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Thu
11
Jun

Texas Trio Classic starts Friday

   At press time, the Texas Trio Classic had 86 teams entered into the tournament with two artificial and 12 open-team spots left.
   Team signups close Friday, June 12, at 6:30 p.m. during the Calcutta and cost $225 for three members and another $75 after that and up to five total.
   Every team member gets free entry into the Calcutta where food, drinks and live entertainment will be on tap.
   “Sam Silva is this year’s entertainer and features great live music,” said tournament co-founder Shane Johnson.
   Those who aren’t registered to a team can attend the event as well for a donation of $10.
Thu
11
Jun

BCHS opens sports camps

Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard
Coach Amanda Slater, standing, had students pair off during the Volleyball sports camp Tuesday morning. Among other drills and techniques, she showed them the proper way to set a volleyball for a team mate. Slater was joined by coach Liz Griffin for the duration of their sports camp with 34 girls in attendance.

   The Bay City High School athletic department kicked off its Summer Sports Camp Monday, June 8, with volleyball under the direction of coaches Amanda Slater and Liz Griffin.
   Thirty-four girls showed up for the two-day clinic and learned a variety of skills form setting the ball to passing and serving.
   The camps are open to students from incoming ninth-graders down to third-graders.
   “When I came here at the first of the year, I told the coaches of every sport that I want them to hold summer camps,” said Athletic Director Lupe Florez.
   “Every high school does this.”
   Each camp offered over the summer has a fee ranging from $10 to $40 depending on which sport the students are participating in.
Thu
11
Jun

Dunn eyes August opening, with utility bids let

Sentinel photos/Mike Reddell
Work is well underway towards completing the Dunn Heat Exchangers plant north of Bay City on Texas 60.

   August is the new completion date for Dunn Heat Exchangers plant, with the City of Bay City and Dunn agreeing to share the work and costs for water and sewer lines and a lift station in a special city council meeting June 4. 
   The first attempt to put all three projects into one package for prospective contractors produced bids that were over estimates in mid-May.
   That prompted Public Works Director Barry Calhoun to bid all three projects separately, and the city opened those bids in late May. 
   While the totals for the three separate projects were lower this time around, they were still about $200,000 higher than the original projected cost of $800,000 for all three.
   City council member Bill Cornman advised Calhoun at council’s May 28 meeting to go over the bids with Peter Dunn Jr., president of the Texas City-based Dunn Heat Exchangers.
   Dunn was at council’s special meeting last week. 
Thu
11
Jun

New officers installed

Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard
Bay City High School's Class of 2015 Salutatorian Alyssa Lamberti, left, follows Valedictorian Mackenzie Parker onto the field during their graduation ceremony Friday, June 5.

Thu
11
Jun

Classic cars, tractors part of Mr. Tire opening

Sentinel photos/Jessica Shepard, Mike Reddell
This classic car (above), from the early 1950s, was among the cars and tractors from earlier eras on display at Mr. Tire’s grand opening June 3.

   Classic cars and tractors flanked the Mr. Tire Rice Farmers Coop., Inc. shop on Wednesday, June 3, during the store’s grand opening and ribbon cutting.
   The tractors ranged from John Deere to Case IH and spanned a variety of makes and models.
   The company itself has a rich history in El Campo.
   Before Mr. Tire was even formed, El Campo rice farmers started their own coop in 1940 due to the need for warehouse space to store sacked rice.
Thu
11
Jun

Safety Store ribbon cutting

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
Texas Commercial Fire & Safety had its grand opening and ribbon cutting at its 3587 FM 2668 (Nichols Road) location June 4. The store specializes in helping businesses stay compliant with NFPA standards and provide a safe working environment for employees. TCFS owner Jonathan Fehmel, holding the scissors, is flanked to his right by his wife, Susan.

Thu
11
Jun

New Training building

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
The new $1.2 million addition to the Center for Energy Development is taking shape. The 4,700-square-foot building will house three Wharton County Junior College training programs in manufacturing technology, electrical technology and instrumentation and control technology and is to be completed in time for the college’s fall semester. A $575,000 Tenaris grant will buy training equipment for the building, which is owned by the Bay City Community Development Corporation.

Thu
04
Jun

Mayor, council in 90-minute closed meeting

   A 90-minute closed session between Mayor Mark Bricker and city council on the mayor’s performance ended with no action taken at council’s regular meeting Thursday, May 28.
   Since the state’s open meetings law forbids any discussion of what occurred in executive session, no one remarked on what was discussed. 
   Last week’s council agenda indicated the closed meeting was “to deliberate personnel matters to deliberate the mayor’s performance and seek legal advice as necessary.” City Attorney George Hyde was in the closed session with mayor and council.
Thu
04
Jun

Tidehaven tossup

Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard
Members of the Tidehaven High School graduating class of 2015 give their motar boards the traditional flip into the air at the seniors’ commencement ceremony Friday night, May 29.

Thu
04
Jun

Farenthold covers isses affecting district, nation

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
US. Rep. Blake Farenthold visits with Linda and Billy Mann following his talk at the Bay City Chamber of Commerce lunch forum at the Bay City Civic Center, May 27.

Starting with border security, U.S. Rep. Blake Farenthold covered broad range of topics at a Bay City Chamber of Commerce lunch forum last Wednesday, May 27.
   Saying he’s been told that securing the border is impossible, Farenthold (R-Corpus Christi) told those attending there are many ways of making that happen.
   “I don’t believe for a minute it can’t be done,” said Farenthold, whose sprawling 27th District includes the Texas coast from Corpus Christi to Matagorda County and inland up to Bastrop.
   “There are aerostat balloons, predator drones and all sorts of aircraft to patrol the border,” the three-term Congressman said, explaining the wide open spaces are more appropriate for the drones -unmanned aerial vehicles – to work. 
   As for manpower to secure the border, Farenthold said, “We have to have folks.” He noted that people on horseback and others could be part of the effort to “make a team effort out of it.”

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