"Seafood Fest offers lots to see, eat, enjoy" by: Jessica Shepard

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Seafood Fest starts at 10 a.m. Saturday at Matagorda’s Fireman’s Hall. Just as in years’ past, as this earlier Seafood Fest photo attests, there’s plenty going on during this key fundraiser for Matagorda’s school and charities.

   With several hundred pounds of shucked shrimp among shelled oysters, French fries and hushpuppies, the 7th Annual Matagorda Seafood Festival is shaping up as the place to be this Saturday, March 11.
   The gates open at 10 a.m. at the Matagorda Fireman’s Hall and costs only $5 per person.
   That ticket price includes access to the live auctions, beer garden, musical entertainment, vendor booths, an eating contest and tournaments.
   For $10, festival-goers can get a plate of fried shrimp and oysters along with hushpuppies and French fries.
   There also will be a raw oyster bar.
   The KG Williams band, Thomas Michael Riley and Larry Joe Taylor are providing the live entertainment for the day-long event.
   Music begins early at 11:30 a.m. with the KG Williams band just in time to serenade your lunch experience.
   Thomas Michael Riley follows at 2:30 p.m. with Larry Joe Taylor closing out the event at 6 p.m.


Kjergaard graduates from management institute

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Bay City Police Lt. Irene Kjergaard, center, is shown with Sgt. Fred Wesselski, left, and Sgt. James Reckaway at the Sam Houston State University College of Criminal Justice.

   Bay City Police Department Lt. Irene Kjergaard recently graduated from the Leadership Command College – Class 78 of the Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas. 
   The program, taught by a consortium of universities throughout Texas, provides law enforcement administrators and executives with the skills necessary to effectively manage police agencies and deliver a high level of service to their communities. 
   Module I, focusing on leadership, is taught at the Center for Executive Development at Texas A&M University. 
   Module II at Texas Woman’s University focuses on the political, legal and social environment of law enforcement. 
   The program ended Feb. 24, with training in law enforcement administration at the third module, at Sam Houston State University (SHSU).
   Each of the three 3-week modules attended by participants in the program is taught by top national and international law enforcement experts. 


Police investigate double stabbing

   Charges are pending on a female accused of stabbing two men at a Seventh Street lounge early Monday morning, March 6, Bay City police reports show.
   Officers were first dispatched to a disturbance at about 2:07 a.m. at the Oasis Bar, 407 Seventh Street 2017.
   While en route officers were told that a black female had stabbed a security guard. 
   When police arrived, they saw a female matching the suspect’s description in the parking lot. 
   When she saw the officers, the woman began running through the parking lot towards the highway. 
   Officers chased and detained the female, police reports show.
   Bystanders told officers that there were two victims and both were taken to Matagorda Regional Medical Center (MRMC). 
   One victim was a guard at the Oasis and the other the suspect’s ex-boyfriend.
   The disturbance is alleged to have started when the female saw her ex-boyfriend at the club with his new girlfriend. 


"Health 360: A solution for your medical wellness goals" by: MRMC Staff

Bay City Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
Devin Mongrain, MRMC Wellness Center Coordinator, and Brianna Payne, Wellness Center staff member, are ready to assist patients.

   Has your medical provider advised you to take steps toward achieving a healthy weight? 
   Have you ever committed to some form of personal weight loss plan only to quit within a few weeks? 
   How many times have you thought, “If only someone were holding me accountable, I would be much more successful in achieving my health goals”? 
   Well, here at Matagorda Regional Medical Center (MRMC), we’re ready to offer support to patients transitioning from physical therapy as well as those who are enrolled in a qualifying employee wellness plan. 
   Health 360 is an exciting new program being offered as a wellness solution for local companies and organizations as well as those who receive a referral from their medical provider. 
   Contact your employer’s human resources department to find out if you are eligible to sign up for Health 360, or discuss this preventive health opportunity with your doctor during your next appointment. 


