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09
Apr

Joys of Easter egg hunts

Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard
Turnout for the LeTulle Park Easter Egg Hunt on Good Friday was impressive enough for Bay City Parks and Recreation to plan the event on the same day next year.

Thu
02
Apr

Opening Day has record turn out

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
It was opening day for Bay City Little League Saturday and all of young baseball players sported their uniforms, including T-ballers up the major leaguers. With superb weather, parents, supporters, county and city officials and civic leaders were on hand for the ceremonies that included a cake auction to raise funds for the Little League. An estimated 270 Little Leaguers were the main attraction on opening day Saturday. This year’s cake auction, above, raised about $12,000, said longtime volunteer Roger Gay. The proceeds will mainly go toward improving Little League fields.

Thu
02
Apr

Markham VFD: Not interested in county firefighting contract

  Markham volunteer firefighters are unwilling to sign a firefighting agreement with Matagorda County and discussions over the contract made little progress at the commissioners’ court meeting Monday morning. 
   There have been no hitches with several Matagorda County volunteer fire departments that signed the agreement for fiscal year 2015-2016. Each department is paid $1,800 for the fiscal year.
   But Markham Volunteer Fire Department’s (MVFD) 14 members indicated 10 problems they have with the county’s firefighting contract.
   The 10 disputed areas were listed in a letter to County Judge Nate McDonald and signed by Markham Fire Chief William Parks Jr.
 
Thu
02
Apr

Hardy still believes in helping the city

Gertrude’s guests

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
Gertrude Hardy, center, greets guests at a reception at the USO Building-Bay City Service Center last Thursday, March 26.

   Gertrude Hardy’s dizzying number of contributions to her community gives her a public-service resume matched by few others.
   Gertrude, in her dry wit and self-effacing way, would dismiss the plaudits and welcome her numerous friends and family and such was the case at a reception in her honor at the USO Building Thursday afternoon, March 26.
   “I’m glad I’m hearing the honors now while I’m still here,” she said, following remarks from County Judge Nate McDonald and Becca Sitz to the gathering.
Thu
02
Apr

Steak cook off breaks records

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
Great weather last Saturday brought out the crowds to savor 18 cooking teams’ hors d’oeuvres and steaks for the Fifth Annual Great Steak Cook Off. The event also drew lots of generous people who helped the Boys & Girls Club of Bay City and Matagorda County provide programs for 500 registered members through a silent and live auction.

   It looks like Saturday’s Great Steak Cook Off broke all fundraising records by more than $20,000, with a net profit of about $96,000.
   Over 400 people – more or less equaling the number of steaks cooked - took in the sunny, mild weather, great food and loads of entertainment to make the main fundraiser for the Boys & Girls Club of Bay City and Matagorda County a success.
   This is the fifth year for the event and the highest amount raised was around $75,000, so the Cook Off easily topped that, noted Janet Peden, the event’s coordinator and a Boy & Girls Club board member.
   “It’s considerably higher than any cook off we’ve had,” Peden added.

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Thu
02
Apr

Sheriff to stop unlicensed vehicles on beach

   A collision between a four-wheeler and pickup truck on the dunes near Matagorda Beach Sunday night sent four people to Houston hospitals and Sheriff Frank Osborne said his department will crack down on any unlicensed or unregistered vehicles on Matagorda and Sargent beaches.
   “The four-wheeler was going up a dune on one side and the pickup truck was coming up on the other and they met in the middle,” the sheriff told commissioners court at its meeting Monday morning, March 30.
   Life Flight took three of the accident victims to Houston hospitals, Osborne said, adding one person was first taken to Matagorda Regional Medical Center in Bay City and later transferred to a Houston hospital.
Thu
02
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.

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