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"Public hearing presents proposed airport zoning ordinance revisions" by: Mike Reddell

   A March 18 public hearing on a proposed amendment to the Airport Zoning Ordinance was the central focus of the Bay City Matagorda County Airport Zoning Board at its meeting March 4.
   The public hearing will be at noon Thursday, March 18, at the Schulman Movie Bowl & Grille at 6655 7th St.
   The board directed form letters that went to 1,050 “owners whose property lie within the Airport Zone, as defined by the revised ordinance.”
   “We need to make sure everybody is notified,” said Bill Cornman, Airport Zoning Board chairman.
   One area the board discussed last week is the need for a permit fee for new construction within the Airport Zone.
   “It’s up to City Council to set fees if something comes up – if it affects aviation safety,” Cornman explained.
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Barnett Bay City Police Department

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
New Bay City Police Department officer Cayton Barnett gets some special family help in pinning on his police badge during swearning in ceremonies March 10. The help came from his neice Elaina Barnett and his mother, Trina Barnett. Barnett is from Sweeny and graduated from Sweeny High School in 2014. He went to Brazosport College for a basic drafting certificate in 2015 and worked at a survey company for about four years before graduating from Brazosport College’s Police Academy in 2020. Bay City police officials say Barnett “is a quiet person until you get to know him, but he’s very respectful and kind hearted.”

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"SBA offers low-interest disaster loans" by: Jessica Shepard

   The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is offering low-interest disaster loans to non-farm businesses of all sizes, private nonprofits, homeowners, and renters in Matagorda County who suffered losses caused by the severe winter storms that began Feb. 11. 
   For additional assistance, SBA has established a Virtual Disaster Loan Outreach Center that is open Mondays – Fridays, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. EST. 
   You can contact an SBA customer service representative via email at FOCWAssistance@sba.gov or by phone at 800-659-2955. 
   SBA will answer specific questions about how a disaster loan may help each survivor recover from the disaster damage and will provide one-on-one assistance in completing applications for these loans. 
   You can apply online at https://disasterloanassistance.sba.gov. 
   Types of loans available are:   

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February state sales tax revenue totaled $2.5 billion

 (AUSTIN) — The majority of February sales tax revenue is based on sales made in January and remitted to the agency in February.  
   For this period, however, the Feb. 22 due date for state taxes and fees to be reported and paid was extended by one week, due to effects of the winter storm, to March 1. 
   Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar today said state sales tax revenue totaled $2.51 billion in February, 13.3 percent less than in February 2020; however, after adjusting the February totals to account for March 1 activity, February sales tax revenue totaled $2.68 billion, down 7.5 percent from February 2020. 
   “The pattern in sales tax collections we’ve seen for the past several months continued, with receipts from the retail trade sector showing gains over the prior year while receipts from oil- and gas-related sectors show deep declines,” Hegar said.  

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MEHOP gives COVID vaccines at Crisis Center

Sentinel by Mike Reddell
MEHOP administered COVID-19 vaccines last week. Above, Kelli Wright-Nelson, the Crisis Center executive director, gets her shot from MEHOP’s Sondra Tobias, RN.

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17 BCJH students selected for Texas Music Educators Association All-Region 13 Choir

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Last week, 21 Bay City Junior High Students competed in virtual auditions for the Texas Music Educators Association All-Region 13 Choir. BCJH had 17 students selected for the honor. The singers competed against students from other schools around the region. Pictured below are many of the students who qualified for All-Region. The BCJH choir is under the direction of Cameron Lasoya.
3rd row (from left) Lezley Cisneros, Niya Green, Jai'Ciayland Woods, Asia Willis, Victoria Sliva, Kensley Long
2nd Row, from left: Collin Murray, Jonathan Torrez, Guadalupe Zamora, Kayla Villafuerte, Ivette Perez, Melesia Davis
1st Row, from left: Aaliyah Wilson, Susanna Chavez-Baltazar, Elijah Guzman, Francisco Ramirez.

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BCISD partners with MEHOP for COVID vaccines

Courtesy photo
BCISD partners with MEHOP for COVID-19 vaccines - MEHOP will administer vaccines for teachers and board members. Shown are: Tho Nguyen, FNP, and Angelica Palomares, MA, both with MEHOP; BCISD Superintendent of Schools Dr. Marshall Scott III; and Cory McCray, MEHOP COO.

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"A look at Texas Freeze" By Nicole Pilson Coastal & Marine Resources Texas A&M AgriLife Matagorda County

   Well once again we find ourselves up against a year throwing us a curveball.  
   As the saying goes, “there’s no rest for the weary,” and ain’t that the truth.  
   In the aftermath of a bizarre winter storm, we are finding so much devastation. 
   It was hard enough to survive through no power or water, go through boil water advisories, and deal with burst pipes - but the things that came after the storm have been the ones to break the camel’s back.  
   It seems like our farmers and ranchers have taken some of the biggest hits as a consequence of the Texas freeze.  
   Crops died and livestock suffered. Fish farmers, particularly of redfish, have sustained major losses.  
   Fish literally froze to death and sank to their watery grave and those who survived may not be at peak health.  
   There is only so much that can be done to prepare a fish pond for temperatures we don’t usually see in our part of the country.  

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BCPD seizes drugs, money, guns

BCPD Photo

   A Feb. 26 search warrant yielded over $65,000 in cash, about $3,500 worth of Xanax pills, two pounds of marijuana, 10 bottles of Promethazine with Codeine, and four guns.  
   The search warrant was served in the 1400 block of Sycamore, following an on-going investigation after the narcotics division was told of narcotics at this location.  
   Alex M. Trevion, 23, Bay City, was arrested and taken to the Matagorda County Jail, where he was booked for two counts of manufacture/deliver a controlled substance penalty group 3/4.  

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Car buyer ends up robbery victim

   BCPD officers were sent to the Sport Complex at 2900 FM 3156, in reference to a robbery, at about 9:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26. 
   Upon arrival, officers met with a Matagorda County Deputy who told the officers that the victim had been taken to the hospital.  
   Officers spoke with the victim at the MRMC Emergency Room.  
   The victim explained to officers that he was looking for a car on Facebook Marketplace.  
   He found a vehicle and messaged the seller and made an offer.  
   The seller contacted the victim and asked him to meet in the 900 block of Avenue J for the sale, police were told.  
   The seller then contacted the victim to change the location of their meeting.  
   Once the seller and victim met, the seller suggested they go for a test drive. 
   The seller directed the victim to the Sports Complex.  
   Upon arrival, the victim noticed another vehicle at the annex.  

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