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Thu
25
Feb

State board member applauds Bay City schools

Bay City Sentinel/Mike Reddell
State Board of Education Member Ruben Cortez Jr. shows off his phone apps to Maria Aguilera, Donnye Stone, Becca Sitz and Dr. Jim Humphries, following Cortez’s speech at the Bay City Chamber of Commerce luncheon Thursday, Feb. 18.

   Bay City school teachers and students are happy Matagorda County’s State Board of Education representative told a Bay City Chamber of Commerce luncheon Thursday, 18. 
   “I can tell teachers are happy, students are happy. All that translates into nothing but positives,” SBOE District 2 member Ruben Cortez Jr. remarked to 58 people at the event about his tour of local campuses that day. 
   “I’m very proud of Bay City,” said Cortez, who spent part of his boyhood summers visiting an aunt in Bay City.  

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Thu
25
Feb

More dove hunt days proposed

   AUSTIN – Texas dove hunters would get an additional 20 days this fall under proposed changes to the 2016-17 Statewide Hunting Proclamation for Migratory Game Birds up for public comment.
   The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has approved a 90-day Texas dove season, the longest in 80 years.

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Thu
25
Feb

Hostage rescue training

Bay City Sentinel/Mike Reddell
Some 21 officers from police and sheriff’s departments from Bay City, El Campo, Victoria and Mesquite went through advanced hostage rescue training under the direction of tactical training instructor Michael E. Witzgall. Nationally known Witzgall emphasizes rescuing the hostage and keeping the officers safe. If mistakes are made, Witzgall stresses immediate correction - “do it again.” The officers were trained in hostage situations involving buildings, houses and buses.

Fri
19
Feb

BREAKING NEWS: Five file for Mayoral race

Five people filed for mayor of Bay City by the 5 p.m. filing deadline Friday for the May 7 city and school board elections.  

In the Bay City school board races, all three trustee positions up for election are contested.

Incumbent Mayor Mark Bricker will be opposed in the May 7 city election by council members Carolyn Thames and Steven Johnson, plus two other candidates, Robert Head and Ronald Ve’an.

Incumbent city council members Julie Estlinbaum and Bill Cornman are unopposed in their re-election bids to their respective Place 1 and 2 positions.

In the school board filings, Position 1 incumbent Bobby Kimball will be challenged by Imelda Mendiola-Howard.

Incumbent Position 2 incumbent Crystal Allison is opposed by Bruce Krauskopf.

Position 3 incumbent Tim Powell did not seek re-election and vying for his post will be James Humphries Jr. and Helen Knezek.

Early voting will be April 25 - 29 and May 2 – 3.

Thu
18
Feb

Trustees hear from audience

   The Bay City ISD School Board entertained public comments from the audience members that signed up for participation Monday night.
   Citizens Rick Lehmann, Vee Cortez and Heather Hales addressed the board and the audience in regards to Superintendent Brown’s contract extension denial.
   Cortez and Hales are both employees of the district as well; Cortez works as the administrative assistant for BCISD’s transportation department and Hales is a second grade teacher at Tenie Holmes Elementary.
   “I wish this town could resolve this issue and get over it and get back to what needs to be done,” said Lehmann.
   “By the way, all you board members are elected by the people of Bay City and so, I feel like the people of Bay City need to know why you made such a judgement.”

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Thu
18
Feb

Feb. 19 last day to file for May 9 race

   The last day to file for the May 9 elections is Friday. Feb. 19 at 5 p.m. for ballot positions and Feb. 23 for write-ins.
   Depending on what is filed for this will be at either City Hall or the school district administration building.
   Early voting starts at 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. on April 25 - 29 and May 2 - 3 at the Council Chambers in City Hall, 1901 Fifth Street.
   Current Mayor Mark Bricker joined council members Steven Johnson and Carolyn Thames in the mayoral race.
   Council members Julie Estlinbaum and Bill Cornman filed for re-election to their respective Place 1 and 2 positions.
   As of press time Tuesday, the only BCISD trustee incumbent filing for re-election is Bobby Kimball for Position 1.
   Bruce Krauskopf and Dr. Jim Humphries have filed for trustee 

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Thu
18
Feb

Power of Purse to benefit Texas Shelter Dome

Bay City Sentinel/Mike Reddell
Tiffany Foltyn surrounds herself with some of the purses that will be featured at this year’s Power of the Purse, the Matagorda Regional Medical Center Foundation’s fundraiser April 28.

   Matagorda Regional Medical Center Foundation’s most unique and exciting fundraiser is back – our 5th Annual Power of the Purse! Proceeds from this fundraiser benefit Matagorda Regional Medical Center, with a focus on Women’s Health Initiatives.
   This years’ event is in support of our new Wellness & Rehabilitation Center, which will be located inside the Texas Safe Shelter Initiative Dome, and will be the new home to our Outpatient Rehabilitation Center, scheduled to be complete in July 2016. 

 

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Thu
18
Feb

City OKs gas rate increase

   Bay City Gas Company was authorized to increase two basic rate schedules – the Standards Gas service and Premium Flex Gas Service accounts by City Council Feb. 11.
   BCGS Attorney Lawrence “Hoss” Gwin said the standards gas service covers “every customer, every class” and will go from $15 to $19 per month.
   The Premium-Flex Gas Service is for one large, industrial firm and BCGC’s role is “to transport the gas from its high-pressure line and deliver it to the customer,” Gwin explained.
   “There’s very little profitability,” he said, noting the industry’s economic impact.
   Council Member Steven Johnson ask if Bay City could tap into the gas company line for the industry and Gwin said BCGS is planning more lines near Bay City that will be more accessible. 

Thu
18
Feb

Council to name field for Hawkins

Bay City Sentinel/Mike Reddell
Former city councilman Joe Enoch appeared at city council last week to set the Handeman Park Football Field named in honor of the late Anthony Hawkins. Enoch is shown with Hawkins’ daughter April Smith, left, and his widow, Sherry Hawkins.

    Hardeman Park Youth Football Field will be named after the late Anthony “Andy” J. Hawkins following city council’s approval last Thursday.
   To many attending the session, naming the football field for Hawkins was a fitting tribute for the former president of the Bay City Youth Association, who told former city councilman Joe Enoch his dream of seeing a place for youth football.
   Several people were on hand for the naming – including Hawkins’ widow Sherry and their daughter, April Smith of Lake Jackson. His other daughter is softball for the University of Alabama.
   “He was a man of few words,” said Enoch who served with Hawkins on city council.
   “But we listened when he did speak.
   “It’s a please to be here,” Enoch said.
   He was a football star at Van Vleck and later at Texas A&I and played several years in professional football.
   Hawkins also made a major mark as a civic leader in Matagorda County.

Thu
18
Feb

Convicted child molester receives sentence of years

   BAY CITY -  A Matagorda County jury spent one hour deciding that a convicted child molester is not welcome to return from prison.
   A jury of four men and eight women found Chad Michael Boutwell (37) to be guilty of Continuous Sexual Abuse of a Child on February 11. 
   With no additional punishment evidence necessary, the jurors returned a sentence of 99 years in prison without possibility of parole.
   Boutwell, a Palacios resident, was immediately taken into custody after the verdict and will be transported to prison as soon as possible, according to District Attorney Steven Reis.
   Boutwell was initially arrested one year ago for aggravated sexual assault of a 3-year-old child.

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