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Thu
28
Jan

Inaugural Camofest draws sell-out crowd

Bay City Sentinel/Jessica Shepard
Wild game fare was a great draw for Camofest in downtown Bay City Saturday.

   The first ever Camofest was a sell-out success last Saturday.
   Avenue G between fifth and sixth streets was packed!
   “Some of those attending donated their tickets back for us to resell,” said Alicia Waters, co-director of Main Street and promotional committee chairman.
   “A perfect example of Bay City's generosity.”
   That means there were over 500 in attendance.
   “Participants were from far away as Austin, Round Rock, Houston, Katy and of course Matagorda County,” she said.
   Waters is already brainstorming ways to make Camofest 2017 bigger and better than this year’s.
   “We plan on making it bigger to accommodate a larger crowd.” She said.
   “We recognize you can always improve on processes but we are very pleased with our first year’s results.” 
   There was plenty of wine, beer, soda and food to go around.

Thu
28
Jan

Tiger Dome now open!

Bay City Sentinel/Don Cudd
The Tidehaven High School band looks on from its new digs during basketball games in the school's brand new dome arena, which opened Jan. 22. Tidehaven's boys and girls basketball teams both lost their opening night games in the new building, but Tigerrette Chelcy Broussard made history by scoring Tidehaven's first-ever basket in the dome. FEMA paid for most of the dome's construction, and the building will double as a storm shelter for first responders.

Thu
28
Jan

Court moves payroll, HR back to treasurer

   A new payroll and human resources sub-department will be separate from yet answerable to the County Treasurer’s office, Commissioners Court decided Monday, Jan. 25.
    Payroll and human resources were removed amid considerable turmoil from the treasurer’s office last year and temporarily placed in the County Auditor’s department.
   On Monday, commissioners were asked to decide on placing the sub-department of payroll and HR under the auditor or treasurer and the court chose the treasurer’s department, with the new office operational by April 1.
    “I apologize about all that has taken place over the past eight or nine months,” Precinct 2 Commissioner Kent Pollard told the court    room Monday morning.
    “Anytime humans are involved in the process there were be a certain amount (of problems),” Pollard noted, as he voted for the sub-department to go under County Treasurer Tammy McDonald. He was joined in his vote by the other three commissioners.

Thu
28
Jan

Petitions circulate for ‘dry’ election

Petitions currently circulating throughout Bay City are the first step in Bay City Chamber of Commerce’s effort to help two local restaurants sell hard liquor without having to jump through bureaucratic hoops.
    “They are available in restaurants and other places across the city, and we plan to check on them to get some total numbers soon,” Chamber President Mitch Thames said late last week.
   The forms request a change to a technicality that has made a single slice of Bay City “dry” for decades. 
   They are due to City Council by Feb. 18, with at least 1,000 signatures of registered voters to give the council legal authority to put the matter to voters during the next city election in May.
    The area in question runs along Texas 35 east of downtown and includes the national chain restaurants Chili’s and Applebee’s. 

Thu
28
Jan

Senator warns about impact of EPA water rule

Bay City Sentinel/Mike Reddell
State Senator Lois Kolkhorst, center right, was guest speaker at the Matagorda County Soil and Water Conservation District awards banquet Jan. 21. Shown, from left, are: County Judge Nate McDonald; Raymond Jones Jr., district board vice president; Charles Baker, board member; Billy Mann, board chairman; and Mike Grisham, board secretary.

 State Senator Lois Kolkhorst sounded the alarm about proposed Waters of the United States (WOTUS) legislation at the Matagorda County Soil and Water Conservation District No. 316 awards banquet last week.
    The Brenham Republican told an audience of well over 150 that WOTUS – an EPA rule that would place virtually all of the nation’s waters and wetlands under federal control – “is one thing I stay awake at night” wor

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Thu
28
Jan

‘Picasso’ tickets almost gone

Contributed photo
Amy Markwordt and Steven Reis are practicing their lines during rehearsal Monday Jan. 25. Tickets for Friday’s showing are almost sold out. Get yours while you can at Green Brothers Jewelers, Town Square Restaurant and online at baycitycast.com.

   Tickets for Friday Feb. 12’s showing of “Picasso at the Lapin Agile” have almost sold out.
   There’s a similar trend progressing for Saturday.
   What does that mean for your Valentine’s Day weekend?
   There’s still quite a few left for Thursday and Sunday’s productions.
   This production will be at Town Square Restaurant, 2127 Ave. G in Bay City.
   Tickets are $30 for pre-sale and available at Green Brothers Jewelers, Town Square Restaurant and online at www.baycitycast.com.
   They’ll go up to $35 at the door.
   Ticket prices include dinner and the show.

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Thu
21
Jan

Council wants more answers from city staff

   Bay City council members complained about the lack of information from city staff on three fronts at council’s meeting last week.
   Council expressed dissatisfaction about insufficient details on building permit fees, the theater building proposal and financial reports at its regular meeting Thursday, Jan. 14.
   Works Director Marla Jasek and city inspector Otis Justice told council they looked at other cities’ building permit costs in developing the fees for Bay City.
   Council approved an ordinance with new building permit fees last October, but members became concerned on how much the new fees that were effective Jan. 1 were impacting overall residential construction costs.
   Residential building permit fees, noted City Council Member Chrystal Folse, jumped Jan. 1 from a little over $1,000 to more than $3,000 for a $200,000 house under construction.

Thu
21
Jan

Camofest wild game menus a secret

   There are currently eight teams ready to “guide” Camofest goers through a few savory samples of wild game, fowl or fish.
   However, the menus are being kept as a closely-guarded secret.
   “It is a good mix; venison in many forms, duck and I think some quail and other surprises,” said Alicia Waters, co-director of Main Street and promotional committee chairman.
   “I want to remind everyone this is a sampling of wine and food, not a full meal.”

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Thu
21
Jan

Trustees veto Brown’s contract extension

  Bay City School Superintendent Keith Brown’s contract, which runs until July 2017, was not extended after a 5-2 vote by trustees Tuesday night, Jan. 19.
   Brown faced a similar outcome from the board last year on Feb. 17.
   The superintendent’s performance is evaluated annually.
   The evaluation is based on all campuses having “Met Standard” on the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) test and reaching district goals.

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Thu
21
Jan

Hall named one of Top 10 doctors

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Joining Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. Christopher Hall, second from right, in receiving the Top 10 Doctor award from Vitals.com are, from left: Tyler Fiebrich, PA; Steve Smith, CEO of Matagorda Regional Medical Center; and Stefanie Edwards, MHA.

   Dr. Christopher Hall, M.D., an orthopedic surgeon with Matagorda Medical Group, was recently named one of the “Top 10 Doctors” by Vitals.com, a website resource that helps consumers find any type of doctor anywhere in the U. S.
   The Top 10 Doctors are chosen by patients who visit Vitals, which gets more than 100 million visitors a year. 
   Visitors to the Vitals website leave ratings and reviews, including doctors’ bedside manner, follow-up care, east of appointment setting, courtesy of office staff and overall appointment experience.
   “It is certainly nice to be recognized for hard work and dedication by this community,” said Hall. 
   “My orthopedic team strives to give patients equal or better care than they can get in Houston or elsewhere. I am proud to offer outstanding orthopedic care in a small town.” 
   Matagorda Medical Group also announced a long-term agreement with Hall.

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