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Thu
23
Apr

New Cherry, BCJH principals hired

   Trustees approved the employment of two new principals for the 2015-2016 school year.
   Merideth Dodd and Dr. Keely Coufal are heading up Cherry Elementary and Bay City Junior High, respectively.
   Coufal has been an assistant principal at Park View Intermediate at Pasadena ISD since 2010.
   Before that, she taught sixth and seventh grade reading and English from 2001-2009.
   Dodd has been the assistant principal at Tenie Holmes Elementary school in Bay City ISD since August 2012.
   Prior to that, she also taught aquatic science and environmental systems; served as a co-teacher for anatomy and physiology, taught integrated physics and chemistry (IPC), and biology at Weatherford High 
Thu
23
Apr

51st live oak sale sells 93 trees this year

   The 51st Annual Live Oak Memorial Tree Sale sold 93 trees this year.
   That includes Live Oaks, Crepe Myrtles and Sago Palms.
   “The live oak tree is always the most popular at the sale,” said Bay City Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture President Mitch Thames.
   The sale itself spanned two days from Friday, April 17 to Saturday April 18.
   Thames addressed concerns that the weather impacted sales this year.
   “We are certainly in an unusual weather pattern,” said Thames.
   “We have been dry for so many years. It is difficult to tie sales and weather because our community is so giving.”

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Thu
23
Apr

'Bark' key Love of Animals fundraiser

   Le Tulle Park is going to the dogs!
   The “2nd Annual Bark in the Park Walk-A-Thon” will be all-day Saturday, April 25  starting at 9 a.m.
   “It is our largest fundraiser for the year,” said For the Love of Animals member Cheryl Stahle.
   Dr. Jim Davant and Bay City Feed will host their 18thAnnual Free Rabies Vaccination Clinic from 8-11 a.m.
   Davant and Bay City Feed will be set up by the big barbecue pits on the left near the entrance of the park.
   The first vaccination for each household is free, but all following vaccinations are only $7.50 per dog.
   Vaccinations and other “Bark in the Park” events are for dogs only and can be registered for at the same time.
Thu
23
Apr

Sargent Cookoff line

Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard
Over 15 teams fired up their grills for the Sargent Volunteer Fire Department barbecue cookoff Saturday, April 18. Volunteers and members of the fire department manned raffle ticket stations, plus sold, judged and served plates of food.

Thu
23
Apr

Friends of Elder Citizens gets new director

   The Friends of Elder Citizens (FOEC) delivers over 60 prepared lunches to local seniors of Matagorda and Jackson County daily.
   The organization’s new director, Ernest Taylor, would like to see that number increase.
   “About 60 percent of our seniors live independently,” said Taylor.
   Meaning that they live alone and not in a nursing home or assisted living, he said.
   “We are doing everything we can to grow our numbers and get the word out,” said Taylor.
   Taylor is planning on having fundraising events as the year progresses.
Thu
16
Apr

Council: Fix potholes first

   Despite encouraging words about the North Downtown Plan, city council members said they want pot holes fixed before starting another public works project at council’s regular meeting April 9.
   Discussion on a transportation master plan and standards for the North Downtown Plan followed a workshop April 7, on the ambitious 10-12 block mixed-use development that includes townhouses, cleaning and improving Cottonwood Creek and adding walking trails.
   One issue tied to the North Downtown Plan is moving the city’s recycling center that’s in the target area and Mayor Mark Bricker told council he was trying to get prices on that job.
   But council members quickly noted their concerns about the transportation master plan – and getting other projects finished, specifically street repairs.
Thu
16
Apr

Weather not bother to 180 volunteers at UW Day of Caring

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
MEHOP volunteers for United Way’s Day of Caring find plenty of yard work at this Cottonwood Street residence Friday, April 10.

   Matagorda County United Way’s Day of Caring was not deterred by the rain Friday, April 10.
   Out of the 208 volunteers who signed up, 180 showed up Friday morning for their job assignments at the USO Center in Bay City.
   “The number includes volunteers in Palacios and El Campo that did not come to the Service Center,” said Matagorda County United Way Executive director Di Ann Sneed.
   “Many companies allow their employees to take the day off to participate as well as sponsoring the event. More individuals and more businesses participated this year than ever.”
   Some teams received their job orders and went to those sites a head of time.
   “I think we have an unusually high percentage of volunteers show up that signed up in advance,” said Sneed.
   “The weather did not seem to deter them.”
Thu
16
Apr

Fair links jobs with applicatns

The 2015 Matagorda County Job Fair drew an estimated 120 people looking for new or different jobs from the 21 businesses, services and industries represented. The event was sponsored by Worksource Solutions, Matagorda County Economic Development Corporation and Bay City Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture.
Sentinel Photo/Mike Reddell

Thu
16
Apr

Lynn crews move toward opening 3 units by May 21

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
Crew member of Stuart Lynn’s construction company works on two levels of the landmark BayTex building. The work is a study in combining new features in a 1927 building.

   Stuart Lynn has set an ambitious goal of having three, ground-floor BayTex apartments open in time for a May 21 Bay City Chamber of Commerce mixer.
   Judging by the framing and plumbing work that’s well underway, Lynn’s projection may be on target.
   “I’m working to have the first three ready for the mixer,” he said Monday.
   It’s important to him to have the three units ready soon because they will serve as floor-plan models for each floor’s six units – with the square footage ranging from 642 to 971. 
   Leases will start at about $2 per square foot.

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Thu
16
Apr

Bay City sales tax rebates up 12%

   Bay City April sales tax receipts are running about 12 percent higher than the comparable month last year and for 2015 to date over the same period in 2014.
   Bay City’s 2 percent sales tax rebates totaled $404,466, up 11.65 percent from the $362,243 in the April 2014 sum. 
   The city’s total for 2015 so far is $1.736 million, 12.35 percent better than the $1.545 million in rebates for the same period in 2014.

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