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08
Feb

"City, county officials talk quiet zones with Union Pacific" by: Mike Reddell

City and county officials met with Union Pacific Railroad Company officials about railroad quiet zones in Bay City at a rail steering committee meeting Monday, Feb. 5. 
   The preliminary briefing given by UP officials follows months of railroad quiet zone discussions at city council meetings.
   Present at the meeting were Union Pacific’s Richard Zientek, a director of public affairs, and Dale Hill, manager of industry and public projects.
   Also participating, via tele-conferencing, was Carolyn Wood, with the Federal Rail Administration (FRE).
   “A quiet zone is poorly labeled - people think they will never hear (train horns) but that’s not true,” Hill told those attending.
   There are eight different patterns that train horns must be used, including people on the tracks, railroad workers, any switching operations, starts and stops, Hill noted.
   “”Moving forward we need to understand that process,” he added.

Thu
08
Feb

"1st-ever Goulash Cookoff Saturday" by: Jessica Shepard

   The first-ever “Goulash Wars” cook off happens from 4-6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10, at the LCRA Matagorda Bay Nature & RV Park. 
   Entering the cook-off costs $20 and mingling and eating is only $8. 
   “A lot of us are spending the winter here in Matagorda and we just wanted to do something fun for ourselves and the community,” said event coordinator Anna Bouchard.
   “Proceeds will benefit the Matagorda Lions Club and their children scholarship fund.”
   Bouchard is encouraging everyone to bring their own goulash recipe and enter the contest.
   “Even if you don’t want to enter the contest, you’re more than welcome to come out and eat with us,” she added.
   “Hang out and have a good time.” 
   With a goal of 20 goulash recipes to judge, there are still spots left in the contest, Bouchard said.
   Judging begins at 4 p.m. with a silent auction and L.E. Barrett book signing to follow. 

Thu
08
Feb

"Mad Island Christmas Bird Count celebrates 25 years" by: Mike Reddell

Sentinel photos/Jessica Shepard
Matagorda Mad Island Marsh CBC founder Brent Ortego, left, joined Matagorda Birding and Nature Center president Eva Malina in receiving a copy of the Commissioners' Court proclamation declaring the first Monday after Dec. 13 as the official Matagorda County Mad Island Marsh Christmas Bird Count day.

   There was plenty to cheer about at the 25th Anniversary Celebration of the Matagorda County Mad Island Christmas 
   Bird Count that drew 75 people Saturday night, Feb. 3.
   Not only was December’s Mad Island CBC the No. 1 bird count in North America, it means the event has been the top-ranking U.S. bird count for 20 of its 25-year history. 
   The birders, volunteers and property owners who’ve made the CBC the success it is were recognized during Saturday’s celebration banquet at the Bay City Civic Center.
   Banquet speakers told of the 117-year history of Christmas Bird Counts in this country and the history of the Mad Island event, how the counts have contributed to the knowledge of bird species in this country and the world.
   Texas Master Naturalist Brigid Berger coordinated the banquet, recognizing those who contributed, presenting awards and introducing the speakers.

Thu
08
Feb

Tidehaven community grieves death of THS senior

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Tidehaven and Van Vleck players huddle in prayer for community.

   The early Friday morning death of Tidehaven High School senior Micah Martinez was a shock not only for the Tidehaven community and for many others in Matagorda County.
   The popular 17-year-old who was active in band and drama was described to be in medical distress and was taken from the high school by EMS to Matagorda Regional Medical Center at 7:52 a.m. Friday, Feb. 2, Matagorda County Sheriff’s Department reports show.
   At the hospital, the teenager was pronounced dead at 9 a.m. Friday by JP 4 Mark Finlay, who ordered an autopsy to determine a cause of death. That autopsy will be done by the Galveston County Medical Examiner’s Office.
   “We are working with our students and staff today and will make counseling resources available to them as needed,” Tidehaven Superintendent Dr. Andrew Seigrist said Friday morning.
   Darve Smith directs Tidehaven drama productions and recalls Martinez’s contributions.

