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05
Mar

"MCFLA agricultural mechanics winners" by: Jessica Shepard

Courtesy photo
The Van Vleck High School FFA won sweepstakes at the Matagorda County Ag Mechanics Show (see related story below left).

   2020 Matagorda County Fair and Livestock Agricultural Mechanics Placements 
   Overall Grand – Ashley Gilbert, Chris Holliday, Clay Woods; Van Vleck FFA  
   Overall Reserve – Lane Vavra, Caleb Harvey, Cody Janssen, Marissa Roemer; Palacios FFA 
   Showmanship Group – Zach Pierce, Jackson Sones, Taylor Rickaway, Logan Crow; Tidehaven FFA 
   Showmanship Individual – Dalton Wicker; Van Vleck FFA  
   Sweepstakes Award – Van Vleck FFA 
Thu
05
Mar

Cassady’s Coffee Bar & Cafe opening

Sentinel photo/MaLinda Reddell
Matagorda Chamber of Commerce members helped David and Jody Cassady celebrate the opening of this Cassady’s Coffee Bar  & Cafe with ribbon cutting ceremonies Tuesday, Feb. 25.

Thu
05
Mar

Guzman graduates from leadership college

Edward Guzman

   Bay City Police Sergeant Edward Guzman recently graduated from the Leadership Command College – Class 86 of the Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas. 
   The program, taught by a consortium of universities throughout Texas, provides law enforcement administrators and executives with the skills necessary to effectively manage police agencies and deliver a high level of service to their communities. 
   Module I, focusing on leadership, is taught at the Center for Executive Development at Texas A&M University.
   Module II at Texas Woman’s University focuses on the political, legal, and social environment of law enforcement. 
   The program concluded on Feb. 28, with training in law enforcement administration at the third module, at Sam Houston State University.
Each of the three, 3‐week modules is taught by top national and international law enforcement experts. 

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28
Feb

"Matthews, BCISD part ways by mutual agreement" by: Mike Reddell & Jessica Shepard

Patrick Matthews said his final good-byes to Bay City Blackcat coaches and players Thursday, Feb. 27.

“Today is my last day that’s what’s happening,” Matthews said Thursday afternoon – after talking to coaches and before he addressed his former players.

Matthews said by mutual agreement with the district, he’s leaving his position as Blackcat Head Football Coach and Athletic Director – and the school board will begin looking for his successor.

“I decided to part ways and look to get back to Houston and they will begin looking for someone else,” Matthews said.

“This benefits everyone,” he added.

Matthews was hired by BCISD in April 2018 and posted a 4-7 record in 2018 - defeating El Campo and taking the Blackcats into the first-round playoffs that year - followed by last year’s 0-9 record.

Matthews came to BCISD after serving as offensive coordinator for 6A Seven Lakes High School in Katy.

Thu
27
Feb

"Jury gives Trevino life for murder conviction " by: Mike Reddell

   A Matagorda County jury found Michael Allen Trevino of Bay City guilty in the capital murder of Devin Davalos on Oct. 11, 2017.
   Jurors handed down a life sentence in the 23 District Court trial that began Feb. 10 and spanned nearly two weeks, with District Judge Ben Hardin presiding.
   District Attorney Steven Reis and Defense Attorney Joshua Rice made their closing arguments Thursday, Feb. 20.
   Those statements capped testimony that told how Trevino and his co-defendants Matthew Gonzales and Micah Tobar forced Davalos at gunpoint into the trunk of his car and they drove through Bay City and over to Brazoria County.

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Thu
27
Feb

"Aquatics center study to be ready late March" by: Mike Reddell

   A feasibility study of the proposed aquatics center will be released in late March - that’s when local work to make the project succeed will begin, Councilman Bill Cornman told City Council and the BCCDC board this week.
   The feasibility study, bolstered by a $25,000 grant from Bay City Community Development Corporation – and using combined engineering, design and finance firms’ expertise - began in 2019 under the direction of Wellness Matagorda, Cornman said.
   The study is “trying to get things right based on what the community wants,” Cornman said.
   “We’re really struggling on the revenue side to get as realistic a number as possible.
   “We’re just about ready for a presentation in late March,” Cornman said, adding there first will be a joint meeting between BCCDC and council “to take a look.”

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Thu
27
Feb

"Van Vleck trustees hear updates on bond issue projects" by: Jessica Shepard

   Van Vleck school board members heard several construction updates and bond project progress as part of their regular meeting, Feb. 24.
   “Masonry work on the new high school is nearing completion,” said PBK Architects project manager Mike Mandola.
   “Security fencing is ongoing and ceiling-tile grids are done in the academic wing.”
   Mandola said that punch-list items are nearing completion for the agriculture shop building.

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Thu
27
Feb

"BCCDC awards over $100K in grants" by: Mike Reddell

   About $108,000 in grants was approved – including funds to help rehabilitate the Bay City Inn – and a $936,000 bid was awarded to reroof the Center for Energy Development (CED) at Bay City Community Development Corporation board’s regular meeting Feb. 24.
   In addition, the board approved the Nile Valley Road improvement project – not to exceed $6 million – in cooperation with the City of Bay City, along with an interlocal agreement with the city.
   In discussing the Nile Valley Road project, BCCDC Executive Director Jessica Russell said discussions with city officials indicated a 15-year note, rather than 25 years, would mean lower overall interest payments on the $6 million in certificates of obligation.
   The yearly payments on that note would be between $230,000 and $239,000, Russell told the board, adding “that was doable.”
   The project calls for BCCDC and Bay City Gas Company sharing the yearly payments. 

Thu
27
Feb

"Weekend fair: cookoff, concert, stock judging" by: Jessica Shepard

   The Matagorda County Fair & Livestock Association fair kicks off with the annual barbecue cookoff this Friday and Saturday.
   Cookoff awards will be about 5 p.m. Saturday, after brisket judging.
The fair lineup also features several other events this weekend starting with commercial heifer check-in from 2-4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28.
      Commercial heifer judging follows the check in at 6:30 p.m.
   The commercial heifer show will be at 8 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 29, with awards to follow at noon and the sale at 1 p.m.
   The home economics food show check-in will be at 8 a.m. Saturday, with awards at noon and live auction following the heifer sale.
   The 7th Annual Matagorda County Fair Concert kicks off at 7 p.m. Saturday, at the Matagorda County Fairgrounds indoor arena.
   This year’s concert features Diamond Rio and Bay Of Donuts.
   Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door.

Thu
27
Feb

BCHS Choir invited to perform at Carnegie

   The Bay City High School Choir has been invited to perform at Carnegie Hall in February 2021.
   This honor for the Blackcat choristers is by invitation and recommendation only.
   The BCHS Choir along with a limited number of other ensembles have been invited to participate in the Distinguished Concerts Singers International in performing Lux: The Dawn from on High.
   The New York City residency includes two half-days of rehearsals and clinics, culminating in a performance with the Distinguished Concerts Orchestra with Dr. John Paul Johnson on the podium. The performance will be on Feb. 15, 2021 in the Isaac Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall in NYC.

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