News

Thu
24
Dec

Entertainment center plat gets planning OK

Sentinel Photo/Mike Reddell
Assistant Public Works Director Marla Janek, far left, discusses the entertainment center plat to planning commission members.

The property plat for the proposed 12-acre Bay City Entertainment Center received unanimous approval from the Bay City Planning Commission at its special called meeting Thursday, Dec. 17.
   The center’s initial plan for the site at the intersection of Texas 35 and McCrosky Road east of Bay City projects the cinema complex with seven acres and five acres in the proposed retail section.
   The project is a private-public partnership between Schulman Movie Bowl Grill Company and Bay City Community Development Corporation (BCCDC)  
   Planning commissioners also looked at related issues to the multi-year phased development – land plan, possible road expansion and drainage. 
   “We don’t have a land plan”, said Marla Janek, assistant public works director, who discussed the plat with commissioners.

To read more, please log in or subscribe to our digital edition. 

Thu
24
Dec

Sheriff: ‘Play it by ear’ on open carry

   Several Matagorda County law enforcement and school officials clarified for The Sentinel last week, what local residents can expect from Texas’s new “Open Carry” law set to take effect Jan. 1.
   The state legislature approved the new law last March. 
   In general, it allows anyone with a Concealed Handgun License (CHL) to carry a weapon openly in a shoulder or belt holster. 
   In fact the new law officially changes CHL to License to Carry.
   Though the law makes no other significant changes in how or where weapons may be worn - until Aug.1 when concealed guns will be allowed for the first time on public college campuses - the prospect of private citizens displaying guns in public has many on edge across the state.

To read more, please log in or subscribe to our digital edition. 

Thu
24
Dec

WCA: New management, policies for Bay City

  WCA has replaced its Bay City managers and developed new practices for improving waste and brush pickup here, city council was told at its meeting Thursday, Dec. 17.
   “A few shortfalls in training, practices and customer issues,” were occurring, a WCA official told council. 
   “There were changes that needed to be made. We have to set a certain tone at that site and it wasn’t being done,” he said.
   Part of the company’s problems locally were caused by “improvements and staff practices (that) haven’t been executed.
   “The operation’s managers have to set a certain tone at that site and it wasn’t being done,” the official said.
   WCA officials also plan to do a better job explaining how waste and brush must be handled for pickup, such as mailing brochures to Bay City customers.

To read more, please log in or subscribe to our digital edition. 

Thu
24
Dec

Deputy’s car hit from rear on Texas 35

   After a Matagorda County deputy sheriff removed a couch, mattress and table off Texas 35 east Sunday evening and got back into his cruiser – with all of its emergency lights flashing – it was struck from behind by a pickup truck.
   Both the officer, who had neck and back injuries, and the driver of the pickup truck were treated and released at Matagorda Regional Medical Center, said Sheriff Skipper Osborne.

To read more, please log in or subscirbe to our digital ediiton. 

Thu
24
Dec

Couple decides to give yogurt a swirl

 Rick and Judy Malachowski are branching out into a frozen yogurt venture next spring.
   The family arrived in Bay City in 2008.
   “While we have ‘only’ lived here for seven years or so, we have been overwhelmed by the positive response we have received,” said Malachowski.
   “As Bay City is our home we don’t plan to open any others elsewhere.”
   The Malachowskis are former owners of Bay City’s McDonald’s restaurants and sold their franchise in April 2015.
    “We wanted the same options to treat ourselves here in Bay City that we found in other nearby cities,” said Malachowski.
   “Frozen yogurt was our choice for several reasons. It has nearly half the calories of ice cream, is very low fat, naturally gluten free, contains no high-fructose corn syrup and best of all, ‘making’ your own is just fun!”

Thu
24
Dec

BCPD sting targets store clerks selling tobacco to minors

   Ten local businesses were inspected as part of a Bay City Police Department sting Dec. 14 that targeted clerks who illegally sell tobacco products to minors.
   Of the 10 businesses, eight were in compliance and two were cited in noncompliance with the state law prohibiting selling tobacco to minors, said BCPD Lt. Irene Kjergaard.
   Bay City police officer Tommie Tabares directed the undercover operation targeting clerks, assisted by personnel from patrol, crime scene and communications.
   In these operations, a minor is sent into the business and attempts to buy 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, Kjergaard said.

Thu
17
Dec

Bird count shows strong numbers

This is the 15-mile diameter counting circle that birders work in. Marshes, prairies, industrial landscapes and beaches are only part of the diversity found in the Matagorda Mad Island Marsh Christmas Bird Count.

   A preliminary total of 232 bird species were tallied Monday night at the 22nd Annual Mad Island Marsh Christmas Bird Count (CBC).
   The Matagorda CBC is part of the 116th Annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count of North America.  
   There are nearly seven other rare birds that require identification before being counted in the total.
   That puts Matagorda County down by two from last year’s 234.
   “We’re probably in the top five of the nation still,” said Brent Ortego, Wildlife Diversity Biologist.
   Ortego cites Santa Barbara, Calif., and the Guadalupe River Delta, Texas, count circles as main contenders for the number one title.
   “We get better quality over quantity on the Peninsula,” said Ortego, in reference to the various species found in Matagorda.

To read more, please log in or subscribe to our digital edition. 

Thu
17
Dec

Griffith receives 2015 George Holst Award

Michael Griffith

   MATAGORDA – Michael D. Griffith, Bay City CPA and Chairman of the Port of Bay City Authority, was named the 2015 George Holst Award recipient for excellence in community vision and economic leadership in Matagorda County during Matagorda County Economic Development Corporation’s annual meeting at Poco Playa Restaurant Thursday night, Dec. 10.
    In keeping with tradition, Erwin Ward, the 2014 George Holst Award recipient, presented the award. 
    Griffith couldn’t attend the event due to his position as chairman of the Port of Bay City Authority. He was attending an out-of-town training workshop for Public Funds Investment Officers. Jim Frankson, Griffith’s business partner and 2002 George Holst Award recipient, accepted the award on his behalf.

To read more, please log in or susbcribe to our digital edition. 

Thu
17
Dec

Shopping, sharing bonds kids, police

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
There were lots of smiles between children and police officers at Shop with a Cop Dec. 9.

Shop with a Cop is proving to be a great, two-way event for the kids and adults alike.
   First, the 24 children – 26 were invited - in the third year of Shop with a Cop were thrilled to shop for gifts amid Wal-Mart aisles with the Bay City and Bay City ISD police departments’ staff members.  
   The local kids, ranging in age from three to 14, were paired with the police departments’ employees at the Dec. 9 event. 
   Each child was given $125 to spend – up from $100 last year, thanks to fund-raising efforts and generous donations from churches, businesses, citizens before the event, said Bay City Police Lieutenant Clayton Ryman.

To read more, please log in or subscribe to our digital edition. 

Thu
17
Dec

Bell steps down as JP

Jeanette Bell’s resignation as Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace – to take a position in the district attorney’s office – was accepted by the Matagorda County Commissioners Court Monday.
   “I have received an offer to serve the citizens of Matagorda County in a different position and after careful consideration I realize that this opportunity is too important and exciting for me to decline,” Bell wrote in her resignation letter to the court.

To read more, please log in or subscribe to our digital edition. 

Pages

Subscribe to RSS - News