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Orton gets constable of year award

Bill Orton

   Precinct 6 Constable Bill Orton was presented the Constable of the Year Award at the 75th Annual Justice of the Peace and Constables Association Education Conference in South Padre Island last week.
   “Constable Orton has taken his office to an entire new level, particularly in Matagorda County,” according to the speech read at the JPCA session.
   “After being elected, Orton only had himself and no deputies.  Since that time, he has worked with Commissioner’s Court during budget times and has expanded his office to include five-part time deputies to assist him. 

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Most offices closed for July 4th

   Federal, city and county offices will be closed Thursday, July 4 in celebration of Independence Day. 
   Those offices will reopen at regular working hours Friday, July 5. 
   Included in federal closings are the U.S. Postal Service and banks. 
   Bay City’s Annual Sparks in the Park event will be from 5 – 10 p.m. at LeTulle Park.  
   The event features food, games, and live music at 6 p.m. with fireworks kicking off at 9:30 p.m.  
   Call the Bay City Parks & Recreation Department at 979-323-1660 for more information. 
   WCA Waste Management residential pickups will continue as normally scheduled with offices closed in observance of Independence Day. 
   The Sentinel office will also be closed for Independence Day activities but open again at regular business hours Friday. 

 

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"Barbour’s new book inspires readers to soar" by: Jessica Shepard

Judy Barbour
Photo by Jessica Shepard

   Local author Judy Barbour has published her latest inspirational book, “Soar: Love Life, Create your own Joy, Never stop dreaming.” 
   Barbour has published 10 award-winning cookbooks over a span of 40 years. 
   Her first book, “Elegant Elk, Delicious Deer” was published in 1978 and was also her first foray into wild game cooking and featured a lot of research before perfecting her recipes. 
   “But, this is the first book of its kind,” said Barbour. 
   “I’ve published several cookbooks over the years, including one each for the state of Wyoming and Colorado that featured historical facts with each recipe. 
“I have also written columns and articles for magazines and the Bay City Tribune for years in the past.”  
   Barbour describes the book as one of “inspiration, motivation, and gratitude.” 

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"Court recognizes group, hears praise for its own" by: Mike Reddell

Photo/Crystal Morones
Members of Matagorda County Historic Commission and commissioners court join for a photo to mark the historic commission’s Distinguished Service recognition from the state.

   Recognition for the Matagorda County Historic Commission’s Distinguished Service Award and praise for the county’s accounting system topped the commissioners court regular meeting Monday, July 1.
      In addition, the court appointed members to a revived Matagorda County Rail Transportation District and approved Aleigha Galvan as a grant-funded Victim Assistance Coordinator in the District Attorney’s office.
   Underlining the significance of the historic commission’s 2018 Distinguished Service Award from the state, County Judge Nate McDonald pointed out that less than a fifth of Texas’ 254 counties receive this honor.
   He credited the commission’s “exemplary work year in and year out.”
   Commission President Ona Lea Pierce said the honor should go to Carol Gibbs, who manages the online Matagorda County history and genealogy website, and serves as a communications liaison for the group.

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04
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"MCEDC effort to certify works well with oil industry prospect" by: Mike Reddell

   An effort to certify a potential industrial site apparently paid off for the Matagorda County Economic Development Corporation (MCEDC) recently.
   As part of MCEDC work to get possible sites certified in the North Bay City industrial park – Executive Director Mike Ferdinand had been getting an environmental study done.
   While that study – necessary for the certification – is done Ferdinand was moving on to getting the overgrown eight acres cleared.
   An oilfield services company looking over the site indicated it wanted the property and it would take care of the clearing.
   “They don’t need it done. They’ll do it themselves,” Ferdinand told the MCEDC board Friday, June 28.

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"Reel Reviews: ‘Annabelle Comes Home’ with predictable jump scares, barely creepy" by: Jessica Shepard

   I’ve been a fan of “The Conjuring” movie series since its beginning in 2013.
   Even with all of its twists and turns and offshoots – the Annabelle tangent just hasn’t left as much of an impression on me.
   Let alone actually provide anything beyond a few well-timed jump scares.
   Annabelle Comes Home is a supernatural horror film based on the legend of the Annabelle doll and serves as a sequel to 2014’s Annabelle and 2017’s Annabelle: Creation, and as the seventh installment in the Conjuring Universe franchise. 
   The film is written and directed by Gary Dauberman in his directorial debut, from a story co-written with James Wan. 
   Wan also produced the film with Peter Safran. 
   The film stars Mckenna Grace, Madison Iseman, Michael Cimino, and Katie Sarife, along with Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga, who reprise their roles as Ed and Lorraine Warren.

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04
Jul

Police search for shooting suspect

   A 26-year-old man who was the victim of a gunshot was flown to a Houston hospital Saturday, Bay City police said.
      The shooting occurred in the 1600 block of Avenue K and the case is under investigation by detectives.
   Officers were sent to a call of shots fired in the area of 12th Street and Avenue K, just before 1 a.m. Saturday, June 29, reports show.  
   Officers began checking the area, when they were notified there was a gunshot victim at the Matagorda Regional Medical Center (MRMC) Emergency Room.
   When officers arrived at the ER they were told there was a 26-year-old man with a gunshot wound.  
   There was a witness at the ER who took officers to the location where the victim was shot.  
   The victim was taken by Life Flight to Memorial Herman Hospital in Houston.  

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Indoor Market Days

Dozens of people decided to beat the heat and attend the indoor market days event at the Civic Center Saturday. The event featured many new vendors and returning favorites.
Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard

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"Workshop focus on longterm recovery" by: Mike Reddell

   Bringing a broad spectrum of groups and individuals together to build a Long Term Recovery Group to reach community members after a disaster was discussed in a commissioners court workshop Monday, June 24.
   “We want to reach folks that need the help,” said Mark Longoria, Congressman Michael Cloud’s Deputy District Director.
   “We can always generate funding to put communities back to together,” he declared.
   Longoria spoke to commissioners court members, economic development officials, emergency management representatives and people who played major roles in local disasters like Hurricane Harvey in 2017.
   Longoria has extensive experience in helping the victims of disaster.
   He was put in charge of coordinating the donations and help in Victoria County in the wake of Harvey and he got an engaged discussion in his presentation to local officials here Monday.

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04
Jul

Harlem Allstar Legends

The Harlen Allstar Legends - former Harlem Globetrotters - were at Bay City High School last Saturday night, June 29. Sponsored by the Bay City All Sports Booster Club, the Legends performed their basketball magic and antics and were matched against a group of former players - including several BCHS former standouts, such as County Judge Nate McDonald. In addition to the impressive range of ball tricks, the Legends made a special effort for this Booster Club fundraiser to reach out to youngsters, like the Little Dribblers who played before the Legends appeared.
Sentinel photos by Mike Reddell

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