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11
Mar

MEHOP gives COVID vaccines at Crisis Center

Sentinel by Mike Reddell
MEHOP administered COVID-19 vaccines last week. Above, Kelli Wright-Nelson, the Crisis Center executive director, gets her shot from MEHOP’s Sondra Tobias, RN.

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11
Mar

17 BCJH students selected for Texas Music Educators Association All-Region 13 Choir

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Last week, 21 Bay City Junior High Students competed in virtual auditions for the Texas Music Educators Association All-Region 13 Choir. BCJH had 17 students selected for the honor. The singers competed against students from other schools around the region. Pictured below are many of the students who qualified for All-Region. The BCJH choir is under the direction of Cameron Lasoya.
3rd row (from left) Lezley Cisneros, Niya Green, Jai'Ciayland Woods, Asia Willis, Victoria Sliva, Kensley Long
2nd Row, from left: Collin Murray, Jonathan Torrez, Guadalupe Zamora, Kayla Villafuerte, Ivette Perez, Melesia Davis
1st Row, from left: Aaliyah Wilson, Susanna Chavez-Baltazar, Elijah Guzman, Francisco Ramirez.

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11
Mar

BCISD partners with MEHOP for COVID vaccines

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BCISD partners with MEHOP for COVID-19 vaccines - MEHOP will administer vaccines for teachers and board members. Shown are: Tho Nguyen, FNP, and Angelica Palomares, MA, both with MEHOP; BCISD Superintendent of Schools Dr. Marshall Scott III; and Cory McCray, MEHOP COO.

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11
Mar

"A look at Texas Freeze" By Nicole Pilson Coastal & Marine Resources Texas A&M AgriLife Matagorda County

   Well once again we find ourselves up against a year throwing us a curveball.  
   As the saying goes, “there’s no rest for the weary,” and ain’t that the truth.  
   In the aftermath of a bizarre winter storm, we are finding so much devastation. 
   It was hard enough to survive through no power or water, go through boil water advisories, and deal with burst pipes - but the things that came after the storm have been the ones to break the camel’s back.  
   It seems like our farmers and ranchers have taken some of the biggest hits as a consequence of the Texas freeze.  
   Crops died and livestock suffered. Fish farmers, particularly of redfish, have sustained major losses.  
   Fish literally froze to death and sank to their watery grave and those who survived may not be at peak health.  
   There is only so much that can be done to prepare a fish pond for temperatures we don’t usually see in our part of the country.  

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11
Mar

BCPD seizes drugs, money, guns

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   A Feb. 26 search warrant yielded over $65,000 in cash, about $3,500 worth of Xanax pills, two pounds of marijuana, 10 bottles of Promethazine with Codeine, and four guns.  
   The search warrant was served in the 1400 block of Sycamore, following an on-going investigation after the narcotics division was told of narcotics at this location.  
   Alex M. Trevion, 23, Bay City, was arrested and taken to the Matagorda County Jail, where he was booked for two counts of manufacture/deliver a controlled substance penalty group 3/4.  

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11
Mar

Car buyer ends up robbery victim

   BCPD officers were sent to the Sport Complex at 2900 FM 3156, in reference to a robbery, at about 9:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26. 
   Upon arrival, officers met with a Matagorda County Deputy who told the officers that the victim had been taken to the hospital.  
   Officers spoke with the victim at the MRMC Emergency Room.  
   The victim explained to officers that he was looking for a car on Facebook Marketplace.  
   He found a vehicle and messaged the seller and made an offer.  
   The seller contacted the victim and asked him to meet in the 900 block of Avenue J for the sale, police were told.  
   The seller then contacted the victim to change the location of their meeting.  
   Once the seller and victim met, the seller suggested they go for a test drive. 
   The seller directed the victim to the Sports Complex.  
   Upon arrival, the victim noticed another vehicle at the annex.  

Thu
04
Mar

Röhm, OQ Chemicals sign MoU to build new methyl methacrylate plant

   Röhm and OQ have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to evaluate the construction of a new production plant for methyl methacrylate (MMA) on the U.S. Gulf Coast.
   The proposed facility has a design capacity of 250,000 tons of MMA annually. It will use Röhm’s proprietary ethylene-based LiMA technology. 
   Under the MoU terms, OQ Chemicals will integrate the plant into its existing site and provide raw materials, utilities, and site services to Röhm. 
   The partners intend to commission the new plant in 2023, creating about 70 direct jobs.
   “We welcome the opportunity to work together with Röhm, one of the global leaders in methacrylate chemicals,” commented Dr. Oliver Borgmeier, Managing Director of OQ Chemicals.
   “This new partnership offers significant growth potential for our oxo business. It will also strengthen our operations at Bay City as we will provide utilities and site services,” Borgmeier said.

Thu
04
Mar

New airport hangars

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
Construction is under way on a new hangar row at Bay City Regional Airport. The $1 million project includes 11 fully vested hangars. Above, workers paint and prepare the new bi-fold hangar doors.

Thu
04
Mar

"COVID-19 cases continue downward" by: Mike Reddell

   Matagorda County confirmed COVID-19 cases continue to go down, but local vaccine supplies remain uncertain.
   “We had 295 new lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases in February, which is certainly a decline even when you adjust for a shorter month and five days of probable test interruption due to the freezing temperatures we encountered,” Aaron Fox, MRMC’s Chief Business Development Officer and Public Information Officer. 
   “So we’re definitely headed in the right direction,” he added.
   The Department of State Health Services (DSHS) reported Tuesday, March 2, that Matagorda County has 95 cases in the last 14 days and 2.58 cases per 1,000 residents – both reflecting downward trends from past weeks.
   The Feb. 23 report showed 189 cases in the last 14 days and 4.9 cases per 1,000 residents.

Thu
04
Mar

BCISD returns to 100% classroom learning March 22

   Bay City ISD Superintendent Dr. Marshall Scott, III notified district parents of the return to 100% in-person instruction for Monday, March 22.
   “All virtual learning platforms will be taken offline by this date,” said Scott’s Facebook letter.
   “Students transitioning from virtual to in-person instruction will need to bring their Chromebooks to class each day. They will be used for instructional purposes on campus.  
   “If you are planning to send your children to school by bus, please fill out the bus route registration form by Wednesday, March 10.”
   “If your student is currently a virtual learner, please contact your student's campus principal with any questions you may have about transitioning back to in-person learning, including questions concerning continued eligibility for remote learning under the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973,” he added.

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