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Thu
22
Oct

Fun Run stretch

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Abby McConaha, far right, leads participants in warmups for the Wellness Matagorda Fall Turkey Trot Fun Run Saturday, Oct. 17. The event was a Wellness Matagorda fundraiser for the Texas Safe Shelter Initiative

Thu
22
Oct

Van Vleck board discusses late delivery of band uniforms

 Van Vleck High ISD ordered new uniforms for its high school band last spring, and officials counted on delivery in time for the band’s UIL marching contest last Saturday.
   But that didn’t happen.
   “This past Friday, I believe, was the end of the window to have them shipped,” Principal Brandon Hood told school board members Monday. 
   “We had anticipated them being in last week, shipped and tailored, by now. I am surprised they are not here yet. The district hasn’t paid any money for them yet, but I am disappointed that we couldn’t wear them Saturday.”
   In other matters Monday, the school board accepted a $12,000 grant from Phillips 66 Company. 
   The money will be used for new classroom technology, officials said. 

Thu
22
Oct

Bay City trustees honor students for software expertise

Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard
Above, from left, Sarah Khatib, Vishwa Shaw, William Teague, Camryn Brown and Brittany Jenkins received the distinction of “Microsoft Certified Expert (MCE)” by becoming certified in Microsoft Office 2010 Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Access. All five students were recognized by the BCISD Board of Trustees with medals and awards during their Monday, Oct. 19 meeting.

   Five students were recognized by the BCISD Board of Trustees with medals and awards, Monday Oct. 19.
   Sarah Khatib, Vishwa Shaw, William Teague, Camryn Brown and Brittany Jenkins received the distinction of “Microsoft Certified Expert (MCE)” by becoming certified in Microsoft Office 2010 Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Access.
   “The MCE designation may now be placed on their resumes,” said high school principal Christopher Townsend.
   After that, the board went into executive session at 7:10 to confer with their lawyer about conducting the hearing of a Level III Grievance.
   Essentially, a grievance is a formalized complaint that requires a formalized response from the district.

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Thu
22
Oct

Artist prefers acrylic paint to work quickly

Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard
Artist Brian Wienhold stands next to one of his acrylic creations on display at the Art League Gallery.

   Brian Wienhold is the Art League of Bay City and Matagorda County’s artist of the month showcasing his works at the Art League Gallery.
   “I decided to be an artist who actually shows their work about a year and half ago,” said Wienhold.
   “I always liked to draw when I was a kid, and always had a healthy interest in art history, but throughout my life never really pursued it full time or thought that I would show it publicly.”
   All of his works are done in acrylic paint because it allows him to work quickly.
   “I work in acrylic because it dries quickly and you can use different types of mediums in order to get lots of different effects,” he said.
   Wienhold’s father, Henry Weinhold, is a professional painter.

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Thu
22
Oct

Haunted house will have movie-themed rooms

Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard
Seniors Alondra Moreno, left, and Robin Allen are busy separating old baby doll parts to use as props in their haunted house room. Fake spider web and fishing line made the task more time consuming than they originally thought.

   The Bay City High School Class of 2016 Project Graduation is hosting a “Haunted Cinema” for $5 a ticket.
   Located at the corner of Ave. A and 11th St., also known as the armory, the event will last from 8-10 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 25, and Thursday, Oct. 29.
   On Halloween, the haunted house will be open from 8-11 p.m.
   “The armory is now a storage building for the City of Bay City,” said senior parent Stephanie Koenig. 
   “We appreciate them letting us use this facility. We have asked them in the past since 2010 to provide a place for us to do this fundraiser annually.”
   The theme was voted on by a meeting of students and includes movies like: “Carrie,” “Quarantine,” “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre,” and “Sinister.”
   There is a total of six movie-themed rooms with “creepy” transitions.

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Thu
15
Oct

Huddleston crowned Rice Queen

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The 2015-2016 Rice Festival Queen's Court members from left are: Rice Festival Queen Graci Huddleston; first runner-up Miranda Orsak; second runner-up Morgan Roper; third runner-up Ashley McNeil; and fourth runner-up Haley Hartsfield.

Twenty-two young women lined the stage of Keye Ingram auditorium Saturday night to find out who would be crowned Rice Festival Queen.
   Graci Huddleston was officially crowned Rice Festival Queen for the 2015-2016 year.
   Huddleston is joined by her court: first runner-up Miranda Orsak, second runner-up Morgan Roper, third runner-up Ashley McNieil and fourth runner-up Haley Hartsfield.
   Huddleston also received the award for “Most Photogenic” and Adrianna Garcia got “Best Dress” as voted on by the judges.
   Haley Hartsfield won “Miss Congeniality” with the most votes from her fellow contestants.
   This year’s judges: Lindsey Denson, Sonya Hummel and Sabastian Lopez narrowed their search for the Queen to 10 semi-finalists.
   Each of those girls drew a random question out of a fish bowl and had to answer it on the spot. 

Thu
15
Oct

Annual Kayak Fun run draws nearly 50

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
This young man’s look of determination comes as the Friends of the Sargent Library’s annual Kayak Fun Run gets under way on Caney Creek Saturday morning. there were nearly 50 participants in the paddling event and an impressive turnout at the Library’s auction at Crab Trap Restaurant.

Thu
15
Oct

People remember Hawkins as kind, gentle personality

 At the news of Andy Hawkins’ death last week, public expressions of sorrow – as well as deep respect for the former NFL player’s life – were in no short supply. 
   Hawkins passed away due to heart failure Oct. 7 in Bay City. Throughout the 1980’s he played with four professional teams and was inducted into the Texas A&M-Kingsville Javelina Football team’s Hall of Fame in 1992.  
   He also played for the VanVleck High School team where his brother-in-law Robert Blackmon is currently the head coach. 
   At half time of the Van Vleck football game against Danbury on Oct. 9, public address announcer John Hoffman paused for a moment of silence in honor of Hawkins. 
   “That was a great man right there,” an unidentified man could be heard whispering to his young son during the moment. “One of the best ball players we’ll ever have here.” 

Thu
15
Oct

Tidehaven king, queen

Tidehaven High School seniors Zariah Dodds and Christian Longoria were crowned the 2015 Homecoming Queen and King on Friday night during halftime ceremonies. Dodds is the daughter of LaTonya George and Donald Dodds, while Longoria is the son of Yolanda Longoria and stepfather Jesse Martinez.
Beth Foley Photo

Thu
15
Oct

Center will offer Kayaking class for beginners Saturday

   The Matagorda County Birding Nature Center clearly recognizes that paddling is one of the most effective ways to get close to nature and observe wildlife.   
   Plus, it is just plain old fashion fun. 
   So, this unique riverside refuge for encountering natural wonders and wild things, is offering its members the opportunity to learn the basics of kayaking and gain a firsthand appreciation for the beauty and allure of the lower Colorado River at no charge.   
   This “free” offer is made as a way of thanking current members for their loyal support over the past year and to entice other nature lovers to join this non-profit attraction now and, thereby, enjoy the rights and privileges of membership through Dec. 31, 2016. 
   This beginner’s class is open to those 18 and older and limited to the first ten to enroll.     
   It will tbe at the center, near Bay City, from 3 to 5:45 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17.   

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