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Thu
27
Apr

In Hoody Estlinbaum’s memory

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
Blackcat baseball honored the memory of longtime supporter Hoody Estlinbaum at Bay City’s last regular season home game Friday night, April 20. His sons, Mike and Craig Estlinbaum, and MIke’s son, Drew Estlinbaum, were there to celebrate his memory. Drew threw out the first pitch to Blackcat catcher Reggie Deleon (16), flanked by Mike, left, and Craig.

Thu
27
Apr

"Historical fiction author combines research, creative writing" by: Mike Reddell

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
Linda Pennell is shown with of a cover poster of her latest historical fiction novel, Al Capone at the Blanche Hotel. Pennell recently spoke to Advanced Placement students at Van Vleck High School.

   Historical fiction author Linda Pennell shared her love of anything from the past and for creative writing with Advanced Placement (AP) students at Van Vleck High School recently.
   “I’ve always loved anything in the past – furniture, house, stories - as long as I can remember,” said Pennell, who spoke with students in Kathy Stovall’s AP junior English and freshman writing classes at VVHS.
   Pennell grew up in Cordele, Ga., “in a large extended family that spanned several generations with an oral story tradition.
   “Long summer afternoons on my grandmother’s porch or winter evenings gathered around her fireplace were filled with stories both entertaining and poignant,” she said.  
   “Of course being set in the American South, those stories were also peopled by some very interesting characters, some of whom have found their way into my work.”
   Pennell humorously refers to herself as GRITS – Girl Raised In The South.

Thu
27
Apr

BCPD offers safe exchange zone

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   Your BCPD has initiated a new community policing program called a “Safe Exchange Zone”. These types of Safe Exchange Zones are being initiated by police departments to address the safety concerns brought with on-line purchases such as beg/barter/buy sites, Craigslist, eBay, classified ads, as well as other social media free items groups.
   This free service will allow the safe exchange of items between seller(s) and purchaser(s). While many of the e-commerce websites are credible, they have become so heavily used, their popularity makes buyers and sellers easy targets for criminal activity.
   The dual purpose Safe Exchange Zone can also be utilized as a safe location for families with child visitation rights. Families can now exchange their children under the watchful eye of surveillance.

Thu
27
Apr

Crisis Center to draw raffle winner for JJ Watt football

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   The Crisis Center of Matagorda and Wharton Counties will draw a raffle winner for a JJ Watt autographed football around noon Friday, April 28.
   “We’ve sold nearly 1,000 tickets,” said Crisis Center director Eugene Davis.
   “We sold about a 100 tickets at the chicken fried steak fundraiser in January. It has been pretty much word of mouth with individuals selling to individuals.”
   Tickets are $5 each and available at all Crisis Center resale stores and offices as well as individual sellers.
   “We have had a couple of different businesses in Wharton buy $250 worth,” he added.
   “One was for a blood drive, that if they won, it would be used as a prize.”
   Davis said that tickets can be bought right up until the minute before the drawing.
   “No one has to be present to win,” said Davis.
   “We will contact the winner immediately after their ticket is drawn.”

Thu
27
Apr

"People, parts falling in place for Schulman MBG opening" by: Mike Reddell

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One of the eight reflective silver screens goes up this week at Schulman MBG.

   Schulman MBG Movie screens are going up, nearly 200 people were hired, and 50 video games soon will be installed as the entertainment center prepares for opening in May, Bay City Community Development Corporation board members learned at their regular meeting Monday, April 25.
   BCCDC Executive Director D.C. Dunham told the board that Schulman MBG plans a soft opening for May 19, while everything is projected to be ready – movies, bowling alleys, game room and restaurants – before Memorial Day weekend.
   A recent job fair for Schulman MBG positions drew about 300 applicants and an estimated 200 of those – primarily Bay City, Van Vleck and Tidehaven high school students – were hired. 
   Many of those are being trained at the UH Coastal Plains Small Business Development Center, under director Kyle Smith, that’s part of BCCDC offices at 1900 Fifth Street.

