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Thu
21
Jan

Almost 1,000 tickets sold for Crisis Center fundraiser

   Nearly 1,000 tickets have been sold for the 9th Annual Crisis Center Chicken Fried Steak Dinner.
   The dinner will be on Friday, Jan. 29 from 4:30 – 7:30 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus Hall off of Nichols in Bay City.
   “We have been diligently working on the issues last year that slowed the process, and think it should go much smoother this year,” said Crisis Center Executive Director Eugene Davis.
   Tickets cost $10 each and are available by phone at 979-245-9109 or at the Crisis Center, 3010 Sixth Street in Bay City.
   Dinner plates include steak, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans and homemade cookies.
   Plates are available for dining in or drive-thru.
   “We purchase the steaks fresh from a packing company in the Yoakum area,” he said.
   There will also be some tickets available at the door.
   “But, don’t wait. We will project out estimating how many we will sell,” said Davis.

Thu
21
Jan

Power Church plans to open ‘House of Refuge’ by Feb. 1

Bay City Sentinel/Jessica Shepard
Power Church members volunteer their time assembling twin-size bunk beds for the church’s new “House of Refuge.” Pastor Franc Paiz hopes to open the homeless shelter to serve the public by Feb. 1. They still need donations. Contact Pastor Franc Paiz at 979-245-2185.

   Power Church plans on opening its “House of Refuge” by Feb. 1 located at 3920 Doris Street in Bay City.
   In order to do that, they are in need of donations.
   Twin size bunk beds were constructed by volunteers Friday, Jan. 15.
   The church is still seeking donations of twin mattresses, pillows and corresponding linens.
   As a 501(C)3, non-profit organization, monetary donations are also tax deductible.
   The “House of Refuge” will be co-ed and feature 20 beds to help support the needs of homeless citizens in Bay City.
   “It’s all part of the vision,” said Pastor Franc Paiz.
   “Originally, we were only going to be a men’s homeless shelter, but, we saw a need for it to be co-ed.”
   Showers and bathrooms will be available for those in residence at the shelter.
   The shelter will be open from 8 p.m. to 7 a.m.

Thu
14
Jan

Pendergraft new Justice of Peace 1

Bill Pendergraft

   Bay City attorney Bill Pendergraft was appointed Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace by the Matagorda County Commissioners Court to succeed Jeanette Bell Monday morning, following a recommendation from the county-appointed, applicant-review committee.
   Pendergraft’s appointment was among the moves the court took to find an interim successor to Bell, whose resignation is effective Jan. 18, and to hire her as the District Attorney’s new chief investigator.
   As Bell moves from JP 1 to the DA’s office, the court approved District Attorney Steven Reis’ request to shift investigator Susan Maxwell to part-time status and to hire Bell fulltime, both actions effective Jan. 19.

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Thu
14
Jan

Barker: Non-open carry signs not required

   Confusion over the state’s new open carry law that went into effect Jan. 1 led at least one local business owner to wonder if, with no sign posted on her property, she had the legal right to require a customer to put his gun away.
   She did, said Bay City Police Chief Roger Barker.
   “I’ve told my officers that, if a private business owner has asked someone (openly carrying a weapon) to leave, and that person is still there (with the weapon) when they arrive, trespassing charges can be filed,” Barker said.
   The new law – spelled out in chapters 30.06 and 30.07 of the Texas Penal Code – provides recommended language for business owners who wish to post signs prohibiting open carry on their property. 
   But signs are not required. Verbal notice is sufficient, said Barker.

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Thu
14
Jan

Lassy: New way to locate missing children

   Hoping to give local parents a little more peace of mind, Van Vleck ISD Superintendent John Obrien is recommending they try a new national program that aims to help find missing children even more quickly than the national Amber Alert system.
   The Lassy Project allows parents to set up their own network of trusted friends and family who would receive immediate emergency notice if a child goes missing. 
   This differs from the well-established Amber Alert system in that parents can activate it privately rather than waiting for a government agency to send an alert to an entire community.
   “It can take 3-12 hours or more for an Amber Alert to go out to an entire area, but this system can send a message out immediately and friends and family can start looking for the child right away,” Obrien said.
   “It’s basically the 21st Century Version of Amber Alert.”

