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Thu
19
May

Burlap Sack quickly gains ground

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Burlap Sack owner Debbie Franz, left, poses with her daughter, Saundie Franz, just before “Rock the Block” downtown Bay City May 12.

   For only having their grand opening in April, The Burlap Sack is quickly gaining ground as one of Bay City’s popular boutiques on the Square.
   Debbie Franz, owner, is a local Bay City citizen born and raised and this is her second store downtown.
   The original Burlap Sack, from a few years ago, mainly stocked babies and toddler clothing designs.
   But, she’s branched out and offers all age groups, sizes and men’s wear!
   Plus, she stocks Fiesta dinnerware, Polish Pottery, Vera Bradley items, Oneida and Nambe serving ware, too.
“I grew up in customer service and my family’s business,” said Franz.
   “I spent my summers and after school time working at Gernand Builders Supply.”
   It was also my first job, she adds.
   “I really liked it,” said Franz.
   Franz chose to come back to the square with her business because there is so much history downtown.
   “Not just for me, but for everyone,” she said.

Thu
19
May

Sales tax rebates down 5%

   For the first time in several months, state sales tax rebates were down from the same month a year ago for both Bay City and Palacios.
   For Bay City, the May sales tax allocations fell from $544,953 in May 2015, to $515,695 for this year’s May rebate, a 5 percent drop.
   Bay City’s year-to-date rebate total is $2,308,177, a slight 1 percent increase from the $2,281,024 total from the same total a year ago.
   Palacios May rebate check totaled $53,572, a 2 percent drop from the $55,016 the city received for the May before. 
   So far this year, Palacios’ rebates tally $2,564,361, also a 1 percent uptick from $2,523,766 for the same period in 2015.

Thu
12
May

Sargent man pleads guilty to daughter’s death

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   A Sargent man pleaded guilty to murder by causing the death of his infant daughter by asphyxiation in April 2013 before 130th District Judge Craig Estlinbaum Monday.
   Levi Alan Baggerly, 28, was to be tried Monday on a first-degree felony indictment for the aggravated sexual assault of his then 10-month-old daughter Lilith “Lily” Baggerly at a Sargent residence April 27, 2013.  
   But Levi Baggerly’s guilty plea to murdering his daughter and a life sentence in prison came with a courtroom packed with prospective jurors for his aggravated sexual assault trial.
   The aggravated sexual assault charges against Baggerly were dismissed, as were the potential jurors.
   Prosecution and defense attorneys gathered in the judge’s chambers during jury selection Monday to discuss how the child’s death would be introduced in trial testimony – since the indictment was for aggravated sexual assault – and not murder.

Thu
12
May

Bricker, Johnson focus on city issues for runoff

   Incumbent Bay City Mayor Mark Bricker and current city councilman Steven Johnson already are refocusing their campaigns for a June 11 runoff for mayor.
   In Saturday’s city election, Bricker got 47 percent of the total mayoral vote Saturday and Johnson received 20 percent – the top two vote getters in the five-way race.
Of the 1,905 mayoral votes cast, Bricker received 905 votes and Johnson, 390. Council member Carolyn Thames received 336 votes, or 17 percent of the total, while Bobby Head had 257 votes or 13 percent, and Ron Ve’an had 17 votes or .89 percent.
   Incumbent council members Julie Estlinbaum, the present mayor pro tem, and Bill Cornman were unopposed in their re-election bids.
   The Bay City Sentinel asked Bricker and Johnson about their thoughts on (1) maintaining their respective campaign issues through the June 11 runoff and (2) what they learned from Bay City residents this year.

Thu
12
May

Sheriff: LCRA grant will boost public safety communications

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LCRA awards a $25,000 grant to Matagorda County for public safety radio tower improvements. The grant is part of LCRA’s Community Development Partnership Program. Pictured, from left, are: Kate Holman, LCRA Governmental Affairs representative; Mike Glaspie, Matagorda County patrol deputy; Robert Thompson; Matagorda County chief deputy; Skipper Osborne, Matagorda County sheriff; Nate McDonald, Matagorda County judge; Lori A. Berger, LCRA board member; and John Hoffman, LCRA CDPP committee member.

   Matagorda County will be able to upgrade a public safety radio communications tower thanks to a $25,000 community development grant from the Lower Colorado River Authority.
   The funds will be used to install a P25 Trucking Repeater, or “six-pack,” on a radio communications tower that serves the west side of Matagorda County. The new equipment will expand the county’s wireless radio network’s reach and enhance emergency communications capabilities, said Matagorda County Sheriff Skipper Osborne.
   “This new radio equipment will greatly improve communication in many dead zone areas for public safety personnel, allowing them to perform their sworn duties more safely,” Osborne said. 
   “The six-pack will boost the cell signals in the area and allow residents to better reach 9-1-1. This will finally give us the radio coverage we now do not have, which is a very serious problem for all first responders in Matagorda County. 

Thu
12
May

Allison, Kimball, Knezek win BCISD trustee spots

   Two Bay City school board incumbents and a new trustee were re-elected in Saturday’s Bay City Independent School District election.
   School board incumbents Bobby Kimball and Crystal Allison both had decisive victories while Helen Knezek defeated her challenger, former trustee Jim Humphries by 18 votes.
   The school trustee Position 1 race received 1,988 votes, with Kimball drawing 1,349 votes, for 67 percent, while challenger Imelda Mendiola-Howard, tallied 639 votes, for 32 percent.
   The Position 2 trustee race drew 1,967 votes and Allison received 1,186 votes (60 percent) over Bruce Krauskopf, who got 781 votes, for 39 percent.
   A total of 2,020 votes were cast for trustee Position 3, and Knezek defeated Humphries. 
   She had 1,019 votes, or 50 percent, and Humphries, 1,001 votes, for 49 percent.

Thu
12
May

Civil War-era markers dedication

Ceremonies at Matagorda Cemetery included cannon and musket firings by re-enactors in honor of a marker recognizing the 22 Confederate survivors of the Matagorda Incident in December 1863 and for Matagorda’s yellow fever epidemic in 1862. For more, see History, Page 4.
Bay City Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell

Thu
12
May

Election Day discussions

Bay City Sentinel/Jessica Shepard
Successful incumbent Bay City school board members Crystal Allison and Bobby Kimball visit Saturday during city and school elections at the Bay City Service Center. Both trustees retained their positions in the election.

Thu
12
May

Scott Kiser - State Farm Insurance

A ribbon cutting for Scott Kiser – State Farm Insurance was held recently by the Bay City Chamber of Commerce.
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Thu
12
May

Donuts for teachers

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The American Legion Auxiliary Department of Texas 9th District Cecil Lee Unit 649 Blessing, recently shared some doughnuts with the Tidehaven teachers.

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