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15
Aug

"Joseph wants to be on first-name basis with new customers" by: Jessica Shepard

Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard
Kate’s Coffee, Tea & More owner Angel Joseph picks out coconut and caramel flavoring syrups for customers’ orders during her soft opening Aug. 9. The coffee shop features hot or iced coffee, grilled sandwiches, and Boba Tea. Kate’s Coffee, Tea & More is located open 7a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Saturday at 1606 Sixth St. in downtown Bay City.

You’ve heard of the bar where everyone knows your name, now try “Kate’s Coffee, Tea & More” for your caffeine fix from 7 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Saturday, at 1606 Sixth St. in downtown Bay City.
   “I want to be on a first-name basis with my customers,” said store owner Angela Joseph.
   “Not just for their favorite order or beverage. I want to foster friendships and provide a comfortable atmosphere for people to meet for breakfast, lunch or dinner.”
   The business is new to the area, but Joseph is not.
   Joseph grew up just down the road in Sweeny and previously had a coffee shop in Lake Jackson.
   “We’re also looking to relocate and move our family here,” she added.
   “I just love everything about Bay City and we’re committed to being here for the long haul.”
   Joseph is a fully licensed and trained barista with a love for coffee.
   “Coffee will always be my favorite drink and I am fond of tea,” she said.

Thu
15
Aug

Team First Book anxious to use HEB donation

Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard
Team First Book Matagorda County chair Cynthia Garrett, left received $15,000 for books for all Pre-kindergarten - 3rd grade students in Matagorda County from Bay City HEB store manager Clint Hewitt, right. The funds were donated from the HEB Tournament of Champions.

   HEB Tournament of Champions recently donated $15,000 to Team First Book Matagorda County (TFB).
    Members of TFB look forward to using it to boost literacy in Matagorda County. 
   First Book’s mission is to provide brand new, high quality and age-appropriate books to low-income children in our county.  
   This extra funding from HEB will allow for TFB to provide all students in Matagorda County, from Pre-Kindergarten to 3rd grade with two additional books for their home libraries. 
   According to the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, the study entitled, Double Jeopardy: How Third Grade Reading Skills and Poverty Influence High School Graduation, “Confirms that students who do not read proficiently by the end of third grade are four times more likely to leave high school without a diploma than proficient readers. 
   “Poverty compounds the problem, both in terms of family income and for children who are growing up in concentrated poverty.” 

Thu
15
Aug

Tips on preventing, controlling diabetes

Diabetes is a chronic condition that affects more than 12 million people who are 65 years and older, so chances are high that many seniors in our community have the disease or at least know someone with it.
   Diabetes is characterized by having too much glucose, or sugar, in the blood.
   Some sugar in the blood is okay, but too much sugar is dangerous. Our bodies get glucose – or sugar – primarily from the foods we eat. If our body works the way it should, glucose moves from our bloodstream into our cells where it is converted into energy.
   Insulin is a hormone that helps facilitate this process. Unfortunately, our body doesn’t always work the way we want it to.
   Diabetes sets in when we don’t make enough insulin or the insulin doesn’t work the way it should, and too much sugar stays in the blood.

Thu
15
Aug

Texas Tribune: Rangers asked to probe allegations against Bonnen

   The Texas House General Investigating Committee voted Monday, July 12, to request that the Texas Rangers look into allegations against House Speaker Dennis Bonnen and one of his top lieutenants in the lower chamber.
   The committee vote, which was unanimous, followed roughly an hour of closed-door deliberations among the five House members who serve on the panel. 
   At issue is whether Bonnen, an Angleton Republican, and state Rep. Dustin Burrows, R-Lubbock, offered hardline conservative activist Michael Quinn Sullivan media credentials for his organization in exchange for politically targeting a list of fellow GOP members in the 2020 primaries.
   Sullivan, who met with Bonnen and Burrows at the Texas Capitol in June, publicized his allegations against the two Republicans over two weeks ago — and later revealed he had secretly recorded the meeting. 

Thu
15
Aug

"Bay City August sales tax rebate off slightly, Palacios up by 9%" by: Mike Reddell

Bay City’s August sales tax allocations from the Texas Comptroller were slightly off from the same month last year, but the year-to-date totals are up from 2018. 
   These allocations are based on sales made in June by businesses that report tax monthly and on sales made in April, May and June by quarterly filers.
   Bay City’s August sales tax rebate of $505,851 was down by .93% from the $510,625 the city received for the same month last year.
   For the year, Bay City has received $3,926,934, up 2.93% from $3,815,025 in rebates received from the same period in 2018.
   Bay City sales tax rebates go into the city’s general fund.
   Palacios August sales tax allocation was 9.58% higher than its August 2018 payment.
   The city received $65,485 in August, compared to $59,756 for the same month last year.
   For the year, Palacios has received $476,821, down 5.57% from the $504,984 the city received from the same period in 2018.

Thu
15
Aug

MEHOP celebrates Health Center Week

Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard
As part of MEHOP's Health Center Week: Rooted In Communities event Austin-based Farmhouse Delivery and Bay City's own Moonbow Farms gave away fresh fruit and vegetables and also had drawings for attendees to win more produce Aug. 7.

Thu
15
Aug

VIP Nails Salon holds ribbon cutting

Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard
VIP Nails Spa hosted their grand opening with a ribbon-cutting ceremony with the Bay City Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture Aug. 7

Thu
08
Aug

New Sargent bridge takes shape

The Sargent swing bridge replacement project on FM 457 is taking shape 10 months into construction. The columns for the main span bridge and two of the corkscrew columns on the north side are complete, said Michael Zanella, senior project manager, for the main contractor, Irving-based Austin Bridge & Road. The piling operation is more than 60% complete and will complete the south side piles in the next 12 weeks. The precast supplier, Bexar Concrete out of San Antonio, has completed 24 of the 42 caps and will begin to cast the main span beams next week and the slab beams for the corkscrew bridge in three weeks. “We anticipate to start setting main span caps later this month, then the main span beams in October,” Zanella said.
Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell

Thu
08
Aug

"BC Historic Commission plans to educate owners on historic preservation" by: Jessica Shepard

  Members of the Bay City Historic Commission committee expressed concerns about businesses that don’t file Certificates of Appropriateness before making changes to historic buildings – or to those in the city’s historic district - during their regular meeting Aug. 5.
   Certificates of Appropriateness (COA) are required by the city’s historic commission for projects that would alter the exterior appearance of a designated historic property. 
   That includes alterations, additions, demolition or relocation of a landmark or structure within a historic district or new construction within a historic district.
   “We’ve got a lot of new businesses coming in downtown,” said committee chairman Michael George
   “I’m really excited to see what they are offering our community. But, they need to know to reach out before they make changes to the building,” George said.

Thu
08
Aug

"2019 valuations show steady growth" by: Mike Reddell

   Total certified property values in Matagorda County for 2019 are $8,258,959,328, up $406,338,923 from the 2018 certified values of $7,852,620, according to Matagorda Central Appraisal District.
   This year’s taxable values show industrial growth and consistent growth in residential values, Chief Appraiser Vince Maloney said.
   MCAD signed off on the major industrial accounts before they reached the Appraisal Review Board, he said.
   “Inventories are up,” he said of the industrial totals.
   Maloney noted that pipelines, such as those from the Eagle Ford shale formation, that go through the county also are up.
   While residential valuations are up, the chief appraiser said he is seeing new homes in small tract development.
   Taxable valuations are different from market valuations, Maloney explained.

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