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Thu
31
Dec

"Reel Reviews: ‘Wonder Woman 1984’ doesn’t live up to the initial hype/wait" by: Jessica Shepard

   The COVID-19 pandemic has fundamentally altered the way we receive, view and pay for entertainment. 
   Concert venues, entertainment centers and theaters have been struggling to make ends meet since March and it doesn’t seem to be getting any easier. 
   I’ve been eagerly awaiting the release of “Wonder Woman 1984” since they mentioned the film going into production and then when it was promised to hit theaters earlier this year. 
   Like other projected blockbuster films it’s been pushed back and met a split audience – some saw it in theaters and others at home via streaming through HBO Max. 
   We chose to stream this time and were relatively surprised at the quality, especially since our internet service provider is less than ideal. 
   Overall, I enjoyed the movie for its over-indulgence of 1980s American life, but the storyline was subpar and villain CGI left a lot to be desired. 

Thu
31
Dec

Statewide crowns go to 2 from Palacios

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Ashley Kubecka, left, was recently crowned 2021 Texas Teen Miss, while incoming Matagorda County Attorney Jennifer Chau was crowned as 2021 Texas Elite Ms. United States Agriculture.

   Ansley Kubecka of Palacios, was recently crowned 2021 Texas Teen Miss United States Agriculture. 
   Ansley, 13, is the daughter of Mark and Amy Kubecka, and is 7th grader at Palacios Jr. High School.
   She is an honor student and a member of the Gifted & Talented program. 
   Ansley plays basketball, volleyball, and is a cheerleader for the Palacios Sandsharkettes. She serves as Student Council Secretary. 
   She is a member of several UIL Academic teams and the Palacios Jr. FFA. 
   As an active 4-H member, Ansley is the Matagorda County 4-H Council Secretary and the 2nd Vice-President of the Round-Up 4-H Club. 
   She raises market steers, and both commercial steers and heifers. Her high level of participation and volunteerism for the Matagorda County Fair and Livestock Association earned her the title of 2020 Fair Princess. 

Thu
31
Dec

LCRA gives $26K to local food banks

   The Lower Colorado River Authority has donated $26,000 to more than two dozen local food banks in 22 counties throughout its service territory.
LCRA contributed $1,000 each to 26 food banks to help provide food for people in need.
   “This year has been one of extraordinary challenges,” said Phil Wilson, LCRA general manager. 
   “The need for help continues to rise, especially during the holidays, and food banks across our region are working hard to provide for people and families through these difficult times. We are pleased to be able to help support their important work.”
   The recipient food banks are in Bastrop, Burleson, Burnet, Caldwell, Colorado, DeWitt, Fayette, Gonzales, Hays, Kimble, Lampasas, Lee, Llano, Mason, Matagorda, McCulloch, Mills, San Saba, Tom Green, Waller, Washington and Wharton counties.

Thu
31
Dec

"Now that virtual a household word, everyone can attend events throughout Texas" Aaron Sumrall, PhD Matagorda County Extension Agent – Agriculture/Natural Resources Texas A&M AgriLife

Matagorda County Agriculture News and Happenings
January/February 2021

   Howdy All! To get the opportunity to put 2021 is refreshing to be able to put 2020 in the rearview mirror is a blessing for most of us. 
   Moving forward with 2021, many things will look similar to the previous nine months with regard to public safety and precautionary accommodations to events and activities. 
   Much of what Texas A&M AgriLife Extension will remain the same as in the recent past in that programming will be in a hybrid format when possible with others being completely virtual. 
   Day to day business is in a dynamic mode in that as county precautionary status levels fluctuate, services follow the line. 
   This office will continue to serve in any and all capacities within capabilities outlined in safety protocols. 
   All is not for naught. 

Thu
31
Dec

City Council agreement will allow private, commercial rental of USO Building

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The lobby of the Bay City USO Building.

