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Thu
10
May

"Agriculture News: Engbrock: Thanks for opportunity to work with you" By James E. Engbrock County Extension Agent Emeritus Matagorda County

                      Thanks
   For over a year, I have had the opportunity to work with each of you as County Extension Agent Emeritus. 
   Aaron Sumrall, has accepted the position as Texas A&M Agrilife Extension County Extension Agent. 
   He will begin May 14. I appreciate the appointment by the Matagorda County Commissioners Court and have enjoyed working with each of you. 
   I will continue to assist Aaron as needed, and work with the demonstration program that has been established in the county. 
   The Matagorda County Commissioners Court provides total funds for all of my resources.
        Agricultural Situation
   Rainfall did not occur this past weekend. 
   We needed rain for all of our crops, livestock etc. Hopefully we will receive some this week. 
   Cotton has made significant growth during the past week. This can be contributed to the warm temperatures and sunlight. 

Thu
03
May

"Board approves Tenie Holmes project costs" by: Jessica Shepard

Bay City school trustees unanimously approved the guaranteed maximum price of $26,185,271 for the new Tenie Holmes Elementary campus during Monday night’s special meeting. 
   The new campus will hold all of BCISD students in grades 3-5 and integrate with the 2002 play gym and classroom wing. 
   Of the $124 million bond issue passed last year, this is the third campus to get new construction. 
   The other two projects were the new baseball/softball complex at BCHS and the under-construction new junior high campus. 
   “We’re slightly over our original figure, but we seem to be in line with other similar projects of this size,” said Claycomb and Associates architect Francis Zordilla. 

Thu
03
May

"Maloney: Valuations show little fluctuation " by: Mike Reddell

  This year’s Matagorda County property appraisals showed little rise overall from the previous year and yielded few disputes on valuations, Vince Maloney said. 
   Matagorda County Appraisal District’s Chief Appraiser, Maloney said the county’s taxable property values totaled $7 billion for 2017. 
   About 60 percent of that total is in industrial and commercial properties.  
   Residential properties taxable values totaled $1.488 billion in 2017, or 21 percent of the total. 
   When Maloney and his appraisers look at residential properties, for example, they “treat all as individuals. 
   “If the value goes up, that’s because the market prices are increasing,” Maloney said. 
   The remainder of the county’s properties are in agricultural land, vacant lots, plus state and federal properties. 
   “I sent out notices for every property increase of $1,000 and more,” Maloney said. 

Thu
03
May

"Power of Purse raises about $45K for MRMC" by: Jessica Shepard

Bay City Sentinel Jessica Shepard
Matagorda Regional Medical Center Foundation director Tiffany Foltyn leads the live auction portion of the 7th Annual Power of the Purse fundraiser April 26. Foltyn read the descriptions for each of four live auction purse bundles featuring everything from a weekend getaway to gift cards to local restaurants and jewelry.

 About $45,000 was raised during the 7th Annual Power of the Purse event presented by the Matagorda Regional Medical Center Foundation, April 26. 
   Proceeds generated benefit the Matagorda Regional Medical Center in offsetting the cost of a new CT Scan for the Imaging Department. 
   “We had about 200 ladies at the event,” said MRMCF executive director Tiffany Foltyn. 
   “We feel like this was our best year yet!  We feel this year had a slightly better attendance than last year.” 
   There were over 100 silent auction purses, men’s accessories and jewelry donated along with four special live auction purse packages available to bid on. 

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Thu
03
May

Scouts help out at City Cleanup Dat

Bay City Sentinel MaLinda Reddell
Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts played a big part in Saturday’s Citywide Cleanup by rustling up a bunch of old tires and helping city workers and other volunteers roll them into waiting trailers for disposal.

