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Thu
16
Jun

"Reed gives county a clear audit report" by: Mike Reddell

Bay City Sentinel/Mike Reddell
Susan Reed explains the county 2015 comprehensive financial report at commissioners court regular meeting Monday.

   Susan Reed delivered a “clean” audit report and an interlocal agreement with Comal County to provide shelter to Matagorda County residents was approved at commissioners court’s regular meeting Monday.
   The county also approved a solid-waste hauling contract with Houston-based Stella Environmental Services.
   Reed, a CPA with Reed & Associates, complimented the work new county auditor Kristen Kubecka did in providing needed financial information.
   “Kristen did a fantastic job stepping in,” Reed said.

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Thu
16
Jun

Bay City: 4% drop in sales tax rebates

    Bay City and Palacios had two different looks with the June state sales tax rebates, with Bay City showing a drop from the same month last year and little growth for the year-to-date, and Palacios reflecting growth in both comparisons.
   Statewide, State Comptroller Glenn Hegar said the sales tax allocations – based on sales made in April by businesses that report tax monthly – were 1.8 percent less than June 2015.
   For Bay City, the June rebates totaled $411,801, down 4 percent from the $430,409 for the same month last year. 
   Bay City’s year-to-date total of $2,719,978 was 0.31 percent over the same period in 2015. That total was $2,711,433.
   Palacios’ June rebates was $49,268, up 5 percent from $46,795 in June 2015. 
   For the year, Palacios has received $305,453, up 5 percent from the $289,537 for the same period last year.

Thu
16
Jun

"Former Van Vleck student writes 1st book" by: John Hoffman

Contributed photo
Jim Ed Hardaway, a former resident of Matagorda County and a past student at Van Vleck, is the proud author of his first book, It Was That Dang Red-Headed Preacher’s Kid – Episodes from My Whimsical Childhood, cover art above.

   Jim Ed Hardaway, a former resident of Matagorda County and a past student at Van Vleck, is the proud author of his first book, It Was That Dang Red-Headed Preacher’s Kid – Episodes from My Whimsical Childhood. 
   The book contains 25 entertaining chapters of memoirs from Hardaway’s childhood. 
   The book spans Jim Ed’s grade school through early high school years, and includes hilarious tales of growing up a preacher’s son in Matagorda County during the 80s. 
   Jim Ed’s father, Pastor Jim Hardaway, pastored a few churches in the area, including First Baptist Church of Van Vleck, Cedar Lane Baptist Church and Harvest Time Church. 
   The memoirs focus on his time spent living in the area and his adventures while attending Van Vleck. 

Thu
16
Jun

Bay City Junior High Cheerleaders named Camp Champions

BCISD Photo
BCJH hosted a Universal Cheer Association (UCA) Cheer Camp at BCJH June 6-8, where the group was named Camp Champions. They also received a Superior Rating for their Extreme Routine. Individual awards included: Jump Princess, Alayna; Golden Star Award, Shatyra; Demo Divas - Shatyra, Haley, Chasity and Alayna. Named to the UCA All American Squad were: Shatyra, Haley, Makayla, Alayna and Isabella. The team sponsors are Jennifer Jones and Christina MacDonald.

Thu
16
Jun

Texas Trio Classic

Photos by Tim Sansing
This year’s Texas Trio Classic fishing tournament - based in Matagorda Harbor - again was a big success for participants and for the tourney itself. About $130,000 was raised between the teams and winners in each division and the calcutta auctions. First place tournament winners in the open division were the Lap Hogs, at left. The Lap Hogs also came in first in the calcutta, winning more than $40,000. First place in the artificial division was Sunrise Lodge in Matagorda, while the Biggest Team in the classic went to Team Shocker. At right, Bill Tilton had the biggest flounder, at 5.5 pounds. Memorial plaque dedications included Leslie Allison, Derek Aldridge, and Capt. Jesse Arsola.

Thu
16
Jun

"Buccaneer a celebrated icon at Palacios Pirate Festival" by: Jessica Shepard

Usually, pirates are a bad thing – or at least that’s what history tells us.
   But, that’s not the case with the 2nd Annual Palacios Pirate Festival coming next weekend, June 24 – 25 at pin the Palacios Community Hub, 205 Fourth St., Palacios.
   The two-day fest will feature live music attractions, an all-ages carnival and live auction.
   If you’ve got a competitive spirit there’s a costume contest, fishing tournament, gumbo cook-off and “Peg Leg” 5K Race.
   There will also be vendors showing off their respective wares.

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Thu
09
Jun

"Hegar praises state’s $9.6B saving account" by: Don Cudd

Bay City Sentinel/Don Cudd
State Comptroller Glenn Hegar makes a point in his talk here Tuesday.

   Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar told a gathering of Matagorda County leaders and small business owners Tuesday that the state’s $9.6 billion savings account has helped assure “Texas is still a good place to do business.”
   The former Republican legislator who represented Matagorda Conty in state senate was the featured speaker at a small business forum hosted by the Bay City Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture. 
   “One of the things the legislature did many years ago was create the Economic Stabilization Fund which is essentially our raining day fund or savings account,” Hager told the roughly 50 people in attendance. 
   “You know how much money that savings account has today? ... If you look at savings accounts (of other states), our $9.6 billion represents roughly 23 percent of all the savings accounts of all 50 states in the nation,” he said.

Thu
09
Jun

Accident claims 1, injures 3

  One person was killed and two others were hurt in a three-vehicle accident at the intersection of Texas 60 and FM 521 south of Wadsworth at about 2 p.m. Tuesday that was investigated by State Troopers.
   One of the injured was flown to Houston by Life Flight, while the other was taken to Matagorda Regional Medical Center.
   No names are available, nor is there any information on the extent of injuries to the two taken to hospitals. 
   It’s extremely difficult to get information from DPS on the accidents that troopers investigate – a change in recent years in how the department reports to the public. 

Thu
09
Jun

Early vote totals 1,407

There were 1,407 early votes cast in the mayoral runoff election between Mark Bricker and Steven Johnson. 
   The early vote ended at 7 p.m. today and the overall count is about average for a mayoral election, said City Secretary Rhonda Clegg.
   Weather diminished the voting last week, while today's 291 total was the highest of the seven-day, early-vote period.
   The mayoral runoff election will be 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, June 11, at the Bay City Service Center.

Thu
09
Jun

"Downtown car show June 18" by: Mike Reddell

Bay City Sentinel photos/Mike Reddell
Bobby Wilkinson shows off his 1965 Corvette Stingray that he’ll display at the Historic Downtown Street Heat Car, Truck and Motorcycle Show June 18.

   Bay City’s historically prominent downtown district will be the backdrop for a diverse show of cars, trucks and motorcycles at Bay City’s Market Days Saturday, June 18.
   This first-ever event - Historic Downtown Street Heat Car, Truck and Motorcycle Show – will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 18.
   The car show will have trophy classes of T-Bucket, Modified, Antique, Street Rod, Rat Rod, Restored, Original, Low Rider, Muscle Car, Motorcycle and Bicycle, said MaLinda Reddell, who is coordinating the event through the Market Days committee from the public,” she said.
   So far, the Market Days committee has commitments from almost 50 car show exhibitors and expects up to 100 vehicles for the show, Reddell said.
   The show will be part of the Market Days lineup of vendors who bring quite a variety of items to sell.
   There is a $25 fee for car show entrants and proceeds will go to the Boys & Girls Club of Bay City and Matagorda County.

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