Lifestyle

Thu
27
Apr

"BCISD has a new superintendent" by: Jessica Shepard

Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard
From left are BCISD Trustee Eddie Nelson, Vice President Bobby Kimball, Dr. Marshall Scott III, President Bob Klepac and Trustee Helen Knezek.

 

   The Bay City school board voted unanimously to hire Marshall Scott III, Ed.D, as the new BCISD Superintendent of Schools during a special meeting Monday night.
   The motion was made by board vice president Bobby Kimball and seconded by trustee Eddie Nelson - both were joined by board president Bob Klepac and Helen Knezek in favor of the vote.
   Trustees Frankie Cole, Crystal Allison and Terry Farrar were not present at the meeting.
   “Not to put any pressure on you, but, we’re expecting big things,” said Klepac.
   “We’re glad to have you.”
   “First of all, I want to start by saying ‘kids first,’” said Scott.
   “You’ll hear me say that often. My second statement is team approach. I don’t believe that one individual can change a school system. 
   “I believe that we have to work together and we have to work collaboratively in the best interest of the kids.

Thu
27
Apr

"Engbrock returns to fields to help county’s producers" by: Mike Reddell

James Engbrock

   James Engbrock will soon return to serving Matagorda County as County Agent Emeritus – albeit on a temporary basis - after Matagorda County Commissioners unanimously agreed to hire him at the court’s regular meeting Monday, April 24.
   Engbrock’s return to working with agriculture producers across the county came about because state funding for a new county agent was frozen in January by Gov. Greg Abbott as a cost-cutting measure.
   The county agent-agriculture position has been vacant since former county agent Brent Batchelor resigned to take a Texas AgriLife position as a Regional Program Leader in Stephenville last November.
   “I’ve gotten many a phone call asking, ‘When are y’all going to get a county agent,’” said County Judge Nate McDonald.

Thu
27
Apr

"City, BCISD early voting under way" by: Jessica Shepard

   Just 120 people turned out for early voting on Monday.
   Tuesday’s totals were unavailable.
   Early voting will be from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday-Friday, April 24-28, and Monday-Tuesday, May 1-2, from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. at City Hall, 1901 Fifth Street.
   City Council Position 3 features incumbent Crystal Folse facing Frank Paiz.
   Position 4, currently held by Steven Johnson who’s not seeking re-election, will have Donnye Stone and Becca Sitz vying for the council seat.
   Carolyn Thames currently holds position 5 but will not run again.
   Thames’ position will be between contenders Jason Childers, Esau Rodriguez and Floyce Brown.
   In school board news, Bay City ISD trustee Frankie Cole has filed for re-election to her position five.
   Terry Farrar will not run again for position four. That race will be between David Holubec and Jerry Manning. 

Thu
27
Apr

"Over 300 volunteers clean Matagorda, Sargent beaches" by: Jessica Shepard

Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard
Tenaris employees were among 266 volunteers at Sargent’s Beach cleanup. 

 

   Matagorda and Sargent beaches turned out with numerous volunteers as part of the 31st Annual Spring Beach Cleanup coordinated by the texas General Land Office on Saturday, April 22.
   All along the Texas coastline, 6,772 volunteers showed up at 28 locations to remove 156,699 pounds of trash from 146 miles of beach.
   Adopt-A-Beach volunteers record data on the trash they find to learn more about the causes of marine debris and to help mitigate pollution along Texas’ 367 miles of coastline.
   A total of five miles of Matagorda Beach were cleaned by 171 volunteers for a sum of 12,550 pounds or 6.27 tons of garbage.
   “We’re very lucky to have so many volunteers turn out for this event,” said Peggy Stanley, Matagorda beach cleanup coordinator.
   “And our sponsors are great, too. The LCRA does lunch and Stanley’s Food Market and Riverbend Restaurant provided us with drinks to go with lunch.”

Thu
27
Apr

"Pink Flamingos to rule at Power of Purse Thursday" by: Mike Reddell

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
MRMC Foundation Executive Director Tiffany Foltyn shows a few of the 100 purses to be auctioned at Power of the Purse at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Bay City Civic Center.

 

 Pink Flamingos take center stage for this year’s “Power of the Purse” that begins at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 27, at the Bay City Civic Center.
   “Let’s Flamingle,” is the theme for the sixth annual event that’s a women’s health initiative sponsored by the Matagorda Regional Medical Center Foundation.
   “This is a fun, philanthropic girls’ night out to raise funds for local health care,” said Tiffany Foltyn, MRMC Foundation executive director.
   Proceeds from this year’s event will go to the MRMC Wellness and Rehabilitation Center at the Dome, Foltyn added.
   There will be an estimated 100 purses to be purchased at Let’s Flamingle.

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Thu
27
Apr

Aquacats donate $500 towards natatorium

There were about 80 runners in last Saturday’s Run for the Waves - Wellness Matagorda’s spring 5K-10K fun run, with about a dozen volunteers helping. Wellness Matagorda will use the event’s proceeds toward the countywide natatorium project. Shelly Orsak (far left) and some of her Aquacat team members presented Loy Sneary and Renee Savage, Wellness Matagorda co-chairs, with a $500 check toward the natatorium. Orsak coaches the Aquacats and the Van Vleck High School swim team.

Thu
27
Apr

Shrimp by the handful

Tami Savage, left, lends a hand serving boiled shrimp to Tidehaven ISD superintendent Dr. Andrew Siegrist during the annual chamber member crawfish boil mixer sponsored by the Bay City Chamber of Commerce & Agriculture's Agri/Aquaculture committee, April 20. Members got their pick of fried catfish, boiled shrimp and crawfish with red potatoes and corn on the cob.
Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard

 

Thu
27
Apr

Challenger Baseball opens for 11th season

   Saturday was Opening Day for the 11th season for Challenger Baseball, with both the Blackcats and Ladycats joining for opening ceremony and all three games, said Jordan Brown,  Challenger Baseball Director. 
   The cake auction consisted of six cakes that brought in over $6,000. She said that money is used to continue adapting fields and sidewalks for our wheelchairs and to buy equipment like beeping balls for our visually impaired students.
   “We had over 100 volunteers come out to ‘buddy’ with our players. In Challenger baseball, every player gets a buddy.
   “The buddy stays with them the whole game and is like a personal coach, wheelchair pusher, hand holder, or whatever the player needs.”
Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell

 

Thu
27
Apr

BCHS Student Council delegates advance to state

   Six delegates from Bay City High School joined nearly 5,000 students and advisors representing more than 400 student councils from across the state that converged on the Arlington Convention Center April 9-11 for the annual Texas Association of Student Councils (TASC) Annual Conference. 
   The Texas conference is the largest gathering of student council leaders in the United States. 
   BCHS Student Council students attending the conference were Pralay A, Omar M, Noah B, Ashlynn B, Allison M and Erika M.
   Bay City High School was recognized for the following awards: Outstanding Student Council, DASH (Drug, Alcohol, Safety & Health), and Pride & Patriotism.
   BCHS Student Council sponsor is teacher Jenifer Townsend.
BCISD photo

 

Thu
27
Apr

In Hoody Estlinbaum’s memory

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
Blackcat baseball honored the memory of longtime supporter Hoody Estlinbaum at Bay City’s last regular season home game Friday night, April 20. His sons, Mike and Craig Estlinbaum, and MIke’s son, Drew Estlinbaum, were there to celebrate his memory. Drew threw out the first pitch to Blackcat catcher Reggie Deleon (16), flanked by Mike, left, and Craig.

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