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Thu
01
Nov

BCISD honors Distinguished Alumni Class Class of 2018

The 13 honorees in the BCISD Distinguished Alumni Class of 2018 were inducted during halftime at the Bay City vs. Sealy football game.
Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell

Thu
01
Nov

Main Street spruces up planters

Photo by Becca Sitz
Bay City Main Street board members and volunteers spent the afternoon Sunday helping keep Bay City beautiful by weeding and cleaning out downtown planters. Several of the planters need groups or individuals to “adopt” them and keep them looking great. If you are interested in adopting one, contact Ann Ryan or Shelly Story with Bay City Main Street Program at 979-245-8081. From left, Jennifer Vowell, Tammi Tinnin, Shelly Story, Alice Lowery and Celeste Cash.

Thu
01
Nov

Friends of the Library book sale

Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard
Friends of the Bay City Public Library Book Fair: Priscilla Wissink and her granddaughter browsed several stacks of children’s books during the Friends of the Bay City Public library’s annual book sale, Oct. 25. Proceeds from the sale went to bolster library activity funds.

Thu
01
Nov

Orton completes constable leadership training course

Constable Bil Orton receives leadership certification

   Precinct 6 Constable Bill Orton recently attended the Texas Constables Leadership College (TCLC) at the Bill Blackwood Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas (LEMIT) at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville.  
   There were 21 graduates in Class #13 from the Gulf Coast to the Panhandle. The curriculum included a wide array of topics, one of which was budgets for agencies smaller than ours near Matagorda County, to as large as Harris County Precinct 4, which is the largest Constables office in the country with over 600 sworn officers.  
   “Team building was a very heavily discussed topic, as well as generating better morale for employees and being a fair administrator,” Orton explained.

Thu
01
Nov

Senior Walk

Following a relatively new Bay City High School tradition at the last home football game of the year, students gather at the east end zone after the Blackcats game with Sealy Friday and walk to the 50-yard-line. There, just the seniors continue on to the opposite end zone.
Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell

Thu
01
Nov

Two males arrested for stealing a vehicle

   Two 17-year-old males were arrested for stealing a vehicle from Gulf Winds Residential Treatment Center Saturday, Oct. 27, Bay City police said.
   Officer James Philp was sent to Gulf Winds Residential Treatment Center, 2904 1st Street, on a stolen vehicle call at about 9 p.m. Saturday, reports show.
   Philp was told the vehicle was a gray GMC Envoy that was taken by two residents who ran away from Gulf Winds, but the complainant was not sure of the runaways’ names, police said. 
   While en route to the call, Philp noticed a vehicle matching that description at McDonalds. 
   He stopped to run the license plate when two suspects walked out of the restaurant and approached the vehicle. 
   Philp talked to both males, identifying them as Tristan W. Rutland, 17, and Johnson T. Hoang, 17. 
   While doing so, dispatch advised the vehicle was registered to Gulf Winds.
   Both males were detained, and Gulf Winds was contacted. 

Thu
01
Nov

CAST showcases Broadway villains

Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard
Community Actors of South Texas brought back the crowd-favorite “Nightmare on Broadway” for the second time last week. The production featured songs from villains of Broadway musicals and even featured a few Disney classics. An ensemble of CAST performers sang “Gaston” from Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. The next CAST production is “Steel Magnolias,” with auditions Feb. 3 and Feb. 7 with times and locations to be determined.

Thu
25
Oct

"Grand Jury indicts Gibson" by: Mike Reddell

   A Matagorda County grand jury indictment charging Precinct 3 Commissioner James Gibson with misappropriation of fiduciary financial property greater than $2,500 less than $30,000 was filed Oct. 15. 
   Gibson was arrested on the charge by sealed indictment Monday morning, Oct. 22, at the Matagorda County Jail. 
   Gibson is under a $5,000 personal recognizance bond set by 239th District Court Judge Patrick E. Sebesta of Angleton. 
   It was originally a sealed indictment, but after Gibson’s arrest Monday and other court procedures, the document became public. 

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Thu
25
Oct

"Kolkhorst discusses state’s top priorities" by: Mike Reddell

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
State Sen. Lois Kolkhorst (R-Brenham) talks about top state issues at Bay City Chamber of Commerce luncheon this week.

   State Sen. Lois Kolkhorst (R-Brenham) set her sights on the upcoming state legislative session and education and teacher retirement funds rank at the top of her list of priorities. 
   Speaking at the Bay City Chamber of Commerce luncheon Monday, Kolkhorst said that she wants to earmark part of the state’s Economic Stabilization Fund, also known as the Rainy Day Fund, “to fund schools and teacher retirement.” 
   “We must invest in public education,” Kolkhorst told the luncheon audience. 
   “Everyone wants to give more to education and teachers. The most important person on campus, besides the students, are the teachers,” she said. 
   “Kids need motivation. They learn completely different. 
   “We’ve got to get teachers’ salaries up,” Kolkhorst said. 
   The senator also focused on flooding issues – at the impact of Hurricane Harvey and the recent heavy rains and flooding in Central Texas. 

Thu
25
Oct

Pilot Club's top tippers

Sentinel photos/Jessica Shepard
The Bay City Pilot Club held their annual "Celebrity Waiter" fundraiser and awarded plaques to the waiter who made the most in tips Oct. 18. From left to right: Sarah Roper, third place; Kelly Hunt, second place and Cody Holloway, first place.

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