"Reel Reviews: ‘Terminator: Dark Fate’ ignores 3 previous films with Cameron back at helm" by: Jessica Shepard

   It’s been nearly 30 years since James Cameron dabbled in the “Terminator” franchise and it shows.
   Well, mostly to hardcore fans at least.
   But, “Terminator: Dark Fate” definitely nods back to the originals and has brought back Linda Hamilton and Arnold Schwarzenegger.
   I’ve been a fan of the original Cameron-lead films since day one and the more recent additions have always felt like they fell short for me.
   Granted, they were directed by different people but, “Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, “Terminator Salvation,” and “Terminator Genisys” always felt wrong or off to me.
   Cameron has gone on record saying that Dark Fate is a direct sequel to his first two iterations and the other movies, and the TV show “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles” happen in alternate timelines.
   Which is as good a science fiction excuse as any.


"Blackcats weigh season-ending defeat to Ricebirds" by: Mike Reddell

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
Senior Blackcat quarterback Carlos Lara picks up yardage with Ricebird defenders in pursuit.

After closing out a winless season and a 40-14 loss to longtime rival El Campo, Head Blackcat Coach Patrick Matthews said the coaches now will turn to evaluating the team – both coaches and players.
   “I thought it was a tough season, but I believed the kids were very resilient week in and week out,” Matthews said.
   The 100th consecutive meeting between Bay City and El Campo was played for the last time in Memorial Stadium. The game will be played in a new Memorial Stadium next year.
   Bay City looked impressive in the first half – holding a 14-13 lead at halftime – but fell hard in a third-quarter that began a downward spiral.

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BCHS sports briefs

Ladycats claim bi-district crown
    The Bay City High School Ladycats defeated the Booker T. Washington Eagles for the bi-district volleyball Playoffs game Monday, Nov. 4. 
   Outstanding players were: 
   Patricia Waddy 10 kills
   Renata Dominguez 12 Kills
   A’mayah Payton 9 digs
   Micheala Brown 3 aces 
   Alexis Monroy led the Ladycats with over 30 assists. 
   “Monroy (starting setter) has proven to be a young yet, worthy leader on the floor,” said Ervette Powell, head BCHS volleyball coach. 
   “She is a true captain who continuously grows each game. Alexis Monroy lead her team to victory in Monday’s game against the Eagles. 
   Scores from Monday night: 25-10, 25-9, 25-18, 25-15 
   The Ladycats were to play the winner of Tuesday night’s game between Tarkington High School or  Little Cypress-Mauriceville High School for round 2 of the playoffs to advance in round 3. 
   Location and Date TBA.


"BCHS inducts 8 into Blackcat Hall of Fame" By Allison Sliva BCISD Communications

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
From left: Becky Cook and Dianne Sharer, daughters of inductee Buddy Barrett; Coach Darin Dabelgott; David Barrett, son of inductee Buddy Barrett; Perrylon Eaton-Bell; Carolyn Harris Delano; Superintendent Dr. Marshall Scott III; family members of inductee Carl “Cake” Jackson mother Faye Jackson, sister Jacqueline Jackson, sister Marilyn Cross and brother-in-law Joe Cross; Fentress Cathey, niece of inductee Paul Cathey; Ricky Parker Sr. and his daughter Kari; Michael Ray and his daughter Bri Ray, wife Lynette Ray, daughter Joelle Ray, mother Joyce Ray, daughter Tenika Ray and grandchild Emerson.

   The Bay City ISD Blackcat Hall of Fame inducted eight members at a football game halftime ceremony on Nov. 1. 
   The Hall of Fame was established in 2001, and is located in the foyer of the Bay City High School coaches’ upstairs office area in the gym complex. 
   To date, 139 former BCHS and Hilliard School athletes and coaches have been accepted for inclusion in the Blackcat Hall of Fame.
   Inductees include:
  •     Buddy Barrett, BCHS Class of 1953: Buddy was a standout athlete in football, basketball and baseball, and was named to the All-State Football second team. 
   He played football and baseball at Wharton County Junior College. He was honored posthumously as he died in 1986.
  •     Paul Cathey, BCHS Class of 1975: Paul excelled in basketball. 

