News

Thu
07
Nov

"County, other defendants to pay $748,107 in settlement" by: Mike Reddell

   A total of $748,107 will be paid to settle the Kevin Davis vs. Matagorda County lawsuit that was filed in the U.S. District Court in Galveston, EEOC, and the 122nd State Judicial Court of Galveston County.
   Matagorda County Commissioners Court approved the settlement that dismisses all cases in the lawsuit on July 12 and the terms of the agreement were released under a Freedom of Information request by the Bay City Sentinel. 
   Former Precinct 3 employee Kevin Davis alleged in the original filing in Galveston the county fired him for reporting department head and Precinct 3 Commissioner James Gibson for keeping a separate ‘kitty box’ fund and allegations of racial discrimination.

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Thu
07
Nov

T-Rex make Halloween appearance downtown

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
Among the many colorful and creative costumes walking around downtown, a pair of tyrannosaurus rex-clad trick-or-treaters drew crowds wherever they went, Oct. 31. The inflatable dinosaur costumes were even able to withstand the coldest Halloween temperatures on record for Texas since the 1920s.

Thu
07
Nov

"Cedar Lane man’s arrest leads to shooting, internal investigation " by: Mike Reddell

   A Cedar Lane man faces four felony charges and bonds totaling $165,000 in connection with fighting with sheriff’s deputies who went to his residence to serve a felony warrant Oct. 25, the sheriff’s department reported.
      At one point as deputies were struggling to arrest the man, he grabbed a Taser, fired it and shocked a deputy, reports show.
   William Blake Moody, 34, of 11912 FM 457 in Cedar Lane, was arraigned on the following charges, with the specific bonds set: burglary of a habitation, $25,000; aggravated assault on a public servant, $100,000; resisting arresting or transport with a deadly weapon; and burglary of a building, $15,000, sheriff and jail reports show.

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Thu
07
Nov

"New Sargent fire truck funded by state, precinct, local fundraising" by: Mike Reddell

  A new Sargent fire truck – paid with state, county and local fundraising efforts – was approved, along with a firefighting contract with Matagorda, by Matagorda County Commissioners Court Monday, Nov. 4.
   The new 4,000-gallon tanker that costs $297,650 for Sargent Area Volunteer Fire & Rescue will be funded by a $200,000 Texas A&M Forestry Service grant, $20,000 from Precinct 2 Commissioner Kent Pollard’s budget and $77,650 raised from a letter-writing campaign by local residents.
   “They worked very diligently in securing the funds,” Pollard told commissioners about the local fund-raising campaign for the tanker.
   Pollard also commended Sargent area leaders in raising funds for the renovation under way to convert the old VFW Hall into the Sargent Branch Library of the Bay City Library.

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Thu
07
Nov

"Boys & Girls Club brings back tradition of Bay City Pancake Supper" by: Jessica Shepard

   The Boys and Girls Club of Bay City and Matagorda County will host a pancake supper from 4:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14 at the Bay City USO Service Center. 
   Supper tickets are $10 each and feature pancakes, bacon and a drink. 
   Plates also will be available for dine-in or to-go orders. 
   Tickets are available at the door or by contacting 979-244-8865. 

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Thu
07
Nov

"Chamber luncheon focuses on frequent Human Resource mistakes" by: Jessica Shepard

Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard
The Bay City Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture partnered with Allison Benefit Consultants to host a luncheon presentation over the “7 Most Frequent Human Resource Mistakes and How to Avoid them,” Oct. 31. Insperity's business performance advisors Frances Andrews, left and Josh Delgado, right lead the presentation and gave tips on human resource issues business owners could face.

   The Bay City Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture partnered with Allison Benefit Consultants to host an Oct. 31 luncheon presentation over the “7 Most Frequent Human Resource Mistakes and How to Avoid them.”
   Insperity, a Houston-based human resource and administration service company, lead the presentation and gave tips to over 20 local businesses on how to attract and keep desirable employees along with other human resource issues.
   “First and foremost you need to know yourself, your company and the competition,” said Frances Andrews, Insperity certified business performance advisor.

