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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.

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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.

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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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Nov

BCHS ceremony honors veterans

The BCHS Band performed during thre Bay City High School’s Veterans Day program and drew an impressive turnout.

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Sporting new band uniform

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Van Vleck High School Leopard Band member Saundie Franz shows off the new band uniforms during a recent Leopard football game.

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Nov

Jazz hits onthe square

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The Bay City High School Jazz Band was a featured performer during Rock the Block’s tribute to veterans last week. The group performed several hits on the courthouse square.

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Nov

"Design trends" by: Zeinab Ghais

   As fall draws near we begin to get ready for the upcoming holiday season.  
   As a designer and decorator, this is the busiest time of the year for me.  
   For the last month, I have been working with some clients on getting their homes finished in time for Thanksgiving and then there are those who are booking to decorate for Christmas.
   It does take time to get it all together, especially if there is construction and furniture being bought.  
   I have to say that I love the transformation that takes place! Optimism is in the air this holiday season. 
   There is an expansion of festive colors and a proliferation of metallics.  
   If you are ready to change it up this season then consider some of these trends. 
   For a contemporary twist, Yellow is the main hue for Christmas. Yellow implies confidence and pairs well with white, silver, gold or black. 

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Nov

Nearly 500 FFA students compete at BCHS

   Approximately 500 FFA students from 25 schools competed at Bay City High and the old Bay City Intermediate campuses in the FFA District 3 Leadership Development Events (LDE) Contest on Nov. 12.
   The LDE Contest allows FFA members to compete individually or in teams to demonstrate their abilities in public speaking, decision making, communication and knowledge of agriculture and the FFA organization. 
   BCHS FFA student Ethan Frazier competed in Creed Speaking, where he had to recite the FFA Creed from memory, and then answer questions about its meaning and purpose. Ethan said, “It was stressful, but still fun. Everyone is getting the chance to meet others from many schools who have our same interests.”
   BCHS FFA hosted the district contest, with assistance from the Bay City ISD Maintenance Department. 

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Nov

Final review for STP units 3&4 set Nov.19

   Final review and approval for South Texas Project’s license application for Units 3 and 4 is scheduled by the Nuclear Regulatory Agency Nov. 19 in Washington, D.C.
   That hearing will be for a Combined Operating License (COL) for Units 3 and 4 Advanced Boiling Water Reactors (ABWR). 
   The hearing caps a review process that began Sept. 20, 2007, when the application for the COL was first submitted.
   “We’re moving forward,” said Buddy Eller, general manager, Corporate Communications and External Affairs at STP Nuclear. 
   If Units 3 and 4 are approved by the NRC, that will bring 800 permanent new employees to STP, Eller told a local group recently.
   In addition, as STP’s older employees – about 44 percent of its workforce - begin to retire, the nuclear operating station will be hiring 500 employees over the next five years, Eller commented at STP’s annual media luncheon last week.

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Salute to veterans

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The Bay City High School Aristocats paid tribute to local veterans during last Friday's game. The Blackcat Band joined the Needville band at halftime and provided music for the half time show as well. Check out pages 10 and 11 for more Veteran's Day recognition.

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