Van Vleck elementary one of nation’s best

   U.S. Secretary of Education, John B. King, Jr., announced today that Van Vleck Elementary has been named a 2016 National Blue Ribbon School. 
   Van Vleck Elementary is one among 279 public and 50 private schools receiving this honor.
   Schools are nominated for the award by the state department of education, and then complete a comprehensive application about school practices. 
   Schools may apply for status as Exemplary High Performing - among the top schools in a state - or Exemplary Achievement Gap Closing - schools making the fastest progress in the their state in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups.
   District and Campus administration will represent Van Vleck ISD at a two-day awards ceremony in Washington, D.C., to celebrate their hard-won achievements in November.   


Holy Cross Fall Festival and Turkey Dinner

Bay City Sentinel photos/MaLinda Reddell
There was a large turnout for Holy Cross Catholic Church’s Fall Festival and Turkey Dinner Sunday at the Knights of Columbus Hall. Other things to do at the annual event included child activities, a country store, raffle and auction.


"James reopens dental office" by: Mike Reddell

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
Dr. Jeb James is shown with a new low-radiation cone beam CT scanner that provides three-dimensional images of patients’ teeth, bones, soft tissues and nerve pathways.

   Longtime Bay City dentist Dr. Jeb James meant to retire Oct. 20, 2015, after 40 years in the dentistry field.
   But he never wholly retired and he’s back serving patients at his office at 2501 Ave. I in Bay City.
   “I’d devoted my whole life to dentistry and enjoyed my patients very much,” said James.
   “I thought that since I semi-retired, it would be two days a week,” he explained.
   So, in his “semi-retirement,” James worked in a Houston dental office and taught at the University of Texas Dental School in Houston.
   “I enjoyed teaching very much. Students appreciate someone with real-world experience.”
   “But I found I missed my Bay City patients,” James said. 

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2 BCHS students recognized nationally

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Bay City High School students Rafael Lugo, left, and Dawson Friesenhahn were named Commended Students in the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program.

   Bay City High School students Dawson Friesenhahn and Rafael Lugo have been named Commended Students in the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program, conducted by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC). 
   This honor recognizes scholastically talented seniors.
   About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation were recognized for their exceptional academic promise. 
   Commended Students placed in the top 5 percent of more than 1.6 million students who entered the 2017 competition by taking the 2015 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT).



County Judge elected President Elect of regional councils group

   AUSTIN  - Matagorda County Judge Nate McDonald was elected President Elect of the Texas Association of Regional Councils at the 2016 TARC Annual Meeting in Austin.
   TARC assists regional councils of government in strengthening their capabilities to serve their local government members; provides a forum for the regular exchange of information and ideas; educates other governmental entities, public and private organizations, and the general public about the services and functions of regional councils; and represents the councils before both state and federal agencies and legislative bodies. 
   McDonald has served as Matagorda County Judge since 2007. 
   He presides over the county’s misdemeanor criminal, civil, probate, guardianship, and mental courts. 
   McDonald is a past chair of the H-GAC Board of Directors, and serves on the Election, Legislative, Finance & Budget and Water Resources Committees. 


‘Men of Standard’ Conference to feature speakers, activities

  The first ever “Men of Standard” conference will be from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8, at Keye Ingram Auditorium.
   This event is free, though it requires registration for male students in grades 1-12.
   Registered children are divided into groups and assigned to a specific workshop leader.
   Workshop leaders include: Bishop Hall, grades 1-3; Benjamin Grice, Jr., grades 4-5; Pastor Jonas Brinkley, grades 6-8; and Coach Lupe Florez, grades 9-12.
   There will also be free food and entertainment for all attendees.
   Entertainers include DJ Kidd, Elijah Francis and his mime interpretation skills and Hip Hop
   Mayor Mark Bricker is scheduled to make a special guest appearance.
   Guest speakers and entertainment include:


STP one of America’s safest companies

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STP Safety Supervisor Nathan Cashion, left, and Radiation Protection Technician Michael Novak accept the 2016 America’s Safest Companies award on Tuesday, Sept. 20, at the annual Safety Leadership Conference held at the Heinz History Center in Pittsburgh, PA.

   STP Nuclear Operating Company was recently selected as one of America’s Safest Companies by EHS Today, an award-winning occupational safety and health magazine. 
   It is the second time that STP has been selected for this honor, having also received the national award in October 2010.
   To be considered for the award, companies must demonstrate management and employee involvement in safety; innovative solutions to safety challenges; injury and illness rates significantly lower than the average for their industry; excellent communications about the value of safety; and a way to substantiate the benefits of the safety process. 
   “The importance of safety cannot be overstated, said STP Executive Vice President and Chief Nuclear Officer Tim Powell. 
   “This prestigious honor is a credit to the 1,200 men and women who make up our team at STP. 
   Their commitment to safety and to looking out for each other is our highest priority.”


Savage family shows support

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
Harley Savage (seated in front), who received the Bay City Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture’s Ag Committee Lifetime achievement Award Monday is surrounded by family. They include: second row, from left, Suzanne Grover, Tami Savage, Renee Savage and Debra Shield; third row, from left, Bruce Grover, Stewart Savage, Scott Savage, Kirby Savage, David Shield, John Romine


Bay City police able to talk man from suicide

   Bay City police officers were able to safely defuse a potentially dangerous situation when a man barricaded himself and poured gasoline inside a house and threatened to injure himself and officers early Tuesday morning, Oct. 4, reports show.
   Police received a call shortly after midnight Tuesday from a woman who said her boyfriend was inside the house in the 3400 Block of Briar Lane and was heavily intoxicated.
   The woman told officers that the boyfriend poured gasoline inside the residence and threatened to harm himself and any officers who came to the residence.
   Officers, with the woman’s help, were able to safely enter the house and place the man in custody.
   While officers were dealing with the man, they noticed smoke coming from the kitchen stove. 
   Officers quickly escorted the man to safety and called the Bay City Volunteer Fire Department.  


Wounded Warrior Classic Saturday

   The second annual Wounded Warrior Classic will be at Matagorda Harbor and Pavilion Saturday Oct. 8.   
   “Come out and cheer the boys on as they bring their day’s catch in,” said Nathan Lubbers with Texas Trio Classic Team.  
   Weigh in will be from 1-3 p.m. under the Harbor pavilion.   
   The Trio Classic Team will meet all of the veterans at LeTulle Park at 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7.  
   The veterans will be escorted to Matagorda by The Matagorda County Calvary and the Matagorda County Sheriff’s Department.   
   If you would like we ask the public to hang out around the square in Bay City as the guys will be driven around the square before heading down to Matagorda.  
   “We had the honor of hosting 15 of our nation’s finest vets last year. This year we will once again be hooking up with The Wounded Warrior Project along with Run N Gun Adventures to host 20 veterans, Lubber said.  


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