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Relay For Life loop

Bay City Sentinel/Mike Reddell
Relay For Life recognizes cancer survivors and the caretakers during its annual gathering at the Matagorda County Fairgrounds Saturday evening, April 8. These cancer survivors are taking the traditional walk on the first loop. It’s an event that brings together cancer survivors, their families, friends and caretakers for an evening of activities.

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Apr

Deshotels works to fund senior center in county

   For five years, George Deshotels has been working in conjunction with the Southeast Housing Authority (SETH) to help fund a senior center in Matagorda County, more specifically in Bay City.
   “We have already bought land and are committed to building here,” said George Deshotels, Matagorda County representative of SETH for the Houston/Galveston area.
   Deshotels received that position via appointment by Matagorda County Commissioner’s Court.  
   “The Southeast Texas Housing authority is an affordable housing authority,” said Deshotels.
   “Don’t confuse us with the Section 8 HUD. We get working people into houses and an example of this is: we’ll give a $20,000 down payment and closing cost assistance for someone making $67,000 or less in Matagorda County. It’s a good project.”

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Apr

Council OKs concert funding

   Despite some misgivings, city council agreed to give the Bay City Rotary Club $10,000 from hotel occupancy tax (HOT) funds to help pay for Robert Earl Keen to appear in concert here Aug. 20.
   The Rotary Club decided to spend $20,000 more than usual to sign popular Texas singer-songwriter Keen to Bay City, said D.C. Dunham, a Rotary Club member and Bay City Community Development Corporation executive director.
   “One of the Vision 2040 goals was to draw more events,” Dunham told council.
   In seeking the HOT funds, Dunham noted that Rotary has brought top-name entertainers to Bay City for 15 years – this year is the 16th.
   City councilman Bill Cornman asked Dunham if Rotary could handle paying Keene’s contract without the city HOT funds.
   “Probably, but I won’t do it again,” Dunham replied.
   She noted that ticket prices will be the same and Rotary hopes to earn about $45,000 during its concert auction.

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14
Apr

Celebrating 'National Public Library Week'

Bay City Sentinel/Jessica Shepard
Bay City High School's Show Choir, lead by Dr. Kara Cowart, performed a variety of 80s classics during "Family Night" at the Bay City Public Library Tuesday night. "Family Night" is one of a week-long activity schedule of events to help the library celebrate "National Public Library Week."

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Apr

Rotary concert to feature Robert Earl Keen

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Texas Hall of Fame singer-songwriter Robert Earl Keen will perform at this summer’s Rotary concert.

   BAY CITY — The Bay City Rotary Club has announced that Robert Earl Keen has signed to headline the club’s 16th Annual Rotary Concert later this year
   Keen will perform his popular hits, favorite covers and latest songs at the Bay City Civic Center onAugust 20.  
   Event and corporate tickets are on sale now.  
   Reserved tickets will go on sale in June.
   A 2012 inductee into the Texas Heritage Songwriters Hall of Fame, Keen has released 19 live and studio albums on various labels during a career that spans four decades. 
   His most popular songs include Texas standards such as “Corpus Christi Bay,” “Feelin’ Good Again,” and the iconic hit “The Road Goes On Forever.”  
   Keen’s songs have also been covered by George Strait, Nanci Griffith and many other top artists during his career.

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14
Apr

Tenaris lends a hand for 'Day of Caring'

Bay City Sentinel/Mike Reddell
Tenaris employees work in concert to spruce up a porch in Bay City during during United Way’s Day of Caring Friday, April 8.

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14
Apr

Council hears financial report

   The city’s comprehensive annual financial report for fiscal year ending Sept. 30, 2015, was presented to city council Thursday, April 7.
   Highlights of the report prepared by Victoria-based independent auditor Harrison, Waldrop & Uherek include:

Thu
14
Apr

Bay City, Palacios rebates are up

   City and Palacios both showed sales tax rebate increases in the state comptroller’s April allocations.
   Bay City’s April sales tax rebate was $420,253 – 3.9 percent higher than the $404,253 comparable payment last year.
   So far this year, Bay City’s rebates are up 3.24 percent from the same period in 2015.
   The year-to-date total of $1,792,481 compares to the $1,736,070 allocated to the city in the same period last year.
   Allocations are based on sales made in February by businesses that report tax monthly.
   In Palacios, the April rebate totaled $47,250, a 7.95 percent increase over the $43,250 allocation for April 2016.
   Palacios rebates year-to-date are close to the same percentage increase as April, with $202,611 allocated so far this year – 7.93 percent over the $187,725 rebated over the same period in 2015.
   Statewide, sales tax allocations are up 2.6 percent over April 2015. 

 

Thu
14
Apr

Younger instructs kayakers

Bay City Sentinel/Mike Reddell
Willie Younger instructs kayakers Saturday morning during the Rally to the River. The annual event is aimed at encouraging interest in the Colorado River - and all Texas waterways. The rally began at the city’s Riverside Park and to the LCRA dam and back - an eight-mile round trip.

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14
Apr

Fun runs help Wellness Matagorda realize primary goal of healthy living

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   There are several things to know about the Invest in Wellness 10K and 5K run downtown Saturday morning, April 23.
   First, the certified Invest in Wellness fun run allows people to run/walk/bike – or take a family stroll and registration begins at 6:30 a.m. Saturday, April 23, and warm up with Abby McConaha gets under way at 7:15 a.m. on Avenue G on the courthouse square – where the race begins.
   The 5K and 10K runs begin at 7:30 a.m. on Avenue G, while the family stroll starts at 8 a.m. There is free parking around the square and below the courthouse in the parking garage.
   The $25 race-day fee includes a T-shirt and water – bring a friend and it will be half price ($10), for students with a valid ID the $10 fee is half-off if they bring a student friend.
   All proceeds go to the new domed Matagorda Regional Medical Center’s Wellness and Rehabilitation Center. 

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