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"BCISD begins work on budget" by: Jessica Shepard

   Bay City ISD trustees and administration personnel reviewed several budget proposals and options during a special budget workshop on Monday, June 10.
   Discussion items included master class schedules for each campus, teacher to student ratios per class section, bond debt payments, moving District Alternative Education Program (DAEP) students back to a campus on Live Oak Street.
   “So, we’re moving the DAEP kids off campus again?” asked trustee Frankie Cole.
“That’s the first I’ve heard of such a move. How will we house them? What kind of security will we have?”
   During the discussion, campus principals reminded board members that they had been housing DAEP students on their home campuses for the past few school years.
   “This isn’t something new that we’ve been discussing,” said BCISD Superintendent Dr. Marshall Scott, III.
   “In fact, I think I mentioned this to the board before, but if I hadn’t, my apologies.”

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13
Jun

Texas Trio Classic

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
Nathan Lubbers, left, and Dan Pustka weigh fish at the Texas Trio Classic last Saturday at Matagorda Harbor. Founded by a local group of young men, the event is the state’s largest inshore fishing tournament. It supports several local non-profits.

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13
Jun

"Ferdinand, Russell look at 1980s growth projections to help plan future efforts" by: Mike Reddell

   Two Matagorda County economic development officials are taking a page from around 30 years ago and applying it to today for Bay City and Matagorda County’s growth.
   “I came across this snapshot of where Bay City was,” said Mike Ferdinand, Matagorda County Economic Development Corporation executive director.  
   That view from local economic development efforts in 1990 showed Bay City planning for a population of 23,863 and 41,000 in the county, Ferdinand said.
   “Aside from the demographics that stood out, it changes your perspective,” he said.
   Today, Bay City’s population is 17,529, with 36,840 in the county, according to 2017 Census data.
   Joining Jessica Russell, the Bay City Community Development Corporation executive director, Ferdinand said they want to “capture what it was” and move that goal post forward to today’s efforts to promote growth.

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13
Jun

"Nelson new mayor of Bay City" by: Jessica Shepard

Robert Nelson

   Robert Nelson won the runoff mayoral election with 830 votes or 54.6% of the vote and Julie Estlinbaum drew 691 votes or 45.4% of the votes last Saturday, June 8. 
Estlinbaum will retain her City Council position.
   Nelson will join recently elected council persons Becca Sitz, Jason Childers and Brent Marceaux to be sworn into office at City Council’s regular meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 13.

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Thu
13
Jun

Chicago man pulled under while wade fishing

   A 64-year-old Chicago man drowned after he was swept out in the gulf by rip tides about a quarter-mile from the pier at Jetty Park at about 4:15 p.m. Sunday, the Sheriff’s office said.
   The man, identified as Javier Lopez, from Chicago, Ill., was said to be wade fishing at the time he was swept out, reports show.
   Sgt. Phillip Hester, one of the deputies working beach patrol, entered the water and swam out 150 to 200 yards to try and rescue Lopez, who was taken under by the riptide.  
   Hester escaped the riptide and swam back to shore.  
   Deputy Tyler Garza got into a boat with a local boater and they went out into the gulf to find Lopez.  
   Garza and those on the boat got Lopez into the boat and took him to the LCRA boat ramp where EMS had staged and was waiting.  
   CPR was performed on the victim all the way to the boat ramp, deputies said.
   Once on shore, EMS personnel determined Lopez was dead.  

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13
Jun

"Another drowning launches beach safety discussion" by: Mike Reddell

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
Matagorda County Commissioners Court proclaimed June as Myasthenia Gravis Month in the court’s meeting Monday. Two people who suffer from the condition, Sandra Klenke and Simon DeSoto, hold the proclamation. Behind them, from left, are: commissioners Gary Graham and Bubba Frick, Judge Nate McDonald and commissioners James Gibson and Kent Pollard.

  There was another rip tide-related drowning on Matagorda Beach last weekend, Sheriff Skipper Osborne said at commissioners court regular meeting Monday, June 10.
   A Chicago Man was found about a quarter-mile from the no-swim zone near the jetties, Osborne said.
   “He stepped in a hole and the undertow got him,” the sheriff added.
   A deputy jumped in the water to try and save the man, the sheriff said, but the drowning victim began fighting the deputy who had to get out of the water. (Please see related story for more information.)
   “I’m wondering if we build a big sign at the entrance (of Jetty Park),” the sheriff said, that tells people that two people have drowned from the rip tip on the beach.
   A 16-year-old boy drowned because of the riptide on the beach May 26, on Memorial Day weekend, and now the fisherman’s death last weekend.
   There also was a weekend drowning in Palacios, Osborne noted later in the meeting.

Thu
13
Jun

"Cleanup begins for those flooded out last week" by: Mike Reddell

   Flooding on the Tres Palacios River and Caney Creek from last week’s heavy downpours – as much as 13 inches in some areas - produced situations worse than Hurricane Harvey, several emergency management officials pointed out.
   Emergency Management Coordinator Amanda Campos was busy this week, along with several others, in preparing kits with cleaning supplies for those whose houses were damaged by flood waters.
   The Tres Palacios and Caney Creek left their banks in major flood stages last week, reaching houses near those waterways.
   Campos said there were three high-water rescues on the Tres Palacios, which went over 31 feet – near records levels - near Midfield.
   Two of those Markham Fire Department rescues were on Hawley Cemetery Road and one was in El Dorado. 
   Campos said much of El Dorado was still knee-deep in water Monday.
   Both the Tres Palacios and Caney continued their rises through the weekend.

Thu
13
Jun

A lakeside place to rest

Cattle find refuge for the surrounding lake of water formed from last week’s deluge on this ranch off FM 457 east of Bay City. Rainfall in some parts of Matagorda County totaled more than 13 inches.
Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell

Thu
13
Jun

Sargent bridge supports going up

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
Two towers are up as part of the Sargent Bridge replacement project. The towers, far left and center, will support the bridge infrastructure.

Thu
13
Jun

"Leadership Matagorda accepting applications from across the county" By Jessica Russell Executive Director Bay City Community Development Corporation

   The Bay City Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture, in conjunction with the Palacios Economic Development Corporation, Bay City Community Development Corporation, and the Matagorda County Economic Development Corporation have released applications for Leadership Matagorda Class 15.
   Leadership Matagorda is a 10-month program designed to nurture and engage the leadership skills of potential and current leaders by providing an atmosphere that stimulates and fosters diverse viewpoints. 
   This group of leaders will seek innovative answers to the critical questions facing our communities and county.
    The program will instill in the participants an awareness of their community and the ability to connect leaders with emerging and current issues. 
   Over the 10-month course, participants will be immersed in all aspects of the county, engage in leadership training, and receive an in-depth education in the community and county processes.

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