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20
Jun

"‘The Tree of Life’ to raise funds for Matagorda Historical Society" by: Simon DeSoto

Contributed photo

   MATAGORDA – The Matagorda Historical Society is making its own history on July 11, in Bay City, when they bring to Schulman’s Movie Theater, the Academy Award nominated movie, The Tree of Life.
   What makes this historic is that the movie is the first major movie every filmed in Matagorda and also it will be the first time this movie has been shown in Matagorda County on the big screen! 
   The Historical Society wanted to spotlight this movie due to its historical significance by being filmed in Matagorda, but also features many Matagorda County residents in the movie, including the late Joe Faye Deshotels, who was a member of the Historical Society. 
   Her appearance is unique in this movie and you won’t want to miss it. 
   Familiar faces from Matagorda County can be seen in different parts of the movie also. 

Thu
20
Jun

Fatheer's Day craftiness

Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard
The Bay City Public Library hosted it's first-ever Father's Day Breakfast Saturday, June 16. Children and parents got free breakfast and a chance to complete crafts together ranging from Father's Day magnets and pirate hats to suncatchers.

Thu
20
Jun

Fall registration underway for Wharton County Junior College

   WHARTON – Registration for Wharton County Junior College’s Fall 2019 semester begins Friday, June 21. Students may register through Aug. 25. 
   Fall classes begin on Aug. 26. 
   WCJC operates campuses in Wharton, Bay City, Richmond and Sugar Land. 
   The college offers an associate in arts degree for those intending to transfer to a four-year institution, an associate of arts in teaching degree, an associate in applied science degree and numerous certificate programs. 
   Distance education courses are also available through the web and via interactive TV.
For more information about programs, financial aid or registration, visit the college’s website – www.wcjc.edu – or call toll-free 1-800-561-9252.

Thu
20
Jun

Going pink for Maleah Davis

Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard
A memorial was held June 9 for Houston's Maleah Davis, whose life was cut short at the age of four, at the Matagorda County Courthouse. Supporters and volunteers wore pink in solidarity and memory of Davis. The memorial featured guest speakers, music, dancing, and a memorial walk.

Thu
13
Jun

"BCISD begins work on budget" by: Jessica Shepard

   Bay City ISD trustees and administration personnel reviewed several budget proposals and options during a special budget workshop on Monday, June 10.
   Discussion items included master class schedules for each campus, teacher to student ratios per class section, bond debt payments, moving District Alternative Education Program (DAEP) students back to a campus on Live Oak Street.
   “So, we’re moving the DAEP kids off campus again?” asked trustee Frankie Cole.
“That’s the first I’ve heard of such a move. How will we house them? What kind of security will we have?”
   During the discussion, campus principals reminded board members that they had been housing DAEP students on their home campuses for the past few school years.
   “This isn’t something new that we’ve been discussing,” said BCISD Superintendent Dr. Marshall Scott, III.
   “In fact, I think I mentioned this to the board before, but if I hadn’t, my apologies.”

Thu
13
Jun

Texas Trio Classic

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
Nathan Lubbers, left, and Dan Pustka weigh fish at the Texas Trio Classic last Saturday at Matagorda Harbor. Founded by a local group of young men, the event is the state’s largest inshore fishing tournament. It supports several local non-profits.

Thu
13
Jun

"Ferdinand, Russell look at 1980s growth projections to help plan future efforts" by: Mike Reddell

   Two Matagorda County economic development officials are taking a page from around 30 years ago and applying it to today for Bay City and Matagorda County’s growth.
   “I came across this snapshot of where Bay City was,” said Mike Ferdinand, Matagorda County Economic Development Corporation executive director.  
   That view from local economic development efforts in 1990 showed Bay City planning for a population of 23,863 and 41,000 in the county, Ferdinand said.
   “Aside from the demographics that stood out, it changes your perspective,” he said.
   Today, Bay City’s population is 17,529, with 36,840 in the county, according to 2017 Census data.
   Joining Jessica Russell, the Bay City Community Development Corporation executive director, Ferdinand said they want to “capture what it was” and move that goal post forward to today’s efforts to promote growth.

Thu
13
Jun

"Nelson new mayor of Bay City" by: Jessica Shepard

Robert Nelson

   Robert Nelson won the runoff mayoral election with 830 votes or 54.6% of the vote and Julie Estlinbaum drew 691 votes or 45.4% of the votes last Saturday, June 8. 
Estlinbaum will retain her City Council position.
   Nelson will join recently elected council persons Becca Sitz, Jason Childers and Brent Marceaux to be sworn into office at City Council’s regular meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 13.

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Thu
13
Jun

Chicago man pulled under while wade fishing

   A 64-year-old Chicago man drowned after he was swept out in the gulf by rip tides about a quarter-mile from the pier at Jetty Park at about 4:15 p.m. Sunday, the Sheriff’s office said.
   The man, identified as Javier Lopez, from Chicago, Ill., was said to be wade fishing at the time he was swept out, reports show.
   Sgt. Phillip Hester, one of the deputies working beach patrol, entered the water and swam out 150 to 200 yards to try and rescue Lopez, who was taken under by the riptide.  
   Hester escaped the riptide and swam back to shore.  
   Deputy Tyler Garza got into a boat with a local boater and they went out into the gulf to find Lopez.  
   Garza and those on the boat got Lopez into the boat and took him to the LCRA boat ramp where EMS had staged and was waiting.  
   CPR was performed on the victim all the way to the boat ramp, deputies said.
   Once on shore, EMS personnel determined Lopez was dead.  

Thu
13
Jun

"Another drowning launches beach safety discussion" by: Mike Reddell

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
Matagorda County Commissioners Court proclaimed June as Myasthenia Gravis Month in the court’s meeting Monday. Two people who suffer from the condition, Sandra Klenke and Simon DeSoto, hold the proclamation. Behind them, from left, are: commissioners Gary Graham and Bubba Frick, Judge Nate McDonald and commissioners James Gibson and Kent Pollard.

  There was another rip tide-related drowning on Matagorda Beach last weekend, Sheriff Skipper Osborne said at commissioners court regular meeting Monday, June 10.
   A Chicago Man was found about a quarter-mile from the no-swim zone near the jetties, Osborne said.
   “He stepped in a hole and the undertow got him,” the sheriff added.
   A deputy jumped in the water to try and save the man, the sheriff said, but the drowning victim began fighting the deputy who had to get out of the water. (Please see related story for more information.)
   “I’m wondering if we build a big sign at the entrance (of Jetty Park),” the sheriff said, that tells people that two people have drowned from the rip tip on the beach.
   A 16-year-old boy drowned because of the riptide on the beach May 26, on Memorial Day weekend, and now the fisherman’s death last weekend.
   There also was a weekend drowning in Palacios, Osborne noted later in the meeting.

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