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Aug

"‘Stuff the Bus’ donations head for campuses" by: Jessica Shepard

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Bay City ISD Education Foundation and other volunteers unloaded a truck full of school supply donations as part of the foundation's "Stuff the Bus" school supply drive, Aug. 17. The supplies were sorted via type, then boxed according to campus school supply lists.

   Volunteers and members of Bay City ISD Education Foundation sorted through dozens of boxes of donated school supplies Aug. 17. 
   The supplies were donated to the foundation as part of the “Stuff the Bus” school supply drive for all Bay City ISD students. 
   Donation drop-off sites included several campuses and businesses while several organizations and Blackcat alumni donated privately. 
   School supplies were sorted first by type, then were boxed according to each campus’ supply list requirements. 
   Every campus from John H. Cherry Elementary to Bay City High School received boxes of supplies. 

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Thu
22
Aug

"County approves budget for 2019-2020" by: Mike Reddell

   After a public hearing, commissioners court approved the fiscal 2019-20 budget of $26,901,206, and held the second of two hearings on the proposed Matagorda County fiscal 2019-20 tax rate of 43.342 cents per $100 valuation, at the court’s regular meeting Monday, Aug. 19.
   The court will adopt the tax rate at its regular meeting Monday, Aug. 26.
   Mid-Coast Oyster Growers Association (MCOGA) members introduced themselves to the court Monday and asked for county help to be represented on a state oyster task force being formed.
   Former marine agent Bill Balboa was spokesman for the oyster farming group that Balboa said explores and plans to invest in the oyster mariculture operations in and around Matagorda Bay.
   The Texas Parks & Wildlife Department (TPWD) is forming the Coastal Fisheries Division Oyster Mariculture Task Force.

Thu
22
Aug

"Commissioners settle lawsuit in federal court" by: Mike Reddell

   Commissioners Court approved a settlement, pending a full and final release of liability, in the lawsuit dismissing all cases involving Kevin Davis vs. Matagorda County that was filed in the U.S. District Court in Galveston, EEOC, and the 122nd State Judicial Court of Galveston County.
   Following a closed session July 12, commissioners unanimously approved the settlement that will result in all cases being dismissed and Galveston does not have to make a ruling.
   Former employee Davis alleged in the original filing in Galveston the county fired him for reporting department head and Precinct 3 Commissioner James Gibson for keeping a separate ‘kitty box’ fund and allegations of racial discrimination.
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Thu
22
Aug

"Milsap plays to sold-out Rotary concert" by: Jessica Shepard

Six-time Grammy Award winner Ronnie Milsap played to a packed crowd during the Bay City Rotary Club's annual Summer Concert, Aug. 17. Milsap's performance lasted just over an hour and featured many of his chart-topping hits.
Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard

   Estimates put this year’s annual Rotary Concert attendance at over 950 people. 
   “We sold roughly 1,000 total tickets,” said Bay City Rotary Club President Jason Childers in a phone interview Aug. 20. 
   “It’s hard to say exactly how many people were physically there, but we were sold out of tickets weeks ago. I think we had an amazing turnout – I mean, we were at standing room only by the time Ronnie Millsap took the stage.” 
   Milsap was this year’s headliner with local American Idol contestant Colby Swift opening featuring a mix of his personal songs and a few covers. 

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Thu
22
Aug

"BCISD OKs new tax rate" by: Mike Reddell

New conceptual image of Linnie Roberts Elementary was viewed by school board Monday.

   Bay City school trustees approved a tax rate of $1.53731 per $100 valuation and will have a public meeting Sept. 16 for a hearing on the levy and to discuss the fiscal 2020-21 budget, the school board decided at its regular meeting Monday, Aug. 20.
   That levy breaks down to $1.05365 per $100 valuation for maintenance, and 48.366 cents for debt service. 
   Last year’s tax rate was $1.55222 per $100 valuation and the effective rate is $1.58304 to pay for the same level of maintenance and operations revenue and to pay debt service.
   The total appraised value of all property this year is $1,702,459,118, up from $1,626,877,784 last year. 
   The total taxable value of all property is $1,432,091,095, compared to last year’s $1,351,332,441.

Thu
22
Aug

Mayor honors top readers

Mayor Robert Nelson recently recognized top Bay City Public Library readers. Cameron Dueck took first place with 12,695 minutes read, Landen Dueck earned second with 4,760 minutes and Madelyn Hurtado earned third place with 2,475 minutes. Pictured are: Bay City Library Youth Services Specialist Andrea Savage, Landen Dueck, Cameron Dueck, Madelyn Hurtado, Mayor Robert Nelson, and Bay City Public Library Director Samantha Denbow.
Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell

Thu
22
Aug

"County ISDs get TEA ratings" by: Jessica Shepard

   Almost all local school districts rated a “B” according to the Texas Education Agency State Accountability Ratings released district and campus ratings, Aug. 14. 
   The state accountability system is known as “A through F” gives schools and districts a grade based on student achievement, school progress/growth and closing the achievement gap. 
   Tidehaven, Palacios, Bay City, and Van Vleck ISD all received “B” ratings while Matagorda ISD earned a “C.” 
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Thu
22
Aug

Pet, animal adoptions on tap at Bay City Tractor Supply

   Bay City Tractor Supply Company will host animal adoptions, a pet supplies drive and more during their annual Out Here with Animals celebration – a month-long event that recognizes pets, animals and the people who care for them. 
The celebration will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24.
As part of the pet-centric happenings, animal lovers will have the opportunity to engage with team members about pet and animal care while supporting local rescue groups that are looking to find a safe home for animals in need. 
   “Tractor Supply celebrates pets and animals of all shapes and sizes year-round, and with our annual Out Here with Animals event, we get to spotlight our customers, their pets and the local rescue groups that play an integral role in the Bay City community,” said Travis Wessels, manager of Bay City Tractor Supply. 

Thu
22
Aug

BCISD police prepare for school

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Bay City ISD PD has been diligently working together on traffic control routes for the upcoming 2019-2020 school year. The department review start-of-school traffic plans for every campus at the school board meeting Monday night, Aug. 19.

Thu
22
Aug

"CAST annual season premier showcased 2019-20 performances" by: Jessica Shepard

Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard
Dr. Kara Cowart sings along to one of her jazz favorites as part of a brief routine to give CAST premiere audience members a taste of what to expect for next January’s “Night on Broadway: Jazz it up!” Aug. 8.

   Community Actors of South Texas (CAST) recently held their annual season premiere at the Matagorda County Museum and featured a few snippets of this year’s performances, Aug. 8.
   The 2019-2020 performance season is themed “A Season with Style” and features four main productions and one extra add-on by an original writer.
   The season opens with H.G. Wells’ “War of the Worlds” mimicking the original radio broadcast from 1938.
   CAST board President Richard Knapik is on tap to direct the production at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 25-26, 31 and Nov. 1-2 at the First United Methodist Church Chapel with tickets costing $20 per person.
   An audition schedule is yet to be determined.
   CAST partners with Bay City High School theater department again for a joint rendition of “It’s a Wonderful Life.”
   BCHS theater director Magda Mirelez directs the play starting at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 12-14 and at 2:30 p.m. Dec. 15 at the BCHS Theater.

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