   City Council has approved a new agreement to allow private and commercial rentals of the historic 1942 USO Building, beginning Jan. 1. 
   The building is at 2105 Avenue M and has been updated within recent years with a new roof, paint, air conditioning, flooring and other amenities creating an attractive venue that lends itself to more upscale events.
   Built in 1942, the USO Building was to serve men stationed at Camp Hulen near Palacios, and at Foster Field towards Victoria, but it also served the entire community through many social events.  
   The Bay City USO was one of 273 new construction projects or renovations undertaken under the Community Facilities Act. 
   Of the 15 built on the Gulf Coast, the Bay City USO is the only remaining building of that group. 
   The building was awarded a Recorded Texas Historic Landmark designation in 1999 and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2006. 

Thu
31
Dec

Sen. Kolkhorst, Rep. Frank file essential caregiver legislation

   AUSTIN - With the COVID-19 pandemic forcing Texans to carefully navigate family events, those living in isolation are facing a holiday season unlike any other.  
   In response to emergency rules that have limited family access to long-term care facilities, State Representative James B. Frank (R - Wichita Falls) and State Senator Lois W. Kolkhorst (R - Brenham) today filed HB 892, HJR 46, SB 267 and SJR 19 in an effort to strengthen the rights of facility residents to maintain contact and personal visits with their loved ones during state emergencies. 
   During the response to COVID-19, earlier this year Texas issued emergency rules that restricted access to long-term care facilities, such as nursing homes and state supported living centers, even if there were no cases of the illness present.  

Thu
31
Dec

Fair group announces it made ‘hard decisions’ on 2021 events

   2020 has been an epic year, one we are ready to put behind us. 
   There have been many discussions and hard decisions have been made. 
   At this point the Matagorda County Fair Board of Directors have elected to postpone our March PRCA Rodeo Event along with our other pre rodeo events which include Royalty Pageants, Talent Show and Public Speaking, Academic Rodeo, Halter Heifer Show and Texas Longhorn Show, Bar-B-Que Cook-Off, Local Team Roping, Local Barrel Race, Senior Citizens Craft Show and Senior Citizens Day, Team Penning and Ranch Rodeo, along with the Home Economics Craft Show until May. 
   Our concert featuring Mattie and Tae has been rescheduled for October 2021. 

Thu
31
Dec

Palacios City Council OKs Pelican Place subdivision

   PALACIOS  – A 19-acre development on the north side of Palacios will soon be home to 70 new single-family homes. 
   Palacios City Council unanimously approved Pelican Place following a workshop Monday evening, Dec. 14.  
   At the workshop, Stuart A. Lynn. P.E., Founder of Lynn Development, presented information about the new subdivision for the body’s consideration and approval in a special-called meeting that followed. 
   “We are excited about partnering with the City of Palacios in helping bring affordable housing to this community,” said Lynn. 
   “We feel with these price points we can significantly impact the community where it is needed most. We look forward to breaking ground and having homes ready in late spring 2021.” 
   Lynn Development will break ground on the residential development in January 2021. Pelican Place will feature single-family homes beginning in the $150k range up to $200k. 

Thu
24
Dec

"MCEDC announces Lynn, Smith winners of 2020 awards" By Heather Case MCEDC Communications Director

Stuart Lynn

   Palacios – Matagorda County Economic Development Corporation (MCEDC) President and County Judge Nate McDonald awarded former Palacios Mayor Glen Smith with the George Holst Award while local businessman Stuart Lynn received the Tiger Lane Community Spirit Award in a special virtual presentation posted live on social media from the Palacios Economic Development Corporation office Wednesday, Dec. 16. 
   With COVID-19 forcing a departure from MCEDC’s customary end-of-year banquet and annual meeting, the board of directors decided to safeguard the health and safety of MCEDC friends and partners while still protecting the tradition and prestige of presenting its two annual awards. 
   McDonald said it was vital that MCEDC not miss the chance to honor the two individuals who, especially in light of events surrounding a global pandemic, deserved to be celebrated for their great contributions to Matagorda County.

Thu
24
Dec

Sweet treats for Santa!

Photo and set by Grandmother Carol Butler
Four-month-old Elaine Porter and Monroe Russell, who is 16 months old, take charge to make sure Santa has plenty of sweet treats for his Christmas Eve visit.

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