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Thu
24
Jan

"Bonnen optimistic on improving school issues" by; Mike Reddell

   Dennis Bonnen said school finance and school tax reform will get done in this legislative session.
   The State Representative for Matagorda and Brazoria counties and newly elected Speaker of the House was interviewed by the Texas Tribune last Friday during a Town Hall meeting at Brazosport College.
   Asked about serving under several different speakers, Bonnen pointed to the guidance of former speaker Pete Delaney.
   Delaney, one of the last of conservative Texas Democrats, believed in looking after rural Texas and house members “driving the house” to move legislation.
   Texas Tribune’s Evan Smith told Bonnen that he’s heard education placed as the top priority in several previous legislative sessions.
   “Yet every time it seems it ends up (at the end of the session) like the losing end of a football game,” Smith said.
   “Why should we believe you this time?” Smith asked.

Thu
24
Jan

JSL initial 8 members set stage for group’s growth

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STP is a diamond-level sponsor for the JSL Charity Ball Feb. 2. Shown at the Boys & Girls Club of Bay City and Matagorda County - a JSL funding recipient - are: George Harrison, STP Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer; Christa Saha, JSL Ways & Means co-chairman; and Tim Powell, STP President and Chief Executive Officer.

   The Junior Service League represents a serious endeavor on the part of women to become active and constructive participants in the community. 
   It obligates each member to become an informed citizen, use her education and training to raise the community standards, to promote human welfare and to make efficient her volunteer service. 
   During the month of January, 1959, eight women gathered for the purpose of forming a type of service organization. 
   Thirty-two interested women were contacted to meet with representatives of the National Association of Junior Auxiliaries. 
   Enthusiasm from this meeting sparked the independent organization of the Junior Service League of Bay City, Inc. 
   There were 35 active members at the close of the year. 
   The regular meeting of the Junior Service League began on the first Thursday of March, 1959 and has continued through the years. 

Thu
24
Jan

JSL Ball features The Grooves, Don Strange catering

   The Junior Service League of Bay City Charity Ball Saturday, Feb. 2, will celebrate the organization’s 60 years of community service.
   This year’s black-tie event at Bay City Civic Center will begin with cocktails at 7 p.m., followed by dinner and dancing at 8 p.m.
   The featured music this year will be the Houston band, The Grooves. 
   The group plays a combination of the greatest hits from the 50s to the popular dance music of now.
   And gourmet cuisine will be provided by Don Strange of Texas.
   The internationally known caterer is based out of San Antonio and has been in business for 58 years.
   JSL Cerie Muecke and Betty Walton including their spouses traveled to taste test the “the king of caterers” prepared fresh food.
   “If you are attending The Charity Ball, prepare to donate money and dance for many great causes in Matagorda County,” said JSL member Jennifer Vowell.

Thu
24
Jan

JSL Ball features The Grooves, Don Strange catering

   The Junior Service League of Bay City Charity Ball Saturday, Feb. 2, will celebrate the organization’s 60 years of community service.
   This year’s black-tie event at Bay City Civic Center will begin with cocktails at 7 p.m., followed by dinner and dancing at 8 p.m.
   The featured music this year will be the Houston band, The Grooves. 
   The group plays a combination of the greatest hits from the 50s to the popular dance music of now.
   And gourmet cuisine will be provided by Don Strange of Texas.
   The internationally known caterer is based out of San Antonio and has been in business for 58 years.
   JSL Cerie Muecke and Betty Walton including their spouses traveled to taste test the “the king of caterers” prepared fresh food.
   “If you are attending The Charity Ball, prepare to donate money and dance for many great causes in Matagorda County,” said JSL member Jennifer Vowell.

Thu
24
Jan

Leopard Players gain awards at Columbia Tournament

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On Saturday, several members of the Leopard Players Speech and Debate Team attended the Columbia High School Tournament, and they came away with many awards. Lizzie McElroy- 2nd in Informative Extemporaneous Speaking & 3rd in Novice Prose, Jo Villanueva- 2nd in LD Debate, Sky Huerta-3rd in Storytelling & 4th in Senior Poetry, Sophia Landry- 5th in Novice Poetry and the team of Kenny Womack, Reagan Smith, Kathryn Lane & Joshua Ray Villanueva placed second in group improv.

Thu
24
Jan

Eight Van Vleck band students perform at Region concert

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Eight students represented the Van Vleck Mighty Leopard Band by performing at the Region Band Concert Jan. 20. Students auditioned for this spot last semester and were selected to perform among the best in Region.

