"BCCDC approves contract with retail consulting firm " by: Jessica Shepard

   Bay City Community Development Corporation’s board of directors unanimously approved a contract with Retail Solutions, LLC for a one-time $10,000 fee and $100 monthly retainer cost during their regularly scheduled meeting Monday.
   “When I got here, I recognized the need for updated information and data on Bay City and Matagorda County to give to retailers looking to come here,” said BCCDC Executive Director Jessica Russell.
   “Part of my job is bringing in a retailer or things that improve the quality of life in our community.”
   Russell explained that she attended a retail workshop with board member Erik Frankson and discovered the company, Retail Solutions LLC there.
   “Basically, they can do your job for you for $120,000 and I said that we don’t want that,” she said.
   “We just need the information and the data updated.”
   Russell wants the information to be available via handout and cover a legal size piece of paper.


"New gig for old(er) Bay City rockers " by: Mike Reddell

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Shades, a popular Bay City classic rock band in the late 70s and early 80s come together for special concert this Saturday at the Shades Bar that was named for the group shown in this poster from that era.

   Members of a popular Bay City classic rock band from the late 1970s and early 80s will reunite this Saturday for a concert at a 12th Street bar.
   The band “Shades” will be playing at “Shades.” 
   And yes, the bar is tied to the band.
   Shades owner, Carla Kubecka, named the club in honor of her brother, Chris Anderson, a former sound man with the band, said Shades drummer Mike Finster of Bay City.
   In a recent interview on Bay City Radio.Com, Finster and Terry Ray, also of Bay City, and a keyboardist, said the concert at 8 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, will pay tribute to guitarist Mike Branson.
“He was a super, talent guy,” Finster said.
   The concert also will honor Malcolm and Janet Barrett, Finster added.
   The parents of lead vocalist Mark Barrett of Willis, Malcolm and Janet Barrett “not only allowed us to play at their house but were very much part of the band,” Finster said.


"Harvest Moon Day of Dead Concert Nov. 3" by: Jessica Shepard

   The first-ever Harvest Moon Concert – Day of the Dead Fest will be from 2-10 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3 at LeTulle Park.
   The event is free and open to the public and includes activities for all ages.
   Music will be played from 2-6 p.m. before headliner Joe King Carassco takes the stage at 7 p.m.
   Parking arrangements also feature a golf cart shuttle and attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets for sitting.
   Five food trucks will be on hand along with the Bay City Lady Lions beverage tent and members of Our Lady Guadalupe Church serving Mexican specialty foods.
   A variety on vendors will be selling everything from custom fishing rods and jewelry to home décor and purses.
   Members of the Art League of Bay City and Matagorda County will have an interactive Day of the Dead altar.
   “The altar is dedicated to anyone who wants to participate,” said Bay City Tourism director Heidi Martinez.


"County holds Air Liquide public hearing" by: Mike Reddell

   Commissioners court held a public hearing on Air Liquide’s proposed tax abatement reinvestment zone, but took no action at the court’s regular meeting, Monday, Oct. 29.
   Air Liquide applied for the tax abatement last month for a $107 million industrial gas production plant near Oxea.
   A map of the proposed 20.64-acre reinvestment zone, “Exhibit A,” is posted on the county’s web site.
   “We support this project,” Mike Ferdinand, Matagorda County Economic Development Corporation executive director, told the court.
   Ferdinand, the only person who spoke at the public hearing, also said MCEDC also is in favor of the county’s nomination to designate the site as a reinvestment zone.
   Once the public hearing was over, the court moved to other business.
   Air Liquide representatives were present at the meeting.


"Council approves WCA pact, north BC water line bid" by: Mike Reddell

   City Council last week approved a new contract with Waste Corporation of America (WCA), awarded a water line contract for north Bay City and authorized Bay City Volunteer Fire Department to order a new pumper truck.
   Under its five-year extended contract, WCA will pay the city a 5 percent franchise fee each quarter.
   The pact also stipulates that WCA must address customer complaints within 24 hours of receiving them and will be required to log such complaints.
   Likewise, if WCA observes a customer violating the solid-waste ordinance, the company agrees to send photographic or video evidence to the city.
   The $198,679 bid for a 1,000-foot-long, 12-inch water line improvement project went to Houston-based Texas Pride Utilities - the lowest of four bids and below the budgeted estimate, council was told.


