Lifestyle

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Dec

Rodriguez signs with Missouri Valley College

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
Ladycat Celeste Rodriguez signed a letter of intent to attend and to play softball at Missouri Valley College in Marshall, Missouri. Joining her in the signing ceremony last Friday were: her brother, J.R. Rodriguez (top); father, Jose Rodriguez; and mother, Belinda Salazar.

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13
Dec

Spelling Bee Champions

Holy Cross School had its spelling bee recently. The champion was Jasmine Glenn (top center), with 1st runner up Dawson Hudgins to her left and 2nd runner up Terence Lehman to her right. Third runner up was Jacob Rodriguez.
Holy Cross photo

Thu
13
Dec

STP Community Pride

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
Volunteers from South Texas Project Nuclear Operating Company took on heavy growth and thinned out several areas last week at the Matagorda County Birding Nature Center.
They were one team of several from STP who went into the surrounding communities for the plant’s Annual Community Pride Day, Thursday, Dec. 6.

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13
Dec

Bonnen Visits VVISD

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State Representative Dennis Bonnen and his team stopped by Van Vleck ISD to meet with Superintendent John O’Brien and Asst. Superintendent Christie Dement after meeting with leaders in the county last week. O’Brien and Dement discussed topics with Bonnen that could affect students, staff, district and community, ranging from school finance and mental health issues to the Teacher Retirement System (TRS) for employees and retired employees.

Thu
13
Dec

Shop with Cop a success

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Lt. Irene Kjergaard joins her friend, plus Santa and Mrs. Class for a Shop with a Cop photo last week.

   For the sixth year in a row, local law enforcement officers joined area youth in shopping for Christmas gifts for their families in the Shop with a Cop program. 
   “This event is one of several community programs the police department supports, and it is highly anticipated by the officers” said Police Chief Robert Lister. 
   On Thursday, Dec. 6, Bay City police officers, Bay City ISD officers, State Troopers, Matagorda County Sheriff’s deputies, and Matagorda County Pct. 6 Constable’s Office, teamed up with Bay City Wal-Mart employees to mentor mentoring Bay City and Matagorda County youth.
The event gives youngsters an opportunity to meet officers and to help humanize the profession of policing. 
   The event kicked off at the Bay City Police Department. 
   There, each child is introduced to an officer, who volunteers their time to participate in the event. 

Thu
06
Dec

"Ortego hopes this year’s CBC will get better weather, turnout" by: Jessica Shepard

   This year’s Mad Island Marsh National Audubon Christmas Bird Count (CBC) starts bright and early Monday, Dec. 17, in a 15-mile-diameter counting circle.
   Some birders start at the crack of dawn and others even earlier.
   “Some of our birds are nocturnal, so we start the count a little after midnight,” said CBC compiler Brent Ortego.
   “That’s how we’re able to get our counts in for owls and nighthawks, if we find any.”
   Last year, Matagorda County took first place in North America with 220 individual species of birds.
   The Matagorda CBC has also placed first 20 times for the most species in the US and 17 times for the most individual species with the highest counts in North America.
   Skilled birders from expert to novice count over a variety of terrains and habitats all day by car, foot or boat.
   The CBC features extensive native grasslands, brushlands, floodplain forests, beaches and coastal marshes.

Thu
06
Dec

"Klepac: It’s about time for a first-class stadium" by: Mike Reddell

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
Bay City High School students and administrators join BCISD trustees for a group photo for the groundbreaking of the New BCHS Memorial Stadium on the south of the high school Monday, Dec. 4.

   A crowd of Bay City High School students, community members plus local business and government leaders joined BCISD officials for the groundbreaking ceremony for the new BCHS Memorial Stadium Monday, Dec. 3.
   The groundbreaking was at the south side of BCHS, where construction crews already are working on the new stadium site.
   “I can without question confirm what many in this school district are thinking right now by saying these three and half words – it’s about time,” said BCISD School Board President Robert Klepec.
   “It’s about time that we have a stadium facility that ranks up there with all the other school districts in the area,” he said.
   Klepac added the benefits of having the stadium on the high school campus, “as now does our new baseball field.”

Thu
06
Dec

"County OKs board to oversee who uses docks under bridge" by: Mike Reddell

   A three-person Board of Managers was formed and appointments were approved by commissioners court Monday to oversee Matagorda County’s dock slots beneath the Matagorda span bridge across the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway (GIWW).
   Buddy Treybig, Kirk Vossler and Lee Knezek were unanimously approved as members of the Bridge Park Docks Board of Managers for three-year terms, from Dec. 3, 2018 to Dec. 3, 2021.
   Matagorda County commercial fishermen and county officials have long wrestled with outside fishing operations taking up dock slots and setting up almost permanent stays in the bridge park area under the bridge, where the old swing bridge was.
   More recently, the docks were mentioned in connection with their use by Galveston-area crews accused of plundering oyster beds in East Matagorda Bay.

Thu
06
Dec

"First-ever Flock Fest full of things to see, do" by: Jessica Shepard

   The first-ever “Flock Fest” features a variety of activities for adults and children and the young at heart.
   Flock Fest is a two-day Christmas Event featuring a variety of activities Friday-Saturday, Dec. 7-8, in downtown Bay City.  
   Everything kicks off with Bay City Chamber Lighted Christmas Parade and Parks and Recreation Snack with Santa at Liberty Park and Christmas Lights Display Friday. 
   This year’s parade theme is “Visions of Christmas” and plans to feature over 40 different floats and entries.
   “We still have a few spots available for those interested in being a part of the parade,” said Irene Bishop, Bay City Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture vice president.
   “Applications need to be turned in by noon on Friday so that we can finalize the entry positions in the parade run. Plus, we’ll be making a weather call later that afternoon if there is rain or other inclement weather.”

Thu
06
Dec

"STP Media Day shows constant focus on better communication" by: Jessica Shepard

Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard
Joe Enoch

   STP Nuclear Operating Company held its annual “Media Day” luncheon to review procedures for using the local media to relay information to the community Nov. 28.
   Discussed topics included a brief overview of STP’s history, emergency response plans, social media and the impacts of Hurricane Harvey.
   STP’s Units came online in 1987 and 1988 and will reach their 40-year run in 2027 and 2028 respectively.
   The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) approved STP Nuclear Operating Company’s (STP) request to extend the operating licenses of the South Texas Project an additional 20 years in September 2017.
   STP recently celebrated its 30 years of operation in October.

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