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"County Agent, BCCDC to partner on community garden" by: Mike Reddell

   A community garden for everyone got approval from the Bay City Community Development District board Monday, Oct. 28.
   In addition, the board approved a drainage project and agreed to purchase property near Bay City Regional Airport for a proposed economic development project.
   County Agent-Agriculture Aaron Sumrall presented plans for a community garden as a project sponsored by Texas A&M AgriLife and BCCDC.
   The garden would be on three acres at the corner of Baywood and Avenue F/Texas 35 on the STP Center for Energy Development that’s owned by BCCDC.
   The garden would be a project, Sumrall said, “where if you do something right, good people will want to be part of it.”
   Sumrall noted there are “socio-economic levels here. Rather, the garden is all about being hot and sweaty, getting your hands dirty and begin part of a collaborative effort.”

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Oct

"Amendment election set next Tuesday" by: Mike Reddell

   The Constitutional Amendment Election that features 10 propositions - from retiring law enforcement animals to the state’s tax code - and two Port of Bay City Authority Commissioner seats will be 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 5.
   Early voting that began Oct. 21 and continues until Friday, Nov. 1.
   Through presstime Tuesday, Oct. 28, 544 early votes had been cast, said Matagorda County Clerk Stephanie Wurtz.
   “It’s pretty much where I expected it to be,” she said.
   In the race for Port of Bay City Authority Position 3 Commissioner are incumbent Joey Sliva and Donald Simons.
   Lee Weathers is unopposed for the Position 4 Commissioner seat.
   Below are the 10 amendments on the ballot.
Proposition 1
   How it will read on the ballot: “The constitutional amendment permitting a person to hold more than one office as a municipal judge at the same time.”

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31
Oct

"Brazoria-FB rail district gets an earful about lack of rail line information" by: Mike Reddell

   Matagorda County was represented at a Brazoria-Fort Bend Rail District board meeting in Richmond last Friday, Oct. 25.
   Matagorda County’s representation is noteworthy because several people spoke up at the dearth of information about a possible rail line from the Port of Freeport to Rosenberg that would go through Matagorda and Wharton counties.
   Matagorda County Judge Nate McDonald and Precinct 2 Commissioner Kent Pollard were among those from Matagorda County attending the standing-room-only meeting.
   “The Brazoria-Fort Bend Rail District Board of Directors felt the wrath of the public at Friday’s monthly meeting in open comments,” said Louis Peter, who leads a coalition of Matagorda and Wharton county residents who are opposed to all of the proposed railroad routes.

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31
Oct

Friends of Library

Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard
The annual Bay City Public Library's Friends of the Library book sale drew quite the crowd opening night, Oct. 24. With books ranging from children's classics and cookbooks to DVDs and audiobooks, there was something for everyone at the sale. All proceeds from the event benefit the library and its future functions.

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31
Oct

"BCISD Summit focus on future of learning" by: Jessica Shepard

Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard
About 10 Bay City High School students were picked as part of a panel during BCISD's education summit, Oct. 22. The students answered several questions about their hopes for the future.

   Bay City ISD hosted an education summit about the future of education in BCISD campuses, Oct. 22.
   The summit was facilitated by Dr. Steven Waddell with engage2Learn.
   Waddell kicked off the summit by asking a panel of current students several questions about how they learn best, what they were expecting to learn in the future and what a dream classroom for them looked like.
   Many mentioned that the use of technology and passionate teachers were key to their learning environment.
   “So, you’re saying that teachers that engage students and seem to take a personal interest in their success and learning are crucial to your education?” Waddell asked.
   The students unanimously agreed at his question and added that they would only have a few changes in the school system of the future.

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31
Oct

"War of Worlds set for last production weekend" by: Jessica Shepard

Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard
Community Actors of South Texas' "War of the Worlds" cast works out all their silliness and practices character voices before dress rehearsal, Oct. 24. Showtime for War of the Worlds is at 7 p.m. Thursday-Saturday Oct. 31-Nov. 2 at the First United Methodist Church Chapel.

   This is your last weekend to see and hear Community Actors of South Texas’ production of “War of the Worlds.”
   Showtime is at 7 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, Oct. 31-Nov. 2, at the First United Methodist Church Chapel.
   Tickets are $20 per person and are available online at baycitycast.com
   The cast includes CAST veterans Raleigh Conklin, Tammy Russell, Clare Cosntantini, Kevin Knox, Ed Larsen, Gena Lea Smith, Stephen Logan, Murray Harvel, John Hodges, Janet Davis, and Rachel Johnson.
   CAST board president Richard Knapik is directing the group.
   “I’ve always wanted to put on a production of ‘War of the Worlds,’” said Knapik.
   “It’s been over 80 years since the original broadcast his the airwaves on Halloween. We think it’s a fitting tribute to have our production at the same time.”
   The first radio production aired Oct. 30, 1938.

Thu
31
Oct

"Mason presents proposal for city-county airport advisory board" by: Jessica Shepard

   Bay City Regional Airport Manager James Mason gave a recent presentation on forming a Bay City-Matagorda County joint airport zoning board during a city council workshop.
   “In order for the airport to receive grants from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), it is required to have a zoning ordinance in place,” Mason said at the Oct. 22 workshop.
   “To date, we have received $4,157,565 from Federal and State funding. 
   “We are scheduled to receive an additional $18,269,050 through 2029. Without this ordinance, the city might be liable to repay $3,538,118.”
   Mason added that the FAA does not have the authority to prevent development in airspace they regulate.
   “This is the responsibility of the local government to enforce zoning that protects the usability of the airport and the surrounding communities,” he said.

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31
Oct

"BCCDC rolls out Business Resiliency Program" By Jessica Russell Executive Director Bay City Community Development Corporation

   The Bay City Community Development Corporation (BCCDC) is rolling out a new program this year - the Business Resiliency Program. 
   The program is a loan-to-grant program that, when established milestones are met for the business, the loan converts into a grant. 
   Requirements for application are simple and straightforward to encourage businesses to apply. 
   Businesses must prove one of the three following requirements to apply: stimulate economic growth; enhance business resiliency; or improve the quality of place of Bay City.
   Loans will not exceed $30,000 and businesses are eligible once per year. 
   Both new and existing businesses are eligible to apply. 
   “The Bay City CDC is committed to creating a welcoming, positive environment that encourages new and current businesses to invest in Bay City,” said BCCDC Secretary Becca Sitz. 

Thu
31
Oct

"Let’s fund our state parks, historic sites for future generations of Texans" By Sen. Lois Kolkhorst and Rep. John Cyrier

   Some of our families’ best summer adventures over the years have been at Texas’s state parks. And the numbers indicate that you and your family have probably enjoyed our parks and historic sites over the years, too: nearly 10 million people visited state parks in 2017, up about 40 percent since 2012. 
   Texas is growing quickly. More people are visiting the parks than ever before, and we couldn’t be happier about it. However, this puts pressure on already-strained park infrastructure, much of which is ailing.  
   Altogether, our state parks sit on about 640,000 acres of land, much of which was first developed by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s and 40s. In the decades that have followed, the infrastructure — from roads, to marinas, campgrounds, swimming pools, utility systems, sewage treatment, you name it — simply hasn’t kept up with 21st century demands.   

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31
Oct

Halloween fun at Hotel Blessing

Photo/T. David Griffith
Hotel Blessing Halloween Fun Festival 2019 Saturday, Oct. 26, featured an assortmet of games, food, raffles and, of course, costume contests. There were three divisions ranging from babies to 12-year-olds. Sponsors were Blessing Historical Foundation and the Blessing EFLM Lions Club.

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