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"Incumbents only ones filing for city, school races" by: Mike Reddell

   The four incumbents on City Council and Bay City ISD Board of Trustees refiled for their positions by last Friday’s deadline.
   No one else filed for two seats up for re-election on council and school board.
   The municipal and school elections will be May 5.
   Position 1 City Council Member Julie Estlinbaum and Position 2 Council Member Bill Cornman, who is now serving as Mayor Pro Tem, filed to retain their seats.
   On the school board, Position 6 trustee Robert Klepac and Position 7 member Edward Nelson both filed to seek re-election.
   Any write-in candidates for the city or trustee posts had a filing deadline of 5 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 20. 

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"Kubecka, Cornett crowned Queens of Fair, Rodeo" by: Jessica Shepard

Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard
The Matagorda County Fair & Livestock Association's 2018 Rodeo Queen court includes, from left: Tristan Polensky, Second Runnerup; Rodeo Queen Anisa Cornett, and Anna Claire Heth, First Runnerup.

Anisa Cornett was crowned the 2018 Rodeo Queen and Avery Kubecka was honored as the 2018 Fair Queen in separate royalty contests Friday, Feb. 16, and Saturday, Feb. 17.
   Their queens’ selections were among six Fair and Rodeo royalty courts chosen.
   Cornett was crowned at the Matagorda County Fairgrounds Saturday Feb. 17, and was joined by her court: Anna Heth and Tristan Polensky.
   All three girls competed by answering a random, horse-related question and putting their mounts through the horsemanship and flag patterns.
   Cornett received a belt buckle sponsored by Jodie Reynolds and an outfit from Wild Bill’s Western Wear.
   Kubecka was crowned Friday Feb. 16, and was joined by her court: Hannah Sliva, Faith Cornett and Mallory Grimes.

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"Council: Strategic planning overdue" by: Mike Reddell

City Council members indicated they will move forward on long-overdue strategic planning – to guide them and city department heads – in a preliminary discussion at council’s special meeting Thursday, Feb. 15.
   Another discussion that surfaced at last week’s meeting is a business plan for the future of Riverside Park that was heavily damaged by Hurricane Harvey-related flooding.
   “We need to sit down as a council and mayor to put everything together,” Council Member Jason Childers began his discussion on strategic planning.
   Mayor Mark Bricker and Council Member Julie Estlinbaum were not pres

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"Talent show reveals speaking, performance skills" by: Jessica Shepard

Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard
The Orphans costumed in blue - Sydney Hudgins, Sadie Garcia and Victoria Sliva - took first place in the junior group division of the Matagorda County Fair and Livestock Association's annual talent show Saturday, Feb. 17. The group performed to "Hard Knock Life" from the musical "Annie." Joining them were, from left, First Fair Princess Natalie Ledwig, Second Fair Princess Kailah Matura and Fair Princess Halynn Saha.

   Families and friends filled the USO Service Center in Bay City Sunday Feb. 18 to hear children of all ages perform in the annual Matagorda County Fair and Livestock Association (MCFLA) Talent Show and Public Speaking contest.
   The Talent Show contestants were split into seven divisions this year: preschool group, children solo, children group, junior solo, junior group, senior solo and senior group.
   Marleigh and Mason Wendel took first place in the preschool group division by singing “I’ll name the dogs” by Blake Shelton.
   Scollie Saha claimed first place in the children solo by dancing to “Mary, did you know?”
   Lakyn and Laynee Matchett sung a duet rendition of “How Far I’ll go” from the Disney-animated film “Moana” to take first in the children’s group category.
   Jasmine Lewis sang “Amazing Grace” and won the first-place trophy for the junior solo division.