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Thu
07
Nov

"Dungeoneers present ‘Annie’ exclusively for one weekend" by: Jessica Shepard

Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard
Little orphan "Annie" makes the days spent doing chores go by faster with a little song and dance. It's a hard knock life for Annie, played by Alexandra Chavez, center, and her friends while singing and dancing cues are finalized during dress rehearsal, Monday, Nov. 4.

   The Bay City High School Dungeoneers present the musical “Annie” exclusively for one weekend only.
   The musical will start at 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday Nov. 7-9 with a 2:30 p.m. matinee Sunday, Nov. 10 at the BCHS theater.
   Tickets are $7 per person pre-sale on dungeoneers.ticketleap.com/annie or $10 at the door.

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Thu
07
Nov

BCHS sports briefs

Ladycats claim bi-district crown
    The Bay City High School Ladycats defeated the Booker T. Washington Eagles for the bi-district volleyball Playoffs game Monday, Nov. 4. 
   Outstanding players were: 
   Patricia Waddy 10 kills
   Renata Dominguez 12 Kills
   A’mayah Payton 9 digs
   Micheala Brown 3 aces 
   Alexis Monroy led the Ladycats with over 30 assists. 
   “Monroy (starting setter) has proven to be a young yet, worthy leader on the floor,” said Ervette Powell, head BCHS volleyball coach. 
   “She is a true captain who continuously grows each game. Alexis Monroy lead her team to victory in Monday’s game against the Eagles. 
   Scores from Monday night: 25-10, 25-9, 25-18, 25-15 
   The Ladycats were to play the winner of Tuesday night’s game between Tarkington High School or  Little Cypress-Mauriceville High School for round 2 of the playoffs to advance in round 3. 
   Location and Date TBA.

Thu
07
Nov

"BCHS inducts 8 into Blackcat Hall of Fame" By Allison Sliva BCISD Communications

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
From left: Becky Cook and Dianne Sharer, daughters of inductee Buddy Barrett; Coach Darin Dabelgott; David Barrett, son of inductee Buddy Barrett; Perrylon Eaton-Bell; Carolyn Harris Delano; Superintendent Dr. Marshall Scott III; family members of inductee Carl “Cake” Jackson mother Faye Jackson, sister Jacqueline Jackson, sister Marilyn Cross and brother-in-law Joe Cross; Fentress Cathey, niece of inductee Paul Cathey; Ricky Parker Sr. and his daughter Kari; Michael Ray and his daughter Bri Ray, wife Lynette Ray, daughter Joelle Ray, mother Joyce Ray, daughter Tenika Ray and grandchild Emerson.

   The Bay City ISD Blackcat Hall of Fame inducted eight members at a football game halftime ceremony on Nov. 1. 
   The Hall of Fame was established in 2001, and is located in the foyer of the Bay City High School coaches’ upstairs office area in the gym complex. 
   To date, 139 former BCHS and Hilliard School athletes and coaches have been accepted for inclusion in the Blackcat Hall of Fame.
   Inductees include:
  •     Buddy Barrett, BCHS Class of 1953: Buddy was a standout athlete in football, basketball and baseball, and was named to the All-State Football second team. 
   He played football and baseball at Wharton County Junior College. He was honored posthumously as he died in 1986.
  •     Paul Cathey, BCHS Class of 1975: Paul excelled in basketball. 
Wed
06
Nov

"County voters support all but 1 proposition" by: Jessica Shepard

Matagorda County voters approved all but one of the 10 propositions in the constitutional amendment election Tuesday, Nov. 5, that drew a total of 2,653 people voting – that’s 12.4% of the county’s 21,371 voting population.
The early vote had a total of 1,022 or 4.7% of county voters.
As the Sentinel went to press late Tuesday night, statewide results were not complete.
“We expected early voter turnout to be low, but were pleasantly surprised at the increase on Election Day itself,” said Matagorda County Election Clerk Stephanie Wurtz.
Incumbent Joey Sliva retains his Port of Bay City Authority Commissioner Position 3 with 1,355 total votes or 67% of the total votes cast in that election.
Sliva’s opponent, Donald Simons, received 666 votes with 33% percent of the total.
Incumbent Port Authority Commissioner Position 4 Lee Weathers was unopposed in retaining his position with 1,795 total votes.

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