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Thu
25
Jun

COVID testing for BCISD part of MEHOP’s mission

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
MEHOP had a team that tested 91 people for the Bay City Independent School District after a student tested positive during the district’s summer sports camp.

   MEHOP prepared to test about 300 students and BCISD staff that were potentially exposed to COVID-19 at a recent BCISD summer sporting camp. 
   At the end of the day, 91 were tested.
   “We’re delighted to be able to assist BCISD and the community with this testing,” said Celeste Harrison, CEO of MEHOP.
   The tests were open to students, and any BCISD staff member who could have been exposed to the COVID case.
   “This event was organized by MEHOP Director of Nursing, Christine Lara, who organized and launched the event in 24 hours. MEHOP is fortunate to have the have the capability and staff,” Harrison added. “It’s an enormous job.”
   Since the beginning of the crisis MEHOP has been grateful for donations for Personal Protective Equipment. 
   Several people in the local community donated cloth masks, Larger donations were made by Medical Bridges and Direct Relief. 

Thu
25
Jun

Plain clothes officer catches shooter

   An officer working a plain clothes operation in an unmarked police vehicle is credited with helping catch a drive-by shooter last week.
   The plain-clothes officer was in the area of 12th Street and Texas 35 a little after 10:30 p.m. Thursday, June 18. 
   He saw a gray Honda Civic parked in front row of Shades Bar, with several subjects standing around it. 
   The officer noticed a silver Jeep SUV driving in front of him. 
   The Jeep slowed and pulled towards the other side of the roadway and it appeared as if the driver was pulling into the parking lot, reports show.
   Instead, the Jeep continued straight at a slow speed. 
   The officer then heard several gunshots and saw the subjects in the parking lot ducking behind their vehicle. The Jeep then took off at a high rate of speed. 
   The officer quickly scanned the parking lot to make sure no one was hurt. 

Thu
18
Jun

Police seek murder suspect

   Bay City police has identified the suspect in the murder of Bay City man in the 900 block of Rugeley Monday afternoon, June 15, police reports show.
   A warrant was issued for Laquincy Kyle Black Randle, 30, for the murder of Derrick L. Wilcox at about 4 p.m. Monday, Bay City police said in a press release Tuesday, June 16.
   Police were sent to the corner of Rugeley and Park Monday afternoon on a shots fired report. 
   While en route, officers were notified police had received another call that reported a man had been shot.
   Officers arrived on scene and located the victim in the 900 block of Rugeley. 
   Officers began CPR and roping off the crime scene. 
   When EMS arrived, they took over scene and determined the victim had died, police said. 
   There were several witnesses who told officers that the suspect was possibly a black male in a white Taurus. 

Thu
18
Jun

Deputies investigate child death

   A 6-year-old-child was shot and killed in his home in Frost Trailer Park east of Bay City early Tuesday morning, June 16, and a suspect is in custody, Sheriff’s Department reports show.
   Jacob Santos Graves is charged with aggravated assault causing serious injury, bail jumping and failure to appear, deputies said.
   The suspect was arrested Tuesday and is in Matagorda County Jail.
   The investigation is continuing as the sheriff’s department is still processing the scene, said Lt. James Orr.   
   There will be more information to come at a later time, Orr said.

Thu
18
Jun

"Hanzik picks A&M/Corpus" by: Jessica Shepard

Amber Hanzik
Salutatorian

   Van Vleck High School’s class of 2020 Salutatorian is Amber Hanzik.
   Amber is the daughter of James Hanzik and Susan Parsons and sibling to Angel Hanzik and Jamie Hanzik Anderson.
   Hanzik is headed to Texas A&M in Corpus Christi to major in nursing for the coming fall.
   “I plan to attend Texas A&M in Corpus Christi because of their excellent nursing program and it has a beautiful campus,” she explained.
   “I plan on majoring in nursing because I’ve always felt compassionate towards those who are sick and in need of help.”

