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Thu
20
Aug

Bay City Municipal Court honored

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TMEC awarded Bay City Municipal Court with Honorable Mention for second consecutive year for their efforts in Municipal Traffic Safety during Municipal Courts Week. Pictured are Letty Vega, Katy Plunkett and Mayor Robert Nelson.

Thu
20
Aug

"Main Street Program looks for projects to finish out 2020" by: Jessica Shepard

   Main Street Program board members discussed avenues for finishing out the fiscal year during their regular meeting Aug. 12.
   The current Main Street budget has over $15,000 left to spend before Oct. 1.
   “We really do need to work on getting the light posts replaced and put money towards that,” said board chairman Tami Savage.
   “If we don’t use this money, we’re just going to lose it.”
   “We’re just a little behind due to COVID,” said Main Street Program Director Shelly Story.
   “I’m hoping that in the next week we’ll know what’s left that we need for this year. We’re wanting to keep the poles the same but to change the lights and outlets.”
   Story added that most other Main Street programs across the state have canceled fall events through November.
   “That doesn’t mean we will, but, we need to review our ‘Christmas around the Square’ and maybe change the date,” she explained.

Thu
20
Aug

"BC sales tax rebates up 27% for August " by: Mike Reddell

   Bay City received a large boost in the August sales tax rebates over the same month last year, while Palacios also showed a jump in its allocations.
   Bay City’s August sales tax rebate was $649,744, which was 27.3% over the $505,851 the city received for August 2019.
   For the year, Bay City has received $4,418,557 in rebates, an increase of 12.5% from the $3,926,935 the city received during the same period last year.
   Statewide, Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar sent cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose taxing districts $908.7 million in local sales tax alloca-
tions for August, 3.6 percent more than in August 2019. 
   These allocations are based on sales made in June by businesses that report tax monthly and on sales made in April, May and June by quarterly filers.
   Widespread social distancing requirements were more relaxed across the state in June than in previous months.

Thu
20
Aug

"Lucio says freshmen will play a major role for Tigers this season" by: Mike Reddell

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
Tidehaven coaches guide players’ through blocking drills and formations..

   Tidehaven High School should have an offensive line that looks to be a strength for the 2020 Tigers, along with four seniors starting - Keagan Carrillo, Kyus Saha, Nick Rodriguez, and Micah Coleman-Longoria.
   “This group of boys has been some of my hardest workers over the past four years,” said Head Coach David Lucio.
   But his freshmen class is another strength that Lucio sees.
   “Our freshmen were very dominant in junior high. So far it seems that momentum has carried into their first year of high school,” Lucio said.
      “We could have as many as six freshmen contributing to the varsity team by the end of the season.
   “Joseph Dodds and Ricky Rubio will probably be two-way starters to start the season. 
   “Alex Cisneros will be the starting kicker,” Lucio added.
   He said a few other freshmen are competing for starting positions on varsity at middle and outside linebacker. 

Thu
20
Aug

Lady Leps win dual match

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All of the Lady Lep teams did amazing recently in their dual match between Tidehaven and Stafford. Varsity won a grueling battle against Tidehaven (9-25) (25-21) (26-24)(13-25)(15-13). The Lady Leps also beat Stafford in three straight sets (21-25)(21-25)(14-25). Lady Leps record is 3-0 in Pre-District play. The team was on the road on Tuesday to face Bay City.

Wed
19
Aug

Bay City man shot, killed after officers pursuit

Bay City man was shot and later died after exchanging gunfire with several law enforcement officers following a vehicle and foot pursuit through Bay City late Tuesday afternoon, Aug. 18, Bay City police reports show.

Bay City police patrol officers recognized Erik Jon Perez, of Bay City, operating a vehicle at 5:29 p.m. Tuesday, police said.

Reports show Perez was known to have several felony and misdemeanor warrants.

The suspect led officers in a vehicle chase through Bay City, police said, adding that during the pursuit Perez took shots at an officer’s patrol unit striking it. 

Matagorda County Sheriff’s Office and the Texas Department of Public Safety joined in the vehicle and foot pursuit. 

The suspect exited his vehicle and fled on foot, police reports show, but don’t specify where. 

Thu
13
Aug

"Council, TxDOT engineer talk Tx 35 signals downtown " by: Mike Reddell

   City Council pushed for TxDOT to install turning lanes at Texas 35 and Texas 60 downtown, and against turning lanes at Avenue G and H, at council’s regular meeting Tuesday, Aug. 11.
   TxDOT Area Engineer Ryan Simper was at the meeting at council’s request to discuss signal lights along Texas 35 in the downtown area.
   Simper discussed TxDOT’s proposal that began as a Bay City Chamber of Commerce transportation committee request for signal light synchronization to produce a steady flow of traffic through Bay City.
   Before Simper spoke to council, Lisa Morales made a strong plea to council in its public comments session to avoid turning lanes at Avenues G and H because they would eliminate the angle parking on Texas 35 between the two streets.
   In addition, adding a center lane – for left turn parking – along that section of Texas 35 – would widen the street and bring traffic within two feet of the sidewalk, Morales pointed out.

Thu
13
Aug

Work begins on Blackcat Substation

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
AEP contractors are under way on site work for the utility’s new Blackcat Substation on 5.5 acres at the intersection of MLK and Nile Valley Road. The substation will serve projected residential development.

Thu
13
Aug

"Tidehaven schools to be 1st to start classes" by: Jessica Shepard

   Classes start bright and early for in-person and digital learners at 8 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 13, at Tidehaven ISD.
   Tidehaven students ages 10 and over, teachers and staff are required to wear face coverings – masks or shields – at all times when social distancing is not available while on campus.
   Parents must screen their children for COVID-19 symptoms each morning before school.
   All campuses let out at 3:30 p.m. this year.
   Van Vleck ISD students start in-person and online classes at 7:45 a.m. Monday, Aug. 17, across all campuses and Google Classrooms.

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Thu
13
Aug

"COVID-19 closings: Rice Festival, Rotary Concert, Celebrity Waiter" by: Jessica Shepard

   With Matagorda County in the grips of the COVID-19 pandemic, more annual events are postponing or canceling themselves altogether.
   The latest cancellation comes from the Bay City Lions Club annual Rice Festival event.
   Originally slated for October, the Lions Club issued a press release Aug. 5 about this year’s event cancellation.
   “The Bay City Lions Club has announced that the upcoming 75th Annual Rice Festival, and the associated carnival, Queen’s contest, Rice Dish Roundup, and parade, are canceled,” the release said.
   “Our goal is the health and safety of the public. The ongoing COVID-19 global pandemic doesn’t permit us to hold this fundraiser at this time. 
“This long-standing event has been canceled only a few times in the last 80 years.”

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