"Tax Free Weekend Aug. 9-11 to help Texas families" by: Jessica Shepard

   Whether you’re in need of notebooks, rulers or running shoes, Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar is reminding shoppers they can save money on those and other items during the state’s sales tax holiday on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 9-11.
   The law exempts sales tax on qualified items – such as clothing, footwear, school supplies and backpacks – priced below $100, saving shoppers about $8 on every $100 they spend.
   “As Texas families begin the process of replacing their beach towels with lunch boxes, the sales tax holiday is the perfect opportunity to save some money on supplies families need before the school bell rings,” said Hegar.
   “As a father of three, I know how these expenses can add up.”
   The exemption applies to each eligible item that sells for less than $100, regardless of how many items are sold on the same invoice to a customer.


BCPL Teen Lock-in night

Over 40 local teens participated in "National Teen Lock-in" at Bay City Public Library July 26. Events included laser tag, Minute to Win it, an animated socializing hour and more. In one mini-game of Minute to Win it, two teens had to use chopsticks to move cereal pieces from a full bowl to an empty one in less than a minute. It definitely took some talent for that game and others.
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Jessica Shepard


Alvarez new addition to police force

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Mayor Robert Nelson, left, joins Police Chief Robert Lister, center, with new Bay City Police Officer Seth Alvarez.

   Police Chief Robert Lister swore in Seth Alvarez as a new police officer in a ceremony at Bay City Municipal Court Tuesday, July 30.
   Alvarez is the son of Jesse and Cyndi Alvarez and has two siblings.
   Alvarez graduated from Palacios High School in 2016, and took courses at Wharton County Junior College before joining the Wharton County Junior College Police Academy. 
   Alvarez graduated from the police academy in May. 
   Alvarez’s goal is to help serve and give back to a community and help those who cannot help themselves. 
   One goal is to become an Emergency Response Team member. 


Sex offender sentenced to 25 years

   Alejandro Josiah Colquitt (26) was sentenced to 25 years in prison for aggravated sexual assault of a child under 14 years of age.
   Colquitt, dressed in a white t-shirt, stood silently in District Judge Craig Estlinbaum’s courtroom as the prison sentence was delivered on July 25.
   The family of the child victim sat quietly in the courtroom until the short proceeding was finished. They immediately filed out as Colquitt was escorted by sheriff’s deputies to the Matagorda County Jail.
   According to documents filed in the case, the aunt of a 10-year-old victim reported a sexual assault in September of 2017.
   Bay City Police Department Detective Chris Hadash provided a complaint alleging that the assault took place in Colquitt’s Bay City home.
   The complaint states that the child told relatives and subsequent interviewers about the crime.


Prosecutors enhance trial skills

   For one week, new prosecutors from across Texas gathered for intensive training to prepare them to represent the State in criminal courts.
   James Perl and Michael Ulak, assistant district attorneys from Matagorda County, were among those learning about every stage of trial.
   Perl and Ulak were among the prosecutors attending the Prosecutor Trial Skills Course in Austin for a week beginning July 14.
    “The segment which covered hearings on motions to suppress” was the most valuable according to Perl.
   “Motions to suppress evidence are filed by defense counsel when there is some question about the legality of evidence;” according to District Attorney Steven Reis, “particularly when it applies to confessions or other statements by a person charged with a crime.”
   How to defend that type of evidence is what Perl found to be the most interesting part of the training.


Man faces 3 charges after car, foot chase

   A 25-year-old Bay City man faces three charges after trying to elude police in a car and on foot Sunday morning, July 28, reports show.
   Cody R. Reyna, 25, Bay City, was booked in Matagorda County Jail on complaints of evading arrest on foot with prior conviction, driving while intoxicated, and criminal mischief, Bay City police said.
   Corporal Daniel Shook, was dispatched to assist officers with a disturbance at 1700 Baywood Drive at about 8:05 a.m. Sunday, July 28, police said.
   At the scene, Shook saw a white Dodge Avenger leaving the area.
   Then he heard dispatch say the suspect left the scene in a vehicle matching that description. 
   While other officers met with the complainant Shook began checking the area again for the suspect’s vehicle. 
   A short time later, Shook observed the vehicle in the 1800 block of Baywood Drive. 


