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Nov

Deputies pick up slack for troopers in Valley

   The state’s decision to send highway patrolmen to the Rio Grande Valley to help secure the border is putting a strain on sheriff departments throughout Texas 
   “What it’s doing to us is we only have three troopers in the county now and, at any given time, one is going to South Texas,” said Matagorda County Sheriff Skipper Osborne.
   “That leaves us at two troopers working,” the sheriff pointed out, adding the two can’t work 24/7 to patrol the county’s highways.
   Texas lawmakers authorized spending $800 million over the next two years and hiring 250 more state troopers to beef up the state’s already large presence on the border. 
   The scarcity of available troopers locally means deputies will wait at an accident for as much as two hours for a highway patrol officer to arrive from Sealy, in Austin County, or from Richmond-Rosenberg, Osborne explained.

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19
Nov

VV board votes new rules for residency

   Van Vleck ISD school board voted Monday to clarify rules for just who can attend the district’s schools.
   “As you well know, our school is very popular, and we have a lot of parents come out here and tell us all kind of things (in order to get their children into the district),” Superintendent John O’Brien told the board before its vote. 
   “What this does is give us a uniform regulation, throughout all campuses. We will have documents to verify that these parents are actually living where they say they live.”
   The changes establish a specific, district-wide criteria for how parents may prove their residency. 
   They also address the issue of grandparents who live in the district and provide after-school care for their grandchildren who live elsewhere.

Thu
19
Nov

Ladycat softball team recognized by trustees

Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard
BCISD Board of Trustees Celebration of Excellence honors 2015 varsity softball team members. Front row: Abigail Torres, Maliyah Griggs, Paitan Hassell, Taylor MacKenzie, Hannah Eidlebach and Cheyenne Trevino. Back Row: Drew Gonzales, Gabriella Garza, Harmony Santoya, McKayla Brown and Amy Bertsch. Not pictured are Samantha Thomas, Melissa Bullock, Bailey Nichols, Corrie Lopez, Juliet Galvan..

   The 2015 BCHS varsity softball team was recognized with Celebration of Excellence honors by the BCISD school board Monday night.
   Sixteen girls received medals and awards for being the team with the second-highest GPA in the U.S. for the second year in a row by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association.
   Each Ladycat also was awarded the NFCA All-America Scholar-Athlete award by the coaches association.
   To qualify for this award, athletes must have at least a 3.5 out of a 4.0 GPA.
   Trustees voted on and approved Budget Amendment #12 to fund contracting with North Star Recovery to clean the HVAC units and ducts at Tenie Holes and Linnie Roberts elementary campuses.
   “I’ve been reporting to the board that we have bene having some air quality problems reported by Holmes, primarily,” said Superintendent Keith Brown.

Thu
19
Nov

Dungeoneers sweep top 5 UIL spots

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The Bay City High School Dungeoneers, from left, include: Miranda Georgeson, Dandee Cabanay, Branson Cobb, Rahul Atodaria and Otensha Milimo.

   The Bay City High School Dungeoneers swept the top five spots at the UIL Region ESC 3 Congressional Debate competition at the El Campo Baptist Church on Nov. 10. 
   Branson Cobb won the 4A Regional Championship, Miranda Georgeson finished second, and Otensha Milimo took third. 
   The top three finishers advance to the State championship in Austin in January. 
   Rounding out the top five were Rahul Atodaria in fourth place, and Dandee Cabanay in fifth. They are alternates to State.
   According to the UIL website, the Congressional Debate event is an individual contest in a large group setting. 
   It models the legislative process of the United States Congress. Contestants draft legislation (proposed laws and position statements) submitted to the tournament, and they research the docket of bills and resolutions dealing with real-world social and political policies prior to the contest to prepare their speeches. 

