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04
Jun

Smith: VVHS va;edictorian

Trvor Smith

 Van Vleck High School senior Trevor Smith is the Valedictorian for the class of 2015.
   Trevor is the son of Patrick and Gena Smith and grandson of Gene and Sharon Reynolds, Bernie and Geneva Martinka, and Curtis and Sue Smith.
   Smith will attend Baylor University in Waco and major in computer science.
   When asked why he chose the university, his reason was surprising.
   “When visiting a friend there, we went to a women’s basketball game and I actually met the president of the college,” said Smith.
   Based on that experience and their conversation after the game motivated Smith to make his choice.
   Smith was a very active member of the drama department and debate teams.
   He competed at the state level nearly every time.
   “That feeling of competing on the state level with the best is the most meaningful award I could have ever achieved in school,” he said.
Thu
04
Jun

Lamberti: BCHS salutatorian

Alyssa Lamberti

   The Bay City High School Class of 2015 Salutatorian is Alyssa Lamberti.
   Alyssa is the daughter of Jill Lowry and Randy Lamberti and the granddaughter of Lacey and Bettye Jo Lowry.
   Lamberti will attend Texas A&M University and major in biomedical engineering.
   “I hope to work for a research company while at Texas A&M and move up the ranks after I graduate,” she said.
   “I plan on pioneering research in the field of limb reconstruction especially for our wounded warriors.”
   Lamberti participated in many extracurricular activities, such as National Honor Society, Power set, Interact, 4-H and being an assistant dance instructor for Whitney Williams Jones School of Dance.
   She was also a member of the Aristocat Dance Team all four years of high school and even was appointed captain of the team her senior year.
Thu
04
Jun

Parker: BCHS valedictorian

Mackenzie Parker

   Mackenzie Parker is the Valedictorian for Bay City High School’s Class of 2015.
   Mackenzie is the daughter of Steven and Vanessa Parker and the granddaughter of Frank and Shirley Parker, Sue Ann Bourke and Joe Kuepker.
   Parker plans on attending Rice University and majoring in biochemistry and cell biology.
   Not only did Parker participate in volleyball, soccer and cross-country, she pursued other extracurricular activities as well.
   “I participated in the Dungeoneers speech and debate team, competed in UIL Academics, was a member of 4H and raised rabbits,” she said.
   “I also participated in National Honor Society and POWER SET.”
   Her hobbies include running, watching movies, reading and spending time with her friends.
   “They are fun ways to let out stress and relax,” said Parker.
Thu
28
May

2015 runion to mark 107 years for Collegeport

http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txmatago/
The grand opening of Collegeport was May 25, 1909, in Hotel Collegeport (above), a two-story hotel accommodating 100 guests on the north side of Central Street,facing Tres Palacios Bay and the Collegeport pavilion

   Collegeport Day - Matagorda County’s longest-standing annual celebration - will begin at noon Saturday, May 30, at the Mopac House.
   Former residents and friends are always welcome to the annual homecoming, the last Saturday in May when the founding of Collegeport on May 25, 1908, is under the direction of the Mopac House Foundation.
   If you’re interested in sharing old photographs or any information you’d like included in this year’s slideshow, they will be scanned by contacting G.W. Franzen at gfranzen@tisd.net.
   And, don’t forget to bring a side dish and desssert to complete the meal.
Thu
28
May

Van Vleck man drowns trying to save children

   Van Vleck resident Joe Ros drowned trying to save four children who were caught in the undertow on Matagorda Beach around 2:30 p.m. Monday the Matagorda County Sheriff’s Office said.
   “It was reported there were four children in the water and were being pulled by the undertow,” according to a sheriff’s office press release Tuesday. 
   A child yelled for help and Ros and Sandra Hogg went into the water to get the children, deputies reported.
   Hogg and Ros reached the children and were trying to get them back to shore, the sheriff’s office said.  

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Thu
28
May

Murder charge lodged against stabbing suspect

Kleon Howell

    A 27-year-old man is charged with murder and three other charges in connection with four stabbings – one fatal – at a Bay City apartment complex late Sunday morning, May 24, Bay City police said.
   Kleon Dashawn Howell 27, of Bay City, faces a single charge of murder, two charges of aggravated assault/deadly weapon family violence, and one charge of aggravated assault deadly weapon, police reports show.
   Sheriff Frank “Skipper” Osborne said the suspect was captured in Lake Jackson and is in Matagorda County Jail.
Thu
28
May

Peterson begins work to boost development

   Eva Peterson started work Tuesday with lots of key people to meet – each with their own expectations of what her job called for – an office to organize and Matagorda County to study.
   But the new executive director of Matagorda County 
   Economic Development Corporation (MCEDC) biggest task is finding the right economic formula to make the county grow.
   Peterson’s experience – her toolset - should help in meeting that challenge.
   In an interview last week with the Bay City Sentinel, Peterson talked about economic development in Palacios and for Matagorda County. 
   Team leadership, project management, downtown revitalization, public speaking, strategic planning, budgeting, land-use planning, cost/benefit analysis, operations management, market analysis, process improvement, marketing and public relations are her areas of expertise.
Thu
28
May

Oklahoma auditions begin May 31

   Do you love wearing denim, cowboy boots, cowboy hats and all other fun western wear?
   Can you sing, read a script and have some dancing skills you’d love to show off?
   Auditions for the Community Actors of South Texas (CAST) production of the musical ‘Oklahoma!’ will be Sunday May 31, and Monday, June 1, promptly at 6 p.m. in the Robbins Hall of the First Presbyterian Church of Bay City.
Thu
28
May

New subdivision a link to historic Bowie Plantation

Layout sketch of Sugar Plantation Estates just north of the FM 521 and FM 457.

A new Cedar Lane area residential development offers prospective buyers acreage that’s part of Matagorda County history.
   Sugar Plantation Estates is a 76-acre subdivision that was once part of the historic Bowie Plantation that was started in the early 1850s. 
   Ward Real Estate owner Erwin Ward is developing the subdivision of 28 two-to-four-acre tracts – all of which will be accessible either off FM 457 or Bowie Road (CR 154). 
   Ward purposely designed the acreage so that all lots have a public road access.
   “It was laid out for that.”
Thu
28
May

Parks & Recreation gears up for its Open Gym Program

The Bay City Parks and Recreation Department’s Open Gym Program will begin Monday, June 15, at the Bay City Intermediate School (2417 16th street).  
   The program will begin June 15, and end on August 7, for four days a week, Monday – Thursday with an opening time of 9:30 a.m. and closing at 2:30 p.m. 
   This program is specifically for middle school youth currently in 6th, 7th and 8th grades and students who are entering 6th grade in the upcoming school year.  

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