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Thu
14
Jan

BC sales tax rebates down 2 %

   Bay City January sales tax rebate from the state was down 2 percent from the previous January, halting a string of several months of increases over the year before.
   Palacios’ January rebate, on the other hand, was up nearly 29 percent from January 2015, according to the state comptroller’s office. 
   These allocations are based on sales made in November by businesses that report tax monthly.

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Thu
14
Jan

Seigrist 1st chair on All-State Choir

Caitlin Seigrist

   The All-State audition process began for Caitlin Seigrist this summer when she attended choir camp at the University of Houston.
   Caitlin is a private voice student of Dr. Kara Cowart, choir director for Bay City High School. 
   At the UH camp, she learned the audition music that would be used throughout the audition process.  

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Thu
14
Jan

Steve Martin wrote newest CAST play

   Looking for something a little out of the ordinary and unique for Valentine’s Day weekend?
   Look no further, than CAST’s second dinner theater production of the 2015 – 2016 season.
   “Picasso at the Lapin Agile,” places Albert Einstein and Pablo Picasso in a Parisian cafe in 1904.
   That’s just before the renowned scientist transformed physics with his theory of relativity and the celebrated painter set the art world afire with cubism.
   “The play is an Off-Broadway absurdist comedy written by Steve Martin,” said director Zeinab Ghais.
   It is also Martin’s first full-length written play.
   Much of the play is filled with discussions about the coming and shaping of the 20th Century.

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Thu
14
Jan

Agencies cooperate to free deer

Several local agencies teamed up and pooled resources and personnel to save two whitetail bucks - shown in the photo above - that got their antler racks tangled Saturday, Jan. 2.
A vigilant Van Vleck citizen saw the two deer on the TenarisBayCity property and reported the antler lockup to game wardens.
Matagorda County Game Warden David Janssen answered the call and requested help from the Bay City Police Department Animal Control Division.
Animal Control Officer Dotty Grandstaff and BCPD K9 Officer Keith Hatton responded.
TenarisBayCity safety personnel Shane Atkinson provided ATVs to search and find the deer.
The deer were temporarily restrained for their safety and within a few minutes the deer were pulled apart. Without teamwork and intervention these deer would have died, police said.

  Several local agencies teamed up and pooled resources and personnel to save two whitetail bucks - shown in the photo above - that got their antler racks tangled Saturday, Jan. 2.
   A vigilant Van Vleck citizen saw the two deer on the TenarisBayCity property and reported the antler lockup to game wardens.  
   Matagorda County Game Warden David Janssen answered the call and requested help from the Bay City  Police Department Animal Control Division. 
   Animal Control Officer Dotty Grandstaff and BCPD K9 Officer Keith Hatton responded. 
   TenarisBayCity safety personnel Shane Atkinson provided ATVs to search and find the deer. 
   The deer were temporarily restrained for their safety and within a few minutes the deer were pulled apart. Without teamwork and intervention these deer would have died, police said.

 

Thu
07
Jan

JEC to build new office, warehouse

   Jackson Electric Cooperative (JEC) is planning to build a new office complex and warehouse on nearly 28 acres off Texas 35 between Bay City and Van Vleck. 
   JEC closed on buying 27.98 acres across Showboat Drive from the vacant Ford dealership Monday morning, said JEC General Manager Jim Coleman. 
   “We’re going to make it more convenient for our members,” Coleman said of the projected new facilities that will include a drive-up window and several added services. 
   He said engineers told JEC that the cooperative’s existing metal building was significantly corroded after about 40 years of service. 
   In addition, the present site – also off Texas 35 east - is six acres, but JEC is able to use only two acres. 
   The new office complex will have about 10,000 square feet and the warehouse, an estimated 15,000 square feet, Coleman said. 

Thu
07
Jan

Panel tasked to pick 5 names for JP 1

   A three-person panel was appointed to forward the names of five candidates for the Precinct 1 JP position by the Matagorda County Commissioners Court Monday, Jan 4. 
   Precinct 1 JP Jeanette Bell – whose resignation is effective Jan. 17 – Precinct 2 JP Suzan Thompson and Tax Assessor-Collector Cristyn Hallmark are the three people who will review applications that are due Thursday, Jan. 7. 
   The panel will determine if applicants meet the constitutional requirements for the position. 
   The panel will identify five job candidates who can operate the office based on background and experience and will forward those names to commissioners court. 
   The court will take those names and will have a drawing to appoint the person to fill Bell’s unexpired term in 2016. Bell is to join the District Attorney’s staff. 

Thu
07
Jan

It’s a boy! 2016’s 1st baby

Bay City Sentinel/MaLinda Reddell
Carlos Jesus Maldonado Jr was the first baby to be delivered at Matagorda Regional Hospital in 2016. He came into the world at 6:13 on Jan. 1. Pictured with him are his mother, Lindsey Soza, father Carlos Maldonado Sr, and sisters Penelope and Nata'linn Maldonado. The family lives in Bay City. Grandparents are Juan and Dolores Maldonado, Adrian Soza and Mary Yackel. Dr. Gregory Pappas oversaw the birth.

Thu
07
Jan

Loads of attractions on tap for Camofest

   Rain or shine the first ever Wild Game and Wine Camofest will fill downtown Bay City on Saturday Jan. 23. 
   “Rain, sleet or snow, wear your Camo!” said Alicia Waters, co-director of Main Street and promotional committee chairman. 
   Tickets are currently on sale and cost $15 each ($5 for children ages 5 – 12 and free for children under five), and are available at the BCCDC office at 1900 Fifth St. in Bay City. 
   From 1 – 5 p.m. ticket holders will be able to sample wine alongside wild game, fowl and fish from local hunters and guides. 
   Camofest honors Chinquapin native – and renowned artist and fisherman – Forrest Bess.  
   Bess is famous for his nature paintings, which have been showcased in museums in New York and Chicago, among many.  

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Thu
07
Jan

Crisis Center fundraiser dinner slated for Jan. 29

   The Crisis Center of Matagorda County is hosting its 9th Annual Chicken Fried Steak Dinner fundraiser from 4:30 – 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 29, at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Bay City.  
   Volunteers will be on hand frying up steaks, preparing plates and helping oversee the silent auction.  
   Tickets are $10 for dine in or drive thru plates and are available at the Crisis Center, 3010 Sixth St. in Bay City. 
   Tickets can be purchased by cash, check or credit card by phone at 979-245-9109. 
   Patrons that dine in will be able to enjoy the silent auction and entertainment. 
   Funds raised will help support the programs of the Crisis Center which include: 

  •     Domestic Violence 
  •     Sexual Assault 
  •     Prevention Education 
  •     Children’s Advocacy Center 

   Sponsorships for the event are available from $100 to $2,500 in varying increments. 

 

Thu
07
Jan

Children flock quickly to new playground

Bay City Parks & Recreation
The new playground and equipment at Highland Park.

   New playground and equipment for Highland Park were recently installed, and were immediately put to use by children, said Kelly Penewitt, city parks and recreation supervisior. 
   “Children were playing as soon as they finished installing the wood fibar base under the playground.  When I asked them about the new playground they all said that it was great and absolutely loved the colors – so bright and vibrant!” Penewitt said.   
   “The new playground has three slides, two climbing areas, tic tac toe and so much more and a new two-bay swing set with swing seats for toddlers and older children,” she noted. 
   The previous playground consisted of a slide, swing set and caterpillar climber.   
   “We went with recycled plastic playgrounds at the park due to its durability. These playgrounds are lighter and softer, yet sturdy, alternative to traditional steel and timber products.   

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