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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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Thu
02
Apr

Cancer survivors urged toattend Relay dinner

 Cancer survivors are encouraged to register online to attend the annual Survivor Dinner scheduled for at 6 p.m. Friday, April 17, at the Eagles Hall  in Bay City.
   Survivors need to register online at relayforlife.org by typing in 77414 before then finding Matagorda County from the list display.
   After that, anyone is free to choose a team to join or to make a donation to a certain team as well.
   This year’s theme is “Finish the Fight.”
   The Matagorda County Relay for Life will be from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. May 8-9, at the Matagorda County Fairgrounds.
Thu
02
Apr

MCEDC to send letter of concern to company

   An incentive obligation to Chemical Inc. got lots of attention, but no action was taken by the Matagorda County Economic Development Corporation board when it met last Friday, March 27.
      Board members also learned there was a minor sticking point on moving forward with the industrial park, approved a search committee for a new executive director and heard Kyle Smith’s update report on the Coastal Plains Small Business Development Center.
   Friday was Mike Strotheide’s final meeting as MCEDC executive director.

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Thu
26
Mar

Dunn plant plat OK'd

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
Dunn Heat Exhangers President Peter Dunn Jr., second from left, goes over the plat for the new Dunn plant on Texas 60 in north Bay City. To the left of Dunn is his girlfriend, Danielle Mason, while on his right are Mayor Mark Bricker and Planning Commissioner Bill Bell Jr. (far right).

Dunn Heat Exchangers got final plat approval for its 18-acre industrial site on Texas 60 north of Bay City from the Bay City Planning Commission last week.
   The 18 platted acres is part of a 177-acre that’s a combination of residential, dry crop and turf farm land that Dunn purchased and the city annexed in 2013. 
   Dunn’s platted acreage includes 13.9 acres for its commercial site and 4.89 acres for its detention pond. 
Thu
26
Mar

Steaks, fun on tap for Cook Off

Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard
Cassandra Austin and Isabell Huerta show off two child-size rocking chairs that were hand painted by members of the Boys and Girls Club of Bay City and Matagorda County. The chairs will join other items like a football autographed by J.J. Watt, a custom firepit and more for the live and silent auction portions of the Great Steak Cook Off scheduled Saturday March 28.

   Thursday, March 26, is the last day to get your tickets for the Great Steak Cook Off event for the Boys & Girls Club of Bay City and Matagorda County.
   Steaks will be served Saturday evening, March 28.
   Tickets are $40 a piece and can be purchased from David la Vassaur at 979-244-8865 or 979-241-2690; or Janet Peden at 979-245-4100 or 979-244-6403.
   Sponsoring a corporate table costs $500.
   “So far, we have 34 corporate tables,” said BGCBCMC board member Janet Peden.
   “Each of those are seating eight people - some even have ten!”

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