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Thu
11
Aug

"Rock the Block: August’s feature ‘Watermelon Walk’" by: Jessica Shepard

   This month’s “Rock the Block” will feature a new twist – a “Watermelon Walk.”
 Starting Thursday morning, Aug. 11, downtown businesses will be handing out punch cards to their customers.
   The cards feature 16 store names to visit throughout the day and that evening.
   “We also hope they will visit the stores during Rock the Block from 5-8:30 p.m. to sample their delicious watermelon goodies,” said Alicia Waters, co-director of Main Street.
   “All of the stores are having something fun.”
   When a customer visits each store, they earn a punch or stamp on their card and once the card is full, they can drop it off at Green Bros. Jewelry to enter the drawing for several different prizes.
   “There is no purchase necessary to get it stamped,” she said.
   “All participating stores and restaurants are donating an item or gift certificate towards the drawing. So, there are 16 chances to win something.”

Thu
11
Aug

TPWD announces alligator hide tag issuance dates, locations

   AUSTIN — The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) has set dates and locations for issuance of alligator hide tags to qualified landowners and their agents.
   The open hunting season for alligators in their core habitat area runs Sept. 10-30 and the core range covers Angelina, Brazoria, Calhoun, Chambers, Galveston, Hardin, Jackson, Jasper, Jefferson, Liberty, Matagorda, Nacogdoches, Newton, Orange, Polk, Refugio, Sabine, San Augustine, San Jacinto, Trinity, Tyler and Victoria counties. 
   Landowners in other counties may inquire about hide tag issuance for the September season; otherwise, they may take advantage of the open season beginning April 1 and extending through June 30. 
   Alligators may not be taken during this season on any property where alligators were taken during the September season.

Thu
11
Aug

Matagorda County 4-H Banquet honorees

Bay City Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard
Other 4-H award winners are, from left: Cole Grisham, I Dare You award; Victoria Sliva, Bronze Star award; Slade Saha, Bronze Star award; Calyton Stuhrenberg, Gold Star award; Madilyn Spalek, Silver Star award; and Emma Batchelor, I Dare You award.

Thu
11
Aug

Matagorda County 4-H Banquet Adult honorees

Bay City Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard
Dan and Joann Burnett took home the Friend of 4-H award, left, and Annette Cornett holds her “Outstanding 4-H Leader” award after the 2016 4-H Awards Banquet, Aug. 5. Not pictured are other “Friend of 4-H Award” winners: George and Donna Harrison, and Craft Furniture-Blayne Finlay.

Thu
11
Aug

Site work for new Jackson Electric

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
Work is under way on the new retail headquarters for Jackson Electric Coop at the intersection of Showboat Road and Texas 35 - just east of the cooperative’s present facilities. The new site also will house the Jackson Electric’s new internet and metering operations.

Thu
04
Aug

A goal to honor Hawkins

Anthony Hawkins

   Earlier this year, City Council named the youth football field in Hardeman Park on 12th Street in honor of Anthony “Andy” Hawkins who died in October 2015.  
   Hawkins, who served as a city councilman and Bay City Community Development Corporation board member was instrumental in the development of the youth football field. 
   To honor the popular city leader, former council member Joseph Enoch is leading a fund-raising effort for a permanent plaque honoring Hawkins’ contribution to the community.  
   “The goal is to unveil the plaque during the youth football season,” Enoch said.
   The Bay City Chamber of Commerce board voted to participate in the fund-raising activities.   
   “The cost will be approximately $4,500, and we are looking for large donations, small donations and dollars and cents,” said Chamber President Mitch Thames.
   “Any amount of money will help” said Chamber Board Chair Iris Welfel.

Thu
04
Aug

"$5.6M in COs to fund street work" by: Mike Reddell

Bay City Sentinel/Mike Reddell
City Council members Julie Estlinbaum and Bill Cornman were sworn in for their new terms at council’s meeting last Thursday, July 28. While the veteran council members were unopposed in their re-election May 7, an oversight delayed their swearing in until last week.

   City Council authorized issuing $5.6 million in certificates of obligation that won’t require a tax increase to fund Bay City’s extensive Phase 3 street rehabilitation project at council’s regular meeting Thursday, July 28.
   The city’s financial advisors called the 2.2 percent rate on selling the 20-year certificates from the lowest of five bidders “real good.”
   The city was awarded a AA-bond rating on the COs.
   Approving the issue and sale of the certificates comes is timely, since the bid opening and award on the Phase 3 work will be this month.
   The long-planned Phase 3 work includes seal coating on several streets and full-depth reconstruction on a long list of other thoroughfares.
   Phase 3 also includes utility improvements identified on the Phase 3 streets. 
   Council also awarded a $227,073 bid on roof replacement for the Texas Theatre building and its annex, at 2227 Ave. F, at Thursday night’s meeting.

Wed
03
Aug

"Mayor, council meeting starts rocky, but ends with harmony" by: Mike Reddell

   A city council special meeting to address disagreements between Mayor Mark Bricker and city council over appointments to the Bay City Community Development Corporation (CDC) board ended in harmony – a word that went both directions during the session Thursday, July 28.
   Council and the mayor ultimately agreed on a process for making board appointments that involves the mayor, the mayor pro tem (presently Chrystal Folse), the city’s human resource director and the presidents of boards to which appointments are being made.
   The mayor called last week’s session after he earlier this summer tried to appoint members to the CDC, without reappointing present members Bobby Wilkinson and Maria Aguilara. 
   Wilkinson is the CDC president.
   Council opposed that move – there was no motion made on the mayor’s two BCCDC appointments - Bricker came back two weeks later with a proposal to remove Wilkinson and Aguilara from the board.

Wed
03
Aug

Up, up & Away at Hilliard Pool

Bay City Sentinel/Mike Reddell
Bay City Parks & Recreation's Up, Up & Away Pool Party at Hilliard Pool Saturday, sponsored by Happy Radio 92.5, drew a lot of happy swimmers of all ages.

Wed
03
Aug

"Peterson leaves MCEDC post" by: Mike Reddell

   Eva Peterson left her position as Matagorda County Economic Development Corporation (MCEDC) executive director Friday.
   Peterson was hired for the position in May 2015 and the resignation came after she met with the MCEDC executive committee Friday morning, July 29, said D.C. Dunham, MCEDC board president.
   The entire MCEDC board reviewed the evaluations of Peterson during the regular session Friday. 
   Peterson then met with the executive committee following the regular season. 
   MCEDC’s executive committee includes Dunham, County Judge Nate McDonald, Port of Bay City Authority representative George Harrison and Matagorda County Navigation District Port Director Debbie Morris.
   “There were some issues we pointed out that needed to be improved upon,” Dunham said of the executive panel’s meeting with Peterson.

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