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Thu
08
Feb

"BCHS teacher Daniel Tinus runs for congress on Libertarian ticket" by: Jessica Shepard

Daniel Tinus

   Bay City High School Drafting teacher Daniel Tinus is running for District 27’s congressional seat under the Libertarian Party ticket. 
   The district includes Aransas, Calhoun, Jackson, Lavaca, Matagorda, Nueces, Refugio, Victoria and Wharton counties and some parts of Bastrop, Caldwell, Gonzales and San Patricio counties. 
   “Yes I am an engineering design teacher but I also have military experience, civil engineering with TxDOT designing, estimating and supervising multibillion dollar roadway, bridge and infrastructure projects,” said Tinus. 
   “I design and construct structures up to 2.56 acres under one roof and know how to go from a concept to reality and have been doing so for 33 years.  
   “I am a teacher not a politician and have no political experience. I am not one who moved up the party food chain and I do not think it’s my turn - it’s our turn.” 
   Tinus is an Army veteran and has been involved in many humanitarian efforts. 

Thu
08
Feb

"BCHS qualifies 3 to DECA state conference" By Allison Sliva BCISD Communications

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Bay City High School students Rachel Schwartz, Megan Ging and Hannah Sliva from left, have qualified for the Texas DECA State Career Development Conference in Dallas February 20-22nd.

  Bay City High School students Rachel Schwartz, Megan Ging and Hannah Sliva have qualified for the Texas DECA State Career Development Conference in Dallas February 20-22nd. 
   These young ladies advanced out of District competition held in Houston at Ridge Point High School on January 20th. 
   First-time DECA competitor Megan Ging qualified for State in the Principles of Finance contest. In the competition, Megan had to complete a finance test, and then do a role play.  
   She was given 10 minutes to prep a scenario she was handed and then role play that in front of a judge. The role plays deal with financial topics – accounting, banking, investments and securities, insurance, and the like.  
   BCHS DECA Advisor Robin Schwartz said that the role play is one of the hardest competitions. “I am so proud of our students. We are in a tough district with big Houston schools, but our team did great!” said Schwartz. 

Thu
08
Feb

"Agriculture News:Good year is needed in crop, livestock production" By James E. Engbrock County Extension Agent Emeritus Matagorda County

Agricultural Situation
   As I write this article early Monday morning, little moisture was received over the weekend. 
   If we don’t get additional moisture, we could be in the fields in many cases by the latter part of the week. Much land preparation needs to occur in all crops. 
   Cotton and grain lands need to be fertilized for spring planting. 
   In several cases, herbicides are being applied to control weeds and grasses in our crop land before planting.  
   With the losses that occurred from Hurricane Harvey, a good year is needed in crop and livestock production. 
Cotton Seminar
   Several cotton growers were present last week at the cotton seminar sponsored by the crops committee. Dr. Gaylon Morgan, Extension Cotton Specialist gave Auxin Specific applicator training.  He also discussed 2017 regulated agronomic cotton evaluation in our area. Copies are available in our office. 

Thu
08
Feb

Meth dealer receives life sentence

   A Matagorda County jury spent one hour determining the fate of a previously-convicted burglar in possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver the drugs. 
   Zachary Ryan Simons (34) was arrested on May 23, 2017 based upon a warrant for an alleged shooting incident in Van Vleck the day before. 
   Matagorda County Sheriff’s sergeant Tyler Miles told the jury what was discovered during the arrest. 
   Simons was in possession of more than three grams of methamphetamine, a meth pipe, a number of small plastic bags, and a digital scale according to Miles. 
   The sergeant explained to the 7-man, 5-woman jury that the bags and digital scales are commonly used in the packaging and distribution of the drug. 
   Defense attorney, Mark Racer, told the jury that his client did not dispute possession of the drug but disagreed with the charge that he intended to distribute it. 

Thu
01
Feb

"Riverside Park reclamation costs projected at $3 million" by: Mike Reddell

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
Part of the Riverside Park playground shows the accumulation of Colorado River flooding sediment from Hurricane Harvey.

