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Thu
31
Dec

BCPD Awards different divisions

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During the City of Bay City’s Christmas Party, several Bay City police department employees (different divisions) received awards for dedicated service to the city and police department. Pete Guzman, center, was honored as employee of the rear/patrol division. Flanking Guzman are Captain Rober Lister, left, and Sgt. James Reckaway.

Thu
31
Dec

Thief targets mailboxes

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Some of the stolen mail James Mitchell was able to find in his area of Bay City.

   Someone is stealing mail from residents – especially those with boxes close to the street – in at least one Bay City neighborhood, former sheriff James Mitchell is warning.
      Mitchell learned about the mail theft from a woman who lives five blocks distant and returned his mail that she found, he pointed out.
   Mitchell found his stolen mail from Saturday in places blocks from his house on Avenue H and Austin.
   “Someone is going around and stealing mail,” he said.

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Thu
31
Dec

Police chief explains open carry

   Beginning January 1, 2016, Texans who possess a handgun license will be able to openly carry their firearm if they so choose. 
   Officers are often asked questions regarding the law. 
   This week Chief Roger Barker wanted to have officers review the law once again and share it with those of you who have been inquiring about it. 
   The following is an e-mail that was sent out by the Texas Police Chief’s Association that we thought we would share.
    Persons lawfully carrying firearms under Texas law should not be unnecessarily hindered in the exercise of that privilege. 
   Officers shall be familiar with the applicable laws and policies regarding the carrying of firearms.
   Any detention of a person for carrying a handgun shall be in accordance with Texas Penal Code §46.02, Unlawful Carrying of Weapons. 

Thu
31
Dec

Update Tour...

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Matagorda County commissioners toured TenarisBayCity to see the development and get an update on the project.
From left to right: Alex Corra, Tenaris Senior Assistant to the Engineering Director; Precinct 2 Commissioner Kent Pollard; Precinct 3 Commissioner James Gibson; Matagorda County Judge Nate McDonald; Roberto De Hoyos, TenarisVice President of Public Affairs; and Precinct 1 Commissioner Dan Putska.

Thu
24
Dec

Schulman describes features of cinema

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Mark Schuman explains his proposed entertainment center.

   Mark Schulman gave a detailed description of the proposed Schulman Movie Bowl Grill (MBG) to Bay City Community Development Corporation (BCCDC) board members at their meeting Thursday, Dec. 17.
   “This will be a full-service facility that will entertain audiences and dining customers,” Schulman said of the 51,000-square-foot family entertainment center.
   Schulman is president of Waco-based Schulman Amusement Company.
   That center includes an eight-screen, dine-in movie theatre – with 1,000 high-back rocking seats – Billy’s Grille, with an outdoor patio featuring live music, an interactive arcade/fun center, private meeting-party rooms and 12 bowling lanes.
   The 12-acre Schulman MBG is a private-public partnership between Schulman Amusement Company and Bay City Community Development Corporation (BCCDC) at the intersection of Texas 35 and McCrosky Road, between Bay City and Van Vleck.

Thu
24
Dec

Entertainment center plat gets planning OK

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Assistant Public Works Director Marla Janek, far left, discusses the entertainment center plat to planning commission members.

The property plat for the proposed 12-acre Bay City Entertainment Center received unanimous approval from the Bay City Planning Commission at its special called meeting Thursday, Dec. 17.
   The center’s initial plan for the site at the intersection of Texas 35 and McCrosky Road east of Bay City projects the cinema complex with seven acres and five acres in the proposed retail section.
   The project is a private-public partnership between Schulman Movie Bowl Grill Company and Bay City Community Development Corporation (BCCDC)  
   Planning commissioners also looked at related issues to the multi-year phased development – land plan, possible road expansion and drainage. 
   “We don’t have a land plan”, said Marla Janek, assistant public works director, who discussed the plat with commissioners.

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Thu
24
Dec

Sheriff: ‘Play it by ear’ on open carry

   Several Matagorda County law enforcement and school officials clarified for The Sentinel last week, what local residents can expect from Texas’s new “Open Carry” law set to take effect Jan. 1.
   The state legislature approved the new law last March. 
   In general, it allows anyone with a Concealed Handgun License (CHL) to carry a weapon openly in a shoulder or belt holster. 
   In fact the new law officially changes CHL to License to Carry.
   Though the law makes no other significant changes in how or where weapons may be worn - until Aug.1 when concealed guns will be allowed for the first time on public college campuses - the prospect of private citizens displaying guns in public has many on edge across the state.

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Thu
24
Dec

WCA: New management, policies for Bay City

  WCA has replaced its Bay City managers and developed new practices for improving waste and brush pickup here, city council was told at its meeting Thursday, Dec. 17.
   “A few shortfalls in training, practices and customer issues,” were occurring, a WCA official told council. 
   “There were changes that needed to be made. We have to set a certain tone at that site and it wasn’t being done,” he said.
   Part of the company’s problems locally were caused by “improvements and staff practices (that) haven’t been executed.
   “The operation’s managers have to set a certain tone at that site and it wasn’t being done,” the official said.
   WCA officials also plan to do a better job explaining how waste and brush must be handled for pickup, such as mailing brochures to Bay City customers.

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Thu
24
Dec

Deputy’s car hit from rear on Texas 35

   After a Matagorda County deputy sheriff removed a couch, mattress and table off Texas 35 east Sunday evening and got back into his cruiser – with all of its emergency lights flashing – it was struck from behind by a pickup truck.
   Both the officer, who had neck and back injuries, and the driver of the pickup truck were treated and released at Matagorda Regional Medical Center, said Sheriff Skipper Osborne.

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Thu
24
Dec

Couple decides to give yogurt a swirl

 Rick and Judy Malachowski are branching out into a frozen yogurt venture next spring.
   The family arrived in Bay City in 2008.
   “While we have ‘only’ lived here for seven years or so, we have been overwhelmed by the positive response we have received,” said Malachowski.
   “As Bay City is our home we don’t plan to open any others elsewhere.”
   The Malachowskis are former owners of Bay City’s McDonald’s restaurants and sold their franchise in April 2015.
    “We wanted the same options to treat ourselves here in Bay City that we found in other nearby cities,” said Malachowski.
   “Frozen yogurt was our choice for several reasons. It has nearly half the calories of ice cream, is very low fat, naturally gluten free, contains no high-fructose corn syrup and best of all, ‘making’ your own is just fun!”

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