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Thu
28
May

Van Vleck man drowns trying to save children

   Van Vleck resident Joe Ros drowned trying to save four children who were caught in the undertow on Matagorda Beach around 2:30 p.m. Monday the Matagorda County Sheriff’s Office said.
   “It was reported there were four children in the water and were being pulled by the undertow,” according to a sheriff’s office press release Tuesday. 
   A child yelled for help and Ros and Sandra Hogg went into the water to get the children, deputies reported.
   Hogg and Ros reached the children and were trying to get them back to shore, the sheriff’s office said.  

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Thu
28
May

Murder charge lodged against stabbing suspect

Kleon Howell

    A 27-year-old man is charged with murder and three other charges in connection with four stabbings – one fatal – at a Bay City apartment complex late Sunday morning, May 24, Bay City police said.
   Kleon Dashawn Howell 27, of Bay City, faces a single charge of murder, two charges of aggravated assault/deadly weapon family violence, and one charge of aggravated assault deadly weapon, police reports show.
   Sheriff Frank “Skipper” Osborne said the suspect was captured in Lake Jackson and is in Matagorda County Jail.
Thu
28
May

Peterson begins work to boost development

   Eva Peterson started work Tuesday with lots of key people to meet – each with their own expectations of what her job called for – an office to organize and Matagorda County to study.
   But the new executive director of Matagorda County 
   Economic Development Corporation (MCEDC) biggest task is finding the right economic formula to make the county grow.
   Peterson’s experience – her toolset - should help in meeting that challenge.
   In an interview last week with the Bay City Sentinel, Peterson talked about economic development in Palacios and for Matagorda County. 
   Team leadership, project management, downtown revitalization, public speaking, strategic planning, budgeting, land-use planning, cost/benefit analysis, operations management, market analysis, process improvement, marketing and public relations are her areas of expertise.
Thu
28
May

Oklahoma auditions begin May 31

   Do you love wearing denim, cowboy boots, cowboy hats and all other fun western wear?
   Can you sing, read a script and have some dancing skills you’d love to show off?
   Auditions for the Community Actors of South Texas (CAST) production of the musical ‘Oklahoma!’ will be Sunday May 31, and Monday, June 1, promptly at 6 p.m. in the Robbins Hall of the First Presbyterian Church of Bay City.
Thu
28
May

New subdivision a link to historic Bowie Plantation

Layout sketch of Sugar Plantation Estates just north of the FM 521 and FM 457.

A new Cedar Lane area residential development offers prospective buyers acreage that’s part of Matagorda County history.
   Sugar Plantation Estates is a 76-acre subdivision that was once part of the historic Bowie Plantation that was started in the early 1850s. 
   Ward Real Estate owner Erwin Ward is developing the subdivision of 28 two-to-four-acre tracts – all of which will be accessible either off FM 457 or Bowie Road (CR 154). 
   Ward purposely designed the acreage so that all lots have a public road access.
   “It was laid out for that.”
Thu
28
May

Parks & Recreation gears up for its Open Gym Program

The Bay City Parks and Recreation Department’s Open Gym Program will begin Monday, June 15, at the Bay City Intermediate School (2417 16th street).  
   The program will begin June 15, and end on August 7, for four days a week, Monday – Thursday with an opening time of 9:30 a.m. and closing at 2:30 p.m. 
   This program is specifically for middle school youth currently in 6th, 7th and 8th grades and students who are entering 6th grade in the upcoming school year.  

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Thu
28
May

MC retired teachers elect 2 new officers

Contributed photos
Pictured is Matagorda County Retired Teachers Association’s new president Mike Henderson.

   Matagorda County Retired Teachers Association announces the installation of two new officers for the 2015-2016 school year. 
   The new officers are President Mike Henderson and 1st Vice President Mary Brown.
   They will be supported by 2nd Vice President Bob Keprta, Secretary Linda Gamertsfelder and Treasurer Janice Reed.
   The Association would also like to thank two Pat and Jean McLeod. 
Thu
28
May

United Way to award funds to expand shelter programs

    Matagorda County has been chosen to receive $20,871 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the county. 
   The selection was made by a national board chaired by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and consists of representatives from American Red Cross; Catholic Charities, USA; National Council of the Churches of Christ in the U.S.A.; The Jewish Federations of North America; The Salvation Army; and United Way Worldwide.
Thu
28
May

Tidehaven to graduate 48

Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard
Tidehaven High School’s Class of 2015. Friends and family are welcome to join them at their commencement program at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 29, at Tiger stadium.

  Parents, friends and family members of 48 graduating seniors will pack Delvin L. Taska Tiger stadium for the commencement of the class of 2015 at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 29. 
   Valedictorian Joshua Kitterman and Salutatorian Kayla Grissett will be acknowledged and give their own speeches addressing their peers.
   Fourteen of the graduates are National Honor Society members.
   Following the valedictorian and salutatorian as part of the top ten students in alphabetical order are: Juan Espinoza, Erin Foley, Alysse Garcia, Bailey Pence, Brooke Pence, Radael Sustaita, Peyton Taska-Genzer and Fidel Vasquez.
   The class officers are as follows: president – Juan Espinoza; vice president – Brooke Pence; secretary – Erin Foley; treasurer – Joshua Kitterman and parliamentarian – Rafael Sustaita.
   Their class song is ‘Laughed until we cried’ by Jason Aldean.
Thu
21
May

Meteorologist: How weather affects people

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
KHOU-TV meteorologist Chita Johnson visits with Matagorda County Deputy Sheriff Dennis Bensfield, left, and Matagorda Lockmaster Simon DeSoto Saturday during her visit to Bay City.

  Talk about weather irony – tropical storms were on the rise during Texas’ vicious three-year drought period of 2011-2014, while amid this year’s frequent rainfall the hurricane formation forecast is below average. 
   KHOU-TV Meteorologist Chita Johnson made that observation in an interview Saturday, when she was in Bay City greeting fans at Market Day as a guest of the LEPC. 
   “There were above-average storms when all the rain was below average,” she noted about the recent dry years. 
   El Nino is responsible for keeping the lid on hurricane formation, Johnson said, because it keeps the ocean equatorial waters cooler. 
   In active storm-formation years, the equatorial waters are warmer, which boosts the energy of a storm – the opposite effect of cooler waters, the meteorologist said. 
   “The cooler waters can’t sustain the energy” a major storm system requires, Johnson added. 

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