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Thu
14
Feb

Birdfest features wealth of events

    Palacios hosts the third annual “Matagorda Bay Birdfest,” Friday-Sunday, Feb. 15-18. 
   While the majority of the event is free, some bird tours require pre-registration and payment. 
   “Birdfest aims to connect people, birds and nature,” claims the Birdfest website. 
   “It also celebrates the diversity of regional bird species as evidenced by the annual Mad Island Marsh Preserve Christmas Bird Count, creates active involvement in science and art and encourages awareness and stewardship of the Matagorda Bay ecosystem.” 
   There will be several guest speakers, a youth art program, bird parade, kayak and birding tours, food and vendors. 
   Guest speaker sessions will be from 1:30-5:15 pm. Saturday, Feb. 16, at the East Side Annex. 

Thu
14
Feb

Ladycats defeat Palacios, 3-2

Ladycat soccer players defeated Palacios Sharkettes 3-2 Saturday, Feb. 9, at Memorial Stadium. In District 23-4A standings, the Ladycats (11-6-1, 3-1) trail Columbia and Brazosport, both with 3-0-1 district marks. In Saturday’s action, senior Jennifer Dabelgott (4) dribbles away from defenders, flanked by sophomore Ameer Shaik (7).
Sentinel photo by Mike Reddell

Thu
14
Feb

H-GAC honors Bay City parks master plan

Bay City Parks and Recreation award entitles it to display the above badge from H-GAC that recognizes the honor.

   Bay City Parks and Recreation Department received Special Recognition at an awards ceremony held in Houston by the Houston – Galveston Area Council (H-GAC).   
   This occurred during the H-GAC’s first Park Summit and Awards reception Friday, Feb. 8. H-GAC announced the winners of the 2018 Parks and Natural Areas Award competition.  
   These projects serve as models for planning and project implementation for parks and natural areas in the region. Projects are honored in three categories: Planning Process, On-the-Ground Projects Over $500,000, and On-the-Ground Projects Under $500,000. 
   “Since 2006, H-GAC has recognized creative and innovative park and natural area projects that implement best management practices in planning, policy, and development” said Jeff Taebel, Director of Community and Environmental Planning at H-GAC.  

Thu
14
Feb

Matagorda ISD adopts Texas Lesson Study

Tammi Tinnin

   Focusing on improved student outcomes, purposeful professional growth, and collaboration, Matagorda ISD Superintendent Susan Phillips and Assistant Principal Kyle Thurman partnered with Region 3 Educational Service Center (ESC) to adopt a new framework for collaborative professional development called Texas Lesson Study.  
   Texas Lesson Study is inquiry-based, job-embedded professional development that allows teachers to work collaboratively to develop, teach, and assess research-based lessons.  
   In professional learning communities, teachers collaborate to identify a concept that students have difficulty understanding. Teachers then examine educational research to determine best practices and spend weeks skillfully designing an exemplar lesson.  
   After the lesson is taught to students, teacher teams reflect, refine, reteach and plan for intervention and enrichment, to ensure mastery by every student. 

Thu
14
Feb

"Sumrall: Most of us screaming ‘Uncle!’ on rain" By Aaron Sumrall, PhD County Extension Agent Agriculture & Natural Resources

   Howdy all! I hope this finds all of you well and staying dry. There is no point in trying to make some crafty comment about all the water and rain. 
   Water is a gift in many instances but right now most of us are screaming UNCLE! 
   Crops are nearing the time to plant, and we still have cotton stalks standing from last year! Take a little time to read through the items included in this newsletter and if you plan to attend, please call and RSVP.
   Some of the items that will be included in this newsletter will include information pertaining to state-mandated Auxin training. Trainings and training requirements have changed since the 2018 season so don’t let the new changes trip you up. 
   The training is now 2 hours and required for dicamba and Enlist. Matagorda and Wharton have established a training schedule for the spring in which 4 trainings will be held in Matagorda County with 5 trainings occurring in Wharton County. 

Thu
14
Feb

Cherry Elementary reports weapon on campus incident

   EDITOR’S NOTE: Cherry Elementary School posted an advisory Feb. 6 about action taken to respond to a possible weapon on campus issue. The following is the school’s post on Facebook.  
   At approximately 2:40 today (Feb.6), a Cherry Elementary fifth grade student reported to front office staff that he had overheard some of his peers state that someone said that there was a weapon on campus. The student could not give any details about who made the statement, or who had the weapon. 
   Principal Dodd immediately contacted the Bay City ISD Police Department, and officers along with Cherry Elementary administrators conducted a swift backpack search in all four of the fifth grade classrooms. During the search, a CO2 BB gun was discovered in one of the backpacks. 
   No bb’s or CO2 cartridges were found. 
   Appropriate disciplinary procedures were implemented swiftly, following the guidelines outlined in the Student Code of Conduct. 

Thu
07
Feb

"Council overrides veto of charter revision election" by: Mike Reddell

City Council unanimously approved overriding Mayor Mark Bricker’s veto of the ordinance calling three city charter change propositions at a special meeting Tuesday night, Feb. 5. 
   Bricker wasn’t present Tuesday for the override vote, nor did he attend a workshop Monday night to discuss Ordinance No. 1630 that he vetoed. 
   Council Member Becca Sitz had an excused absence Tuesday night. 
   Mayor Pro Tem Chrystal Folse presided over the special meeting with all four council members present voting for the override and setting May 4 election on the propositions back on track. 
   The three charter revision propositions include changing the mayor-council form of government to a council/mayor-city manager government. 

Thu
07
Feb

"Mayor’s race has 2 running, school races also heat up" by: Jessica Shepard

   Time is running out to file for city council, mayor or Bay City school board positions. 
   The deadline to file in the city and school races – and to get their paperwork submitted - is at 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15.  
   Mayor Mark Bricker has indicated on Facebook that he does not intend to seek re-election. 
   Recently, however, some council members aren’t sure that he won’t run again. 
   Current Council member, Julie Estlinbaum has filed to run for mayor and was given assurances from Bricker that he wasn’t seeking re-election. 
   Robert Nelson also has filed for the mayoral race. 

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Thu
07
Feb

"Resolution wants court boundaries unchanged" by: Mike Reddell

   Commissioners Court approved a resolution Monday to keep in place the 23rd District Court boundaries that include Matagorda, Wharton and Brazoria counties. 
   Brazoria County Commissioners Court earlier passed its own resolution asking the Texas Legislature to remove the 23rd District Court from that county. 
   “This presumably would result in the 23rd District Court serving only Matagorda County and Wharton County,” reads the Matagorda County resolution. 
   “This would cause a severe hardship to the citizens of Matagorda County,” the resolution also said. 
   State Senator Joan Huffman has filed Senate Bill (SB) 414, where Brazoria County would be removed from the 23rd District. 

Thu
07
Feb

60th Charity Ball celebration

Above, Laura Noster dances with her son, Cade, while behind them, Steve Wilson shares a dance with his daughter, Alise, during the Junior Service League Charity Ball Saturday night, Feb. 2, at the Bay City Civic Center. Cade Noster and Alise Wilson were among JSL’s 2019 honorees.
Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell

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