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12
Mar

Buyers step up for Matagorda County youth

Sentinel photos/Mike Reddell
Above, junior livestock auctioneer Joe Adams, center, works bidders for best prices on show animals Saturday afternoon, March 7. Susan Frankson, left, and Tiffany Foltyn, right, keep track of buyers and numbers for Adams and complete buyers’ invoices.

   For an example of how much local individuals and groups step up and help youngsters, look to the junior livestock auction at the Matagorda County Fair & Livestock Show (MCFLS) this year.   
   This year’s auction sales total was $445,850, without add-ons. Add-ons allow show buyers to add to their sale price, an additional boost for the youngsters’ show animal income.  
   Add-ons will be accepted through Friday.  
   The top auction animal was the grand champion steer shown by Karly Brown of Helping Hand 4-H. the steer brought an auction sale price of $11,500 – again without add-ons.  
   “I thought the show did real well,” said Dan Pustka, Precinct 1 county commissioner.
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12
Mar

Strothede resigns from MCEDC post

   Michael Strotheide is resigning as executive director of the Matagorda County Economic Development Corporation.  
   Strotheide, who came to Bay City in May 2013, submitted his letter of resignation to pursue consulting opportunities, according to a press release from him last week.  
   March 31 is his last day with MCEDC.    
Thu
12
Mar

Garr: Airport driver

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
Bay City Regional Airport Manager John Garr, right, welcomes guests at the airport’s open house and introduction of Williams/Era Helicopters as the airport’s newest tenants.

   What was once Bay City Municipal Airport is now Bay City Regional Airport.  
   And there’s more in store for the airport that goes beyond the name change.  
   That’s what Airport Manager John Garr told about 50 people at an open house Thursday, March 5, for the airport and its newest tenant, Williams/Era Helicopters.  
   The regional airport designation – approved by Bay City council at its Feb. 26 meeting – adds to the airport’s growing economic importance to the Bay City area, Garr said.
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Thu
12
Mar

Recent fire inspection prompts waiver request for jail

   Issues of liability should a fire occur in the Matagorda County Jail surfaced in a discussion over seeking a waiver from the state over the lack of fire sprinklers in three cells for violent prisoners at the commissioners court meeting Monday morning.  
   Commissioners authorized sending the waiver request to the State Commission on Jail Standards after a fire inspection Jan. 5 found the cells didn’t have sprinklers.  
   “This has never been brought up before. I don’t know why it was brought up now,” Sheriff Frank Osborne told commissioners.   
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12
Mar

Ticket sales brisk for Great Steak Cook-Off March 28

   With only two weeks to go, time is running out to purchase tickets to the Fifth annual Great Steak Cook-Off that benefits the Boys and Girls Club of Bay City and Matagorda County.
   March 28 is the day when nearly 18 cookoff teams will come together and show off their beef grilling skills.
   Teams are competing to grill the tastiest steak and to win the coveted No. 1 Crowd Favorite award.

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Thu
12
Mar

Deadline looming for BCHS network upgrade funding

   During the BCISD school Board Meeting on Feb. 16, the trustees voted to table discussion and decision on the proposed Bay City High School network upgrade until a workshop could be arranged.
   The proposal was tabled unanimously, but a date was not set for the workshop meeting and Director of Curriculum Janice Popp is running out of time.
   “We were hoping to utilize some of the E-Rate money to help fund this project,” she said.
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12
Mar

Lots to eat, drink on tap at Seasfood Festival

   With 800 pounds of shucked shrimp and 75 gallons of oysters, three bands and 45 vendors and counting, the fifth annual Matagorda Seafood Festival is shaping up as the place to be this Saturday, March 14.
   The gates open at 10 a.m. at the Matagorda Fireman’s Hall and cost only $5 per entry.
Thu
05
Mar

Bold plans for North Bay City

North Bay City concept image shows multi-use buildings, bridge across Cottonwood Creek and gazebo.

North Bay City – a 10-12 block area featuring townhouses and mixed-used development – was reviewed by the Matagorda County Economic Development Corporation (MCEDC) last week.
   Usually, an ambitious project like this is proposed and followed by the search for investors, said D.C. Dunham, executive director of the Bay City Community Development Corporation (BCCDC).
   It’s just the opposite thanks to engineer and entrepreneur Stuart Lynn’s purchase of two acres off Eighth Street downtown just north of Wells Fargo bank. Lynn plans to build zero-lot-line townhouses on both sides of Cottonwood Creek that divides his property. 
   Lynn’s decision accelerated planning for North Bay City – bounded by Eighth Street, Texas 60, 11th Street and the railroad tracks – that various groups discussed and has received “overwhelming approval by a large response,” Dunham told the MCEDC board at its meeting Friday, Feb. 27.
Thu
05
Mar

Kids come 1st in Seafood Festival plans

Sentinel photo/MaLinda Reddell
Matagorda residents and others help shuck 800 pounds of shrimp to get ready for Matagorda Seafood Fest March 14.

   Shrimp, oysters, music – three bands are on tap – raffles, contests and tournaments are just part of what awaits those coming to the Fifth Annual Matagorda Seafood Fest March 14.
   How much shrimp and oysters? About 25 Matagorda residents and friends shucked 800 pounds of shrimp last Saturday at Buddy’s Seafood and there are 75 gallons of oysters – all from Matagorda Bay.
   Part of Seafood Fest’s extensive events are crowd-favorite contests for eating shrimp and raw oysters.
Thu
05
Mar

Some city, school races draw crowd

   Two open seats on the Bay City school board has seven candidates, while six hopefuls have filed for the three city council posts up for election May 9

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