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Thu
26
Apr

Art walk provides fresh scenery at Rock the Block

Bay City Sentinel photo by MaLinda Reddell
Bay City Main Street Program’s Shop and Rock the Block last Thursday had a number of attractions on Sixth Street and Avenue G around the square. The above artworks on the Sixth Street sidewalk drew several admiring visits, as did the shops along Avenue G.

Thu
26
Apr

BCHS Choir Director Cowart honored with TMEA selection

Dr. Kara Cowart

   Dr. Kara Cowart, Bay City High School Director of Choirs, has recently been selected as Small School Choir Coordinator for the region with the Texas Music Educators’ Association.
   Cowart attended an inaugural training session for the Small School Choir Vocal Coordinators April 14 in Austin.
   “This is a huge honor for me, as I will be able to help our region and state choral organizations move forward as we seek ways to best serve our choral students in the small schools, 1A through 4A,” said Cowart.
   Cowart’s extensive vocal performance background includes operatic roles in The Music Man, La Bohéme, Susannah, La Traviata, Don Giovanni and many others. 
   She has performed professionally with the Wichita Grand Opera Young Artist Program, Lyric Opera of Kansas City Chorus, Fort Worth Opera Chorus, and Lyric Opera of Waco Chorus.

Thu
26
Apr

Grant sends 2 from library for training in New York

   The Bay City Public Library recently received a $6,000 national grant focusing on early childhood learning, and two of its employees will travel to New York to receive training.
   Library Director Samantha Denbow and Youth Services Specialist Andrea Savage will spend the week of April 22-27 in New York.
   “We’ll be going to New York April 22 for training on how to put the program into place,” said Library Director Samantha Denbow.
   “We will be getting direct training from the library who developed the model.”
   The grant will go toward “creating a welcoming community environment with resources to help families nurture their children’s development and early learning” Denbow explained, adding that the project will impact children ages three and under.
   “More than 450 libraries in 29 states have employed the Family Place Libraries model, and this year, Bay City was one of 10 Texas sites to receive the grant,” said Denbow.

Thu
26
Apr

City, Art League sign contract for 2 murals

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Mayor Mark Bricker, left, and Raleigh Conklin sign a contract between the City of Bay City and the Art League to paint two murals - one showing Matagorda County’s standing as the top birding site and the other, Welcome to Bay City.

   Visit Bay City commissions Art League of Bay City to paint two colorful and energetic murals. 
   One mural rendering depicts Bay City and Matagorda County as No. 1 in the National Audubon Society Christmas Bird Count. 
   The other mural is a Welcome to Bay City sign in vibrant antique lettering. 
   Both murals will be located at 2002 7th Street, also known as the Larry’s TV Building. 
   “This is another great step for Bay City. Art projects have been budgeted with hotel motel monies for two years, but we did not utilize the funding,” said Mayor Mark Bricker.
   “This is a start to enhance our community’s artistic features and overall attractiveness,” he added.
   Painting will begin May 7, the same time the city will celebrate National Travel & Tourism Week, said Heidi Martinez, Visit Bay City tourism manager. 
   The project will take 30 days to complete. 

Thu
26
Apr

BC Gas gas leak detection

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This strangely equipped golf cart may be seen moving slowly in the City of Bay City streets and alleys. It’s a new mobile leak detection system that the Bay City Gas Company is using to detect gas leaks. The vehicle mounts equipment that continuously pulls in air samples from the front of the vehicle as it drives down roads and alleys, testing for the presence of natural gas (methane), which could indicate a gas leak. This vehicle will be used on a weekly basis, and will be used all over town. There are yellow flashing lights on top and a “slow moving vehicle emblem” on the rear. They will be mostly in neighborhoods and alleys where most of their gas lines are located.

Thu
26
Apr

From the Mayor’s Desk: "Improving downtown through new sidewalks" By Mayor Mark Bricker

   Small rural towns like Bay City around the United States are searching for ways to reinvent themselves by bringing a better quality of life to their residents.  
   Small town local businesses face challenges as metropolitan cities begin to grow their suburban neighborhoods further outward influencing the consumer into purchasing at large chain retail stores. 
   How do we reinvent ourselves and brand Bay City in such a way that we can maintain our rural charm, and attract outside consumers? 
   We do this by committing to the plans that have been passed by our city officials that detail ways in which we can bring growth and vitality to our community.  
   The Bay City 2040 details plans, policies and projects that will produce an environment where local businesses can prosper.  
   New sidewalks promote a walkable downtown that will attract citizens and visitors to what will become a hub for food, retail, and entertainment. 

Thu
19
Apr

Van Vleck OAP finishes run at Region tournament

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The road ended for Van Vleck High School’s One Act Play (OAP) at Region IV 3A OAP competition this week. Honors won by the VVHS OAP include: All Star Tech Crew: Luiza Martinez;
Honor Crew: Van Vleck High School; Honorable Mention All Star Cast: Lizzie McElroy and Kobe Blackmon; All Star Cast: Julia Landry; Advancing Plays: Yoakum and Randolph
Alternate: Palacios

Thu
19
Apr

"Council letter to Bricker lists performance expectations" by: Mike Reddell

   City Council handed a letter listing its job performance expectations to Mayor Mark Bricker last week, following the second closed meeting for evaluating the mayor.
   “Council has created a letter of expectations” for the mayor, Council Member Jason Childers said after council’s brief executive session at council’s regular meeting, April 12.
   The mayor didn’t respond when he was given the letter that was signed by all of the council members and he also didn’t respond to requests for comment about the letter.
   The first closed meeting with was March 22, and the purpose was, the letter indicated, was to “discuss and have dialogue with you relative to short coming in the performance of your duties as Mayor of Bay City.
   “You, however, chose not to be present, leaving us no choice but to communicate with you in writing.”

Thu
19
Apr

"Evans: Flawed 2013 charter requires new election, resignations" by: Mike Reddell

   Jerry Evans told City Council last week that if Council Members Julie Estlinbaum and Bill Cornman don’t resign before June 1, “a qualified voter” will go to the Attorney General and for “retribution.”
   Evans made that ultimatum based on his assertion the 2013 city charter amendment election didn’t have a grandfather clause that would have allowed present council and mayoral terms to begin on 2013, rather than when they were elected before that year. Evans said at council’s April 12 workshop.
   “Instead, it was understood” the grandfather clause existed, Evans said. 
   He pointed out that former city attorney George Hyde wrote a caution for the grandfather issue to be included in the 2013 charter amendment election.
   But nothing was included in the charter election to allow for that, Evans said.

Thu
19
Apr

"LEPC Block Party, Beach Cleanup, tree sales all part of weekend" by: Jessica Shepard

   The annual Matagorda County LEPC Community Safety Block Party is from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Saturday, April 21, at the STP Center for Energy Development, 4000 Ave. F, Bay City.
   The event is free and open to the public with free food and drinks. 
   Children’s activities include coloring, puppet show and a chemistry show.
   The Red Cross, United Way, TCEQ, For the Love of Animals, and Markham Industrial Group are only a handful of the businesses with informational booths that day.

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