Thu
14
Jan

Restaurant features authentic Italian food

Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard
Venezia Garden’s owner Edmund Metalija, center is joined by his wife Vana Metalija, left and coworker Chrissi Casnova. The restaurant is now open for business seven days a week.

   The smell of fresh-baked pizza, veal, steak and homemade Italian Cream Cake are just a fraction of the variety of experiences offered at Venezia Gardens.
   Located at 1700 Seventh Street, the new Italian restaurant offers dine in, carry out and catering.
   Venezia Gardens is a family-owned and oriented authentic Italian restaurant.
   Owner Edmund Metalija, was born in Venice, Italy, and moved to Bay City later on.
   He also owns another restaurant in Corpus Christi.
   “We often drive by on the way to Houston from Corpus Christi and we see this city here and thought they really need some Italian food,” he said.
   “I see everything else here; hamburgers, Mexican food and fast food and I thought a good atmosphere and Italian food were needed.”

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Thu
14
Jan

First Friday group observes 25th year

Bay City Sentinel/Mike Reddell
Nancy Wollam, State Rep. Dennis Bonnen’s District Director, reads aloud a congratulatory message from Bonnen to the First Friday group last Friday, Jan. 8, while Haskell Simon, standing next to her, listens along with other First Friday participants.

   Rarely does a single meeting offer an overview of any community – including its people, government, courts, businesses, industry, social-service groups and sports.
   But for the past 25 years, the First Friday gathering in Bay City has done just that. 
   There was a silver anniversary recognition last Friday, Jan. 8, with congratulatory messages from State Rep. Dennis Bonnen, State Sen. Lois Kolkhorst and U.S. Rep. Blake Farenthold.
   “I commend the Matagorda County First Friday Group for gathering together for open dialogue and enlightenment,” Kolkhorst wrote.
   “The unique ‘you are the program’ format provides diversity of perspectives. These principles of free thought and expression are enshrined within our Constitution and are vital to the preservation of liberty,” Farenthold noted.
   Bonnen said, “With your 25 years of service, you are truly an impressive and integral part of Matagorda County.”

Thu
14
Jan

Rock the Block’s theme this month is ‘Chill Out’

Contributed photo
Karent Hitzfield, co-director of Main Street, models one of the long sleeve Camofest shirts available for purchase at “Rock the Block” Thursday Jan. 14. Shirts are $25 apiece and of a limited number. They are also available at 1900 5th street, 979-245-8081 and at the festival, while supplies last. All proceeds will benefit Historic Downtown Bay City.

   Downtown merchants and the Main Street Program are planning to “Chill Out” Thursday night.
   This month’s “Rock the Block” event will be from 5 – 7 p.m. downtown on the square in Bay City.
   “Well it is January so that is an obvious connection of chillier weather to us, but the envy of the rest of the states!” said Alicia Waters, co-director of Main Street and promotional committee chairman when asked why such a theme was chosen.
   “Also after the hectic pace of Christmas for the merchants and patrons, we wanted to have a relaxing vibe pulled through with acoustic guitarist, Marcus Wilson, with a touch of folk.”

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Thu
14
Jan

Tidehaven dome to open Jan. 22

   The FEMA Dome for Tidehaven ISD is now complete.  The process began in early spring of 2011.  Tidehaven ISD applied for a FEMA grant for the storm shelter and it was approved.  
   The architectural design and construction phase is now complete the dome will be open on Friday, Jan. 22.  
   Tidehaven ISD will use the dome as a varsity competition gymnasium.  
   Some details of the dome include 20,000-square-foot facility complete with four large locker rooms, identical restroom and shower facilities and a coaches office or storage office for each locker room.  

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Thu
14
Jan

BCISD State of District January 2016

Bay City Sentinel/Mike Reddell
Different looks at the Katy Street water tower reflect two new images for the Bay City Blackcats.

   To our Community: We have had another exceptionally successful year in the Bay City Independent School District. Below please find a brief summary of a few of the highlights of 2015 in BCISD. 

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