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"BCHS alumnus returns to share his story with students" By Allison Sliva BCISD Communication

Semeyon Sims

   Semeyon Sims, Bay City High School Class of 1993, visited with BCHS AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) classes Feb. 16 to share his story and inspirational message.
   Sims, who grew up at the Bay Breeze apartment complex in Bay City, is a project manager with Halliburton, and currently is overseeing a multi-million dollar deep-water drilling project.
   “I grew up swimming in the Hilliard pool, because it only cost a quarter to swim there. The Bay City pool cost one dollar, and that was too expensive. Now I have my own pool in my own backyard in Kingwood,” Sims laughed.
   His journey to a good job and a six-figure income was not an easy one, however. 
   Sims’ education started at Head Start in Bay City. He then attended Pierce, Cherry, McAllister and Bay City High. 

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2 Ave. F robberies under investigation

   Detectives are investigating two armed robberies at 5001 Avenue F Wednesday, Feb. 14, and Thursday, Feb. 15.
   In both holdups, the robbers took cash and phones – plus stealing keys in one incident and a pickup truck in the other, reports show.
   The first robbery occurred just before 6 a.m. Feb. 14, when a man walking to his vehicle, between the 600 and 800 building, was approached by a black male with a dark hoodie. 
   The suspect had a gun and fired a shot into the air before pointing the gun at the victim, police were told.
   The robber then took cash, a phone and keys from the victim. The suspect fled on foot between the 600 and 700 building. 
   The victim ran to the gas station in the 5200 block of Avenue F and called police.
   Officers checked the area at the apartments but didn’t find anyone matching that description.
   The second robbery occurred at about 2:21 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 15, 

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"To McDonald, it’s all about connections" by: Mike Reddell

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
Ronnie McDonald, who’s running for U.S. Congress District 27, explains his background and what he deems important in this race. McDonald is a Democrat from Bastrop.

   Bringing people together in his campaign and bringing them together once he’s elected is the central theme in Ronnie McDonald U.S. Congressional campaign.
   His wife Kim gave a forceful introduction to her husband at a campaign rally for him last week at the Bay City Depot.
   “He was Bastrop County Judge 14 years – that’s four consecutive terms in a county that ranges between 4 to 8 percent African-American people,” she pointed out.
   “He’s able to bring people together – he was supported by voters who didn’t look like him. He’s a proven leader,” she added.
   McDonald seeks the Democratic nomination in the March 6 primary for the 27th District seat that represents counties from Bastrop in the north to Nueces in the south, including Matagorda County.

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"Donnye Stone’s Black History exhibit on Black Angels" by: Donnye Stone

Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard
Part of Donnye Stone’s Black Angels exhibit at Matagorda County Museum through March.

   Are there any Black Angels? Has anyone ever seen a Black Angel? 
   An Angel, especially according Abrahamic religions, is a spiritual being superior to humans in power and intelligence. 
   Angels are typically described as benevolent, dreadful and endowed with wisdom and knowledge of earthly events, but not infallible, for they strive with each other and God has to make peace between them. 
   Most of them serve either as intermediaries between Heaven and Earth or as Guardian Spirits. Angels are referred to in connection with their Spiritual Missions; as for instance, the “Angel which has redeemed,” “an interpreter,” “the Angel that destroyed,” “the messenger of the covenant,” “Angel of his presence” and “a band of Angels of evil.” 
   In fine art, Angels are usually depicted as having the shape of human beings of extraordinary beauty, they are often identified using the symbols of bird wings, Halo and Light.

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Shrimp peelin' preparations for Seafood Fest

This year's Seafood Fest is Saturday, March 10. Last Saturday, Feb. 17, about 33 volunteers showed up at Buddy’s Seafood plant in Matagorda to peel shrimp in preparation for this year’s Seafood Fest.
Sentinel Photo/Mike Reddell

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VFW hosts candidate forum

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
About 75 people attended a meet-and-greet candidates forum at the VFW Post 2438 Saturday night, Feb. 17. Democratic and Republican candidates for federal, state and county offices visited with people and gave brief remarks about their campaigns. Barbara Graham moderated the forum. Candidates were allowed to place their campaign placards and other items.

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