"‘Downton Abbey’ fundraiser for Boys & Girls Club" by: Jessica Shepard

This year’s Boys & Girls Club Red Carpet Fundraiser features “Downton Abbey,” as the movie of choice Thursday, Sept. 19, at Schulman’s MBG.
   The event kicks off at 5:30 p.m. with a social hour and silent auction until 6:30 p.m. then dinner and the movie following from 7-10 p.m.
      Dinner features roast beef, mashed potatoes, carrots, and a dessert.
   Tickets are $65 per person and sponsorships are available with preferential seating from $250-$1,000.
   Tickets are limited and available at the Boys & Girls Club in Bay City or by calling Janet Peden at 979-245-4001.

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Van Vleck ISD rededicates stadium

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   Van Vleck ISD rededicated Burl McKinney Stadium after months of renovations Friday, Sept. 6. 
   In front of a packed crowd at the Leopards first home football game, VVISD and friends and family of Burl McKinney celebrated the rededication of our stadium.
   Burl and his wife Mary Ann came to Van Vleck in 1962. McKinney taught physical education and coached. 
   He started the physical education program at the Van Vleck Elementary School. He was assistant athletic director until he became the athletic director in 1964, a position he held until 1972. In 1972, McKinney was named principal of Van Vleck Elementary School, a position he held until his death in 1987. 
   In 1988, the football stadium at Van Vleck was rededicated in his honor.
   Superintendent John O’Brien said, “We are so excited to rededicate of stadium, Burl McKinney Stadium. 


"Queen Pageant begins 74th Rice Festival " by: Jessica Shepard

   Official Rice Festival festivities kick off with the 74th annual Rice Queen Pageant at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, at Keye Ingram auditorium.
   The annual Rice Dish Roundup winners will be announced at 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 1, at the fairground multipurpose building.
   The carnival officially opens Thursday, Oct. 3, from 4-11 p.m. and includes carnival rides and midway games by Reed Exposition Midway along with vendor booths inside and outside the rodeo arena.
   Friday, Oct. 5, has Exceptional Day from 9-11 a.m. with the festival being open to the public late that evening from 4 p.m. until midnight.
   The highly anticipated Rice Festival Parade starts at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, downtown around the square.
   The festival is open immediately following the parade from 11:30 a.m. to 1 a.m.
   The festival wraps up between 1-6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 6, before the carnival pulls up stakes and heads back out on the road.


"Blackcats return to drawing board in preparing for Gregory-Portland" by: Mike Reddell

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
Blackcat senior Carlos Lara (1) stiff arms a Bellville defender and gets blocking help from Logan Maclennan (62) in action Friday night.

   Blackcat Head Coach Patrick Matthews stressed that players and coaches alike have to put a better plan on the field than what happened when Bay City lost 43-7 at Bellville last Friday night.
   “Our team laid an egg in the first quarter,” Matthews said of the Blackcats 26-0 deficit in the first quarter.
   “We must figure out if we’re the team we want to be,” he said, when the Blackcats host Gregory-Portland (GP) Friday night.
   “This will give us the chance to see how far we’ve come,” Matthews added.
   GP appears to be the offensive opposite to run-oriented Bellville.
   Where Bellville piled up 283 yards rushing against Bay City’s 147 yards.
   GP heavily relied on passing in its two wins this season.
   The Wildcats put up 254 passing yards against Victoria East in a 29-7 victory, and 231 aerial yards in beating Corpus Christi Carroll, a 45-12 win, in G-P’s opener.
   “That’s the system they run,” Matthews said.


United Way recognizes past board chairs

Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard
Matagorda County United Way Board of Directors Chair Mary Nelson, center, handed out award plaques to platinum businesses and volunteers as part of a 2020 campaign kick-off lunch, Sept. 5. Outstanding volunteers and volunteers for the year were also recognized along with recognition of past board chairs Richard Johnson (left) and Scott Cheek (right).


