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Oct

MEHOP celebrates 20 years

Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard
MEHOP celebrated 20 years of community care and the founders of its program during a community celebration barbecue, Oct. 15. MEHOP CEO Celeste Harrison, above, helped serve barbecue plates to community members that attended the event.

Thu
24
Oct

"ISD police arrest former bus driver" by: Mike Reddell

   A 55-year-old Bay City man was arrested on 44 counts of child endangerment in connection with reports that he drove a Bay City ISD school bus recklessly while taking children home after school Sept.  24, BCISD police reports show.
   Following the Sept. 24 incident, the BCISD Transportation Department and BCISD Police Department investigated immediately and determined that the driver was not driving safely, ISD reports indicate.
   The driver was immediately put on administrative leave pending further investigation, and did not drive for BCISD after Sept. 24, ISD officials said.
   Those officials said that Allan Shows of Bay City, resigned from BCISD Sept. 25. 

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24
Oct

"Van Vleck trustees updated on projects" by: Jessica Shepard

   Van Vleck ISD trustees heard bond construction updates and a public hearing on the Schools Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas (FIRST) report during their regular Monday meeting, Oct. 21.
   “The high school and junior high campus are at about 30 percent completion,” said Sofia Dusek, PBK architect project executive.
   “The outside masonry is almost complete while inside ductwork is still being installed.”
   Dusek said that the HVAC system piping installation was finished.
   Trustee Terry Evans voiced concerns about the Ag shop renovation schedule.
   “I know we were told it might be done at the end of October, but I’m curious as to how close we are to completing that,” Evans asked.
   “We should be finished in the first part of November,” answered Dusek.
   “From what I know, we’re waiting on the refrigeration panels in the processing room,” said VVISD Superintendent John O’Brien.

Thu
24
Oct

"Bonnen won’t seek re-election in 2020" By Cassandra Pollock Texas Tribune

   First-term Texas House Speaker Dennis Bonnen on Tuesday announced he will not seek reelection to the lower chamber in 2020 — marking an end to the Angleton Republican’s months-long political fallout that has roiled the lower chamber he oversees.
   “After much prayer, consultation, and thoughtful consideration with my family, it is clear that I can no longer seek re-election as State Representative of District 25 and subsequently, as Speaker of the House,” Bonnen, who is from Angleton, said in a statement, which included a list of 43 House Republicans — a majority of the House GOP Caucus — that the speaker said “have made clear that it is in the best interest of both myself and the House to move on.”

Thu
24
Oct

MCSO supporting breast cancer awareness

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
Members of the Matagorda County Sheriff’s Office wore pink to work last Friday, Oct. 18, to observe Breast Cancer Awareness. The staff included, from left, Johnna Montalvo, Randy Worthey, Bennie Lewis, Terri Bell Knight, Cheryl Woodard, Sheriff Skipper Osborne, James Orr, Norma Douget, Doug Pruitt and Robert Thompson.

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24
Oct

"Sealy, Bay City: 2 young teams dealing with injuries" by: Mike Reddell

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
Blackcat senior running back RJ Mitchell (22) leaps over a pileup en route to a big gain against Brazosport last Friday.

   Bay City will again test its resolve to shed past mistakes as it faces the Sealy Tigers there this Friday in a District 13-4A-1 contest. 
   Bay City is 0-7 going into this matchup against Sealy (1-2, 4-2). 
   The Blackcats lost to Brazosport 35-20 last Friday, while the Tigers were shut out by El Campo 28-0. 
   “Things haven’t gone our way and we are continuing to work on those things we’re not very good at,” said Blackcat Head Coach Patrick Matthews. 
   “Sealy is very good football team. Most people don’t realize they’re in a rebuilding phase as well and the (Sealy) coach is trying to put together a good football team,” Matthews said. 
   Sealy started the season strong, but had some upsets. 
   While Bay City and Fulshear are exceptions, the rest of District 13-4A-1teams have been ranked at some time in the state 4A division, Matthews said. 
   “We trying to be in position to make plays. 

Thu
24
Oct

Kids & Karankawas: A day of learning about tribe most-identified with Matagorda County

Sentinel photo by Mike Reddell
Abby Herreth explained the Karankawa lifestyle to visitors who received a small bag of pecans, one of the foods gathered by the Karankawas.

 

Thu
24
Oct

Paint disposal at Household Hazardous Waste

Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard
A crew with Clean Harbors Environmental Services disposes of paint during Saturday’s Household Hazardous Waste Collection at the Matagorda County Fairgrounds last Saturday, Oct. 19. Clean Harbors has contract with the county for the paint disposal.

Thu
24
Oct

"Shorthorns run over Van Vleck" By: John Hoffman Special to the Sentinel

Lanora Luna/God’s Creations Photography
Van Vleck senior wide receiver Jalen Williams (6) looks downfield as he picks up good yardage against Schulenburg last Friday.

   The Schulenburg Shorthorns used a ball control offense, and an opportunistic defense to outscore the high-potent Van Vleck offense in a 49-34 win last Friday night.
    With the loss, Van Vleck has to win out the rest of the way in order to have a chance to reach the playoffs.
   Things went Van Vleck’s way early in the game, with the Leopard offense attacking quickly. 
   After Van Vleck forced a Schulenburg punt on their first possession of the night, the Leopard offense needed only one play to get onto the scoreboard. 
   Van Vleck runningback Sam Bree took the first Leopard handoff of the night from the Van Vleck 47-yard line and raced untouched for a quick touchdown. 
   Slade Huerta booted the extra point through, and the Leopards were up 7-0 with 9:02 left in the first quarter.
   The Leopard defense forced another Shorthorn punt on the next series, but a Van Vleck miscue got Schulenburg going. 
 

Thu
24
Oct

BCHS band advance

Contributed photo
The Bay City High School Blackcat Band earned a Superior/First Division rating at the Region 13 UIL Marching Competition in Ganado Oct. 19. Each of the three judges rated the band with a superior rating, which meant that the band received a first division rating and brought home a trophy. The musicians and their directors have been working since August toward this achievement. BCISD Director of Bands is Mark Longoria, and assistants are Adrian Carrizales, Jake Harmon and Austin Zimmerman.

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