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Feb

Museum holds Bess art exhibit reception

Sentinel photo/ Mike Reddell
Bay City native Forrest Bess was an acclaimed international artist, but an early achievement in his life was helping develop camoflauge during World War II. Naming this January event Camofest was in his honor. Folks gathered at the Matagorda County Museum reception Friday night to admire some of Bess’ paintings.

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Feb

MCFLA horse judging contest brings over 70 participants

Sentinel photo/MaLinda Reddell
Matagorda County Fair and Livestock Association’s horse judging contest last Friday brought in a total of nine teams in the junior division and 64 teams in the senior division. The junior division ranged from third through eight grade contestants, while the senior team were high school age. The contestants were from throughout Texas and judged halter, performance and showmanship.

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Feb

"BCHS Robotics: preparing students for global digital economy" By Allison Sliva BCISD Communications

BCISD photo
BCHS robotics a fun way to teach STEM subjects - science, technology, engineering and math.

    It’s a November afternoon at Bay City High School, and students inside a classroom are scattered about the room. In one corner is a mini-shop, with a drill press, a band saw, hand tools of all types, and scraps of wood, metal and what looks like a pile of junk. 
   In another area, students are huddled around a laptop computer, tinkering with a joy stick and their cell phones. A group of young men is across from them, sprawled on the floor, urging some remote-controlled contraption to crawl up onto a crude platform they’d assembled.
   But Robotics Team Director Grace Wuthrich doesn’t see the clutter. She sees a new opportunity to teach all-important STEM subjects – science, technology, engineering and math.
   “It’s amazing to watch these kids,” she says. “So many of them are finding their passion, their spark.”

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Feb

Area student chosen as Texas All-State Musician

Caitlin Seigrist

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Feb

LyondellBasell named one of world’s most admired companies

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LyondellBasell’s complex in Matagorda

   LyondellBasell (NYSE: LYB), the operator of the Matagorda Complex has been named to Fortune Magazine’s list of the “World’s Most Admired Companies” for 2018. 
   This is a first-time achievement for LyondellBasell, one of the world’s largest plastics, chemicals and refining companies.
   “Our employees here at Matagorda contribute to making our company great,” said Joe Hoinkis, the manager of LyondellBasell’s Matagorda Complex. 
   “Every day we work hard to ensure safe and reliable operations that help advance solutions for some of the world’s biggest challenges.” 
   LyondellBasell CEO Bob Patel noted, “This recognition can be 100 percent attributed to our teams in Matagorda and around the world who are setting the benchmark for excellence in the chemical industry every single day. 
   “They are humble, hungry and focused on delivering on the promise of being the best operated, most valued company in our industry.”

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01
Feb

Crisis Center’s Chicken Fried Steak dinner

This year’s Crisis Center fundraiser, its Chicken Fried Steak dinner, was a success - an estimated 1,500 dinners were served at the Knight of Columbus Hall event last Friday night, Jan. 26. A key factor in the event’s draw is the estimated 35 volunteers who pitched in and worked at several different points.
Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard

Thu
01
Feb

"Agriculture News: Rain interrupts land preparation" By James E. Engbrock County Extension Agent Emeritus Matagorda County

Crops
   Up to 1 ½ inches of rain was received across a good portion of Matagorda County this past weekend. This brought the land preparation processes for crops to a standstill. Prior to the rain a considerable amount of fertilization and land preparation occurred in the western part of Matagorda County.
   In the eastern part of the county, very little was able to be accomplished as soils were too wet.
   In the western end of the county a considerable amount of fertilizer was applied for cotton and grain. It will be quite a while before we will be able to be back in the fields to continue the preparation process.
   Several crop producers were present for the Upper Feed Grain and Cotton production conference.
   A considerable amount of information was received on diseases, varieties, and insects on both crops. Fungicides and insecticides trials for various insects and diseases were covered.

Thu
25
Jan

BCJH Groundbreaking

Mike Reddell/Bay City Sentinel
Bay City ISD board members and administrators, contractors and consultants wield their gold painted shovels at the construction site of the new Bay City Junior High School that will replace the present building - that served both BCHS and BCJH - that’s 67 now years old. In addition to Matagorda County and City of Bay City officials, the groundbreaking was highlighted by the presence of BCJH students and teachers. Sixth-graders were told they would be the first graduating class of the new school that’s funded by part of the $124 milllion bond issue that voters approved in November 2016.

Thu
25
Jan

"BC school board OKs $30 million in bond sales" by: Mike Reddell

   The sale of about $30 million in school bonds – the second installment of BCISD’s $124 million bond issue in November 2016 – was approved by the school board Monday night, Jan. 22.
   Lewis Wilks, the district’s financial advisor, said Bank of America was the best of six bids submitted to sell the bonds.
   Bank of America’s bid was for 3.30 percent, and Wilks added that the district has an A-plus bond rating.
   “That’s a very good rating. We probably keep that as we continue the sale of the bonds,” Wilks told the board.

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Thu
25
Jan

"O’Brien contract extension gets unanimous vote" by: Jessica Shepard

   After nearly two hours in executive session, Van Vleck ISD trustees unanimously renewed Superintendent John O’Brien’s contract for one year during their regular meeting Monday night.
   “I’m very excited to have this opportunity to continue to serve our district and community,” said O’Brien.
   “With rising test scores, generating interest in our arts programs for all grades and the coming bond construction, there’s room for growth in our district. I look forward to helping Van Vleck ISD continue to be the best it can be.”
   In a six-to-one vote, trustees approved pursuing a contract Drymalla Construction as construction manager-at risk (CMA) for the $88.2 million bond project approved by voters in November.

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