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"Rickaway enjoys MCFLA reunion at bucket calf show" by: Mike Reddell

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
University of Texas senior Jordan Rickaway interviews a youngster at the Matagorda County Fair & Livestock Association bucket calf competition last Friday. A former bucket calf participant, Rickaway brought considerable fair and stock show experience to last week’s event.

   Jordan Rickaway was on familiar ground last week – the Matagorda County Fairgrounds arena. 
   The former Tidehaven High School standout interviewed the youngsters in the Matagorda County Fair & Livestock Association (MCFLA) Bucket Calf competition Friday, March 6. 
   Rickaway once was among the Bucket Calf participants in an event that guides kids through their first glimpse of showing cattle – in their case calves. 
   “I grew up showing steers here at MCFLA with a bucket calf just as many of these young people have,” Rickaway said in her speech to those attending the event. 
   Tidehaven’s valedictorian, student council president, Tidehaven FFA president and the 2016 Fair Queen, Rickaway is a senior Public Health major at the University of Texas in Austin and will graduate with a bachelor’s degree in May.  

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Mar

Danny Andel honored as Cattleman of Year

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Matagorda County Cattlemen’s Assocation (MCCA) awarded Danny Andel as 2019 Cattleman of the Year. Andel was recognized during last week’s rodeo. Pictured, from left, are: Sydney Armatta, president of the Bay City Chamber of Commerce Ag Committee; Pam Hoffman, Bay City Feed; Lois Andel (Danny’s Wife); Heather Reed (Danny’s Daughter); Danny Andel; Lee Weathers, MCCA member; and Stephen Weathers, MCCA president.

   EDITOR’S NOTE: The following narrative was given when Danny Andel received the Cattleman of the Year Award from the Matagorda County Cattlemen’s Association.  
       
   Our Cattleman of the Year began his career as a cowboy at the age of seven helping his father on Nielson Ranch near Cedar Lane.  
   Since then his love of working cattle has afforded him the chance to ride horse back more days than not. 
    Danny was a member of 4-H and Van Vleck FFA and showed animals at the Matagorda County Fair receiving two Grand Champions in the Brahman Crossbred division.  
   After high school, he worked a period time at A/P Ranch before moving to Dayton, Texas where he worked for the largest landholder in Harris County, Seaberg Ranch, a Registered Brahman and Commercial cattle operation.  
   While in Dayton, Danny met and married his wife Lois.  

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Mar

"Census worker seeks county’s help " by: Mike Reddell

  A local U.S. Census representative asked for help in gathering data for the 2020 Census from commissioners court at its regular meeting Monday, March 9. 
   “It’s our responsibility to count every U.S. citizens,” said Tommy Brandl, who is a retired farmer from El Campo. 
   A Census count that accurately reflects a county’s population, Brandl told the court, “means dollar bills for your county and more money” for county roads and services. 
   “We’re trying to recruit people now,” Brandl said, pointing out that the Census pays $18-$20 per hour for help and people can work their own hours. 
   While Census workers won’t go door-to-door, they will visit nursing homes first and will follow up on non-responses from people. 
   “Anything y’all can do to help us I would appreciate,” Brandl added. 

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"Raise Your Hand Texas advocates for public education" by: Jessica Shepard

Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard
Matagorda County Judge Nate McDonald makes a point with Dr. Tom Kelchner, with Raise Your Hand Texas, about the importance of public education advocacy legislation for rural Texas counties and their school districts. Kelchner spoke at informational luncheon recently hosted by the Bay City Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture.

   The Bay City Chamber of Commerce & Agriculture hosted an informational luncheon featuring Raise Your Hand Texas Gulf Coast Regional Advocacy Director Dr.Tom Kelchner, Feb. 20 at Schulman’s MBG.
   Kelchner addressed over 15 attendees with information about the advocacy group’s aims and goals for furthering public education.
   “We are advocates, not lobbyists,” he told attendees.
   “We’re glad that the Texas legislature has taken steps to support our public schools more with new laws like House Bill 3.”
   Raise Your Hand Texas (RYHT) was founded by HEB entrepreneur Charles Butt.
   Kelchner added that the group is solely funded and does not participate in fundraising endeavors.

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12
Mar

"MEHOP raises money for Nina Sicking Memorial Scholarship" By Donna Huitt MEHOP

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There will be mounds of boiled crawfish ready for MEHOP’s 2nd annual Nina Sicking Memorial Scholarship crawfish boil and bake sale April 3. The fundraiser will be at MEHOP’s Women and Children’s Center, 111 Ave. F in Bay City.

