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Apr

Tidehaven trustees boost teachers' pay scale

   The Tidehaven school board voted to increase their salary pay scale for all current and incoming teachers last week.
   “Our goal is to attract newly qualified teachers,” said Superintendent Dr. Andrew Siegrist.
   The increase reaches nearly $9,000 more per year for new incoming teachers, he said.
   “For the past three years the salaries have been frozen across the board,” said Siegrist.
   During the salary freeze, teachers were paid out in stipends.
   “Our revised and edited pay scale will definitely be more competitive,” he said.
   A lot of our success is due to our board president, Stephen Crow, he said.
   “Stephen worked closely with our payroll department to achieve this goal,” said Siegrist.
Thu
23
Apr

Candidate Q & A

Bay City city council and school board candidates took part in a forum Tuesday night at Bay City Civic Center. Council hopefuls, from left, Brady Bowers, Incumbent Carolyn Thames and candidate Esau Rodriguez field questions. The Sentinel’s city and school candidate Q&A is inside on pages 6 and 7.

 

 

Thu
23
Apr

Officers raid gambling house

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
Owner of raided residence talks with officers Friday afternoon.

   A Bay City gambling operation was raided by an eight-officer team that seized five, eight-liner machines, plus money, and arrested the female owner of the residence Friday afternoon, April 17.
   Flor Nevarez Gonzalez, 57, of Bay City, was arrested on a single charge of Keeping a Gambling Place, a Class A misdemeanor, and was booked into Matagorda County Jail, said Bay City Police Lt. Clayton Ryman.
   “It’s rare to find a gambling operation inside a residence,” Ryman noted. The raid included both Bay City police officers and Matagorda County Sheriff’s deputies.
   The raid at 1704 M Street at 1:45 p.m. Friday, was a Matagorda County Narcotics Task Force operation, Ryman said.
   There were five people inside the modest frame residence when the raid happened and a man drove up just as the operation commenced.
   Officers questioned, but didn’t arrest, the man, and the people in-
Thu
23
Apr

Foundation hopes purses will help pay for imaging machine

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
Tiffany Foltyn is framed by several new, brand-name purses that will be up for bid at Power of the Purse May 7 at Bay City Service Center. The event’s goal is to help raise money for 3-D mammography equipment at Matagorda Regional Medical Center.

A new 3-D mammogram machine to enhance Matagorda Regional Medical Center’s (MRMC) radiology services for women is this year’s goal for the Fourth Annual Power of the Purse Thursday, May 7, at the Bay City Service Center.
   “This is a women’s health initiative,” said Tiffany Foltyn, executive director of the MRMC Foundation.
   Adding the 3-D machine will provide even clearer images than the digital mammogram equipment that the 2013 Power of the Purse helped purchase.
   Clearer 3-D images will help radiologists determine if a mass within a women’s breast is benign - possibly avoiding a biopsy, a trip to a larger metropolitan hospital with a 3-D machine and easing the fear of the unknown, Foltyn said.
   The new 3-D imaging equipment will cost about $300,000 and this year’s Power of the Purse aims to raise about $36,000.
Thu
23
Apr

Cleanup volunteers number in hundreds

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
Matagorda Cleanup Coordinator Peggy Stanley talks with volunteers Saturday morning.

   Impending inclement weather might have diminished volunteer help - but apparently not the enthusiasm - for the Sargent and Matagorda beach cleanups last Saturday, coordinators for both events said.
   Peggy Stanley coordinator of this year’s Matagorda cleanup said there were 132 volunteers signed up for picking up litter on five miles of beach. 
   “We collected 9,900 pounds,” Stanley said.
   “Everyone had a good time and the turnout was impressive considering the weather!”
Thu
23
Apr

Crawfish extravaganza

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
Booming blasts of thunder and heavy rain outside the Bay City Civic Center didn’t discourage people from attending and diving into heaping plates of crawfish and shrmp at the annual crawfish boil put on by the Bay City Chamber of Commerce agriculture committee.

Thu
23
Apr

New Cherry, BCJH principals hired

   Trustees approved the employment of two new principals for the 2015-2016 school year.
   Merideth Dodd and Dr. Keely Coufal are heading up Cherry Elementary and Bay City Junior High, respectively.
   Coufal has been an assistant principal at Park View Intermediate at Pasadena ISD since 2010.
   Before that, she taught sixth and seventh grade reading and English from 2001-2009.
   Dodd has been the assistant principal at Tenie Holmes Elementary school in Bay City ISD since August 2012.
   Prior to that, she also taught aquatic science and environmental systems; served as a co-teacher for anatomy and physiology, taught integrated physics and chemistry (IPC), and biology at Weatherford High 
Thu
23
Apr

Casting & Reeling

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
About 35 youngsters put their fishing skills on display during the KId Fish at Matagorda Harbor Saturday. Sponsored by CCA and Serve Outdoors, the kids competed in a casting contest, while others lined the harbor’s wharf and got some tips from parents, grandparents and relatives.

Thu
23
Apr

Collecting 4,200 pounds of trash

Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard
Volunteers at the Sargent Beach Cleanup Saturday collected 4,200 pounds of trash. A total of 118 people took part in the cleanup, despite the threatening weather.

Thu
23
Apr

Dungeoneers OAP Advances

Photo courtesy Simon DeSoto
Here’s the BCHS OAP cast on winning area competition last week and advancing to region this week in Corpus Christi.

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