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Thu
04
Jun

Tenaris awards 12 Matagorda County high school seniors scholarships

Zoe Winkenwerder
Tenaris Student of the Year

   Tenaris has awarded 12 Matagorda County high school seniors scholarships totaling $186,000, as part of its annual awards recognizing the students’ achievements inside and outside of the classroom. 
   Via a virtual ceremony, held to respect social distancing due to the ongoing pandemic, Tenaris announced the winners and runners-up. 
   “Education is an impactful tool and we applaud all the scholarship recipients’ commitment to taking advantage of the opportunities that academics offer,” said Luca Zanotti, Tenaris US President. 
   “Although they are closing out their senior year in an unusual way, it is one’s resilience and ability to adapt to the unexpected that strengthen preparedeness and development. Best of luck to all.” 
   The scholarships include a $60,000 Student of the Year scholarship and six Merit Awards, each in the amount of $20,000, as well as awards to runners-up ranging from $500 to $1,000. 

Thu
28
May

"Council gets Nile Valley Road timetable " by: Mike Reddell

Council heard a timetable for Nile Valley Road reconstruction that would see work begin in November at a workshop Tuesday, May 26.
   Jones & Carter engineer Matt Breazeale projected that bids on the proposed $6 million, two-phase work of resurrecting the Nile Valley Road could be let in September, construction to begin November with a possible completion in June 2021.
      Breazeale called the work “pretty straightforward” and reiterated the point that keeping the road’s speed limit at 45 mph – and reducing roadways structures for a higher speed – would save money.
   Breazeale wants to close off the road from the barricades at NVR and MLK and the barriers near Linnie Roberts Elementary for the initial phase of work.

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Thu
28
May

"Tidehaven school board hears graduation update" by: Jessica Shepard

   Tidehaven ISD trustees heard a graduation ceremony update from Tidehaven High School principal Dr. Patrick Talbert as part of their regular board meeting, Monday, May 26.
   “Governor Greg Abbott and the state say we can go out there and hold in-person graduation at 25% capacity of the stadium,” said Talbert.
   “We’ll be set up at the south side of the end zone.”
   Talbert added that the students currently can’t meet to practice the graduation ceremony.
  

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Thu
28
May

"Wurtz faces challenge of runoff in a pandemic" by: Mike Reddell

   If preparing for an election isn’t challenge enough, adding a second week of early voting and safeguarding voters and election workers during the COVID-19 pandemic adds more concerns to County Clerk Stephanie Wurtz.
   Matagorda County’s next election will be the July 14 runoffs from the March 3 primaries and the two local races are on the Republican side.
   The Precinct 3 Commissioner runoff will be between Steven Johnson and Troy Shimek.
   The other local election is the District 25 State Representative runoff between Cody Vasut and Ro’vin Garrett, both from Brazoria County.
   “Some Republicans will see two elections and another group only see one,” she said, noting that only Precinct 3 voters will decide the commissioner race.

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Thu
28
May

"Memorial Day holiday: Storms, near drownings, remembrances" by: Mike Reddell

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
World War II Navy veteran Ed Miller, 98, bends over placing the roses on a marker during a Memorial Day service Monday evening under the direction
of VFW Post 2438. Behind Miller is Ken Thames, Senior Vice Commander, VFW Post 2438, and behind him, Mrs. Marilyn Adkins, President, VFW Post 2438 Auxiliary. The marker honored is a memorial monument for Fireman 3rd Class Clarence Arvin Blaylock who was Killed in Action on board the USS Oklahoma at Pearl Harbor Dec. 7, 1941 and whose remains were only identified last year.

   Memorial Day Weekend in Matagorda was marked by a fierce storm in Wadsworth Monday, seven near drownings on Matagorda Beach Friday and Saturday and subdued – and in some cases cancelled – Memorial Day remembrance ceremonies. 
   A reported twister ripped through the Wadsworth area early Monday morning, leaving a trail of downed power lines, heavily damaged barns and fences and lots of trees. 
   AEP crews rushed to Wadsworth to restore power outages caused by its toppled power line across Texas 60, prompting authorities to close the highway into the community. 
   A state trooper was posted at the Texas 60-FM 2688 intersection at Bay City to halt traffic south. 
   There were no injuries, Sheriff Skipper Osborne said Monday morning, May 25. 

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Thu
28
May

Positive COVID cases total 69

  Positive COVID-19 cases were reported Monday and Tuesday this week, May 25-26, by the Matagorda County Hospital District.
   That brings the total number of positive cases to 69, the Matagorda County Emergency Operation Center reported Tuesday.
   The three most recent, since May 22, all have been male.
   The  67th case then was aged between 50-60, while the patient reported  Monday, May 25, was between 60-70, Matagorda Regional Medical Center records indicate.

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Thu
28
May

Detectives probe deadly conduct

   Bay City police were sent to two 12th Street locations about shots fired reports early Friday morning, May 22, reports show.
   Police said officers determined the shots all came from the same place, but the way sound travels prompted multiple reports.
   Officers were first dispatched to the 1500 block of 12th Street, then dispatch began receiving multiple calls about the shots.  One call dispatch received came from a residence in the 2400 block of 12th stating that several shots were fired at their house.
  Some officers began checking the area while other officers made went to the 2400 block of 12th.  
   When they arrived, officers determined no one was hurt.
   Officers observed several bullet holes throughout the residence.  
   Detectives and the Crime Scene Unit were called and the scene was turned over to them.
   This case is still under investigation. 

Thu
28
May

"Matagorda County districts review graduation plans" by: Jessica Shepard

   Local graduating seniors are scheduled to walk across the stage and receive their hard-earned diplomas over the next few weeks.
   Matagorda County school districts are still working out the finer details of those graduation ceremonies in accordance with the Texas Education Agency’s and Governor Greg Abbott’s COVID-19 pandemic guidelines.
   Some of those guidelines include:

  •     Participating students, staff, and family members will be asked to complete a health screening questionnaire prior to entering the stadium.
  •     All staff, students, and guests are asked to wear cloth face masks that cover the nose and mouth.
  •     All attendees are encouraged to maintain six feet social distancing outside and inside the stadium.
  •     Audience members must remain seated during the ceremony. 

No one may stand along the fence line, on the track, or on the field before, during, or after the event.

Thu
28
May

"Main Street board appoints new officers " by: Jessica Shepard

   The Main Street Program board appointed new officers for the year during their regular meeting May 13.
   Tami Savage was chosen as the new board chairman with Fran Baker taking the vice chairman position.
   The board approved Jennifer Vowell as the new secretary and Alice Lowery as treasurer.

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Thu
28
May

Education Foundation awards grants totaling $35,808

   The Bay City ISD Education Foundation, with the generosity of its donors, is proud to announce that it is awarding $35,808 to BCISD students and teachers for the 2020-2021 school year.  
   A total of $30,808 in Innovative Teaching Grants will go to programs that will strengthen student learning.  
   The BCHS Robotics Program will receive $5,000 through a donation from Tenaris.  
   Earlier this spring, BCISD teachers were encouraged to submit applications for grants through the Education Foundation.  
   The Foundation asked teachers to develop plans for projects that would increase student achievement and strengthen learning.  
   The applications were then reviewed by an Awards Committee and voted upon by the Foundation Board.  
   The programs approved as grant awards are items not otherwise funded that would build upon curriculum and encourage higher level achievement.  

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