Thu
24
Jan

"Reel Reviews: ‘Glass’ does good job as sequel to 2 previous films" by: Jessica Shepard

   M. Night Shyamalan’s “Glass” is the long-awaited sequel to 2017’s horror “Split” and 2000’s “Unbreakable – not to mention it rounds out the trilogy nicely.
   Even though the film leaves a few loose ends, personally I enjoyed it.
   Glass is rated PG-13 for violence including some bloody images, thematic elements, and language and has grossed over $95.5 million worldwide.
   Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson, Spencer Treat Clark, and Charlayne Woodard reprise their Unbreakable roles, while James McAvoy and Anya Taylor-Joy return as their Split characters, with Sarah Paulson, Adam David Thompson, and Luke Kirby joining the cast.
   The film opens three weeks after the events of Split, David Dunn (Willis), working with his now-adult son Joseph (Clark), has been using his superhuman abilities to protect people from criminals under a new alias known as “The Overseer.”

Thu
24
Jan

"Powell, Sitz honored at Chamber banquet" by: Mike Reddell

Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard
STP President and CEO Tim Powell, left, was Man of the Year at Bay City Chamber of Commerce’s banquet last week. The award was presented by Chamber Chairman Heather Hilliard.

   STP President and CEO Tim Powell was honored as the 2019 Man of the Year and Marilyn Sitz as Woman of the Year at the 96th Bay City Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture’s annual banquet at Bay City Civic Center, Thursday night, Jan. 17.
   The banquet also recognized Peggy Stanley as Matagorda’s person of the year and Jason Boyd, who was Sargent’s honoree this year.
   Educators of the year honored at the banquet included: Kristy Salas, Bay City ISD; Teresa Ford Van Vleck ISD; and Ronda Thompson, Matagorda ISD.
   Students of the year honored were: Mykayla Gibson, BCHS; and Madison Woolsey, VVHS.
   State Senator Lois Kolkhorst (R-Brenham) was the banquet’s guest speaker.
   She talked about State Rep. Dennis Bonnen’s election as Texas House Speaker and how the two of them will work on Colorado River water issues and LCRA.

Thu
17
Jan

"O’Brien gets contract extension" by: Jessica Shepard

Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard
Van Vleck ISD held a groundbreaking ceremony for the new high school, middle school and ag shop renovations, Tuesday afternoon, Jan. 15. The board of trustees joined Superintendent John O'Brien as the first to dig in to the symbolic mound of dirt. School board members taking part with O’Brien (center) were, from left: Terry Evans, Bobbie Oncken, Kevin Ward, Terry Blackmon, Kurtis Brown and Donnie O’Connell.

   Van Vleck ISD trustees unanimously approved Superintendent John O’Brien’s contract extension during their regular meeting Monday night. 
   O’Brien’s new contract officially starts in July.
   “I’m super excited that the board felt confident in me and what we’re doing at the district,” said VVISD Superintendent John O’Brien.
   “We’re breaking ground on three new campuses and that’s big deal. Not to mention renovations to several existing buildings. I am honored to be a part of the district’s growth and plans for the future.”
   Trustees also approved going forward with a “District of Innovation” plan and assigned a mix of 17 parents, educators, and staff to an organizing committee.
   “Almost every district in the state has signed up for and created their own plan,” said O’Brien.
   “The committee is in charge of drawing up the plan that provides for a comprehensive educational program for the district.”

Thu
17
Jan

"Mayor postpones statue placement" by: Mike Reddell

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
Traffic cones surround area cleared of brick pavers to make way for statue last Thursday, Jan. 10. After the council meeting that night, the bricks were replaced.

   Mayor Mark Bricker said plans are on hold to place a statue of Olympic champion Joe Deloach downtown at Avenue G and 6th Street after a contentious City Council meeting last week.
   With comments about the statue better suited for the BCHS campus – Deloach is a former Blackcat – and over the lack of communication on the placement downtown on the square, mayor and council got a verbal backlash at their regular meeting, Thursday, Jan. 11. 
   “We believe the statue should be at the new or old (BCHS) stadium for young people to see,” said Becky Cook, owner of the Children’s Store.
   City crews removed brick pavers last week in front of the Children’s Store at the southeastern corner of the downtown intersection.
   The pavers were replaced after last Thursday’s meeting.
   “We were never approached about our thoughts,” Cook said.
   The statue of the 1988 Olympian would be placed at the only entrance to the Children’s Store, Cook said.

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