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BCHS 1-act play state-bound

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Bay City High School OAP advanced to state after competition at Tuloso Midway HS on April 22. Pictured are (front row): Ethan Frazier, Dandee Cabanay, Dawson Friesenhahn, Andrew Richards, Cole Fitzgerald, Taryn Willis, Isabella Rene, Miguel Mirelez, Madison Kohnen; (back row) Branson Cobb, Mansi Pandya, Manuel Garcia, Dale Ellis, Otensha Milimo, Megan Ging, Kaitlyn Rodriguez, Jordan Kacko, kate Bruening, Miranda Georgeson, Sarah Attaway, Chloe McGalliard, Brooke Richards, Tim Rhoades Asst Director, Magda Mirelez director. The state 4A one act play will be on Tuesday, May 26, at Bass Concert Hall on campus of UT in Austin.

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County film group seeks state certification

   A new group devoted is devoted to drawing filmmakers to Matagorda County and they have a plan on making it work.
   “There’s only a handful of (Texas) counties certified to be a Film Friendly Community by the Texas Film Commission (TFC) and we want to be involved in that,” Heather Menzies told city council Thursday, April 23, about newly formed Matagorda County Film Commission.
   Council obliged by adopting TFC guidelines to become a Film Friendly Community. 
   Matagorda County Film Commission includes members across the county with representatives from Sargent, Matagorda, Bay City and Palacios chambers and economic development agencies.
   Economic development is a big driver to attract filmmakers to Matagorda County, said Menzies, who is with the Matagorda County Economic Development Corporation.
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Nile Valley Road repair will cost about $3 million

   Fixing Nile Valley Road between Second Street (MLK) to the east side of the railroad crossing will cost $2.9 million to $3.3 million and the work is probably two years out.
   That was councilman Bill Cornman’s summary of two meetings focused on that 1.6-mile section of council members, city staff and city engineers he presented at council’s April 23 meeting.
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Stephens IMTS Certified

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Colorado River Locks Operator Harlan "Chip" Stephens (left) is the most recent employee in the USACE Galveston District to become a Certified IMTS Lock and Dam operator after completing the IMTS Lock and Dam Training and Certification Program. Showing off the certificate with Stephens is Lockmaster Simon DeSoto.

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Van vLeck OAP Advances to State

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Van Vleck's One-Act Play, "Leading Ladies" competed in the Regional OAP contest in Brenham, April 24. Van Vleck High School, along with the production from Rogers High School, advanced to the state competition which will be in Austin May 26. Trevor Smith and PJ Franks were named to the all-star cast and Shalom Robles was named to the honorable mention all-star cast. Only eight 3A schools in Texas have the honor of competing at the state level. The cast includes: (front row, from left) Caitlin Yates, Alylla Sewell, Gloria Sidney, Amanda Trevino, Kelly Bacon, Analuz Zamudio, Alexandria Trevino, Erin Sekulic, Leah Hanna, Shalom Robles, Skylar Chilek, Angel Hanzik and Brittany Henry; (back row, from left) Anthony Smith, Marcus Porretto, Tyler McSweeny, Ryan Willy, Austin McSweeny, Trevor Smith, PJ Franks, Michael Middaugh, William Galbreath, Dante Wyche and Jose Murillo.

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Kolkhorst appointed to senate budget conference panel

   AUSTIN - Lt. Governor Dan Patrick appointed five Senators to serve on the budget conference committee, charged with crafting the final version of the state spending bill.  
    The Senate team will be led by Finance Committee Chair Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, and includes Senators Joan Huffman, R-Houston,  Juan Hinojosa, D-McAllen, and Charles Schwertner, R-Georgetown, as well as freshman Senator Lois Kolkhorst R-Brenham.

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Van Vleck Lions have 3 events this weekend

   The Van Vleck Lions Club is sponsoring three events this weekend!
   Everything kicks off this Friday, May 1, at the Van Vleck Community Center with registration for the barbecue cookoff starting at 7 p.m.
   “We currently have 10 teams ready to square off,” said Van Vleck Lions Club member Darve Smith.
   “But, we have the space for many more!”
   A $100 registration fee grants grillers access to all four food classes - brisket, beans, ribs and chicken.
   Taking first place in the brisket competition earns the cook or team of cooks $500.
   All other divisions pay $165 a piece and only to first place winners!
   Dutch oven and beef fajita entries only cost $20 a piece.
   Judging for cookoff starts at noon Saturday, May 2.
   A washer and horseshoe tournament will also be held with a $10 entry fee per participant.
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Tidehaven trustees boost teachers' pay scale

   The Tidehaven school board voted to increase their salary pay scale for all current and incoming teachers last week.
   “Our goal is to attract newly qualified teachers,” said Superintendent Dr. Andrew Siegrist.
   The increase reaches nearly $9,000 more per year for new incoming teachers, he said.
   “For the past three years the salaries have been frozen across the board,” said Siegrist.
   During the salary freeze, teachers were paid out in stipends.
   “Our revised and edited pay scale will definitely be more competitive,” he said.
   A lot of our success is due to our board president, Stephen Crow, he said.
   “Stephen worked closely with our payroll department to achieve this goal,” said Siegrist.
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Candidate Q & A

Bay City city council and school board candidates took part in a forum Tuesday night at Bay City Civic Center. Council hopefuls, from left, Brady Bowers, Incumbent Carolyn Thames and candidate Esau Rodriguez field questions. The Sentinel’s city and school candidate Q&A is inside on pages 6 and 7.

 

 

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Officers raid gambling house

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Owner of raided residence talks with officers Friday afternoon.

   A Bay City gambling operation was raided by an eight-officer team that seized five, eight-liner machines, plus money, and arrested the female owner of the residence Friday afternoon, April 17.
   Flor Nevarez Gonzalez, 57, of Bay City, was arrested on a single charge of Keeping a Gambling Place, a Class A misdemeanor, and was booked into Matagorda County Jail, said Bay City Police Lt. Clayton Ryman.
   “It’s rare to find a gambling operation inside a residence,” Ryman noted. The raid included both Bay City police officers and Matagorda County Sheriff’s deputies.
   The raid at 1704 M Street at 1:45 p.m. Friday, was a Matagorda County Narcotics Task Force operation, Ryman said.
   There were five people inside the modest frame residence when the raid happened and a man drove up just as the operation commenced.
   Officers questioned, but didn’t arrest, the man, and the people in-

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