BCHS Aristocats earn recognition at T Bar M

BCISD photo/Allison Sliva
Pictured are Aristocats earning ribbons for Pom, Hip Hop and Jazz routines. Pictured in back, l-r: Kylee Barron, Destyni Flores, Makylee Reyna, Amanda Maclennan, and Tysha Enoch. Middle row, l-r: Jabrion Thrift, Malay'zaih Patterson, Kayleigh Waggoner, Emilee Eidlebach and Brittany Olvera. In front, l-r: Kelis Plummer-Johnson, Shaytra Westmoreland and Amayah Payton.

   The Bay City High School Aristocats attended the Crowd Pleasers Team Camp at T Bar M from July 15th-17th in New Braunfels.
   They worked extremely hard bonding together as a team, and also learned three new dance routines.
   While there, they received awards including Elite Dancers, All-Star Dancers, and various ribbons.
   Aristocats Director is Wendy Hankins, and Assistant Director is Klaudie Stone.


Matagorda County 4-H recognizes 80 members

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This year’s Friends of 4-H and Outstanding Adult Leader are, from left to right: Mike Spencer, Ginny Spencer, Bill Balboa, Mark Page, Cynthia Page, and Kim Sliva.

   Eighty Matagorda County 4-H members were honored for their 4-H achievements at the annual banquet.
   4-H members of all ages, including Clover Kids, received recognition for their achievements at the county, district and state levels.
   Twenty-five members were awarded various level of awards for going above and beyond to participate in multiple projects, hold leadership positions and provide community service.
Five high school age 4-Hers joined the 4-H Ambassador Program, a group of 10 4-Hers who go into the community to promote and educate about the 4-H program.
   This year’s group of inductees are: Clay Allison, Ty Kubecka, Tanner Ryman, Shawn Sneath, and Gabe Sumrall.
4-H Adult Leaders who have volunteered five, 10, and 30 years were recognized.
   The 4-H program is a volunteer lead program, so the service of these leaders is an invaluable part of the program.


"Van Vleck community unites after coach’s death" by: Mike Reddell

   The Van Vleck school community is pulling together in their grief over the death of well-liked Coach Paul Benien.
   The coach collapsed in the Van Vleck High School’s weight room during a routine he and another coach do every game day.
   Van Vleck was to play Boling Friday night, a contest that was cancelled.
   When the coach collapsed, Van Vleck’s crisis team of teachers, principals and other professionals joined in performing CPR until the ambulance arrived, said Superintendent John O’Brien.
   Students were coming from the pep rally to the field house, but were diverted by staff.
   No students were present in the weight room when the coach collapsed or when the crisis team went into action, he said.
   The death of Benien, who was 55, affected everyone, O’Brien said. An autopsy will determine the cause of death, the superintendent added.
    “I couldn’t be prouder of the crisis team who pulled together,” O’Brien said.


"New laws enforced immediately" Compiled by Jessica Shepard

   With over 800 new laws in effect since Sept. 1, there’s a lot for local residents to wade through.
   Many of the laws will only impact a few while others affect a greater range of the population.
   Here’s a list of a few that are quickly being enforced:

  •     As of Sept.1 you must be 21 or older to purchase cigarettes, electronic cigarettes or tobacco products. 

   Local stores like Walgreens have already posted signs requiring a valid form of ID for checking a customer’s age prior to purchase.

  •     House Bill 1518 requires an age-18 requirement for the purchase of over-the-counter medicines containing the cough suppressant dextromethorphan, also known as DXM. 

   Studies show that DXM is used by some teens to get high. 
   More than a dozen other states, including New York and Florida, have banned the sale of the cough medicines to minors.


Wind farm on schedule

Turbine parts are continually arriving at the Peyton Creek Wind Farm near Shepard Motte Road.
Above, two drivers await word on the line of specially rigged trailers carrying the turbine blades that are 202 feet long, eight feet wide and weigh an estimated 38,000 pounds.
There are still projected to be 48 turbine locations, like the one at right, with hub heights of approximately 287 feet, according to Nathan Yates, Wind Development Manager with Peyton Creek Wind Farm owner E.ON.
The project is on schedule to be fully operational by end of December, Yates said.
Sentinel photos/Mike Reddell


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