Lifestyle

Thu
15
Oct

"Blackmon: Crow, offensive line keys to Tidehaven offense " by: Mike Reddell

   Van Vleck Head Coach Robert Blackmon looks for “another hard physical game” when his Leopard squad plays Tidehaven in a District 3A-2 standoff at home Friday, Oct. 16.
   The cross-county contest this year will feature both teams with close records thus far.
   Van Vleck is 3-3 and 2-0 in district, while Tidehaven also is 3-3 and 1-1 in district.
   “Our open week went well,” Blackmon said.
   “We revisited things that gave us trouble earlier this season and gave some banged up players some time off.
   Blackmon was asked whether playing an in-county team is different than other games.
   “I’m quite sure it has some ‘extra’ meaning to some,” he said. 
   “Some of our players and their players probably have hung out together and have competed against one another in other sports,” Blackmon pointed out.
   The Leopard coach noted Tidehaven strengths.

Thu
15
Oct

"Lucio: Leopard quarterback, running back 2 of best in area " by: Mike Reddell

   Tidehaven Head Football Coach David Lucio expects “a great game” when his Tigers taken on the Van Vleck Leopards there Friday night. 
   “Both teams have been steadily improving throughout the season,” Lucio said.
   “It’s a huge game as far as playoffs are concerned, so I expect a great showing from both squads,” he added.
   “Our off week was good. We worked on some parts of our game that needed attention and got a head start on preparing for the Leopards,” Lucio commented. 
   “The Van Vleck game is always a big deal to our kids, as it is for their kids too. 
   “Their offense is deadly, they can score a ton of points on any given night,” Lucio said.
   “Their quarterback and running back are two of the best in the area. 
   “We have our work cut out for us in containing those two, along with the other weapons they have running around catching the ball,” the coach said. 

Thu
15
Oct

Van Vleck FFA Lone Star Degrees

Van Vleck High School announced that Sidney Avants, Jaycie Franz and Chloe McWillis of the Van Vleck FFA Chapter, were awarded the Lone Star FFA Degree - the highest degree bestowed by the Texas FFA - during the Texas FFA State Convention July 8-10. Shown at right, from left, are: Sidney Avants, Jaycie Fraz, and Chloe McWillis
Van Vleck ISD photo

Thu
08
Oct

"Judge questions downtown parking" by: Jessica Shepard

   Commissioners heard an update on the City of Bay City’s downtown signal and left-turning lane plan changes during their regular meeting Monday, Oct. 5.
   The plans cite signal changes along Texas 35 and Texas 60 with turning lanes added at the Ave L, Cottonwood, Sixth, and Eighth Street intersections for both major highways
   “Before the city takes action and shares its thoughts with TxDOT, we wanted to inform you and get your input for the possible project,” said Bay City City manager Shawna Burkhart.
    “The plan is to improve traffic congestion downtown with upgraded signals and to add left-turn detection along with left lanes,” added TxDOT Area Engineer Ryan Simper.
   “The advantage with these changes is that it actually detects vehicles there at the light rather than relying on timing.”
Thu
08
Oct

Tidehaven Homecoming

Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard
Tidehaven High School's 2020 Homecoming King John "Keagan" Carillo and Queen Jazlyn Carothers were crowned at halftime during the Homecoming game against Brazos, Oct. 2.

Thu
08
Oct

BCHS Homecoming King, Queen candidates

Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard
Hopeful candidates for Bay City High School's 2020 Homecoming King and Queen will be announced as part of the pre-game events with finalists and winners crowned during halftime. This year's prospective winning students: Preciosa Aivles, Fatima Armenta, Rayveonte Bibbins, Renna Breazeale, B’oncee Brown, Ramira, Castellano, Davieyon Curtis, Christina Davalos, Jacob Dominguez, Haley Eidlebach, Katelynn Flores, Mykaela Gipson, Eric Granjeno, Mya Hill, Isabella Katzer, Hannah Kopecky, Julianne Kucera, Logan MacLennan, Josie Martin, Yoana Nunez, Kadin Nunez, Sydney Olide, Jessie Oros, Jordan Pesina, Kelis Plummer-Johnson, Steve Ramirez, Sage Ryman, Bianca Serrano, Avery Smith, Pedro Vargas, Ivanna Vazquez, Amy Vestal and Jordan Wright

Thu
08
Oct

"County OKs new animal regulations" by: Jessica Shepard

   After a brief public hearing, commissioners unanimously approved updating the animal regulation statutes as part of their regular meeting Monday, Oct. 5.
   Last updated in 1986, the regulations now reflect that the leash law is still in effect along with recommending owners to microchip animals, and the county’s hopes for a larger, no-kill facility.
   “We only recommend microchipping pets, but, the county has no way to keep a log of them,” explained County Attorney Denise Fortenberry during the public hearing.
   “But, there are local veterinarians who do keep track and animal control officers and the impound do check for chips when an animal is brought in.”
   Fortenberry added that the changes include the total number of animals a person can own and recommends spaying/neutering but does not enforce it.
Thu
08
Oct

Paying their respects to ‘Mondo’

Sentinel photo: Mike Reddell
Bay City Police Detective Corporal Armando “Mondo” Galvan was killed in a motorcycle crash Friday, Oct. 2, just north of Yoakum in Gonzales County. A law enforcement procession and others returned Galvan to Bay City Sunday, Oct. 4. Local residents gathered along 7th Street Sunday afternoon to pay their respects to the longtime officer. See more photos on Page 5.

Thu
08
Oct

"Election 2020: Clerk’s office gets out 1.4K absentee ballots" by: Mike Reddell

   The Matagorda County Clerk’s office spent Friday and Monday getting about 1,400 requests for absentee ballots completed.
   “We’re still getting them (the requests), including military and U.S citizens living abroad. The absentee ballot requests total about 1,400,” County Clerk Stephanie Wurtz said Tuesday.
   “That’s a lot. We’ve already doubled what we did in March, or about 600 ballots, for the primary.
   “Now, we are simply mailing out as requests come in,” Wurtz said.
   She added that her office will still handle the requests for about 2-3 weeks.
   The deadline to request an absentee ballot is Oct. 23.
   Asked about Gov. Greg Abbott’s decision to limit drop-off locations, Wurtz said that does not affect Matagorda County.
   “We always planned for just one location (which is our office),” Wurtz said.
Thu
08
Oct

Matagorda Day filled with activities

    This year Matagorda Day is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10, at the Matagorda Volunteer Fire Department.
   The event features a parade, fajita meal, vendor booths, live band, raffle, children’s activities, and a live auction.
   Everything kicks off at 10 a.m. with a parade followed by fajita plates with rice and beans at noon.
   Fajita plates are available for drive-thru, to-go, or for dine-in.
   Dave Owen Live is providing live music entertainment.
   This year’s fajita cook-off check-in is between 9-11 a.m. with meat due at 1:30 p.m.; trophies will be given to first-third place winners.
   Fajita cook-off participation costs $100 per entry and winners are scheduled to be announced at 3 p.m. or when the live auction has ended.

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