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"Police SWAT unit sent to apartments" by: Mike Reddell

   Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell

   The Bay City Police Department SWAT team went to a Whitson Street apartment complex Tuesday afternoon in search of a man wanted for a parole violation.
   Police officials indicated the suspect had threatened that he would not return to prison and that the man had a history of violence - the reason for calling for the SWAT tream to the man’s apartment.
   The suspect was gone when the team arrived.
   In preparation for the SWAT team’s arrival and for the potential of danger, Whitson Street was blocked off, near the apartments and residents were not allowed to re-enter until the danger had passed.
   In addition, nearby Linne Roberts Elementary was in a lockdown during the mid-afternoon operation and no one was allowed to enter or leave the campus. 
   Roberts Street was closed near the school.
   Parents were asked to remain in their vehicles and children would be brought to them.

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Feb

Outpouring of help for Van Vleck twister victims ‘overwhelming’

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Friends and neighbors join together to clean up after the Feb. 14 tornado.

   Support has poured in for the families affected by the EF-1 tornado that touched down Valentine’s Day morning, Feb. 14, in Van Vleck.  
   “Monetary donations have reached over $10,000 already, and still counting,” said Darve Smith, president of Van Vleck Lions Club.
   “We’ve got clothing, cleaning supplies, bathroom supplies, water, etc. In fact, too much to count!” he added.
   “We had to stop collecting for lack of room to store it all.  Anything we don’t give away to these families will be donated to other organizations in the area.”
   Numerous volunteers have assisted in cleanup of the area, including students.
   “We have been truly blessed here in Van Vleck. The outpouring of love and support for our small community has been unbelievable,” said John O’Brien, Van Vleck ISD Superintendent.

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Thu
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Feb

100 Cans for 100 Days

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Tenie Holmes Elementary first grade classes collected 100 cans of food to recognize the 100th day of school in February. At the suggestion of teacher Leticia Allgeyer, teachers Therese Guay and Sonnee DeLong joined in on the idea and their students generously participated in giving back to the community. The students are pictured giving their donation to Norma Benavidez representing Our Lady of Guadalupe Church.

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Feb

Wellness Matagorda board charged with leading effort for countywide natatorium

   Wellness Matagorda County, Inc. (WMC) board members are excited after their recent vote to lead a countywide effort to bring a natatorium to the community.
   “Our board is charged up for this effort,” said WMC Co-Chairman Loy Sneary.
    “WMC was formed as an all-volunteer non-profit over seventeen years ago to improve the physical health and wellbeing of all who live and work in Matagorda County and to build a Wellness Center,” Sneary said. 
   “WMC built the hike and bike trail at Bay City High School with the assistance of grants from Texas Parks and Wildlife, LCRA, and Bay City Community Development Corp.” 
   “It has been a real Team effort over all these years,” said Renee Savage, WMC co-chairman.

Thu
23
Feb

"Council holds first public hearing on 5 property annexations" by: Mike Reddell

   City council held its first of two public hearings on annexing five properties last Thursday, Feb. 16. 
   A second item on council’s special meeting agenda Thursday is a public hearing on the proposed annexation of five properties.
   Those properties include:

  •     A 26.78-acre tract that comprises all but three of the 75 lots of the 32-acre Golden Glen Subdivision.

   One Golden Glen resident in that proposed annexation tract told council she had been paying taxes on her property since most of Golden Glen was annexed in 2009.
   City officials indicated they would work with her on a refund.  

Thu
23
Feb

TDECU 'Day of Service' at Boys and Girls Club

Texas Dow Employees Credit Union (TDECU) showed up in force on Monday, Presidents’ Day, to work at the Boys & Girls Club of Bay City and Matagorda County. A total of 119 TCECU employees tackled classrooms to make space the B&G Club staff have not been able to use. A real benefit to the local staff - and to the members - is the orderly clothes rack the team left at the club’s resale shop. TDECU members primarily came from nearby, including branches at Bay City, Lake Jackson and Port Lavaca. The effort was part of TDECU’s Discover Day of Service and the 119 who worked here were part of 750 employees who worked at 10 Boys and Girls Clubs.

Thu
23
Feb

CAST auditions announced for ‘Tony N’ Tina’s Wedding’

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Kim Tatro, right, owner of Totally Tux, celebrates with Stephen Logan, left, as they pick out costumes for "Tony N' Tina's Wedding." 

   Stephen Logan is preparing for this summer’s production of “Tony N’ Tina’s Wedding” presented by  the Community Actors of South Texas (CAST.) 
   The production is also Logan’s directorial debut.
   Recently he was at “Totally Tux” discussing and picking out costumes with owner Kim Tatro.
   Auditions are being held Friday, Feb. 24 from 5-7 p.m. at Robbins Hall at the First Presbyterian Church, 2216 Avenue H and Saturday, Feb. 25 from 2-3:30 p.m. at the Bay City Service Center, 2105 Avenue M. 
   This is a large play with 15 females, and 11 males ages 20-70. 
   No previous acting experience is required.
   The wedding is an interactive play that takes place at a traditional Italian wedding of Tony Nunzio and Valentina (Tina) Vitale. 
   A pregnant bridesmaid, mobster father, and very dysfunctional family soon wraps the audience in a completely unique take on theater. 

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23
Feb

Ortego leads birders alone 'Western Roads'

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
Brent Ortego, right, a Texas Parks & Wildlife Department biologist, looks through a spotting scope to identify a bird species during a Field Birding Tour Saturday as part of the Matagorda Bay Birdfest in Palacios. The 'western roads' tour that Ortego gave included , a mix of hedge row, fish farm, ag, turf farm and wetland habitats. Bird watchers got to see different types of ducks and raptors.

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23
Feb

Two place in Needville Invitational

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Bay City High School sent five students to compete at the Needville Academic Invitational Meet Feb. 18, and two placed in the top 10. The students competed in the Computer Applications contest. Zachary Hestand, a sophomore, won a third place medal and William Teague, a junior, won seventh place among about 20 competitors. The event called for completing a report and a letter within 30 minutes, integrating the use of Microsoft Access tables and reports and a Word document that included an Access table.
Other BCHS competitors were Robert Bustos, Carlos Reyes and Ashley Lara. The team is coached by Dr. Dianne Farrar.

 

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Feb

"Third of teens subject to dating violence by: Eugene Davis

  February is National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month. 33 percent of adolescents in America are victim to dating violence. 
   Unhealthy relationship patterns as young adults can result in a lifetime of inappropriate behaviors and potentially develop into more serious forms of abuse and violence. 
   It is imperative to promote and educate younger generations on the importance of developing healthy and respectful relationships in order to prevent patterns of dating violence that can last a lifetime. 
   Many wonder, what does an unhealthy relationship even look like? Dating violence is a type of intimate partner violence that can include, but is not limited to, physical, emotional, psychological and sexual abuse as well as stalking. 
   Examples of physical abuse include pinching, hitting, shoving, slapping, punching or kicking. 

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