"District attorney explains drug enforcement prosecution policy" By Steven Reis Matagorda County District Attorney

   It is the lawful duty and responsibility of every prosecutor in Texas to see that justice is done.
   This anticipates the review of every allegation on a case-by-case basis in view of the law and the exercise of tempered discretion to determine proper prosecutorial action.
   Sometimes this results in a trial; sometimes a plea recommendation; and in some instances, dismissal of charges. Decisions are individually made for each case.
   I, like every other prosecutor in Texas, take an oath of office before exercising discretion. 
   By that oath, I promised to execute the duties of a prosecutor and to preserve, protect, and defend the laws and constitution of Texas and of the United States. 
   I have been asked whether I agree with a prosecutorial drug enforcement policy which negates law. I do not.


"Bay City ISD bond projects move forward" By Allison Sliva BCISD Public Relation

Bay City Junior High site plan

   At a special called meeting on February 28th, the Bay City ISD Board of Trustees unanimously approved the schematic design of the new junior high campus, high school baseball field and softball field improvements.
   Schematic design is the initial definition of a project based on meetings between the architects and the district’s Building Committee, junior high staff, and administration. The purpose of schematic design is to define the general scope and concept of the project including scale and relationships between building components.
   The Board heard a presentation from Claycomb Associates, Architects and reviewed a site plan, floor plans, and exterior renderings for the new junior high campus as well as the new baseball field and softball batting cages at the high school campus.
   The Board approved the schematic design as presented by a vote of 7-0.  


2017 MCFLA Home Economics winners

   2017 MCFLA Highpoint Youth Home Economics winners
   Junior Division: Ansley Kubecka, Aydan Flores, Slade Saha, Victoria Sliva and Alina Rasmussen.
   Intermediate Division: Mark “Ty” Kubecka, Charlie Hill, Emily Hill, Garrison McArthur, and Shawn Sneath.
   Senior Division: Jordan Rickaway, Skylar Hood, Avery Kubecka, Clayton Stuhrenberg, and Logan Hood.
   2017 MCFLA Grand Champion Home Economics Winners
   Junior Division: Lexi Mitchell, canned vegetables; Aydan Flores, canned fruits and photography; Alina Rasmussen, clothing construction; Madison Harris, clothing non-construction and floral arrangements; Victoria Sliva, clothing accessories; Madysen Rodrigues, housing accessories; Emily Rodgers, home furnishings and shop crafts; Clif Cash, crafts non-shop and horticulture; Darren Hubbard, shop crafts; and Slade Saha, original art.


Tenaris thread test

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Tenaris completed its first test thread of a seamless pipe at its Bay City mill at the end of February.  The finishing area, where the pipe-threading activity and other processes will take place, is expected to start up operations in late March, as well as another area of the mill, the heat treatment line where pipe will undergo a calculated technique of heating and cooling. This is a big step toward the start up of the finishing area later this month. 



Shell Station holds grand opening

Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard
Bay City Food Mart located in the Shell station at 2300 Seventh St. held their grand opening ribbon cutting ceremony Friday, March 3.


"It’s the 73rd annual fair, livestock show " by: Jessica Shepard

   This year’s theme happens to be “Carnival Nights & Country Lights” for the 73rd Annual Matagorda County Fair and Livestock Show.
   Rodeo tickets are $18 this year.
   Tickets are on sale now at the Ticket Office located at the Fairgrounds at 4511 FM 2668 Bay City, or call 979-245-1819.
   This year, Todd Armstrong Shows, based in Las Vegas, is providing rides and food kiosks for the carnival.
   The carnival opens Thursday March 2 in the afternoon from 4 – 10 p.m.
   At 6:30 p.m. the PRC Rodeo opens with “pink night.”
   It’s also Senior citizen’s Day and tickets are half price for seniors.
   Friday night the carnival is open again from 4 – 11 p.m.
   Armbands for unlimited rides are $20 for Thursday-Friday andSunday.
   The rodeo pre-show activities and awards will be in the Rodeo Arena 6:30 p.m.
   The PRC Rodeo kicks off again at 7 p.m. with the theme of “Patriot Night.”


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