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Thu
11
Jun

"Texas A&M destination for Salutatorian" by: Jessica Shepard

Mallory Grimes
Salutatorian

   Bay City High School’s Class of 2020 salutatorian is Mallory Grimes.
   She is the daughter of Bink and Shelly Grimes.
   Grimes is heading to Texas A&M University to major in allied health with a minor in agriculture education.
   “I will be attending Texas A&M University in the fall because it’s the place that felt the most like home to me and I have quite a few Texas A&M alumni in my family as well,” she explained.
   “I hope to become a speech-language pathologist.”

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Thu
11
Jun

"BCHS to graduate over 200 in late-evening ceremonies" by: Jessica Shepard

   Bay City High School’s Class of 2020 commencement ceremony starts at 9 p.m. Friday, June 12, at the new Memorial Stadium.
   The graduation ceremony will be live-streamed via Facebook and YouTube for at-home viewers.
   About 210 students are set to graduate with a socially distant stadium audience of friends, family members, and peers.
   Valedictorian Julianne Friesenhahn and Salutatorian Mallory Grimes will be recognized and give speeches addressing their fellow classmates and the audience.
   Following Friesenhahn and Grimes are Garrett Dobbs, Madison Mirelez, Cecilia Serrano Alvarado, Seth Korenek, Baylee Wallace, Kristiana Sorrells, Jennifer Munoz, and Makensie Wetzel rounding out the top 10 students of the class.
   The graduates chose their motto as “Chase your dreams, but always know the road that’ll lead you home again,” by Tim McGraw.
   Their class song is “I Gotta Feeling” by Black Eyed Peas.

Thu
11
Jun

"EOC reports 6 new COVID cases Monday" by: Mike Reddell

   The addition of six new positive COVID-19 cases was surprising in the Emergency Operations Center update Monday, June 8.
   It was even more so, considering the initial EOC announcement was three new cases Monday morning – followed by three more positive cases Monday afternoon. 
   “We spoke with the medical officials about the increase and was informed that they are testing both symptomatic and asymptomatic persons,” said EOC spokesman Mitch Thames.
   “They stated they have doubled the testing capabilities,” Thames added.
   That makes a total of 77 COVID-19 cases in Matagorda County, as of Tuesday morning, June 9. 

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Thu
11
Jun

"Tidehaven graduates 72" by: Jessica Shepard

Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard
Tidehaven High School Class of 2020 seniors gathered in the center of Delvin Taska Stadium field to throw their caps while “You Are Going to Miss This” by Trace Adkins filled the stadium, June 5.

   Tidehaven High School graduated 72 students during its commencement ceremony at Delvin L. Taska Stadium, June 5.
   After the processional, Fernanda Baltazar led the invocation.
   Salutatorian Zoe Winkenwerder presented her address to her fellow classmates and graduation attendees, speaking about how they could overcome anything.
   “Today however we are not brought here to discuss whether Carole Baskin killed her husband, we are here to celebrate the Class of 2020’s persistence in the face of adversity,” she said.

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Thu
11
Jun

"Pipeline application OK prompts talk of heavy traffic on roads" by: Mike Reddell

   An application for a 10.75-inch propane pipeline crossing under and along two county roads was approved by commissioners court at its regular meeting Monday, June 8.
   Discussion on the Epic Y Grade Pipeline along County Road (CR) 154 (Bowie Road) and CR 162 (Bell Bottom Road) also included commissioners’ concern about the high volume traffic wear on county roads.
   That wasn’t part of the Monday’s approval, but court members discussed future possible rules.
   Precinct 2 Commissioner Kent Pollard said the accumulation of heavy machinery and piles of pipes on property off FM 2668 equipment provide an example of how much equipment is carried on county roads.

