Matagorda County Farm Bureau hosts re-grand opening ceremony

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Matagorda County Farm Bureau celebrated the completion of office renovations with a re-grand opening ribbon-cutting ceremony, Sept. 11. The event featured door prizes, hot dogs and hamburgers.


"Matthews’ 2 main goals from Bay City Friday: Discipline, execution" by: Mike Reddell

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Blackcat running back Avery Smith gets some yardage on this play, part of the 60 yards rushing he had against GP.

   Blackcat Head Coach Patrick Matthews is doubling down on consistency and execution when Bay City travels to District 18-6A Westbury this Friday, Sept. 20. 
   While the Huskies (0-3) have struggled so far this season, Matthews said “They’re looking for a win just as we are.” 
   “The biggest thing for us is finding a way for this team to win,” the coach added.
   Bay City is coming off a 37-7 loss to 5A Gregory-Portland last Friday.
   “We need to play well. We haven’t played well since Cuero,” he said, explaining he was referring to the Blackcat defensive game Cuero.
   “Offensively, we’ve got to find a way to put it together. We need to find the right mix of people.
   “We haven’t established our identity as far as offense is concerned.”
   It all boils down to consistency and execution, he said.


"Injury-riddled Tidehaven welcomes Shiner Friday" by: Mike Reddell

   The Tidehaven Tigers have their work cut out for them when they host the District 15-2A-1 Shiner Comanches (3-0) Friday night.
   Tidehaven is coming off a 34-22 loss to cross-county rival Palacios and Head Coach David Lucio is trying to move people into positions because of injuries.
   “We went into the Palacios game down five starters, and left down three more. We are trying to get healthy,” the head coach said.
   “Shiner has a very good ball club, might be the best we see all year. 
   “It would be a tossup between them and Refugio,” Lucio said.
   “They have some great running backs, about four of them that could start for most programs in the state at any level. Their defense is also very good,” Lucio added. 
   “In the meantime, we will be playing a number of young kids and reserves. 
   “I was very proud of how are kids battled last Friday,” the coach said. 


"Leopards rout Rams" By John Hoffman Special to the Sentinel

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Van Vleck senior quarterback Joshua Delarosa still arms a Kashmere defender last Friday night.

   The Van Vleck Leopards celebrated homecoming night by scoring early and often in a 43-8 blowout of the Kashmere Rams.
   With the win, Van Vleck moves to 2-0 on the season before their first road game this Friday night against Second Baptist.
   The Leopards lit up the scoreboard on their second offensive possession of the night. 
   After a Kashmere punt set up Van Vleck at their own 47-yard line, it only took two plays for the Leopards to score.  
   Van Vleck quarterback Josh DeLarosa connected with Kadarius Woodard on a 50-yard pass-and-catch to start the drive, followed by a DeLarosa quarterback keeper from three yards out for the first Van Vleck score of the night. 
   Slade Huerta booted the extra point through, and the Leopards were out in front 7-0. 
   The Van Vleck defense stood stiff on the next Ram drive, forcing a punt. 


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.


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. 


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.


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.  


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. 


"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.


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