Thu
03
May

"Council expects charter results May 10" by: Mike Reddell

   May 10 will be an important City Council meeting. 
   That’s when City Secretary David Holubec will present the results of the internal charter review investigation and corrections to the disputed 2013 City Charter amendments. 
   It’s also when the city attorney will announce his opinion on whether the corrections to the 2013 charter amendments have to be voted on again in the Nov. 6 General Election. 
   The second part of the city attorney’s ruling will affect the terms of council members Julie Estlinbaum and Mayor Pro Tem Bill Cornman this year and Mayor Mark Bricker and Council Member Chrystal in 2019. 
   That’s what Jerry Evans contended at council’s workshop April 23, saying the flawed city charter amendments require another election to fix the mistakes and the term limits for Estlinbaum and Cornman are up June 1, and for Bricker and Folse in May 2019. 

Thu
03
May

"Weekend: Flower Moon Concert, Blessing Day " by; Jessica Shepard

  Visit Bay City and Bay City Main Street present the Flower Moon Concert & Chalk Walk Event from 3-11 p.m. Saturday, May 5 downtown on the square.
   The chalk art project will begin at 9 a.m. with the Art League of Bay City and professional artists creating their chalk art throughout the day and evening. 
   Spectators are invited to observe the artists throughout the day. 
   “Beginning at 3 p.m. the public is invited to try its hand at chalk art,” says Main Street Director Pattie Odom.
   “School groups, clubs, families, and individuals are welcome. Children under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or chaperone.” 
   All chalk will be provided by Bay City Main Street.  
   There is no registration requirement for families and individual who want to take part in the public chalk art which begins at 3 p.m.  
   The Flower Moon concert will begin at 7 p.m.

Thu
03
May

"Commissioners authorize purchase of Sargent VFW Hall" by: Mike Reddell

   The purchase of the Sargent VFW Hall was approved by the Matagorda County Commissioners Court at its meeting Monday, April 30. 
   The court OK’d a resolution authorizing Precinct 2 Commissioner Kent Pollard to sign all of the sale documents. 
   After the vote, Pollard told the court the resolution was a stipulation by the state VFW group in selling the hall that may return as a community center – one of its longtime uses when the VFW occupied the building. 
   Dedicating part of the hall for the Sargent Library was addressed by Pollard following public comments from Suzanne Poretto, president of the Friends of the Sargent Library. 
   “One of my goals is to provide a new building for the library,” Pollard said. 

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Thu
03
May

"MCEDC studies state-local issues" by: Mike Reddell

   A group with the goal of a unified voice with the Texas Legislature and state agencies – caught the attention of the Matagorda County Economic Development Corporation (MCEDC) at its meeting last Friday, April 27. 
   The group, Association of Rural Communities in Texas (ARCIT), was created to represent rural and small cities in Texas a stronger voice. 
   “Let’s get involved. We need to understand the issues,” said Mitch Thames, MCEDC chairman.  
   “We can’t sit back, we’ve got friends who will help us,” Thames added. 
   He mentioned ARCIT and the help that State Rep. Dennis Bonnen has given Matagorda County. 
   “He’s trying to compromise, but he’s under the gun,” Thames said of Bonnen’s work in the legislature opposing efforts to limit local government. 
   A group pushing for increased state power at the expense of the local level, Empower Texas, heavily donated to Bonnen’s Republican primary opponent, Thames pointed out. 

Thu
03
May

Nine candidates file for special District 27 election

   Nine candidates filed for the June 30 special election to finish former U.S. Rep. Blake Farenthold’s term by the 5 p.m. Friday deadline, according to the secretary of state’s office.  
   Every candidate who files for the seat – regardless of party affiliation – will appear on one ballot. 
   As expected, the group includes the four candidates who are currently in the May 22 runoffs for the November election: Democrats Raul “Roy” Barrera and Eric Holguin, as well as Republicans Bech Bruun and Michael Cloud.  
   The other five candidates who filed for the special election include Bay City High School teacher Daniel Tinus, a Libertarian, Democrat Mike Westergren, Republican Marty Perez, independent Judith Cutright, and independent Christopher Suprun. 

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