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Man seriously hurt in train accident

   A 33-year-old man suffered serious injuries when he was struck by a train near the railroad crossing on FM 457 Tuesday, July 19, the Matagorda County Sheriff’s Department reported.
   A Union Pacific train conductor told sheriff’s deputies the man was walking in the middle of the railroad tracks behind Wal-Mart – about 1/8-mile southeast of the FM 467 crossing.
   As train conductors blew their horns, the man stepped from the middle of the tracks and stood on one of the railroad ties as the locomotive approached.
   The conductor continued blowing the train’s horns and applied the brakes to prevent the train from striking the man, who was standing on the railroad tie facing north when the train struck him, Deputy Tyler Miles said in his report.

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Landing gear failure cause of minor crash

  A pilot failed to get the landing gear down as he attempted to land a single-engine aircraft at Bay City Regional Airport Wednesday, July 20.
   The aircraft was a single-engine Mooney and when the pilot made his final approach he forgot to extend the retractable landing gear, causing him to land on the belly of the aircraft, a City of Bay City press release reported.
   The accident involved only the single airplane and there were no injuries reported from the incident that was investigated by the Matagorda County Sheriff’s Department, the Department of Public Safety and the FAA.
   The belly landing caused minor damage to the runway and briefly closed the airport, city officials said.

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Hardaway signs his book on being a preacher’s kid

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Jim Ed Hardaway, right, was on hand at The Frozen Swirl, July 16, signing copies of his book, "It Was That Dang Red-Headed Preacher's Kid!" His book includes stories from time spent in Matagorda County in 1980s, when his father was pastor at Van Vleck and other area churches. Hardaway also participated in Sunday Service at Harvest time Church.

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"Moreno selling books, inspiring young writers" by: Jessica Shepard

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
Author and former Bay City ISD teacher, Elizabeth Moreno, left, gives her audience a little background information about her book, "Sancho the Silly Billy Goat." Moreno also showed off the plush version of Sancho she made herself. Her appearance July 21 was part of the Bay City Public Library's Children's and Teen's Summer Program.

   Former Bay City ISD teacher, Liz Moreno sold over 20 copies of her children’s book, “Sancho the Silly Billy Goat” during her signing events last week.
   “I had hoped to see more of my former students, but, the turnout was good,” said Moreno.
   Moreno read her book out loud during the Bay City Public Library’s Teen and Children’s summer programs last week.
   During the teen session, she had the audience join her in doing an on-the-fly short narrative poem.
   Children brainstormed random topics like turtles, koi fish and the zombie apocalypse.
   “I don’t know anything about the zombie apocalypse, but, I’ll give it a shot,” said Moreno.
   The resulting story had two koi fish falling in love and surviving the turtle zombie apocalypse.
   Other stories were about marshmallows and a dolphin with telekinetic powers.

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Tidehaven teacher at UT institute for literature

Beth Foley

   Tidehaven High School’s Beth Foley, who teaches English, recently attended the “Teaching the American Literary Tradition,” a professional development institute sponsored by Humanities Texas, the College of Liberal Arts at The University of Texas at Austin (UT) and the Harry Ransom Center.
   Foley was one of 50 Texas public school teachers invited to the institute June 6-9 on the UT Austin campus.
   The program consisted of three days of dynamic presentations and small-group seminars covering central topics in American literary history.
   That included the literature of the Civil War era and the Gilded Age, the Harlem Renaissance, the rhetoric of the civil rights movement and Southwest and Latino literature in the twentieth century.

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Jul

Purple Palm ribbon cutting

Purple Palm: The Purple Palm celebrated joining the Matagorda Chamber of Commerce with a ribbon cutting Wednesday, July 13.
Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard

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Disc Golf Course gets a major makeover

From Bay City Parks &Recreation
This is the design and layout of the park’s new disc golf course.

   LE TULLE PARK – Flying saucers will once again be appearing over the landscape at Le Tulle Park. 
   The disc golf course features new tee boxes, goal baskets and informational signage all of which was installed this week in the beautiful oak forested acreage at Le Tulle Park. 
   The upgrades were planned out by Parks and Recreation Supervisor Kelly Penewitt with Bay City Parks and Recreation who said “It’s a great course with some new challenges.”  
   Throughout the process Lane Hollister and a group of local players offered valuable input on the design. 
   “We still have some fine tuning to do on the course but it is ready to play on right now,” said Penewitt, who added that she is well aware of the work still to be done.
   The park is open daily from dawn until dusk and is closed after dark. 
   There is free admission to use the park and the disc golf course - one of 25 facilities offered by Bay City Parks and Recreation. 

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"CAST closes out season; ready for Aug. 11 premier" by: Jessica Shepard

Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard
Jamie Arar, left and Ella Rene, right, finally meet in scene 7, "The Cheshire Cat" of the Alice in Space's final performance Sunday, July 24. This Cheshire Cat is entirely as unhelpful as the original and enjoys distracting and confusing poor Alice.

   The Community Actors of South Texas (CAST) closed out their 2015-2016 season with their production of “Alice in Space.”
   The last showing of the children’s play was Sunday, July 24.
   With nearly 200 tickets sold to family members and friends, there was still room in Van Vleck Auditorium for more.
   “None of the performances sold out,” said Mary Dykes, CAST treasurer.
   “The concession stand did real well thanks to the great moms and CAST Board members who helped out.”
   This was Elizabeth Schneider’s directorial debut for CAST with over 20 cast members ranging from toddlers to teens.
   Schneider played the starring role of Laurey Williams in last summer’s “Oklahoma!” and was the “female admirer” in February’s “Picasso at the Lapine Agile.”
   Becky Malachowski and Chloe Gann, Time Lords in the play, also added a bonus scene, “You are Not a Jedi Yet.”

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Jul

Tangles' new stylists

Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard
Brittney Green, left, and Anabel Ortiz, right, recently joined the styling team at Tangles Hair Salon. Both cosmetologists also provide makeup services, among their hair styling skills. They join stylists: Jaime Anderson, Lauren Rafter and Tangles owner, Saryah Craft.

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Pursley recognized

Officer Vickie Pursley was recently recognized for her compassion, as she assisted on a call in which someone had died. Pursley sat with a bereaved woman to ensure she would be OK. Sometimes officers answer calls and forget about the impact it is going to have on the family. Pursley is credited by police officials for doing an awesome job showing compassion and ensuring the safety of those left behind. Pursley, left, is shown with Lt. Irene Kjergaard.
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