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Thu
26
May

Memorial Day closings

   Memorial Day falls on Monday, May 30 and features quite a few closings.
   The U.S. Postal Service will be closed Monday, with resumed normal operating hours Tuesday, May 31.
   All banks and schools also will be closed Monday, but open again at normal hours the following day.
   Federal, city and county offices will also be closed in observance of the holiday.
   WCA trash pick-up will remain for commercial business dumpsters and residential pick up is suspended.
   Monday’s residential routes will be done on Tuesday and Tuesday’s routes will be on Wednesday.
   Everything will return to its usual pickup schedule on Thursday, June 2.   

Thu
26
May

Tidehaven graduates first class in new Tiger Dome

   A total of 59 seniors will graduate from Tidehaven High School at 7:30 p.m. Friday May 27 in the Tiger Dome.
   In fact, they are the first graduating class to do so!
   Tiger Dome is predicted to be packed with graduates’ friends, family members, and peers.
   Valedictorian Melanie Brewer and Salutatorian Luke Horne will be recognized and give speeches addressing their fellow classmates and the audience.
   The graduates chose their motto from George Bernard Shaw, “Life isn’t about finding yourself, Life is about creating yourself.”
   The class officers are as follows: president – Isiah Morales; vice president – Zariah Dodds; secretary – Melanie Brewer; treasurer – Cameron Riojas; and parliamentarian – Chelcy Broussard.
   Their class song is “I’ll Always Remember You,” by Miley Cyrus.
   Sponsors for the class of 2016 are: Shelley Anderson, Debbie Barnett, Laura Galvan, John Shussler, Willie Smith, and Evy Yoxtheimer.

 

Thu
26
May

"Tidehaven Valedictorian: A&M a childhood dream" by: Jessica Shepard

Melanie Brewer

   Tidehaven High School’s class of 2016 Valedictorian is Melanie Brewer; who is also a NationalHonor Society member and received many scholarships to pursue her education.
   Kitterman plans on attending the Texas A&M University and majoring in Geophysics/Geoology.
    “It has always been one of my childhood dreams to be an Aggie,” said Brewer.
   “I plan on majoring in Geophysics because geophysicists help tackle some of earth’s biggest problems through science, and want to be a part of something that helps this world last for thousands of generations.”
   Not only does Brewer plan on getting her Bachelor of Science in geophysics, she is aiming for her master’s degree in geology.

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Thu
26
May

"Tidehaven Salutatorian will pursue engineering" by: Jessica Shepard

Luke Horne

    The Tidehaven class of 2016 Salutatorian is National Honor Society member Luke Horne.
   Horne is attending Texas A&M University in the fall and plans on studying chemical engineering.
   “I am attending TAMU for it has sentimental value as I have family history from there, plus it is an excellent college to attend,” he said.
   “I love math and science, especially when put together to figure out innovative ways to contribute to things like efficiency or provide needed materials,” said Horne in regards to his chosen major.
   “I plan on achieving a bachelor’s at least, followed by an MBA degree,” he said.

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Thu
26
May

Caney Creek out of banks

Bill Orton photo
Caney Creek waters left their banks over the weekend. Deputy Constable Bill Orton said the creek rose eight inches from Sunday evening to Monday morning. Several creekside yards, docks, decks and other structures were inundated.

Thu
26
May

"Port authority seeks $24M for barge terminal project" by: Mike Reddell

   Port of Bay City Authority’s application for $24 million in state funding for its proposed barge terminal next to Matagorda Harbor will get a letter of support from commissioners court.
   The 147-acre site is Corps of Engineers permitted and “shovel-ready,” POBCA Chairman Mike Griffith told commissioners court at its regular meeting Monday. 
   POBCA owns Matagorda Harbor and a bond issue for the adjacent barge terminal project – also on the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway - was rejected by voters in November 2014, when two other bond issues countywide also failed. 
   This time, the port authority is seeking about $24 million from the TxDOT Maritime Division and the proposed commercial, industrial and recreational development already passed the first phase of the application process and made it to second-phase consideration.

