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"Winkenwerder UAB bound" by: Jessica Shepard

Zoe Winkenwerder
Salutatorian

   Zoe Winkenwerder is the Salutatorian of Tidehaven High School’s Class of 2020.
   Zoe is the daughter of Dustin Winkenwerder and Chris and Cassie Boyett.
   She is the eldest sibling to Seth, Kyler, and Jase Winkenwerder and Emma Boyett.
   Winkenwerder will attend the University of Alabama at Birmingham and study biomedical science this fall.

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"Kacer heads for Aggieland" by: Jessica Shepard

Anton Kacer
Valedictorian

   Tidehaven High School’s class of 2020 Valedictorian is Anton Kacer.
   Anton is the son of Tony and Scarlett Kacer and eldest sibling to Madison Kacer and Justin and Josh Kitterman.
   Kacer plans on attending Texas A&M University next year and majoring in electrical engineering.
   “I chose this university or its rich traditions and educational/work opportunities,” he said.

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"Hurricane season joins other woes" by: Mike Reddell

   Bearing a developing storm in the Bay of Campeche, hurricane season arrived Monday, June 1, amid a coronavirus pandemic, economic distress, and nationwide social unrest.
   With meteorologists projecting an active hurricane season, Matagorda County residents dealing with a shaky return to work after two months of stay-at-home edicts should begin making storm preparations now.
   Tropical Storm Cristobal was expected to reach the central Gulf of Mexico by this weekend.
   Meanwhile, the county’s number of confirmed COVID-19 cases stands at 71.

The newest case was announced Wednesday, June 3, for a man between the ages of 40-50 who is recovering at home.
   There were seven new COVID-19 cases in May – the last reported May 28. The overall count includes 46 recoveries, 20 active cases, and five deaths. 

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04
Jun

Riverside open for campers

Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard
Taking part in the Riverside Park opening Monday, June 1, were, from left, Martina Paniagua (Park Specialist), Shawna Burkhart (City Manager), Mayor Robert Nelson, Shawn Blackburn (Parks and Recreation Director), Robert Carlisle (Park Ranger), Jason Kapsar (Park Specialist).

   After two years and 9 months, Riverside Park is now open to campers following a ribbon-cutting Monday, June 1.
   The park had been closed following flooding and damages from 2017’s Hurricane Harvey – that left the park buried deep in silt and sand - and the renovation and construction that followed.
   Bay City Parks and Recreation Department Supervisor Kelly Penewitt mentioned there were already 15 reservations made for the new spots.
   “We upgraded the Colorado Cove Campground with new utility pedestals, fire rings, parking pads, recycled plastic picnic tables, and sewer hookups,” she said in a press release.
   “The pedestals are designed to withstand floods. Other upgrades include blacktopping the roads, a new swing set, washer/dryers, and the boat ramp is ready for use.”  
   All the park buildings received a new roof and coat of paint and the ranger station was completely renovated.  

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04
Jun

"Great Steak Cook-off nets estimated $85K" by: Jessica Shepard

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
A-Team Cookers were the top cook-off team at this year’s Boys & Girls Club of Bay City and Matagorda County Great Steak Cookoff at the CED Saturday, May 30. The trio includes, from left, Mark Henderson, Matthew Ashcraft and Taylor Ashcraft.

   Rain couldn’t dampen the spirits and hard work at the Boys and Girls Club of Bay City and Matagorda County’s 10th Annual Great Steak Cook-off, May 30.
   “We’re going to net about $85,000,” said BGCBC board member Janet Peden.
   “It’s really incredible under the circumstances. Last year was a record-breaking year and we had hoped for this year to be, too.”
   Peden cited the COVID-19 pandemic as the reason they venue and format changed this year.
   “But, we took everything in stride – including the weather,” she added.
   This year’s “Best Steak” winning team was the A-Team Cookers with members Mark Henderson, Matthew Ashcraft and Taylor Ashcraft.
   The A-Team Cookers went on to raise $11,000 in the live auction portion of the cook-off to provide their cooking services to the highest bidder.

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04
Jun

"EDC to look into drainage plan contribution" by: Mike Reddell

   Jessica Russell got some unexpected help on the proposed drainage project master plan at the Matagorda County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) meeting Friday, May 29.
   Russell, Bay City Community Development Corporation (CDC) executive director, updated the EDC board on the county’s regional drainage master plan.
   CDC and Drainage District No. 1 agreed to share the master plan’s engineering and survey cost of $306,000, Russell said.
   The ultimate goal of the drainage plan is a large detention area between Bay City and Van Vleck. 
   Russell said the long-discussed plan is about $53,000 short of the $306,000 total.
   Later in the EDC meeting, Board Member Loy Sneary acknowledged the funding shortfall and noted the board’s support for the regional drainage plan.

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04
Jun

BCHS teachers help with returns

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
The BCISD staff were stationed at all schools to return your students' property, hand out important information, distribute awards, hand out band instruments, pick up library books, and more. Above, BCHS teachers greeted several seniors last Wednesday, May 27.

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04
Jun

"Remaining vigilant, prepared" Aaron Sumrall, PhD Matagorda County Extension Agent – Agriculture/Natural Resources Texas A&M AgriLife

   It is hard to believe that it is already June 1 and halfway through 2020. 
   I am well aware that it is taboo to mention storm season in Matagorda County, but it is something that we need to remain aware of and prepared for in the event that a storm takes aim on the central Texas coast. 
   The outlook for the 2020 season is indicating a 60% increase in likelihood for an active season with a prediction of 13-19 named storms, 6-10 hurricanes, and 3-6 of those reaching major hurricane strength of Cat 3 or higher. 
   This prediction is the 5th consecutive above-normal season. 
   Hurricanes are not the only concern that we need to remain prepared for should something happen, but we are not exempt from other concerns of flooding, fire, tornadoes, chemical spills, and others. 
   June 1 is a good time to reassess your preparedness should something happen requiring your response. 

Thu
04
Jun

Final beam makes it to the top

Photo courtesy of Constable Bill Orton
Crews working on the Sargent swing bridge replacement span have now completed placing all five beams in the segment over the Intracoastal Waterway. Workers with Austin Bridge Company used a hydraulic jack on top to lift the 350,000-pound beams from a barge on the ICW during the seven-day process, said Precinct 6 Constable Bill Orton. The flags, Orton said, have flown during several Sargent boat parades.

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04
Jun

"Chandi Jones to coach Ladycat basketball" by: Mike Reddell

   Bay City ISD trustees unanimously approved hiring former Bay City High School star Chandi Jones to coach the Bay City Ladycat Basketball Team during their special meeting, May 28.
   Jones had stellar careers at BCHS and the University of Houston. 
   Her Hall of Fame honors include both her high school and college.
   “I look forward to sitting down with Jones and welcoming her to the team,” said BCISD Superintendent Dr. Marshall Scott, III.
   “I’ve heard great things about this Basketball Hall of Famer. 
   “Congratulations to coach Trahan as well for bringing Blackcats back to the district and building up Blackcat nation.”
   New Athletic Director Warren Trahan recently said he would bring back Blackcat excitement.
   Chandi Jones is a 2000 BCHS graduate – the same Bay City class as new Blackcat Head Football Coach Robert Jones.

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