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Thu
28
Feb

"Scott receives contract extension " by: Jessica Shepard

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   Bay City ISD trustees unanimously approved adding one year to Dr. Marshall Scott’s contract as Superintendent during the regular meeting Feb. 18.
   “I am super excited, yet humbled that the board of trustees extended our working relationship one more year,” said Scott in an email Tuesday, Feb. 26.
   “I appreciate the board’s recognition of the significant academic gains we’ve made and commitment to continuing those efforts. I would like to thank the community for continuing to support our school district as we create college, career and military pathways for all students. Blackcats are always getting better!”
   Scott cited several factors to his continuing success at Bay City ISD.
   “Just recently, our application for Bay City High School to become an Early College High School was approved by the Texas Education Agency.  This is great news for our students enrolled in dual credit courses,” he added.

Thu
28
Feb

Tenaris donates $10,000 to museum

Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard
Tenaris awarded a $10,000 check to the Matagorda County Museum for a new outdoor pergola and other expenses Tuesday afternoon. Pictured, from left are: Jessica Russell; Debbie Towler; Roberto De Hoyos, Tenaris BayCity Vice President of Public Affairs; Barbara Smith; Becca Sitz; Courtney Stevens, TenarisBayCity Community Relations Manager; Brittany Schaefer, TenarisBayCity Community Relations; and Hernan Brondino, TenarisBayCity Operations Senior Director.

Thu
28
Feb

BCPD makes 5 DWI arrests over weekend

   Bay City Police Officer James Philp had a busy weekend arresting drunk drivers. 
   Three arrests were from citizens calling in reckless drivers. Philp located the suspect vehicles and observe the violations noted by the complainants. Two arrests were a result of Philp’s observing traffic violations while on patrol.
   The first arrest was at 2:14 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, when Philp was on patrol in the 3100 block of 7th Street. He observed a vehicle run a red light and made a traffic stop. 
   He contacted the driver, Dalton C. Cruz, 18, of Sweeny, and arrested him on a charge of driving under the influence by a minor. 
   The second arrest was also made Feb. 23, after dispatch received a call of a vehicle swerving over the road at approximately 5:22 a.m. 
   Philp found the vehicle in the Texas 60 North area. He observed the vehicle driving in the middle of the road and made a traffic stop. 

Thu
28
Feb

'Black Faces in Films and Movies' on exhibit now

Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard
Donnye Stone's annual Black History Month exhibit is at the Matagorda County Museum from now until Spring Break. Stone's exhibit features “Black Faces in Films and Movies” across decades of cinema history. Stone pays special attention to Spike Lee and Tyler Perry's success in the movie industry and highlights their works in her exhibit.

Thu
21
Feb

Filling up the Capitol Rotunda

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
A highlight for Matagorda County Day in Austin was a group photo of residents - including 80 seniors from the county’s four high schools - Tuesday morning in the Capitol Rotunda. Residents were joined by their state elected officials - State Rep. and Speaker of the House Dennis Bonnen and State Sen. Lois Kolkhorst.

Thu
21
Feb

"Housing authority board locked out" by: Mike Reddell

   Bay City Housing Authority Commissioners were locked out of the Housing Authority building for their posted meeting, Feb. 15.
   Commissioners Ronnie Reeves, Danyal Manning and Vidala Rodas held their meeting on the walkway outside without Executive Director Belma Davalos.
   Reeves said that Davalos notified the commissioners “minutes before the meeting” that she would not attend.
   “She is the only one with a key in the afternoons and knew we were going to hold it inside the building,” Reeves explained.
   “We didn’t even hear from her directly, we heard it from one of the city employees.”
   After a brief executive session, commissioners unanimously passed resolution number 19-001 that adopts the Feb. 7 litigation rulings as true and factual.
   Reeves has a scheduled hearing for Wednesday, Feb 20, for his removal as commissioner by Mayor Mark Bricker.

Thu
21
Feb

2019 MCFLA Rodeo Royalty

Sentinel photos/Jessica Shepard
The Matagorda County Fair and Livestock Association's 2019 Rodeo Queen royalty court includes: First Runnerup Anna Claire Heth, and Rodeo Queen Katelyn Stone. Stone was crowned Feb. 15 and will ride her horse, Cadillac, while toting the American flag at the start of every rodeo night. Rodeo events and contests happen nearly every day from Feb. 27-March 3.

Thu
21
Feb

"All council posts challenged; all but 1 trustee seat opposed" by: Jessica Shepard

   Elections filings have officially closed and nearly all city and school board races are contested.
   It’s a three-way election in the mayoral race with Council Member Julie Eslinbaum, Robert Head and Robert Nelson on the May 4 ballot.
   City Council Positions 3-5 are held, respectively, by Mayor Pro Tem Chrystal Folse, Becca Sitz, and Jason Childers. 

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Thu
21
Feb

"Officials conduct code unveiled at workshop" by: Mike Reddell

  Mayor Mark Bricker convened a city council workshop last week on a Code of Conduct for elected officials.
   The workshop presentation was made by Marissa Valentine, the mayor’s administrative assistant.
      The 19-page code – proposed for council approval – was partly based on what other cities have done, Valentine indicated.
   “This Code of Conduct is designed to describe the manner in which members of the Mayor-Council should treat one another, city staff, constituents, and others they come into contact with in representing the City of Bay City.”
That’s an early statement in the document, which also includes sections on roles, responsibilities and conduct.
   A considerable amount of the material found in the code is found in the City Charter.

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Thu
21
Feb

"Tidehaven hires engineer for stadium renovation design" by: Jessica Shepard

    Tidehaven ISD trustees unanimously approved hiring a professional engineering firm to design project specifications for possible renovations to Delvin Taska stadium during trustees regular board meeting Monday night.
   Kenneth Jurado, with Texas Sports and Lighting, has over 12 years in sports complex construction and about 120 projects completed under his belt.
   “We’re really looking forward to working with him,” said Stephen Crow, board president.
   “He comes highly recommended,” Crow added.
   Trustees have been exploring stadium renovation options for months.
   “Right now, we’re trying to get as much information as possible to make the best decisions for our students,” said Crow.
   “I’m not saying we go one way over another, I just want the board to be fully informed before we vote to approve anything specific or start going out for bids.”

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