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Thu
16
Jun

"Bricker wins 3rd term after runoff" by: Mike Reddell

   Incumbent Bay City Mayor Mark Bricker won re-election to his third term Saturday, with a runoff election victory over city councilman Steven Johnson.
   Results show Bricker had a runoff election total of 1,085 votes, or 53 percent, to Johnson’s 945, or 46 percent.
   The total includes Saturday’s 501 votes - Bricker got 301 to 200 for Johnson, a 60-40 difference - plus 1,529 early votes.
   Bricker got 764 early votes to Johnson’s 745 - a 51 percent to 48 percent difference.
   The election caps an intense runoff battle after Bricker and Johnson emerged as the two top vote getters from a five-person mayor’s race in the regular election May 7.
   A total of 2,030 votes were cast in this election, a turnout that represents 21 percent of the City of Bay City’s 9,599 registered voters.
   “I truly appreciate the hard work and support throughout this campaign. I wish Mayor Bricker the best of luck in this term,” Steven Johnson said Monday. 

Thu
16
Jun

"Fisherman’s body found 7 miles from where he disappeared" by: Mike Reddell

   The body of a fisherman – the subject of an intense, inter-agency search overnight Monday – was found Tuesday morning about seven miles down from Matagorda’s Jetty Park where the search began.
   The victim – reportedly a citizen of Mexico staying with Bay City friends – was described as a Hispanic male 32 to 35 years of age, five-foot-ten-inches tall, weighing about 160 pounds, the Matagorda County Sheriff’s Office reported. 
   The sheriff’s office was notified about 8:45 p.m. Monday of a missing person last seen surf fishing/swimming in the Gulf of Mexico just east of the pier at Jetty Park in Matagorda. 

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Thu
16
Jun

"Mayor, council at odds over Dunham on TIRZ" by: Mike Reddell

   Two major agenda items – renaming Avenue C for a Bay City native who became a Jefferson County jurist and appointing people to the boards for the city’s two Tax Increment Reinvestment zones (TIRZ) – were tabled by city council members at their regular meeting last week.
   Council members were receptive to the name change on Avenue C, but wanted the section of the street to run between Seventh Street – not Sixth Street as first proposed – and Whitson.
   Naming members to TIRZ boards for the North Downtown Plan and the Schulman Entertainment Center ran aground after council supported placing BCCDC Executive Director D.C. Dunham on the panels, while Mayor Mark Bricker didn’t.
   Several supporters of changing the Avenue C section to Judge John Paul Davis Avenue were present at the council meeting.

Thu
16
Jun

FEMA Workshop successful

Bay City Sentinel/Mike Reddell
Race Hodges guides officials from the City of Bay City, Sargent Chamber and Kerr County on an interactive map that was part of last week’s FEMA workshop on disaster resiliency. Hodges, Resiliency Program Coordinator through the Texas Coastal Watershed Program, said the workshop was successful, with FEMA, USACE, TDI and TDEM representatives sharing information on resources they could provide. There were 40 participants and also included people from Palacios, STP, MRMC, MCEDC, MEHOP.

Thu
16
Jun

"Fast-acting Hester saves life of 6-y-o" by: Mike Reddell

   A six-year-old girl left alone in the Matagorda Beach surf nearly drowned - save for the two men who pulled her from the water and Deputy Sgt. Philip Hester who got the child breathing again late Sunday afternoon – Sheriff Skipper Osborne said.
   EMS took the girl to Matagorda Regional Medical Center and she was later flown to a Houston hospital by Life Flight, Osborne said Monday.

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Thu
16
Jun

DeSoto recognized by Army Corps of Engineers

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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Galveston District celebrated the Corps' and U.S. Army's 241st birthday with an awards ceremony that included recognizing Simon DeSoto, Lockmaster at the Colorado River Locks in Matagorda, for serving 40 years with the US Army Corps of Engineers. DeSoto was presented his Certificate of Achievement by Colonel Richard Pannell, Commander of the US Army Corps of Engineers, Galveston District. DeSoto was one of only two Galveston District employees who have achieved 40 years of service to his country in the federal government in the Galveston District.

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.

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