"Main Street board appoints new officers " by: Jessica Shepard

   The Main Street Program board appointed new officers for the year during their regular meeting May 13.
   Tami Savage was chosen as the new board chairman with Fran Baker taking the vice chairman position.
   The board approved Jennifer Vowell as the new secretary and Alice Lowery as treasurer.

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Education Foundation awards grants totaling $35,808

   The Bay City ISD Education Foundation, with the generosity of its donors, is proud to announce that it is awarding $35,808 to BCISD students and teachers for the 2020-2021 school year.  
   A total of $30,808 in Innovative Teaching Grants will go to programs that will strengthen student learning.  
   The BCHS Robotics Program will receive $5,000 through a donation from Tenaris.  
   Earlier this spring, BCISD teachers were encouraged to submit applications for grants through the Education Foundation.  
   The Foundation asked teachers to develop plans for projects that would increase student achievement and strengthen learning.  
   The applications were then reviewed by an Awards Committee and voted upon by the Foundation Board.  
   The programs approved as grant awards are items not otherwise funded that would build upon curriculum and encourage higher level achievement.  


"Supporting local seafood" By Nicole Pilson Coastal & Marine Resources Texas A&M AgriLife Matagorda County

   Hey everyone - I hope y’all are doing well out there.  
   I know we are all tired of hearing about the coronavirus and just praying for life to resume to some kind of normalcy.  
   But the reality is that it’s still here and life is not so normal right now.  
   If you are small business owner, you are especially seeing some of the negative effects of the pandemic.  
   And this is where I call on the rest of you!  
   Matagorda is a pretty unique county - for example, you can have cotton growing down the road from a fish farm or a cattle ranch up the river from a shrimp dock.  
   We have a wide variety of locally grown or harvested goods, and it is quite a bonus that all of that the money stays in the county.  
   But as we are all aware, these local farmers - whether it be of crops, cattle, or fish - are taking quite a hit right now.  


VVHS 2019-2020 athletic achievement recognitions

   VV Football MVP Sam Bree 
   VV Football Offensive Player of the Year Sam Bree 
   VV Football Defensive Player of the Year Cameron Franklin and Roscoe Ellis 
   VV Football Utility Player of the Year Jalen Williams 
   VV Volleyball MVP Madilyn Koliba 
   VV Volleyball Offensive Player of the Year Chynelle Blackmon 
   VV Volleyball Defensive Player of the Year Alison Carrion 
   VV Volleyball Setter of the Year Award Trisa Martinez 
   VV Volleyball Fighting Heart Award Trinity Fields 
   VV Boys Basketball MVP Roscoe Ellis 
   VV Boys Basketball Defensive Player of the Year Cameron Franklin  
   VV Boys Basketball Fighting Heart Award Ka’Darius Woodard 
   VV Boys Basketball Most Improved Award Brysen Blackmon 
   VV Boys Basketball Shot Blocker of the Year Award Jalen Williams 
   VV Girls Basketball Fighting Heart Award Alexus Abbott and Reagan Dewoody 


Lucio: Tidehaven to begin summer workouts June 8

   Tidehaven Athletic Director and Head Coach David Lucio recently announced summer workshout plans.
   “We will begin summer workouts on June 8,” Lucio said. 
   “We are fortunate at Tidehaven that our facilities can provide plenty of room for us to work while continuing social distancing. 
   “With two large weight rooms and sanitizer at each station, we will not have any issues following these guidelines. 
   Lucio noted that Tidehaven has a speed training hill, two full grass practice fields, a field turf field, 8-lane track, four gyms and plans to build a beach volleyball court. 
   “We will use all of these facilities to keep maximum space while workouts are being conducted. 
   “We will also break the kids into three sessions, 7th-8th, 9th-10th, and 11th-12th. 
   “I will put out the times and more details early next week.”


Tips for managing pain as you age

   If you have suffered from pain for several months or longer, you are among the millions of Americans with a condition known as chronic pain. 
   Despite decades of research, chronic pain remains complex and difficult to treat. 
   Chronic pain can be so debilitating that it disrupts daily activities, such as eating and sleeping, causes anxiety and depression, and compromises quality of life. 
   Since chronic pain grows more prevalent with age, seniors and the elderly are especially at risk. 
   Nearly 50 million Americans have chronic pain, according to the American Pain Foundation. Sometimes the pain is caused by a specific injury or surgical incision that has long since healed, other times there may be no apparent reason for the pain. 
   However, many cases of chronic pain are related to these 7 conditions: Low back pain, arthritis (especially osteoarthritis), headache, multiple sclerosis, fibromyalgia, shingles, and nerve damage. 


"Firefighters battle destructive blaze at Nichols Street house" by: Mike Reddell

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell

Bay City firefighters battled a blaze for about three hours that heavily damaged a residence at 2601 Nichols Street Thursday afternoon. Arriving firefighters found a fully involved blaze burning out of control that began at about 12:20 p.m. at the rear of the house.

One firefighter said the fire then went into the attic and spread to the rest of the structure.

No one was hurt in the blaze that was fully involved when firefighters arrived, fire department officials said.

The occupant, who was out of the house before the fire started, told Officer Dan Shook she heard a popping noise then the fire.

A nearby travel trailer received some damage, Shook said.

Shook inspected the house and interviewed the occupant, fire department reports show.


"BCISD hires former Blackcat as head coach" by: Jessica Shepard

Robert Jones

   Bay City ISD trustees hired former Blackcat Robert Jones as the new head football coach during their regular meeting, Monday, May 18.
   “Coach Warren Trahan has hit the ground running and doing work already,” said BCISD Superintendent Dr. Marshall Scott, III.
   “He’s bringing back top coaches and players for Blackcat nation.”
   Trustees also reviewed sealed competitive bids for the Bay City High School roof recover project before authorizing Scott to enter into negotiations with Rain King, Inc.
   “Let’s get this done as quickly as possible,” said Scott.
   Rain King did roof work on the new Bay City Junior High campus and will put the roof on the new Linnie Roberts Elementary campus.

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"Tenaris officials update county" by: Mike Reddell

   “We did not stop,” Tenaris US President Luca Zanotti told Commissioners Court at its regular meeting Monday morning.
   Zanotti and Roberto de Hoyos, Tenaris senior vice president of public affairs both spoke at Monday’s meeting that came after last week’s layoff of 200 employees at the seamless mill in Bay City.
   “Contrary to many rumors on the street we’re not shutting down,” remarked de Hoyos, Tenaris. 
   He said the two officials were at the meeting to give an update on the steel plant and to answer any questions.
   The layoffs followed a drastic drop in demand caused by the pandemic and an oversupply triggered by the price war between Russia and Saudi Arabia, Zanotti said in Tenaris press release last week.

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"BCCDC OKs regional plan for drainage" by: Jessica Shepard

   Bay City Community Development Corporation (BCCDC) board approved a Jones & Carter engineering services project for the Matagorda County Regional Drainage Master Plan, Monday, May 18.
   The project will feature engineering and surveying services to “determine future planning to mitigate flooding while providing for future economic development.”
   The project includes four streams identified as Bucks Bayou, Hardeman Slough, Cottonwood Creek and the West Ditch (a Colorado River catchment).
   “This project has been a long time coming for about a year and a half,” said BCCDC Executive Director Jessica Russell.

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