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17
May

Birding mural making progress

Bay City Sentinel Mike Reddell
Painting is progressing on the birding-inspired mural located on the side of Larry's TV at 2002 Seventh Street. Visit Bay City commissioned Art League of Bay City to paint two colorful murals. Above, artist Raleigh Conklin, left, paints and directs the mural that depicts Bay City and Matagorda County as No. 1 in the National Audubon Society Christmas Bird Count.

Thu
17
May

"Early vote underway for May 22 runoffs" by: Mike Reddell

   Early voting begins today in the May 22 runoffs from the March 6 party primaries. 
   Statewide, Democrats are deciding between Lupe Valdez and Andrew White who they want to face Gov. Greg Abbott. 
   The May 22 Democratic and Republican runoff races in Congressional District 27 for Blake Farenthold’s former Congressional District, which begins in Matagorda County in the north and sprawls along the Texas coast and takes in parts of Bastrop and Caldwell Counties.
   The Republican runoff is between Bech Bruun and Michael Cloud, while the Democratic Primary runoff will have Eric Holguin facing Raul (Roy) Barerra.
   In the GOP race, Bruun is the former Texas Water Development Board chairman and Cloud is the Victoria County GOP Chairman.
   The Democratic candidates Barrera is a court security officer and Holguin is a former legislative aide,

Thu
17
May

"Walters’ goal is aerospace engineering": by: Jessica Shepard

Marc Walters
Tidehaven High School Salutatorian

   Tidehaven High School’s class of 2018 Salutatorian is Marc Walters.
   He is the eldest son of Keith and Heather Walters and has three siblings; Asher, Britney and Noa.
   Walters will be attending Texas A&M in College Station and majoring in Aerospace Engineering.
   “My college major will be Aerospace Engineering due to my steadfast fascination in aircraft since I was a child,” he added.
   “Then I want to get hired into SpaceX with Elon Musk. At SpaceX I want to pursue future space travel studies, where I study rockets, aerodynamics, and spaceflight.”
   His short-term goal is to graduate as the top of his class at TAMU.
   “My motivation is to make a name for me and my family. I would like to put a small town on a big map and say I did that,” said Walters.

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17
May

"Seigrist plans to study pharmacy medicine" by: Jessica Shepard

Caitlin Seigrist
Tidehaven High School Valedictorian

   Tidehaven High School’s class of 2018 Valedictorian is Caitlin Seigrist; who is also a National Honor Society member and received many scholarships to pursue her education.
   She is the daughter of Andrew and Angela Seigrist and has two older brothers, Nathan and Adam.
   Seigrist plans on attending Southwestern Oklahoma State University (SWOSU) to study pharmacy medicine.
    “My entire family has graduated from SWOSU, and I am following in the tradition,” she added.
   “It also has a great pharmacy school, which is my major.”
   She plans on graduating with a doctorate in pharmacy medicine in order to become a hospital pharmacist.
   “I feel like this career utilizes my strengths in math and science in a way that will be beneficial to the people around me,” said Seigrist.
   “I believe going into the medical field will allow me to help my community in a way that is completely unique to any other.”

Thu
17
May

"Tidehaven to graduate nearly 70 Friday night" by: Jessica Shepard

Contributed photo
The Tidehaven High School Senior Class graduation commencement ceremony will begin at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 18, at the Delvin L. Taska Memorial Stadium.

   Nearly 70 students graduate from Tidehaven High School as the class of 2018 at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 18, at the Delvin L. Taska Memorial Stadium.
   In case of inclement weather the ceremony will be moved to the Tidehaven Tiger Dome.
   Valedictorian Caitlin Seigrist and Salutatorian Marc Walters will give their prepared speeches to their peers, friends and family in attendence.
   The Top 10 of the class of 2018 are: Caitlin Seigrist, Marc Walters, Lauren Foley, John Hickl, Malorie Aguilera, Chase Fink, Brandon Rozner, Erika Grimes, Melissa Ross and Abigale Robinson.
   This year’s commencement guest speaker is Bay City Police Department Chief Robert Lister, a Tidehaven alum.
   The class of 2018 officers are: Caitlin Seigrist, President; Ryan Birchum, Vice President; Lauren Foley, Secretary; Jana Steen, Treasurer; and Abigaile Robinson, Parliamentarian.

Thu
17
May

"New city attorney to take ‘fresh look’ of charter problems" by: Mike Reddell

Bay City Sentinel photo Mike Reddell
Mayor Mark Bricker, left, presented Historic Commission member Michael George with a proclamation declaring May as National Historic Preservation Month at the city council meeting Thursday, May 10.

   Divided City Council discussions over resolving past and present city charter amendments bridged council’s workshop and regular meeting last week.
   The end result was tasking the head of the city’s new legal firm to provide a “fresh look” on the disputed 2013 charter amendment election that was urged by Council Member Julie Estlinbaum.
   “I want to look at the exact ballot language, address any improprieties and to get advice from the city,” said Timothy Kirwin, whose Houston-based Kirwin Law Firm was hired earlier in last Thursday’s regular council meeting, May 10.
   Kirwin will return with his findings at council’s June 14 regular meeting.
      “We better be in position to decide what we’re going to do. Bottom line is we can’t be messing around. We don’t have a lot of time,” Mayor Pro Tem Bill Cornman said the prior council workshop.

Thu
17
May

7 treated for near drowning at Matagorda

   Seven people were victims of near drowning at Matagorda Beach Saturday afternoon and all were taken by ambulance to the Matagorda Regional Medical Center Emergency Room for treatment, Sheriff Skipper Osborne told commissioners court Monday morning, May 14.
   All of the victims were from a family from Spring, Osborne said.
   Emergency Management Coordinator Doug Matthes said an under tow – a strong undercurrent that moves in a different direction from the surface current - was responsible for the near-drowning incidents.

Thu
17
May

"Reel Reviews: ‘Overboard’ mirrors 1987 version, but with differences" by: Jessica Shepard

   As a fan of the 1987 original “Overboard” film, I wanted to see what this remake would do to improve upon it.
   Overboard stars Eugenio Derbez, Anna Faris, Eva Longoria, John Hannah and Swoosie Kurtz.
   The plot follows a working-class single mother Kate (Faris) who convinces a rich playboy Leonardo (Derbez) with amnesia that they are a married couple with three daughters.
   Derbez definitely has the rich jerk persona down and plays it well while Faris manages to carry a lot of the comedy on her own – especially when she’s dealing with her “family.”
   Overall the storyline mirrors the original 1987 version with Leonardo having to learn how to function as a “normal” working man trying to provide for his family while learning how to handle being a father when he has no memory of it.

Thu
17
May

BCPD Open House

Bay City Police Department Crime Scene Officer Donna Pruitt helps a little get fingerprinted at the BCPD Open House Monday, May 14. Several different BCPD divisions were on display for the public. There was a solemn ceremony to honor the 139 officers who lost their lives in the line of duty over the past year - there also were 21 K-9 officers who fell.
Bay City Sentinel photo by Mike Reddell

Thu
17
May

Tidehaven to play Hallettsville in regional quarterfinals at Victoria

From Eddie Russell and Staff Reports

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