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21
Nov

"Van Vleck school board agrees on $29M bond sale" by: Mike Reddell

   Van Vleck trustees approved $29 million in bond sales that went to Bank of America Merrill - the lowest of seven bidders - at the school board’s regular meeting Monday, Nov. 18.
   Bank of America’s low bid for the $29 million sale included an interest rate of 2.65834 percent.
That’s a lower rate than the district’s previous bond sale rate of 3.9 percent, said Lewis Wilks, with U.S. Capital Advisers, the district’s bond adviser.
   “It’s a very good interest rate,” said John O’Brien, Van Vleck school superintendent.
Monday night’s sale approval is the third installment of the $88.2 million school bond issue voters approved in November 2017.
   The two previous sales were for $9.6 million and $40 million. 
With Monday night’s sale of $29 million, the district has $9.6 million left from the original bond issue.

Thu
21
Nov

"Sumrall leads off discussion for Master Gardener program" by: Jessica Shepard

Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard
Matagorda County Extension Agent Dr. Aaron Sumrall, left, held a presentation and discussion about starting a Master Gardeners program in the county Monday, Nov. 18.

   Matagorda County Extension Agent Dr. Aaron Sumrall led a frank presentation and discussion about starting a Master Gardeners program in the county to just over 25 people Monday, Nov. 18.
   “I’m really impressed with this turnout,” he said.
   “I want everyone to be crystal clear in understanding what a Master Gardener (MG) program is, does and how we get the ball rolling on such a program.”
   Sumrall reminded the group that a lot of the program education, demonstration and volunteer projects would be mostly during the daytime.
   “The Texas Master Gardener program is an educational volunteer program conducted by the Texas AgriLife Extension Service of the Texas A&M University System,” he said.

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Thu
21
Nov

Philp promoted to corporal; special ops traffic stops yield 4 arrests

    Bay City Police Department held a ceremony to promote Officer James Philp to Corporal Thursday, Nov. 14.  
   Police Chief Robert Lister officiated over the ceremony in the Bay City Municipal Court chambers.
Several members of the police department, family and friends were present to congratulate Philp.  
   Philp is from Freeport, graduating from Brazosport High School.  
   After high school he attended Texas State University and graduated in 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice.  
      Philp later attended Brazosport College Law Enforcement Academy in December 2016.  
   Philp began his law enforcement career with the BCPD in 2017 and serves as a field training officer on patrol.  
   Philp and his significant other, Lucy, have a one-year-old son.  
Thu
21
Nov

"Main Street OKs facade grant for law firm" by: Jessica Shepard

   A façade grant for Walder, Perches, Hundl and Kerlick’s building at 2233 Ave. G was unanimously approved by Main Street Program board of directors during their regular meeting.
   Walder, Perches, Hundl and Kerlick associate attorney Shea Krauskopf presented the project scope to the board after receiving a certificate of appropriateness from the Bay City Historic Commission earlier in the week.
   The project’s total cost is $15,000, which Main Street will pay up to half – no dollar amount was specified at the meeting.
   Included in the project are a new paint job, minor interior renovations, door and window repairs, and an awning.
   “I’m really glad to be back in my hometown to help fulfill the needs in our area,” he said.
   “We are looking at some paint colors like a neutral light grey for the building and black for the awning. We’re just looking to clean up the whole façade and update it a little.”

Thu
21
Nov

DPS trains 10K for Protection of Children program

   AUSTIN – Last month, the Interdiction for the Protection of Children (IPC) program hit a key milestone, and the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is proud to announce that 10,000 individuals — in Texas, across the nation and around the globe — have been trained through this vital program.
   IPC equips law enforcement officers with the tools to recognize indicators of missing, exploited, at-risk and endangered children, and as a result, law enforcement officers can more readily identify and rescue children. 

Thu
21
Nov

"Bay City a ‘highlight’ for foreign officials studying nuclear power " by: Jessica Shepard

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
Bay City Mayor Robert Nelson introduced himself and spoke about city and community relations with STP as part of a luncheon meeting with International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) visitors looking to start their own nuclear power programs in their countries, Nov. 15.

   STP Nuclear Operating Company and the Bay City Chamber of Commerce hosted a luncheon with over 15 International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) visitors looking to start their own nuclear power programs in their respective countries, Nov. 15.
   The IAEA partners with Texas A&M (TAMU) to provide those visitors a broad overview of the fundamentals of nuclear power and nuclear policy issues for countries considering nuclear power programs in only 10 days.
   “Even though this is a 10-day overall visit, our two days spent in Bay City and Matagorda County are the highlight,” said Julia Pierko, program director for TAMU International Nuclear Energy.

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Thu
21
Nov

Electric griddles sizzle at pancake supper

Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard
The Boys and Girls Club of Bay City and Matagorda County's annual pancake supper debuted brand new electric griddles and quite the assembly line of volunteer cooks, Nov. 14. Previously the supper cooked with gas griddles and made the switch to electric to cut down on smoke generated by the griddles. Club Executive Director Bebee McMillan said there was a slight learning curve for getting the temperatures right but praised her volunteers for working it out.

Thu
14
Nov

Billy Mann 2019 Cattlemen’s Silver Spur Award winner

Contributed photo
Billy Mann is surrounded by family at Cattlemen’s banquet where he received the organization’s Silver Spur Award.

   Cattleman Billy Mann recently received the coveted Silver Spur Award from the Matagorda County Cattlemen’s Association. 
   Mann was honored at the association’s banquet Oct. 15. 
   The Matagorda County Silver Spur Award is the most prestigious honor given by the ranching and livestock industry in the county. 
   Established in 2017, the award is conferred upon iconic industry leaders whose unparallel devotion to land and livestock has earned them notable respect and admiration from their peers. 
   Presenting the award to Mann was Dr. Nancy Kubecka, whose father, Dan Wendt, received the Silver Spur Award in 2018.

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Thu
14
Nov

"Commission gives COAs to 2 businesses" by: Jessica Shepard

   The Bay City Historic Commission unanimously approved two certificates of appropriateness for Kate’s Coffee, Tea & More and Wadler, Perches, Hundl and Kerlick Attorneys at Law on Nov. 4. 
   Kate’s Coffee, at 1606 6th St., was approved for a signage change on the outside of the building. 
   “This is one of many changes we’ll be coming to you for,” said Amanda Sullivan, spokesperson and interior/exterior design consultant for Kate’s. 
   “As we move toward making those changes, we’ll be coming to you for approval and input before any work begins. We want to make sure we’re compliant with the rules and regulations of being a business in the historic downtown area.” 
   Other projects at Kate’s could include painting the exterior and interior, new doors, an awning and more. 

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Thu
14
Nov

"Council looks to sell city properties" by: Mike Reddell

   City Council briefly discussed a plan to sell property the city holds in trust or property the city owns out right. 
   The discussion came up at a workshop that preceded council’s regular meeting last week. 
   Council looked at a map of about 40 properties located throughout Bay City that are classified City of Bay City and/or Matagorda County Trustee Properties. 
   Most have city liens and unpaid taxes and fees. 
   The properties total value is $233,495, while the city liens total $80,446 and the unpaid taxes/fees are $575,854.  

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