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Fri
27
Feb

THC recognizes Bay City Main Street progress

Contributed photo
The Main Street Board includes, front row (from left), Alice Lowery, Alicia Waters and Eva Peterson. The back row, from left, includes Mark Stoub, DC Dunham, Rosalyn White, Karen Hitzfeld, Carol Ann Huitt, Gertrude Hardy, Ann Ryan, De Ann Snead, Becca Sitz and David Holubec.

   The Texas Historical Commission (THC) commended Bay City  
   Main Street for successful annual progress as a designated Main Street community, one of 60 to be recognized this year.  
   Bay City has been a sustaining Texas Main Street city since 1992, making Bay City one of the oldest Main Street programs in Texas. 
   The Main Street program in Texas began in 1981 as one of the first state coordinating programs in the country. 

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Fri
27
Feb

Over 35 take part in talent show, public speaking contest

Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard
Kenzie Brown and Victoria Sliva won the children’s group round with their dance to “Rainbow Connection” by Kermit the Frog.

   On Sunday, over 35 local youth participated in the Talent Show and Public Speaking Contest at the Bay City Civic Center. 
   Talent Show acts were divided into solo and group performers amongst three different age categories. 
   Children, junior and senior age groups all had their own performers. 
Fri
27
Feb

Sargent Lions raise funds for playground

   The Sargent Lions Club is currently raising money for a new playground for children.
   So far, they have only reached ten percent of their goal funds.
   “We are looking at various ways to fund the playground project,” said Sargent Lions Club President Ray Fessenden.
   Every first Saturday of the month the club offers a pancake breakfast at the Gulf Coast Office Building in Sargent.
   The meal includes pancakes, eggs, and sausage as well as a beverage choice between juice, coffee and milk.

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Fri
27
Feb

2015 Rodeo Queen

Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard
Above, the 2015 Rodeo Queen Jenni Reynolds and her horse Flicka as well as first runner up Meagan Schrader and her horse, Stephanie.

Fri
27
Feb

Royalty Court helps launch fair, rodeo

Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard
Friday Night saw the crowning of the 2015 Fair Queen and her court. Pictured here are: Hilary Saha, third runner up; Erin Foley, second runner up; Fair Queen Jordan Rickaway; and first runner up, Graci Huddleston.

   Last Saturday and Sunday were filled with preliminary fair and rodeo activities. 
   The most important was the 2015 Royalty Contest, which spanned two days. 
   This year’s Rodeo Queen is Jennie Reynolds, daughter of Joseph and Melinda Reynolds. 
   The new Fair Queen is Jordan Rickaway is the daughter of Kevin and Cathy Rickaway. 
Fri
27
Feb

Texas figures help county proclaim Independence Day

Sentinel Photo/Mike Reddell
Commissioners court proclaimed March 2, 2015 as Texas Independence Day in Matagorda County. Sons of the Republic of Texas helped mark the occasion, with (front row, from left) Tillman Daniel, Raleigh Conklin (Gen. Sam Houston) and David Crockett, a descendent of the famed frontiersman, legislator and Alamo hero.

   Davy Crockett and General Sam Houston were on hand to see commissioners court approve a proclamation Monday declaring March 2, 2015 as Texas Independence Day in Matagorda County.
   Bay City’s Texas Revolution re-enactors David Crockett – a descendent of the Alamo hero – and Raleigh Conklin (Houston) both spoke to commissioners about the importance of Texas Independence Day. 
   They were joined by Sons of the Republic of Texas (SRT) members Tillman Daniel and John Woolsey.
   Commissioners also approved using county funds and a Texas Forest Service grant to buy a $220,106 fire tanker truck for Wadsworth Volunteer Fire Department. 

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Fri
27
Feb

New restaurant with well-known name to open in Van Vleck

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
Preparing for the opening of Victoria’s restaurant in Van Vleck are family members, from left, Paul Vela, Gennie Vela, Susan Faix, Mary Henderson and Mike Henderson.

   A new restaurant with a popular and familiar name – Victoria’s – will open in Van Vleck March 9. 
   Susan Faix is the restaurant owner and promises the new Victoria’s at 367 Ave. E in Van Vleck will feature the same menu that made Victoria’s in Bay City thrive from 1997 to 2010. 
Thu
19
Feb

Board nixes Brown contract extension

 Bay City Superintendent Keith Brown’s contract, which runs through July 2017, was not extended after a 4-3 trustee vote Monday night, Feb. 16.
   Trustees also heard from athletic director Lupe Florez about his 90-day athletic plan and approved new air conditioning for the high school during the lengthy board meeting.
   About 50 people were present for the vote on Brown’s contract extension, with trustees Frankie Cole, Crystal Allison, Bob Klepac and Bobby Kimball voting against it and board members Tim Powell, Terry Farrar and Randy Volkmer voting for.
   The contract extension vote on the superintendent mostly occurs in January, but the decision was moved from the Jan. 20 meeting to Monday to have all trustees present.
   “I have a contract with the Bay City Independent School District until July 1, 2017,” Brown said in a telephone interview Tuesday morning.
Thu
19
Feb

Deadline Feb. 27 to file for city, school races

Three Bay City council and two Bay City school board seats are at stake in the May 9 municipal and school board elections this year.
   Van Vleck could have a special election on that date to fill two trustee vacancies, said Superintendent John O’Brien, adding the VVISD school board is scheduled to consider calling for the election at its regular meeting Monday, Feb. 23. 
   Tidehaven’s trustee elections are in November.
   In Palacios, three city council seats and two school trustee places are open for the May election.
   Filing deadline for the May 9 Bay City and Palacios elections will be Feb. 27.
Thu
19
Feb

Mayor, council disagree on Alamo Lumber easement

   Mayor Mark Bricker and city council appeared at odds over council’s decision to close and abandon an alley that Alamo Lumber requested as part of its plans for a new store and improvements at the property.
   The mayor and council did agree on giving city waste collector WAC a 2.1 percent rate increase at council’s regular meeting Thursday, Feb. 12.
   Bricker said he opposed the alley’s closure because Alamo Lumber’s plans called for an expansive parking lot that reached Seventh Street. 
   The mayor indicated the plan conflicted with proposals to make the downtown area more attractive and pedestrian friendly. He said Alamo’s plan for a metal building and large parking lot went against that concept and he wanted council to wait for more information about the lumber company’s plans.

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