"Alcohol referendum on JP 1 ballot" by: Mike Reddell

   Voters in JP Precinct 1 will decide on the legal sale of alcohol in next Tuesday’s general election, Nov. 6, general election.
   It’s the same referendum that Bay City voters approved by a lopsided margin the city’s referendum Saturday, May 8, in an election that drew 380 total votes.
   JP Precinct 1 takes in the northeast quadrant of Bay City and the city’s projected growth corridor that includes properties along Texas 35 and Van Vleck. 
   JP 1 also takes in Pledger and Cedar Lane, County Clerk Janet Hickl said.
   The drive to eliminate the private club requirement for restaurants, such as Chili’s and the Schulman Theatres – all in JP Precinct 1 – and to sell mixed beverages to their customers began last December.


Bonnen files to become Speaker of Texas House

   EDITOR’S NOTE: State Representative Dennis Bonnen, House District 25 announces his decision to become Speaker of the Texas House.
   I am announcing today that I am a filed candidate for Speaker of the Texas House. 
   After thoughtful consideration with my family, I have decided to heed the call of many of my colleagues to enter this race. 
   I am truly humbled by their support. Throughout my career in the House, I have always emphasized my respect for the institution as a whole as well as the unique position each member has to serve their district. 
   I look forward to the many conversations to come with members across the state. 
   My desire, which I believe I share with the vast majority of my colleagues, is that this process come to a conclusion with a House ready to do the people’s business with strength, resolve, and unity in the 86th Legislative Session. 


Tigers’ fortunes improve with win over Shorthorns

   Tidehaven had three players with triple-digit rushing yardage in running rough shod 44-9 over the Schulenberg Shorthorns last Friday.
   The Tigers will hope to keep the momentum going as they face Ganado at Indian Stadium this Friday.
   After a rocky start to their season, the Tigers are in a position for a possible playoff berth.
   They’re now tied with Ganado for third place behind first-place East Bernard and Van Vleck in second place in District 14-3A-2.
   Tidehaven and Ganado both have 2-2 district records going into Friday’s contest. 
   Overall, Tidehaven is 2-6 and the Indins are 4-4.
   The 35-point margin over Schulenberg was impressive since the Shorthorns entered the game with a 6-2, 2-2 record.
   Against Schulenberg, Tiger quarterback Blake Garcia ran for a game and team-high 151 yards and two touchdowns.


"Ancient rivalry, playoffs on line between BC, EC Friday" by: Mike Reddell

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
Blackcat defenders Johnathan Ruiz (7), Abel Mendoza (16) and Javien Times (53) converge on a Sealy running back.

   The Blackcats lost to Sealy 34-14 in what could be their last home football game at Memorial Stadium Friday, as plans move forward on a new BCHS stadium for next year.
   In Texas’ oldest continuous high school football rivalry of 115 games –including 99 consecutive contests - Bay City (1-3, 3-6) will finish its season at El Campo (1-3, 3-5) Friday.
   It’s been a disappointing run for both teams this year, as Bay City is fifth in District 13-4A-1, and the Ricebirds are sixth.
   “You’ve got two teams fighting to get into a playoff race, with both having pretty similar in seasons,” said Blackcat Head Coach Patrick Matthews.
   Matthews believes that Bay City will secure fourth place in the district and the last playoff berth by beating El Campo.
   There’s a bit of complicated formula involved here, but to Matthews the bottom line is beating the Ricebirds.


"Leps overwhelm Ganado 70-0; take 2nd in district" By John Hoffman Special to the Sentinel

   The Van Vleck Leopards scored on all but one of their offensive possessions, while also adding a defensive touchdown en route to a 70-0 drubbing of the Ganado Indians Friday night.
   With the win, Van Vleck takes over sole possession of second place in District 14-3A-2 with two games remaining.
   The Leopards started the scoring frenzy off quickly after forcing Ganado to punt on their opening series. 
   Van Vleck took the ball at the Ganado 43-yard line and moved down the field in a hurry. 
   The 5-play drive was capped off by a De’Mitri Monroe 10-yard touchdown run. 
   Trent Blaylock booted the extra point through and Van Vleck was up 7-0 with 8:57 left in the first.
   After another Ganado punt, the Van Vleck offense went back to work. 


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