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Holding him back

Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard
During the song, “The Farmer and The Cowman,” a fight breaks out (above) between farmers and cowmen. Cowman Will Parker, played by Stephen Logan, is restrained after a farmer’s insult.

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30
Jul

CAST Oklahoma!: Good chemistry, audiences

Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard
Leaving after their wedding ceremony and Curly’s “trial” for Jud Fry’s death, scene above, the happy couple waves goodbye as they head away on their honeymoon. Curly and Laurey, played by Paul Rodgers and Elizabeth Schneider, are pulled off stage by their “team” of friends..

   The Community Actors of South Texas (CAST) played their last curtain call for the musical “Oklahoma!” as a matinee showing Sunday, July 26. 
   Still, they performed for over 100 audience members and earned a lot of applause for their skills. 
   ‘Oklahoma!’ is the largest production that CAST has undertaken. 
   “We’ve had great turnouts every night,” said director Timothy Rhoades. 
   The musical was performed on stage at the Van Vleck Auditorium and featured light refreshments and drinks being sold. 
   Barring a barely noticeable nervousness from Curly, played by Paul Rodgers, the opening sequence went off without a hitch. 
   Stephen Logan, playing Will Parker, seemed right at home on stage as he danced through one of the musical’s largest numbers, “Kansas City.” 
   Miguel Mirelez brought the villain, Jud Fry, to life during his conversation with Curly in the smokehouse. 
Thu
23
Jul

150 at Bay City Evening Lions Game Night

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
Games of chance can be fun if the stakes involved are tied to prizes and helping a good cause. In this case, blackjack players at Bay City Evening Lions Club Casino Night Saturday at the VFW included, from left, Karen Hitzfield, Jim Folse, Chrystal Folse and their dealer, Bill Cornman. The third annual event raised over $10,000 for local charities, with 150 people participating.

Thu
23
Jul

School lunches to go up a quarter

Bay City school trustees approved a 25-cent increase in cafeteria prices for the 2015-2016 school year Monday night.
   All students in the district will retain free breakfasts and elementary students will continue to have free lunches.
   However, junior high and high school students will see their meals cost $2 and $2.50 this upcoming school year.
   Faculty can expect their prices to go up to $3.50 across the district.
   Any and all visitors also will pay $3.50.
   Trustee Bobby Kimball expressed his concern about the reason why cafeteria meal prices were being raised.
   “We’re raising our prices to kind of get in sync with USDA reimbursement prices,” said food service director Mildred Hawkins.
   “We don’t have to be at their level, we just have to show that we are moving.”
Thu
23
Jul

New techniques bring relief to hip, shoulder surgeries

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
Orthopedic surgeon Dr. Chris Hall, center, explains a surgical technique with a model that he used in his presentation to the Bay City Lions Club Friday, July 17. Shown with Hall are, from left: Lion Terry Farrar, Bobby Wilkinson and Ron Laws, two of Hall’s patients, and Lion Jim Humphries.

   New procedures for repairing knees, hips and shoulders include less invasive surgery and they’re sending patients home earlier, Dr. Chris Hall told Bay City Lions at their meeting last Friday.
   “They are great things going on at this hospital that not everyone know,” the Matagorda Regional Medical Center orthopedic surgeon said.
   Hall was accompanied at the meeting by two of his patients – Bobby Wilkinson of Bay City, and Ron Laws of Palacios.
   The surgeon replaced both of Wilkinson’s knees June 1. After a brief hospital stay and rehab that’s almost complete, Wilkinson told the Lions he feels great.
   “I haven’t had any pain, but some soreness from the rehab,” Wilkinson, owner of Bay City Title and Abstract, said.
   “I was anxious at first about doing both knees, but I had a lot of faith in him (Hall).”
Thu
23
Jul

A surprise visit from Batman

Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard
Donnie Fondon, age 7, was surprised by his hero, Batman, during the Hometown Heroes luncheon Tuesday morning at the service center. Fondon wrote a letter to Batman explaining why he was his hero. Local heroes, veterans, and first-responders were honored as well. The luncheon concluded the Bay City Public Library’s summer program.

Thu
23
Jul

Oklahoma! opens Thursday

Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard
Ensemble members of the CAST production of “Oklahoma!” rehearse their moves Thursday July 16. The airborne trio is only a small part of the largest dance number known as “Kansas City.” Their performance can be seen starting at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 23, at the Van Vleck auditorium.

   Community Actors of South Texas members are nearing the final crunch of rehearsals before the debut of ‘Oklahoma!’ Thursday July 23.
   The musical is set to start at 7 p.m. at the Van Vleck auditorium and run nightly until the 2 p.m. matinee July 26.
   Tickets are $18 for adults and $15 for seniors and students and are available for purchase and Green Brother’s Jewelers and Studio ZG on the square in Bay City.
   There will be some tickets at the door, but seating is limited.
   A few new faces have joined the usual CAST lineup including Clare Constantini as Aunt Eller and Kayla Cox as Ado Annie Carnes.
   Hawes Dickerson bowed out of his performance due to an injured knee and his part as Will Parker will be played by choreographer Stephen Logan.
   “Hawes re-aggravated an old sports injury and was unable to continue with the show,” said direcFrom Page 1
Thu
23
Jul

Lazy Farmers Band jams at Hotel Blessing

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
There was a good turnout Saturday for the Hotel Blessing Fundraiser. With the Lazy Farmers Band, above, providing the music, the event also included a live auction, vendors, a classic car show and food.

Thu
23
Jul

Holloway BCPD officer of month

John Holloway

  John Holloway was chosen as June’s Bay City Police Department (BCPD) officer of the month.
   Holloway has been with the BCPD since January 2014.  
   Holloway attended Palacios High School where he participated in Future Farmers of America and graduated in 2007.  
   Holloway joined the U.S. Marine Corps in 2008. He spent 4½ years at his home base of Twentynine Palms, Calif., which included two, seven-month-long deployments to Afghanistan.  
   He was the backbone of the Marines: the combat infantryman.  
   After leaving the Marines, he returned to Palacios and attended Victoria College. He decided on a law enforcement career and attended the Victoria College Police Academy, graduating in December 2013.       
   BCPD selects the officer of the month based on several categories to include calls for service, reports taken, traffic contacts and arrests.  
Thu
23
Jul

Car show stuns

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
There were lots of nice rides on display at the Hotel Blessing Fundraiser Saturday. Along with this crescent of mostly Mustangs - plus a Camaro - there were lots of restored much older classics and street rods.

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