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Apr

Candidate Q & A

Bay City city council and school board candidates took part in a forum Tuesday night at Bay City Civic Center. Council hopefuls, from left, Brady Bowers, Incumbent Carolyn Thames and candidate Esau Rodriguez field questions. The Sentinel’s city and school candidate Q&A is inside on pages 6 and 7.

 

 

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23
Apr

Officers raid gambling house

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
Owner of raided residence talks with officers Friday afternoon.

   A Bay City gambling operation was raided by an eight-officer team that seized five, eight-liner machines, plus money, and arrested the female owner of the residence Friday afternoon, April 17.
   Flor Nevarez Gonzalez, 57, of Bay City, was arrested on a single charge of Keeping a Gambling Place, a Class A misdemeanor, and was booked into Matagorda County Jail, said Bay City Police Lt. Clayton Ryman.
   “It’s rare to find a gambling operation inside a residence,” Ryman noted. The raid included both Bay City police officers and Matagorda County Sheriff’s deputies.
   The raid at 1704 M Street at 1:45 p.m. Friday, was a Matagorda County Narcotics Task Force operation, Ryman said.
   There were five people inside the modest frame residence when the raid happened and a man drove up just as the operation commenced.
   Officers questioned, but didn’t arrest, the man, and the people in-
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Apr

Treasureer's office draws Pollard's fire

   Matagorda County Commissioner Kent Pollard was unhappy with the county’s treasurer’s office after commissioners approved the November 2014 financial report at their regular meeting Monday, April 20.
   “We’re just now approving the November 2014 report when we’re almost finished with the fourth month of 2015,” said Pollard, Precinct 2 commissioner.
   “This is an ongoing problem” of the court being months behind on financial reports,” Pollard added.
   Commissioners should be looking at current expenses on a monthly basis.
   “It’s something that needs to be corrected,” the commissioner said.
   County Tax Assessor-Collector Cristyn Hallmark said that one department is running behind, not all of them. 

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23
Apr

Foundation hopes purses will help pay for imaging machine

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
Tiffany Foltyn is framed by several new, brand-name purses that will be up for bid at Power of the Purse May 7 at Bay City Service Center. The event’s goal is to help raise money for 3-D mammography equipment at Matagorda Regional Medical Center.

A new 3-D mammogram machine to enhance Matagorda Regional Medical Center’s (MRMC) radiology services for women is this year’s goal for the Fourth Annual Power of the Purse Thursday, May 7, at the Bay City Service Center.
   “This is a women’s health initiative,” said Tiffany Foltyn, executive director of the MRMC Foundation.
   Adding the 3-D machine will provide even clearer images than the digital mammogram equipment that the 2013 Power of the Purse helped purchase.
   Clearer 3-D images will help radiologists determine if a mass within a women’s breast is benign - possibly avoiding a biopsy, a trip to a larger metropolitan hospital with a 3-D machine and easing the fear of the unknown, Foltyn said.
   The new 3-D imaging equipment will cost about $300,000 and this year’s Power of the Purse aims to raise about $36,000.
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23
Apr

Cleanup volunteers number in hundreds

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
Matagorda Cleanup Coordinator Peggy Stanley talks with volunteers Saturday morning.

   Impending inclement weather might have diminished volunteer help - but apparently not the enthusiasm - for the Sargent and Matagorda beach cleanups last Saturday, coordinators for both events said.
   Peggy Stanley coordinator of this year’s Matagorda cleanup said there were 132 volunteers signed up for picking up litter on five miles of beach. 
   “We collected 9,900 pounds,” Stanley said.
   “Everyone had a good time and the turnout was impressive considering the weather!”
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23
Apr

Crawfish extravaganza

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
Booming blasts of thunder and heavy rain outside the Bay City Civic Center didn’t discourage people from attending and diving into heaping plates of crawfish and shrmp at the annual crawfish boil put on by the Bay City Chamber of Commerce agriculture committee.

Thu
23
Apr

New Cherry, BCJH principals hired

   Trustees approved the employment of two new principals for the 2015-2016 school year.
   Merideth Dodd and Dr. Keely Coufal are heading up Cherry Elementary and Bay City Junior High, respectively.
   Coufal has been an assistant principal at Park View Intermediate at Pasadena ISD since 2010.
   Before that, she taught sixth and seventh grade reading and English from 2001-2009.
   Dodd has been the assistant principal at Tenie Holmes Elementary school in Bay City ISD since August 2012.
   Prior to that, she also taught aquatic science and environmental systems; served as a co-teacher for anatomy and physiology, taught integrated physics and chemistry (IPC), and biology at Weatherford High 
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23
Apr

51st live oak sale sells 93 trees this year

   The 51st Annual Live Oak Memorial Tree Sale sold 93 trees this year.
   That includes Live Oaks, Crepe Myrtles and Sago Palms.
   “The live oak tree is always the most popular at the sale,” said Bay City Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture President Mitch Thames.
   The sale itself spanned two days from Friday, April 17 to Saturday April 18.
   Thames addressed concerns that the weather impacted sales this year.
   “We are certainly in an unusual weather pattern,” said Thames.
   “We have been dry for so many years. It is difficult to tie sales and weather because our community is so giving.”

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23
Apr

'Bark' key Love of Animals fundraiser

   Le Tulle Park is going to the dogs!
   The “2nd Annual Bark in the Park Walk-A-Thon” will be all-day Saturday, April 25  starting at 9 a.m.
   “It is our largest fundraiser for the year,” said For the Love of Animals member Cheryl Stahle.
   Dr. Jim Davant and Bay City Feed will host their 18thAnnual Free Rabies Vaccination Clinic from 8-11 a.m.
   Davant and Bay City Feed will be set up by the big barbecue pits on the left near the entrance of the park.
   The first vaccination for each household is free, but all following vaccinations are only $7.50 per dog.
   Vaccinations and other “Bark in the Park” events are for dogs only and can be registered for at the same time.
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23
Apr

Sargent Cookoff line

Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard
Over 15 teams fired up their grills for the Sargent Volunteer Fire Department barbecue cookoff Saturday, April 18. Volunteers and members of the fire department manned raffle ticket stations, plus sold, judged and served plates of food.

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