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Jun

"Van Vleck grads cap off different senior year" by: Jessica Shepard

Following the presentation of diplomas and benediction, Van Vleck High School's Class of 2020 graduates gathered at the south end of Burl Mckinney stadium to toss their caps.
Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard

  Parents and guardians escorted their Van Vleck High School 2020 graduates onto Burl McKinney field Friday, June 18.
   Graduate Jesus Rosas led the national anthem and pledges, while Dalton Wicker gave the invocation.
   Sydney Waldorf presented the class motto, flower, and song.
   In her valedictorian address, Melody Yates urged her classmates to never take anything for granted.
   “Never take for granted what you have because it could be taken away without any notice,” she explained.
   “Always take the time to smell the roses. Take advantage of every opportunity you are granted. Use those opportunities to grow, to add chapters to your stories.”
   Yates reminded her audience that everything comes to an end and that saying goodbyes could be uncomfortable.
   “There is a universal truth that we all must face, whether we want to or not, and that is that all things must come to an end,” she said.

Thu
25
Jun

"Live Oak Sale kicks off weekend full of events" by: Jessica Shepard

   A variety of countywide events are slated for this weekend, kicking off Friday and lasting until Sunday.
   The Bay City Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture’s 56th Annual J.C. Lewis Live Oak Memorial Tree Sale will be from 1-5 p.m. Friday, June 26, and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, June 27, at the H.E.B. Green Space on Fifth and Sixth Street in Bay City.
   Mulch for planting is available on site for $3.75 for 2-cubic-foot bag.
   With purchase, each school-age child in a family will be given a 15-20 inch live oak plant.
   Planting fees apply and pre-orders welcome at 979-245-8333.

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Thu
25
Jun

"Ferdinand updates recent county industrial projects" by: Mike Reddell

   Of the three most recent industrial proposals before Matagorda County Commissioners Court, one received a county tax abatement, the other an approved tax reinvestment zone, while the third has made application.
   Readers have asked the Bay City Sentinel about the progress on these projects – and others.
   So the newspaper asked Mike Ferdinand, executive director of the Matagorda County Economic Development Corporation, for an overview on those projects.
   Lodestar Energy got a five-year tax abatement for a $35 million, 227-acre rail transfer station near the El Maton-Buckeye area from Matagorda County Commissioners Court Monday, Dec. 23.  The Court first created a reinvestment zone so that incentives could take place.
   The court vote was 3-1 for the tax abatement that would be 85% for the first two years, and 75%, 50% and 25%.
   Lodestar is still active, Ferdinand said.

Thu
25
Jun

"Primary runoff early voting begins June 29" by: Mike Reddell

   Three weeks of early voting for the July 14 runoffs from the March 3 primaries will begin Monday, June 29 and run through July 10.
   County Clerk Stephanie Wurtz said the two local runoff races are on the Republican side.
   The Precinct 3 Commissioner runoff will be between Steven Johnson and Troy Shimek.
   The other local Republican runoff race is the District 25 State Representative runoff between Cody Vasut and Ro’vin Garrett, both from Brazoria County.
      “Some Republicans will see two elections and another group only see one,” Wurtz said, noting that only Precinct 3 voters will decide the commissioner race.
   The Democratic runoff races include:
   U.S. Senator 
   Mary “MJ” Hegar
   Royce West 
   Railroad Commissioner 
   Chrysta Castañeda and
   Roberto R. “Beto” Alonzo

Thu
25
Jun

McDonald designates June as Myasthenia Gravis Awareness month

Contributed photo
Simon Desoto, left, and County Judge Nate McDonald show off a proclamation the judge recently signed designating June as Myasthenia Gravis Awareness month in Matagorda County. Desoto suffers from the disease.

Thu
25
Jun

NRC webinar on all regional plants safety performance

   The U. S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) staff will host a webinar to discuss the NRC’s assessment of safety performance at all Region IV plants for 2019 on Tuesday, June 30, from 1630 to 1830.
    Advance registration is required. 
Register, https://www.nrc.gov/pmns/mtg?do=details&Code=20200708.
   After registering, a confirmation email will be sent with details for joining the webinar. 
   This is a virtual public meeting where participants will be able to see the presentation on a computer screen and listen to the presentation using a telephone by calling in on the bridge number.
Bridge Number 888-994-3819
Passcode 5144346#
   Following the presentation, the NRC will respond to questions specific to the safety performance of the stations and the NRC’s role in ensuring safe plant operations.

Thu
25
Jun

Aquacats plunge in Splash Meet 2020

Bay City Aquacat divers make the plunge during Splash Meet 2020 at the Valient Pool Saturday, June 20.
Photo by Chris Boudreaux

Thu
25
Jun

Scott named 2020 Region 3 Superintendent of the Year

Dr. Marshall Scott III

Bay City ISD’s Superintendent Dr. Marshall Scott III was announced as the Region 3 Superintendent of the Year (SOTY) Monday, June 22.
   “This recognition is because of the hard work of our students, teachers, and campus leadership,” he said.
   “Great things are happening across our district and I am humbled to receive this acknowledgment on behalf of the team. 
   “In my opinion, SOTY is more about the collective efforts of the organization than the superintendent.
   “You need a courageous board and a community committed to getting better every day. We have that here in Bay City,” he added.
   Scott will join other region finalists for an interview session in August with hopes to be chosen as one of five finalists for the SOTY state award.
   “Here in BCISD, winning is always the goal,” he said.
   “The only place ‘I’ comes before ‘team’ is in the dictionary. Our entire organization models the belief of teamwork.

Thu
25
Jun

"Trustees give BCISD employees 4% raise; criticize stadium delay" by: Jessica Shepard

   Bay City ISD trustees unanimously approved giving district employees a 4 percent raise as part of the 2020-2021 school year budget and held an intense discussion on construction projects during their regular meeting June 15.
   The approved pay increase will bring the total budget to just over $45.7 million for the school year.
   Board members Bob Klepac, Eddie Nelson, James Scardami, Trent Tinnin, and John DeWitt were present while trustees Jerry Manning and Frankie Cole were absent.
   All trustees weighed in on the salary increase as they addressed their concerns with COVID-19 affecting next year and how to be “fiscally responsible.”
   “I know there’s some sentiment about funding from the state and staying fiscally responsible,” said Trustee James Scardami.
   “I know the cost of living increase is usually between 2 and 3 percent,” he added.

Thu
25
Jun

"iSnapper: App designed to supplement catch data" By Nicole Pilson Coastal & Marine Resources Texas A&M AgriLife Matagorda County

   Happy snapper season, y’all! Hopefully you have been able to enjoy some gulf fishing…I mean out on the water sounds like a good way to social distance. 
   If you have been a fisher of snapper long enough, then maybe you have heard of the iSnapper app you can download (for free!) on your smart phone. 
   This app was designed to supplement catch data for snapper. 
   Since there are so many commercial and recreational fishermen, the information provided from non-research fishing trips is invaluable and would be almost impossible to get without something like iSnapper. While catch data is an important part of helping manage the snapper fishery, the app also collects other parameters that would otherwise be difficult to obtain including discard rates and depths fished. 
   So why is it important to know this information and collect the data? 
   Unfortunately, many folks think that by entering in their catch it will somehow shorten the season. 

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