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Thu
25
Jul

Hotel Blessing Fundraiser

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
A wide assortment of classic cars, hot roads and several categories in between were part of the Blessing Hotel fundraiser and car show, July 20. Below, the fundraiser auction features unique items that have made the event one of Matagorda County’s most anticipated. There also was a hamburger lunch, live music, and children's activities.

Thu
25
Jul

"TISD OKs pay raises mandated by HB 3" by: Jessica Shepard

   Tidehaven school trustees unanimously approved pay raises for teachers, librarians, counselors, registered nurses and at-will employees in response to Texas House Bill 3.
   House Bill 3 provides more money for Texas classrooms, increases teacher compensation, reduces recapture and cuts local property taxes for Texas taxpayers.
   Teachers, librarians, counselors, and registered nurses with 0-5 years of experience will get $4,000.
   Teachers, librarians, counselors, and registered nurses with six years or more experience will receive $4,400.
   All at-will employees will be given a $2,000 raise.
   “The district is required by HB3 to commit 30% of all new monies generated by HB3 to employee pay raises not including administrators,” said Superintendent Dr. Andrew Seigrist.
   “With the strong support of the board of trustees, Tidehaven exceeded the 30% minimum requirement in the law of HB3.”

Thu
25
Jul

"County sees 1st impacts from split of court" by: Mike Reddell

   Commissioners court approved salary filings for two 23rd District Court positions – the first financial impacts from Brazoria County’s separation to create its own district court.
   This legislative session, with State Rep. Dennis Bonnen’s support, approved a bill allowing Brazoria County to separate from the 23rd District Court, leaving Matagorda and Wharton counties to share the costs.
   Monday, commissioners approved 23rd District Court filings in Matagorda County for the court reporter and court coordinator salary payments.
   Matagorda County’s share for 23-year Court Reporter Donna Reed’s salary payment will be $44,202, while Court Coordinator Darion Irvine will get $22,893.
   Wharton County’s share for Reed’s salary is $49,845, and for Irvine, $25,816.
   “The filing is one of the first impacts of Brazoria County being removed from the 23rd District Court,” County Auditor Kristen Kubecka said.

Thu
25
Jul

"TIRZ 1 board agrees to pay Stuart Lynn" by: Jessica Shepard

Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard
Developer Stuart Lynn discusses possible city ownership of Camille Road with the Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone 1 board July 17. The board took no action on reimbursing Lynn for the road until the city attorney clarifies who owns it and therefore is responsible for its upkeep.

   Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone (TIRZ) 1 board unanimously approved developer Stuart Lynn to proceed to Phase 2 construction starting Aug. 20, during their regular meeting, July 17.
   Lynn has 18 months from that date to complete Phase 2 work.
   Phase 2 work estimated $100,000 cost includes: 

  •     A pedestrian bridge over Cottonwood Creek
  •     Playground with a water play feature
  •     Creekside path
  •     Sidewalks

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Thu
25
Jul

Gun threat by felon nets 12 years in prison

   BAY CITY - “Officer Linsey was heroic,” said First Assistant District Attorney Lindsay Deshotels.
   “Knowing that the defendant had a loaded and cocked weapon in his hand, Officer Linsey stood between that gun and the victim,” she continued.
   Deshotels was speaking to jurors during the trial of Anthony Lee Vega, 39.
   Vega was charged with aggravated assault and unlawful possession of a handgun because he has a prior felony conviction.
   According to testimony and videotape evidence, the crime took place at a Bay City apartment complex during early morning on April 30, 2017.
   Linsey told the jury he saw Vega cock a handgun while making threats toward apartment resident Adam Zavala.
   A loaded 9mm Beretta handgun was later found on the ground in a field behind the Cadillac which Vega had driven to Zavala’s residence.

Thu
25
Jul

"Card skimmers at local gas pumps are increasing" by: Jessica Shepard

   From Jan. 1 through July 23 there have been about 50 cases of reported credit/debit card abuse to Bay City Police Department.
   “Our city is experiencing an increase in credit card abuse/fraud cases,” said a BCPD press release July 19.
   “The increase is being caused by external and internal skimming devices at ATMs and gas station pumps.”
   “Between January 2018 and July 2018 we only had 24 reported cases,” said BCPD Lt. Irene Kjergaard.
   “Right now we seem to have had the most reports at gas pumps.”
   Kjergaard didn’t say which specific gas stations were being reported for skimmer abuse.

