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10
Mar

Town Hall meeting focus on arts center

Bay City Sentinel/Jessica Shepard
Port of Bay City Authority Chairman Mike Griffith voiced his concerns and support for the "Theater Arts Center" proposal during the City's town hall informational meeting Tuesday night.

   About 30 citizens braved the weather warnings Tuesday night to attend the town hall meeting discussing the proposed Theatre Arts Center.
   The Theatre Arts Center would be housed in the current vacant “Texan Thatre” building at 2227 Ave. F.
   The building is being donated to the city from Ignite church.
   Bay City’s former mayor Richard Knapik was joined by current mayor Mark Bricker to present a summary of the proposal and provide a platform for answering questions from concerned citizens.
   The project is estimated to cost $3 million and take at least five years to complete, said Knapik.
   “Right now it’s in four phases,” he said.
   “The first would be to get an architect in here and design it how we want it, then continue from there.”
   The projected cost of the Center would be offset by grants, donations and use of the Hotel Occupancy Tax (HOT) funds.

Thu
10
Mar

Culver named 2016 Cattlemen of the Year

Bay City Sentinel/Mike Reddell
Ray "Bubba" Culver Jr. is the 2016 Cattlemen of the Year. The Matagorda County rancher received the honor from the Bay City Chamber of Commerce & Agriculture's Ag Committee Thursday at the Matagorda County Fair & Livestock Association rodeo arena. Presenting the annual award were Iris Welfel, chamber chairman, and Stephen Zapalac, Ag Committee chairman.

Thu
10
Mar

Livestock show sales increase over last year

Bay City Sentinel/MaLinda Reddell
Van Vleck High School sophomore Jenna Schulz shows off her grand champion steer during the junior livestock auction Saturday at the Matagorda County Fair & Livestock Show. Behind Schulz are Susan Frankson and auctioneer Joe Adams of Cuero.

  Preliminary estimates show last Saturday’s Matagorda County junior livestock auction sales Plus the Commercial Heifer Sale the weekend before will total more than $800,000, exceeding last year’s totals.
   This year’s total reflects fewer auction animals than last year, yet higher prices per lot, said Brent Batchelor, Matagorda County Agent-Agriculture.
   The projected total, Batchelor points out, includes the junior livestock sale, the heifer auction and add-ons – money added to an animal’s sales price after the auction.
   The junior livestock auction – a major part of the Matagorda County Fair & Livestock Show – brings together the devotion that 4-H and FFA kids give to their projects and the buyers groups’ and individuals dedication in gathering funds to bid on the animals.
   “It is kind of unique in that they’re rewarded for their work,” Batchelor said of the livestock auction, adding “the buyers groups are part of that effort.”

Thu
10
Mar

BCCDC seeks bids on theater complex

    Architectural plans for bidding requests on two Schulman Movie Bowl Grill projects – the entertainment center and the parking lot - went to six contractors, D.C. Dunham said Tuesday in an interview.
   The Bay City Community Development Corporation (BCCDC) executive director, Dunham said she hopes the bids will be less than $8 million for the 51,000-square-foot theater complex and less than $2 million for the parking lot.
   Contractors receiving bid requests are from this area and from Houston, Dunham said.

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Thu
10
Mar

Seafood Fest: Start with shrimp, then add fun, games, live bands

   With 1,000 pounds of peeled shrimp among shelled oysters, French fries and hushpuppies, the sixth annual Matagorda Seafood Festival is shaping up as the place to be this Saturday, March 12.
   The gates open at 10 a.m. at the Matagorda Fireman’s Hall and cost only $5 per person.
   That ticket price includes access to the live auctions, beer garden, musical entertainment, vendor booths, an eating contest and tournaments.
   The Tejas Brothers, Larry Joe Taylor and KG Williams Band are providing the live entertainment for the day-long event.
   Music begins early at 11:30 a.m. just in time to serenade your lunch experience.
   For $10 festival-goers can get a plate of fried shrimp and oysters along with hushpuppies and French fries.
   There will also be a raw oyster bar guests can partake in for the same price.
   Washers, cornhole and horseshoe tournaments are slated to run with raw oyster eating contests as well.

Thu
10
Mar

County OKs OXEA abatement

   OXEA was approved for a tax abatement from Matagorda County Commissioners Court Monday as part of the Bay City chemical plant’s $112.5 million Phase 2 expansion projected to retain 162 employees and create 14 new fulltime operators.
   The court approved the five-year abatement at its regular meeting Monday, March 7.
   The new OXEA manufacturing unit is in the tax reinvestment zone the county approved Dec. 9, 2013.
   The county adopted a resolution May 4, 2015, of its intent to participate in tax abatement and approved guidelines and criteria for the reinvestment zone.

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Thu
10
Mar

Land could be tough sell for Tidehaven

   Tidehaven Independent School District’s plan to sell at least some of its unused land may be tougher than it would seem.
   That’s the message a local real estate expert had for the board of trustees Monday night.
   “I don’t know if you are aware of how complicated it really is,” said attorney Bill Pendergraft as he briefed the board on his initial inquiry into district leaders’ idea to “liquidate” up to 35 pieces of unneeded property.
   The problem, Pendergraft said, is that much of the property was donated to the district decades ago – at least one gift can be traced to the 19th century – and the exchange included “reversion language” giving donors the right to reclaim the property if the school system decides it no longer needs it.

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Thu
10
Mar

Special program focus on synthetic marijuana

In May 2013, the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) took action and formally banned Synthetic Marijuana as a Class I drug.
   That made the distribution of legal weed a federal crime in the US.
   A 2012 government survey found that 1 in 9 high school seniors in the U.S. had used synthetic cannabinoids, the second-most commonly used illegal drug for that age group, behind marijuana, said monitoringthefuture.org’s website.
   But, what does that have to do with local citizens?
   Moreover, what is synthetic marijuana?
   These questions and many more are slated to be answered at a special presentation by the BCHS theater department and Jonnnie Montalbo of Bay City Recovery Friday, March 11.
   The presentation will be offered at the following times: 7:35 a.m., 8:27 a.m., 9:19 a.m. and 10:11 a.m.

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Thu
10
Mar

Vandals hit man’s truck twice

   Vandals heavily damaged a Van Vleck man’s pickup truck in two incidents over two straight weeks, the Matagorda County Sheriff’s office reported.
   The man’s 2011 Dodge 1500 pickup first was struck Feb. 27, when the suspect smashed the front windshield with a red brick, which also was used to shatter the driver-side mirror, for total estimated damages of $1,500.
   Not satisfied with that damage, the vandal then threw the brick at the driver-side window, scratching the window and door frame – then apparently threw the brick behind the truck, Deputy Victor Hadash reported.
   The pickup truck’s owner again notified the sheriff’s office March 6, noting the vandal this time used a can of spray paint to paint the headlight, fog light, both driver-side rims and all over the driver side of the vehicle. Criminal mischief damage from this incident was estimated at $5,000.

 

Thu
10
Mar

Spring break, Daylight Savings Time

   Are you ready to spring forward an hour?
   Daylight Savings Time ends Sunday, March 13 at 2 a.m.
   On top of that, next Monday starts spring break for local students.
   Students in Bay City, Tidehaven and Van Vleck ISD are all out Monday March 14 – Friday March 18.
   Classes resume at their regular times on Monday, March 21. 

 

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