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09
May

"Heated city race ends with runoff" by: Mike Reddell

   A city election Saturday, May 4, that drew about 19% percent of Bay City’s registered voters forced a runoff between two mayoral candidates – Julie Estlinbaum and Robert Nelson – elected three council members, Brent Marceaux, Becca Sitz and Jason Childers, and passed all three city charter propositions.
   The voters approved a new mayor-council/city manager form of government, extended council terms from two to three years and future city charter review commissions will be formed when necessary, not mandated as before.
   In the BCISD trustee elections, Trent Tinnin unseated incumbent Robert Kimball for Position 1, James Scardami was elected unopposed to Position 2 and John Dewitt emerged victorious from a three-way race for Position 3.
   The mayor’s race runoff will be 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, June 8 at the Service Center.
   Early voting will be at City Hall 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 28-31 and June 3, and 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. June 4 and 5

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09
May

"Bay City native new Sun Bowl president" by: Mike Reddell

Stuart Sliva

   EL PASO – Bay City native Stuart Sliva took over as Sun Bowl Association Board President on May 1 and is set to hold the position until April of 2020.
   Sliva has had a successful career in the automotive industry for over 25 years and is currently an executive representing the Ford brand with Fortune 200 company, Group 1 Automotive. 
   Sliva is a recipient of four straight Group 1 Chairman Awards, an eight-time President’s Award winner with Ford Motor Company.
   Sliva is the son of Joey and Nancy Sliva of Bay City.
   Sliva, a 1987 Bay City High School graduate, lettered in both baseball and swimming, and was active in FFA. Sliva remembers his Little League and Babe Ruth League experiences growing up and being coached by his father.
   He was recruited to play baseball in 1987-88 at Schreiner College (now University), where he earned an associate’s degree. “I got the chance to play a few more years and made lifelong friends.”

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09
May

"Tidehaven school trustees OK new lighting for Taska stadium" by: Jessica Shepard

  Tidehaven ISD trustees unanimously approved GeoSports Lighting as the lighting vendor in the amount of $322,000 for their part of Delvin L. Taska stadium renovations during a special meeting, April 30.
   “The renovations for the stadium are new turf and track by Hellas, bleacher and pressbox renovations by Sturdisteel, and new LED lights and poles from GeoSports Lighting,” said TISD Superintendent Dr. Andrew Seigrist.
   “Kenneth Jurado, professional engineer for Tidehaven was present at the meeting to make the lighting vendor presentations to the board of trustees.” 
   Jurado did not make a recommendation as to which vendor was chosen.
He only presented their bids and discussed some details of each bid as the trustees asked questions. 
   Lighting vendors that submitted quotes and bids were GeoSports Lighting, Qualite, Musco and Techline. 
   GeoSports Lighting was the lowest bid for the new LED lights and new poles. 

Thu
09
May

"McCoy’s begins framing for new store construction" by: Mike Reddell

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Work began Tuesday on new Bay City McCoy’s store, with completion projected in September.

 Work to start framing McCoy’s new Bay City store that will feature an 18,511-square-foot sales floor began Tuesday, May 7.
   “Today, we actually started putting up the store itself on the eastern side,” Store Manager Tyler Montgomery said.
   McCoy’s 8.2-acre site is behind Chili’s off Texas 35, accessible on the street between the restaurant and TDECU.
   The store will open between Sept. 2-6 – “somewhere in there, that’s what we’re hoping,” Montgomery said Tuesday.
   “We’re really excited to finally give Bay City a McCoy’s of their own,” Montgomery remarked, noting the McCoy’s stores in El Campo and Brazoria had been serving Bay City customers.
   “We’re looking to hire a team of around 30 people,” Montgomery said.
   Those positions include retail yard crewmember, retail yard leader, retail sales associate, retail delivery coordinator, retail cashier, retail commercial sales support and retail inventory coordinator.

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09
May

"MEHOP raises $35K with Fiesta fundraiser" by: Jessica Shepard

Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard
With over 50 donated live and silent auction items to choose from at MEHOP's Fiesta fundraiser, event attendees took their time browsing each and every item Saturday, May 4. See more MEHOP Fiesta coverage, Page 2.

   About $35,000 was generated during MEHOP’s Fiesta fundraiser event with over 250 people in attendance Saturday, May 4. 
   “We’re still finalizing the total count,” said Donna Huitt, MEHOP marketing director.
   “But, we raised $700 alone from the 50/50 raffle. This year’s turnout was a bit smaller than last year. It was Election Day and there was another large fundraising event on Saturday as well as youth sports. 
   “Matagorda County is blessed to have such an active community. However the downside is it is difficult to find a weekend when there isn’t anything scheduled or falling on back to back weekends with other events,” she added. 
 

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Thu
09
May

"Bee keeping knowledge essential" By Aaron Sumrall County Extension Agent Ag & Natural Resources Matagorda County

Bees and Beekeeping
   We all know that bees are critically important to most all pollinating plants but sometimes come with a fear that can lead to impulse responses. 
   Some concerns are legitimate, and knowledge of bees and bee biology is important to understanding those concerns. 
   The proper management of this critical natural resource can be extremely enjoyable and return a sweet response to add to your diet! With bees, much like everything else, knowledge is key to management and potential success.
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in Matagorda County will be holding a bee and beekeeping event to cover the 101 of management. 
   This event will begin at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 9, at the WCJC campus in Bay City at 4000 Ave F. 

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09
May

"BCISD recognizes employee dedication at annual banquet" by: Jessica Shepard

Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard
BCISD Retirees were recognized at the annual employee banquet May 1. They are: Joyce Atherton, Cecilia Cortinas, Frances Dee Dale, Donna Rice, Marie Taylor, Antonia Torres, Lori Webbon and Diana Widemon.

   Bay City Independent School District recognized and celebrated its employees with its “Our Future is Bright” awards banquet on May 1 at the Bay City Civic Center. 
   Guests were treated to a catered meal by K-2 Steakhouse while they listened to music by the Blackcat Jazz Band, directed by Bay City High School Band Director Mark Longoria. Bay City Junior High Director Jake Harmon joined the band as well.
   The BCHS Show Choir, directed by Dr. Kara Cowart, also provided entertainment with two Broadway favorites, “Dancing Queen” and “Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend.”. 
   Employees with five, 10, 15, 20, 25, and 35 years of service with the district were recognized during the banquet. 
   Retirees also were recognized and they are: Joyce Atherton, Cecilia Cortinas, Frances Dee Dale, Donna Rice, Marie Taylor, Antonia Torres, Lori Webbon and Diana Widemon. 

Thu
09
May

BCPL recognizes inspirational teens

Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard
Bay City Public Library hosted several teens and their families as part of their "Teens Who Inspire" event, May 2. Bay City High School students Pedro Vargas, Mallory Grimes, Celeste Rodriguez, and Allysa Gonzalez received awards for their exemplary student behavior and leadership abilities. All students were nominated by teachers.

Thu
09
May

"Tigers finish season 11-11" by: Eddie Russell Tidehaven Baseball Coach

 Tidehaven lost 14-0 in the first round to New Waverly in a one game playoff series.  
   Gordo Moreno had the lone Tiger hit. 
   The Tigers finished the year 11-11.  
   The game was close early but the wheels came off and New Waverly was too formidable of an opponent that particular night. 
   The end of the year is always tough when you lose your seniors. 
   I appreciate all the work they have put in the past four years and they will definitely be missed in the future. 

Thu
09
May

New 7on7 headgear arrives

Tidehaven High School reported recently that some of its 7on7 helmets - required by the state now - have arrived. Coach Josh Lovelady is modeling one of the XXXXL models.
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