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Thu
18
Mar

"Council approves certificates of obligation for extensive water, sewer improvements" by: Mike Reddell

   City Council unanimously approved two certificates of obligation issues as part of an extensive water and wastewater system capital improvement program at its regular meeting March 9.
   In addition, the city approved a local state of disaster from Winter Storm Uri and City Manager Shawna Burkhart gave an update on the city’s response to that storm.
   Council also heard Police Chief Robert Lister’s annual police department report.
   City Council approved two ordinances authorizing certificates of obligation issues – together totaling $6,867,000 - in connection with the water and sewer capital improvement projects that received more than $50 million in Texas Water Development Board assistance.
   The COs will be repaid from surplus water and wastewater system revenues. 
   Director of Finance Scotty Evans noted that both CO issues received “very low” interest rates on the 30-year notes, averaging 1.853%.

Thu
18
Mar

Finding the right cap

Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard
A variety of vendors and their wares were a hot attraction at the "Matagorda Surf & Turf Festival" Saturday, March 13. The event featured live music, cornhole tournament, vendors, auctions, raffles, beer garden, and surf & turf plates. Proceeds will be used to buy equipment to clean and maintain Matagorda beaches.

Thu
18
Mar

"Moreno publishes newest books" by: Jessica Shepard

Contributed photo

   Former Bay City ISD teacher and author Elizabeth Moreno recently published two new books – a Sancho the Silly Billy Goat coloring book and “Psalms of Motherhood and Other Reflections on Life.”
   The coloring book features the billy goat, Sancho, with his friends and a variety of activities to keep children entertained.
   Psalms is geared towards adults and include prayer poems, other poetry, many essays, songs, and a combination of other writings.
   The Wharton County Library main branch will host Moreno at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 23, at the library, 1920 N. Fulton Street.
   She will share thoughts on her life experiences and the power of prayer, faith, and hope. 
Moreno also will sign copies of Psalms.
   “Psalms is based on my own experiences from my disastrous first marriage,” said Moreno.
   “I don’t remember when I started writing during that marriage, but when I did it was therapeutic. 

Thu
18
Mar

MEHOP vaccinates BCISD

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Bay City ISD employee volunteers received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine through a partnership with MEHOP today. Dr. Marshall Scott III, Superintendent of Schools, led the way with the first dose.

Thu
18
Mar

Hegar sends $763 million to governments

   (AUSTIN) — Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar announced he sent cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose taxing districts $762.5 million in local sales tax allocations for March, 0.5 percent less than in March 2020.  
   These allocations are based on sales made in January by businesses that report tax monthly. 
   Total Net Payments This Period: $491,735,983.18; Comparable Payment Prior Year: $484,469,191.73; Percent Change: 1.50% 
   Total Payments YTD: $1,681,360,876.46; Total Prior Year Payment YTD: $1,645,918,571.88; Percent Change: 2.15% 
   Bay City’s March sales tax rebate was down slightly from the same month a year ago. 
   The March rebate totaled $472,966, a .34% drop from the March 2020 rebate of $474,582. 
   For the year, Bay City’s rebates total $1,414,718 a .53% decline from $1,583,870 the city received for the same period last year. 

Thu
18
Mar

"Gov. Greg Abbott formally opens Texas GOP bid to clamp down on local efforts expanding voting access" By Alexa Ura Texas Tribune

   Texas has some of the strictest voting rules, but Republican lawmakers are now hoping to outlaw efforts by local officials in places like Harris County intended to widen access for voters, including drive-thru voting and extended early voting hours. 
   Joining a nationwide movement by Republicans to enact new restrictions on voting, Gov. Greg Abbott indicated Monday he will back legislation to outlaw election measures like those used in Harris County during the 2020 election aimed at expanding safe access to the ballot box during the coronavirus pandemic. 
   At a press conference in Houston, Abbott served up the opening salvo in the Texas GOP’s legislative response to the 2020 election and its push to further restrict voting by taking aim at local election officials in the state’s most populous and Democratically controlled county.  

Thu
18
Mar

"Tiger Baseball" By Eddie Russell Head Coach Tidehaven Baseball

This week Tidehaven opened up district play with a 4-2 win over Hallettsville.   
   Kyus Saha dominated on mound with 6 shutout innings, striking out 9 giving up only 2 hits.    
   Hunter Little came in relief in the 7th and gave up 2 runs on 2 walks, 1 HBP and one hit in 2/3 innings.   
   Logan Crow got the final out. Leading hitter with 2 hits was Logan Crow.  
   Getting a huge 2-out, 2-rbi single was Kyus Saha.   
   On Friday, the Tigers traveled to the Flatonia tournament and got beat 17-6, game one against Round Top Carmine.  
   Connor Claxton pitched 3 innings, giving up the 5 runs, only 2 earned.   
   A combination of Hunter Little, Taylor Rickaway and Kevin Rickaway and Jackson Sones. Leading hitters with 2 hits each were Ricky Rubio and Connor Claxton. In game 2 Friday, the Tigers dropped a 7-4 game to Flatonia.  
   Hunter Little got the start and threw 2/3 of an ineffective inning, giving up 3 runs.   

Thu
18
Mar

Boosters take on FM 2668

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The All Sports Booster Club Adopt a Highway team, from left, of Lorise Cofield, Janice Hopes, Estella Lewis, Wayne Guter and McLotta Brooks, were busy doing their part in cleaning up FM 2668 south of Bay City Saturday, March 13.

Thu
18
Mar

Cherry principal White is named TEPSAN of year

Jana White

   Cherry Principal Jana White has been named the Region 3 TEPSAN of the year by the Texas Elementary Principals and Supervisors Association (TEPSA).
   The award is given to a principal from each of the 20 regions in Texas. Award recipients must be committed to advancing the principalship and the association, as well as serving as a voice for Texas students. 
   “We’re in awe of these leaders! They’re working harder than ever to serve their students and staff, yet they continue to support and advocate for educators in their region,” said TEPSA Executive Director Harley Eckhart in a press release. 
   “We’re honored to recognize their tremendous work and servant leadership,” Eckhart added.
   White said she is deeply grateful for the recognition.
   “Being named the Region 3 TEPSAN of the year is quite an honor,” she said. 

Thu
18
Mar

Dungeoneers win District One-Act Play championship

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Dungeoneer cast members from the District 25-4A one-act play championship.

   The Bay City High School Dungeoneers took home the District 25-4A One Act Play Championship on Thursday, March 11. 
   BCHS was the host of the competition, facing off against Brazosport, Columbia, Needville, Stafford, La Marque and Sweeny.  
   In addition to earning first place votes from all judges for their performance of the play “Sweat,” the Dungeoneers took home several awards: 
   Best Performer - Holland Cobb 
   Best Performer - Jacquie Vean 
   All Star Cast - Preciosa Aivles 
   HM All Star Cast - Jessica Frasier 
   Outstanding Technician - LeAnn Black 
   Best Technical Crew- Leslie Davis, Ruby Aivles, Isabella Perez , Ryan Hestand, Felix Rodriguez, Aron Ging, LeAnn Black 
   Bay City will advance to the Bi-District Competition on Saturday, March 20, which will also be held at BCHS. The Dungeoneers will perform at 1 p.m.  
   The full order of the Bi-District Competition is: 

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