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"City approves drainage study" by: Mike Reddell

   City Council approved the regional drainage study engineering and funding sources for $306,000 at its regular meeting Tuesday, June 9.
   While BCCDC and Drainage District No. 1 will share the cost of the long-sought drainage study, council’s action Tuesday made the city the project’s contracting agency, City Attorney Anne Marie Odefey said.
   BCCDC Executive Director Jessica Russell will be the main contact person on the drainage study and Councilman Bill Cornman made it clear project management is his top priority for the study.
   “Our biggest failings in the past is because we didn’t have a management plan,” Cornman told Russell.
   And City Councilman Jason Childers said the drainage study, “in my opinion, is (city) issue No. 1.”
   Russell said full funding for the $306,000 project is about $53,000 short, but she assured council she has the funding sources to make up the $53,000.

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"BLM rally addresses issues" by: Mike Reddell

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
A Black Lives Matter rally at the courthouse Sunday afternoon drew about 150 people and the event culminated with a march around the square by those attending. The rally was roundly praised as a peaceful event.

   An estimated 150 people gathered in a peaceful Black Lives Matter (BLM) rally on a hot Sunday afternoon at the Matagorda County Courthouse.
   Sunday’s rally grew out of the nationwide BLM protest following George Floyd’s death while in the custody of Minneapolis police.
   There was broad ethnic diversity in Sunday’s crowd.
   That was evident among the marchers around the courthouse square following the program on the building’s northwest plaza, overlooking the Texas 60-Texas 35 intersection.
   The most prominent themes among the speakers and the signs people held included Black Lives Matter, as well as racial inequality, justice and police brutality. 
   Rally goers also displayed their signs to the traffic around the courthouse that was
 considerably heavier than the usual mid-afternoon Sunday flow.

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Jun

"Texas A&M destination for Valedictorian" by: Jessica Shepard

Julianne Friesenhahn
Valedictorian

   Julianne Friesenhahn is the valedictorian of Bay City High School’s Class of 2020.
   She is the daughter of Darren and Natalie Freisenhahn and the sister of Dawson and Grant Friesenhahn.
   Friesenhahn is headed to Texas A&M University in the fall and has chosen interdisciplinary studies, with a focus on math and science as her degree plan.
   “A&M has so many amazing traditions, a wonderful environment, and a great Education program, which all led me to choose it as my home for the next four years,” she said.

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"Texas A&M destination for Salutatorian" by: Jessica Shepard

Mallory Grimes
Salutatorian

   Bay City High School’s Class of 2020 salutatorian is Mallory Grimes.
   She is the daughter of Bink and Shelly Grimes.
   Grimes is heading to Texas A&M University to major in allied health with a minor in agriculture education.
   “I will be attending Texas A&M University in the fall because it’s the place that felt the most like home to me and I have quite a few Texas A&M alumni in my family as well,” she explained.
   “I hope to become a speech-language pathologist.”

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"BCHS to graduate over 200 in late-evening ceremonies" by: Jessica Shepard

   Bay City High School’s Class of 2020 commencement ceremony starts at 9 p.m. Friday, June 12, at the new Memorial Stadium.
   The graduation ceremony will be live-streamed via Facebook and YouTube for at-home viewers.
   About 210 students are set to graduate with a socially distant stadium audience of friends, family members, and peers.
   Valedictorian Julianne Friesenhahn and Salutatorian Mallory Grimes will be recognized and give speeches addressing their fellow classmates and the audience.
   Following Friesenhahn and Grimes are Garrett Dobbs, Madison Mirelez, Cecilia Serrano Alvarado, Seth Korenek, Baylee Wallace, Kristiana Sorrells, Jennifer Munoz, and Makensie Wetzel rounding out the top 10 students of the class.
   The graduates chose their motto as “Chase your dreams, but always know the road that’ll lead you home again,” by Tim McGraw.
   Their class song is “I Gotta Feeling” by Black Eyed Peas.

