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17
May

Palacios Pavilion holds grand opening

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The grand opening of the new Palacios Pavilion was celebrated Friday, May 11, with a large turnout - obviously. The 3,691-square-foot structure was designed to be reminiscent of the historic Palacios Pavilion. Two special guests at the grand opening were A.C. and Georgia Herreth, who met at the old Pavilion and have been married 71 years.

Thu
17
May

"Odom leaves Main Street to become Wharton County Disaster Recovery Team Administrator" by: Mike Reddell

   Bay City Main Street Manager Pattie Odom has taken a position as Administrator with The Wharton County Disaster Recovery Team.
   Odom explained what she said was a difficult decision and gave her letter of resignation to Main Street Board members at their regular meeting Wednesday, May 9.
   Her last day will be May 25.
   “Serving as your Main Street Manager this past year has been a wonderful experience. 
   Bay City Community Development, this board, the downtown businesses and the community opened their arms to me,” Odom said. 
   “I felt at home the very first day on the job, and have made so many friends.
   “This is the right decision for me and my family,” Odom told board members about her decision.
   She praised Bay City Community Development Corporation’s marriage made in Heaven with Main Street as CDC Executive Director D.C. Dunham brought development such as Fat Grass Restaurant and the Bay Tex.

Thu
17
May

Galvan graduates from Navy training

This is Chief Recruit Petty Officer Leighton Cole Galvan. He recently graduated at the Navy Recruit Training Command in Great Lakes, Illinois, as a member of Division 170. He is currently in training in Pensacola Florida. He is the son of Janie and Mike Galvan of Blessing. He is the grandson of Mike and Mary Jane Galvan, also of Blessing, and Butch Gilbert of Bay City.
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Thu
17
May

WCJC announces mini-term, summer registration

   WHARTON – Registration is now open for Wharton County Junior College’s May Mini-Term and Summer 2018 semesters. Students may register through July 8.
   May Mini-Term classes begin May 14, Summer I classes begin June 4 and Summer II classes begin July 9. 
   Pell grants are available for the summer terms. Visit the college website – www.wcjc.edu – or contact the Office of Financial aid for more information.
   Wharton County Junior College offers an associate in arts degree for those intending to transfer to a four-year institution, an associate of arts in teaching degree, an associate in applied science degree and numerous certificate programs. 
   Distance education courses are also available through the web and via interactive TV.
   For more information about programs or registration, call 1-800-561-9252.

 

Thu
17
May

Rich O’Toole to headline 2018 Full Moon Truck Festival

   The Matagorda County Birding and Nature Center (MCBNC) will host its Third Annual Full Moon Food Truck Festival on June 16.
   Chart-topping Texas country recording artist Rich O’Toole has signed to headline this year’s outdoor festival. MCBNC will announce supporting acts at a later date.
   O’Toole, a Houston native, placed two singles atop the Texas Music Chart in 2017 - “Amercian Kid,” the title cut from his latest album, and “God and George Strait.”
   In a music career that dates to his days as a student at Texas A&M and his first release, “Seventeen” in 2007, O’Toole has released four No. 1 singles on the Texas charts and has sold over 100,000 albums.
   O’Toole has earned the reputation as a dynamic performer and has emerged as a fixture at Houston Livestock Rodeo events. He has been a featured performer for audiences at Toyota Center and Minute Maid Park in Houston and at AT&T Center in San Antonio. 

Thu
10
May

Chalk artists take over downtown

Bay City Sentinel Mike Reddell
Several local artists turned out to create their most colorful and unique works in chalk as part of the Chalk Art and Flower Moon Concert event May 5. Registered artist like the man above spent the morning on their creations while the afternoon was filled with children and adults leaving their own mark downtown.

Thu
10
May

"Voters OK city alcohol sales referendum " by: Mike Reddell

   Voters approved the legal sale of alcohol at the city’s referendum Saturday, May 8, by a lopsided margin in an election that drew 380 total votes.
   The unofficial count from Saturday was 299 votes for, or 78 percent, and 81 against (21 percent), with 117 mail-in ballots, an early vote count of 143 and 120 voters on election day, city officials said.
   The successful vote will allow one set of rules in Bay City for the legal sale of all alcoholic beverages, including mix drinks, in the city.
   Next up, is the Tuesday, Nov. 6 referendum on the same measure for voters in JP Precinct 1, which takes in the northeast quadrant of Bay City and the city’s projected growth corridor that includes properties along Texas 35 and Van Vleck. 
   JP 1 also takes in Van Vleck, Pledger and Cedar Lane, County Clerk Janet Hickl said.

Thu
10
May

"Tourism Council members told to get funding requests turned in by June 1 deadline" by: Jessica Shepard

   Paperwork for Hotel Occupancy Tax funding requests for any event in the 2018-2019 budget year are due June 1, Bay City Tourism Manager Heidi Martinez announced at Bay City Tourism Council’s regular meeting May 2.
   “I just want you guys to be aware that we are trying to get all the applications turned in for sponsorships for the 2018-2019 year,” Martinez told the council.
   “I know that Palacios has already turned in theirs for ‘Pedal Palacios’ and we just got another one (from Palacios) about some historical restoration efforts that they are going to be asking for.
   “So the plan is to get all of those dollar amounts for how much the sponsorships that we are giving are going to be, and hopefully add that into our budget for next year,” she said.
   She explained making a line item in the budget is easier to track.
   Martinez first asked council members if they needed a week to get paperwork for their next year’s events.

Thu
10
May

Deputies ask help in 2009 homicide

Rosa Maria Castro

   The Matagorda County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's assistance in solving a 2009 homicide.
   The body of Rosa Maria Castro was found Monday, June 8, 2009, at approximately 11 a.m. on Skelly Road at the Bay City compost storage area, about a half-mile south of FM 3156 in Bay City. 
   The Sheriff's Office is urging anyone with any information on the case to contact, Sergeant Matthew Mireles in the Criminal Investigations Division at 979-241-3292. Any information will remain anonymous. 
   Mireles said the nine-year anniversary of Rosa's death is approaching and he would like to bring closure and peace to Castro's family, especially five daughters who grieve their mother's death.

Thu
10
May

United Way’s Day of Caring had over 100 volunteers

Bay City Sentinel Mike Reddell
Last Friday’s United Way’s Day of Caring had 110 volunteers and 36 different companies and nonprofit agencies participating by fielding teams and/or providing sponsorships to purchase tools and equipment, said United Way Executive Director Di Ann Sneed. Above, a Tenaris team fixes up a home exterior.

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