Lifestyle

Thu
24
Sep

Celanese Bay City Global Impact Day

Contributed photo
The Celanese Bay City Global Impact Day was held at the Boys & Girls Club on Thursday, Sept. 17. 54 volunteers gathered at the club to perform tasks such as painting, powerwashing, making minor repairs, refreshing garden beds, tree trimming, and yard work. Along with that, Celanese employees filled backpacks with toiletry items, shirts, socks and more to the residents at the homeless shelter and also made Care packages for all of the residents at the Matagorda Nursing and Rehab Facility. Celanese gave them items such as puzzle or coloring books, treats, socks, and toiletry items.

Thu
24
Sep

"Pilson: It’s fitting that October is National Seafood Month" By Nicole Pilson Coastal & Marine Resources Texas A&M AgriLife Matagorda County

   Alright, I know September isn’t quite over yet (also, it flew by!) but I want y’all to start looking to October. While it’s traditionally a time for ghouls and pumpkins, it’s also a time for seafood.  
   October is National Seafood Month, which is pretty fitting considering the U.S. is recognized as a global leader in sustainable seafood - for both farmed & wild-caught. 
   If you’re a commercial fishermen or have a farm, you know we have some of the most rigorous and transparent environmental standards in the world.  
   And to the rest of us who enjoy the fruits of these labors, I have a challenge for you! 
   It is probably safe to say that most of have shrimp, fish, or crabs fairly regularly as part of our meals- we do live on the coast with tons of access to fresh seafood, after all.  
   But how often do you think of or check where your seafood comes from?  

Thu
24
Sep

"Vidor uses ground-only game to give Bay City its 1st loss" By Simon Desoto Special to the Sentinel

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
Blackcat senior runningback Davieyon Curtis (7) works his way through the middle of the Vidor defense for a gain.

    The Vidor Pirates came into Memorial Stadium and ran their way to a 28-21 win over the Blackcats Friday night, Sept. 18.
   Vidor ran for 382 yards on the evening and never threw a pass. The Pirates were led by quarterback Quentin Root, who led all rushers with 178 yards on 25 carries. 
   He scored all 4 of the Pirate touchdowns. 
   The Blackcats started the night with a good 7-play drive, capped off with a 4-yard touchdown run by Davieyon Curtis. 
   Declan O’Neal hit the extra point putting the Cats up 7-0. 
   On the Pirates first possession of the evening, quarterback, Root ran off the right side of his offensive line and then cut back across the field and headed up the left sideline, outrunning the Blackcats to the end zone for a 75-yard touchdown run for the Pirates. 
   They tied the game at seven with 8:57 left in the first quarter. 

Thu
24
Sep

MCHD appoints Margo Yates-Williams as Chief Nursing Officer

Margo Yates-Williams
New MRMC Chief Nursing Officer

   Matagorda County Hospital District Officials announced the appointment of Margo Yates-Williams, BSN, RN, CLNC to the Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) position at Matagorda Regional
   Medical Center (MRMC) effective Sept. 19.
   Yates-Williams has been serving as MRMC’s Interim CNO since July 20.
   “Margo is an accomplished healthcare executive with an impressive background in nurse leadership and transformation,” said J. Warren Robicheaux, hospital CEO. 
   “Her track record of creating organizational cultures that promote patient safety and high reliability speaks for itself, and we’re excited to welcome her to our senior leadership team.”
   Yates-Williams comes to MRMC with over 30 years of professional experience as a healthcare executive and consultant with for-profit and non-profit hospitals and medical centers throughout the United States. 

Thu
24
Sep

"Would your child’s car seat pass inspection?" From Gabrielle Washington, M.S. Matagorda County Extension Agent Family and Community Health

   During the pandemic parents have lots on their mind, but car seats may not be at the top of the list. Most parents think they are using their car seat correctly, but unfortunately, most car seats are used incorrectly. For a car seat to best protect your child, it must be the one that fits your child, your vehicle, and one that you will use correctly every time you travel. 
   National Child Passenger Safety Week celebrated September 20-26 provides an opportunity for parents to make sure they are transporting their children safely. 
   Sadly, car crashes continue to be one of the leading causes of death for children. 
   Securing your children properly in an age- and size-appropriate car seat in the back seat of your vehicle — is the most effective thing you can do to protect them in the event of a crash. 

