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Thu
12
Nov

Bay City sales tax rebates continue to show steady rise in economy

Bay City sales tax rebates from the state continue to rise as November allocations were up 6 percent from the same month a year ago and 14 percent for 2015 payments to date over the same period last year.
   Palacios saw a rise of 7 percent for its November payments, but the payments to date lagged by about 7 percent compared to 2014.

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Thu
05
Nov

New training center celebrated

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
WCJC President Betty McCrohan introduces Tenaris North America President German Cura at the Bay City Training Center open house Thursday, Oct. 29.

Local civic, business and government leaders joined Tenaris and Wharton County Junior College officials at an open house for the recently completed Bay City Training Center Thursday, Oct. 29.
   An estimated 125 people attended the Bay City Community Development Corporation event for its $1.2 million building that will house WCJC’s Manufacturing Technology program that includes machining, hydraulics and welding technical training.
   “This public/private partnership has definitely been a win/win situation,” BCCDC Board President Bobby Wilkinson told the gathering at Center for Energy Development (CED). The new training center is next door to CED.
   “Financing the cost of this training center is one of the best investments in our young people the BCCDC and its partners, STP Nuclear, Celanese, Oxea, Lyondell Basell and Tenaris could ever make,” Wilkinson said.

Thu
05
Nov

Hardin to consider trial testimony

   Testimony in the nine-day trial on Tres Palacios Gas Storage lawsuit over Matagorda Central Appraisal District 2012 and 2013 property valuations ended last Thursday, and now it’s up to 23rd District Judge Ben Hardin to decide.
   In addition to hours of trial testimony, there are about 85,000 pages of court-filed documents in a case where the two sides are about $300 million apart on Tres Palacios’ valuations in those two years.
   The Clemville natural gas storage company – owned by Houston-based and publicly traded Crestwood Equity Partners – claims a $60-90 million value on its property that was purchased for $720 million in 2010.
   MCAD’s taxable valuations are about $390 million for both 2012 and 2013. The initial tax appraisal after the 2010 purchase was $414 million.
   Hardin politely sent the press from the courtroom several times during the trial at the insistence of Tres Palacios attorneys.

Thu
05
Nov

County voters OK all 7 amendments

Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard
A steady flow of voters cast their ballots at the Bay City Service Center Tuesday before the polls closed.

   Local voters approved all amendments to the Texas Constitution as put forward by the 84th Legislature Tuesday.
   Of the 20,718 registered voters in Matagorda County, 12 percent or roughly 2,600 participated in this special election.
   A total of 1,066 votes from Bay City and Palacios came from early voting that ended Oct. 30.
   That is a definite increase from Matagorda County Clerk Janet Hickl’s prediction of 600 last Tuesday.
   “People love the new machines,” said Hickl.
   Matagorda County’s new machines are known as the eSlate.
   Featuring a touch wheel, bright LCD screen and an all-digital system the eSlate cuts the amount of paperwork voters and poll workers have to do.
   “The machines were easy and fast,” said Allison Sliva, who was an early voter.
   Hart InterCivic is based in Austin.

Thu
05
Nov

Pilot Club event grosses $18,000

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
Batman, AKA Steve Smith, and Dr. Andrew Sher, at the Celebrity Waiter fundraiser.

   The Pilot Club of Bay City’s 5th Annual Celebrity Waiter Fundraiser grossed over $18,000 Oct. 29.
   “That means we made about $16,000 after expenses,” said Pilot Club fundraising chairwoman Theresa Knebel.
   “The fundraiser gets bigger and better every year and we’re grateful for everyone involved.”
   

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Thu
05
Nov

Upbring Head Start grand opening

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The grand opening for Upbring Head Start – Bay City Center – was Thursday, Oct. 29. The center is one of four Upbring operates in Wharton and Matagorda counties. A total of 115 children are served at the Bay City Center, between Head Start (3-5 yrs) and Early Head Start (0-3 yrs). Some 259 children are served between the four centers. Pictured are, from left: Carol Wootton, Field Representative, Congressman Blake Farenthold’s office; Steve Angell, Head Start program director; Andrew Benscoter, vice president of Education and Innovation, Upbring; Dr. Kurt Senske, president and CEO, Upbring; Mayor Mark Bricker; Pastor Laura Olson, St. Paul Lutheran Church, Wharton; Lillie Stone, director of Bay City Center.

Thu
05
Nov

Annual BCPD, FUMC food drive begins

   Over 560 families were served last year during The Bay City Police Department and the First United Methodist Church of Bay City’s annual county-wide food drive and distribution goals.
   “Many police officers and community volunteers have seen what a difference this effort makes in people’s lives and we want to continue to carry that vision into the future,” said Captain Christella Rodriguez of the Bay City Police Department.
   Last year’s efforts show just how much this event has grown from the original 35 families in 1989.
   Currently, they are soliciting donations from the community for tax-deductible donations to purchase can goods and other non-perishable items.

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Thu
05
Nov

Veteran’s Day closings

   Veteran’s Day falls this year on Wednesday, Nov. 11.
   All city and county offices are closed but will open again at normal operating hours Thursday, Nov. 12.
   Trash pick-ups will maintain their normal schedule for that day.
   All banks are closed in observance and will reopen at regular time Thursday.
   Federal offices are also closed, including the United States Postal Service.
   The postal service and federal offices will open at routine business hours on Thursday.
   All schools are open regular hours throughout the county. 

Thu
05
Nov

1st equipment piece installed inside Tenaris

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   In a calculated and controlled operation Tuesday, Nov. 3, Tenaris crews hoisted into place the first piece of equipment inside TenarisBayCity’s main industrial building – an overhead crane weighing 86-metric tons.
   “Another important milestone for the project has been achieved,” said Giuseppe Randazzo, Operations Director, TenarisBayCity. 
   “The installation of the first crane will allow us to move equipment and material in the bay to support the start-up of the electromechanical installation.”
   Teams started preparing for the undertaking yesterday, mobilizing two 318 metric-ton mobile cranes, positioning a lifting frame, securing the entire structure and performing a dry-run of the operation to ensure a successful installation.

Thu
29
Oct

BCHS crowns Homecoming Royalty

The 2015 Bay City Homecoming King Patrick Gipson and Homecoming Queen Bren'Yae Mitchell, are all smiles at their crowning before the clash between the Blackcats and El Campo Ricebirds.
Sentinel photos/Mike Reddell

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