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"Great Steak Cook-off nets estimated $85K" by: Jessica Shepard

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
A-Team Cookers were the top cook-off team at this year’s Boys & Girls Club of Bay City and Matagorda County Great Steak Cookoff at the CED Saturday, May 30. The trio includes, from left, Mark Henderson, Matthew Ashcraft and Taylor Ashcraft.

   Rain couldn’t dampen the spirits and hard work at the Boys and Girls Club of Bay City and Matagorda County’s 10th Annual Great Steak Cook-off, May 30.
   “We’re going to net about $85,000,” said BGCBC board member Janet Peden.
   “It’s really incredible under the circumstances. Last year was a record-breaking year and we had hoped for this year to be, too.”
   Peden cited the COVID-19 pandemic as the reason they venue and format changed this year.
   “But, we took everything in stride – including the weather,” she added.
   This year’s “Best Steak” winning team was the A-Team Cookers with members Mark Henderson, Matthew Ashcraft and Taylor Ashcraft.
   The A-Team Cookers went on to raise $11,000 in the live auction portion of the cook-off to provide their cooking services to the highest bidder.

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04
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"City Council scrambles to raise funding match for TxDOT taxiway work" by: Mike Reddell

   City officials scrambled and succeeded in assembling a local match of funds to TxDOT for reconstructing the Bay City Regional Airport taxiway in 2022.
   The city now has $834,600 in local match to TxDOT’s funding of $7,627,500 for the reconstruction and drainage improvements.
   At a special meeting Monday night, June 1, council agreed to remove Hangar A from its certificate of obligation funds for the airport, saving $534,600, said City Manager Shawna Burkhart.

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"EDC to look into drainage plan contribution" by: Mike Reddell

   Jessica Russell got some unexpected help on the proposed drainage project master plan at the Matagorda County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) meeting Friday, May 29.
   Russell, Bay City Community Development Corporation (CDC) executive director, updated the EDC board on the county’s regional drainage master plan.
   CDC and Drainage District No. 1 agreed to share the master plan’s engineering and survey cost of $306,000, Russell said.
   The ultimate goal of the drainage plan is a large detention area between Bay City and Van Vleck. 
   Russell said the long-discussed plan is about $53,000 short of the $306,000 total.
   Later in the EDC meeting, Board Member Loy Sneary acknowledged the funding shortfall and noted the board’s support for the regional drainage plan.

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"Reel Reviews: ‘The Way Back’ is an inspirational journey too long" by: Jessica Shepard

   I’ve seen my fair share of “inspirational” sports movies that show triumph over adversity. 
   And all of them get to the point relatively quickly and end on a high note. 
   Sadly, “The Way Back” really doesn’t do either of those things and seems to stretch onward forever. 
   The Way Back is an American sports drama film directed by Gavin O’Connor and written by Brad Ingelsby. 
   It stars Ben Affleck, Al Madrigal, Michaela Watkins, John Aylward, and Janina Gavankar. 
   Jack Cunningham (Affleck) is an alcoholic construction worker who is separated from his wife, Angela (Gavankar). 
   While at Thanksgiving dinner with his family, his sister Beth (Watkins) reveals that friends, including Angela, have expressed concern about his drinking and isolation from friends and family. 

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04
Jun

BCHS teachers help with returns

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
The BCISD staff were stationed at all schools to return your students' property, hand out important information, distribute awards, hand out band instruments, pick up library books, and more. Above, BCHS teachers greeted several seniors last Wednesday, May 27.

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04
Jun

"Remaining vigilant, prepared" Aaron Sumrall, PhD Matagorda County Extension Agent – Agriculture/Natural Resources Texas A&M AgriLife

   It is hard to believe that it is already June 1 and halfway through 2020. 
   I am well aware that it is taboo to mention storm season in Matagorda County, but it is something that we need to remain aware of and prepared for in the event that a storm takes aim on the central Texas coast. 
   The outlook for the 2020 season is indicating a 60% increase in likelihood for an active season with a prediction of 13-19 named storms, 6-10 hurricanes, and 3-6 of those reaching major hurricane strength of Cat 3 or higher. 
   This prediction is the 5th consecutive above-normal season. 
   Hurricanes are not the only concern that we need to remain prepared for should something happen, but we are not exempt from other concerns of flooding, fire, tornadoes, chemical spills, and others. 
   June 1 is a good time to reassess your preparedness should something happen requiring your response. 

Thu
04
Jun

Final beam makes it to the top

Photo courtesy of Constable Bill Orton
Crews working on the Sargent swing bridge replacement span have now completed placing all five beams in the segment over the Intracoastal Waterway. Workers with Austin Bridge Company used a hydraulic jack on top to lift the 350,000-pound beams from a barge on the ICW during the seven-day process, said Precinct 6 Constable Bill Orton. The flags, Orton said, have flown during several Sargent boat parades.

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04
Jun

"Chandi Jones to coach Ladycat basketball" by: Mike Reddell

   Bay City ISD trustees unanimously approved hiring former Bay City High School star Chandi Jones to coach the Bay City Ladycat Basketball Team during their special meeting, May 28.
   Jones had stellar careers at BCHS and the University of Houston. 
   Her Hall of Fame honors include both her high school and college.
   “I look forward to sitting down with Jones and welcoming her to the team,” said BCISD Superintendent Dr. Marshall Scott, III.
   “I’ve heard great things about this Basketball Hall of Famer. 
   “Congratulations to coach Trahan as well for bringing Blackcats back to the district and building up Blackcat nation.”
   New Athletic Director Warren Trahan recently said he would bring back Blackcat excitement.
   Chandi Jones is a 2000 BCHS graduate – the same Bay City class as new Blackcat Head Football Coach Robert Jones.

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04
Jun

RJ Mitchell inks with Mount Marty

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
Standout Blackcat running back RJ Mitchell signed his letter of commitment with Mount Marty College in Yankton, SD, in an outdoor ceremony at Bay City High School Wednesday, May 27. Taking part in the ceremony with RJ (center) was his father, Rodney Mitchell (seated left), and (standing from left) Coach Bryan Hood, Blackcat Head Football Coach Robert Jones and RJ’s mother, Mary Williams.

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04
Jun

"15 students chosen for inaugural early college high school at BCHS" By Allison Sliva BCISD Communications

   Fifteen Bay City ISD students have been selected as the first cohort of the new Bay City Early College High School (ECHS) program debuting Fall 2020 at Bay City High School. 
   The students received the good news via a parade of district representatives to each of their homes on May 22. 
   The students were selected through a rigorous application process, and had to earn a passing score on the TSI (Texas Success Initiative) exam.  
   The students selected are: Cristofer Bocanegra Casique, Anavie Bryant, Giselle Calderon, Mark Calderon, Alyssa Campbell-Clayton, Kyler Estrada, Carlon Jones, Rafael Lara, Juan Martinez, Marco Mata, Liya Ochoa, Yareli Ochoa, Rubi Ortiz, Emily Sierra Lopez, and Brayton Williams. 
   This first ECHS student cohort will be freshmen at BCHS in the Fall 2020 semester. 

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