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Thu
18
Jun

"Yates makes plans for A&M" by: Jessica Shepard

Melody Yates
Valedictorian

   Melody Yates is the Valedictorian of Van Vleck High School’s Class of 2020.
   Melody is the daughter of Trevor and Shannon Yates and sibling to Caitlin and Tobey Yates.
   Yates will attend Texas A&M University in the fall and major in business administration.
   “I have always wanted to be an Aggie!” she said.
   “My sixth-grade teacher, Susan Frankson, made me into one. I chose business administration as my major because I hope to one day own my own business.”

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Thu
18
Jun

"BCHS grads finish careers at new stadium" by: Jessica Shepard

Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard
Bay City High School Class of 2020 seniors tossed specially provided mortarboards in the air while wearing their own at the end of their graduation ceremony at the new Memorial Stadium, June 12.

   Bay City High School graduated about 210 students during its commencement ceremony at the new Memorial Stadium, June 12.
   Due to social distancing requirements, there wasn’t a formal processional walk-in and students were seated on the field as they arrived.
   Following a moving invocation by Julianne Friesenhan and Gema Orneleas-Zavala leading the Pledge of Allegiance, a video of senior choir members sang an acapella rendition of the “Star-Spangled Banner.”
   After that, Superintendent Dr. Marshall Scott, III had the top 10 percent of students stand to be recognized along with the top 10 students in the class.
   Salutatorian Mallory Grimes urged her fellow graduates to acknowledge the skills they’ve earned over the years – most notably “procrastination.”
   “Just so my teachers, and my mother especially, do not blow a gasket, I definitely do not advocate procrastination in any way, shape, or form,” she explained.

Thu
18
Jun

"Van Vleck High School plans for 70 graduates at stadium" by: Jessica Shepard

   A total of 70 seniors will graduate from Van Vleck High School at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 18, at Burl McKinney Stadium.
   The stadium is predicted to be packed with graduates’ friends, family members, and peers.
   Stadium entrances will open at 6:30 p.m. and the graduation ceremony will be live-streamed and a professional photographer will take pictures of the graduates.
   If inclement weather is experienced, the alternate date will be at 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 19.
   Valedictorian Melody Yates and Salutatorian Amber Hanzik will be recognized and give speeches addressing their fellow classmates and the audience.
   Following Yates and Hanzik are Jesus Rosas, Dalton Wicker, Sydney Waldorf, Dylan Koliba, Nevada Runk, Olivia Schulz, Sophia Landry, and Alison Carrion rounding out the top 10 percent of the class.
   The graduates chose their motto as “Today we follow, tomorrow we lead,” from Ellen Hasegawa.

Thu
18
Jun

"County reopens community centers, fairground, fire stations" by: Mike Reddell

   Commissioners Court approved reopening Matagorda County community centers – including the fairgrounds, fire stations and buildings on all areas – at the court’s regular meeting Monday, June 15.
   The reopening comes with a set of guidelines and required compliance with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Department of State Health Services (DSHS).
   The guidelines include:

Thu
18
Jun

"VVISD works out moving parts for start of school" by: Mike Reddell

   Van Vleck school officials’ main task this summer is looking ahead to the moving parts of starting school this fall during a pandemic. 
   “We’re taking all the pieces of the puzzle and formulating a plan,” Superintendent John O’Brien told the school board at its regular meeting Monday, June 15. 
   “We want to be back this fall face-to-face. That is our main objective.”
   O’Brien explained the district staff is working on 3-4 plans, with the main plan being face-to-face instruction. 
   “The other backup plans will only come into play when and if we are unable to conduct face-to-face instruction. 
   “TEA can’t cancel schools by law, and I’m sure the governor won’t allow that either. Simply put, our schools are the center of our economy, so we need to have students in class as much as possible so our parents can work. 
   “The main thing is we need to take care of students and staff,” O’Brien commented. 

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