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Thu
08
Sep

Masked man robs store in Van Vleck

   A shirtless bandit wearing a mask robbed a Van Vleck convenience store and stole at least $300 early Saturday morning, Sept. 3, Matagorda County Sheriff’s reports show.
   The white-mask-clad black male entered Valero, on Texas 35, and ordered the clerk to open the cash register and lay on the floor, deputies were told.
   To make the clerk believe the robber was armed, the man held his hand behind his back and the store employee did as the man ordered.
   The robber then grabbed the money, estimated at between $300 and $400, from the register and ran from the store, deputies reported.
   Deputies’ subsequent search failed to find anyone, the reports show.

 

Wed
07
Sep

"Sargent, Matagorda beach cleanups Sept. 24 " by: Jessica Shepard

   The Annual Fall Matagorda Beach cleanup will be from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 24, at Jetty Park on Matagorda Beach.
   Earlier this spring, a total of 5.5 miles of Matagorda Beach were cleaned by 250 volunteers who gathered 10,944 pounds or roughly six tons.
   Sargent Beach’s cleanup has the same hours at County Park, 457 and CR 230, otherwise known as Canal Drive.
   Sargent saw five miles of beach cleaned by 196 volunteers for a total of 3,200 pounds of trash, or about 1.6 tons in April.
   Both cleanups have check-ins starting at 8:30 a.m.
   Each volunteer will be given data cards, gloves, pencils and trash bags for trash collecting.
   All volunteers are advised to wear closed-toe shoes, bring sunscreen, bug repellant and plenty of drinking water just in case.
   Local scouting troops can also receive a merit badge for participating in the cleanup on the day of the event.

Wed
07
Sep

Walton shows off art at Cattails

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
“I’ve always loved sporting art,” said Dick Walton, who had a Meet the Artist event at Cattails in Matagorda Saturday, Sept. 3. Walton displayed several of his works that feature different aspects of wildlife, including detailed paintings of fish and fowl found in Matagorda County. The former Bay City school superintendent has been painting for eight years. “I like to paint ducks,” he pointed out, and his works of the water bird incorporate the color and contrast of different varieties of ducks. Walton said that duck hunters, like himself, are different from other hunters. There’s no greater compliment to his artistry, he said, than to have admirers say his paintings connect them to past experiences.

Wed
07
Sep

Just another delusional kayaker in distress call

   The following items are compiled from recent Texas Parks and Wildlife Department law enforcement reports.
   Out (of it) for a Swim
      A Tarrant County game warden received a call from the sheriff’s department reporting an overturned kayak in the middle of Benbrook Lake and the displaced paddler in distress. 
   It was determined the individual was delusional and told the Benbrook Fire Department he didn’t need any help. 
   Responders tossed the man a life jacket and convinced him to put it on, but as the warden attempted to grab the individual and place him in the patrol boat for his safety, the subject took the life jacket off and swam away from the boat. 

Wed
31
Aug

Charging into a new season

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
The 2016 Blackcats burst through the game entrance banner held by BCHS Cheerleaders at Bay City’s game at Columbus Friday night. Bay City won, 12-0. Please see Sports, Page 6 for game coverage.

Wed
31
Aug

"Rains delay SMBG construction" by: Mike Reddell

   Recent rains have set back construction on the Schulman Movie Bowl Grille entertainment center about 10 days, Bay City Community Development Corporation board members were told Monday. 
   BCCDC Executive Director D.C. Dunham reported on the SMBG project and other projects at the board’s regular meeting.
   Besides the rain delays, other SMBG-related developments include BCCDC’s work on a performance agreement for the purchase incentive to present to SMBG owner Mark Schulman.
   The entertainment center has “sparked quite a bit of new interest for Bay City,” Dunham said in her activity briefing for the board.
   Primary project lender TDECU introduced BCCDC to a multi-family developer that just completed a 235-unit “Class A” complex in Lake Jackson, Dunham reported.
   “They are very interested in coming to Bay City, but want some kind of incentive/guarantees,” Dunham said.

Wed
31
Aug

Labor Day closings Monday

   This year, Labor Day celebrations fall on Monday, Sept. 5.
   Bay City, Van Vleck and Tidehaven schools all will be closed for the holiday.
   This means that all federal, county and city offices will be closed until Tuesday, Sept. 6.
   The United States Post Office also will be closed Monday.
   Local and national banks will be closed in observance of the holiday.
   The Sentinel office is closed as well and will reopen Tuesday at normal business hours.
   Trash pickups will run as normally scheduled for Bay City.

 

Wed
31
Aug

"County approves new budget for 2016-17" by: Mike Reddell

   Matagorda County Commissioners Court approved a budget of $22.9 million and a tax rate of 41.998 cents per $100 valuation for fiscal 2016-17 at the court’s regular meeting Monday morning.
   The budget raises more property tax revenue than last year’s budget by $1.27 million – a 7.57 percent increase – and the tax impact on a $100,000 residence will be an additional $56 per year.
   All told, property taxes represent $17.3 million of the budget, with other revenues coming from fees, licenses and grants.
   There were public hearings Monday on both the budget and for tax rate – both for maintenance and operation and debt service.
   The 41.998 cent tax rate is the highest levy possible without triggering a rollback election.
   “I feel like 7.5 percent is a lot,” amid present economic uncertainties, David Shields commented about the budget increase during the public hearing.
   “I would suggest that we keep what we’ve got,” he added.

Wed
31
Aug

"Council keeping budget in focus" by: Mike Reddell

   City council continued work on its fiscal 2016-17 budget and discussed hiring a new finance director in closed session at a special meeting Tuesday night.
   At last week’s budget workshop and city council meeting, council and Mayor Mark Bricker went over the estimated $13 million budget that will be partly funded by a tax rate of 60 cents per $100 valuation.
   It’s the same tax rate as last fiscal year, but it will raise an additional $38,000 revenue from last year because of the city’s higher appraised valuation.
   Points from that workshop include:

Wed
31
Aug

City unveils new playground at Amistad

Kids in the neighborhood of Amistad Park took advantage of new playground equipment the Bay City Parks Department installed last week.
Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell

    Amistad Park has a new playground! 
   The new playground at 1708 Avenue C includes two slides, tunnel, tic-tac toe and more. 
   The playground is made mostly of recycled plastic. 
   “We went with recycled plastic playgrounds at both parks due to its durability” said Kelly Penewitt, Parks and Recreation Supervisor for Bay City. 
   “These playgrounds are lighter and softer, yet a sturdy alternative to traditional steel and timber products. Recycled plastic playgrounds are environmentally friendly, strong and waterproof. 
   “With UV stabilized materials, the playground equipment has great color retention and durability to retain its appearance, color and functionality throughout the years.” 
   Later this year Duncan Park, at 612 Duncan Avenue, will have the open-air restroom replaced with a new precast concrete building with stainless steel fixtures and lighting. 

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