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10
Sep

Boat parade shows off red, white, blue

Sentinel photo/MaLinda Reddell
The Matagorda Trump Boat Parade 2020 took place along the Colorado River Saturday, drawing thousands of supporters on shore and on board the vessels of different sizes and the multitude of flags promoting Trump.

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10
Sep

"BCISD trustees OK resolution for emergency wage payments" by: Jessica Shepard

   Bay City ISD trustees unanimously approved a resolution for wage payments during emergency school closings Tuesday, Sept. 1.
   Board members present included Bob Klepac, James Scardami, Jerry Manning, Trent Tinnin and John Dewitt; trustees Frankie Cole and Eddie Nelson were absent.
   Trustees adopted the resolution that acknowledges that: “a need exists to address wage payments for employees who are idled and that employees who are instructed not to report to work may suffer a loss of pay if the district is closed.”
   The resolution was drafted due to school closures on Wednesday-Thursday Aug. 26-27, for Hurricane Laura’s projected landfall near Matagorda County.

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10
Sep

"COVID-19 report shows active cases trend down" by: Mike Reddell

   This week’s COVID-19 report from the Emergency Operation Center reported 33 cases in Matagorda County from the Department of State Health Service (DSHS).
   That report also indicates there were 203 new recovered cases, and 1 new fatality. The estimated number of active cases is now 143. 
   There 946 estimated total COVID-19 cases in Matagorda County.
   To date, DSHS has reported 946 total cases of COVID-19 in Matagorda County, of which 764 patients have recovered and 39 patients have passed away (fatalities). 
   The estimated total of active cases in Matagorda County is now 143.

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10
Sep

"BCISD/TISD workshops explore possible future student outcomes" by: Jessica Shepard

   Both Bay City and Tidehaven ISD trustees reviewed “Evaluating and Improving Student Outcomes” (EISO) as part of board member training workshops last week.
   Region 3 Leadership Liaison Tony Williams told both boards that student outcomes hinged on adult behaviors and planning.
   “We just can’t do the things we did before and continue to be successful,” he explained.
   Williams told the board that adult behaviors change due to knowledge, skills and mindset.
   “You have to have your board and superintendent working collaboratively with the same vision, values and accountability goals in mind,” he added.
   “Once those are in place, you can begin to see improved student outcomes.”

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Thu
10
Sep

Sargent Library celebrates a soft opening

The Bay City Public Library's Sargent Branch Library celebrated a soft opening to show off their newly renovated home Tuesday morning. Pictured are BCPL Youth Services Director Andrea Savage, Bay City Mayor Robert Nelson, BCPL Director Samantha Denbow, and Friends of the Sargent Library TReasurer Lucia Fuller. The library is officially open to patrons now. A grand opening will be scheduled at a later date when COVID-19 pandemic circumstances allow.
Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard

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10
Sep

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10
Sep

"Bay City opens new Memorial Stadium with 41-11 win over Edna" by: Mike Reddell

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
Blackcat senior quarterback Avery Smith (25) tries to work around Edna’s front defenders.

   Bay City got its passing game going to complement its potent running attack in an offensive effort that produced 496 total yards and a lopsided 41-11 score against Edna last Friday.
   This week the Blackcats turn their attention to longtime rival Wharton who Bay City Head Coach Robert Jones said is capable of dealing out problems despite the Tigers (4A-2) two-loss season start.  
   “Edna was determined to stop the run so that’s what opened up the passing game and we preach to the offense every week we are going to take what the defense gives us,” Jones said of the matchup that showcased the opening of the new Memorial Stadium.
   Whatever the Cowboys had intended, Bay City’s rushing game rolled up 324 yards – with 232 running yards and a touchdown generated by senior quarterback Avery Smith – and 172 yards passing.
   Smith was 7 of 13 for 134 yards passing, with three aerial TDs. 

Thu
10
Sep

"Lucio: Tigers need to build on wins" by: Mike Reddell

Contributed photo
Tiger quarterback Logan Crow (11) prepares to block after handing off to running back Kylan Sardinea against Ganado.

   Tidehaven Head Coach said his Tigers need to build on their 2-0 start this week when they face district foe and cross-Matagorda County opponent Palacios this Friday.
   “It was a great win against Ganado, one I felt we did just about everything to give it away,” Lucio said about the Tigers 28-21 victory over Ganado last Friday. 
   “Our offense has not played horrible, but we can be a lot better then what we’ve shown,” Lucio remarked.  
   “We still make too many mistakes, and have not proven to overcome most of them.  
   “I’d say one thing that I liked about our offense was when it was crunch time everybody seemed to play up to their abilities,” he said.  
   “The last drive had multiple kids making plays for us.  
   “Our defense had a great night also.”  
   Lucio noted that Ganado has a good offense, and to hold them to the amount of yards and points they did is a huge accomplishment.  

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10
Sep

"Bulldogs take bite out of Leopards" By John Hoffman Special to the Sentinel

Photo by Anna Hernandez
Standout Van Vleck running back Sam Bree (2) picks up yardage against Boling last Friday night.

   VAN VLECK – The Van Vleck Leopards were looking to celebrate Parent’s Night in a good way, but the Boling Bulldogs had other things in mind. 
   Boling ripped off 35 first-half points and then stopped a Van Vleck second-half comeback in a 35-20 win.
   Things started rough for the Leopards, with a miscue leading to the first Boling touchdown. After a quick three and out, Leopard punter Hayden Pena was forced to punt from his own end zone. The snap went over Pena’s head and was recovered by Cody Schindler in the end zone for a touchdown. 
   The extra point by Jaxson Urbanek was good, and the Bulldogs were up quickly at 7-0 with 10:32 left in the first quarter.
   Boling increased their lead later in the first period. After taking over at the Van Vleck 40-yard line, the Bulldogs quickly moved down the field with four different running backs getting carries. The drive ended with a 15-yard touchdown run by Blaise Hubenak to push the Boling lead to 14-0.

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10
Sep

"Fiber of cotton more than plant" Aaron Sumrall, PhD Matagorda County Extension Agent – Agriculture/Natural Resources Texas A&M AgriLife

   We have all heard the clichés related to cotton in various marketing efforts to justifiably bring a positive impression of how the versatile fiber affects our daily lives but how much do we really know? 
   Coffee shop arguments and historical accounts of how long cotton has been grown in Matagorda County will vary as much as the number of additions one can add to that cup of Joe. 
   Regardless of the specific date, cotton has been a staple of Matagorda County agriculture since the early 1800s and in the global scheme for some 8000 years! 
   Nationally, cotton is a major commodity in 17 states from Virginia to California accounting for significant impacts to the economy far beyond the field.
   The 2018 cotton crop in Matagorda County is comprised of some 80,000 acres in active production. 

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