   It will cost an estimated $3 million to reclaim Riverside Park after Colorado River flooding from Hurricane Harvey deposited a deep mixture of soil, sand and clay.
   The river’s level reached 50 feet at the park and only a few higher elevations in the city-owned park were spared from the deluge that came after heavy, Harvey-related rainfall that fell on the Colorado and its tributaries after the hurricane’s landfall Aug. 25. 
   Engineers are redesigning the park’s septic system and Parks and Recreation Director Shawn Blackburn added that “We’re trying to find someone for a soil diagnostic.”
   And finding a design engineer was no easy thing in the post-Harvey world of destruction, Blackburn indicated.

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Thu
01
Feb

"Odom: Rain didn’t dampen enthusiasm for Camofest" by: Jessica Shepard

Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard
Camofest wild game "guides" featured chili, deep-fried oreos, pulled pork, gumbo and other food samples Saturday. From left Megan Pate, Paul Hickl and Janet Hickl try some of James Scardemi's axis deer chili with beans.

   Saturday’s rainfall did little to diminish crowd enthusiasm for this year’s Camofest, said Main Street Director Pattie Odom.
   The National Weather Service recorded over half an inch of rain in Bay City Saturday, Jan. 27, and most of that happened at the mid-way point during the third annual Wild Game and Wine Camofest.
   “The crowd was phenomenal,” said Odom.
   “The rain did not dampen the enthusiasm of the crowd or the vendors, who stayed until the party was over at 6 p.m.,” Odom added.
   “As we put Camofest 2018 to rest, although we are a bit soggy, the Camofest Committee is delighted with the turnout and participation for Camofest!” 
   Camofest 2018 featured eight wineries and 11 cooking teams.
   “That’s an increase from last year,” said Odom. 
   “We also had Texas craft beer and great entertainment.”  

Thu
01
Feb

"MCEDC discusses China trip, county’s housing possibilities" by: Mike Reddell

A recent trip to China by Matagorda and Wharton county officials to explore relationships on several levels with the Chinese was covered at the Matagorda County Economic Development Corporation board’s regular meeting Friday, Jan. 26.
   The board also discussed Matagorda County housing development and the need to be competitive with area cities for that housing.
   MCEDC Executive Director Mike Ferdinand said the trip to China was aimed at exploring a relationship with Chiping County in China and to further economic development, education, cultural relationships.
   In addition to Ferdinand, the Matagorda County delegation to China included Bay City Community Development Corporation Executive Director D.C. Dunham, Tidehaven Superintendent Dr. Andrew Seigrist and Main Street Co-director Pattie Odom. 

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Thu
01
Feb

Gibson croons at USO 'Sock Hop'

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
Virgil Gibson, the former lead singer for The Platters, was a big hit at the City of Bay City’s Sock Hop Saturday Night at the USO Building. Gibson sang many of the vocal group’s greatest hits, taking many of those attending down memory lane.

Thu
01
Feb

Detectives investigate teens’ report of aggravated robbery

   Bay City police talked to two 16-year-old males who were injured in a reported robbery Friday night, Jan. 26.
   An officer was sent to Matagorda Regional Hospital Emergency Room in reference to a robbery.
   Hospital security told the officer, when he arrived, that two juveniles were being seen for injuries that occurred during a robbery. 
   The officer met with the first victim, a 16-year-old male, who said he had been communicating with someone online to sell some items. 
   The teenager agreed to meet him in a parking lot in the 2100 Block of 7th Street, the officer was told. 
   The victim and a friend, also a 16-year-old male, walked to the parking lot to meet with the potential buyer.
   The victims met with the suspects who were in a vehicle. 
   Once they took the items from the victims, the suspects tried to drive away. 
   One victim then tried to lean in the window and grab the items back. 

Thu
01
Feb

"BCCDC board amends MBG note with TDECU" by: Jessica Shepard

   Bay City Community Development Corporation board approved an amended promissory note with TDECU and Schulman’s MBG during their regular board meeting Monday night.
   “There are errors on the original note,” said BCCDC Director DC Dunham.
   “Since it had to be re-done anyway, we went ahead and negotiated with Mark Schulman.”
   The interest rate was modified to accrue at a 5 percent fixed annual rate.
   The note is payment to Texas Dow Employees Credit Union (TDECU) for its $7.5 million loan to BCCDC to construct the Movie Bowl Grille entertainment center in 2016.
   Schulman, in turn, repays BCCDC.
   Overall, the note has monthly installments of $47,199.

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