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Thu
12
Feb

Operation Cupid

Operation Cupid is being prepped for Saturday's deliveries from the Bay City Post Office. With the help of anonymous donations, Valentine's Day stuffed animals will be delivered by carriers to economically disadvantaged children.

Thu
12
Feb

Matagorda day in Austin

Over 300 at events in house, senate

Sentinel photos/Mike Reddell
Matagorda County residents gather, above, for traditional group photo in the Texas Capitol rotunda Tuesday morning, Feb. 10, as part of Matagorda County Day in Austin. Below, the county’s state senator, Lois Kolkhorst, talks to residents later that morning.

Matagorda County was heralded in the Texas house and senate chambers Tuesday and more than 300 county residents were present to appreciate the recognition.
   Matagorda County Day in Austin proclamations were read in the house by State Rep. Dennis Bonnen (R-Angleton) and by newly minted State Sen. Lois Kolkhorst (R-Brenham). 
   Seeing the Texas capitol up close and watching state’s representatives and senators at work in their respective chambers were first-time sights for many of the 80 Matagorda County high school seniors attending with their chaperones.
   The well-mannered group of students from Van Vleck, Bay City, Tidehaven and Palacios high schools wore T-shirts bearing ‘Matagorda County A Shore Thing’ in front and their respective mascots and school names on the back.
Thu
12
Feb

Tidehaven board OKs demolition

   The $140,000 bid for to begin demolition of Markham Elementary’s cafeteria was approved by the Tidehaven school board Monday night.
   The asbestos abatement removal of the cafeteria is set for the first week of March.
   Tidehaven official Tommy Boyett updated trustees on the new high school construction.
   “Everything is going good and moving along,” said Boyett.
   There is six weeks’ worth of tiling left - three in the upstairs bathroom and three downstairs on the floor, he said.
Thu
12
Feb

Competition soon to heat up for top steak grilling team

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
The Don Davis cook-off team won the Boys & Girls Club Great Steak Cook-off last year. Event Chairman Janet Peden and co-chairman David LaVassaur (second from right) join the dealership’s defending champion team, including, from left: Jason Morrison, Glen Davis, Morman Watts and Larry Purkey in showing off the cook-off championship trophy, grilling accessories and a can for tips that can determine the Crowd Favorite.

March 28 may seem a while off, but if you belong to a steak cook-off team that has to make lots of preparations, it’s just around the corner.
   Some 18 cookoff teams will be working on their sizzling entries for that Saturday at the Fifth Annual Great Steak Cook-off that benefits the Boys & Girls Club of Bay City and Matagorda County.
   Cook-off team members are as much performers as they are cooks - the teams will compete to grill the tastiest meat and to claim the title of No. 1 crowd favorite.
   Each team of four cooks will seek votes for Crowd Favorite by attracting people with hors d’oeuvres or raffle chances.
Thu
12
Feb

Checking out Charity Ball auction attractions

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
A traditional and successful fundraising effort for the Junior Service League of Bay City has been its silent auction at the Charity Ball and that was the case last Saturday as guests looked over the diverse things to bid on. The bid items at right reflect this year’s ball theme of “An American Gala.” This was the 52nd charity ball and the funds the club receives benefits students, organizations and programs.

Thu
12
Feb

Holdup suspect identified from FB Page

  Thanks to assistance from the public, an arrest is pending for the armed robbery of an Avenue F Jan. 31, Bay City police said. 
  Police posted a photo of the suspect who is accused of robbing the EZ-Stop at 4021 Ave. F on its Facebook page Feb. 4.  
  By the next day, Feb. 5, police reported on the page the suspect was identified.
“The robbery suspect posted yesterday has been identified. Another successful way we can police together. Thanks everyone. The case is still under investigation and an arrest is pending,” Bay City police’s posting said.
Thu
12
Feb

Crowd of 300 cheers Paul Hill signing

When Van Vleck all-state offensive lineman signed a litter of intent to play with the Stephen F. Austin University Lumberjacks, there were about 300 people present to celebrate the occasion Tuesday afternoon, Feb. 4, VVHS gym. At right, Paul Hill, second from right, is joined at the signing by, from left: his sister, Jennifer; his mother, Nancy; and his father, Paul Hill Sr. It was almost a standing room only crowd, below, for the signing. Hill, below right, a colorful poster signed by friends and family.
Sentinel photos/Mike Reddell

Thu
12
Feb

BCHS students have 10 career paths to consider

BCISD photos

Bryan Brown's welding students at BCHS are constructing a trailer. Zack is under the coat and welding mask. Welding is one of the over 50 CTE courses offered at BCHS.

   February is National Career and Technology Education month and 81 percent of students in Bay City ISD participate in CTE courses.
   Students can choose from 10 different career paths with eight certifications.
   The eight certifications are in fields like human services, construction/career prep, health science, manufacturing, business management and hospitality.
   “The two most popular CTE programs at Bay City High School are Health Science Career Cluster and Agricultural Food and Natural Resources Career Cluster,” said Federal Program and CTE Director Lisa Volkmer.
Thu
12
Feb

Wildlife rescue presents 18th annual basics training workshop

 Have you ever found an injured bird in your yard and wanted to know how to help it?
   The Friends of Gulf Coast Wildlife Rescue are presenting their 18th Annual Wildlife Rescue Basics Training Workshop Saturday, Feb 21.
   The workshop is free and will last from 8 a.m. until noon and is at The Gulf Coast Observatory Avian Science Center at 103 east highway 332 in Lake Jackson.
   Attendees can look forward to learning what to do when they find an injured or abandoned animal, an overview of wildlife rehabilitation and ho to coexist peacefully with wildlife.
   “We will also be teaching basic first aid, safety and handling techniques for reptiles, mammals and birds,” said the press release.
   There will also be live animals at the workshop.
   Those that attend the workshop will also learn about birds of prey and the laws protecting them as well as other state and federal wildlife laws.
Fri
06
Feb

The Matagorda Day in Austin planning team had its final meeting Thursday in preparation for the big day Tuesday, Feb. 10.

Sentinel Photo/ by Mike Reddell
The Matagorda Day in Austin planning team had its final meeting Thursday in preparation for the big day Tuesday, Feb. 10. Showing off a wagon with items that will go into goody bags for lawmakers and state officials are, from left: Debbie Morris, Natalie Galvan, Lauren Fox, Aaron Fox, Kerri Wikoff, Barbara Sanders, Bobby Wilkinson, Harriet Townsend, Tami Savage and Tiffany Foltyn.

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