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01
Oct

Beach Cleanup in Matagorda

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
Tenaris volunteers walk through grassy areas at Matagorda Beach that had some scratching from the mosquitos.

Thu
01
Oct

Rehearsing ‘Nightmare on Broadway'

Zeinab Ghais and Jessica Jones rehearse "Evil Woman" for the upcoming show Nightmare on Broadway! These girls are awesome! Performances are Oct. 22-24 at 6 p.m. at Fat Grass. Tickets go on sale on Thursday, Oct. 1.
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Thu
01
Oct

Signing up to cleanup in Sargent

Sentinel photo/MaLinda Reddell
A Sargent Beach cleanup team registers Saturday morning.

Thu
13
Aug

Testimony begins in retrial for 1976 Bay City murder

AP photo
Hartfield

   Associated Press coverage contributed to this article.   
   Testimony was set to begin Wednesday in the capital murder trial of Jerry Hartfield, who has been in prison more than 35 years even though an appeals court threw out his 1977 conviction on a 1976 murder charge that initially had him on death row. 
   Jury selection began Monday in Judge Craig Estlinbaum’s 130th District Court, where the 59-year-old Hartfield will be retried for capital murder, facing a life sentence if convicted of killing a woman who sold tickets at a Bay City bus station. 
   “The crime occurred in September 1976,” the judge told more than 100 people summoned for jury duty Monday afternoon, Aug. 10.  
   He pointed out the 39-year gap between the crime and the current trial. 
Thu
13
Aug

Helping MEHOP celebrate

Part of MEHOP’s observed National Health Center Week with its “Health Center Celebration” Tuesday, Aug. 11, at the Bay City USO Center. During the event Matagorda County Judge Nate McDonald read a proclaimation for National Health Center Week signed by the commissioners court this week. In addition, Carol Wootton, with Congressman Blake Farenthold’s office, presented a plaque to MEHOP CEO Celeste Harrison honoring the event. From left, are: Nancy Wollam, with State Rep. Dennis Bonnen’s; Wootton; Harrison; and McDonald. MEHOP’s celebration included free haircuts, health presentations, a magic show, The Crescent Circus, and plenty of hamburgers and trimmings.
Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell

Thu
13
Aug

CAT Campers will hear from Blackcat stars

   An all-star lineup of five former Blackcat athletes will speak at the inaugural CAT (CharacterAchievement-Tradition) Camp Aug. 19-21. 
   Already, 120 students registered for the free event designed to unite BCHS students while giving them opportunities to rekindle old Blackcat traditions and start new ones, said faculty member and camp founder Tiffany Saunders.  
   “We want as many Bay City High School students as possible to attend,” she added. 
   A community pep rally Friday, Aug. 21, at Memorial Stadium in conjunction with the Blackcat football scrimmage against Victoria East that night will be the camp’s highlight.  
   The pep rally will begin about 6:30 p.m. and will include performances from the band, Aristocats and cheerleaders - plus CAT Campers showing off what they learned during their three-day camp experience.  
Thu
13
Aug

Commissioners court slates hearings on budget, tax rate

   Public hearings on Matagorda County’s proposed tax rate and budget for fiscal 2015-16 were set for Aug. 20 and Aug. 24 by commissioners court Monday. 
   Following several budget workshops this summer, the court is proposing a total tax levy of 39.5 cents – including both maintenance and operation and debt service rate - per $100 valuation for fiscal 2015-16. 
   That’s up from the 2014-15 county tax rate of 35.8 cents and the effective tax rate of 36.4 cents. The effective rate is the levy applied to tax base to yield the same revenues as the previous fiscal year. 
   The proposed tax rate is to support the $22.1 million budget for fiscal 2015-16. The current fiscal year budget is $20.9 million. Expenditures and revenues are balanced in both budgets, said County Auditor Cathy Ezell. 
   “Keeping the level of services up,” is a goal reflected in the new budget, said County Judge Nate McDonald. 
Thu
13
Aug

ATVs on beach get another look

   A discussion lead by former sheriff James Mitchell on operating ATVs on Sargent Beach capped the commissioners court meeting Monday, Aug. 10. 
   “I want to talk to you about ATVs on the beach,” Mitchell addressed the court during the public comments section of the agenda. 
   Three years ago, Mitchell said he contacted the sheriff’s office and the Department of Public Safety (DPS) on what it took to get his Kawasaki Mule side-by-side legal to drive on the beach. 
   “Not three years later, I’m told I couldn’t drive on the beach,” Mitchell said, adding that he invested $15,000 in the ATV. 
   “I’m asking you to amend the laws affecting ATV and to consider requirements for them” and Mitchell said those restrictions could include operators to be: licensed, at least 16 years old and insured.” 
Thu
13
Aug

Brown calls attention to hearing on parole

   For those of you who were not in Matagorda County in 2010-2011, or aware of our terrorist situation that occurred that year, Paul May is a domestic terrorist who admitted and plead guilty to 12 counts of terroristic threats against school children and school officials in Bay City in 2012.  
   His terroristic threats paralyzed the entire community of Bay City Texas from Dec. 28, 2010, until his arrest on Jan. 27, 2011.  
   He was sentenced to seven years of prison and his full sentence would end 1/25/2018. 
   We have been notified by the TDCJ that Paul May is under annual parole review that began Aug. 4, and could be released in January 2016 from prison.  
   This is of great concern to the parents in BCISD and citizens of Matagorda County.  
   The safety and security of our children and grand-children are always our first priority.  
Thu
13
Aug

All 5 school districts ‘Met Standard’ in STAAR tests

   All five school districts in Matagorda County have “Met Standard” for their State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) test results. 
   Of those five, four made distinctions in a number of categories. 
   Overall, Bay City ISD met standard by making scores above the target score for each index. 
   The indexes include student achievement, student progress, closing performance gaps and postsecondary readiness. 
   Three BCISD schools also made distinction designations. 
   Bay City High School and Linnie Roberts Elementary both earned a distinction for academic achievement in science. 
   Bay City Junior High earned an academic achievement distinction in mathematics. 
   Cherry and Tenie Holmes elementaries met standard but did not gain any academic achievement distinctions. 

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