matagorda County Extension Agent Dr. Aaron Sumrall led a frank presentation and discussion about starting a Master Gardeners program in the county to just over 25 people Monday, Nov. 18.
   “I’m really impressed with this turnout,” he said.
   “I want everyone to be crystal clear in understanding what a Master Gardener (MG) program is, does and how we get the ball rolling on such a program.”
   Sumrall reminded the group that a lot of the program education, demonstration and volunteer projects would be mostly during the daytime.
   “The Texas Master Gardener program is an educational volunteer program conducted by the Texas AgriLife Extension Service of the Texas A&M University System,” he said.

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Thu
21
Nov

Philp promoted to corporal; special ops traffic stops yield 4 arrests

    Bay City Police Department held a ceremony to promote Officer James Philp to Corporal Thursday, Nov. 14.  
   Police Chief Robert Lister officiated over the ceremony in the Bay City Municipal Court chambers.
Several members of the police department, family and friends were present to congratulate Philp.  
   Philp is from Freeport, graduating from Brazosport High School.  
   After high school he attended Texas State University and graduated in 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice.  
      Philp later attended Brazosport College Law Enforcement Academy in December 2016.  
   Philp began his law enforcement career with the BCPD in 2017 and serves as a field training officer on patrol.  
   Philp and his significant other, Lucy, have a one-year-old son.  
Thu
21
Nov

"Main Street OKs facade grant for law firm" by: Jessica Shepard

   A façade grant for Walder, Perches, Hundl and Kerlick’s building at 2233 Ave. G was unanimously approved by Main Street Program board of directors during their regular meeting.
   Walder, Perches, Hundl and Kerlick associate attorney Shea Krauskopf presented the project scope to the board after receiving a certificate of appropriateness from the Bay City Historic Commission earlier in the week.
   The project’s total cost is $15,000, which Main Street will pay up to half – no dollar amount was specified at the meeting.
   Included in the project are a new paint job, minor interior renovations, door and window repairs, and an awning.
   “I’m really glad to be back in my hometown to help fulfill the needs in our area,” he said.
   “We are looking at some paint colors like a neutral light grey for the building and black for the awning. We’re just looking to clean up the whole façade and update it a little.”

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