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School, industry officials discuss common goals

  Issues tied to Matagorda County schools and local industries received a solid sounding at the Mid Coast Education Industry Alliance Wednesday, Dec. 4.
   “This is our introduction meeting,” Mitch Thames, president of the Bay City Chamber of Commerce, told those attending from local industries, businesses and county schools.
   Thames proposed follow-up meetings Feb. 3 and April 6.
   “Right now we need information that you as an industry, business and education want to share.
   “We have to have the best rural workforce – we can, we will be and we must do this,” declared County Judge Nate McDonald.
   “An educated workforce and populace will grow the community,” he said.
   Clarence Fenner, with STP and a former city councilman, used STP’s workforce training experience as a background for the importance of bringing industry, business and school leaders together to discuss issues of mutual interest.

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Dec

Dungeoneers practice Gypsy

Contributed photo
Pictured are three of the lead characters in the Bay City High School Dungeoneers presentation of the musical Gypsy Dec. 12-13 at the BCHS theater. From left: Ethan Frazier as Herbit, Kaylise Irazarry as June, and Miranda Georgeson as Rose.

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Dec

Mad Island Christmas Bird Count goes for 9 Monday

   The 116th Annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count kicks off in North America from Canada to Mexico Dec. 14 from 6 a.m. until 5 p.m. and lasts until Jan. 5 2016.
   That makes it Matagorda County’s 22nd Annual Mad Island Marsh Bird Count since its inception in 1993.
   Matagorda County took first place in the count last year with 234 different bird species making this the eighth year in a row.
   The most ever recorded in the county were 250 different species in 2005.
   A Buff-breasted Sandpiper, Brown Booby and two Black Terns in Matagorda County were among others as the headliners for the state last year.
   That included six new species were reported and five of those were only found in Texas.

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Dec

Task force nabs 2 on drug counts

   Two people were arrested on several illicit drug-related charges following an investigation by the Matagorda County Narcotic Task Force Thursday, Dec. 3, Bay City Police Department reported.
   During the arrest, police reports show, methamphetamine, marijuana and prescription drugs were found.
   Lisa Lynn Snyder, 47, was charged with: possession of controlled substance, a second-degree felony; tampering with physical evidence, a third-degree felony: and delivery of miscellaneous substance, a Class A misdemeanor, police reports show.
   Andy J. Martinez, 40, was charged with: possession of controlled substance, a second-degree felony; possession of marijuana, a Class B misdemeanor; and possession of miscellaneous substance, a Class A misdemeanor, police said.  
   The two were taken to the Matagorda County Jail, where they were booked.

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Dec

Motorcyle club make plans for bringing smiles to local children

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
Road Riders Inc. had a Toys for Kids Rally – including a 30-minute ride through Bay City - Sunday at the Eagles Hall, the official start of the Toys for Kids this Christmas season.

   Between 600 and 800 Matagorda County children will get Christmas presents this year thanks to the 17th Toys for Kids campaign.
   Road Riders Inc. hopes to raise $13,000 for this year’s Toys for Kids, said Jeanette Lockhart, the motorcycle group’s president.
   Lockhart said the names for the Toys for Kids gift list come from Matagorda County United Way, which acquires the names from the Salvation Army.
   “We even have a Santa Claus sled,” she said.
   “We go to all of the apartment complexes in Bay City,” Lockhart pointed out.
   Road Riders Inc. members deliver the toys – on motorcycles of course - in one pile at apartments, then allow the children to choose their own, said the group’s vice president, Dick Carter.
   “When we take the gifts to the apartments, we honk the horn and everyone comes out,” Lockhart said.

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Dec

Turning potential dropouts into grads

   What does a Bay City High School student who’s fallen far behind in getting class credits toward graduation do? 
   Typically, students who are in danger of not graduating with their class spiral down into more failure and eventually drop out of high school. 
   But BCHS has a home for these students – The Alternative Center for Education, or ACE, and the Optional Flexible Day School Program, or “Evening School.”
   ACE is a “school within a school.” Students may be attending some regular high school classes to stay on track, come to the ACE classroom part of the day to work at a computer on getting caught up on whatever class credits they have lost. 
   Those in Evening School attend after regular-school hours – a new option BCHS started offering this school year. The after-school program runs from 3:30 until 7:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday on regular school days, and is directed by Assistant Principal Jamie Bates.

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Dec

New Bay City team to host semi-pro football ‘Shoot Out’

By Don Cudd
Sentinel Staff Writer
    Last year’s Victoria Texans semi-pro football team is planning to make Matagorda County its new home for the 2016 season. 
   And the first item of business for the Bay City Texans is  a pre-season “Texas Shoot Out” set for Saturday at Memorial Stadium. 
  The two-game shootout is set to start a 3 p.m.with a game between the Whartn Panthers and the 3rd Coast Hard Hittaz from Lake Jackson. 
   The Texans will then take on the Edinburg Landsharks for the night-cap game schedule for a 7 p.m. kickoff. 
   “The Landsharks have 3 championships under their belt. They are a good team,” said Texans Owner Rudy Guzman. “Their offensive line averages about 365 pounds. Those are some big guys. This game is going to be, definitely, speed verses power.”
   The annual pre-season double header is a Texan tradition that Guzman hosted as a charity fundraiser for several years in Victoria. 

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Huffin' and Puffin' at BCHS

Bay City High School’s Project Graduation group presented its annual “Powderpuff” flag football dayat Memorial Stadium Saturday. Girls from all four classes at the school formed teams that squared off against one another in a friendly, round-robin format tournament. Boys from the school supported the players as cheerleaders and coaches, and the school’s Aristocrats Dance Team performed in between games. The event raised money for the annual “lock-in” party set for graduation night in the school gym. Project Graduation is a nationally known program offered by many schools across the US. It encourages communities to rally each school year around plans for a year-end, alcohol-free option by which seniors can celebrate their graduation.

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Dec

Thames tells about shift in hotel tax revenue use

   Revenue from Bay City hotel occupancy taxes will be concentrated on events here that entertain local hotel guests, Mitch Thames told city council at its regular meeting last week.
   “With hotels really full, we’re looking at what we can do to entertain them - enhance events in the city,” said the Bay City Chamber of Commerce president, who also oversees Matagorda County CVB operations.
   Both the chamber and CVB are based in the Bay City Civic Center.
   Typically, hotel tax revenues are spent on attracting out-of-town visitors to local events or attractions, otherwise known as putting “heads on beds.”
   Thames suggested the new strategy of spending hotel tax revenues on local events.

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LCRA refuses to release data on Lane City Reservoir

   The Lower Colorado River Authority says a $255 million reservoir it is building in southeast Texas won’t reduce freshwater flows into Matagorda Bay enough to hurt aquatic life, but the organization is refusing to release the hydrological modeling that led to it that conclusion, the Texas Tribune recently reported.
   The authority — the largest water and power supplier in Central Texas — has told the Matagorda Bay Foundation it can’t have the information and asked state Attorney General Ken Paxton for an opinion shielding the data from the state’s open records laws. 

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