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Markham Elementary campers of the week

The Markham Elementary School Campers of the Week are (left to right): Haylie Henske, Jaxon Talbert, Jordan Austin, Kinley Haagensen and Emma Bonnot. Not pictured: Jason Purpich.
Contributed photo

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15
Feb

"Cherry’s Rene BCISD employee of month " By Allison Sliva BCISD Communications

Michelle Rene

   Michelle Rene, Instructional Aide at Cherry Elementary, is the January Bay City ISD “You’ve Got Heart” honoree. 
   This employee recognition award is given to staff who go beyond their “job description” in helping students and staff, who epitomize the concept “team player,” and who put others first.
   Rene was nominated by Cherry Principal Merideth Dodd, who wrote in her nomination, “Michelle has gone above and beyond for her PPCD students since the day she stepped foot on the Cherry campus. When she sees children in need, she reaches into her own pocket to buy what’s needed. 
   Children in her care have shown progress this year due to the structure and support provided by her. 
   It is people like Michelle who go the extra mile and directly impact the children in our community, just by doing what they know is right and good. Michelle Rene has a whole lot of heart, and it shows!”

Thu
15
Feb

Bay City man arrested for possession of firearm by a felon

   A 34-year-old Bay City man was arrested with an illegal short-barrel shotgun as he was walking down 7th Street Monday morning, Feb. 12, Bay City police reported.
   Police reports indicate an off-duty officer spotted a man he knew to be a known felon walking down the 4000 block of 7th Street with a firearm in his possession and called it in to BCPD at about 7:39 a.m. Monday.
   The off-duty officer kept watch until on-duty officers arrived on the scene and observed the man still walking down the street.  
   They detained him and found an illegal short-barrel shotgun still in his possession.  
   Johnathan K. Lopez, 34, Bay City, was booked into Matagorda County Jail for prohibited weapon and unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon, police said. 

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Feb

Palacios shows 83% increase in February sales tax rebates

   Palacios showed an 83 percent jump in February state sales tax rebates from the same month a year ago, while Bay City’s allocations increased 7.8 percent from the previous February numbers.
   The Texas Comptroller’s Office reported Palacios received $107,732 in February rebates, compared to $58,668 the same month a year ago.
   For the year, Palacios has received $161,161 up 47 percent from the same period in 2017.
   Bay City’s February allocations were $549,838, compared to the $509,732 in the previous February.
   For the year, Bay City has $989,621, up .32 percent from $986,464 for the same period last year.
   Statewide, the February rebates were 6.2 percent more than in February 2017. 
   These allocations are based on sales made in December by businesses that report tax monthly; October, November and December sales by quarterly filers; and 2017 sales by businesses that report tax annually.

Thu
15
Feb

"CVB has a new name: Bay City Tourism Council" by: Mike Reddell

A new Bay City Tourism Council will replace the Matagorda County CVB and received city council approval Thursday night, Feb. 8.
   The tourism council will be an advisory body only – it cannot expend any funds nor can it “adjudicate any matter” - and answers to Mayor Mark Bricker and City Council.
   Under the direction of City Tourism Manager Heidi Martinez, the BCTC now will meet once every two months at City Hall. 
   The next meeting will be March 1.
   City Council approved the appointments of Christy Bishop, Sue Crow, Raleigh Conklin, Shea Ingram, Karen Kinard, Claude “Tiger” Lane, Pam Oliver, Jeff Sabedra and Donna Younger to two-year terms on the BCTC at last week’s meeting.
   The tourism council’s formation follows Bricker’s decision, which surprised City Council, to move the then-Matagorda County CVB from the Bay City Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture to City Hall and under the city’s jurisdiction.

Thu
15
Feb

DA completes internal review of criminal cases

Prompted by a statement made during a judicial campaign in 2016, the Matagorda County District Attorney recently completed a thorough review of felony cases, according to a media release by that office. 
   District Attorney Steven Reis said, “during a political forum, a judicial candidate said that the expeditious handling of the criminal docket in the district court leads to defendants who may or may not be guilty to take plea deals they may not even want.” 
   This statement questioned the integrity of the criminal justice system as well as the effectiveness of defense attorneys, according to Reis. 
   Inquiries by District Judge Craig Estlinbaum led to a comprehensive review of cases culminating in a review by a Matagorda County grand jury, said Reis. 
   “Many people don’t realize the number of safeguards built into our criminal justice system,” Reis said in his media release. 

Thu
15
Feb

14 Blackcat Bandmember head to UIL State Solo and Ensemble

Fourteen Blackcat Band musicians are headed to the UIL State Solo and Ensemble contest in May.
The Blackcat Band competed in UIL Solo and Ensemble Competition in Edna on Feb. 10, with 27 Bay City High School musicians achieving a First Division Medal.
Solo Medalists were: Paige Lewis, Sandra Huerta, Isabelle Vargas, Michael McMahon, Pedro Vargas, Jasmine Huntley, Alazae Longoria, Sara Khatib, Isaiah Lopez, Adrian Barrera, Randall Toombs and Isaiah Castaneda.
Solo Medalists advancing to State: William Teague on French Horn and Piano, and Jonathan Zamora, Elizabeth Arnold and Carlos Reyes.
Ensemble Medalists advancing to State: Flute Quartet - Mikaela Gibson, Aubry Miller, Rebecca Billings, Julianne Kucera; Saxophone Trio - Carson Hewitt, Faith Vargas, Glory Vargas; Trumpet Trio - Jacob Taylor, Zachary Hestand and Elijah Lopez.
BCHS Head Band Director is Mark Longoria, and Assistant Band Director is Adrian Carrizales.
Also helping prepare the students for competition were Bay City Junior High band directors Jake Harmon and Brandon Jones.
BCISD photo

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15
Feb

Fowler signs with Texas Institute of Agriculture and Technology

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
On National Signing Day last week, three Bay City High School student-athletes signed letters-of-intent to participate in their sports at the college level. Marcus Fowler will play football next year for Texas Institute of Agriculture and Technology.

Thu
15
Feb

Battle for Texas Institute of Agriculture and Technology

Sentinel photos/Mike Reddell
On National Signing Day last week, three Bay City High School student-athletes signed letters-of-intent to participate in their sports at the college level. Zachary Battle will play football next year for Texas Institute of Agriculture and Technology.

Thu
15
Feb

Torres signs with UHV

Sentinel photos/Mike Reddell
On National Signing Day last week, three Bay City High School student-athletes signed letters-of-intent to participate in their sports at the college level. Abigail Torres will be playing softball next year at the University of Houston-Victoria.

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