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21
Apr

BCISD recognizes Cherry Elmentary PTA

Bay City Sentinel/Jessica Shepard
Cherry Elementary PTA leaders pose for a picture at the April 18 Bay City ISD School Board meeting, after they were recognized by the board with Celebration of Excellence honors for their Excellence in Volunteerism and Leadership with the Cherry PTA. Pictured from left are: PTA board members Sally Rasmussen, event coordinator; Marci Williams, secretary; Rachel Garcia, healthy lifestyles chair; Christine Nelson, president; and Cherry Principal Meredith Dodd. Not pictured are PTA board members Melinda Owen, treasurer, and Amy Hudson, parliamentarian.

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21
Apr

Bay City school board recognizes volunteers

Bay City Sentinel/Jessica Shepard
Bay City ISD recognized CARES volunteer Jamie Gay at the April 18 school board meeting with the district’s Celebration of Excellence Award for Excellence in Volunteerism. Jamie has volunteered for over 10 years in the district, and this year alone has volunteered over 600 hours of service, mainly at the Tenie Holmes Elementary campus. Pictured from left are: Holmes Elementary Assistant Principal Kimberly Hickl, Holmes Principal Estela Reyes, Jamie Gay, Elvira Armstrong and Holmes staff representatives Esmeralda Lopez, Ann Bond, Heather Hales, Stacey Haning and Brandy Stai.

   Bay City ISD trustees awarded the Cherry PET leaders and CARES volunteer, Jamie Gay during their celebration of excellence Monday night.
   Gay volunteers at Tenie Holmes Elementary and also received a medal from the board.
   Due to bad weather conditions, Leonard Lane and Ed Stay were not able to present their information on the Bay City High School remediation project.
   However, the board approved the Phase C bid made by Conroe-based G.T.T. General Contractors.
   According to BoardBook, G.T.T. General Contractors, Inc. was the only bidder and opened by the district April 12.
   The board also:

Thu
21
Apr

Early vote to begin April 25

   Early voting for the May 7 city council and school board elections starts at 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 25-29 and May 2-3 at the USO Service Center, 2105 Ave. M and Matagorda County Courthouse Annex, 405 Commerce, Palacios.
   Current Mayor Mark Bricker joins council members Steven Johnson and Carolyn Thames in the mayoral race with Bobby Head and Ronald Ve’an adding to the ballot.
   Council members Julie Estlinbaum and Bill Cornman are unopposed for re-election to their respective Place 1 and 2 positions.
   BCISD trustee Position 1incumbent Bobby Kimball faces a challenge from Imelda Mendiola.
   Bruce Krauskopf faces incumbent Crystal Allison for Position 2.
   In Position 3, James Humphries Jr. and Helen Knezek seek Tim Powell’s seat that he’s vacating.
   The elections will be from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, at the USO Service Center, 2107 Ave. M.

Thu
21
Apr

Commission of Jail Standards praises county jail operations

   Matagorda County Jail received a state certificate of compliance and the sheriff’s office was praised for its excellent work in a recent letter from the Texas Commission of Jail Standards (TCJS).
   “The certificate of compliance demonstrates your outstanding leadership and the diligent work of your staff in complying with minimum jail standards,” wrote Brandon S. Wood, TCJS executive director.
   “In addition, this achievement is a direct result of your office’s commitment to excellence and is an example of dedication and professionalism in maintain a safe, secure and sanitary facility,” Wood added.
   The letter also recognized Matagorda County Commissioners Court for its support of jail standards.

 

Thu
21
Apr

Conklin wins show for Cernan’s ‘moonbeam’

Bay City Sentinel/Jessica Shepard
Raleigh Conklin won “Best in Show” for his acrylic work titled “Hey Punk - I promised I’d send you a moonbeam!”

