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Thu
25
Jan

BCHS hosts Cherry at Winter Wonderland

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Pictured is Cherry Elementary fifth grader Jayden Ellis

   “The Winter Wonderland in the Lab” at Bay City High School on January 8th involved fire, robots, slime, and a planetarium – everything you need to grab the interest of fifth grade students.
   Hosted by the BCHS POWERSET and WIT organizations, the evening centered on science, technology, engineering and math. BCHS teacher Jill Lowry explained that the evening was just one of many outreach efforts devoted to engaging students in STEM activities in Bay City ISD. 
   Cherry Elementary POWERGRID and BRT students participated. 
   These are the “junior” versions of the high school POWERSET (Powerful Opportunities for Women Eager and Ready for Science, Engineering and Technology) and WIT (Workforce Industry Training) programs.
   Parent volunteer Chris Bischoff began the evening with lab demonstrations, and opened with, “Do not do this at home!” 

Thu
25
Jan

Van Vleck getting new Shell station

Mike Reddell/Bay City Sentinel
Framing is going up on a Shell gas and convenience store on Texas 35, just west of Van Vleck.

Thu
25
Jan

LyondellBasell’s Matagorda Complex donates $25,000 grant to Matagorda Regional Medical Center Foundation

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Pictured, from left, are 2018 Matagorda Regional Medical Center Foundation Board members and LyondellBaselll Matagorda Complex site manager: Blayne Finlay, Justin Atkinson, Tami Savage, Annette Stonedale, Joe Hoinkis (LyondellBasell), David Titus, Jeff Atkins, Garrett Dodd, Elizabeth Hewitt, Samantha Hudgins, Barbara Sanders, Steve Smith and Cheryl Maloney.

   MATAGORDA - The Matagorda Complex of LyondellBasell (NYSE: LYB), one of the largest plastics, chemicals and refining companies in the world, selected the Matagorda Regional Medical Center (MRMC) Foundation to receive $25,000 in funding through its corporate grant program, established to help further the company’s mission to make a positive impact in the communities where it operates.
   The grant will support Matagorda Regional Medical Center’s Wellness and Rehabilitation Center, which opened in 2017. 
   The center offers physical, speech and occupational therapy, in addition to wellness education programs such as weight management, diabetic education and healthy nutrition and exercise.
   “We appreciate LyondellBasell’s contribution to help further our mission of providing quality healthcare to patients,” said Tiffany Foltyn, Executive Director of the Matagorda Regional Medical Center Foundation. 

Thu
18
Jan

"Flu cases up sharply in Matagorda County" by: Mike Reddell

  There’s a sharp rise in flu cases in Matagorda County this year – and Matagorda Regional Medical Center officials say there are ways to avoid the disease and to lessen its impact if you get it.
   Mike Lee, MRMC Chief nursing officer, and Leslie Vaughn, the hospital’s Infection Prevention Director, discussed the flu situation with the Bay City Sentinel in an interview Tuesday, Jan. 16.
   “This is one of the worst flu seasons I can remember in a number of years,” said Lee.
   From October through Nov. 30, MRMC saw 401 cases of flu-like illness – 84 cases tested positive for Type A flu and one case of Type B in the 61-day stretch.
   In the 44-day period beginning Dec. 1, MRMC has seen 447 flu-like cases, which could be all types of illness, with 154 of those cases testing positive for Type A flu and nine for Type B.
   Type A, H3N2, is the most prevalent strain this season.

Thu
18
Jan

"CVB holds 1st meeting as part of city " by: Jessica Shepard

   The news that Sixth Street and Avenue G around the Matagorda County Courthouse will close around 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 26, for the Wolf Moon concert through the Wild Game and Wine Camofest Saturday evening was revealed during the Matagorda Convention and Visitor’s Bureau meeting Jan. 11.
   “The good news is that we got the approval to close the street from (Public Works Director) Barry Calhoun and the city police department,” said CVB director Heidi Martinez.
   “This allows us to bring a larger stage for musical acts at both events.”
   Martinez mentioned that the stage comes at a higher cost.
   “It’s one of those really nice stages with a roof over it and has really professional sound,” said Main Street Co-Director Pattie Odom while explaining the extra cost for the stage.

Thu
18
Jan

"8 hurt as car runs red light, striking SUV twice" by: Mike Reddell

Sentinel photos/Mike Reddell
Bay City police and firefighters, above, look over the damage to one of two cars involved in collision that seriously hurt eight people downtown Saturday night, Jan. 13. In photo below, several people, including some of those in the collision, huddle at a corner of 7th and Avenue G, where the wreck occurred.

   A car full of people rushing a gunshot victim to Matagorda Regional Medical Center ran a red light and twice struck an SUV at 7th and Avenue G about 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Bay City Police said. 
   Eight people were seriously injured and were taken to MRMC by private car or EMS - six of them were later sent to Houston on Life Flight, police reports show. 
   Police didn’t respond to requests Tuesday for more information on the accident or for the names of those involved.
   The shooting – under sheriff’s department investigation - occurred in a trailer park on Cheyenne Street near Stripes on Texas 35, the Sentinel has learned. Five people plus the gunshot victim were in the car involved in the collision, police said. 

Thu
18
Jan

MLK walk impresses despite cold temps

Sentinel photos/Mike Reddell
Those participating in the MLK March down John Paul Davis made an impressive showing, as temperatures proved to be a bit chilly Saturday morning, Jan. 15. The NAACP event marked the birthday celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King. That celebration was held at Linnie Roberts School following the march.

Thu
18
Jan

Man killed in shooting on Whitson

   A fatal shooting on Whitson Street Monday afternoon is being investigated as a homicide by Bay City Police Detectives.
   Officers were first sent to the shooting scene at around 4:45 p.m. Monday, and then rerouted to Matagorda Regional Medical Center, where police confirmed the gunshot victim had just arrived, reports show.
   The victim, Jeremy Mitchell, 26, of Bay City, received medical attention and was stabilized enough for transport by Life Flight, which flew him to Houston Herman Memorial Hospital, police said. 
   Later in the evening, detectives learned that the victim did not survive, reports show.
   Detectives are asking for anyone with information to call Detective Matthew Mayberry, at 979-245-8500. 

Thu
18
Jan

"Council OKs oil well drilling in city" by: Mike Reddell

   The permit for a 40-acre oil well drilling operation that will bore down to 10,100 feet - west of Texas 60 and south of Thompson Road - was approved by city council last week.
   The well will be a straight hole down to 1,700 feet, then will become directional and will drill down to the vertical depth of 10,100 feet, Daniel Guier, production manager with Houston-based Goldston Oil Corporation, told council at its Jan. 11 regular meeting.
   The well will be within 600 feet of Oaks of Bay City Apartment Complex, Morris Mobile Home Park, Mockingbird Mobile Home Park, Mockingbird Lane Water Plant and 10 residences on Brandon Court, Hiram Brandon Street and Morningside Drive.
   Guier told council the company contacted all 38 property owners within 600 feet of the drill that’s on land owned by Mr. and Mrs. Don Stone.

Thu
18
Jan

Texas Historical Commission honors Ona Lea Pierce

Texas Historical Commission recently announced Ona Lea Pierce of Blessing as the 2017 John Ben Shepperd County Historical Commission Leadership Award. She joined the THC in 1967. She also served as chairman of the Matagorda County Historical Commission for 16 years, from 200 to 2016. Pierce has been an important part of the county’s historical marker program and in preserving the county’s historical landmarks.
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