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Thu
06
Oct

Taking a hard look at schools

Campus tours are under way for the $124 million school board election for improvements at five of BCISD campuses. This group takes a look at the aging condition of Bay City Junior High.

Thu
06
Oct

"Award honors Harley Savage" by: Mike Reddell

Harley Savage
Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell

   Matagorda County farmer and rancher Harley Savage was recognized for his longtime contributions to agriculture and to his community by receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award at Bay City Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture’s Ag Producers Luncheon Monday, Oct. 3.
   Savage is only the second person to receive the award – longtime rice farmer Haskell Simon is the other.
   An estimated 60 people attended the luncheon put on by the chamber’s ag committee that also included a presentation on tractor safety by a trio of Van Vleck FFA students, Derek Buckalew, Bailey Elizondo and Faith Cornett, and County Agent Brent Batchelor’s overview of the county agriculture.
   “He’s a leader and he’s a great family man,”
John Dickerson said of Savage. Dickerson presented the award on behalf of the ag committee.
   Savage’s family traces its roots in Matagorda County to 1828, coming from New York to settle in the county, Dickerson noted.

Thu
06
Oct

Rice Queen and Court

The queen’s court includes, from left: 4th Runner-up: Chloe McGalliard; 3rd Runner-up Mehgan Orsak; 2016-2017 Rice Festival Queen Kaylise Irizarry; 2nd Runner-up Shannon Brown; and 1st Runner-up Chandler Davis
A total of 26 girls vied for the Rice Festival Queen crown Saturday.
Irizarry was sponsored by Bay City High School’s Dungeoneers.
Plaques were awarded to My’Destinee Franklin as Miss Photogenic and Chandler Davis for Best Evening Gown.
Chloe McGalliard was voted “Miss Congeniality” by her fellow contestants and received a plaque also.
Along with the Queen and her court, all contestants will ride on floats during the Rice Festival Parade, Sat. Oct. 8 downtown.
Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard

Thu
06
Oct

Irizarry new Rice Queen

Rice Queen ResultsKaylise Irizarry, is crowned Rice Festival Queen for 2016-17 by last year's winner, Graci Huddleston at the Queen’s Pageant Saturday, Oct. 1, at Keye Ingram Auditorium.
Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard

Thu
06
Oct

"Schulman MBG trying to catch up" by: Mike Reddell

   Recent rains put construction on the Schulman Movie Bowl Grille behind about a month, the Bay City Community Development Corporation board (BCCDC) was told at its regular meeting Monday, Oct. 3.
   “We’re in the 16th week of construction and there have been serious rain delays,” said Bill Cornman, a BCCDC board member and city councilman.
   Concrete was poured about two weeks ago and “most of the slab concrete work is done. It’s about a month late,” he added.
   Next up is the entertainment center’s wall panels that will be formed up and poured, Cornman pointed out.
   “The walls are going up in the next few weeks. We’re behind and trying to catch up.”
   Site work “looks kind of bad,” near the McCrosky Road and Texas 35 intersection.
   In cooperation with project partner Art Milberger, Cornman said site work “will look a little better.”

Thu
06
Oct

Tidehaven Homecoming

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
Tidehaven High School seniors Major Burchett and Briannia Armour were crowned Homecoming King and Queen at halftime of the Tigers football game with Danbury Friday night.

Thu
06
Oct

"Rice Festival kicks off with ‘HEB night’" by: Jessica Shepard

   Official Rice Festival festivities open from 4-11 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6, with “HEB Night,” meaning that bringing three non-perishable HEB brand food items gets you free admission at the gate.
   Each entry is $6 and children under six get in free.
   VIP Parking is $20 and includes entry fees while free parking is located in the south side lot across from Hamman road.
   All food items benefit a local food pantry.
   This kick off includes carnival rides and a midway by Todd Armstrong with unlimited rides for $15 an armband and vendor booths.
   Friday, Oct. 7 is similar, with carnival armbands going up to $20 and the festival being open late until midnight.
   Cash bingo also opens and runs from 4 p.m. - 12 a.m.
   The highly anticipated Rice Festival Parade starts at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 8 downtown around the square.
   The festival opens early at 11:30 a.m. Saturday and closes at 1 a.m. with armbands going up to $25 each.

Thu
06
Oct

Collecting hazardous waste items

There were 433 vehicles unloading items for this year’s Household Hazardous Waste Collection Saturday at the fairgrounds. While the full count of all things collected isn’t complete, the collection included 2,365 tires, 1,000 gallons of used oil, 12 pallets of E-waste, 80 gallons of antifreeze, 120 auto batteries and 196 alkaline and rechargeable batteries. A total of 64 volunteers took part in the 22nd annual event.
Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell

 

 

Thu
06
Oct

"Council OKs new tax rate, budget" by: Mike Reddell

   City council unanimously adopted its fiscal 2016-17 tax rate and $13 million budget at a special meeting last Thursday.
   The tax rate is 60 cents per $100 valuation, which is the same levy as last year. 
   It includes 48 cents for maintenance and operation (M&O) and 11 cents for debt service.
   It is projected to raise about $38,000 more than the last fiscal year because of the city’s overall higher appraised valuations.
   The M&O rate, Mayor Mark Bricker explained, “will pay for the normal day-to-day operations, such as gas, people and vehicles.”
   The debt-service tax rate pays financial obligations that funded improvements to the city’s streets and utilities, the mayor added.
   This year’s budget includes a 3 percent across-the-board raise for city employees.
   City council also went into a brief closed session to discuss the city’s waste-collection contract with WCA.

Thu
06
Oct

"County awards annex repair bid" by: Mike Reddell

   A $326,047 bid for extensive exterior and interior repair and renovation work on the Matagorda County Office Building was awarded by commissioners court at its regular meeting Monday, Oct. 3.
   Sealy-based Merrick Coastal indicated in its contract that mold testing and remediation will occur before repairs, maintenance and remediation are started.
   The work includes electrical, plumbing, flooring and painting. Merrick Coastal’s contract calls for a 180-day completion.
   In other action, the court:

  •     Rejected requests from the District Attorney’s office for hourly rate salary increases for three staff members with additional responsibilities. 

   County Nate McDonald made the motion to approve each of the requests, but he didn’t get a second on any of the three motions.

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