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Mar

8 new Sargent Beach access points approved

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
Commissioners court declared March 2015 as Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and Autism Awareness Month in Matagorda County. Showing the proclamation are, from left: Commissioner Dan Pustka; Margaret Shuford, Learning Center manager, Texana Center; Commissioner Bubba Frick; Sammy Walker; Tamara Earles; Allison Fields; Cheryl LaVergne, training specialist, Texana Center; County Judge Nate McDonald; Commissioner Kent Pollard; Commissioner James Gibson; and Kevin Barker, director of IDD Provider Services, Texana Center.

   Eight new gulf access points along Sargent Beach were approved by Matagorda County Commissioners Court Monday. 
   The access points will be in both directions on Canal Drive (CR 230) from where it intersects the end of FM 457 and were recommended by the Matagorda County Beach Dune Committee, Haskell Simon told the court at its regular meeting. 
   Approval of the access points will be joined with other revisions made to Matagorda County Dune Protection and Access Plan over the past two years, Simon explained. Changes to Matagorda Beach also were made during that time, he added.  
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19
Mar

Boys & Girls Club seeks funds for Sylvan tutors

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“Youth of the Year” semi-finalist Dennis Vera from Austin, left, joined Bay City Boys & Girls Club board member Janet Peden, State Rep. Dennis Bonnen and Cassandra Weeks, program director of Boys & Girls Club of Bay City and Matagorda County.

  Janet Peden and Cassandra Weeks are working to get funding so the nationally recognized Sylvan Learning Center can be brought to the Boys and Girls Club of Bay City and Matagorda County.
   Peden and Weeks met with Matagorda County’s State Rep. Dennis Bonnen (R-Angleton) March 3 to help lobby for more funds to expand the Texas Academic Intervention and Mentoring (Texas AIM) program.
   The program certifies local tutors in the Sylvan Learning Center methods. 

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19
Mar

Trustees OKs OXEA application for an appraised value limitation

   After holding an executive session for over 15 minutes the BCISD trustees voted to approve the application for Appraised Value Limitation on Qualified Property submitted by the OXEA Corporation. 
   The initial application was submitted to the Texas Comptroller’s Office in September 2014. 
   Since then, it has been gone through one revision due to a delinquency notice from the comptroller’s office.
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12
Mar

Council members want Nile Valley Road fixed

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
A barricade partially blocks the western side of the Nile Valley Road overpass.

   Work on Nile Valley Road has been limbo since it was closed in 2011, but Bay City council members want to get the west end loop that connects Texas 35 with Texas 60 back in operation.  
   Of Nile Valley Road’s 2.65-mile length, city councilman Bill Cornman is focused on the poor condition of the 1.35-mile segment from MLK (formerly Second Street) to east of the Nile Valley overpass bridge.   
   Nile Valley Road was closed to all but emergency vehicle traffic in July 2011.   
   “Reduce traffic downtown and you reduce the problem of bad things happening,” he said in an interview with the Bay City Sentinel.  
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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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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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