Bay City ISD Foundation partners with businesses, groups for ‘Stuff the Bus’ drive

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James, Helen and Raleigh McAda are recognized for supporting the Bay City ISD Education Foundation as Founders, with their recent donation. Helen McAda, a 1984 BCHS graduate, serves on the foundation board of directors and has been key to the foundation’s creation. Pictured are, from left: Foundation President Elizabeth Hewitt, Director and Founder Helen McAda, Treasurer Barbara Sliva, and Director Bruce Krauskopf.

   The Bay City ISD Education Foundation is collaborating with local businesses and community organizations to hold its first “Stuff the Bus” School Supply Drive benefiting Bay City ISD students, teachers, and classrooms.
   Supplies may be dropped off from Aug. 9-16 at locations including the Matagorda County Courthouse and County Annex building, Bay City Public Library, HEB, Prosperity Bank, Bill Bell Realty, and Ward Real Estate.
   The drive will culminate Aug. 17, when volunteers “stuff the bus” at the Bay City ISD Administration Building.
   Supplies will then be distributed to each Bay City ISD school campus and used to supplement the needs of the students.
   A full listing of collection box locations and requested school supplies may be found on the Bay City ISD Education Foundation’s Facebook page.


"Bowlera, Fat Boyz Pub & Eatery hosts grand opening" by: Jessica Shepard

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Bowlera celebrated its grand opening with a Bay City Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture ribbon-cutting ceremony July 25.

  Bowlera Fun Center debuts new hours in the wake of their grand opening ribbon cutting celebration July 25.
   The center is now open from 4 p.m. to midnight Wednesday-Thursday, from 4 p.m. - 3 a.m. Friday-Saturday, from 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Sunday and from 4 p.m. to midnight Monday.
   Sundays and Mondays are family days and are open to everyone, while Wednesday-Saturdays are for ages 21 and up only. 
   The center features freshly made food from Fat Boyz Pub & Eatery, bowling, pool, a wide range of music and a bar in a non-smoking space!
   Fat Boyz Comedy Kitchen will host a comedian at least once a month along with open mic, karaoke and dance nights.
   PG-rated comedian Chad Thornsberry will take the stage at Bowlera starting at 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Aug. 9-10.

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"City names recycling center for Joe Rodgers" by: Mike Reddell

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A ribbon-cutting ceremony marked the grand opening of the City of Bay City’s new Joe Rodgers Recycling Center Wednesday, July 24. Rodgers died earlier this summer and his last five years - of a 35 1/2-year city career - were spent at the recycling center.

  The new Bay City Recycling Center was unveiled before about 40 people at a grand opening ceremony Wednesday, July 25.
   The new facility was named in honor of Joe Rodgers, who died recently.
   Rodgers was a city employee for 35 ½ years and epitomized the kind of person who makes Bay City special, Mayor Robert Nelson commented at the ceremony.

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BCISD promotes Moya to Asst. Superintendent

Lisa Moya
New Assistant Superintendent

   Bay City ISD’s Lisa Moya has been promoted to Assistant Superintendent, effective July 1.
      Moya has served as the Chief Academic Officer (CAO) for BCISD for the last two years. 
   She has worked 26 years in Bay City ISD and has 28 years of experience working in public education.
   Moya has a diverse range of public ed experience in Bay City ISD. 
   She has worked as the Supervisor at MCES (Matagorda County Educational Services Special Education Cooperative); is a former Assistant Principal at Bay City High School; served as Principal at McAllister Intermediate; was the district’s Federal Programs Coordinator for three years; and also has experience as a Special Education Counselor and Elementary classroom teacher.
   She is the daughter of John Fraley and the late Carolyn Fraley, of Clearville, Penn.
   She is married to Alfred Moyà, and they are the parents of Megan, a student at Bay City Junior High.   


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