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Thu
05
May

Hundreds of volunteers pitch in at beach cleanups

   A total of 251 volunteers participated in the annual spring Matagorda Beach Cleanup, Saturday April 23. 
   “We filled two dumpsters and cleaned over six miles of beach,” said Peggy Stanley, event coordinator and sponsor. 
   That’s roughly 5.5 tons or 10,944 pounds of garbage! 
   This year volunteers varied from Tenaris and Oxea employee teams to local Boy Scouts and Matagorda Lions Club members. 
   “There were teams from Wharton County Junior College, Fulshear Boy Scouts, as well as teachers and students from Van Vleck,” she said. 
   The Lower Colorado River Authority provided a hot dog lunch for all volunteers. 
   Other local sponsors included Oxea, Stanley groceries and Riverbend Restaurant. 
   “It was a beautiful day and I personally want to thank all of the volunteers,” said Stanley. 
   About 196 volunteers cleaned up five miles of Sargent Beach with a total of 1.6 tons of garbage or 3,200 pounds. 

Wed
04
May

City, school races decided Saturday

Early voting for the city and school board elections this Saturday, ended Tuesday night after seven days with a total of 1,168 total ballots.
Up for grabs Saturday is the fiveway race for Bay City mayor and three contested school boardseats.
The city and school electgions will be from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, May 7, at the USO Service Center, 2107 Ave. M.
Incumbent Mayor Mark Bricker faces challenges from council members Steven Johnson and Carolyn Thames as well as from Bobby Head and Ronald Ve’ an.
Incumbent council members Julie Estlinbaum and Bill Cornman are unopposed for re-election to their respective Place 1 and Place 2 positions.
In the school board races, incumbent Position 1 BCISD trustee Bobby Kimball is opposed by Imelda Mendiola-Howard.
In the Position 2 battle, incumbent Crystal Allison is challenged by Bruce Krauskopf.
The contest for Position 3 is between James Humphries Jr. and Helen Knezek.

Thu
28
Apr

Learning early

Bay City Sentinel/Jessica Shepard
Volunteers, young and old, lent a hand during the annual spring “Adopt-A-Beach” cleanup at Matagorda beach, Saturday, April 23. Above, children are being reminded to take care when handling glass bottles they find in the sand versus plastic ones.

Thu
28
Apr

Movie center loan OK’d

Bay City Sentinel/Mike Reddell
Mark Schulman (center) talks about entertainment center with BCCDC board member Bill Cornman, left, and BCCDC President Bobby Wilkinson.

   Mark Schulman projected construction will start in mid-May on his proposed Schulman Movie Bowl Grill (SMBG).
   Steps taken – including approval of the construction loan and the performance agreement - by the Bay City Community Development Corporation board Monday seemed to bear out that prediction.
   The board approved a $7.5 million TDECU loan for building the 51,000-square-foot, full-service entertainment center between Bay City and Van Vleck on Texas 35.
   While the agreement between BCCDC and Waco-based Schulman Amusement Company provides an 11-month construction period, Schulman said he’s looking at a mid-April 2017 opening.
   Schulman made his comments on the 12-acre site that will include an eight-screen, dine-in movie theatre, fun center and 12 bowling lanes at the BCCDC regular board meeting Monday afternoon.

Thu
28
Apr

McBurnett provides update on Units 3&4

   Nuclear Innovation North America (NINA) CEO Mark McBurnett presented an update on STP Units 3 & 4 to the Bay City Rotary Club this week.
   In February, a signing ceremony was held at the NRC Headquarters on the issuance of the licenses for STP Units 3 & 4 marking the successful completion of the federal licensing process.
   “Issuance of the licenses for STP Units 3 & 4 is a major milestone for the project,” said McBurnett. “Having these licenses puts us in a position to move the project forward when economic conditions support construction. 
   NINA will continue to work on business development and the steps necessary to move the project forward.” 
   The license application for STP Units 3 & 4 was filed in September 2007. 
   The approval of the licenses represents the conclusion of an extensive safety and environmental review by the NRC, spanning more than eight years and a quarter-million NRC man-hours. 

Thu
28
Apr

Mayoral hopefuls make their cases

  After a short break following the school board candidates, the Bay City mayoral candidates took their respective microphones and prepared for their own turn at questions, Thursday, April 21.
   Current Mayor Mark Bricker is facing Bobby Head, Council Member Carolyn Thames, Ron Ve’an and City Councilman Steven Johnson.
   Opening statements kicked off the question and answer round, this time leading with Mayor Mark Bricker.

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Thu
28
Apr

Board candidates present positions

   All six Bay City ISD school board candidates provided their visions and answers to voters’ questions Thursday, April 21.
   “The point of tonight’s forum is more about educating the voters and increasing voter turnout,” said Brandon Cox, forum moderator.
   The Bay City Tribune compiled their questions via social media and emails sent to their office.
   “What we have done is that we have condensed it into a common theme. What are the most common themes people are asking about?” said Cox.
   “And we’re going to hit those highlights.”
   Each candidate had two minutes to speak about their opening statements as well as their closing ones.
   BCISD trustee incumbent Position 1 re-election candidate Bobby Kimball faced Imelda Mendiola-Howard.
   Bruce Krauskopf faces incumbent Crystal Allison for Position 2.
   Position 3 is between James Humphries Jr. and Helen Knezek.

Thu
28
Apr

Changing of guard at 2 county departments

  Monday represented the changing of the guard for two county offices at the Matagorda County Commissioners Court regular meeting.
   Commissioners officially named Kristen Kubecka county auditor, from first assistant county auditor, and retiring Environmental Health Director Ruben Gonzales said his good-byes after serving the county for 29 years.
   Kubecka has been managing the county auditor’s office since Cathy Ezell’s surprise resignation April 15, and the court reassigned her duties and access to related county documents to Kubecka at its April 18 meeting.
   Other officials confirmed in related action Monday include Human Resource Administrator Chelsea Beltran and Payroll Administrator Courtney Harvey.
   “It’s been a privilege and honor to serve,” Gonzales told the court Monday, and received several well-wishes and congratulations.

Thu
28
Apr

And, to top it off

With so many options for dinner, it’s hard to pick just one! Even this young girl is having trouble picking out the best piece of corn. Members of the Bay City Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture’s Agriculture/Aquaculture Committee boiled, fried and served crawfish, shrimp and catfish with red potatoes and corn on the cob Tuesday night. Members, friends, family and local officials dined and celebrated local Future Farmers of America students.
Bay City Sentinel/Jessica Shepard

Thu
28
Apr

Giving directions

Bay City Sentinel/Mike Reddell
Loy Sneary goes over the route for the Wellness Matagorda 5K and 10K runs Saturday morning, April 23.

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