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Thu
11
Jun

Tidehaven Sports Awards

Boys Sports MVPs:
   Football: Mason Perales
   Cross Country: Dillon Long
   Boys Basketball: Austin Smith
   Boys Powerlifting:  Jerry Johnson
   Baseball: Joey Kacer
   Boys Track:  Kylan Sardinea
   Girls Sports MVPs:
   Volleyball: Cassidy Tabares 
   Cross Country: Ariel Snyder
   Girls Basketball: Jahan Johnson
   Girls Powerlifting: Carla Moreno, Desirea Vega
   Softball:   Jolie Philyaw, Jennifer Sepulveda
   Girls Track: Taylor Young
   Special Awards:
   Boys Overall Athlete:  Blake Garcia
   Boys TJ Foster Fighting Heart Award: Joey   
   Kacer
   Boys Academic Athlete: Joey Kacer
   Girls Overall Athlete: Zoe Winkenwerder
   Girls Fighting Heart Award: Lily Kacer
   Girls Academic Athlete:  Zoe Winkenwerder

Thu
11
Jun

Sheriff: Auto theft ring closed with cooperation from area departments

   Matagorda County Sheriff’s Office reported a Sargent-based auto theft ring was broken up and two theft suspects arrested thanks to cooperation from several area law enforcement agencies.
   “The suspects in this case seem to have been operating an auto theft ring, operating in several surrounding counties,” Sheriff Skipper Osborne said in a press release Monday, June 8. 
   The sheriff’s office investigation began when it received a report of a truck and boat trailer stolen out of Sargent May 13. 
   Sheriff Office investigators determined a theft suspect from information provided by local citizens.
   Sheriff Officers located two stolen vehicles - one out of Houston and one stolen out of Rosenberg at a residence tied to one of the suspects in Sargent. 
   The stolen truck was recovered in Colorado County, and the boat trailer recovered abandoned in Angleton. 
   All vehicles were recovered and returned to the owners. 

Thu
11
Jun

Texas A&M Center ready to make COVID-19 vaccines

   COLLEGE STATION, Texas —Texas A&M University is home to a state-of-the-art biotech manufacturing center that’s set up to make millions of vaccine doses … and make them in a hurry.
   Chancellor John Sharp recently interviewed three scientists affiliated with the Center for Innovation in Advanced Development and Manufacturing. 
   Known as the CIADM, the center here is one of four such facilities built by the U.S. government following the 2009 swine flu pandemic.
   The three scientists help ensure that the CIADM is ready if the government orders it to begin mass, rapid manufacturing of a COVID-19 vaccine.
   “The bottom line,” Chancellor Sharp told the scientists, is that “as soon as you get a task order, you are ready to save the world.” 
   The interviews will be featured on the next episode of “COVID-19: The Texas A&M University System Responds.”

Thu
04
Jun

"Tidehaven Class of 2020 takes stadium stage Friday" by: Jessica Shepard

Tidehaven High School’s class of 2020 graduates 72 senior students starting at 7 p.m. Friday, June 5, at Delvin Taska stadium.
   The gates open at 6 p.m. and the ceremony will also be streamed via Facebook and YouTube.
   Valedictorian Anton Kacer and Salutatorian Zoe Winkenwerder will be recognized and give speeches addressing their fellow classmates and the audience.
   Following Kacer and Winkenwerder are Fernanda Baltazar, Jacob Brooks, Wyatt Fitzgerald, Andre Villegas, Jolie Philyaw, Gabriel Sumrall, Call Davant and Karla Moreno to round out the top 10 students.
   The graduates chose their motto as, “It was the best of times. It was the worst of time…” by Charles Dickens.
   Their class song is “You Are Going to Miss This,” by Trace Adkins and the class flower is the sunflower.

Thu
04
Jun

"County takes Easton abatement application" by: Mike Reddell

   A tax abatement application an underground storage terminal at Clemville was accepted for review and negotiation by commissioners court at its regular meeting Monday, June 1.
   Houston-based Easton Energy proposes for one of its subsidiaries to build an underground natural gas liquid, crude oil and petrochemical feedstock storage terminal at Clemville.
   Easton’s proposed first phase calls for building a $36 million ethane well and above-ground infrastructure, creating 20-25 construction jobs and four to six full-time positions.
   As demand increases, Easton documents show, the company projects capital spending could reach $200 million and require 15-20 full-time jobs.
   The application seeks a five-year, incremental tax abatement beginning with a first-year 100% abatement and dropping to 55% in the fifth year.

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