Riverside open for campers

Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard
Taking part in the Riverside Park opening Monday, June 1, were, from left, Martina Paniagua (Park Specialist), Shawna Burkhart (City Manager), Mayor Robert Nelson, Shawn Blackburn (Parks and Recreation Director), Robert Carlisle (Park Ranger), Jason Kapsar (Park Specialist).

   After two years and 9 months, Riverside Park is now open to campers following a ribbon-cutting Monday, June 1.
   The park had been closed following flooding and damages from 2017’s Hurricane Harvey – that left the park buried deep in silt and sand - and the renovation and construction that followed.
   Bay City Parks and Recreation Department Supervisor Kelly Penewitt mentioned there were already 15 reservations made for the new spots.
   “We upgraded the Colorado Cove Campground with new utility pedestals, fire rings, parking pads, recycled plastic picnic tables, and sewer hookups,” she said in a press release.
   “The pedestals are designed to withstand floods. Other upgrades include blacktopping the roads, a new swing set, washer/dryers, and the boat ramp is ready for use.”  
   All the park buildings received a new roof and coat of paint and the ranger station was completely renovated.  


"Chandi Jones to coach Ladycat basketball" by: Mike Reddell

   Bay City ISD trustees unanimously approved hiring former Bay City High School star Chandi Jones to coach the Bay City Ladycat Basketball Team during their special meeting, May 28.
   Jones had stellar careers at BCHS and the University of Houston. 
   Her Hall of Fame honors include both her high school and college.
   “I look forward to sitting down with Jones and welcoming her to the team,” said BCISD Superintendent Dr. Marshall Scott, III.
   “I’ve heard great things about this Basketball Hall of Famer. 
   “Congratulations to coach Trahan as well for bringing Blackcats back to the district and building up Blackcat nation.”
   New Athletic Director Warren Trahan recently said he would bring back Blackcat excitement.
   Chandi Jones is a 2000 BCHS graduate – the same Bay City class as new Blackcat Head Football Coach Robert Jones.


RJ Mitchell inks with Mount Marty

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
Standout Blackcat running back RJ Mitchell signed his letter of commitment with Mount Marty College in Yankton, SD, in an outdoor ceremony at Bay City High School Wednesday, May 27. Taking part in the ceremony with RJ (center) was his father, Rodney Mitchell (seated left), and (standing from left) Coach Bryan Hood, Blackcat Head Football Coach Robert Jones and RJ’s mother, Mary Williams.


"City pools announce opening" By Kelly Penewitt Parks & Recreation Supervisor

   We will open for the 2020 Swim Season Tuesday, June 2.  
   Pool operations for the 2020 summer season are limited. 
   Hilliard Pool will be open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 12 noon – 7 p.m.; Valiant (16th) Pool will be open Friday from 12 noon – 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday from noon – 7 p.m.  
   We will shut down every two (2) hours to clean and sanitize the facility. The number of swimmers is limited. Floats and are floaties are not allowed. 
   Cost: $1 per child 17 & under and $2 per adult 18 & older.  
   Children under the age of 10 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. 
   Lap Swim will be Tuesday – Friday from 5 – 7 p.m. at Valiant Pool.  
   Lap swim is $1/day or a monthly pass can be purchased for $10/month.  
   We have partnered with CivicRec to make buying a lap swim pass or season pass an ease.  


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.”


"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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"VVISD discusses graduation, next year reopening" by: Mike Reddell

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
Leopard Head Coach Robert Blackmon explains new helmet design to trustees Monday night.

   A draft plan for opening school Aug. 17 was outlined by Van Vleck Superintendent John O’Brien at the school board’s regular meeting Monday, May 18.
   The reopening follows a “very basic plan across Texas,” the superintendent said.
   The approach calls for two ends of a spectrum – from normal, face-to-face contact to the other end, online distance learning.
   There would be a middle ground built into this spectrum that allows the district to make adjustments.
   “If something happens, we would slide to another plan,” he explained.
   “What we have (for the opening) is face to face. There will be something in place for those students uncomfortable with face to face.”
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"Child care centers, bars and sporting events scheduled for Texas’ next phase of reopening" By The Texas Tribune

   Gov. Greg Abbott on Monday announced his next wave of reopenings designed to restart the Texas economy during the coronavirus pandemic, saying child care facilities can reopen immediately, bars can open Friday with limited capacity and sporting events can return without fans at the end of the month. 
   Abbott also said he would permit restaurants to operate at 50% capacity starting Friday, up from 25% that’s allowed now. 
   At the same time, Abbott exempted two hotspots — Amarillo and El Paso — from his latest decisions, saying they would need to wait a week. 
   Abbott’s news conference came 18 days after he started a phased reopening of the state, starting with letting restaurants, stores, movie theaters and malls open up at 25% capacity.  
   He then allowed barbershops and salons to reopen May 8 under certain restrictions.  
   Monday was the first day gyms were allowed to open up, also under restrictions. 


"County amends off-road vehicle policies" by: Mike Reddell

Examples of off-highway plates.

   Commissioners Court amended Matagorda County policies that will allow off-highway golf carts and utility vehicles (UTV) on county roads.
   Golf carts must have all safety equipment functioning and a flag attached to a six-foot-high pole on the cart.
   UTVs are required to have a license plate – a one-time $14.75 fee total through the tax assessor-collector’s office –a title that must be obtained in the owner’s home county before obtaining the plate.
   The required six-foot pole and flag on the back can be bought at local stores.
   In addition, UTVs will need an annual permit sticker that will cost $25.
   Liability insurance will be required on all vehicles and the proper equipment to purchase the Matagorda County permit sticker.
   Also during the discussion on insurance, Precinct 2 Commissioner Kent Pollard lamented over the possibility of his fully insured vehicle being struck by an uninsured off-highway vehicle.


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