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27
Feb

2015 Rodeo Queen

Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard
Above, the 2015 Rodeo Queen Jenni Reynolds and her horse Flicka as well as first runner up Meagan Schrader and her horse, Stephanie.

Fri
27
Feb

Royalty Court helps launch fair, rodeo

Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard
Friday Night saw the crowning of the 2015 Fair Queen and her court. Pictured here are: Hilary Saha, third runner up; Erin Foley, second runner up; Fair Queen Jordan Rickaway; and first runner up, Graci Huddleston.

   Last Saturday and Sunday were filled with preliminary fair and rodeo activities. 
   The most important was the 2015 Royalty Contest, which spanned two days. 
   This year’s Rodeo Queen is Jennie Reynolds, daughter of Joseph and Melinda Reynolds. 
   The new Fair Queen is Jordan Rickaway is the daughter of Kevin and Cathy Rickaway. 
Fri
27
Feb

Texas figures help county proclaim Independence Day

Sentinel Photo/Mike Reddell
Commissioners court proclaimed March 2, 2015 as Texas Independence Day in Matagorda County. Sons of the Republic of Texas helped mark the occasion, with (front row, from left) Tillman Daniel, Raleigh Conklin (Gen. Sam Houston) and David Crockett, a descendent of the famed frontiersman, legislator and Alamo hero.

   Davy Crockett and General Sam Houston were on hand to see commissioners court approve a proclamation Monday declaring March 2, 2015 as Texas Independence Day in Matagorda County.
   Bay City’s Texas Revolution re-enactors David Crockett – a descendent of the Alamo hero – and Raleigh Conklin (Houston) both spoke to commissioners about the importance of Texas Independence Day. 
   They were joined by Sons of the Republic of Texas (SRT) members Tillman Daniel and John Woolsey.
   Commissioners also approved using county funds and a Texas Forest Service grant to buy a $220,106 fire tanker truck for Wadsworth Volunteer Fire Department. 

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Fri
27
Feb

New restaurant with well-known name to open in Van Vleck

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
Preparing for the opening of Victoria’s restaurant in Van Vleck are family members, from left, Paul Vela, Gennie Vela, Susan Faix, Mary Henderson and Mike Henderson.

   A new restaurant with a popular and familiar name – Victoria’s – will open in Van Vleck March 9. 
   Susan Faix is the restaurant owner and promises the new Victoria’s at 367 Ave. E in Van Vleck will feature the same menu that made Victoria’s in Bay City thrive from 1997 to 2010. 
Thu
19
Feb

Board nixes Brown contract extension

 Bay City Superintendent Keith Brown’s contract, which runs through July 2017, was not extended after a 4-3 trustee vote Monday night, Feb. 16.
   Trustees also heard from athletic director Lupe Florez about his 90-day athletic plan and approved new air conditioning for the high school during the lengthy board meeting.
   About 50 people were present for the vote on Brown’s contract extension, with trustees Frankie Cole, Crystal Allison, Bob Klepac and Bobby Kimball voting against it and board members Tim Powell, Terry Farrar and Randy Volkmer voting for.
   The contract extension vote on the superintendent mostly occurs in January, but the decision was moved from the Jan. 20 meeting to Monday to have all trustees present.
   “I have a contract with the Bay City Independent School District until July 1, 2017,” Brown said in a telephone interview Tuesday morning.
Thu
19
Feb

Deadline Feb. 27 to file for city, school races

Three Bay City council and two Bay City school board seats are at stake in the May 9 municipal and school board elections this year.
   Van Vleck could have a special election on that date to fill two trustee vacancies, said Superintendent John O’Brien, adding the VVISD school board is scheduled to consider calling for the election at its regular meeting Monday, Feb. 23. 
   Tidehaven’s trustee elections are in November.
   In Palacios, three city council seats and two school trustee places are open for the May election.
   Filing deadline for the May 9 Bay City and Palacios elections will be Feb. 27.
Thu
19
Feb

Mayor, council disagree on Alamo Lumber easement

   Mayor Mark Bricker and city council appeared at odds over council’s decision to close and abandon an alley that Alamo Lumber requested as part of its plans for a new store and improvements at the property.
   The mayor and council did agree on giving city waste collector WAC a 2.1 percent rate increase at council’s regular meeting Thursday, Feb. 12.
   Bricker said he opposed the alley’s closure because Alamo Lumber’s plans called for an expansive parking lot that reached Seventh Street. 
   The mayor indicated the plan conflicted with proposals to make the downtown area more attractive and pedestrian friendly. He said Alamo’s plan for a metal building and large parking lot went against that concept and he wanted council to wait for more information about the lumber company’s plans.
Thu
19
Feb

Tidehaven: Food options to students

Tidehaven High School Senior Vivian Kuykendall, at left, is all smiles as she selects her food at the cafeteria lunch line this week.
Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard

   Chicken and broccoli stir fry, chicken jambalaya, beef teriyaki, and barbecue pork usually aren’t the types of meals you think of finding in a high school cafeteria.
   Freshly baked pizza with whole grain dough made from scratch isn’t one of those entrees either, but Tidehaven ISD is revamping their food service program from the ground up.
   Students are getting more lunch and breakfast options and flavors to tempt their palettes.
   “Where we had one option before, we now have three at the high school,” said Superintendent Dr. Siegrist.
   “The junior high and elementaries once had one meal offering and now have two.”
Thu
19
Feb

County refunds $1.2 million from tax suit

   Tres Palacios Gas Storage received a refund of $1.2 million from seven Matagorda County taxing entities for the 2011 property tax it paid and a trial in April will determine if the company receives a refund on the taxes it paid from 2012 to 2014. 
   The action came after the gas storage company sued Matagorda County Appraisal District over its 2011 valuations. 
   Matagorda County Tax Assessor-Collector Cristyn Hallmark send a memo to the affected jurisdictions that Matagorda County Appraisal District supplemented its 2011 tax rolls to reflect a district court-ordered drop in property valuations that year for Tres Palacios from $365,198,270 to $204,735,689.

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Thu
19
Feb

Trustees OK $2 million for BCHS a/c equipment

   The Bay City school board approved the $2 million purchase of Central Plant equipment for Bay City High School from MacMillan James Equipment Company and Systecon, at trustees meeting Monday night, Feb. 16.
   Mechanical engineer Ed Stacey told the board, “The district is in a midterm renovation of the high school.”
   “At the central plant, your chillers and boilers are in very bad shape.” Chillers and boilers are part of the heating and air conditioning system.
   Chillers are near the end of their useful life, according to manufacturers, Stacey said.
   The feedback received from contractors was that it will be very hard to find pipefitters for the new system, he said.
   “This is an intensely pipefitting project and it will be hard to find pipefitters in the area because of all the activity on the oil rigs,” Stacey said.
   That led to exploration of other options, he said.

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