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27
Feb

New restaurant with well-known name to open in Van Vleck

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
Preparing for the opening of Victoria’s restaurant in Van Vleck are family members, from left, Paul Vela, Gennie Vela, Susan Faix, Mary Henderson and Mike Henderson.

   A new restaurant with a popular and familiar name – Victoria’s – will open in Van Vleck March 9. 
   Susan Faix is the restaurant owner and promises the new Victoria’s at 367 Ave. E in Van Vleck will feature the same menu that made Victoria’s in Bay City thrive from 1997 to 2010. 
Thu
19
Feb

Board nixes Brown contract extension

 Bay City Superintendent Keith Brown’s contract, which runs through July 2017, was not extended after a 4-3 trustee vote Monday night, Feb. 16.
   Trustees also heard from athletic director Lupe Florez about his 90-day athletic plan and approved new air conditioning for the high school during the lengthy board meeting.
   About 50 people were present for the vote on Brown’s contract extension, with trustees Frankie Cole, Crystal Allison, Bob Klepac and Bobby Kimball voting against it and board members Tim Powell, Terry Farrar and Randy Volkmer voting for.
   The contract extension vote on the superintendent mostly occurs in January, but the decision was moved from the Jan. 20 meeting to Monday to have all trustees present.
   “I have a contract with the Bay City Independent School District until July 1, 2017,” Brown said in a telephone interview Tuesday morning.
Thu
19
Feb

Deadline Feb. 27 to file for city, school races

Three Bay City council and two Bay City school board seats are at stake in the May 9 municipal and school board elections this year.
   Van Vleck could have a special election on that date to fill two trustee vacancies, said Superintendent John O’Brien, adding the VVISD school board is scheduled to consider calling for the election at its regular meeting Monday, Feb. 23. 
   Tidehaven’s trustee elections are in November.
   In Palacios, three city council seats and two school trustee places are open for the May election.
   Filing deadline for the May 9 Bay City and Palacios elections will be Feb. 27.
Thu
19
Feb

Mayor, council disagree on Alamo Lumber easement

   Mayor Mark Bricker and city council appeared at odds over council’s decision to close and abandon an alley that Alamo Lumber requested as part of its plans for a new store and improvements at the property.
   The mayor and council did agree on giving city waste collector WAC a 2.1 percent rate increase at council’s regular meeting Thursday, Feb. 12.
   Bricker said he opposed the alley’s closure because Alamo Lumber’s plans called for an expansive parking lot that reached Seventh Street. 
   The mayor indicated the plan conflicted with proposals to make the downtown area more attractive and pedestrian friendly. He said Alamo’s plan for a metal building and large parking lot went against that concept and he wanted council to wait for more information about the lumber company’s plans.
Thu
19
Feb

Tidehaven: Food options to students

Tidehaven High School Senior Vivian Kuykendall, at left, is all smiles as she selects her food at the cafeteria lunch line this week.
Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard

   Chicken and broccoli stir fry, chicken jambalaya, beef teriyaki, and barbecue pork usually aren’t the types of meals you think of finding in a high school cafeteria.
   Freshly baked pizza with whole grain dough made from scratch isn’t one of those entrees either, but Tidehaven ISD is revamping their food service program from the ground up.
   Students are getting more lunch and breakfast options and flavors to tempt their palettes.
   “Where we had one option before, we now have three at the high school,” said Superintendent Dr. Siegrist.
   “The junior high and elementaries once had one meal offering and now have two.”
Thu
19
Feb

County refunds $1.2 million from tax suit

   Tres Palacios Gas Storage received a refund of $1.2 million from seven Matagorda County taxing entities for the 2011 property tax it paid and a trial in April will determine if the company receives a refund on the taxes it paid from 2012 to 2014. 
   The action came after the gas storage company sued Matagorda County Appraisal District over its 2011 valuations. 
   Matagorda County Tax Assessor-Collector Cristyn Hallmark send a memo to the affected jurisdictions that Matagorda County Appraisal District supplemented its 2011 tax rolls to reflect a district court-ordered drop in property valuations that year for Tres Palacios from $365,198,270 to $204,735,689.

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Thu
19
Feb

Trustees OK $2 million for BCHS a/c equipment

   The Bay City school board approved the $2 million purchase of Central Plant equipment for Bay City High School from MacMillan James Equipment Company and Systecon, at trustees meeting Monday night, Feb. 16.
   Mechanical engineer Ed Stacey told the board, “The district is in a midterm renovation of the high school.”
   “At the central plant, your chillers and boilers are in very bad shape.” Chillers and boilers are part of the heating and air conditioning system.
   Chillers are near the end of their useful life, according to manufacturers, Stacey said.
   The feedback received from contractors was that it will be very hard to find pipefitters for the new system, he said.
   “This is an intensely pipefitting project and it will be hard to find pipefitters in the area because of all the activity on the oil rigs,” Stacey said.
   That led to exploration of other options, he said.
Thu
12
Feb

Operation Cupid

Operation Cupid is being prepped for Saturday's deliveries from the Bay City Post Office. With the help of anonymous donations, Valentine's Day stuffed animals will be delivered by carriers to economically disadvantaged children.

Thu
12
Feb

Matagorda day in Austin

Over 300 at events in house, senate

Sentinel photos/Mike Reddell
Matagorda County residents gather, above, for traditional group photo in the Texas Capitol rotunda Tuesday morning, Feb. 10, as part of Matagorda County Day in Austin. Below, the county’s state senator, Lois Kolkhorst, talks to residents later that morning.

Matagorda County was heralded in the Texas house and senate chambers Tuesday and more than 300 county residents were present to appreciate the recognition.
   Matagorda County Day in Austin proclamations were read in the house by State Rep. Dennis Bonnen (R-Angleton) and by newly minted State Sen. Lois Kolkhorst (R-Brenham). 
   Seeing the Texas capitol up close and watching state’s representatives and senators at work in their respective chambers were first-time sights for many of the 80 Matagorda County high school seniors attending with their chaperones.
   The well-mannered group of students from Van Vleck, Bay City, Tidehaven and Palacios high schools wore T-shirts bearing ‘Matagorda County A Shore Thing’ in front and their respective mascots and school names on the back.
Thu
12
Feb

Tidehaven board OKs demolition

   The $140,000 bid for to begin demolition of Markham Elementary’s cafeteria was approved by the Tidehaven school board Monday night.
   The asbestos abatement removal of the cafeteria is set for the first week of March.
   Tidehaven official Tommy Boyett updated trustees on the new high school construction.
   “Everything is going good and moving along,” said Boyett.
   There is six weeks’ worth of tiling left - three in the upstairs bathroom and three downstairs on the floor, he said.

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