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04
Jul

Matagorda County awarded funds for food, shelter

   Matagorda County will receive $24,756 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the county for Phase 36 of the program.  
   The selection was made by a national board chaired by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency.
   The board consists of representatives from United Way Worldwide; Catholic Charities, USA; National Council of the Churches of Christ in the U.S.A.; The Jewish Federations of North America; The Salvation Army; and American Red Cross.  
   The local board is charged to distribute funds appropriated by Congress to help expand the capacity of food and shelter programs in high-need areas around the country.  
   A local board consisting of representatives from area nonprofits, government agencies, and faith-based organizations will determine how funds awarded to Matagorda County are distributed among the emergency food and shelter programs run by local service agencies in the area.  

Thu
04
Jul

LCRA is offering community grants to area non-profits

   AUSTIN – The Lower Colorado River Authority is accepting grant applications for community development projects in LCRA’s wholesale electric or water service areas through July 31. Grants of up to $50,000 are available.
   Applications for the Community Development Partnership Program grants are available at lcra.org/cdpp.
   The grant program recently awarded more than $470,000 to help fund 22 projects, including providing emergency equipment to firefighters and other first responders, a backup generator for a medical center, and community center and library renovations. 
   To date, LCRA and its wholesale electric customers have awarded 1,717 community grants totaling more than $45 million. 
   When combined with more than $224 million in community-raised matching funds, the total investment in communities is almost $270 million.
   Most of the CDPP grants are for $25,000 or less, but every cycle includes two or three grants of up to $50,000.

Thu
04
Jul

"Splashpad for Amistad Park tops P&R budget priorities" by: Mike Reddell

   A splash pad for Amistad Park ranked high in discussions at City Council’s budget workshop last week.
   Parks and Recreation Director Shawn Blackburn said the 60-foot-wide splash pad loaded with water features was his department’s top budget priority this year.
   The computer-operated and remote-controlled splash pad would be located in the center of Amistad Park, at 11thStreet and Avenue C.
   “It’s kind of the direction we’re moving in and I would like to see,” Blackburn said at the budget workshop Thursday, June 27.

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Thu
04
Jul

Hands on learning at library

Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard
Texas Parks and Wildlife Hatchery Biologist Tyler Schact, right, showed off several different types of crabs in a touch tank June 26 at the Bay City Public Library. Schact also presented a brief lecture educating children on his job and the importance of hatcheries to the coastal fishing ecosystem..

Thu
04
Jul

Baringer receives spelling award

Contributed photo
Matagorda ISD was proud to present 4th grader Alexis Baringer an award for achieving 100% correctness on all of her 4th grade spelling words for the entire year. Left to right: Assistant Principal, Kyle Thurman, Superintendent Susan Phillips Vice-President Rik Stanley, President Ed Derrich, Secretary Melba Snedecor, Member Walt Wendtland and Spelling Super Star, Alexis Baringer.

Thu
27
Jun

"Matagorda residents bring concerns to court" by: Mike Reddell

  Beach safety and vehicle permits headed a list of concerns about next week’s July 4th holiday at Matagorda Beach that were presented to commissioners court at its regular meeting June 24.
   Terri Treadway, representing a group of 13 Matagorda residents who attended the meeting, asked several questions about the county’s plans to keep swimmers from dangerous beach rip-tide areas and for enforcing the county’s beach permit requirements.
   Treadway’s questions also focused on enforcing laws prohibiting UTVs on the beach and trash pickups.
   She suggested using flags on the beach to warn of the rip-tide areas.
   Bay City Tourism Director Heidi Martinez was to see if city hotel taxes can be used to purchase such flags for the beaches, Treadway said.
   “There are rip-tides on the beach all the time,” Sheriff Skipper Osborne said.

Thu
27
Jun

Learnign Korean dance moves

Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard
South Korean traditional dancer Lee Young, left, performed and taught several dances to a group of children and adults at the Bay City Public Library, June 19. Young also brought traditional Korean instruments and costumes for children and adults to try on before participating in the dances.

Thu
27
Jun

Pappas delivers 4,000 babies

Dr. Gregory Pappas

   Dr. Gregory Pappas, a board certified obstetrician/gynecologist, has delivered his 4000th baby since he began practicing in Bay City in 2002.  
   Baby girl Melisa Lopez was born at Matagorda Regional Medical Center on 2:18 a.m. June 20, to proud parents Maria and Rafael Lopez.  
   She weighed 6 pounds 13 ounces.  Mother and baby are doing well.
   “The days can be long and I don’t always get much sleep, but I still love it,” Pappas said.  
   “It’s been a great honor to care for all these mothers-to-be. There are so many patients that I still see whose children I delivered 10 or 15 years ago. It just warms my heart.”
   Pappas has been practicing ob/gyn in Bay City for 17 years and works with Matagorda Medical Group, along with fellow ob/gyn Dr. LaDonna Rutledge and Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner Vicki Landis.  
   He started his practice in Dallas in 1993, then worked in Jacksonville, Texas from 2000 to 2002.

Thu
27
Jun

"Tidehaven approves stadium concession stand bid" by: Jessica Shepard

   Tidehaven ISD trustees unanimously approved just over $656,000 as a construction bid to Lynn Construction Company for a new concession stand at Delvin L. Taska Stadium during their regular meeting Monday, June 24.
   Since it was his company bidding for the job, trustee Stuart Lynn abstained from voting.
   “I do want to point out that we’re using local guys to do the work,” he said prior to the vote.
   Other company bids were over $1.3 and $1.4 million for the two Houston-based companies, CDM7 and Fielder’s Choice, respectively.
   “When we had Stuart do our windstorm certification as the lowest bid he saved us tens, if not thousands of dollars for the district,” said board president Stephen Crow.
   “With this concession stand project bid, it helps us stay within our numbers for the entire stadium renovation.”

Thu
27
Jun

From a concept to reality

The Veterans mural reached completion last week on the north side of the Bay City VFW Post 2438 building. The mural is one of the projects for the Bay City Tourism Council's Art Committee. Local Artists Greg Chitwood and Raleigh Conklin worked in tandem to take the mural from a paper concept to reality.
Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell

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