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Jun

Graduation talk extols hometown

Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard
Van Vleck Salutatorian Justice Brooks and her fellow graduating seniors create a crowded selfie at commencement Thursday night.

   In the opening of his Valedictorian address, Van Vleck High School’s class of 2015 valedictorian Trevor Smith listed the reasons why his community was the best. 
   “I am proud of this place,” he said. 
   “Some people wonder which school’s the best, that conversation really ends here. We are the best.” 
   Smith credits the success of the community to its individuals. 
   “We’ve produced phenomenal athletes: AJ Mangum, Charles Austin, Richard Blackmon and  this town has heroes and leaders like John O’Brien, Burt O’Connell and Joe Ros, may he never be forgotten,” Smith said. 
   “All of these people and so many more have built and maintained a superior community that has people from counties over trying to get in.” 
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11
Jun

Bomb squad explodes beach object

   A suspicious cylinder with a danger warning was found by a citizen on Matagorda Beach Sunday, and later destroyed by the Harris County Sheriff’s Office Bomb Squad, the Matagorda County Sheriff’s Department reported. 
   The citizen was walking on Matagorda Beach about six miles from the entrance and “found a cylindrical object (photo at left) that appeared to have washed up on shore,” the sheriff’s office report show. 
   The object’s warning read: “Do not handle, contains Phosphorus.  May cause serious burns. Notify Police Dept. or Military if found.” 
   The citizen contacted the sheriff’s office to report the object and Sheriff Skipper Osborne was notified and went to the beach.

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Thu
11
Jun

County audit clean

   An audit of Matagorda County’s 2014 financial report was mostly good news for commissioners court members at their regular meeting Monday, June 8. 
   The county received a “clean, unmodified opinion,” CPA Susan Reed, with the Bay City firm of Sliva and Reed, told the court.
   Since the county receives federal funds, Reed said the audit had to explore how the county complied with federal accounting requirements. 
   There were no internal control problems with that portion of the audit.
   But digging deeper in the overall financial report the audit did find internal control problems, Reed said. 
Thu
11
Jun

Texas Trio Classic starts Friday

   At press time, the Texas Trio Classic had 86 teams entered into the tournament with two artificial and 12 open-team spots left.
   Team signups close Friday, June 12, at 6:30 p.m. during the Calcutta and cost $225 for three members and another $75 after that and up to five total.
   Every team member gets free entry into the Calcutta where food, drinks and live entertainment will be on tap.
   “Sam Silva is this year’s entertainer and features great live music,” said tournament co-founder Shane Johnson.
   Those who aren’t registered to a team can attend the event as well for a donation of $10.
Thu
11
Jun

BCHS opens sports camps

Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard
Coach Amanda Slater, standing, had students pair off during the Volleyball sports camp Tuesday morning. Among other drills and techniques, she showed them the proper way to set a volleyball for a team mate. Slater was joined by coach Liz Griffin for the duration of their sports camp with 34 girls in attendance.

   The Bay City High School athletic department kicked off its Summer Sports Camp Monday, June 8, with volleyball under the direction of coaches Amanda Slater and Liz Griffin.
   Thirty-four girls showed up for the two-day clinic and learned a variety of skills form setting the ball to passing and serving.
   The camps are open to students from incoming ninth-graders down to third-graders.
   “When I came here at the first of the year, I told the coaches of every sport that I want them to hold summer camps,” said Athletic Director Lupe Florez.
   “Every high school does this.”
   Each camp offered over the summer has a fee ranging from $10 to $40 depending on which sport the students are participating in.
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11
Jun

Dunn eyes August opening, with utility bids let

Sentinel photos/Mike Reddell
Work is well underway towards completing the Dunn Heat Exchangers plant north of Bay City on Texas 60.

   August is the new completion date for Dunn Heat Exchangers plant, with the City of Bay City and Dunn agreeing to share the work and costs for water and sewer lines and a lift station in a special city council meeting June 4. 
   The first attempt to put all three projects into one package for prospective contractors produced bids that were over estimates in mid-May.
   That prompted Public Works Director Barry Calhoun to bid all three projects separately, and the city opened those bids in late May. 
   While the totals for the three separate projects were lower this time around, they were still about $200,000 higher than the original projected cost of $800,000 for all three.
   City council member Bill Cornman advised Calhoun at council’s May 28 meeting to go over the bids with Peter Dunn Jr., president of the Texas City-based Dunn Heat Exchangers.
   Dunn was at council’s special meeting last week. 
Thu
11
Jun

New officers installed

Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard
Bay City High School's Class of 2015 Salutatorian Alyssa Lamberti, left, follows Valedictorian Mackenzie Parker onto the field during their graduation ceremony Friday, June 5.

Thu
11
Jun

Classic cars, tractors part of Mr. Tire opening

Sentinel photos/Jessica Shepard, Mike Reddell
This classic car (above), from the early 1950s, was among the cars and tractors from earlier eras on display at Mr. Tire’s grand opening June 3.

   Classic cars and tractors flanked the Mr. Tire Rice Farmers Coop., Inc. shop on Wednesday, June 3, during the store’s grand opening and ribbon cutting.
   The tractors ranged from John Deere to Case IH and spanned a variety of makes and models.
   The company itself has a rich history in El Campo.
   Before Mr. Tire was even formed, El Campo rice farmers started their own coop in 1940 due to the need for warehouse space to store sacked rice.
Thu
11
Jun

Safety Store ribbon cutting

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
Texas Commercial Fire & Safety had its grand opening and ribbon cutting at its 3587 FM 2668 (Nichols Road) location June 4. The store specializes in helping businesses stay compliant with NFPA standards and provide a safe working environment for employees. TCFS owner Jonathan Fehmel, holding the scissors, is flanked to his right by his wife, Susan.

Thu
11
Jun

New Training building

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
The new $1.2 million addition to the Center for Energy Development is taking shape. The 4,700-square-foot building will house three Wharton County Junior College training programs in manufacturing technology, electrical technology and instrumentation and control technology and is to be completed in time for the college’s fall semester. A $575,000 Tenaris grant will buy training equipment for the building, which is owned by the Bay City Community Development Corporation.

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