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Knowledge Bowl raises $3,000 to benefit LVA work

Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard
Student Knowledge Bowl Winners of 2015 are, from left, Ryan Rilly, Kelly Bacon, Trevor Smith and Leah Hanna, otherwise known as “PMS."

   About $3,000 was made through sponsorships, team entry fees and other donations for the 2015 Literacy Volunteers of America Matagorda County 18th Annual Knowledge Bowl Thursday Feb. 26.
   Student Winners of 2015 are Ryan Rilly, Kelly Bacon, Trevor Smith and Leah Hanna, otherwise known as “PMS.”
   A total of 18 teams of four met at VFW Post 2438 in Bay City that night to duke it out. 
   There were six student teams and 12 adult teams ranging all across the county. 

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05
Mar

Vandals bash 33 Sargent mailboxes

  A total of 33 residential mailboxes were damaged or destroyed along Red Bend Road (CR 291) in Sargent, the Matagorda County Sheriff’s Office reported Feb. 22.
   Several others on Creekside Drive were similarly damaged, reports show.
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05
Mar

County asked to funds costs for installing repeater

   Several Matagorda County lawmen shared problems in communicating with their departments’ dispatchers as they asked the county to fund about $61,000 to install a communications repeater atop a tower near Palacios.
   A $250,000 repeater - an electronic device that receives a signal and retransmits it at a higher level or higher power – was purchased several years during former sheriff James Mitchell’s tenure, Matagorda Emergency Management Coordinator Doug Matthes told commissioners court Monday morning.

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Fri
27
Feb

Friday filings closed at 5 p.m.

Two open seats on the Bay City school board has seven candidates, while six hopefuls have filed for the three city council posts up for election May 9.

Filing for the Bay City school board and city council ended at 5 p.m. today.

Fri
27
Feb

Tribune to manage Market Day

   Operation of the Bay City Market Days on the courthouse square will be in the hands of the Bay City Tribune when it begins its 2015 schedule March 21. 
      The Bay City Chamber of Commerce is turning over the reins of the event, which the chamber has run since Market Days’ inception in 1992, to Tribune Publisher Brandon Cox and his wife Kayla. 
Fri
27
Feb

Matagorda County still no. 1 bird site

Buff-breasted Sandpiper voted best species of this year's count.

   It is official: Matagorda County remains No. 1 in the Audubon Christmas Bird County in North America. 
   A total of 234 bird species – up from 228 the year before - were seen during the 115th Annual Matagorda County Mad Island Marsh Christmas Bird Count Dec. 15. 
   While the day’s events and preliminary count were reported shortly after the Dec. 15 tally, final results were not immediately released, as organizers pored over some species documentation. 
   Now that results are final, it means the Matagorda County bird count has boasted the highest number of species for 17 years. 

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Fri
27
Feb

Filings slow for May 9 city, school races

   One new candidate filed for Bay City council in the May 9 city and school board races here, while there were no new filings for trustee by presstime Tuesday.
   Joyce Brown filed for city council, challenging Place 4 incumbent Steven Johnson.
   Johnson and the two other council incumbents up for election, Carolyn Thames in Place 5 and Chrystal Folse, Place 3, have filed.
Fri
27
Feb

9 businesses pass tobacco inspection

   Bay City police officer Tommie Tabares headed up an undercover operation targeting clerks who illegally sell tobacco products to minors on Feb. 19. 
   Officers from the communications and patrol divisions assisted with this operation. 
   During these operations, a minor is sent into the business and attempts to purchase tobacco from the clerk.  
   If the clerk sells the tobacco product to the minor, the clerk is issued a citation for the offense of “Selling Tobacco to a Minor.” The clerk must then appear in court for the charges. 
Fri
27
Feb

THC recognizes Bay City Main Street progress

Contributed photo
The Main Street Board includes, front row (from left), Alice Lowery, Alicia Waters and Eva Peterson. The back row, from left, includes Mark Stoub, DC Dunham, Rosalyn White, Karen Hitzfeld, Carol Ann Huitt, Gertrude Hardy, Ann Ryan, De Ann Snead, Becca Sitz and David Holubec.

   The Texas Historical Commission (THC) commended Bay City  
   Main Street for successful annual progress as a designated Main Street community, one of 60 to be recognized this year.  
   Bay City has been a sustaining Texas Main Street city since 1992, making Bay City one of the oldest Main Street programs in Texas. 
   The Main Street program in Texas began in 1981 as one of the first state coordinating programs in the country. 

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Fri
27
Feb

Over 35 take part in talent show, public speaking contest

Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard
Kenzie Brown and Victoria Sliva won the children’s group round with their dance to “Rainbow Connection” by Kermit the Frog.

   On Sunday, over 35 local youth participated in the Talent Show and Public Speaking Contest at the Bay City Civic Center. 
   Talent Show acts were divided into solo and group performers amongst three different age categories. 
   Children, junior and senior age groups all had their own performers. 

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