Thu
19
Nov

Donating dictionaries

Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard
Members of the First Presbyterian Church of Bay City recently donated dictionaries to third graders. There first stop was Tenie Holmes Elementary before moving on to Cherry and Linnie Roberts elementaries. From left are: Charles Townsend, Mary Ann Roe, Ruth Morgan, Rev. Tracey Williams, Krystal Carrillo, Annette Smith and Tenie Holmes Principal Bryan Meadows.

Thu
19
Nov

Pilot Club donations

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The Pilot Club of Bay City recently presented donations to several local non-profit organizations. Pictured are Rev. Bill Ramsey and Frances Elder of St. Paul's Methodist Church; Misty Cavallin and Charlotte Joseph of The Salvation Army; Norma Benavidez and Vincent de Paul of Our Lady of Guadalupe; Sara Judkins of the First Methodist Church Food Pantry; John Estlinbaum; and MaleneGeorgeson, Sherri Radford and Jamie Hoffman of the Pilot Club.

Thu
19
Nov

Tidehaven band makes big strides by advancing to area

   After this summer’s national controversies over the Confederate battle flag, Tidehaven High School’s husband and wife band director team almost decided to change their plans for their 2015 marching season show commemorating the 150th anniversary of the end of the United States Civil War.
   But they didn’t change anything.
   And the band capped its competitive marching season in Fredericksburg Oct. 28 with a performance that almost qualified the group for the State Contest.
   “I wish everyone could have been in Fredericksburg that night because our finals performance we gave was probably the best performance the band has given in the two-and-a-half years that Daisy and I have been here,” director James Edwards told the TISD school board recently.
    “It was just easily, not even close, the very best performance I have ever heard the Tidehaven band do.”

Thu
19
Nov

2016 Area Miss Palacios

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Graci Huddleston is the 2016 Area Miss Palacios. Her title is a new category to the annual Miss Palacios Pageant. ​This was the 44th Annual Miss Palacios Pageant, Saturday, Nov. 7. ​ It includes all contestants not from Palacios High School.

Thu
19
Nov

Crime Stoppers to revive efforts in Matagorda County

    Crime Stoppers is looking to make a comeback in Matagorda County.
   A group of supporters gathered Nov. 3 for at least the third time this year to discuss and plan a “re-birth” of the crime-tip program in the area.
   “This program works,” said retired police Bay City police officer Bobby Rodriguez. 
   “I’ve seen its fruits, over and over. People are afraid to call police directly about things they see. They are so afraid of retaliation. They don’t want to be involved. So we definitely need to get it going again.”
   Technically, Crime Stoppers has been in business in the county since at least 1987, giving local residents an outlet to anonymously help police solve crimes and earn cash for their tips. But, everyone at last week’s meeting agreed, the program has not been used to its potential in recent years.

Thu
19
Nov

BCJH band boasts 13 qualifying for All-Region Band

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Thirteen Bay City Junior High musicians were named to the All-Region Band, with two more making alternate. In front, l-r: Celine Reyes, Evan Ramos, Isabelle Vargas, Rebecca Billings, Glory Vargas, Pedro Vargas, Michelle Garcia and Karl Gelinas. In back, l-r: Adrian Barrera, Gladys Govea, Vanessa Bautista, Eryc Pham, James Gay, Isabella Dewitt and Chase Hestand.

   Thirteen Bay City Junior High Panther Band students have qualified for All-Region Band, with two others being named alternates. 
   Competition was Nov. 7 at Stafford High School.  
   A total of 38 BCJH band students competed. 
   Over 800 students from the region auditioned for the approximately 75 spots available in one of three bands. 
   According to BCJH Band Director Charles Herber, the All-Region auditions are important for aspiring musicians. 
   “The music they learn for these auditions is much more demanding on an individual level than most of the band music they will play. This increases their proficiency and musical independence.
   “All of this helps them when learning new music, sight reading, and performing with others. Plus, although the audition is stressful for many kids, they also learn poise and develop confidence. These are attributes that will help them throughout life,” Herber said. 

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