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Wreaths across America

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
World War II Navy veteran William E. Miller, 97, of Wadsworth, a Life Member of VFW Post 2438, takes part in the Wreaths Across America program at Cedarvale Cemetery Saturday, Dec. 15. The program placed a wreath on veterans’ graves at Cedarvale.

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"Bay City sales tax rebates up" by:Mike Reddell

   Bay City December sales tax rebates were up 2.59 percent over the same month a year ago.
   The allocations from the Comptroller’s Office totaled $490,772, an increase over the $478,366 the city received in December 2017.
   For the year, Bay City has gotten $5,737,772, down .74 percent from the same period last year that totaled $5,780,661.
   Bay City sales tax rebates help the operations of the Bay City Community Development Corporation.
   In Palacios, the December rebate total was $55,211 up 8.4 percent from the same month last year of $50,916.
   For the year, Palacios has received $753,601, up 18.8 percent from the $634,199 in the same period for 2017.
   These allocations are based on sales made in October by businesses that report tax monthly.
   El Campo December rebates were $308,423, up .20 percent from a year ago.
   Port Lavaca December rebates were up 9 percent from a year ago, totaling $254,442.

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Dec

BCHS honors 1984 state title team

Sentinel photo/by Mike Reddell

   Bay City High School honored the Blackcats’ boys basketball 1984-85 state championship team during ceremonies at the Bay City-Sealy game Friday night, Dec. 14. 
   The members were introduced at halftime, along with telling about their accomplishments at BCHS, in college and, for some, in the pro ranks. 
   In addition, the school unveiled and placed a flag on the gym’s north wall proclaiming the team’s 4-A championship and listed the team’s members and coaches.
 

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BCHS grad named to a top FAA post

D. Kirk Shaffer

   WASHINGTON, DC — Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Acting Administrator Dan Elwell named D. Kirk Shaffer as the FAA Associate Administrator for Airports, effective Dec. 17. 
   Shaffer is a 1969 Bay City High School graduate and was inducted as one of the 2007 Distinguished Alumni.
   In this position, Shaffer will oversee the annual Airport Improvement Program (AIP). Since 2017 through the AIP program, the U.S. Department of Transportation has announced nearly $7 billion in investments in the nation’s airports. 
   Shaffer also will be responsible for national airport planning, airport safety, standards, airport design engineering, and regulatory compliance.
   “Kirk is a proven and respected leader within the aviation industry,” said Elwell. “He brings to the post more than 30 years of aviation, construction, and legal experience that will be invaluable to both the FAA and the airports community.”

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Dec

Christmas museum mixer

Matagorda County Museum hosted the Bay City Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture mixer Dec. 6, featuring its annual festival of trees.
Sentinel photo by Jessica Shepard

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13
Dec

"County’s Harvey impact areas get less than urban communities" by: Mike Reddell

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
Grant Administrator Bruce Spitszengel explains county impact areas.

   The 77414 Zip Code in Matagorda County is considered as one of the most impact areas from Hurricane Harvey, yet its share of recovery funding will be less than its more populous neighboring counties, commissioners court was told at its regular meeting Monday, Dec. 10.
   This round of Harvey recovery grants are being distributed differently than before, HUD Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Administrator Bruce Spitszengel said at a grant workshop during Monday’s meeting.
   County areas in the 77414 zip code were identified as the “most impacted area in the county, including Bay City,” Spitszengel said.
   Even though the 77414 has the “most impacted area,” it will get the least amount of money because of the population in several other counties, including Montgomery, Brazoria and Ft. Bend, Spitszengel said of funds primarily for road and bridge projects.

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Dec

"Crow new president of Tidehaven board" by: Jessica Shepard

Tidehaven Junior High and High School choir members gave trustees a private performance during Monday night. Choir teacher Grace Culbreath directed the students with a medley of Christmas classics like "Away in a Manger" and "Grandma got ran over by a Reindeer." Their Christmas concert is at 6:30 p.m.Thursday, Dec. 13, in the high school cafeteria.
Sentinel photo by Jessica Shepard

   Tidehaven ISD Trustees approved the canvassing of the Nov. 6 election ballot totals during their regular meeting Monday night.
   Trustees Stephen Crow, Mike Galvan, and Scott Cheek also took their oaths of office as newly-elected board members.
   After, board members unanimously approved the re-organizing of the board as follows:

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13
Dec

Breakfast with Grinch

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
One of this year’s Flock Fest events was Breakfast with the Grinch Saturday morning at Nia’s Towne Square Restaurant. The little girl in red is Ryleigh Siptak, while the Grinch holds Ryleigh’s younger sister, Raegan Siptak. The Elves are Ali Carrion, left of Grinch, and Olivia Schulz, to his right.

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Dec

"Sato holds 2 Guinness records now" by: Mike Reddell

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
Sato, above, the Guinness World Records holder in two categories for largest horn spread and, above right, the certificate owners Pam and Scott Evans received for the Longhorn steer’s record of largest horn spread - ever.

   Sato - the prized Longhorn owned by Pam and Scott Evans of Bay City - now holds three world records for his 10.5-foot-wide horn spread.
   A measurement Sept. 30 by the Texas Longhorn Breeders Association of America (TLBAA) at the Evan’s Red Bluff Ranch resulted in the steer earning two Guinness World Records titles and another from TLBAA.
   Nine-year-old Sato has the Guinness World Record for “The largest horn spread – steer (ever)” and “The largest horn spread – steer (living).”
   The Guinness certificate marking the record noted the horn spread of 126.3 75 inches (320.99 cm) “was achieved by Sato (USA) on 30 September 2018.”
   The TLBAA conferred its own “Tip-to-Tip TLBAA Horn Showcase” world champion horn spread, Scott Evans said.

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Dec

"Sato holds 2 Guinness records now" by: Mike Reddell

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
Sato, above, the Guinness World Records holder in two categories for largest horn spread and, above right, the certificate owners Pam and Scott Evans received for the Longhorn steer’s record of largest horn spread - ever.

   Sato - the prized Longhorn owned by Pam and Scott Evans of Bay City - now holds three world records for his 10.5-foot-wide horn spread.
   A measurement Sept. 30 by the Texas Longhorn Breeders Association of America (TLBAA) at the Evan’s Red Bluff Ranch resulted in the steer earning two Guinness World Records titles and another from TLBAA.
   Nine-year-old Sato has the Guinness World Record for “The largest horn spread – steer (ever)” and “The largest horn spread – steer (living).”
   The Guinness certificate marking the record noted the horn spread of 126.3 75 inches (320.99 cm) “was achieved by Sato (USA) on 30 September 2018.”
   The TLBAA conferred its own “Tip-to-Tip TLBAA Horn Showcase” world champion horn spread, Scott Evans said.

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