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Thu
11
Feb

Texas A&T signs Van Vleck’s Wakefield

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Joining Dillon Wakefield for his signing ceremony at the Van Vleck gym Feb. 2 were his parents, Mike and Vicki Wakefield.

  Van Vleck High School senior Dillan Wakefield has committed to playing football next season for a college-level program that could earn him national attention from college coaches.
   While not yet officially a college, Texas Institute of Agriculture and Technology, in Southeast Houston, will continue its tradition of fielding a college-level football team in 2016. 
  The school was known as Southeast Houston Prep from 2008 – 2015.
   Wakefield is set to travel across the country with the Drillers to play an eight-game schedule against junior-college teams and junior-varsity squads of several four-year universities.

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Thu
11
Feb

Karen Karl BCISD ‘You’ve got Heart’

   Holmes Elementary Instructional Aide Karen Karl is the Bay City ISD “You’ve Got Heart” honoree of January.
   This BCISD honor recognizes, through peer nominations, staff who go beyond their “job description” in helping students and staff, who epitomize the concept “team player,” and who put others first.
   Karl was nominated separately by three people.

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Thu
11
Feb

CAST ‘Picasso’ begins Thursday

Bay City Sentinel/Jessica Shepard
CAST newcomer Jayme Smith joins CAST veteran Paul Rodgers as the Countess to his Albert Einstein during dress rehearsal Tuesday, Feb. 9. Both actors will be in the upcoming production, "Picasso at the Lapin Agile" slated to open Thursday, Feb. 11 at 6 p.m. at Town Square Restaurant in Bay City. Tickets are available selling out quickly. Stop by Green Bros. Jewelers or Town Square Restaurant.

   Do you want to catch CAST’s “Picasso at the Lapin Agile?”
   As CAST’s spring production, the play will run from Thursday Feb. 11 – Sunday Feb. 14 at Town Square Restaurant, 2127 Ave. G in Bay City.
   At presale prices the tickets are $30 apiece and available at Green Bros. Jewelers, Town Square Restaurant and online at baycitycast.com.
   The best bet is to grab tickets for Sunday evening
   Thursday and Friday have very limited spots left and Saturday is sold out!
   Tickets go up to $35 if purchased at the door.
   Included in the price is dinner slated to start an hour before the show.

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Thu
11
Feb

BCPD reinstates motorcycle unit

   This year, Bay City Police Department has reinstated a motorcycle unit whose priority is to stop traffic violators and write citations.
   This would include increased enforcement of occupant restraint laws, traffic light violations and speed limit laws especially in school zones.
   The decision to implement the motorcycle was based on the increased volume of traffic in Bay City, and the maneuverability of a motorcycle unit.
   BCPD hopes to increase driver safety in the city and reduce crashes and fatalities.
   It has been several years since the department last used a motorcycle. The position was vacated and the department went several years without a designated traffic officer.
   Reinstating the position has been in the works for some time and the timing was right this year for its reintroduction.

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Tue
09
Feb

Press Release: NRC To Issue South Texas Project New Reactor Licenses, Following Conclusion of Mandatory Hearing

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has cleared the way for the agency’s Office of New Reactors to issue two Combined Licenses (COL) for Nuclear Innovation North America’s (NINA) South Texas Project site in Texas.

Based on the mandatory hearing on NINA’s application, the Commission found the staff’s review adequate to make the necessary regulatory safety and environmental findings.

Following the Commissioners’ direction, the NRC staff will work to issue the COLs promptly.

The licenses will authorize NINA to build and operate two Advanced Boiling Water Reactors (ABWR) at the site near Bay City, Texas.

The South Texas Project Nuclear Operating Company already operates two reactors at the site.

The staff will impose several conditions on the license, including:

Thu
04
Feb

Council focuses on theater

   City council continues to talk about accepting the old Texas Theatre building and using hotel tax revenues to pay for roofing work and air conditioning for the 1927 historic Avenue F structure.
   Lead by council member Bill Cornman, the discussion at council’s regular meeting Jan. 28 centered on accepting Rhema Church’s donation of the theater building and the city’s role in fixing it up and turning it over after two years to a non-profit group.
   “We need to sit down with the committee (formed to study the theater) to be pro forma and cherry pick it,” Cornman declared about the need to look at what needs to be done to the theater and how much it will cost.

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Thu
04
Feb

Realignment interrupts Tiger-Lep football rivalry

New district alignments for area high school sports teams will likely bring an interruption to a local football rivalry.
    Matagorda County rivals Tidehaven and Van Vleck will not play in the same football district beginning next season, and the two coaches seem unable to work a meeting into their non-district schedules. 
    “The good news is that we will still have each other in our basketball districts (and likely most other sports too), so the rivalry can stay alive. Just not in football,” said Tidehaven athletic director and head football coach Brent Maschek. 
    The University Interscholastic League, Texas’s governing body for public school sports, released its biennial re-alignment notice to coaches on Monday, making it official that Tidehaven and Van Vleck will play in different divisions of Conference 3A for the next two seasons.

Thu
04
Feb

Pollard wants workshop on what VFD 1st responders can do

 

Thu
04
Feb

Trustees OK $3.1m to finish HVAC at BCHS

 School Board trustees approved the extra approximately $3.1 million needed to finish updating and upgrading the HVAC system at Bay City High School.
   “We have architectural and structural work that was not originally anticipated,” said Leonard Lane, an architect with Chelsea Place Deign, Inc., at the board’s Jan. 28 meeting.
   The multi-million dollar increase features some structural work to the roof of the academic building, new access areas to the AC units via ladder, and new controls for the units.
    “We found things in the school, control valves that were bad that we didn’t know were bad,” said Ed Stacy, mechanical engineer.
   “We have to add some CO2 sensors into the building for energy conservation.”

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Thu
04
Feb

City, school filings begin

   Candidate filings have begun for Bay City council and school board positions up for election May 14.
   Filing deadline is Feb. 19 for ballot positions - Feb. 23 for write-ins.
   Council Member Carolyn Thames has filed for mayor, while incuments council members Julie Estlinbaum and Bill Cornman filed for re-election to their respective Place 1 and 2 positions.
   Three positions on the BCISD school board are open. 
   Positions 1 through 3 are up and currently held by Bobby Kimball, Crystal Allison and Tim Powell, respectively. 
   None of the incumbents have filed at press time Tuesday. 
   Bruce Krauskopf has filed for Position 2 on the school board. 
   All filings are due by Feb. 19 in order to make the May ballot. 

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