   Mark your calendars and get your tickets, it’s almost time for MEHOP’s 2nd annual Nina Sicking Memorial Scholarship crawfish boil and bake sale! 
   The event will be from 5-7 p.m. April 3 and tickets for crawfish can be purchased on the Facebook event through Eventbrite or in person at MEHOP locations. 
   Each plate comes with 1-pound crawfish, potato and corn on the cob. 
   The fundraiser will be at MEHOP’s Women and Children’s Center, 111 Ave. F in Bay City. 
   Plates will be carry-out only and tickets must be purchased in advance by March 27. 
   Even if crawfish does not interest you, you will not want to miss out on our bake sale at the event. 
   If you would like to just make a donation, they can be given at the event, sent to 101 Ave. F North, Bay City, TX 77414, or made online through Eventbrite at Nina Sicking TAMU Scholarship Annual Fundraiser. 

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Mar

"Reel Reviews: ‘Onward’ highlights sibling relationship with an epic quest" by: Jessica Shepard

   It’s been a while since I’ve seen a kid-friendly movie, so I decided to check out “Onward” during its opening weekend. 
   I have to admit that I didn’t know what to expect when I started this film, but, it’s definitely heartwarming, cute and emotional in all the right ways. 
   The movie clocks in at one hour and 42 minutes of run time at a PG rating for action/peril and some mild thematic elements and has generated over $68 million worldwide. 
   Onward is a computer-animated urban fantasy film produced by Pixar Animation Studios for Walt Disney Pictures. 
   The film is directed by Dan Scanlon, produced by Kori Rae from a screenplay written by Scanlon, Jason Headley, and Keith Bunin. 
   It stars the voices of Tom Holland, Chris Pratt, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Kyle Bornheimer, Mel Rodriguez, and Octavia Spencer. 
   In a world inhabited by mythical creatures, magic is commonplace and its wielders are greatly respected. 

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12
Mar

Tidehaven girls bound for state

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These three Tidehaven High School athletes are state-bound after qualifying at the Girls Powerlifting Region Championship at Bay City High School March 7. The trio includes, from left: Desiree Vega, Jehan Johnson and Carla Moreno

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Mar

Mirelez wins Region Championship

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Bay City High School’s Madison Mirelez, above, won the Girls Powerlifting Region Championship in her weight class and is head for state competition. Mirelez was: 1st in 259, 390 Squat, 190 Bench, 300 Dl, 880 Total

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Mar

MCFLA Home Economics Craft Show Winners

Sentinel Photo by Jessica Shepard
High Point winners
Juniors – Taelynn Tinnin, Makenzie Hubbard, Scollie Saha, Jace Jeffery Whisler, and Dawson Hudgins.
Intermediate – Sydney Hudgins, Ansley Kubecka, Madison Harris, Slade Saha and Clif Cash.
Seniors – Avery Kubecka, Shawn Sneath, Mark Kubecka, Spencer Hogg and Macy Wilson.

High Point
   Juniors – Taelynn Tinnin, Makenzie Hubbard, Scollie Saha, Jace Jeffery Whisler, and Dawson Hudgins.
   Intermediate – Sydney Hudgins, Ansley Kubecka, Madison Harris, Slade Saha and Clif Cash.
   Seniors – Avery Kubecka, Shawn Sneath, Mark Kubecka, Spencer Hogg and Macy Wilson.
Grand Champions
   Juniors – Makenzie Hubbard, Scollie Saha, Nora Hickman, Olivia Hill, Sophie Steinmann, Keagan Gerberman, Adyson Merck, Taelynn Tinnin, and Jace Jeffery Whisler.
   Intermediates – Ansley Kubecka, Sydney Hudgins, Adelyn Tidwell, Victoria Sliva, Madison Harris, Slade Saha, Tram Duong, Colton Spalek, Aydan Flores, Lesley Hoffman, Marin Bolton, Lexi Mitchell, Meredith Williams, Savannah Remmy and Clif Cash.
   Seniors – Mark Kubecka, Macy Wilson, Emily Hill, Mallory Grimes, Samantha Otto, Kerrigan Keating, Shawn Sneath, Spencer Hogg, Bailey Engel and Claire Alford.

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12
Mar

Blackcat Band earns Sweepstakes

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The Bay City High School Band earned Sweepstakes honors at the UIL Concert and Sight-reading Contest March 3 at Palacios High School. Sweepstakes honors are awarded to those bands who earn Superior ratings, also called First Division ratings, in each category at contest as well as having earned a Superior rating at Marching contest in the fall semester. Bay City ISD Director of Bands Mark Longoria said, “I am so proud of these students. I want to thank the BCHS staff for all their hard work throughout the year to keep the students motivated. Also, a big thank you to Coach Kuehn for stepping up to drive our bus to contest!”

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