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08
Aug

"County moves tax rate, budget to public hearings" by: Mike Reddell

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
Matagorda County Commissioners Court proclaimed Aug. 4-10 as National Health Center Week in Matagorda County at the court’s regular meeting Monday, Aug. 5. Joining MEHOP CEO Celeste Harrison, center, in showing off the proclamation are Donna Huitt, MEHOP marketing director, and County Judge Nate McDonald.

   A proposed Matagorda County fiscal 2019-20 tax rate of 43.342 cents per $100 valuation will be the subject of public hearings Aug. 15 and 19, commissioners court decided Monday, Aug. 5.
   The court also set a public hearing on the projected fiscal 2019-20 budget of $26,901,206 for 9:55 a.m. Aug. 19.
   Hearings for the proposed 43.342-cent tax rate – the preceding year’s levy was 41.758 cents per $100 - will be at 5 p.m. Aug. 15, and at 9:45 a.m. Aug. 19.
   Proposed budget revenues and expenditures increased $1,847,446 over fiscal 2018-19 totaling $26,901,206, County Auditor Kristen Kubecka said. Increases are as follows: personnel costs $701,032 (5.24%), operating costs $1,094,505 (10.65%), and capital $51,909 (9.75%).

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Thu
08
Aug

McCoy's adding finishing touches

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
McCoy’s Building Supply is putting the finishing touches on its new Bay City store, with a soft opening planned for Sept. 2 and a grand opening for Sept. 12. Merchandise shelves are going up in the 18,511-square-foot sales floor.

Thu
08
Aug

New addition to SO aviation division

Sheriff Skipper Osborne, right, welcomes the newest addition to the Matagorda County Sheriff's Office Aviation Division, MCSO Air 2. Air 2 is a DJI Mavic 2 Enterprise Dual sUAS. It is equipped to carry a dual spot light and speaker, as well as built in FLIR camera. The FLIR provides a greater range of capabilities in search and rescue, such as night searches. The Aviation Division consist of 2 Drones and 3 FAA licensed pilots and several observers. The MCSO drones will be available to any surrounding agency or department if needed.
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Thu
08
Aug

"Team slots fill up for MRMC Foundation Golf Tournament" by: Jessica Shepard

   Four-man team spots for the 10th Annual MRMC Foundation Golf Tournament” are filling up fast.
   The tournament will be from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 10, at Rio Colorado Golf Course. 
   “We have a limited amount of spots available and teams are filling fast,” said MRMC Foundation Director Tiffany Foltyn.
   “We can take a total of 36 teams and have 32 signed up right now. It is $110 a player or $440 per team.”
   The tournament includes a full breakfast and lunch meal per person.
   “For our 10th year we have added a Bloody Mary bar,” she added.
   “We also have hospitality carts that run constantly throughout the day and provide cool neck wraps for our players.”
   The event features a shotgun start at 8 a.m. and a helicopter ball drop at 2 p.m.
   “This will be our 2nd Annual Helicopter Ball Drop and golf ball raffle tickets can be purchased at $10 each or three for $25,” said Foltyn.

Thu
08
Aug

Blackcats start 2-a-days

The BCHS Blackcats began their 2019 season with the start of 2-a-days Monday. Head Coach Patrick Matthews tells his players what’s expected, as Bay City’s first scrimmage will Aug. 16 against Sweeny there. Pluses include seven returning starters on offense and defense, more coaches to work with all BCISD football levels, and players’ experience with Matthews system of football.
Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell

Thu
08
Aug

"BCHS CAT Camp immerses campers in The Blackcat Way" by: Jessica Shepard

   Registration for the annual Bay City High School CAT Camp will be from 1-5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 16, at the high school campus.
   The event is free for all incoming BCHS students in grades 9-12 and registrations can be made online at http://goo.gl/forms/2ktfa9iyus.
   “Truthfully, they don’t even have to pre-register, they can just show up,” said CAT Camp organizer Amy Ging. 
   “C.A.T. stands for Character, Achievement, and Tradition, which makes it a fun afternoon of Blackcat spirit. We play games, have speakers, learn teamwork and get ready for the start of school.”
   This year’s speakers include Ray Garcia, Trent Tinnin and Whitney White Thompson.
   “Speakers will talk about what it means to them to be a Blackcat, how being from Bay City shaped them and helped them be successful,” she explained.
   CAT Camp participants become the official “Crunk Squad” for the year.

Thu
08
Aug

Day & Zimmerman recognizes new graduates

Day & Zimmermann, a strategic community partner with South Texas Project, recognized the first group of students to complete the MC3 Apprenticeship Readiness Course held by the Houston Gulf Coast Building Construction Trades Council in Bay City. These candidates will enter the registered construction union apprenticeships as iron workers, carpenters, insulators and pipefitters and be employed by Day and Zimmermann at South Texas Project during the Fall 2019 outage. Pictured, from left, are: Paul Puente, Executive Secretary Houston Gulf Coast Building Trades Council, Brenda Aragon, Robert Hicks, Toni Baza, Analise Baldridge, Teressa Felder, Michael Baldridge, Kashell Moore, Ricardo Hassette, Zachary Ruley, Erma Key, Ben Mackebon, Raheem Key, Warren Mertz, Ryan Sauceda, Aliyah Smallwood, Caleb Carr, Michael Rome, Tyler Sulak, Bailey Breazeale and Dale Sanford MMC3 Instructor. This joint initiative, spearheaded by Day & Zimmermann, seeks to build a local union workforce in Bay City. These candidates completed a 120-hour course, held at Workforce Solutions, that explored the union trades and completed American Heart Association CPR/First aid and OSHA 10 certifications.
Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell

Thu
08
Aug

HEB donates items to For the Love of Animals

Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard
Bay City's HEB grocery store donated gift cards, pet walking harnesses and bandanas to members of For The Love of Animals group, Aug. 5. Pictured are, from left: Cheryl Ham, HEB store manager Clint Hewitt, Margaret Wells, Anne Thompson, Terri Goodman, and Sandi Rice.

Thu
08
Aug

Sheriff announces 2 retirements

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Sheriff Skipper Osborne, center, is flanked by his two retiring officers: Captain Monty Mozley and Patrol Deputy Victor Hadash

   Two members of the Matagorda County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) were retired and three were promoted, according the sheriff’s office reported last week.
   Retiring are Monty Mozley, captain of the Patrol Division, and Patrol Deputy Victor Hadash.
   Mozley retired after 22 years of service with MCSO. 
   He started his career in 1997 in the Jail Division and within a couple of years promoted to the Patrol Division.  
   Mozley was a patrol sergeant for a number of years and was promoted to patrol captain in January 2013.
   Hadash retired after five years of service. 
   He also worked for the MCSO in the 1980s and 1990s where he was a patrol sergeant.
   Hadash also worked a number of years for the Bay City Police Department and with the Bay City ISD Police Department.
   Lt. Frank Craft was promoted to Patrol Captain Aug. 1. 

Thu
08
Aug

BCOS hosts ribbon cutting

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
Bay City Office Supply celebrated their new location and 60 years in business with a ribbon-cutting ceremony, Aug. 1.

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