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"Young adult novel author tells teens about writing" by: Jessica Shepard

Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard
Author Misha Elliott, center, discusses one of her Young Adult novels, "Learning to Fly" with local teens July 19 at the Bay City Public Library. Elliott offered tips on how to write as well as personal experience as an author. She also signed copies of her book with personal messages for each teen that wanted one and gave out worksheets for character building and brainstorming.

   Author Misha Elliott recently spoke to local teens about her books and what it takes to be an author as part of the Bay City Public Library’s teen summer program.
   “I wrote poetry in elementary and junior high then moved to short stories after high school,” said Elliott.
   “I never planned to share the things I wrote with others, but a group of friends convinced me to publish in 2013.”
   Elliott explained that her stories spanned all age groups and genres.
   “You’ll find there’s something for everyone in my work,” she explained.
   “Every walk of life starting with young adults through to adulthood. If you’re looking for something light, or meaningful, or a life lesson, or something that’s a bit steamier you’ll find it in at least one of my stories.”
   “I’m a big young adult reader, and have three stories in the works for audiences around the 14-15-year age range,” she added.

Thu
26
Jul

"Wild pigs reaping benefits of Matagorda County harvest" By Aaron Sumrall, PhD County Extension Agent Agriculture & Natural Resources

   What do you call a group of wild pigs?  
   There are a multitude of adjectives that many of us would use to describe the atrociously destructive critter, but the correct term for the group is a sounder.  
   Sounders are commonly comprised of up to a dozen individuals but can consist of several dozen.  
   Part of the unbelievable biology of wild pigs is their ability to travel vast distances.  
   Telemetry studies in Texas have indicated wild pigs can travel up to 19 miles!  
   Is this the norm? No! Typically, sounders will stay confined to a range of up to 5 square miles.  
   Wild pigs, much like other gregarious animals will travel greater distances during certain times of the year when specific food stocks are available.  
   This is that time in Matagorda County!  
   I am sure that many of you have begun to see harvesting equipment on the roads and in the fields throughout the county.  

Thu
19
Jul

"BCISD OKs standardized dress code" by: Jessica Shepard

Basic schematic drawings were presented by architects to the board Monday.

   Bay City ISD trustees approved the implementation of the proposed standardized dress code for students during their regular meeting Monday night, July 16.
   “We made a few revisions based on feedback we had from parents in the community,” Cherry Elementary Principal Merideth Dodd said during her presentation.
   “Those changes included things like expanding color choices for tops and bottoms as well as for hoodies.”
   “We are not using this dress code to punish our students,” said Superintendent Dr. Marshall Scott, III.
   “In the end, it’s all about safety.”
   The full dress code is outlined and available at bcblackcats.net.
   “This is going to be a gradual transition at the start of the year,” added Scott.
   “For the first month or so, there won’t be penalties, but as we progress, students will have to adhere strictly to the new dress code.”

Thu
19
Jul

"County seeks to reduce wind farm’s boundaries" by: Mike Reddell

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
Bay City Tourism Director Heidi Martinez, left, and city public information officer Marissa Valentine spoke about the proposed wind farm at a county commissioners court hearing Monday, as others waited their turn.

   A request to approve a reinvestment zone and an abatement for Peyton Creek Wind Farm was tabled after a lengthy public hearing at the Matagorda County Commissioners Court regular meeting Monday, July 16.
   County Attorney Denise Fortenberry told the court the abatement decision hinged upon the court’s determination that the wind farm would create jobs and bring more revenue to the county in the designated area.
   Noting other property owners in the proposed reinvestment zone, Fortenberry pointed out that they and future companies locating in the designated area, if approved, could request the same abatement terms.
   “If you agree to a 50 percent abatement for five years, you can only do the same for another company for the same zone,” Fortenberry told the court.
   The courtroom was packed Monday morning and most of those attending were there for the 40-minute wind farm hearing.

Thu
19
Jul

Putting on the Ritz

Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard
Adam Seigrist and Kevin Knox performed "Putting on the Ritz" from "Young Frankenstein" with accompaniment by Dr. Kara Cowart as part of the Community Actors fo South Texas (CAST) season premiere July 12. CAST debuted their 2018-2019 season featuring the return of "Nightmare on Broadway," "Steel Magnolias," "Hillbilly Hankerin'," and "The Lion King Jr." For more information about CAST productions, see Page 2.

