Van Vleck band advance

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The Mighty Leopard Band received a superior rating at UIL Marching Band Contest Oct. 19, and advanced to UIL area marching band competition for the first time in many years. Congratulations to the Mighty Leopard Band and their directors, and best of luck as they continue working towards area marching finals and advance to state.


"Tidehaven board talks about combating vaping" by: Jessica Shepard

   Tidehaven ISD trustees heard about the widespread vaping problem on the junior high and high school campus and discussed the safety of the intersection of Texas 35 and FM 1095 during their regular meeting, Oct. 14.
   “I’ve had a really big push for disciplining tardies and vaping has been an issue,” said Assistant Superintendent Dr. Patrick Talbert, who also serves as junior high/high school principal.
   “It’s been hard for us to keep up with the vaping. But for now, the first time a student gets caught it’s a phone call to their parents and three days in-school suspension, the second time it’s five days and third time you’re going to DAEP. 
   “And if you’re a high school kid giving it to a junior high student, I’m taking you straight to DAEP right away,” Talbert said.


"Cedar Lane resident warns about Brazoria County rail proposal" by: Mike Reddell

   A Cedar Lane man is warning Matagorda County residents and officials to become involved in the proposed routing of a massive rail project from the Port of Freeport to the Rosenberg rail hub.
   The Brazoria County-Fort Bend Rail District narrowed a list of possible routes for the rail line from 15 to two final routes – one of which would go through Matagorda and Wharton counties, Louis Peter told the Matagorda County Rural Rail Transportation District board Monday afternoon, Oct. 14.
   “The Brazoria County Rail District is trying to sneak this railroad into Matagorda and Wharton County without our involvement, said Peter, a Matagorda County native who was plant manager at STP for six years.
   “Their citizen advisory panel and board didn’t want it run in their county,” Peter said.
   “They are proposing to build a heavy cargo and hazardous material railroad line from Port of Freeport to the Rosenberg rail hub.”


Officers investigate stabbing

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Officers gather outside an apartment complex that was the scene of stabbing last Friday, Oct. 11.

   A Bay City woman was arrested on warrants after police went to an apartment complex to investigate a stabbing Friday afternoon, Oct. 11, police reports show.
Detectives are investigating a stabbing that occurred on Friday, October 11th, 2019,
   Officers were sent to 1801 Palm Village in reference to a stabbing at 1:37 p.m. Friday.
   Upon arrival, officers contacted the victim who claimed he was just stabbed in the arm with a knife by his child’s mother.
   The victim said the woman left the scene walking, just before officers’ arrival.

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Matagorda Day fun

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
This year's annual Matagorda Day celebration started off a little chilly Saturday, Oct. 12. By mid-morning, children were enjoying a variety of activities including pumpkin decorating, above. The event helped raise money for the Matagorda Volunteer Fire Department.


Constitutional amendment early vote to begin Oct. 21

   Early voting will begin Oct. 21 for the Nov. 5 Constitutional Amendment Election that features 10 propositions and two Port of Bay City Authority Commissioner elections – one opposed and the other unopposed.
   Early voting will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 21-25 and Oct. 28-Nov. 1, at the Bay City Service Center, 2105 Ave. M, Bay City, and Matagorda County Courthouse Annex, 405 Commerce, in Palacios.
   The Constitutional Amendment Special Election voting will be from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 5. Polling places will be included in upcoming Sentinel editions before Nov. 5 election.
   In the race for Position 3 Commissioner are incumbent Joey Sliva and challenger Donald Simons.
   Lee Weathers is unopposed for the Position 4 Commissioner seat.
The 10 proposed constitutional amendments are:
   Proposition 1 “The constitutional amendment permitting a person to hold more than one office as a municipal judge at the same time.”


Saturday household hazardous waste collection event

   The 25th Annual Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day will be from 8 a.m. - noon Saturday, Oct. 19, at the Matagorda County Fairgrounds.
   Household hazardous waste is any product labeled: toxic, corrosive, poison, flammable, combustible or an irritant.
   This also includes things such as used batteries, pool chemicals, pesticides, and herbicides as well as household cleaners.
   A limit of eight tires will be taken per household, but they cannot be tractor or semi tires.
   Electronic waste such as computers, printers or cellphones also will be accepted.
   Do not bring:

  •     Explosives
  •     TVs
  •     Newspapers or magazines
  •     Farm or business waste
  •     Radioactive materials
  •     Dioxins
  •     Compressed gas cylinders

   For more information call 979-244-2717.i


Jamaica hosts variety of food vendors

Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard
Our Lady of Guadalupe's annual parish Jamaica was full of colorful food stalls, games and children's activities Oct. 13. Many of the food vendors made delectable treats fresh right in front of customers, above, ranging from snacks, main dishes, and desserts to Aguas frescas and snow cones.


"Rice dish winners announced" by: Jessica Shepard

   Over 100 entries were featured at the annual “Rice Dish Round-Up,” Oct. 1.
   Entries are broken into one of four age divisions for grades 1-5, grades 6-8, grades 9-12 and adults.
   There are five food categories that can be entered: main dish, side dish, snack or appetizer, bread, and dessert.
   “An individual may also enter more than one category if they choose to do so,” said Matagorda County Extension Agent for Family and Community Health Gabby Washington.
   “Each dish in the contest must have at least ½ cup cooked rice, 2 cups rice cereal products, 1 cup rice flour, or ½ cup cooked rice pasta.”
   Rice Dish Roundup Grand Champions included: Tate Tinnin, grades 1-5; Trevor Frazier, grades 6-8; Will Frazier, grades 9-12; and Kathy Jackson, adult division.
   Blue ribbons for grades 1-5 went to: Tate Tinnin, main and side dish; Roman Wilson, snack or appetizer; Kane spencer, bread; and Reese Busby, dessert.


Zombie Run set for Oct. 26

   Bay City Parks and Recreation Department is looking for help to stop the zombie horde from invading Riverside Park beginning at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 26.
   “Since Hurricane Harvey hit in 2017, Zombies have started to infiltrate the Wilderness Circle in Riverside Park,” said Kelly Penewitt, Parks and Recreation Supervisor.  
   Zombies and Zombie hunters are wanted to run – on and off road- this wilderness course that starts off on the pipeline, continues the Wilderness Trail, then down the road onto the jogging trail and finishes at the Riverside Ranger Station.  
   Zombies will have to be careful as there are obstacles along the way.  
   Zombie Hunters will be armed with marshmallow guns to “stun” the zombies.  
   At the end of the run, there will be a Riverside Liberation party with light refreshments.
   Event registration is now open, with current early registration and day of run fees at $35.


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