"Lone Star Volunteers to fire Rolling Thunder Saturday" by: Mike Reddell

Bay City Sentinel photo Mike Reddell
Matagorda County Commissioners Court approved a proclamation recognizing O.H. Herman High School Class of 1968 on its 50th class reunion at the court’s meeting Monday, June 4.

   The Lone Star Volunteers will fire cannon salutes from 12:30 to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 9, on the courthouse square to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Sons of the Republic of Texas headquarters in Bay City.
   Volleys from Rolling Thunder – a 3/4-scale replica of an 1841 Mississippi six-pounder field artillery piece - were approved by the commissioners court Monday, June 4.
   Rolling Thunder has been displayed at several commemorative historical events in Texas, many of which are managed by Texas Parks & Wildlife Department.
   TPW, which passed the crew on all artillery inspections, has invited Rolling Thunder to provide cannon demonstrations at San Jacinto Monument at children’s summer history camps.
   The cannon will be positioned at the southeast corner of the courthouse square terrace, said Michael D. Wilson, Rolling Thunder co-owner.
   Commissioners voiced some concerns about the cannon volleys surprising older drivers, while Sheriff Skipper Osborne said a more specific time for the demonstrations should be given.
   County Clerk Janet Hickl said protective barriers will be installed.

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