Thu
17
Sep

"County OKs new heavy haul permit rules" by: Jessica Shepard

   Matagorda County Commissioners Court unanimously approved an order limiting the weight and establishing rules of certain heavy-haul vehicles on county roads during their regular meeting Monday, Sept. 14. 
   “This will give us a little bite in our pockets for heavy load vehicles on our roads,” said Precinct 4 Commissioner Bubba Frick.
   The order and rules outline fee penalties for heavy-haul vehicle weight violations that cause damages on or over roads maintained by the county.
   Vehicles, or any combination of vehicles that exceeds 80,000 pounds, is required to apply for a heavy haul permit – with the only exception being vehicles issued by TxDOT.
   The order and rules make permit holders liable for actual damage to a county road, bridge, or culvert.
   “Violation tickets will be issued by law enforcement officers,” said County Attorney Denise Fortenberry.
   “I’m working on Precinct 1 damages to our roads right now.”

Thu
17
Sep

"Foundation works to obtain acreage once part of delta" by: Mike Reddell

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
Matagorda Bay Foundation Executive Director Bill Balboa, far right, guided a presentation in Palacios last Saturday about the foundation’s promising efforts to close on Dog Island - once part of the Colorado River delta that’s been cut off - and preserve its resources.

   The Matagorda Bay Foundation is working to preserve more than 1,000 coastal habitat acreage that once was part of the Colorado River delta.
   Foundation Executive Director Bill Balboa led a discussion about Dog Island at a Footprints on the Bay at Palacios’ City by the Sea Museum Saturday, Sept. 12 - part of the Guy and Colleen Claybourn Symposium.
   Dog Island is a coastal “island” a few miles west of Matagorda, between the Colorado River delta, Texas Parks & Wildlife Department’s Mad Island Wildlife Management Area (WMA) and the “open expanse of West Matagorda Bay.”
   “I want to talk about how the past shaped the present and future and will affect the way it looks for future Texans,” Balboa told about 25 people attending his talk at the museum.
   Balboa came to work at the bay in 1988 with the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department.

Thu
17
Sep

Riverside Smoke-Off winners

Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard
First place trophy winners for the first-ever Riverside Park Smoke-Off were all smiles Saturday, Sept. 12. Winners placed in six food categories: brisket, ribs, chicken, beans, dutch oven, and best decorated booth. The Bay City Parks and Recreation Department was contacted for winning team names and they were not available at press time.

Thu
17
Sep

"Sneary to focus aquatics center talks on ‘how to do this thing’" by: Mike Reddell

   Wellness Matagorda guided representatives of BCISD, MRMC and Matagorda County through the feasibility study for the proposed aquatics Center project last week.
   The feasibility study putting the design, building, and financing components together in a request for Qualifications (RFQ), WM co-chairman Loy Sneary told those attending the project preview at Schulman’s MBG Wednesday, Sept. 9.
   The gathering from the three entities last week followed a presentation in August for City Council and Bay City Community Development Corporation.
   “We saved all of our time in getting one price,” City Councilman Bill Cornman told the group.
   “That’s the price contractors have to live with, unless there is a change order,” Cornman added.
   “We’ve got that amount tonight. This is a much more streamlined way to do a public project,” he said.
   The project’s total estimate is about $17 million.

Thu
17
Sep

"Bay City September sales tax rebates jump 28%" by: Mike Reddell

Bay City September sales tax rebates shot up 28%, from September 2019, while Palacios allocations increased by 5% from the same month a year ago. 
   Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar announced he sent cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose taxing districts $765.3 million in local sales tax allocations for September, 4.5 percent less than in September 2019. 
   These allocations are based on sales made in July by businesses that report tax monthly.
   Rising COVID-19 infection rates in July likely suppressed economic activity, Hegar said.
   Bay City rebates for this month were $641,039, compared to the $500,157 check from last September.
   For the year, Bay City’s rebates total $5,059,597, a 14% boost from the $4,427,093 the city received in the same period last year.

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