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02
Apr

"April events postponed, cancelled" by: Jessica Shepard

   As President Trump extends COVID-19 social distancing guidelines until Thursday, April 30, events across the county are cancelled or postponed for a later date.
   “Due to CDC regulations, unfortunately, have to postpone the 6th annual Andrew Vasek Memorial BBQ Cookoff until July 10-11,” said Andrew Vasek Memorial Scholarship Cook-Off Facebook page.
   “If this causes hardship and you are unable to attend and have paid for a spot, we will gladly refund your money. 
   Again if you have questions or concerns please contact Nancy Vasek at 979-479-1271 or Megan Cerceo at 979-479-0007.”
   Originally slated for April 23, the event was postponed to “focus on taking care of the health care needs of our community.”
   The Impact Center hosts the 6th Annual Girl Power Camp from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 25, at the Bay City Service Center.
   Tickets for the camp are $10 per elementary school-aged child; breakfast and lunch are provided.

Thu
02
Apr

United Way establishes local Covid-19 Relief Fund

   Matagorda County United Way (MCUW) has established a local relief fund to meet the needs of the people of the community.
   “The COVID-19 Virus is a new test of our collective strength, said United Way Executive Director Di Ann Sneed.
“As the people of our community practice social distancing and stay at home, businesses are closing; others are cutting staff or trimming payroll; unemployment is spiking,” Sneed said.
   “Paying rent and utilities, getting food and finding basics like food and diapers is tougher than ever before.”
MCUW and its partner agencies are experiencing greater demand for services while funding decreases, she added.
“We need to make certain those resources remain available. The Matagorda County United Way hopes to meet the needs of the community through its local fund.

Thu
02
Apr

"County EDCs and Chambers create COVID-19 resources website" By Heather M. Case

   A new website featuring business assistance tools and information for the COVID-19 crisis - to ease the stress and uncertainty from the emergency – was announced by Matagorda County’s economic development corporations and all four of Matagorda County’s chambers of commerce Tuesday, March 24. 
   Matagorda Open for Business is the name of the page found at www.MatagordaOpenforBusiness.com.  
   It’s provided by a partnership consortium of Matagorda County Economic Development Corporation, Bay City Community Development Corporation, Palacios Economic Development Corporation, Bay City Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture, Palacios Chamber of Commerce, Sargent Area Chamber of Commerce and Matagorda Area Chamber of Commerce.  

Thu
02
Apr

"Gulf Coast CASA supports families during National Child Abuse Prevention Month" by: Eugene Davis

   WHARTON – April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, and Gulf Coast CASA is raising awareness for more dedicated community members to become CASA volunteers, and to break the cycle of abuse and neglect, through supporting children and families.  
   CASA volunteers, or Court Appointed Special Advocates, are people recruited and specially trained to advocate for children in foster care and to provide a consistent, reliable adult presence for them during a difficult time in their lives.  
   “Our volunteers’ first priority is to keep families together whenever safe and possible,” said Rozlyn Jones, executive director of Gulf Coast Casa.   
   “Foster care is only a temporary solution to the problems at hand. We need to create long term support networks that work to care for families, make reunification a possibility, and help break the cycle for the next generation.”  

Thu
26
Mar

Starbucks framing up

Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard
Framing is progressing quickly on new Starbucks on 7th Street.

Thu
26
Mar

"8 confirmed Covid-19 cases through Tuesday" by: Mike Reddell

   There are now eight confirmed COVID-19 cases in Matagorda County, with the two latest reported by Matagorda Regional Medical Center Tuesday afternoon, March 24.
   The addition of the two cases – a female between 50 and 60 and another woman between 85 and 95 - Tuesday, joins the announcement of two other COVID-19 cases Monday reported by a private physician.
   In other developments, Mayor Robert Nelson called for a voluntary shelter-in-place and ordered a curfew Tuesday, and closed city offices, Monday, March 23.

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Thu
26
Mar

"Van Vleck connects with kids at home" by: Mike Reddell

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
Van Vleck ISD Assistant Superintendent Christi Dement explains the district distance learning program during the COVID-19 quarantine to school board members Monday night. Joining Dement up front were Superintendent John O’Brien and Trustee President Tony Kucera. For self-distancing, people had a cafeteria table to themselves.

  Van Vleck ISD’s plan to maintain online contact with its students during the COVID-19 quarantine was explained to the school board at its regular meeting Monday, March 23.
   The meeting was held in the VVHS cafeteria where everyone had their own table – according to COVID-19 safe-distance requirements of at least six feet between people.
   The district went online with its students March 16 – following fair holidays March 5-6 and Spring Break 9-13 - Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum Christie Dement told trustees.
   On March 16, VVISD fell under the TEA Illness Disaster Closure process and the VVISD Online Resources Educational Enrichment Page link on the district’s website was created.
   The page is updated daily and includes resources to help students sharpen skills while at home.
   Meanwhile, the district sent out a survey to determine the technology families had for school messenger purposes.

Thu
26
Mar

"Council postpones May 2 city election" by: Jessica Shepard

City Council approved postponing the May 2 city election to fall in line with the Nov. 3 General Election during their regular meeting, Tuesday, March 24.
   The vote was unanimous with two abstentions – from council members Julie Estlinbaum and Bill Cornman.
   Cornman and Estlinbaum abstained from voting since postponing the election extends their terms about six months.
   “As you know what’s going on in the world right now, the secretary of state has sent out an election advisory that put it out there to postpone the current May election to a uniform date,” said Rhonda Clegg, Acting Deputy City Secretary.

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Thu
26
Mar

"County extends disaster declaration" by: Mike Reddell

   Commissioners Court Monday extended Matagorda County’s March 16 Declaration of Disaster for 14 days to end April 6.
   The declaration was issued to “facilitate and expedite the use and deployment of resources to enhance preparedness and response” in the wake of COVID-19 confirmed cases in Matagorda County.
   County Judge Nate McDonald asked for those attending the court’s regular session “to be honest,” if anyone there had a fever or was feeling ill.
   If they were, McDonald said they needed to approach the bench in the county courtroom, where the meeting was held, “And we’ll proceed from there.”
   No one reported a fever or feeling sick. Most people entering the only public courthouse entrance on the south side are greeted by a health care worker who takes their temperature.

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Thu
26
Mar

Screening at MRMC

Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard
A Matagorda Regional Medical Center health worker screens incoming visitors and patients at the hospital’s emergency services entrance - the only entrance for the public under the current COVID-19 pandemic disaster.

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