"BCPD displays 'Tree of angels' for 2nd year" by: Jessica Shepard

Bay City Police Department is displaying their “Tree of Angels” for the second straight year with a ceremony Thursday, Dec. 3.

“We will again have our Tree of Angels displayed,” said BCPD Crime Victim's Liaison Lettie Ramos in a press release.

“Due to Covid-19 we are going to live stream our ceremony on Facebook at 10 a.m. Thursday, to be shared with you and our community." 

This ceremony acknowledges that while those represented by the angels no longer live among us, they live in our memories and in our hearts.

“Last year, we had our first Tree of Angels displayed at the Bay City Police Department,” she added. 

“After the ceremony, it will be displayed in the lobby of the Bay City Police Department for the remainder of the holiday season.”

These angels will become a permanent part of the Tree of Angels and will be displayed year after year.


Police probe armed robbery

Bay City PD detectives are investigating an armed robbery that happened Sunday, Nov. 29.
Officers were dispatched in reference to an armed robbery around 8 p.m. Sunday to the Valero, 205 Avenue F.
Some officers searched the surrounding area while other officers searched the store.
They were unable to locate the suspect.
The employee stated a black male with a white bandana and hoodie entered the store and pointed a gun at her.
He demanded that she give him the money in the register.
The employee handed over the money and the suspect left the store and ran in a northerly direction.
Nobody was injured during the robbery.
Detectives are still investigating this case.
A photo of the suspect from the store surveillance cameras was placed on the Bay City PD Facebook page.
Anyone with information can call 979-245-8500 and ask to speak with Detective Kim Kunz. 


"All-District Blackcats" by: Mike Reddell

Sentinel file photo/Mike Reddell
Senior Blackcat quarterback Avery Smith (12), shown here avoiding El Campo tacklers, was chosen District 14-4A-1 Offensive MVP.

   Senior Blackcat quarterback Avery Smith was the top pick for Offensive MVP on the District 14-4A-1 first team All-District Team.
   Smith compiled 1,399 passing yards, with 12 aerial TDs, for an average of 139 passing yards per game. 
   He also rushed for 1,173 yards on 149 carries for an average of 7.9 yards per carry.
   Other Blackcats on the first team offensive All-District team included:

  •     Senior running back Davieyon Curtis, a unanimous pick
  •     Senior wide receiver Ray Bibbins, also a unanimous selection
  •     Senior offensive lineman Jessie Oros.

   First Team Defensive All-District selections from Bay City were:

  •     Senior defensive lineman Trent Monroe, unanimous
  •     Senior defensive back Amarion Holman, unanimous

   Blackcats on the second-team All-District offensive squad were:


New City Council members

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
New Bay City Council members Floyce Brown and Jim Folse are sworn in by Mayor Robert Nelson at council’s regular meeting Nov. 17. Please see other photos from that session on Page 9.


"Scardami new BCISD board president" by: Jessica Shepard

   Bay City ISD trustees restructured the board after swearing in new members, Nov. 16.
   Current trustees Bob Klepac, Trent Tinnin, James Scardami, John DeWitt and Edward Nelson officially welcomed Priscilla Robinson and Mark West to the board.
   With the board reorganized, Scardami is now the board president, Tinnin is vice president and DeWitt was appointed to the secretary position.
   After over 40 minutes in executive session, the board unanimously approved for BCISD Superintendent Dr. Marshall Scott III to pursue contract negotiations for land and the former Bay City Intermediate campus at 2517 16th Street in Bay City.
   In July, the board approved a $14,563 bid from SAL Holdings, LLC for purchasing the property.

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"County OKs emergency pact with STP" by: Jessica Shepard

   Commissioners unanimously approved a letter of agreement supporting the STP Nuclear Operating Company during emergencies, drills, and exercises during their regular meeting Monday, Nov. 23.
   The letter outlines Bay City Palacios and Matagorda County as partners with STP for emergency response based on the emergency management for all entities.
   “This is an annual agreement that we all approve of and I sign off on,” said County Judge Nate McDonald.
   “This agreement provides emergency services to STP and response services to the county, Bay City, or Palacios as well. 
   The county will provide local sources upon request or state and federal resources if there is a disaster declaration.
   “Those resources include road-clearing equipment, off-road and high-water vehicles, boats and helicopters for staff and equipment access to the STP site,” he added.


"Jetty walkway repairs to begin Dec. 1" by: Mike Reddell

   U.S. Corps of Engineering plans to begin work on the jetty walkway at Matagorda Beach beginning Dec. 1.
   “The jetty walkway project is still living,” George Harrison told Matagorda County EDC board members at their regular meeting Friday, Nov. 20.
   The long-sought project – several areas along the walkway need repair - will take about 10 days, said Harrison, who also is a Port of Bay City Authority commissioner. 
   Harrison also noted the Corps is expected to begin dredging the mouth of the Colorado River jetties in four to six weeks.
   In his report to the board, MCEDC Executive Director Mike Ferdinand reported that Air Liquide is moving forward with its industrial gases plant construction at the Port of Bay City property near the OQ Chemicals campus.
   Work should be complete in May 2021.

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Thanksgiving holiday closings

   Thanksgiving falls on Thursday, Nov. 26 this year.
   All county and city offices will be closed from Thursday-Friday, Nov. 26-27, and will resume normal business hours Monday, Nov. 30.
   Federal offices, including banks and the U.S. Postal Service will also be closed Thursday.
   Normal federal operating hours resume Friday, Nov. 27.
   Banks also will be open Friday.
   Bay City, Tidehaven, and Van Vleck ISDs will be closed for Thanksgiving break until Monday, Nov. 30.
   Trash pickups normally scheduled for Thursday will not be collected this week.
   Instead, Thursday pickups will be collected Monday next week and Friday garbage pickups stays the same.
   The Bay City Sentinel office will be closed from Thursday-Friday as well and open at normal hours Nov. 30.


"Blackmon to leave coaching for middle school asst. principal job" by: Mike Reddell

   Robert Blackmon will be changing jobs at Van Vleck next school year – he will go from Head Leopard Football Coach to middle school assistant principal.
   “Coach Blackmon is ready for a change and we are in need of some extra help as we move into our new middle school next school year,” said Van Vleck ISD Superintendent John O’Brien Tuesday, Nov. 24.
   “He will be moving to an assistant principal’s role next school year,” O’Brien added.
   “We are excited about the opportunity of having Coach join us on our administrative team.”
   Meanwhile, the superintendent added, “The search is on for a new Athletic Director/Head Football Coach.”
   The district has begun advertising for his replacement on its website.
   Blackmon finished his seventh year at his alma mater this fall and the Leopards went 3-6 this season and were the fourth seed in District 14-3A-2.


Dec. 4 deadline to register for PARD’s ‘Clause Applause’

   The deadline to register for this year’s Bay City Parks and Recreation Department’s “Clause Applause” Christmas decorating contest is Friday, Dec. 4.
   You can register at the Parks Administration Building, 1209 10th Street, Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
   Or, register on-line at by going to the Parks and Recreation page and clicking on register.
   By registering you give consent for your home/business to be publicized by the city and media. 
   “Bay City – it has been a blah year,” said PARD Supervisor Kelly Penewitt, in a press release.
   “Let’s end the year with light and joy by bringing the Christmas spirit to Bay City! Join us as we light up the city and celebrate the Christmas season!” 
   “We want to encourage residents and businesses to decorate for the holidays as part of ‘Claus Applause’,” she added.
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