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Apr

County’s Aggie Muster April 21

   This year’s Aggie Muster will begin at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 21, at the Bay City Country Club.
   Under the direction of the Matagorda County A&M Club, the muster will cost $15 per person.
   For more information and to RSVP, please contact Alisha Feller Cornett ’09, at 979-216-7525, or email at alisha_feller@yahoo.com.
Thu
02
Apr

Siemens report gets lukewarm council reception

   City councilman Bill Cornman and a Siemens representative disagreed on several points during an update on the $9.3 million energy savings performance contract at council’s meeting March 26.
   “This is a good news kind of meeting,” Seimens senior executive Deval Allums told council.
   The guaranteed savings in this Year 1 performance was $712,273, while the actual savings was $781,293, exceeding the contractual guarantee by $69,020, or 10 percent, Allums pointed out.
   Siemens energy savings performance contract – effective Sept. 1, 2013 - is expected to reduce electricity consumption by nearly 30 percent and water use by more than 70 percent over 15 years.

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Thu
02
Apr

Group looks at permanent Nile Valley Road repair

    A permanent fix on Nile Valley Road problems appeared to be the preliminary consensus of a group of city officials and engineers looking at ways of repairing, funding and reopening the roadway that has been closed since 2011.
   The group met Friday and will meet again in two weeks to examine the best possible solution to fix the road between MLK (Second Street) and Rogers Street, where barricades block most traffic west and north on the loop.
Thu
02
Apr

Tidehaven dome partially collapses

  The FEMA Dome in El Maton partially collapsed Tuesday morning, but later that day the cause was determined and the dome was being reinflated.
   Tidenhaven ISD Superintendent Dr. Andrew Siegrist said Monolithic Domes engineer told him the dome detached itself from the edge of the stem wall.
Thu
02
Apr

Schools out Friday for Easter holiday

   The following school districts will be closed from Friday, April 3, to Monday, April 6, with classes to resume on Tuesday April 7 are: Bay City ISD, Van Vleck ISD, Matagorda ISD and Palacios ISD.
   Tidehaven ISD will be closed from Friday, April 3, to Friday, April 10, with classes to resume Monday, April 13.
Thu
02
Apr

Learning Excel 2013

Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard
The Coastal Plains Small Business Development Center recently acquired new computers for its lab. These students were learning Excel 2013 Saturday. The class runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The center also teaches Quickbooks 2015, a full-day class, and has done others, such as Word, Elements and even one called, “Selling Your Product on eBay”.

Thu
02
Apr

Tidehaven's 1-Act play advances

Contributed photo
Tidehaven High School recently competed with five other schools at the Industrial High School Auditorium in One-Act Play District Contest. Tidehaven was selected as one of the schools advancing to bi-district competition at Industrial High School noon April 7. Kayla Grissett received an all-star tech crew award and Tidehaven’s entire cast and crew received the “Best Technical Company” award. Josh Kitterman was selected to the Honorable Mention All-Star Cast and Alyssa Garcia was selected to the All-Star Cast. Only eight students in the district receive this award. Shown, from left: front row - Miguel Garcia, Josh Kitterman, Kayla Grissett, Tyler Korff, MaKayla Griffith and Micah Martinez. Back row - Luke Horne, Alyssa Garcia, Caitlin Seigrist, Jana Steen, Victor Lucio, Abigale Robinson, Zariah Dodds, Marc Walters, Lauren Foley, Andrew Lucio and Erin Foley.

Thu
02
Apr

FERC rules against Tres Palacios

    A Federal Energy Regulatory Commission order recently refused to allow Clemville-based Tres Palacios Gas Storage LLC to abandon certificated working gas capacity when the reason for the request was unrelated to the physical characteristics of the storage facility and unsupported by engineering or geological data.  
   The National Law Review reported last week that Tres Palacios, which has filed tax appraisal lawsuits against Matagorda Central Appraisal District, sought to abandon significant amount of its certificated working gas storage capacity in a salt dome storage facility in Matagorda and Wharton counties.  
   Tres Palacios sought the abandonment, the FERC order indicated, for the sole purpose of reducing its lease payments that are largely based on the certificated working gas capacity of the facility.  
Thu
02
Apr

4 file for 2 positions on Van Vleck board

   The two open places on the Van Vleck school board have each drawn two candidates, all of whom filed on the last filing day March 9.
      Van Vleck special trustee election will be from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, May 9. 
   Stephen Matchett and Bobbie Oncken both filed for Position 5 on the board.
   Jay Hubbard and Terry Blackmon will be running for the board’s Position 6.
Thu
02
Apr

Area drilling laws differ

   A major topic before the Texas Legislature this session has been city drilling ordinances.
   Petroleum groups and some legislatures contend cities have gone too far, such as Denton’s band on hydraulic fracking. 
   Lawmakers filed nearly a dozen bills in connection with those concerns, the Texas Tribune reported last Friday. 
   The legislation put cities on edge, stirring fears that they will lose police powers they consider important, the Texas Tribune noted.
   The Texas Municipal League tried to determine how many of the state’s roughly 1,200 cities have drilling ordinances on the books, and how many bar drilling in certain parts of town. 

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