"County voters support all but 1 proposition" by: Jessica Shepard

Matagorda County voters approved all but one of the 10 propositions in the constitutional amendment election Tuesday, Nov. 5, that drew a total of 2,653 people voting – that’s 12.4% of the county’s 21,371 voting population.
The early vote had a total of 1,022 or 4.7% of county voters.
As the Sentinel went to press late Tuesday night, statewide results were not complete.
“We expected early voter turnout to be low, but were pleasantly surprised at the increase on Election Day itself,” said Matagorda County Election Clerk Stephanie Wurtz.
Incumbent Joey Sliva retains his Port of Bay City Authority Commissioner Position 3 with 1,355 total votes or 67% of the total votes cast in that election.
Sliva’s opponent, Donald Simons, received 666 votes with 33% percent of the total.
Incumbent Port Authority Commissioner Position 4 Lee Weathers was unopposed in retaining his position with 1,795 total votes.


"County Agent, BCCDC to partner on community garden" by: Mike Reddell

   A community garden for everyone got approval from the Bay City Community Development District board Monday, Oct. 28.
   In addition, the board approved a drainage project and agreed to purchase property near Bay City Regional Airport for a proposed economic development project.
   County Agent-Agriculture Aaron Sumrall presented plans for a community garden as a project sponsored by Texas A&M AgriLife and BCCDC.
   The garden would be on three acres at the corner of Baywood and Avenue F/Texas 35 on the STP Center for Energy Development that’s owned by BCCDC.
   The garden would be a project, Sumrall said, “where if you do something right, good people will want to be part of it.”
   Sumrall noted there are “socio-economic levels here. Rather, the garden is all about being hot and sweaty, getting your hands dirty and begin part of a collaborative effort.”


"Amendment election set next Tuesday" by: Mike Reddell

   The Constitutional Amendment Election that features 10 propositions - from retiring law enforcement animals to the state’s tax code - and two Port of Bay City Authority Commissioner seats will be 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 5.
   Early voting that began Oct. 21 and continues until Friday, Nov. 1.
   Through presstime Tuesday, Oct. 28, 544 early votes had been cast, said Matagorda County Clerk Stephanie Wurtz.
   “It’s pretty much where I expected it to be,” she said.
   In the race for Port of Bay City Authority Position 3 Commissioner are incumbent Joey Sliva and Donald Simons.
   Lee Weathers is unopposed for the Position 4 Commissioner seat.
   Below are the 10 amendments on the ballot.
Proposition 1
   How it will read on the ballot: “The constitutional amendment permitting a person to hold more than one office as a municipal judge at the same time.”


"Brazoria-FB rail district gets an earful about lack of rail line information" by: Mike Reddell

   Matagorda County was represented at a Brazoria-Fort Bend Rail District board meeting in Richmond last Friday, Oct. 25.
   Matagorda County’s representation is noteworthy because several people spoke up at the dearth of information about a possible rail line from the Port of Freeport to Rosenberg that would go through Matagorda and Wharton counties.
   Matagorda County Judge Nate McDonald and Precinct 2 Commissioner Kent Pollard were among those from Matagorda County attending the standing-room-only meeting.
   “The Brazoria-Fort Bend Rail District Board of Directors felt the wrath of the public at Friday’s monthly meeting in open comments,” said Louis Peter, who leads a coalition of Matagorda and Wharton county residents who are opposed to all of the proposed railroad routes.


Friends of Library

Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard
The annual Bay City Public Library's Friends of the Library book sale drew quite the crowd opening night, Oct. 24. With books ranging from children's classics and cookbooks to DVDs and audiobooks, there was something for everyone at the sale. All proceeds from the event benefit the library and its future functions.


"BCISD Summit focus on future of learning" by: Jessica Shepard

Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard
About 10 Bay City High School students were picked as part of a panel during BCISD's education summit, Oct. 22. The students answered several questions about their hopes for the future.

   Bay City ISD hosted an education summit about the future of education in BCISD campuses, Oct. 22.
   The summit was facilitated by Dr. Steven Waddell with engage2Learn.
   Waddell kicked off the summit by asking a panel of current students several questions about how they learn best, what they were expecting to learn in the future and what a dream classroom for them looked like.
   Many mentioned that the use of technology and passionate teachers were key to their learning environment.
   “So, you’re saying that teachers that engage students and seem to take a personal interest in their success and learning are crucial to your education?” Waddell asked.
   The students unanimously agreed at his question and added that they would only have a few changes in the school system of the future.


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