Thu
08
Feb

Sheriff’s Office lists recent Sargent burglaries

   Several Sargent-area vehicle and residential burglaries were reported Jan. 29-30 to the Matagorda County Sheriff’s Department.  
   “We have been having a rash of vehicle burglaries as well as some home breakins,” said Lt. James Orr, with the Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division.
   Jan 29 and Jan. 30 burglaries in Sargent reported to the sheriff’s office include:

Thu
08
Feb

More than 100 attend Sargent town hall on crime prevention

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State Rep. Dennis Bonnen, left, and Constable Bill Orton discuss crime prevention in Sargent after recent break-ins.

   In the wake of several recent Sargent area residential and vehicle burglaries, about 100 people attended a crime prevention meeting last week organized by Constable Precinct 6 Bill Orton.
   The gathering included ways to secure houses and property by Sgt. Suzanne Sullivan, with the Bay City Police Department.
   The meeting focus was to raise awareness among Sargent residents and for them to watch not only their property, but their neighbors’ belongings as well, Orton said.
   Other speakers at the Sargent VFD hall were State Rep. Dennis Bonnen, County Judge Nate McDonald, Sheriff Skipper Osborne and constable deputies James Mitchell and Jason Ball.
   Orton stressed at the meeting about the importance of providing accurate information when people do report suspicious activity.
   That’s especially true for social media comments, the constable added.
   “Be sure you’re putting out credible information,” he said.

Thu
08
Feb

Reis reads at weekend BCPL event

Sentinel photos/Jessica Shepardl
Steven Reis, left, stopped by the Bay City Public Library to read to families Saturday morning. Children and parents were treated to "Froggy builds a treehouse" and "Froggy's worst play date" plus a visit from McGruff and BCPD Officer Antoine Linsey. After storytime, children get to choose one book, a bookmark and a toy prize to take home as part of the "Take your child to the library" experience.

Thu
08
Feb

"New UIL football realignment affects county’s 4 high schools" by: Mike Reddell

   New UIL football division realignments were announced last week and change the district somewhat of the county’s four high schools – Bay City, Van Vleck, Tidehaven and Palacios. 
   The realignments come after the UIL’s late October release of new enrollment divisions, including 4A-1 (Bay City), 3A-1 (Palacios). 3A-2 (Van Vleck and Tidehaven).  
   Bay City High School’s enrollment is 978, which keeps the Blackcats in 4A Division 1 
   The BCHS count is between the Class 4A-1 range of 790 to 1,149 students. 
   The Blackcats’ new District 13-4A-1 includes: 
   Bay City 
   El Campo 
   Freeport Brazosport 
   Lamar Fulshear 
   Needville 
   Sealy 
   Columbia 
   Bay City’s district moves from UIL Region 3 to Region 4, which has mostly South Texas schools reaching as far south to Rio Grande City Grulla and up to Boerne in the northwest corner of the region. 

Thu
08
Feb

NewSound Hearing holds ribbon cutting

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
NewSound Hearing Cednter hosted a grand re-opening reception Jan. 31 at its 4017 East 7th Street location. The center reopened after closing because of damage from Hurricane Harvey.

Thu
08
Feb

BCHS Robotics win championship

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The Bay City High School Robotics Team took first place at the FIRST League Championship in Palacios Jan. 27. This is BCHS's first year to compete. The team now advances to Regionals - the South League Championship - at San Jacinto College Feb. 17. Pictured, from left, are: Emily Mathis, William Teague, Sara Khatib, Vaughn Guillermo, Brittany Jenkins, Zachary Hestand, Christian Frick, Hannah Johnson and Anthony Carlyle.Sponsors were McAda Drilling Fluids, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Doug and Sandra Anderson, Drenner's Carpet Gallery, Carol and Kelly Teague, Diamond Cleaning Equipment, Sherwin Williams of Wharton, and Tenaris Bay City. The team is directed by BCHS teacher Grace Wuthrich. If you are interested in helping sponsor this team, please contact gwuthrich@bcblackcats.net.

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