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Thu
18
May

Manning becomes new trustee

Jerry Manning, right was sworn in as the new Bay City ISD trustee for position four during Monday's regular meeting. Trustee Frankie Cole, position five, was unavailable to renew her oath of office that night, but can do so at a later date in the Superintendent's office. Both won their respective positions during the May 6 election.
Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard

 

Thu
18
May

Bay City May sales tax rebates increase by 16 percent

Bay City and Palacios saw healthy jumps in their May sales tax rebate check from Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar. 
   Bay City’s May sales tax rebate of $598,827 is 16 percent higher than $515,695, for the same month last year. 
   Year-to-date allocations total $2,452,076, up 6 percent from the same period last year of $2,308,177. 
   “I am sure increases are partly due to many contract workers staying in our city from Tenaris and other plants,” said City Finance Director Scotty Jones.  
   For Palacios, the May rebate was $58,121, up 8 percent from $53,572 for the same month in 2016.  
   Palacios’ year-to-date total is $260,231 - 1 percent higher than $256,184 for the same period last year.  
   These allocations are based on sales made in March by businesses that report tax monthly, and sales made in January, February and March by quarterly filers. 

Thu
18
May

"Council OKs resolution to seek grant for McCoy’s " by: Mike Reddell

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
David Holubec and Rhonda Clegg shares a laugh as he takes over his new job.

   McCoy’s Building Supply proposal for a retail store here was boosted by city council’s approval last week for administration and engineering service providers - required before applying for a 2017 Texas Capital Fund grant to pay for related infrastructure improvements. 
   David Holubec also was sworn in as new City Secretary by Rhonda Clegg, the outgoing City Secretary - and the new Human Resources Director - at council’s regular meeting Thursday, May 11.  
   In addition, council voted to override Mayor Mark Bricker’s vetoes on two resolutions council approved April 27.  
   One resolution approved the compromise and settlement agreement with Council Member Chrystal Folse on her city health insurance benefits. 
   The other resolution was council’s censure of the mayor over his Facebook posts that “caused harm to individuals and the reputation of the City of Bay City.”  

Thu
18
May

BCPD promotes Hadash to corporal

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
Police Chief Robert Lister, right, awards Detective Christian Hadash with the rank of corporal during a ceremony Tuesday.

   Bay City Police Detective Christian Hadash was promoted to the rank of detective corporal during City Hall ceremonies Tuesday, May 16. 
   New Police Chief Robert Lister presided over the event that included several police department members as well as family and friends of the newly promoted detective.   
   Hadash was born and raised in Bay City, graduating from Bay City High School in 1998.  Hadash graduated from Wharton County Junior College Police Academy in 2001, and began his law enforcement career with Matagorda County Sheriff’s Office as a jail deputy and was later transferred to patrol division.   
   Hadash left the Sheriff’s Office to work for Bay City Independent School District Police Department as a patrol officer. 
   He went from BCISD to the El Campo Police Department as a patrol officer. While at ECPD, Hadash was patrol corporal, patrol sergeant and then detective sergeant.   

Thu
18
May

Nelson, Smith-Knight to be inducted in state hall of fame

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
Eddie and Mary Helen Nelson were recognized by the Blackcat basketball team during special ceremonies last February.

  Bay City High School Basketball Coach Eddie Nelson and Blackcat and University of Texas standout Annette Smith-Knight will be honored with other basketball legends this Saturday.
   Nelson and Smith-Knight will be inducted in the 2017 Texas Association of Basketball Coaches clinic in San Antonio at 6 p.m. Saturday, May 20. 
   Nelson won 16 district championships, 13 bi-district championships, 12 area championships, five regional championships, five state tournament appearances, two state final appearances and the 1985 4A State Championship,   
   Nelson won 745 games during a 36-year career at Bay City.
   He grew up in Mineral Wells and went to play college basketball at Lon Morris College in Jacksonville and at Howard Payne at Brownwood.
   He coached a year at Howard Payne before coming to Bay City and taking over a Blackcat squad that had won five district titles in 57 years.

Thu
18
May

Estlinbaum to speak at Valley legal conference

Estlinbaum

   Judge Craig Estlinbaum will speak at an immigration law conference in Brownsville, May 19. 
   Estlinbaum will discuss immigration issues in state criminal proceedings with attorneys practicing criminal law in the Rio Grande Valley region. 
   The judge is a recognized expert on immigration issues in state court proceedings. 
   His article on immigration and criminal law was published in a St. Mary’s law journal in 2014 and he has previously presented on the subject at the Texas Center for the Judiciary and at Thurgood Marshall Law School in Houston.  
   Estlinbaum is serving his fifth term as judge of the 130th District Court.     
   In addition, Estlinbaum has been appointed Adjunct Professor of Law at South Texas College of Law since 2004.  

Thu
18
May

Poco Playa hosts ribbon cutting

Darryl Elliott wields the giant scissors for the ribbon cutting for his Poco Playa Restaurant in Matagorda - an occasion that drew quite the crowd Friday, May 12. The restaurant recently was renovated following a fire last October.
Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell

Thu
18
May

Holy Cross Science Fair Junior winners

Sentinel photos/Mike Reddell
Holy Cross Catholic School recently held its 2017 Science Fair, with winners announced in the junior and senior divisions. Above, the junior division (K-2) science fair winners were, from left: Milena Alarcon, second place, Parts of Tongue and Taste Detection; Angel Sosa, third place, Bouncy Eggs; and Kirra Schneider, first place, Corrosiveness of Soda. 

Thu
18
May

Holy Cross Science Fair Senior winners

Sentinel photos/Mike Reddell
Holy Cross Catholic School recently held its 2017 Science Fair, with winners announced in the junior and senior divisions. In the senior division (grades 3-5), the top three winners were, from left: Ronnie Kimball, third place, Water Pollution and Plants; Curtis Goodman, first place, Electrifying Powers of Mud; and Adrian Neret, second place, Copper is Best.

Thu
18
May

"‘Rock on BCISD’ theme of annual employees banquet" by: Jessica Shepard

Diana Frankson was recognized for her 40 years in teaching at Bay City ISD during their annual employee banquet May 10. Frankson also retired this year and will receive a personalized rocking chair from the district as a retirement gift 
Bay City Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard

 

   Many service and achievement awards were presented during the Bay City ISD’s annual Employee Awards Banquet, May 10. 
   This year’s theme was “Rock on BCISD” and featured a costume contest. 
   The Bay City High School Jazz Band and Show Choir were entertainment acts for the evening. 
   Interim Superintendent Mark Pool presented district employees recognition and awards for various categories. 
   Pool even provided his own live entertainment by playing his guitar and singing Neil Diamond’s “Sweet Caroline.” 
   Educators and staff who have served the district from five to 40 years were recognized and received plenty of applause from their peers. 

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