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19
Sep

Jason Anderson Memorial Tournament features 160 players

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The 10th Annual Jason Anderson Memorial Golf Tournament had 40 teams of foursomes - 160 players - as you can see from just part of the crowd at Rio Colorado Golf Course Saturday, Sept. 14. The tournament funds several local scholarships annually.

Thu
19
Sep

Alvin officer donates vest for K-9 Hansel

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Sheriff Skipper Osborne, left, and Alvin police officer Scott Green pose with Hansel in his new ballistic vest.

   A ballistic vest for Matagorda County sheriff’s office K-9 Hansel was donated recently by an Alvin police officer.
   Alvin Police Department K-9 Officer Scott Green donated a K-9 vest made from the same material used to make the ballistic vests sheriff’s patrol deputies wear.
   K-9 Hansel can wear the vest – valued at about $1,600 - to protect him during searches. 
   Green made the personal donation and has also spent countless hours assisting in Hansel’s training to prepare him to patrol the streets of Matagorda County, said Lt. James Orr.
   “The Matagorda County Sheriff’s Office appreciates the dedication of Officer Scott Green in helping our Department,” said Sheriff Skipper Osborne.
   “K9 Hansel and K9 Maximus are valuable assets to the Matagorda County Sheriff’s Office and are made available to all surrounding Agencies when the need arises,” the sheriff said. 

Thu
19
Sep

Burning truck under bridge was stolen

   A white 2016 Chevy Silverado work truck that Bay City police found ablaze under the Nile Valley Bridge early Tuesday, Sept. 17, turned out to be stolen.
   Officers were sent to the location under the bridge, where the Bay City Volunteer Fire Department was battling the fully involved car fire, at about 2 a.m. Tuesday, reports show.
   Once the fire was put out, and officers took a closer look and determined the vehicle was reported stolen from 4900 Nichols at 6:38 a.m. Monday, Sept. 16.
   Currently, there are no suspects. If anyone has any information, please contact Corporal Dan Shook at 979-245-8500.

Thu
19
Sep

Bay City woman attacked by dogs

   A 66-year-old Bay City woman is in stable condition at Matagorda Regional Medical Center (MRMC) recovering from several dog bites in an attack in the 2900 block of Avenue B, last Friday.  
   Officers were sent to that location in reference to a dog bite at 9:24 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13.
   When they arrived, the officers found the victim laying in the street covered in blood.  
   The woman told officers she was walking down the street when two dogs ran out from around a house.
   She tried to kick at the dogs and keep them away, but the dogs were biting her, and one knocked her to the ground.  
   The dogs continued to bite her on her face and arms as she screamed for help, reports show.  
   The dogs’ owners came to where the attack occurred and secured the dogs until animal control arrived.
   The woman was taken to MRMC where she remains in stable condition.  

Thu
19
Sep

Officers investigating aggravated robbery

   Officers found a man who was repeatedly beaten and robbed early Saturday, Sept. 14, in the 2700 block of 12th Street.
   Police were dispatched at 2:44 a.m. Saturday to that location on an assault call. When they arrived and found the man, a witness told officers several men assaulted the victim.
   It was discovered the assault occurred at 1521 Whitson. 
   The victim tried walking away after being assaulted but was approached again further down the road, where several men got out of the vehicles and began beating the victim once again, police were told. The suspects reportedly pointed guns at the victim, reports show. 
   It also was reported to police that the victim’s iPhone 6 was stolen during the assault.
   The victim suffered swelling and bruising to his face, plus scratches and bruises on his hands and back. 
   The victim refused treatment by Emergency Medical Services. 

