"Tiger Baseball" By Eddie Russell Head Coach Tidehaven Baseball

This week Tidehaven opened up district play with a 4-2 win over Hallettsville.   
   Kyus Saha dominated on mound with 6 shutout innings, striking out 9 giving up only 2 hits.    
   Hunter Little came in relief in the 7th and gave up 2 runs on 2 walks, 1 HBP and one hit in 2/3 innings.   
   Logan Crow got the final out. Leading hitter with 2 hits was Logan Crow.  
   Getting a huge 2-out, 2-rbi single was Kyus Saha.   
   On Friday, the Tigers traveled to the Flatonia tournament and got beat 17-6, game one against Round Top Carmine.  
   Connor Claxton pitched 3 innings, giving up the 5 runs, only 2 earned.   
   A combination of Hunter Little, Taylor Rickaway and Kevin Rickaway and Jackson Sones. Leading hitters with 2 hits each were Ricky Rubio and Connor Claxton. In game 2 Friday, the Tigers dropped a 7-4 game to Flatonia.  
   Hunter Little got the start and threw 2/3 of an ineffective inning, giving up 3 runs.   


Boosters take on FM 2668

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The All Sports Booster Club Adopt a Highway team, from left, of Lorise Cofield, Janice Hopes, Estella Lewis, Wayne Guter and McLotta Brooks, were busy doing their part in cleaning up FM 2668 south of Bay City Saturday, March 13.


Cherry principal White is named TEPSAN of year

Jana White

   Cherry Principal Jana White has been named the Region 3 TEPSAN of the year by the Texas Elementary Principals and Supervisors Association (TEPSA).
   The award is given to a principal from each of the 20 regions in Texas. Award recipients must be committed to advancing the principalship and the association, as well as serving as a voice for Texas students. 
   “We’re in awe of these leaders! They’re working harder than ever to serve their students and staff, yet they continue to support and advocate for educators in their region,” said TEPSA Executive Director Harley Eckhart in a press release. 
   “We’re honored to recognize their tremendous work and servant leadership,” Eckhart added.
   White said she is deeply grateful for the recognition.
   “Being named the Region 3 TEPSAN of the year is quite an honor,” she said. 


Dungeoneers win District One-Act Play championship

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Dungeoneer cast members from the District 25-4A one-act play championship.

   The Bay City High School Dungeoneers took home the District 25-4A One Act Play Championship on Thursday, March 11. 
   BCHS was the host of the competition, facing off against Brazosport, Columbia, Needville, Stafford, La Marque and Sweeny.  
   In addition to earning first place votes from all judges for their performance of the play “Sweat,” the Dungeoneers took home several awards: 
   Best Performer - Holland Cobb 
   Best Performer - Jacquie Vean 
   All Star Cast - Preciosa Aivles 
   HM All Star Cast - Jessica Frasier 
   Outstanding Technician - LeAnn Black 
   Best Technical Crew- Leslie Davis, Ruby Aivles, Isabella Perez , Ryan Hestand, Felix Rodriguez, Aron Ging, LeAnn Black 
   Bay City will advance to the Bi-District Competition on Saturday, March 20, which will also be held at BCHS. The Dungeoneers will perform at 1 p.m.  
   The full order of the Bi-District Competition is: 


Hooping at Cherry Rodeo

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Cherry Elementary students had a great time at the Cherry Rodeo! Activities included barrel racing, hula-hoop roping, horseshoe tossing and animal petting. The Bay City Ag Department and high school FFA students helped out the youngsters.


"State plans SOS vaccinations here Thursday, Friday" by: Mike Reddell

The Texas Department of Emergency Management will have a two-day, SOS (Save Our Seniors) COVID-19 vaccination program this week, Matagorda County Emergency Operation Center (EOC) announced.

“This is a SOS event coming straight from the state Texas Department of Emergency Management (TDEM),” said EOC spokesman Mitch Thames.

“This is a completely different program from local hospitals, clinics and pharmacies. It takes nothing away from those programs,” Thames added.

“Seniors registered with any local vaccination wait list and programs won’t be kicked off any lists because of this event – those (lists) remain in effect.

Thames said this first of two-dose vaccination is aimed strictly at those 65 and older.

TDEM;\’s first dose will be from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, March 18, and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, March 19, at the Matagorda County Fairgrounds.

“You have to have an appointment,” Thames said. The number to call is 979-323-0707.


"Bay City Gas to spread storm costs over several months" by: Jessica Shepard

   Bay City Gas Company customers can expect a higher bill for their February usage in the mail this week for costs incurred due to Winter Storm Uri.
   “The billed cost of gas to customers for February usage is $.407/ccf,” said Bay City Gas Co. Manager Kevin Hecht.
   “For comparison, the January billed cost of gas was $.315/ccf. This $.407 is a tiny fraction of what Bay City Gas Company will have to pay its gas supplier, and was intentionally set low to help customers get through the February event without a massive gas bill.
   “Bay City Gas cannot absorb the huge loss created by billing customers for far less than the true February cost of gas, so we are exploring ways to collect the difference over time,” he added.
   Natural gas is measured in hundreds of cubic feet (CCF).
   Winter Storm Uri doubled customer’s usage for the month of February to roughly 42,000 ccf – over twice the amount used in previous years.


"Arguments for, against COVID-19 ‘plateau’" by: Mike Reddell

   There are two arguments that could be made on whether COVID-19 cases have reached a plateau, said Aaron Fox with Matagorda Regional Medical Center (MRMC).
   “My guess is the word ‘plateau’ is being used a lot right now to reference the number of new COVID-19 infections in Texas since about Feb. 21, said Fox, MRMC’s Chief Business Development Officer and Public Information Officer. 
   “When you look at our state numbers, two arguments can legitimately be made,” he added. 
   “The first argument is that our numbers week-over-week are going down, which may lead some to conclude that the numbers of new infections may continue to go down. 
   “The second view, which is a slightly more cautious view but equally supported by historical data, is that we hit the floor of new cases somewhere around Feb. 21 and have plateaued.” 
   Fox points out the most pronounced example of a plateau may be seen in state numbers between roughly Sept. 10 and Oct. 10. 


"Auction focuses spotlight on Junior Livestock exhibitors" by: Mike Reddell

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Van Vleck Junior FFA member Kami Klepac showed the grand champion steer at this year’s MCFLA Junior Livestock Auction Saturday.

   Van Vleck Junior FFA member Kami Klepac showed the grand champion steer at the 2021 Matagorda County Fair & Livestock Association (MCFLA) annual Junior Livestock Auction Saturday, March 6, at the Matagorda County Fairgrounds.
   Klepac’s 1,375-pound steer sold for $10,000 that was purchased by Von Gonten Ranch.
   This year’s reserve grand champion steer was shown by Jayden Gilbert of Round Up 4-H. 
   Gilbert’s 1,364-pound steer fetched $6,750.
   In addition, Logan Meyer, with Bay City Junior FFA, received a $100 check for showing the highest placing steer from a Matagorda County breeder who is a member of the Matagorda County Cattlemen’s Association.

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"Commissioners Court approves renovations to Pct. 3 office" by: Jessica Shepard

 Commissioners Court unanimously approved $34,750 in renovations for the Precinct 3 office in Palacios during its regular meeting Monday, March 8.
   “This building leaks, has rats and needs some updating,” said Precinct 3 Commissioner Troy Shimek.
   Shimek cited that the entire inside of the building would be “torn out to the studs.”
   Building improvements include renovating the bathroom to ADA compliance, new lighting, replacing doors and windows and re-insulating the ceiling.
   “When it’s done it’ll be like we have a whole new office,” he added.

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