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Feb

Filling up the Capitol Rotunda

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
A highlight for Matagorda County Day in Austin was a group photo of residents - including 80 seniors from the county’s four high schools - Tuesday morning in the Capitol Rotunda. Residents were joined by their state elected officials - State Rep. and Speaker of the House Dennis Bonnen and State Sen. Lois Kolkhorst.

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21
Feb

"Housing authority board locked out" by: Mike Reddell

   Bay City Housing Authority Commissioners were locked out of the Housing Authority building for their posted meeting, Feb. 15.
   Commissioners Ronnie Reeves, Danyal Manning and Vidala Rodas held their meeting on the walkway outside without Executive Director Belma Davalos.
   Reeves said that Davalos notified the commissioners “minutes before the meeting” that she would not attend.
   “She is the only one with a key in the afternoons and knew we were going to hold it inside the building,” Reeves explained.
   “We didn’t even hear from her directly, we heard it from one of the city employees.”
   After a brief executive session, commissioners unanimously passed resolution number 19-001 that adopts the Feb. 7 litigation rulings as true and factual.
   Reeves has a scheduled hearing for Wednesday, Feb 20, for his removal as commissioner by Mayor Mark Bricker.

Thu
21
Feb

2019 MCFLA Rodeo Royalty

Sentinel photos/Jessica Shepard
The Matagorda County Fair and Livestock Association's 2019 Rodeo Queen royalty court includes: First Runnerup Anna Claire Heth, and Rodeo Queen Katelyn Stone. Stone was crowned Feb. 15 and will ride her horse, Cadillac, while toting the American flag at the start of every rodeo night. Rodeo events and contests happen nearly every day from Feb. 27-March 3.

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21
Feb

"All council posts challenged; all but 1 trustee seat opposed" by: Jessica Shepard

   Elections filings have officially closed and nearly all city and school board races are contested.
   It’s a three-way election in the mayoral race with Council Member Julie Eslinbaum, Robert Head and Robert Nelson on the May 4 ballot.
   City Council Positions 3-5 are held, respectively, by Mayor Pro Tem Chrystal Folse, Becca Sitz, and Jason Childers. 

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Thu
21
Feb

"Officials conduct code unveiled at workshop" by: Mike Reddell

  Mayor Mark Bricker convened a city council workshop last week on a Code of Conduct for elected officials.
   The workshop presentation was made by Marissa Valentine, the mayor’s administrative assistant.
      The 19-page code – proposed for council approval – was partly based on what other cities have done, Valentine indicated.
   “This Code of Conduct is designed to describe the manner in which members of the Mayor-Council should treat one another, city staff, constituents, and others they come into contact with in representing the City of Bay City.”
That’s an early statement in the document, which also includes sections on roles, responsibilities and conduct.
   A considerable amount of the material found in the code is found in the City Charter.

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Thu
21
Feb

"Tidehaven hires engineer for stadium renovation design" by: Jessica Shepard

    Tidehaven ISD trustees unanimously approved hiring a professional engineering firm to design project specifications for possible renovations to Delvin Taska stadium during trustees regular board meeting Monday night.
   Kenneth Jurado, with Texas Sports and Lighting, has over 12 years in sports complex construction and about 120 projects completed under his belt.
   “We’re really looking forward to working with him,” said Stephen Crow, board president.
   “He comes highly recommended,” Crow added.
   Trustees have been exploring stadium renovation options for months.
   “Right now, we’re trying to get as much information as possible to make the best decisions for our students,” said Crow.
   “I’m not saying we go one way over another, I just want the board to be fully informed before we vote to approve anything specific or start going out for bids.”

Thu
21
Feb

Van Vleck advances to bi-district

The Van Vleck Leopards won the District 24-3A championship last week after a three-way district tie with Palacios and Hitchcock. The Leopards beat both of those teams in the district championship playoff at Tidehaven Thursday and Friday. Van Vleck (15-8, 10-2) faced Trinity for the bi-district title Tuesday, Feb. 19, at Sealy High School.
Sentinel photo by Jessica Shepard

Thu
21
Feb

Cherry, Holmes elementaries nominated for CKH National Showcase Schools award

   John H. Cherry Elementary and Tenie Holmes Elementary schools have been nominated for a Capturing Kids’ Hearts National Showcase Schools award for the 2018-2019 school year by the Flippen Group. 
   This is the second consecutive year that Cherry has been nominated, with the campus winning the designation last school year. Holmes Elementary has been nominated for the first time.
   Several years ago, Cherry and Holmes began an initiative to transform their campuses into an emotionally safe and relationally connected place for students, staff, and parents to come together with a love for learning.

Thu
21
Feb

Spinz Laundry Center Ribbon Cutting

Grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremonies for Spinz Laundry Center were held Friday, Feb. 15. The business location is at 4804 Ave. F.
Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell

Thu
21
Feb

Zoom Mart Ribbon Cutting

Grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremonies for Zoom Mart were held Friday, Feb. 15. The business location is at 4804 Ave. F.
Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell

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