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Bay City ISD recognizes businesses, organizations

Bay City ISD recognized area businesses and organizations at the regular BCISD Board of Trustees meeting on July 16 for their support of the district and its schools. Each was presented with the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) award as a “Stand up for Texas Public Schools” partner. This is an ongoing recognition program that BCISD will continue to promote.
Those recognized in July include: Matagorda County Fair and Livestock Association; From the Heart Fund; McAda Drilling Fluids; McDonald Services; Matagorda Nursing and Rehabilitation Center; Matagorda Medical Group; OXEA; Papa John’s Pizza; Pizza Hut; Ramirez Electric; Sherwin Williams of Wharton; Soothing Hands Massage Therapy; STP Nuclear Operating Company; Tenaris Bay City; and Walmart.
BCISD photo/Allison Sliva

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Golf clinic draws 15 for 9-hole scramble

Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard
More than 15 women attended a 9-hole scramble contest during the Bay City Country Club's golf clinic July 13. Connie Cornman won closest to the line, Vicky Jones won the longest putt and Heidi West won closest to the pin. The class was taught by Diane Frankson and Karen Crain with plans to hold another clinic in August. For more information, call Eddie Simpson-Kocurek at 979-245-3963.

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More fishermen, participants in Oilman’s tournament

At right, anglers gather in the main tent Saturday afternoon for live and silent auctions.
Sentinel Photo/Mike Reddell

   The numbers were up this year for the 2018 Texas Oilman’s Charity Invitational Fishing Tournament (TOCIFT) Thursday through Saturday, July 12-14, at Matagorda Harbor.
   This year, there were 950 people participating, up from 858 people in 2017.
   In addition, there were about 400 fishermen, an increase over last year’s 368 anglers.
   The tournament is important for Matagorda County in two major ways.
   Since the tournament’s founding in 2002, TOCIFT has donated $6.7 million to various charities - many of them in Matagorda County.
   Indeed, some 92 percent of the money raised at the tournament is given to charities, TOCIFT Director Curtis Denison said during the tournament Saturday.
   The second benefit the tournament brings to the county is the local economic impact, particularly for Matagorda.
 

 

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Woman charged with assaulting officers

   A 21-year-old Bay City woman faces charges she assaulted a police officer and evaded in an incident Thursday, July 12, Bay City police reports show. Samantha K. Ainsworth was taken to Matagorda County Jail and charged with evading arrest/detention and assault on a public servant, police said.
   Bay City Police Officer James Philp observed a female walking down the middle of the roadway in the 2700 block of 7th Street at about 1:35 a.m. July 12. 
   As the woman walked eastbound in a turn lane,  
   Philp also saw a Hispanic male standing on the side of the street pointing and yelling at her.
   As Philp pulled over his patrol car, believing there to be a disturbance, the woman began walking away in a faster pace. 
   The officer tried stop her she began to run, reports show. 
   Philp turned to the Hispanic male, who fled on foot in the opposite direction. 

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Gulf shrimp season under way

Two shrimping trawlers fuel up at Matagorda Harbor Saturday, a day before the Gulf of Mexico commercial shrimp season began Sunday, July 15. Andrea Hance, executive director of the Texas Shrimp Association of the Texas Shrimp Association, said Sunday that about 70 percent of the state’s 140 shrimp boats will be short-handed. Most of the Texas shrimp industry’s H-2B workers come from Mexico. The cap on H-2B visas is 66,000 per fiscal year, split evenly between the first and last half of the year. With more than 200,000 applications from employers for H-2B visas this year, the cap isn’t cutting it, Hance said.
Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell

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Kids learn about yoga at Bay City Library

Matagorda life Extension Office's family and community health agent Gabrielle “Gabby” Washington led a "Kid's Yoga" event at the Bay City Public Library July 13. The event was part of the library's youth summer program.
Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard

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Kids learn about salsa at Bay City Library

As part of "Salsa Day" at Bay City Public Library, Allison Sliva, right, taught children how to salsa dance after reading "Giraffes Can't Dance" by Giles Andreae, July 11. Children also got a chance to eat chips and salsa and received a free book for attending.
Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard

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"Tree of Life opening features lots of family activities" by: Jessica Shepard

Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard
Serenity Young, right, tries her hand at making giant soap bubbles at the At League of Bay City and Matagorda County's "The Tree of Life" exhibit July 14. The exhibit features collaborative work from Art League members and is planned to become a feature for the rest of the year.

   The Art League of Bay City and Matagorda County (ALBCMC) debuted their installation art project “The Tree of Life” July 14, at the ALBCMC gallery.
   The tree can be seen on the southeast corner of the gallery porch and features a flickering light show for nighttime viewing.
   The reception featured food, games, raffles and several other hands-on activities for families and Art League friends.
   “Art League president Raleigh Conklin came up with the idea,” said the group’s treasurer, Janet Davis.
   “When he became president, the group had a brainstorming session. The project was to become a showpiece of what the new members of the Art League could accomplish.”

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Rock the Block attractions

Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard
Bryan, RJ, and Casey Guanajuato check out half-off Christmas decorations at Mustard Seed Christian Giftshop during the "Christmas in July" shop the block event July 12.

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"The setting for a livestock parasite apocalypse" By Aaron Sumrall, PhD County Extension Agent Agriculture & Natural Resources

   Parasites have and will always be a concern of livestock producers regardless of the species where they have placed their investment. 
   The need to acknowledge and decide on the manner in which to address the parasite decision sometimes can be of low importance on one hand. 
   This hesitation to address the issue do not mean it will go away. 
   Livestock infected with parasites, whether internal or external, will see decreases in productivity one way or the other. 
   Bulls, studs, rams, or bucks with heavy parasite infestations can experience reduced or lost fertility in extreme cases. Reproducing females of the respective species can be impacted as well. 
   Heavily infested females can see lacks in productivity in instances of decreases lactation, and body condition, as well as in breeding back. 
   Parasite infestations have been speculated to be the culprit of young being born with decreased vigor, birth weight or even dead.  

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