Thu
26
May

"MCEDC assembles stakeholder panel" by: Mike Reddell

  Long and short-term strategic planning is under way for the Matagorda County Economic Development Corporation as it assembles a Stakeholders Committee that will probably have its first meeting in June.
   That committee will focus on MCEDC’s strengths and weaknesses, Executive Director Eva Peterson told the MCEDC board last Friday.
   MCEDC’s previous strategic planning document from a few years ago expired and the goal for the new planning will include annual projects and some five years out.
   The Stakeholders Committee is being formed now and MCEDC board member Mitch Thames suggested Friday that the county’s school superintendents should be panel members.
   “This will be a framework of where we’re going,” Peterson told the board.
   After the June stakeholder meeting, Peterson will have an outline of the strategic planning process by July 1.
   Strategic planning topics will include marketing and best practices. 

Thu
26
May

Cash America held up by gun-wielding robber

   A handgun-wielding robber demanded money from Cash America tellers and fled with an undisclosed amount of cash Friday afternoon, May 13, Bay City police said.
   Bay City police were told the suspect was an unknown black male by Cash America employees following the holdup at about 2:30 p.m. at the store’s location at 4500 Seventh Street.
   No one was injured in the robbery, officers said.
   The suspect ordered employees to the rear of the store and he ran out the front, police reports show. 
   Employees escaped the store through the back door and began knocking on the back doors to other businesses in the business strip, police said. 
   The employees made it to the AT&T store and called 911. 
   The suspect is described as wearing a white shirt, blue jeans, a blue ball cap and white shows. 
   The man had no facial hair and was believed to have left in a white, four-door Dodge truck. 

Thu
26
May

Sports banquet honors Van Vleck athletes

Swimming
Male Swimmer: Kason Klump
Female Swimmer: Mehgan Orsak
Volleyball
MVP-Shayla Martin
Fighting Heart - Kayla Cortinas
Most Improved - Kelsie Brown
Co-Defensive Player- Miranda Orsak & Brianna Lopez
Boy’s Basketball
MVP De’Mitri Monroe
Offensive Player Darius Williams
Defensive Player Elery Alexander
Girl’s Basketball
MVP - Shayla Martin
Defensive - Sierra Matthews
Co-Offensive Player - A’maya Strauther & Kayon Lewis
Heart & Hustle Award - Brooke Zamora
Softball
Madison O’Neal Offensive MVP
Brianna Lopez Defensive MVP
Savanna Kelly Fighting Heart
Caleigh Snow MVP
Baseball
Defensive Player - Kasen Wied
Offensive Player - Colton Carrion
Team MVP - Colton Carrion
Girls’ track
Shayla Martin
Field Athlete of the Year
Caitlin Morton
  — Track Athlete of the Year
  — Most Valuable Athlete

Thu
26
May

Blackcats garner all-district honors

Bay City Sentinel file photo/Mike Reddell
Blackcat second baseman Jacob Ramsey and third baseman Bryce Quinn, both named as second team All-District squad team up on this rundown.

   District 27 4-A Baseball honors for Bay City High School Blackcats
   First Team All District DH- Reggie DeLeon
   2nd Team All District Pitcher- Hardik Vashi
   2nd Team All District Catcher- Mikey Torrez
   2nd Team All District 2nd Baseman- Jacob Ramsey
   2nd Team All District 3rd Baseman- Bryce Quinn
   Honorable Mentions:
   Utility- Cole Cashion
   Shortstop- Montel Pointer
   Outfielder- Anthony Dominguez
   Academic All District:
   Chris Janise 
   Chris Uher 
   Adrian Lara 
   Hardik Vashi
   Mikey Torrez
   Bryce Quinn
   Anthony Dominguez 
   Reggie DeLeon
   Jacob Ramsey 
   Cole Cashion

 

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