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Thu
07
May

Sheriff: Lock your vehicles at home

   Thieves broke into 22 vehicles in River Oaks Subdivision overnight Thursday, April 30-May 1, Sheriff Skipper Osborne told Matagorda County Commissioners Court Monday.
   While burglars rummaged through several vehicles and took nothing, items were taken from eight vehicles located on the interior River Oaks streets, the sheriff’s department reports.
   Items taken included cash in the form of coins totaling $60 to $100, a Garmin GPS, a purse, two pair of Jordon tennis shoes - one red and black size 11 and the other red and white size 11 – and a black wallet containing $200 in cash. 
   All of the burglarized vehicles, the sheriff noted, were unlocked.
   He recommends that county residents should begin locking their vehicles at home.
Thu
07
May

Nearly 400 registered to take part in Relay for Life

   Matagorda County Relay for Life has over 390 participants registered for their event Friday May 8 – Saturday May 9.
   The official Relay starting time is 6 p.m. and will last until 6 a.m. Saturday morning at the Matagorda County Fairgrounds.
   Those that are signed up make a total count of 40 teams, as of Tuesday afternoon.
   Each team has from one to 20 people that are required to meet at the fair grounds.
   Currently, the top three teams to have raised the most money are RMS Record Keepers, Angel’s Posse and Calvary for a Cure – all of which have raised at nearly $6,000 or are just shy of that mark.
Thu
07
May

Teacher Appreciation Week

BCISD photo
Taking part in Teacher Appreciation Week recognition recently were: (back row, from left) BCISD Assistant Superintendent Rodney Fausett; BCISD Director of Maintenance Ron Carroll; BCISD Chief of Police L.C. Cunningham, Jr; BCISD Athletic Director Lupe Florez; BCISD Director of Curriculum Janice Popp; BCISD Superintendent Keith Brown; BCISD MCES Supervisor Lisa Moya; BCHS Principal Chris Townsend; BCISD Director of Food Services Mildred Hawkins; and BCJH Interim Principal Ric Carlin; (front row, from left) BCISD Public Relations Coordinator Allison Sliva; Roberts Elementary Principal Melisa Carroll; Holmes Elementary Principal Jessica Estlinbaum; BCISD Director of Federal Programs and CTE Lisa Volkmer; and BCISD MCES Director Halcy Martin-Dean.

Thu
30
Apr

Tic-Tac-Toe

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
Workmen on different levels of the Holiday Inn Express construction site appear to be part of the winning slash hand at Tic Tac To game recently.

Thu
30
Apr

Shcholarships honor nurses

MRMC photo
Taking part in Matagorda Regional Medical Center Foundation’s new scholarships for nurses are, from left: Carolyn Salazar, RN, Christy Foor, Harlee Oros and Jan Johnson, RN.

   A Bay City High School senior and a Wharton County Junior College student each will receive a $2,500 nursing scholarship – the first awarded by the Matagorda Regional Medical Center Foundation. 
   The scholarships are given in honor of two registered nurses, Jan Johnson and Carolyn Salazar, who together “have combined service of more than 70 years to the Matagorda County Hospital District,” said Tiffany Foltyn, MRMC Foundation executive director.
   The scholarships went to Harlee Oros, the BCHS senior, and to Christina “Christy” Foor, who is a WCJC nursing student.
Thu
30
Apr

City rejects bid on water, sewer works

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
Construction on the Dunn Heat Exchangers plant on Texas 60 north is well underway.

   A $1.2 million construction bid for city water and sewer lines and a sewer lift station for Dunn Heat Exchangers plant was rejected by city council last week, putting a time squeeze on both the city and Dunn to get the work done by early summer.
   That bid was about $500,000 over preliminary estimates for the work said city councilman Bill Cornman.
   Public Works Director Barry Calhoun projected an accelerated process to receive new, and hopefully lower, bids, since Dunn President Peter Dunn Jr. told the Planning Commission in March that work was projected to be finished by late May.
   Calhoun told council that Dunn agreed to seek more bids. 
   Dunn and the city are doing the work under a $1 million grant from the Texas Capital Fund and Dunn said he was worried about the grant’s deadline at the planning commission meeting.
Thu
30
Apr

Early Voting begins

   A steady stream of voters were casting early ballots for the May 9 Bay City and Van Vleck elections as early voting began Monday, April 27.
   Early voting will continue through May 5 at City Hall for Bay City school board and city council. Through Tuesday, more than 200 had been cast.
   Early voting for a local option election and for the special election of two Van Vleck trustees will be at the Bay City Service Center.
   The general election from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, May 9, for the Bay City elections will be at the service center.
   Van Vleck voters will cast ballots at: precincts 1A and 10, the Bay City Service Center; Precinct 5, Van Vleck Community Center; and precincts 6 and 13, Cedar Lane Community Center.
Thu
30
Apr

Patel: Candlewood for long-term guests

Contributed photo
Groundbreaking for the Candlewood Suites on Texas 35 east included, from left: Ken Johnson, Carolyn Thames, Asher Hamilton, Prashant Patel, County Judge Nate McDonald, Shea Ingram, Forrest Snyder and D.C. Dunham.

Candlewood Suites new extended-stay complex of 76 rooms – all with kitchens – was celebrated with a groundbreaking ceremony Tuesday morning.
   “These type of projects are what needed” in Matagorda County’s drive for economic development, County Judge Nate McDonald remarked at the groundbreaking.
   “We’re seeing a lot of need for long-term stays,” from professionals working at plants in Matagorda and Brazoria counties, said Candlewood owner.
   Patel also owns Hampton Inn in Bay City. 
   “The Candlewood Suites are unique – they’re more of a furnished apartment. There’s nothing like it here,” he said.
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Thu
30
Apr

Special meeting on prospect information

   A closed meeting to discuss information from a business prospect on possibly locating in or near Bay City is scheduled as part of a special called city council meeting Thursday evening.
   In noting the reason for the executive session, the agenda indicates council could deliberate on economic development negotiations on a financial offer or other incentive to a business prospect.
   An open session, following the closed-door talks, could include approving action taken by Bay City Community Development Corporation (BCCDC), “with respect to the purchase, exchange, lease or value of real property” in Bay City.
   The council meeting begins at 6 p.m. Thursday at the BCCDC conference room.
Thu
30
Apr

Council split on approving plans

   Spending about $12,000 for a transportation master plan and standards for the downtown district got a 3-2 split-vote approval from city council last week.
   Council members debated the merits of the transportation plan and downtown standards versus the more pressing urgency of Bay City street repairs at the Thursday, April 23, council meeting.
   Council also approved spending $25,000 for the last phase of renovating the Bay City USO Building and awarded more than $2 million in bids for a sewer force main and a sewer lift station as part of the city’s extension of utilities to the Tenaris steel plant.
   Mayor Mark Bricker supported the transportation plan and downtown standards contract with the Houston-based engineering firm of Jones & Carter. The city needs a plan showing how to design future thoroughfares through the community, the mayor said. 

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