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Thu
17
Jan

"12th Annual Crisis Center Chicken Fried Steak on tap Jan. 25" by: Jessica Shepard

   The 12th Annual Chicken Fried Steak Dinner Crisis Center fundraiser will be from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25, at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Bay City. 
   Tickets are $10 for dinner plates to dine in or drive-through. 
   “Dinner plates feature chicken fried steak, green beans, mashed potatoes, gravy and homemade cookies,” said Eugene Davis, director of the Crisis Center.
   “There will also be a silent auction and we’ll be taking items up until a few days before the event.”
   For tickets call 979-245-9109 or stop by the Crisis Center at 3010 Sixth St. in Bay City. 
   Sponsorship opportunities are available. 

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Thu
17
Jan

Corporate sponsors to 2019 JSL Charity Ball

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From left, JSL Ways and Means Chair Julie Estilinbaum, Ward Real Estate-Elizabeth Hewitt, HEB-Clint Hewitt, International Bank of Commerce IBC-Erin Freeman, Wharton County Junior College-Gloria Crockett, and JSL Ways and Means Co Chair Christa Saha

Thu
17
Jan

"Library plans ‘Robotics Fair’" by: Jessica Shepard

Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard
BCHS students watch a robot go through its paces.

   The Bay City Public Library is hosting a “Robotics Fair” starting at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, at the Bay City USEO Service Center. 
   The event will include presentations of this years’ FTC game, Rover Ruckus by local area teams. 
   Robotic teams on tap include Bay City High School Robotics, Palacios High School Robotics, Angleton Christian School’s “Revelation” team and Calico ISD’s team.
   Plans include a demonstration area and Rover Ruckus scrimmage field.
   Rover ruckus is geared toward ages 5 and up for participation activities.
   “But all ages can attend to learn more about robotics and see our demonstrations,” said Brittany Miller, BCPL aide and BCHS Robotics representative.
   “I decided to head up this event because after joining Robotics this year, I realized how much people didn’t know about it. I felt that, we as a team should reach out to the community to show them how much fun robotics is.

Thu
10
Jan

"Mayor sued by 3 housing board members" by: Mike Reddell

   A lawsuit against Mayor Mark Bricker was filed recently in Matagorda County District Court by Ronny Dean Reeves, Vidala Leal Rodas, Danyal Sheniel Manning and the Bay City Housing Authority (BCHA).
   The lawsuit names Bricker as the sole defendant.
   Plaintiffs’ counsel is Andy Taylor of Brenham.
   Taylor also represented Bobby Head of Bay City in his against lawsuit alleging city charter violations against the mayor and council members Julie Estlinbaum and Bill Cornman.
   The new and unrelated filing argues the mayor’s effort to remove Leal, Manning and Reeves from the BCHA board was unlawful and denied the three board members due process and has kept the housing authority from holding meetings and conducting business.

Thu
10
Jan

"VVISD board approves guaranteed bond prices" by: Jessica Shepard

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The basic layout of the new Van Vleck middle and high schools were unveiled at the special school board meeting Monday night.

   Van Vleck ISD trustees unanimously approved a guaranteed maximum price (GMP) of $49,200,042 for the new middle school, high school and high school agriculture building renovations portion of the 2017 bond project at a special meeting Monday night. 
   The GMP, also known as the not-to-exceed price, includes several “alternates” identified by PBK Architects as: 

  •     A middle school weight room
  •     An art and science courtyard
  •     Moving the high school tennis courts
  •     An energy-efficient air conditioning system by Aaon

   The GMP total came in at $1,271,425 under budget.

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Thu
10
Jan

New Year's Baby

This year’s “Baby New Year” is Marisol Alejo, born Wednesday, Jan. 2 at 8:42 a.m. Her parents are Marina and Jose Guadalupe Alejo and she joins five other siblings at home. She was delivered by Dr. Gregory Pappas at Matagorda Regional Medical Center’s Women’s Center.
Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard

Thu
10
Jan

Polar Plunge

This trio braved the cold waters of Hilliard Pool last Saturday for the City of Bay City Parks & Recreation “Polar Plunge.” Their reactions testify to the bracing shock they and about a dozen others felt. The event was for a good cause, however, as entry fees went to the city’s Dreamscape Playground for All that will be built at Le Tulle Park.
Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell

Thu
10
Jan

"Wind farm official: County made no offer on abatement" by: Mike Reddell

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
Matagorda County Commissioners Court honored Suzan Thompson Monday for her 36-year career in the JP Precinct 2 office, beginning as clerk in 1982. As JP, Thompson has been active in judicial training and in several statewide judicial offices. Thompson also has received several honors locally. She is joined by commissioners Gary Graham, Bubba Frick, County Judge Nate McDonald, commissioners James Gibson and Kent Pollard.

  After the second closed-door meeting commissioners court held on the Peyton Creek Wind Farm Monday, they emerged saying nothing and taking no vote – other than voting to adjourn the executive session.
   “They offered us nothing,” said Richard Saunders, senior development manager with E.ON, which proposed the Peyton Creek Wind Farm.
   “There was nothing on the table” from the county, an obviously disappointed Saunders commented to those entering the commissioners courtroom following the hour-long closed meeting.
   There was a large crowd when commissioners court’s regular session convened Monday morning and most of those attending were there for the Peyton Creek Wind Farm issue, even though there was nothing on the agenda that specifically mentioned the wind farm.
   A large contingent of the courtroom audience was from Bay City ISD, including school board members and administrators.

Thu
10
Jan

Hickl honored at Commissioners Court

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
Janet Hickl was honored by commissioners court for her service in the county clerk’s office, where she started in 1979. She worked in the clerk’s office for 15 years before leaving to work for the Sons of the Republic of Texas. She was sworn in as County Clerk in 2010 and served two terms in that office. She is joined by commissioners Graham, Frick, Judge McDonald, commissioners Gibson and Pollard.

Thu
10
Jan

"City half-k raises Dreamscape money" From City Parks & Recreation

   Camo For A Cause! Help Bay City Parks and Recreation raise money for the Le Tulle Dreamscape – A Playground for All - Saturday, Jan. 26. 11:30 a.m. ish start.
   Walk, waddle, stagger or crawl down Avenue G starting at the 1905 MOPAC Train Depot to 5th Street and back to the depot in your best, craziest, most original camo gear (remember we are in public). 
   Start your Camo Day off with donuts and hot cocoa to charge you up to waddle down the avenue. 
   At the half way point – re-charge with mini pastries, sweet tea and water to make it back to the 1905 MOPAC Depot to have your picture taken at the finish line. 
   Waiting at the finish line will be more donuts, mini pastries, sweet tea, hot cocoa and water to revive yourself after the long Half K. 
   We will end the day with an “awards” ceremony where everyone that finishes will receive their Half K medal and more photo opportunities. 

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