Thu
19
Jul

"Corkscrew bridge work set to begin in September" by: Mike Reddell

 The $41.2 million Sargent span – the swing bridge replacement project - will begin in September, but some preliminary work needs completion before then, according to Michael Zanella, project manager, for the main contractor, Irving-based Austin Bridge & Road.
   Before the main project begins, utility line removal and replacement across the Gulf Intercoastal Waterway (GIWW) in Sargent will be completed before work will begin work on the Sargent corkscrew bridge.
   The utility line work will be finished in August by another contractor, Zanella noted. 
   The new utilities are in and removal of the old lines remains. The new line will carry several utilities, including electricity, gas, water, wastewater and AT&T, he added. 
   The unique structure will extend FM 457 across the GIWW, replacing the last remaining swing bridge in Matagorda County.

Thu
19
Jul

"VVISD takes steps to increase security by: Mike Reddell

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
Van Vleck school board recognized three recipients of the hard-earned Lone Star designation as Van Vleck Chapter FFA members at the board’s meeting Monday, July 16. The three are, from left, Tarah Dwight, Lane Elizondo and Rebeccah Harvey.

   Van Vleck trustees took two major steps to improve school security by buying metal detectors and wands and by approving a security position for the district at the school board’s regular meeting Monday, July 16.
   The board approved purchasing metal detectors and inspection wands, at a cost of about $26,000, then discussed the security position in executive session, approving the move in open session.
   The board’s approval of a security position allows the district to hire a licensed police officer in the near future, Superintendent John O’Brien said Tuesday morning.
   That will be the first step in creating a future police department, he added.  
   The board also extended its deadline to Dec. 31 for approving Peyton Creek Wind Farm’s application for the appraised value limitation to give its owner, E.ON, more time to define the boundaries.

Thu
19
Jul

BCPD swears in new officers

Contributed photo
Officer Ruben Gutierrez and Officer Derek Hoover were sworn in as new Bay City Police Department officers by Chief Robert Lister at City Hall ceremonies Tuesday morning. Family and friends gathered for event.

Thu
19
Jul

"CAST unveils season premiere" by: Jesisca Shepard

   Community Actors of South Texas (CAST) recently held their annual season premiere at Nia’s Town Square restaurant.
   The 2018-2019 season premiere featured snippets from all of the coming productions including “Nightmare on Broadway,” “Steel Magnolias,” and “The Lion King Jr.”
   “Hillbilly Hankerin’” is a special closer for the 2017-2018 season starting at 5 p.m. Aug. 3-4 and 10-11 with a matinee showing at 3 p.m. Saturday Aug. 5, at the Van Vleck High School auditorium.
   Tickets are $10 per person and the show is directed by Gena Lea and Darve Smith while featuring children of all ages on stage.
   “Nightmare on Broadway” will be directed by Dr. Kara Cowart and will feature music from the villains of Broadway.
   Auditions are scheduled for 6 p.m. Aug. 27-28, at the Bay City High School choir room.
   Actual show dates for the dinner theater event are from 6 p.m., Thursday-Saturday Oct. 25-27, at the Bay City Country Club.

Thu
19
Jul

"Tidehaven trustees give ‘at-will’ employees a 5 percent raise" by: Jessica Shepard

   Tidehaven ISD trustees unanimously approved a 5 percent pay raise for at-will employees during their Monday meeting.
   “This pay raise is going to be effective almost right away,” said TISD superintendent Dr. Andrew Seigrist.
   “We are grouping employees as we go into this raise. All the cooks are together then aides, secretaries and so forth.”
   The pay raise also includes bus drivers.
   “Our at-will employees help us fulfill our mission, and they make a positive difference in the education of our students,” said Seigrist in a press release Tuesday.
   “Our at-will employees help set the climate and culture of our district. Tidehaven ISD Administration and the Board of Trustees greatly appreciate the contributions our at-will employees make for our students and staff. The success of our at-will employees is our success.”
   The board also held a workshop for the 2018-2019 budget, though it won’t be finalized until the end of August.

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