Thu
12
Sep

"Palacios, Lions Club applications approved" by: Jessica Shepard

   Tourism Council members approved two sponsorship applications during their regular meeting, Sept. 4.
   Board members approved sponsoring the Palacios Home Front Dance “A Night of History” for $650.
   The event will feature a dinner, theater show and dance.
   The sponsorship funds will be used to rent the Palacios Pavilion for the event at 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19.
   Local author Lindsey Backen invites you to the Palacios Pavilion to experience the heyday of WWII.
   Dinner guests will enjoy a peek into the Palacios Home Front with a 1940s themed dinner and dance.
   For more information or help making a reservation call 361-554-3122.
   After some discussion, the board also approved a decrease in sponsorship for the annual Bay City Lions Club Rice Festival this year for up to $2,000 instead of the requested $3,000.
   The tourism council has approved a $3,000 sponsorship since 2016.

Thu
12
Sep

"Rail district goal to be advocate for railroads" by: Mike Reddell

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
District Judge Craig Estlinbaum, far right, swears in members of the Matagorda County Rural Rail Transportation District board Monday, Sept 9. The board present, not all members were there, includes, from left: Tony Wood, Fred Gaytan, Mike Ferdinand, County Judge Nate McDonald and Tim Powell.

   Officers were chosen and broad strokes of the mission were pained at the inaugural meeting of the reconstituted Matagorda County Rural Rail Transportation District (MCRRTD) Monday, Sept. 9.
   “The district has been around for some time and it’s also been inactive for some time,” said Mike Ferdinand, executive director of Matagorda County Economic Development Corporation (MCEDC).
   STP President and CEO Tim Powell was elected president of the group that will advocate for rail projects in Matagorda County.
   Elected vice president was Jessica Russell, Bay City Community Development Corporation executive director, while Ferdinand asked to be the secretary.
   Ferdinand, who guided the board through its initial organizational meeting, said he wanted the secretary’s job because former MCEDC executive director Owen Bludeau was secretary when the rail district last met several years ago.

Thu
12
Sep

"STP leads by training for every emergency" by: Mike Reddell

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Center for Energy Development entrance with new and long-awaited STP logo.

   In a first among the nation’s nuclear plants, STP has become a leader in all-hazards emergency training.
   STP has long established Matagorda County’s emergency training in case of a situation at the nuclear plant.
   That training pays off in plant and community emergency drills and during the emergency response during Hurricane Harvey in 2017.
   “There are many other hazards out there,” Roger Aguilera, STP’s Manager of Plant Protection and Emergency Response, told those attending STP’s media day last week.
   Active shooter has become one of the top threats, Aguilera said, adding that he is working with Sheriff Skipper Osborne.
   Osborne later acknowledged the increased training with STP.

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Thu
12
Sep

"‘Downton Abbey’ fundraiser for Boys & Girls Club" by: Jessica Shepard

This year’s Boys & Girls Club Red Carpet Fundraiser features “Downton Abbey,” as the movie of choice Thursday, Sept. 19, at Schulman’s MBG.
   The event kicks off at 5:30 p.m. with a social hour and silent auction until 6:30 p.m. then dinner and the movie following from 7-10 p.m.
      Dinner features roast beef, mashed potatoes, carrots, and a dessert.
   Tickets are $65 per person and sponsorships are available with preferential seating from $250-$1,000.
   Tickets are limited and available at the Boys & Girls Club in Bay City or by calling Janet Peden at 979-245-4001.

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Thu
12
Sep

Van Vleck ISD rededicates stadium

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   Van Vleck ISD rededicated Burl McKinney Stadium after months of renovations Friday, Sept. 6. 
   In front of a packed crowd at the Leopards first home football game, VVISD and friends and family of Burl McKinney celebrated the rededication of our stadium.
   Burl and his wife Mary Ann came to Van Vleck in 1962. McKinney taught physical education and coached. 
   He started the physical education program at the Van Vleck Elementary School. He was assistant athletic director until he became the athletic director in 1964, a position he held until 1972. In 1972, McKinney was named principal of Van Vleck Elementary School, a position he held until his death in 1987. 
   In 1988, the football stadium at Van Vleck was rededicated in his honor.
   Superintendent John O’Brien said, “We are so excited to rededicate of stadium, Burl McKinney Stadium. 

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