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Thu
02
May

"Airport growth cited in TxDOT Aviation study" by: Mike Reddell

   A state aviation study shows Bay City Regional Airport is projected to have a growing impact on the local and regional economies. 
   Airport Manager James Mason reported on the 2018 TxDOT Aviation Study at City Council’s regular meeting Thursday, April 25. 
   The study showed the airport had 14,500 air operations in 2018 – that’s a 68% increase from what a 2008 study projected. 
   “TxDOT Aviation’s study remarkably concluded the Bat City Regional’s direct impact on our region includes 45 jobs with a $966,000 payroll and a $3.1 million output,” Mason told council. 
    Mason’s airport report also noted that while economic numbers are promising, the based aircraft here is dropping because of the lack of space to rent. 
   Four hangars are used for storage, Mason explained, and four hangars aren’t being leased because of their condition. 
   “Second, the age of our current hangars is showing and they are in desperate need of repair.” 

Thu
02
May

Relay for Life survivors first lap

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
Cancer survivors took their first honorary lap cheered on by supporters as part of Relay For Life Matagorda County's annual event, April 27. The event was featured at the downtown square and had several activities for children and adults, along with a movie playing.

Thu
02
May

Mixing up playground cement

Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard
As part of the new playground build at John H. Cherry Elementary, volunteers assembled play structures, benches, shaded seating, and picnic tables along with stirring up plenty of cement to keep everything grounded. The new playground was a partnership initiative with KaBOOM! and Rebuild Texas Fund.

Thu
02
May

Honors for Van Vleck athletes

Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard
Van Vleck All Sports Booster Club hosted its annual athletic banquet honoring outstanding players in their chosen field. Awards included district recognition, most valuable players, players of the year and fighting heart plaques. This year's recipients are: Daniel Bree, Travis Koliba, Trent Blaylock, Calvin Calvillin, Alvin Stredic, Chrisitan Ellis, Jalen Williams, Slade Huerta, Dale Holloway, Olivia Schultz, Jaycie Franz, Brendan Han, Damien Garza, Julissa Romyn, Bri Lopez, Jasmine Hernandez, Ali Carrion, and Morgan Kennedy. Booster club scholarship recipients are: Hunter Chambless, Tre'Veon Duncan, Jasmine Hernandez and Alvin Stredic. Not all are pictured.

Thu
02
May

Challenger Baseball opening day

Bay City Challenger League Baseball opened its 16th season Saturday with all of the teams suited up. The cake auction helps raise money for the equipment. Above, the Chargers cheer on a team mom in garnering higher bids.
Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell

Thu
02
May

Lots to see at Spring Bazaar

Holy Cross Catholic School's annual Spring Bazaar drew quite the crowd Sunday, April 28. The event featured barbecue plates, silent auction items and plenty of games for children. The live auction portion showcased many handmade wares from Holy Cross Catholic School grade levels.
Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard

Thu
02
May

Police investigate aggravated assault

   Bay City police are looking for a suspect in an incident on Horn Road where one man was shot in the arm and other cut in several places Friday, April 26, reports show. 
   Officers were sent to 2001 Horn Road at about 10:15 p.m. last Friday about a disturbance. 
   Upon arrival, officers spoke to a person who said there had been a fight in the road, but those involved had left. 
   Less than 15 minutes later, police went to Matagorda Regional Hospital emergency room in reference to a couple of assault victims.  
   An officer talked to a 30-year-old man who was shot in the forearm.  
   The man told police there was a fight on Horn Road involving a gun. The man said he intervened to try and take the gun from the suspect and was shot in the forearm in the process.  

Thu
02
May

"Kayaker ends 550-mile Colorado River trip at LCRA park" by: Mike Reddell

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
Nathan West talks to Matagorda students Monday not long after completing his 29-day kayaking adventure that went from Telegraph, Texas, to the mouth of the Colorado River.

   Nathan West met with Matagorda School students less than an hour after he completed the last leg of his 550-mile, 29-day kayaking journey down the Colorado River - and its tributaries - shortly after noon Monday. 
   “Thirty minutes ago I finished my kayaking trip that began in Telegraph,” near Junction, said West, the 22-year-old barber from Bastrop, who put in at LCRA Matagorda Bay Nature Park. 
   Tiny Telegraph is on the South Llano River, a tributary of the Llano and, eventually, the Colorado. 
   West actually arrived in Matagorda Sunday and put in Monday to paddle through the locks and down the river to the LCRA landing spot. 
   Meeting with Matagorda sixth through eighth-grade students who greeted him with paper banners – one was bracketed by barber poles - West told them he was only about four years out of graduating from Fredericksburg High School. 

Thu
25
Apr

"Early vote turnout starts slow for City, BCISD elections" by: Jessica Shepard

      As of presstime Tuesday afternoon over 230 voters have hit the polls during early voting Monday and Tuesday.
   It is unknown if that number is on par with the last mayoral election.
   “We do not have the exact numbers for each day of early voting in the last Mayoral race as we no longer have those records,” said Lillie Norris, deputy city secretary. 
   “The retention period at the time was two years. However, I can tell you that the total number of early votes for Mayor in the 2016 election was 1,162.”
   Votes are not broken down per candidate or proposition at this time.
   “We do not tally any votes until election day so we do not have any information on how any candidate or proposition stands,” added Norris.

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Thu
25
Apr

"Main Street meeting focuses on Camofest" by: Jessica Shepard

   Among several business objectives discussed during the regular Main Street Program meeting April 10, growing Camofest was high on the list.
   “We want to grow Camofest, increase funds raised and increase participation and attendance,” said Shelly Story, Main Street Program board director. 
   This year’s Camofest event made roughly $15,000 overall.

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