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Wed
12
Oct

"Sunny weather boosts festival turnout" by: Jessica Shepard

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
Van Vleck High School's marching band members, including a member of the Queen’s Court, joined Tidehaven and Bay City bands in the annual Rice Festival Parade, Saturday, Oct. 8.

   Overall, the 71st Annual Bay City Lions Club Rice Festival attendance reached just over 4,800 this year, not including bull blast attendees.
   “Thursday was slow and probably attributed to the rain earlier in the day and on the same day as the local Duck’s Unlimited Banquet,” said Jason Childers, Rice Festival chairman. 
   “The Friday attendance was down as well, but we always experience low attendance when there is a home football game,” Childers said. 
   “By the end of day Friday, we were down at the gate roughly 40 percent from the previous year. “Saturday gave us excellent weather and the total gate sales were down only 1 percent from the previous year, Thursday-Saturday,” he said.
   “We had a great day with beautiful weather again on Sunday and ended the festival up 1 percent from the previous year.”

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Wed
12
Oct

"Hickl wants Nov. 8 election to be good experience" by: Jessica Shepard

This graphic shows how the eSlate machine will look in casting a write-in vote.

   About 5,900 people voted in the March primaries in Matagorda County.
   That number is less than half of the total 12,250 voters of 2012 presidential election.
   In addition to the Presidential race, there are several county-level opposed races on the Nov. 8 general election ballot and the Bay City ISD’s $124 million bond issue for sweeping campus replacements and improvements.
   Early voting starts Monday, Oct. 24 and runs through Friday, Nov. 4.
   The polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Bay City Service Center and Matagorda County Courthouse Annex in Palacios.
   Matagorda County Clerk Janet Hickl needs poll workers, including high school students, ages 16-18.
   “It’s a good experience for them and looks great on a resume,” said Hickl.
   “Plus, they get a note from us to be out of school and find out how voting works.”

Wed
12
Oct

Tenie Holmes, Linnie Roberts among top BCISD facility needs

Proposed layout for Tenie Holmes elementary.

   This article is the second in a series detailing the top priority November 8th Bay City ISD bond election projects.
   In addition to a new Junior High campus, the Bond Steering Committee prioritized Tenie Holmes and Linnie Roberts Elementary Schools as the most important facility needs.
   Tenie Holmes Elementary is 64 years old, and Linnie Roberts Elementary is 63 years old.  
   Both campuses were built before today’s school building standards existed.
   The Texas Education Agency has size requirements for classrooms, hallways, and even restrooms.  The specifications guide every facility built across the state.   
   Tenie Holmes and Linnie Roberts Elementary Schools do not comply with TEA specifications.
   Holmes parent Yolanda Betancourt said, “I often visit the school to have lunch with my daughter.  
   The cafeteria is so small that we have no place to sit. 

Wed
12
Oct

Sargent Library’s annual Kayak Fun Run

Photo by Bill Orton
About 25 kayakers were on Caney Creek under perfect skies Saturday morning to take part in the Friends of the Sargent Library’s annual Kayak Fun Run. The event is the only fundraising event for the Sargent Library.

Wed
12
Oct

Cherry's Constitution week

BCISD photo
Cherry Elementary Assistant Principal Suzette Williams recently visited with several fifth grade classes in Bay City ISD to discuss with them the importance of the United States Constitution. “In many countries, they don’t have the freedoms that we have in the U.S., such as being able to vote. The Constitution is the basis of our country’s freedoms,” Williams commented. Williams gave each student a pocket copy of the United States Constitution, on behalf of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR). She shared with students that she is a DAR member, and that her relative rode with George Washington’s regiment at the battle of Valley Forge.

Wed
12
Oct

Tidehaven's Super Tigers

This week’s Tidehaven Super Tigers are George Woods, Mason Callias, Chloe Woods, Savannah Marroquin, Kaydence Sanchez, Rylan-James Brassfield, Dannimarie Sanchez and Lacey Perez.

Wed
12
Oct

"2016 Rice Dish Roundup winners announced" by: Jessica Shepard

Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard
Rice Dish Roundup Grand Champion Winners: (Front) John Carter, Ben Jenewein and Kathy Bumguardner. Back Row: Jason Childers, Rice Fest chairman; Wayne Witte, Rice Dish Roundup chair; County Judge Nate McDonald; Velma Mangum, County Extension Office and Lion A. Ray Mangum. Not pictured: Shaila Torres.

   The Rice Dish Roundup Grand Champions for 2016 are: John Carter, broccoli and cheese casserole; Ben Jenewein, rice dressing; Shaila Torres, Aegean shrimp Anita; and Kathy Bumguardner, midnight balls.
   Of the 91 rice dish entries pre-registered, only 69 turned in a dish Oct. 7.
   “That’s the most we have had in a while,” said Velma Mangum, Rice Dish Roundup Coordinator for the Matagorda County Extension Office.
   Entries are broken down in grades 1-5, 6-8, 9-12 and along with an adult division.
   First place is awarded for each main dish, side dish, snack or appetizer, bread and dessert presented for judging.
   In grades 1-5 the winners are: Slade Saha, main dish; John Carter, side dish; Lauren Stai, three grain wild rice bread; and Kimberly Mirelez, dessert.
   Grades 6-8 features winners: Angelina Sosa-Bailey, main dish; Bene Jenewein, side dish; and Mylah Garcia, dessert.

Thu
06
Oct

Taking a hard look at schools

Campus tours are under way for the $124 million school board election for improvements at five of BCISD campuses. This group takes a look at the aging condition of Bay City Junior High.

Thu
06
Oct

"Award honors Harley Savage" by: Mike Reddell

Harley Savage
Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell

   Matagorda County farmer and rancher Harley Savage was recognized for his longtime contributions to agriculture and to his community by receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award at Bay City Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture’s Ag Producers Luncheon Monday, Oct. 3.
   Savage is only the second person to receive the award – longtime rice farmer Haskell Simon is the other.
   An estimated 60 people attended the luncheon put on by the chamber’s ag committee that also included a presentation on tractor safety by a trio of Van Vleck FFA students, Derek Buckalew, Bailey Elizondo and Faith Cornett, and County Agent Brent Batchelor’s overview of the county agriculture.
   “He’s a leader and he’s a great family man,”
John Dickerson said of Savage. Dickerson presented the award on behalf of the ag committee.
   Savage’s family traces its roots in Matagorda County to 1828, coming from New York to settle in the county, Dickerson noted.

Thu
06
Oct

Rice Queen and Court

The queen’s court includes, from left: 4th Runner-up: Chloe McGalliard; 3rd Runner-up Mehgan Orsak; 2016-2017 Rice Festival Queen Kaylise Irizarry; 2nd Runner-up Shannon Brown; and 1st Runner-up Chandler Davis
A total of 26 girls vied for the Rice Festival Queen crown Saturday.
Irizarry was sponsored by Bay City High School’s Dungeoneers.
Plaques were awarded to My’Destinee Franklin as Miss Photogenic and Chandler Davis for Best Evening Gown.
Chloe McGalliard was voted “Miss Congeniality” by her fellow contestants and received a plaque also.
Along with the Queen and her court, all contestants will ride on floats during the Rice Festival Parade, Sat. Oct. 8 downtown.
Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard

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