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26
Apr

"Early vote under way for city’s alcohol referendum" by: Mike Reddell

   Early voting began Monday on the Saturday, May 5, referendum on the legal sale of alcohol, including mixed drinks, in the City of Bay City.
   The same alcohol sale referendum for JP Precinct 1 will be part of the general election Tuesday, Nov. 6.
   Early voting for the City of Bay City referendum will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Friday, April 27, and from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. April 30 to May 1, at City Hall Council Chambers, 1891 5th Street.
   The city’s special election on the referendum will be from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, May 5, at the Service Center, 2017 Avenue M. 
   There are no Bay City council or school board elections that day since the incumbents running had no opposition, leading council and school board to cancel those elections.
   The petition drive for alcoholic beverage sales began Dec. 5 and was organized by the Bay City Restaurant Initiative.

Thu
26
Apr

For the Love of Animals presents BCVFD with animal oxygen masks

Bay City Sentinel photo/MaLinda Reddell
For the Love of Animals group in Bay City made a recent presentation to the Bay City Volunteer Fire Department. Accepting the package of emergency items for animals - including oxygen masks - was VFD Training Officer Eric Schroeder.

Thu
26
Apr

LEPC Block Party features various safety segments

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
LEPC’ Block Party at the CED Saturday featured all kind of segments in the safety field. At left, a regular favorite is the air ambulance helicopter. While not quite as flashy as the chopper, the Texas Department of Insurance windstorm expert, above, provided key information to homeowners.

Thu
26
Apr

Bella Voce Treble Choir wins sweepstakes

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The Bay City High School Bella Voce Treble Choir received a Sweepstakes award at UIL Concert and Sight Reading competition for the third year in a row. The contest was held April 16th at The Clarion at Brazosport College in Lake Jackson. BCHS Director of Choirs is Dr. Kara Cowart.

Thu
26
Apr

Clay Time holds ribbon cutting

Bay City Sentinel photo Mike Reddell
Dr. Wayne Hite cuts the ribbon at a Bay City Chamber of Commerce ceremony Tuesday marking the second phase completion of Clay Time. Since the initial ribbon cutting two years ago, Hite explained Phase 2 additions include more shooting stations, more services, a new heliopad and an expanded clubhouse. The facility off Texas 60 North can accommodate a wide range of events and up to 30 shooters.

Thu
26
Apr

"Main Street OKs speaker system for square by: Jessica Shepard

   Main Street board members discussed updates on several in-process projects and the budget for the year on April 11.
   The speaker system is projected to cost $23,800 and features wireless broadcasting ability and use existing power at the lamp poles on the business sides of the square.
   “This price includes all four sides of the square,” said Main Street Board member Di Ann Sneed.
   “We wanted to get the whole thing done and get it over with. We’re going to have to recruit some people to help with installation.”

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Thu
26
Apr

Nap in vehicle leads to arrest on drug charges

   Bay City Police Officer Jacob Garon and Cpl. Marino Chavez stopped at the Stripes Gas Station at 5620 7th Street, at about 11:20 p.m. Sunday, April 22.
   While there, Garon saw a vehicle in front of the store that was still running.  
   As he walked passed the vehicle, he noticed someone asleep in the driver’s seat.
   Garon stopped to make sure the person was OK.
   The officer knocked on the window and a man woke up and rolled down the window.  
   At that time, Garon smelled what he said was an odor of marijuana coming from the inside of the vehicle.
   Chavez was standing on the passenger side of the vehicle and told Garon he could see marijuana on the passenger side.  
   Garon asked the man to exit the vehicle.
   When the man left the car, Garon notified him he was under arrest.  
   A struggle ensued.  
   Chavez threatened to use his Taser on the if he did not comply with commands.  

Thu
26
Apr

BCHS sends 4 to state UIL Academic Championship

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The Bay City High School Current Events Team won the Region 3 UIL Academic Championship in their event. Pictured are team members Christian Cavazos, Savanah Knezek, Dandee Cabanay and Elijah Lopez

   Four Bay City High School UIL Academic Team members are headed to the State UIL Championship after stellar performances at the Region III Championship April 13-14th in Corpus Christi.
   State Qualifiers are Dandee Cabanay in Current Events and Persuasive Extemporaneous Speaking, Julianne Friesenhahn and MyKayla Gibson in Prose Interpretation, and Zach Hestand in Computer Applications.
   The Accounting, Math and Science Team individuals all finished in the top 25 – an especially impressive finish considering the duress the team has been under after losing one of their coaches and mentors, BCHS teacher Grace Wuthrich. Wuthrich was in a fatal car accident on April 12.
   According to BCHS UIL Coordinator Magda Mirelez, “Our students took care of each other and worked together to represent themselves and Bay City well. Needless to say, we were very proud of their performance and their resilience in the face of adversity.”
   Results include:

Thu
26
Apr

"Agriculture news: Cool weather causes problems for cotton crop" By James E. Engbrock County Extension Agent Emeritus Matagorda County

Agricultural Situation
   The cool weather has created havoc with our cotton plants. Many of our fields have been replanted due to poor stands and lack of healthy plants. 
   Seedling disease and high winds have contributed to significant problems in our cotton fields. 
   The cooler temperatures and high winds have also created problems for corn, grain sorghum, rice and pastures but to a lesser extent then cotton. 
   All of these crops and pastures need warm and relatively still conditions to make adequate growth. 
   Around 4/10ths of an inch of rain was received throughout the county, with some more and some less in places. This moisture was certainly welcome by all crops and pastures. 
                   Vegetables 

Thu
26
Apr

One of a kind ride at Earth Day

Earth Day at LeTulle Park Sunday brought some joy to this little boy riding a turtle under the eye of Bay City Animal Control Officer Dotty Grandstaff. The Earth Day events were sponsored by the city Parks and Recreation Department.
Bay City Sentinel photo by Jessica Shepard

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