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Jun

"Celebrate Independence Day by attending ‘Sparks in Park’" by: Jessica Shepard

   Bay City’s annual “Sparks in the Park” is promising a 15-minute firework show Monday, July 4.
   The event is free and open to the public from 5-10 p.m. Independence Day at LeTulle Park.
   This year features the third annual patriotic pet contest, assorted children’s activities, food and refreshment booths and live music.
   The MRNC High 5 Band kicks off the night at 6:30 p.m.
   Kaitlin Siegrist will sing the national anthem during the welcoming remarks and the colors will be presented by Matagorda County Cavalry.
   HEB is sponsoring the headlining act of the night, the EggMen – a Beatles tribute band from Austin.
   “The band formed in 1992 and are dedicated to recreating the original sounds of the ‘Fab Four,’” said Kelly Penewitt, parks and recreation supervisor.
   “It is sure to be a ‘groovy’ time.”
   The last 15 minutes of the night are dedicated to the pyrotechnic finale.

Thu
30
Jun

Lifting voices, hands

Bay City Sentinel/Jessica Shepard
The Bay City Coastalaires performed a variety of songs during their summer concert at the Bay City Country Club, Friday June 24.

Thu
30
Jun

Library hosts cooking class

Bay City Sentinel/Jessica Shepard
A dessert assembly line takes shape with volunteers from Rhonda Walter's cooking class. Children participated in a cooking class sponsored by the Bay City Public Library as part of their summer program, Tuesday, June 28. Attendees got to help make deviled eggs, egg salad sandwiches and a berry trifle for dessert while learning cooking safety tips.

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30
Jun

WCJC offers tuition discount

   Wharton County Junior College Fall 2016 students taking 13 hours or more of academic transfer courses are getting a discount on tuition and fees.
   According to the new policy, students will not be charged tuition or fees for any courses above 13 credit hours provided the students are enrolled in an academic program.
   The policy change does not affect students enrolled in a vocational program.
   WCJC provided this example: “an in-district student taking 19 credit hours will pay around $1,214 – the same amount a student taking only 13 hours will pay,” in a press release received June 23.
   The purpose of the policy change is to assist students in enrolling for additional courses in order to graduate in a more timely fashion and accomplish their educational goals, added the release.

Thu
30
Jun

WCJC graduate serving crucial role with Bay City Crisis Center

WCJC photo
Wharton County Junior College graduate Brittany Wisch of West Columbia works with abused children in her role as forensic interviewer for The Crisis Center in Bay City. From left are The Crisis Center’s Executive Director Eugene Davis, Wisch and WCJC Human Services Program Director Victoria Schultz.

   BAY CITY  – Working with abused children requires a delicate balance of compassion and objectivity – qualities that Wharton County Junior College graduate Brittany Wisch has developed over the course of her life.
   “Whether it’s fostering abandoned animals or helping kids, I feel like I’ve always been drawn toward advocating for others,” said Wisch, a West Columbia native. 
   “It’s always been my hope that I can help out in some small way.”
   As a forensic interviewer for The Crisis Center – which provides services for abused women and children in Matagorda and Wharton counties – Wisch spends her days talking with children who have oftentimes endured unspeakable acts of violence or abuse. 
   Her job is to help determine whether or not abuse has occurred and, if so, provide evidence that can later be used in criminal prosecution.
   Sound like a tough job? 

Thu
30
Jun

BCPD adopts emergency plan

   With hurricane season upon us, you can find a lot of information on what you should do to protect yourself and your property, but do you know what to expect from your local emergency service departments? 
   The Bay City Emergency Management Plan has been adopted to help prepare a response to and recover from extreme hazards and emergencies.
   BCPD works closely with other city offices including the Mayor’s office to determine what would be best for the citizens of Bay City.  
   The primary concern for BCPD is the protection of life and property, enforcement of criminal laws, and coordination or assistance in the movement of people and resources in and around the affected area.  
   In the event of an emergency such as a hurricane, the BCPD Emergency Disaster Plan will be implemented.  

Thu
30
Jun

"WCJC will offer block schedules" by: Jessica Shepard

      Wharton County Junior College will offer block scheduling for students enrolled in allied health, nursing and career and technology associate degree and certificate programs.
   WCJC will offer block scheduling for its Electronics Engineering Technology and Process Technology associate degree programs, Automotive Technology, Cosmetology and Welding Technology certificate programs.
   Allied health programs for Surgical Technology and Vocational Nursing already offer block scheduling.
   “Block scheduling at WCJC means students will have the opportunity to register for courses specific to their selected vocational program, grouped by semester and offered at predictive times,” said WCJC President Betty McCrohan.
   “Knowing which courses are offered semester to semester, students will gain the predictability they need to balance jobs and family needs with class attendance so they can complete their degrees in a timely manner.”

Thu
23
Jun

"Trustees OK 3% raise for BCISD employees" by: Jessica Shepard

   Bay City school trustees approved a 3 percent raise for all district employees as part of the fiscal 2016-2017 budget during Monday’s regular meeting, June 20. 
   “All employees for Bay City ISD will receive a 3 percent pay raise,” said Director of Business Richard Johnson. 
   He said the budget totals $36.8 million. 
   “That includes a deficit of $1,546,340,” he said.  
   The salary increase percentage came from workshop meetings with district staff and the board. 
   “After our workshop, things improved on the budget,” said trustee Bobby Kimball. 
   “At the last meeting, didn’t we discuss doing another workshop?” asked trustee Frankie Cole. 
   Board president Robert Klepac said no. 
   “He (Johnson) was supposed to give us some more information before we vote on the budget,” said Cole. 
   The board had two budget workshops. 

Thu
23
Jun

"Car show draws admirers" by: Mike Reddell

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
Last Saturday’s downtown car featured lots of beautiful custom jobs that drew admiring looks from a wide range of generations as shown in photos above, and below right.

   Bay City Market Days’ Historic Street Heat Car, Truck and Motorcyle Show brought throngs of people downtown Saturday. 
   There were 76 vehicles on display along Avenue G, between Sixth and Fifth streets, and crowds were drawn to the car show and to Market Days around the square. 
   The car show raised  $1,900 for the Boys & Girls Club of Bay City and Matagorda County, said event coordinator MaLinda Reddell. 
   “I thought the car show was great,” said Bobby Wilkinson, owner of Bay City Abstract, who participated in his first car show with his 1965 Corvette Stingray. 
   “It was a real good turnout,” Wilkinson said.     
   “I think you could build from this – you just need more room,” Wilkinson pointed out.  
   Most of the vehicles were in the block-long Avenue G off downtown, because of problems closing other streets around the square. 

Thu
23
Jun

A fun way to travel

This young man discovers an amusing attraction - the zip line - at the Full Moon Food Truck Festival Saturday at the Matagorda County Birding Nature Center. The first-ever event was popular, with plenty of food, beverages and fellowship. Several families arrived prepared to enjoy an outdoor setting with friends. There was music - of course - plus games and crafts for children. See Page 2 for a wrapup of events.
Sentinel photo/MaLinda Reddell

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