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May

"VVISD discusses graduation, next year reopening" by: Mike Reddell

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
Leopard Head Coach Robert Blackmon explains new helmet design to trustees Monday night.

   A draft plan for opening school Aug. 17 was outlined by Van Vleck Superintendent John O’Brien at the school board’s regular meeting Monday, May 18.
   The reopening follows a “very basic plan across Texas,” the superintendent said.
   The approach calls for two ends of a spectrum – from normal, face-to-face contact to the other end, online distance learning.
   There would be a middle ground built into this spectrum that allows the district to make adjustments.
   “If something happens, we would slide to another plan,” he explained.
   “What we have (for the opening) is face to face. There will be something in place for those students uncomfortable with face to face.”
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Thu
21
May

Honoring BCHS seniors

Photo by Larry Bose
Honoring 2020 Bay City High School seniors, BCHS senior Gema designed yard sign template, BCHS teacher Amy Ging used the template to drop in each senior's photos, and BCHS Administrative Team and BCISD Maintenance Department placed the signs and flags.

Thu
21
May

"B&G Club holds opening, finalizes steak cookoff plans" by: Jessica Shepard

   The Boys & Girls Club of Bay City and Matagorda County implemented an “Essential Opening” plan Monday, May 18.
   The Club’s new hours are from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday for current members in first-fifth grades whose parents or guardians are classified as essential employees.
   “Friday is reserved for deep cleaning and extended hours will be decided later for Summer Program beginning June 8,” said Boys & Girls Club Executive Director Bebee McMillan.
   “We are looking at gradually increasing and integrating grades as the social gathering/distancing allows.”

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Thu
21
May

"Council approves resolution for airport taxiway project" by: Jessica Shepard

 City Council unanimously approved a resolution naming the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) as agent for the over $7 million Bay City Regional Airport Taxiway project during its regular meeting, May 12.
   “Work has been going on a while to facilitate the taxiway project,” said Bay City Regional Airport Manager James Mason.  
   “Regardless of what happens, because of the condition of the asphalt of our taxiway, it has to be replaced.”
   The resolution names TxDOT as the city’s agent for “the purposes of applying for, receiving and disbursing all funds for these improvements and for the administration of contracts necessary for the implementation of these improvements.”

 

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Thu
21
May

Sales tax holidays for water-efficient, Energy Star products set for May 23-25

   (AUSTIN) — As Texas businesses slowly reopen their doors amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar is reminding families and businesses that they can save on the purchase of certain water- and energy-efficient products during the state’s Water-Efficient Products and ENERGY STAR® sales tax holidays. 
   The holidays, created by the Texas Legislature, both take place Saturday, May 23, through Monday, May 25. 
   “Inefficient appliances and outdated water systems put a tremendous strain on our power grids and water supplies,” Hegar said.  
   “Even in these uncertain times, Texans can take advantage of this sales tax holiday to buy more energy-efficient items, support local businesses and save money.  
   “You can practice social distancing and other precautionary measures when shopping in person or shop online. Qualifying products are tax free.” 

Thu
21
May

New section on Sargent bridge

Contributed photo
This photo of the Sargent swing bridge replacement span was taken Monday, May 18. The five beams on the ground were put in place starting Tuesday May 19. As part of the beam placements Gulf Intracoastal Waterway will be closed to barge traffic Tuesday through Friday 6 a.m. – 8 p.m..
At 8 p.m. the bridge will open for barge traffic - expect delays for heavy barge traffic after then.

Thu
21
May

Starbucks construction makes headway

Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard
Construction moved indoors as the new Starbucks grows closer to its projected October opening. The cafe’s new sign went up in the past few days.

Thu
21
May

"BCISD announces employees of the month"

   Leslie Stevens, Hortencia Torres, and Bryan Hood have been selected as the March, April, and May Bay City ISD “You’ve got heart” honorees, respectively. 
   This employee recognition award is given to staff who go beyond their “job description” in helping students and staff, who epitomize the concept of “team player,” and who put others first. BCISD staff submit the nominations. 
   The March winner, Bay City Junior High art teacher Leslie Stevens, was nominated by Renee Lawrence, who wrote: “Ms. Stevens has gone out of her way to get students’ artwork sent to contests, and she has been so helpful to her students during this strange time. She has always been available to help me, whatever I needed help with. 

Thu
21
May

"Child care centers, bars and sporting events scheduled for Texas’ next phase of reopening" By The Texas Tribune

   Gov. Greg Abbott on Monday announced his next wave of reopenings designed to restart the Texas economy during the coronavirus pandemic, saying child care facilities can reopen immediately, bars can open Friday with limited capacity and sporting events can return without fans at the end of the month. 
   Abbott also said he would permit restaurants to operate at 50% capacity starting Friday, up from 25% that’s allowed now. 
   At the same time, Abbott exempted two hotspots — Amarillo and El Paso — from his latest decisions, saying they would need to wait a week. 
   Abbott’s news conference came 18 days after he started a phased reopening of the state, starting with letting restaurants, stores, movie theaters and malls open up at 25% capacity.  
   He then allowed barbershops and salons to reopen May 8 under certain restrictions.  
   Monday was the first day gyms were allowed to open up, also under restrictions. 

Thu
21
May

Former deputy pleads guilty to sexual exploitation, cyberstalking

   WORCESTER, Mass. – A former Matagorda County deputy sheriff pleaded guilty Thursday, May 14, to sexually exploiting a young girl from Massachusetts he met while playing an online game, starting when she was 12 years old.
   Pasquale Salas, 26, pleaded guilty via video conference in federal court in Worcester to cyberstalking and sexual exploitation of a minor, Masslive.com reported.
   The former deputy met the Worcester County girl in 2014 while playing the video game Minecraft, federal prosecutors said. 
    During private conversations on various platforms, Salas coerced the girl into sending him hundreds of sexually explicit videos and images of herself, prosecutors said.
   When she tried to end contact with Salas, he threatened to send the explicit images and videos to her friends and family and threatened to harm her sister, prosecutors said.
   Salas also tracked the girl and controlled what she wore, authorities said.

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