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"Mother, daughter drown in river at park Saturday" by: Mike Reddell

   A 35-year-old Nigerian mother and her 10-year-old daughter drowned in the Colorado River off Riverside Park late Saturday afternoon, July 6, according to state Game Warden and Sheriff’s Department reports.
   While the body of the mother, Kelechi Echefu, was found by a fisherman not long after Game Wardens were notified at about 5:30 p.m. Saturday, her daughter’s body wasn’t discovered until Monday morning, July 8, officials said.
   Game Warden Trey Sparkman said that EMS unsuccessfully tried to revive the mother who was brought to the park’s boat ramp.
   Sparkman said the woman and two daughters, ages 8 and 10, were on a sand bar in the river and the two girls were showing her how their swimming skills had improved.
   Other newspaper reports indicated that the mother’s boyfriend accompanied them.
   As the girls were demonstrating their swimming, they apparently stepped off in water that was seven to eight feet deep, Sparkman said.

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Sparks in the Park

An estimated 2,200 people showed up to this year's annual "Sparks in the Park" celebration July 4 at LeTulle Park. Families were drawn to live music, kids activities, bounce houses, food trucks and lounging out on the grass in anticipation of the 15-minute firework show at the end of the night.
Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell

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Making healthy smoothies

Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard
Matagorda County Extension Agent for family and community health Gabby Washington showed how to make a healthy smoothy with less sugar than store-bought versions at Bay City Public Library July 9. Washington also had fact sheets about common drinks and how many grams of sugar they contain.

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"Tourism Council approves up to $5K to fund Rotary Club concert" by: Jessica Shepard

   Bay City Tourism Council unanimously approved up to $5,000 in funding for the annual Rotary Club concert during their regular meeting, July 3.
   “They asked for $7,000 this year, but we awarded them $5,000 last year,” said Bay City Tourism Director Heidi Martinez. 
   This year’s concert features American Idol Contestant Colby Swift of Midfield, opening for Ronnie Millsap and lasts from 7 p.m. to midnight, Saturday, Aug. 17, at the Bay City Civic Center. 
   Rotary Club members Jessica Russell, Alyssa Sanders and Tereana Ottis were present at the meeting to provide insights and statistics on the event thus far. 
   “This is the 19th year for our concert and we’re almost sold out in ticket sales,” said Ottis.  
   “We’ve got about 60 individual tickets and one event table left available.” 
   Ottis added that the Club had blocked over 60 rooms between The Hampton Inn, Fairfield Inn and Best Western. 

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"BCHS grad Missy Horne graduates at West Point" by: Jessica Shepard

Missy Horne

   Bay City’s own Missy Horne graduated as second lieutenant from West Point in May and is on her way to John Hopkins University to become an Army doctor. 
   Horne is a 2016 Bay City High School graduate who was in every extracurricular activity possible – according to her father, Richard George.
   “Missy’s mother had her in everything she could sign up for during high school,” he added.
   “Even then, she’d come home from school and whatever else to do her assigned homework and anything else her mother found online for her to do. 
   “It didn’t even count towards school, she just pushed her to be the best she could possibly be.”
   George said that when Missy was interested in going to West Point, he was “unsure.”
   “It takes a certain kind of strength and dedication to get through such a hard program and I know I couldn’t have made it myself,” he explained.

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"Reel Reviews: ‘Spider-man: Far From Home’ features cobbled together, weak plot" by: Jessica Shepard

   Spider-Man: Far From Home is the sequel to Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) and the 23rd film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). 
   The film is directed by Jon Watts, written by Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers, and stars Tom Holland as Peter Parker/Spider-Man, alongside Samuel L. Jackson, Zendaya, Cobie Smulders, Jon Favreau, J.B. Smoove, Jacob Batalon, Martin Starr, Marisa Tomei, and Jake Gyllenhaal.
   In Ixtenco, Nick Fury (Jackson) and Maria Hill (Smulders) investigate an unnatural storm and later encounter the Earth Elemental. 
   A super-powered man, Quentin Beck (Gyllenhaal), arrives to fight the creature. 
   In New York City, the Midtown School of Science and Technology restarts its academic year to accommodate the students who were among those resurrected in “the Blip” eight months prior. 

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Celebrity Waiter fundraiser tickets on sale

Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard
Tickets are now available for this year's Pilot Club of Bay City's annual Celebrity Waiter fundraiser.. A few of this year's waiters donned their aprons for a photo opportunity and they are back row: Warren Robicheaux, Trent Tinnin, Heidi Martinez, Brent Marceaux and Nate McDonald; Middle: Sayrah Craft, Patty McKelvy, Denise Fortenberry and Jason Childers; and front: Janice Hawthorne, Stephanie Wurtz, Donnye Stone and Michelle Woodley. Tickets are $45 each and available from any of the waiters and club members. The event starts at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17 at VFW Post 2438.

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PD teaches how hostage negotiations work

Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard
Bay City Police Department Detective Matthew Mayberry and crime scene officer Vickie Pursley explained to several children how hostage negotiation tactics worked July 9. They even held a mock situation with volunteers to play both the negotiators and hostage victims. The event is part of several looks at police jobs during the Bay City Public Library's summer program.

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Conference USA names former Ladycat Chandi Jones to inaugural Hall of Fame

Chandi Jones had a stellar career at UH.

   HOUSTON – In honor of its 25th season, Conference USA announced its inaugural Hall of Fame class, tabbing Cougar standouts Chandi Jones, Case Keenum and Yulia Pakhalina for induction.
   Chandi Jones, closed out her collegiate career in 2004. 
   Jones was inducted in the Blackcat Hall of Fame in 2005.
   The 5-10 guard from Bay City, led the Cougars onto the national stage during her four-year career. 
   She was named C-USA’s Female Athlete of the Decade in 2005 and was also named the league’s basketball player of the decade and earned a slot on the C-USA All-Decade Team.
   She was a 2004 Kodak All-American, the first in school history, as well as a three-time C-USA Player of the Year (2002, 2003, 2004). 
   She earned First-Team All-C-USA honors in each of her four seasons and is UH and C-USA’s all-time leading scorer with 2,692 points. 

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Van Vleck cheerleaders receive awards

Van Vleck High School VVHS cheerleaders and Mascot, above, recently scored big at Texas A&M during cheer camp. They’re earned trophies for 1st place in the Rally Routine, 1st place in the Time-Out Cheer, and 2nd place in the all around Game Day performance. Lucky the Leopard won the Mascot Leadership award for amazing skills and friendliness. Also, five athletes were named All American Cheerleaders: Olivia Schulz, Katelyn Stone, Julia Green, Sydney Junek, and Karly Brown.
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