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Thu
25
Jul

Aquacats qualifies 28 swimmers for the Summer Games of Texas

Photo courtesy of Bay City Aquacats
Bay City Aquacats pictured are Caden Baker, Matthew Brooks, Christopher Castillo, Rachel Castillo,Trevor Frazier, Lucille Frick, Kaiden Garza, Alexis Gibbons, Iralynn Gibbons, Curtis Goodman, Reagan Hood, Kiaan Khondker, Suhana Khondker, Paislei Lee, Megan Moya, Felix Rodriguez, Sergio Rodriguez, Nicole Ryman, Alistair Spencer, Keegan Spencer and Lillian Wurtz. Not Pictured participants and winners are Madilyn Ashworth, Morgan Ashworth, Bailey Bower, Ella Bower, Payton Bower, Daniel Dye, Daiten Garza, Kodi Grey, Elyse Hurtado, Madelyn Hurtado, Ty Kubecka, Christopher Peralta, Aubrey Robles, Geddan Robles, Joey Rodriguez, Kailey Rodriguez, Craig Sneary, Savannah Teeler, Jordan Wright

   On July 13, 42 swimmers from the Bay City Aquacats, more than half our team, traveled to The Woodlands to compete in the TAAF Region 1 State Qualifier. 
   This meet included the top amateur swimmers from the coastal cities surrounding Houston. 
   Of our 42 swimmers, 28 placed in the top 3 of their events and will be swimming at the TAAF Summer Games of Texas held at Texas A&M the last weekend of July.

Thu
25
Jul

"Matagorda County Ag News and Happenings Late Summer 2019" Aaron Sumrall, PhD Matagorda County Extension Agent – Agriculture/Natural Resources Texas A&M AgriLife

   Howdy all! I hope this finds all of you well and everything going your way. 
   This newsletter will include several upcoming programs and activities that may be of interest to you, as well as, other news and happenings emerging. 
   As always, please give me your feedback to better help expand and improve services to you through the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Office in Matagorda County.
   Remember to RSVP for programs, events, and activities that you plan to attend.
HEMP
   As you are aware HB 1325 was signed into law by the Governor bringing Texas closer to allowing industrial production of hemp. 
   Since this signing, I have received a substantial number of calls regarding many questions, concerns, and how this will be rolled out in Texas. 
   Even with the signing of HB 1325, there are many steps that must be addressed before production can begin. 
Thu
25
Jul

Tenaris offers manufacturing technology scholarships

   TenarisBayCity is offering scholarships to students who are declaring Manufacturing Technology as their major and who are pursing the Associate of Applied Science degree in Manufacturing Technology or the one-year Mechanical Technician Certificate.  
   Funding is designed to assist with expenses that include tuition, college fees and course fees over the length of the program as long as the required 2.5 GPA is met.  
   Criteria for the scholarship program are as follows:
   Students must have applied to WCJC and declared their major in Manufacturing Technology with the intent to pursue the Associate of Applied Science Degree or the Mechanical Technician Certificate offered in that major.  
   Students will have completed a FAFSA.  

Thu
18
Jul

"BCISD approves $23M bond sale for new Linnie Roberts" by: Mike Reddell

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
New Linnie Roberts Elementary Principal Ashley Hagg, far right, is introduced to Linnie Roberts' granddaughter, Cheryl Roberts Owens, far left, at Monday night’s trustee meeting. Martha Brown is in the center.

   The sale of $23 million in bonds to build a new Linnie Roberts Elementary on the old McAllister Elementary site was authorized by Bay City school trustees at their regular meeting Monday night. 
   Selling the bonds represents the fourth and final installment of the $125 million November 2016 bond election. 
   “This is a great day for Bay City ISD by selling all of the $125 million bond issue,” exclaimed Board President Robert Klepac. 
   Building a new Linnie Roberts Elementary with the bonds “completes all of the projects” in the 2016 election, he added. 
   Bond counsel Tom Spurgeon guided trustees through the bond sale timetable that includes taking bids on the bonds Aug. 13 and delivering the bonds Sept. 10. 
   BCISD’s projected “very, very low” interest rate of 3.15% is lower than previous bond sales, the bond counsel pointed out.  

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