Thu
27
Apr

"Groundwater districts fear loss of local control with proposed changes" By Travis Bubenik Houston Public Radio

   Stakeholders are considering the effects of a push for cooperation among local water managers.
   For decades, local water regulators across rural Texas have decided how to best conserve and use their underground aquifers.
   Now, lawmakers are considering a bill that could change how Groundwater Conservation Districts operate. That’s got many districts, including some on the outskirts of Houston, worried they’ll have less power to decide how the water underneath their communities gets used.
   At the state capitol recently, a senate committee heard testimony from water managers, farmers and landowners. Some supported Senate Bill 1392, but most opposed.
   (SB 1392 is still undergoing revisions in committee. Here’s an amended version that came out of that recent hearing.)
   The bill’s author, Lubbock Republican Charles Perry, wants neighboring districts to work together. 

Thu
27
Apr

"Agriculture news" by: James Engbrock

   The Matagorda County Commissioners court has appointed me to serve as Interim Extension Agent. With the Hiring Freeze, the position was vacant since Brent Batchelor left in November. 
   I will serve until an individual from AgriLife Extension Service is appointed. 
   I look forward to working with each of you during this time, to provide you with the most recent data available in your respective commodities or your home gardens. 
   You can reach me at (979) 318-9527 or Ashley at this number. When we move back to the County of Matagorda Office Building, 
   Our Previous number of (979) 245-4100 will go back in to effect. We are temporarily located at the Matagorda County Fairgrounds.
   Thank you for your patience with us during this time.
Agriculture Situation

Thu
20
Apr

"Council hopefuls field forum questions" by: Jessica Shepard

Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard
Candidates for city council answer questions during a political forum sponsored by Happy Radio Tuesday night at VFW Post No. 2438. Those present were, from left: Esau Rodriguez, Becca Sitz, Jason Childers, Donnye Stone and Chrystal Folse.

   About 30 people came to see four city council hopefuls and one incumbent participate in a variety of question and answer segments during the political forum sponsored by Happy Radio 92.5 at VFW Post 2438.
   Place 3 incumbent Crystal Folse, Donnye Stone and Becca Sitz for Place 4, Jason Childers and Esau Rodriguez for Place 5 all answered a panel of questions.
   Candidates Floyce Brown and Franc Paiz, for Place 3 and 5 respectively, did not appear.
   Happy Radio’s Jeff Michaels was on hand to ask questions and to oversee the forum while it was projected live over the radio station, too. 
   He was joined in asking questions by Mike Reddell with the Bay City Sentinel and Dwight Baker with the Bay City Tribune.
   Opening statements kicked off the question and answer round, while featuring many hot topics facing candidates, should they be elected.

Thu
20
Apr

"County OKs TIRZ No. 3 participation" by: Mike Reddell

   Matagorda County will participate in the City of Bay City’s Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone for the Marguerite Meadow subdivision, commissioners court decided at its regular meeting Monday, April 17. 
   Commissioners approved a resolution and an agreement to participate in the city’s TIRZ No. 3 and appointed commissioners Kent Pollard and Gary Graham to serve on the board of that TIRZ.
   The 20-year TIRZ created for the 19.2-acre, 64-lot subdivision at the end of Marguerite Street calls for 90 percent of the Bay City, Matagorda County and Matagorda County Hospital District property taxes from that zone to go for reimbursing the development costs.
   Matagorda County now joins Bay City’s participation in the TIRZ. The hospital district board hasn’t taken up the measure.
   One of the subdivision developers, Bruce Grover, and Bay City Community Development Executive Director D.C. Dunham were present for the discussion.

Thu
20
Apr

Eager Easter Egg enthusiasts

Sentinel photos/Jessica Shepard
Families filled LeTulle Park Friday, April 14 for the city’s annual Easter Egg Hunt. All children were divided into age groups to make their dash for several candy and prize-filled eggs. There were also bounce houses and plenty of games and with a chance to meet the Easter Bunny as well.

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