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Thu
07
Jan

Loads of attractions on tap for Camofest

   Rain or shine the first ever Wild Game and Wine Camofest will fill downtown Bay City on Saturday Jan. 23. 
   “Rain, sleet or snow, wear your Camo!” said Alicia Waters, co-director of Main Street and promotional committee chairman. 
   Tickets are currently on sale and cost $15 each ($5 for children ages 5 – 12 and free for children under five), and are available at the BCCDC office at 1900 Fifth St. in Bay City. 
   From 1 – 5 p.m. ticket holders will be able to sample wine alongside wild game, fowl and fish from local hunters and guides. 
   Camofest honors Chinquapin native – and renowned artist and fisherman – Forrest Bess.  
   Bess is famous for his nature paintings, which have been showcased in museums in New York and Chicago, among many.  

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Thu
07
Jan

Crisis Center fundraiser dinner slated for Jan. 29

   The Crisis Center of Matagorda County is hosting its 9th Annual Chicken Fried Steak Dinner fundraiser from 4:30 – 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 29, at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Bay City.  
   Volunteers will be on hand frying up steaks, preparing plates and helping oversee the silent auction.  
   Tickets are $10 for dine in or drive thru plates and are available at the Crisis Center, 3010 Sixth St. in Bay City. 
   Tickets can be purchased by cash, check or credit card by phone at 979-245-9109. 
   Patrons that dine in will be able to enjoy the silent auction and entertainment. 
   Funds raised will help support the programs of the Crisis Center which include: 

  •     Domestic Violence 
  •     Sexual Assault 
  •     Prevention Education 
  •     Children’s Advocacy Center 

   Sponsorships for the event are available from $100 to $2,500 in varying increments. 

 

Thu
07
Jan

Children flock quickly to new playground

Bay City Parks & Recreation
The new playground and equipment at Highland Park.

   New playground and equipment for Highland Park were recently installed, and were immediately put to use by children, said Kelly Penewitt, city parks and recreation supervisior. 
   “Children were playing as soon as they finished installing the wood fibar base under the playground.  When I asked them about the new playground they all said that it was great and absolutely loved the colors – so bright and vibrant!” Penewitt said.   
   “The new playground has three slides, two climbing areas, tic tac toe and so much more and a new two-bay swing set with swing seats for toddlers and older children,” she noted. 
   The previous playground consisted of a slide, swing set and caterpillar climber.   
   “We went with recycled plastic playgrounds at the park due to its durability. These playgrounds are lighter and softer, yet sturdy, alternative to traditional steel and timber products.   

Thu
07
Jan

‘Baby It’s Cold Outside’ at USO Jan. 16

   The Bay City Parks and Recreation Department is encouraging everyone to dress up in your holiday best and put on your dancing shoes. 
   They’re hosting the second annual “Baby It’s Cold Outside” Dance on from 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 16, at the USO Service Center at the corner of Avenue M and Texas 35.   
   “Keep warm by the fireplace or by dancing to some of your favorite tunes,” said Parks and Rec director Kelly Penewitt. 
   Tickets are on sale now at the Parks and Recreation Office located at 1217 Avenue J and will also be available at the door. 
   Tickets are $10 per person or $50 for a table of eight.   
   “Our color scheme is black, gold and silver,” said Aquatics and Recreation Specialist Ronda Espinosa. 
   Light refreshments and set ups will be sold. 
   Real Deal Grill will feature its menu during the event as well.   
   DJ Tommy Blaze will provide the music for the evening.  

Thu
07
Jan

Going Up...

Sentinel Photo/Mike Reddell
Construction continues on Bay City’s new Fairfield Inn. The national hotel chain broke ground for the new building late last year, and opening is expected in 2016. The site is on TX 35 across the street from Bay City High School. The new inn will be one of several that have either recently opened or are under construction along TX 35 in the city.

Thu
07
Jan

Explorers plan open house

Bay City Police Explorer Post 2226 will be hosting an open house on Jan. 11 at 7 p.m.at the city fire department. 
   The meeting will be open to anyone 14-20 years old and interested in a career in law enforcement. Parents are also welcome.
   Several local law enforcement officers will introduce themselves at the meeting and there will be a variety of activities designed to help attendees get a feel for what life as a police officer is like.  Pizza and other refreshments will be provided.
   The post’s mission is to introduce young people to law enforcement career options.  
    Anyone with questions about the meeting or about Explorers in general should contact  or contact Irene Kjergaard of the Bay City Police Department at 979-323-1113 or ikjergaard@cityofbaycity.org.

 

Thu
31
Dec

Dunn open for business

Sentinel Photo/Mike Reddell
Dunn Heat Exchangers plant on Texas 60 north has 225,000 square feet.

   Dunn Heat Exchangers sprawling plant on Texas 60 north is open and ready for business.
   The newly completed Bay City operations now join Dunn’s Texas City headquarters plant in repairing and cleaning hydrocarbon-contaminated equipment used in the oil and gas, petrochemical and power-generation industries.
   “We’re open for business,” said Bay City plant manager Jamie Todd, “And we’re in good shape.”
   The plant encompasses a total of 225,000 square feet and two 75-ton cranes on its 18-acre industrial site.
   “Everything is pretty good,” said Todd.

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Thu
31
Dec

Districts comply with open carry

   Bay City, Tidehaven and Van Vleck ISD Superintendents said that their districts are complying with the “Open Carry” law that takes effect Friday, Jan. 1.
   All districts are following the law in regards to their campuses, premises and buses.
   For them, there have been no real changes in how they handle their operations in regards to “Open Carry.”
   That includes citing the Texas Penal Code 46.03 “Places Weapons Prohibited,” a law that will stand in effect until Aug. 1, 2016.

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Thu
31
Dec

County OKs process for JP job applicants

   A process for people to apply for the Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace position was approved by the Matagorda County Commissioners Court at its regular meeting Monday, Dec. 28.
   Jeanette Bell recently announced her resignation from the post effective Jan. 17. She will be joining the District Attorney’s staff.
   “The first step is having people apply,” County Attorney Denise Fortenberry told commissioners.
   Applications for the job are due by 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 7.
   Once the applications are received, the applicants’ qualifications will be reviewed by a committee.

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Thu
31
Dec

BCPD Awards different divisions

Contributed photo
During the City of Bay City’s Christmas Party, several Bay City police department employees (different divisions) received awards for dedicated service to the city and police department. Pete Guzman, center, was honored as employee of the rear/patrol division. Flanking Guzman are Captain Rober Lister, left, and Sgt. James Reckaway.

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