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Thu
01
Oct

District applauds welding students

BCISD photo/
Pictured from left are BCISD Trustee Terry Farrar, Superintendent Keith Brown, Trustee Secretary Bobby Kimball, Trustee Eddie Nelson, students Jose Ramos Jr, Fidel Munoz, Malcolm Cunningham, Miguel Serrano (BCHS grad 2015), Jamaude Fisher (BCHS grad 2015), Jonathan Mendoza, Juan Botello, Jose De Jesus Ramos, Adrian Ruiz, Jair De Jesus Saucedo (BCHS grad 2015), Emillio Hidalgo, welding teacher Bill Jenkins, welding teacher Bryan Brown, Trustee Crystal Allison, Trustee Vice President Bob Klepac, and Trustee Frankie Cole. Students and BCHS 2015 graduates not available for the picture were: Emiliano Hernandez, Ethan Ryman, Rogelio Ochoa, Zachary Phillips, Koby Baros, Marshall Garza, Jesus Carmona and Diego Garcia.

   Bay City ISD Board of Trustees honored the 19 Bay City High School students who earned AWS (American Welding Society) certifications at the end of the 2015 Spring semester with BCISD Celebration of Excellence medals and certificates at its regular board meeting Sept. 21.  
   A BCHS record number of students, 22, tested, with 19 earning the welding certificate.  
   Welding instructors from BCHS are Bryan Brown and Bill Jenkins.  
   Testing was done by two inspectors for STP. 
   BCHS Principal Chris Townsend introduced the honorees, saying, “Our Career and Technology Education, and our welding program in particular, is one of our strongest programs at BCHS. 
   “These students are performing at the highest level and are taught by master teachers.”

Thu
01
Oct

Trustees celebrate teacher excellence

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Pictured, from left, are BCISD trustee Eddie Nelson, Trustee Terry Farrar Trustee Vice-President Bob Klepac, Trustee Secretary Bobby Kimball, Superintendent Keith Brown, BCHS teacher Tiffany Saunders, Trustee Crystal Allison and Trustee Frankie Cole.

   Bay City High School teacher Tiffany Saunders was honored by the Bay City school board for her spearheading and organizing the first C.A.T. Camp at BCHS in August.  
   Saunders was recognized at the regular school board meeting Sept. 21, and was presented with a certificate and medallion.  
   “Tiffany has been the catalyst for a huge and powerful transition at Bay City High School. I think if you’ve attended some BCHS events lately, you’ll have witnessed that school spirit is more visible and celebrated now,” BCHS Principal Chris Townsend said, when announcing the honor. 
   “The feeling of camaraderie and goodwill has blossomed under her leadership.” 
   C.A.T. Camp, (Character-Achievement-Tradition), was a three-day event this August at BCHS featuring inspirational speakers, learning school spirit chants and school songs, team-building exercises, and more.  

Thu
01
Oct

East Matagorda Bay Dressing Point Island part of rookery project island part of rookery project

   The Texas Rookery Islands project would restore and protect three rookery islands in Galveston Bay and one rookery island in East Matagorda Bay.  
   Rookery islands in Galveston Bay include Dickinson Bay Island II, located within Dickinson Bay; Rollover Bay Island, located in East (Galveston) Bay; and Smith Point Island, located west of the Smith Point peninsula.  
   Dressing Point Island lies in East Matagorda Bay and is part of the Big Boggy National Wildlife Refuge.  
   The purpose of the proposed project is to begin to restore and protect injured bird species.  
   It would include coordination with state and federal agency biologists and with non-governmental organization partners prior to implementation and would be implemented by the Texas Trustees and the U.S. Department of the Interior.   

Thu
01
Oct

Falfurrias man arrested on felony pot possession

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
Bay City police officers, Sgt. Philip Hester and Maximus, with the Matagorda County Sheriff’s Department, show off the 100 pounds of marijuana recently removed from a flatbed truck involved in an accident..

   South Texas man driving a flatbed truck was arrested on felony possession of more than 100 pounds of marijuana after causing an accident Wednesday, Sept. 23, Bay City police said. 
   The suspect, from Falfurrias, got the officers’ attention while they were investigating the accident in the 2100 block of Seventh. 
   Reports show officers noticed the driver was nervous and anxious to leave the location – offering to pay damages to the other driver’s vehicle.  
   Officers found this suspicious and began questioning the South Texas man, police said.  

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Thu
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.
Contributed photo

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.  

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