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11
Jun

"EOC reports 6 new COVID cases Monday" by: Mike Reddell

   The addition of six new positive COVID-19 cases was surprising in the Emergency Operations Center update Monday, June 8.
   It was even more so, considering the initial EOC announcement was three new cases Monday morning – followed by three more positive cases Monday afternoon. 
   “We spoke with the medical officials about the increase and was informed that they are testing both symptomatic and asymptomatic persons,” said EOC spokesman Mitch Thames.
   “They stated they have doubled the testing capabilities,” Thames added.
   That makes a total of 77 COVID-19 cases in Matagorda County, as of Tuesday morning, June 9. 

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"Tidehaven graduates 72" by: Jessica Shepard

Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard
Tidehaven High School Class of 2020 seniors gathered in the center of Delvin Taska Stadium field to throw their caps while “You Are Going to Miss This” by Trace Adkins filled the stadium, June 5.

   Tidehaven High School graduated 72 students during its commencement ceremony at Delvin L. Taska Stadium, June 5.
   After the processional, Fernanda Baltazar led the invocation.
   Salutatorian Zoe Winkenwerder presented her address to her fellow classmates and graduation attendees, speaking about how they could overcome anything.
   “Today however we are not brought here to discuss whether Carole Baskin killed her husband, we are here to celebrate the Class of 2020’s persistence in the face of adversity,” she said.

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"Pipeline application OK prompts talk of heavy traffic on roads" by: Mike Reddell

   An application for a 10.75-inch propane pipeline crossing under and along two county roads was approved by commissioners court at its regular meeting Monday, June 8.
   Discussion on the Epic Y Grade Pipeline along County Road (CR) 154 (Bowie Road) and CR 162 (Bell Bottom Road) also included commissioners’ concern about the high volume traffic wear on county roads.
   That wasn’t part of the Monday’s approval, but court members discussed future possible rules.
   Precinct 2 Commissioner Kent Pollard said the accumulation of heavy machinery and piles of pipes on property off FM 2668 equipment provide an example of how much equipment is carried on county roads.

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"Reel Reviews: ‘The Wretched’ brings creepy witch to spoil summer fun" by: Jessica shepard

   Now that our local theater is open again, I’ve managed to pop in and see a movie here and there.
   Even then it’s difficult to find a new release or something that hasn’t been around since I was a child.
   Enter “The Wretched,” a supernatural horror film written and directed by Brett Pierce and Drew T. Pierce.
   The film is marked as unrated, but I’d put it at a solid PG-13 level due to depictions of horror violence, a bit of blood and gore, and some language.
   It clocks in at an hour and 35 minutes long with a semi-weak ending.
   But, it pays homage to the teen slasher films of the 1980s and on that nostalgic note – it’s pretty awesome.
   Plus, there are minimal computer-generated images, which means more classic makeup and physical special effects!

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Jun

Tidehaven Sports Awards

Boys Sports MVPs:
   Football: Mason Perales
   Cross Country: Dillon Long
   Boys Basketball: Austin Smith
   Boys Powerlifting:  Jerry Johnson
   Baseball: Joey Kacer
   Boys Track:  Kylan Sardinea
   Girls Sports MVPs:
   Volleyball: Cassidy Tabares 
   Cross Country: Ariel Snyder
   Girls Basketball: Jahan Johnson
   Girls Powerlifting: Carla Moreno, Desirea Vega
   Softball:   Jolie Philyaw, Jennifer Sepulveda
   Girls Track: Taylor Young
   Special Awards:
   Boys Overall Athlete:  Blake Garcia
   Boys TJ Foster Fighting Heart Award: Joey   
   Kacer
   Boys Academic Athlete: Joey Kacer
   Girls Overall Athlete: Zoe Winkenwerder
   Girls Fighting Heart Award: Lily Kacer
   Girls Academic Athlete:  Zoe Winkenwerder

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