  A total of 67 artists submitted their work to the Art League of Bay City/Matagorda County (ALBCMC)’s 2016 Annual Spring Judged Art Show.
   That number includes 35 adult artists and 32 kindergarten – 12th grade student entries.
   Raleigh Conklin won “Best in Show” for his acrylic work titled “Hey Punk - I promised I’d send you a moonbeam!”
   Conklin provided the following information for his work: Apollo 17 was the last mission to the moon and for three days from December 12 - 14, 1972, Commander Gene Cernan and L.M. Pilot Harrison Schmitt explored the Taurus-Littron region of the moon in a rover. 
   To calm the nerves of his nine-year-old daughter Tracy (who he called “Punk”) Cernan promised he would “send her a moonbeam!” 
   In the POA photos, Cernan is signing a plaque with the title that he came up with.

Thu
21
Apr

BCHS junior selected for NASA summer program

Dawson Friesenhan

    Bay City High School junior Dawson Friesenhahn was named a Texas High School Aerospace Scholar (HAS), and been selected for a week-long program at Johnson Space Center in Houston. 
   Friesenhahn will study with NASA scientists and astronauts this summer. 
   He was one of 261 high school juniors from across Texas selected for the program, which encourages students to study math, science, engineering and computer science.
   “I’ve been interested in aerospace engineering since I was little, when my uncle introduced me to remote-controlled planes. It’s cool to watch them fly, after you’ve built them from foam board and put cheap electronics on them,” Friesenhahn said. 
   Friesenhahn applied for the HAS program after his physics teacher, Grace Wuthrich, told him about it at the start of the school year. 
   The application process included Wuthrich writing a recommendation letter for him as well as getting one from a Texas legislator. 

Thu
21
Apr

Brymer explains attainment status

Bay City Sentinel/Jessica Shepard
David Brymer, director of the Air Quality Division at Texas Commission on Environmental Quality spoke about Matagorda County’s current attainment or non-attainment status at the Bay City Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture luncheon Thursday, April 14..

   About 35 people attended the Bay City Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture’s monthly luncheon Thursday, April 14.
   This month’s guest speaker was David Brymer, director of the Air Quality Division at Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.
   He explained the process of how Matagorda County could be designated as reaching attainment or being non-attainment with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s clean air standards.
   The EPA reviews air quality standards every five years.
   “If necessary, they need to change those to help protect human health and the environment,” said David Brymer.
   “Ozone has been the most difficult air quality pollutant to control across the country and the EPA has lowered the standard over time. They recently lowered it again; from the existing level of 75 parts per billion (ppb) to and even lower number of 70ppb.”

Thu
21
Apr

Bay City High School OAP Area winners

BCISD/Allison Sliva
Bay City High School students who won awards at the Area One Act Play contest on April 8 are from: Kaitlin Rodriguez, Kate Bruening, Chloe McGalliard, Derek Nemec, Ben Thomas, Dandee Cabanay and Otensha Milimo.

Thu
21
Apr

Bay City High School OAP Bi-District winners

BCISD/Allison Sliva
Bay City High School's One Act Play, “Cider House Rules Part 2,” won Bi-District. Pictured are BCHS students who won individual awards at Bi-District. In front, l-r: Katelyn Bruening, All Star Cast; Derek Nemec, Best Actor; Kaitlin Rodriguez, Best Tech. Back row: Prinard Payne and Ben Thomas, Honorable Mention All Star Cast.

Thu
14
Apr

County awards bids on roofing projects

   A roofing bid of about $720,000 for five county structures – minus the courthouse - was awarded to Holden Roofing by commissioners court Monday, April 11.
   The court also authorized County Judge Nate McDonald to send a letter to Tenaris Bay City requesting a “clawback payment” of $12,168, for missing, by eight positions, the 2015 job-hiring requirements in the county tax abatement agreement with Tenaris.
   The approved roofing bid did not include the Matagorda County Courthouse, because the proposed courthouse roofing work requires a more thorough walk-through, County Auditor Cathy Ezell told commissioners.
   That roofing proposal will be presented to the court for consideration later, she explained.
   The combined roofing work bid awarded to Holden – Jaco Roofing was the other bidder - includes:

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