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Dec

"Van Vleck lands 2 on All-District 1st team" by: Mike Reddell

  Two Van Vleck Leopards – Sam Bree and Jalen Williams – were among the District 14-3A-2 All-District first team selections.
   Junior Sam Bree was named to the All-District First Team Offense at running back, while senior Jalen Williams was selected as wide receiver (unanimous).
   Leopards on the All-District Second Team offense were: junior Cameron Franklin, wide receiver; sophomore Garrett Chambless, offensive line; and junior Slade Huerta, offensive line.
   The All-District Second Team Defense included Van Vleck players: senior Joshua DeLarosa, outside linebacker; and senior Roscoe Ellis, defensive back.
   Van Vleck’s Jalen Williams also was named as an All-District Utility selection.

Thu
19
Dec

"Deputies nab 2 on false ID, stolen property charges" by: Mike Reddell

   What began as a sheriff’s department investigation into suspicious activity on Bucks Bayou Road last week resulted in the arrest of a man and woman on several charges, including theft, criminal trespass and fraudulent identification. 
   In addition, the pair was wanted on warrants out of Minnesota and Wisconsin. 
   Matagorda County sheriff’s deputies sent to Lazy H Ranch on  
   Bucks Bayou Road property on reports of suspicious activity arrived and saw a man and woman trying to hook up a large travel trailer to the bumper of a Dodge Van, reports show.   
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Thu
19
Dec

Cantu promoted to corporal

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Joining Corporal Mikayla Cantu, center, at her recent promotion ceremony were: Captain Christella Rodriguez and Chief Robert Lister.

   Bay City Police Officer Mikayla Cantu was promoted to the position of corporal during ceremonies Wednesday, Dec. 11. 
   The promotion ceremony was in the Bay City Municipal Court chambers with Police Chief Robert Lister officiating.  
   Several police department members plus family and friends were present to congratulate the new corporal.  
   Cantu was raised in Bay City and graduated from Bay City High School.  
   After high school, she attended Wharton County Junior College for general studies.  
   In 2013 she joined the Wharton County Police Academy and graduated that same year.  
   Cantu began her law enforcement career with Wharton Police Department right after graduating the academy.  
   After two years, Cantu joined Bay City Police Department.  

Thu
19
Dec

"Van Vleck trustees approve $1,500 longevity check for all employees" by: Mike Reddell

   All Van Vleck ISD employees will receive a $1,500 longevity check this week, Superintendent John O’Brien announced.
   “We’re proud of our staff,” O’Brien said, adding the checks were approved by the Van Vleck school board at last summer’s budget workshops.
   School districts can’t give bonus checks, the superintendent explained, but they can provide incentives in the form of money and stipends for various things like longevity.

Thu
12
Dec

High-fiving Santa, while shopping with a cop

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
This youngster gets a fun surprise as she greets Mrs.and Mr. Santa while she’s accompanied by two Bay City police officers during last week’s Shop with a Cop at Wal-Mart. Children chosen by an outside agency are given $150 to choose their gifts.

Thu
12
Dec

"Candidates crowd 2 posts for primary" by: Mike Reddell

   Now that Monday’s filing deadline for the March 3 party primaries has passed, there are two positions open that have six candidates each - District 25 State Representative and Precinct 3 Commissioner.
   And there are GOP primary challengers for County Sheriff, and for commissioner in Precincts 1 and 3.
   There are several top countywide posts that are unopposed races, including District Judge, District Attorney, County Tax Assessor-Collector, and County Attorney.
   The six who filed for District 25 State Representative Dennis Bonnen’s post – vacated because of the Angleton representative’s retirement – includes five Republicans and one Democrat for the seat that represents both Matagorda County and parts of Brazoria County.
   Matagorda County’s sole candidate in the GOP primary for the District 25 post is Bay City Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture President Mitch Thames, according to the Secretary of State Election website.

Thu
12
Dec

"1st-ever Tiger Lane award goes to Milberger, Sitzes receive George Holst" by: Mike Reddell

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
Above left, MCEDC Board President Nate McDonald and member Teri Treadway presented Sue Milberger with the first-ever Tiger Lane Community Spirit award, Monday, Dec. 9 during MCEDCs' annual meeting.

   Sue Milberger was the first recipient of the Tiger Lane Community Spirit Award and Marilyn and David Sitz were presented the George Holst Award at MCEDC’s annual meeting Monday night at the Palacios Pavilion.
   In addition to the introduction of the award honoring the community spirit of energetic Sargent resident Lane, who died last summer, Monday night marked the first time the George Holst Award was given to a married couple.
   “To have community spirit like Tiger’s, you are active, you are positive, you are a visionary and you love Matagorda County and especially your small corner of it,” said Teri Treadway, an MCEDC board member, who presented the award to Milberger.
   “Our recipient has been a champion of Matagorda and Bay City for many years,” Treadway said of Milberger, who also is an MCEDC board member.

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Thu
12
Dec

"Tidehaven approves $1,000 bonuses for all employees" by: Jessica Shepard

   Tidehaven ISD trustees unanimously approved $1,000 Christmas bonuses for all district employees at their regular meeting Monday night.
   “I think we are very fortunate and blessed at a good time to be able to give $1,000 across the board for our employees including our at-will employees,” said TISD Board President Stephen Crow.
   Crow added that the board would look at reinstituting an employee attendance incentive program at its January meeting.
   “It’s something we’ve done in the past and have had great success with,” he added.
   “So, I think reviewing it for the spring semester is a good idea.”
   The past incentive program allocated teachers up to 10 days of absences at $100 per day for $1,000 total overall.
   “Each time you miss a day, that subtracts $100 from the total,” said Crow.
   “If you miss all 10 days, you wind up with nothing. But, if you miss, say five days, then you get $500. It’s a good program.”

Thu
12
Dec

"Detectives investigate deadly conduct from drive-by shooting" by: Mike Reddell

   A fight on the front yard of a Bay City residence was later followed by an apparent drive-by shooting, Bay City police were told by witnesses in the incident early Sunday morning, Dec. 8.
There were no injuries reported in the shooting that occurred around 2:36 a.m. Sunday, at the 1900 Block of 13th Street, reports show.
When officers were sent to the location on reports of a shooting at a house and were nearing the residence, they spotted a Nissan Altima that was a suspect vehicle nearby.
Officers contacted the Nissan driver who complied with all commands.
   A search of both the driver and the vehicle itself revealed no weapons, police said.
Several people were there when officers arrived at the residence where the shooting was reported. Officers identified the subjects who were there when the shooting occurred and spoke to everyone at the residence.

 

Thu
12
Dec

Mayor helps out at annual waste collection

Sentinel photos/Mike Reddell
Mayor Robert Nelson lends a hand unloading tires as part of the City of Bay City Annual Fall Clean-up last Saturday, Dec. 7.

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