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Thu
26
Mar

Police investigate incident involving guns

   An officer in the 4000 block of Avenue F heard several gun shots about 9 p.m. Tuesday, March 17, and began checking the area.
   The officer spoke with a man in the roadway who told him the shots came from a vehicle traveling south on Avenue F.
   Another officer in the area found two witnesses in the 4600 block of Avenue F. 
   The witnesses said the incident began with an argument in the 2400 block of Avenue F
   The argument did not turn physical, but all parties separated and left. 
   The victim was located by another officer in the 5100 block of Avenue F. 
   The victim advised that after leaving the 2400 block of Avenue F, a blue or black lifted Dodge truck pulled up next to her and the driver fired about three shots at her and then sped off on Avenue F going past Hamman Road. 
   The victim was not injured. There was no damage to the victim’s vehicle.

Thu
26
Mar

United Way to reschedule annual Day of Caring

   Matagorda County United Way is moving the 12th Annual Day of Caring. 
   The event won’t be April 17, as originally planned. A new date will be selected after more information concerning the Corona (Covid19) virus becomes available. 
   “Everyone involved is looking forward to a wonderful and successful Day of Caring,” said Executive Director, Di Ann Sneed.
   The many senior citizens and people with disabilities are helped because of the generous gifts of volunteers and sponsors of their time, talent and resources. 
   “They make a real difference in the community,” Sneed said.
   The annual event is one of the largest community-wide service projects held each year. 
   Over 100 volunteers spend the day making home repairs at no cost to elderly and disabled homeowners. 
   Donations from local businesses and individuals are used to provide all materials.  

Thu
26
Mar

"County order closes beaches" by: Mike Reddell

    All Matagorda County beaches and county facilities will be closed until further notice under an order commissioners court approved Thursday morning, March 19.
   The beaches, including those at Sargent, Matagorda, and Palacios, were closed Monday morning, March 23, the same time LCRA closed the Matagorda Bay Nature Center.
   In addition to the beaches, the court’s order last Thursday immediately closed the Matagorda County Fairgrounds, community centers, fire stations, and parks.
   An exception was made for the walking path at Blessing’s Pudge Heffelfinger Park, limited to groups of two.
   The county order does not affect City of Bay City or school parks.

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Fri
20
Mar

"Test returns in batches concern MRMC" by: Mike Reddell

Collectively, Matagorda Regional Medical Center and other healthcare providers in the county are awaiting the results of over 40 COVID-19 tests from Matagorda County residents over the next several days.

What began as a relatively quick turnaround of around 24 hours on getting the COVID-19 tests returned, became “48 hours, then 72 hours, and then the time kept creeping back,” said Aaron Fox, MRMC’s Chief Business Development Officer and PIO.

“Over time, the tests were not processed and were more and more backed up,” he remarked.

“So now we have over 40 tests and it has been long enough to begin getting the results back.”

As of Friday afternoon, March 20, there have been three cases and one death related to COVID-19 in Matagorda County.

The first positive case was the state’s first confirmed COVID-19 that was community-spread.

And the death was the Texas’ first caused by the virus.

Thu
19
Mar

Press Release from Matagorda County Judge Nate McDonald

 

County Judge Nate McDonald released the following information after Gov. Abbott’s morning press conference:

MATAGORDA COUNTY TEMPORARILY CLOSES COUNTY PARKS, COMMUNITY CENTERS, FAIRGROUNDS AND COUNTY BEACH ACCESS AREAS

Effective today, March 19, 2020, Matagorda County Commissioners Court has ordered the cancellation of all public activities on County owned property until further notice.  This includes community centers, fire department buildings, parks, fairgrounds. 

The track at Heffelfinger Park in Blessing is open for walkers/joggers in pairs. Matagorda County beach line public access points (including, but not limited to, Matagorda and Sargent) will be closed by 8:00 a.m. on Monday, March 23, 2020. 

Matagorda County will not be accepting reservations for rentals for these facilities.

Thu
19
Mar

"BCISD trustees mull qualifications for AD, head Coach" by: Jessica Shepard

   Bay City ISD trustees discussed qualities they want to see in the new athletic director (AD) and head football coach (HFC) candidates and heard updates form district staff concerning coronavirus’ impact, at an emergency meeting Tuesday night, March 17.
   Trustees agreed that the new AD/HFC needs to:

  •     Be a winner with a proven track record rebuilding a program with progressive growth.
  •     Have experience as an AD/HFC is preferred along with knowing several sports.
  •     Invest time, energy and presence in the community.

   “Overall, we need somebody who is community oriented and involved,” said trustee James Scardami.
   “We need somebody that’s going to foster our programs at a lower level – not just junior high students. That person needs to rebuild the whole program.”

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Thu
19
Mar

Chicken cheerleading at Sargent Jubiulee

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
Sargent Lions Club President Carla Rae Southard tries cheerleading to encourage a hen to do her business - on the right square - at the Chicken Poop Bingo contest at the Sargent Lions Jubilee Saturday, March 14, at Lions Club Mike Leebron Memorial Park. This version of bingo was extremely popular, but there were many other activities, including helicopter rides, petting zoo and pony rides.

Thu
19
Mar

"MRMC: 3rd COVID-19 confirmed" by: Mike Reddell

   The third positive case of COVID-19 was announced Tuesday night by MRMC officials.
    The patient, a woman between the ages of 50-55 had recently traveled to Washington state.
   At the onset of symptoms she immediately went home to self-quarantine and has been in self-quarantine since last Friday, March 13.
    MRMC spokesman Aaron Fox said the woman had been in contact with state health officials who are monitoring her.
   The new development quickly follows the COVID-19 related death of a 97-year-old Bay City man who died Sunday.
    The Bay City resident Eddie F. Roberts – longtime director of Duncan-Roberts Funeral Home - passed away Sunday evening at MRMC, “with symptoms consistent with COVID-19.”
   It is the first such coronavirus-related death in Texas. 

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Thu
19
Mar

"County schools to stay closed" by: Jessica Shepard

   With Matagorda County Judge Nat McDonald declaring a state of disaster amid coronavirus (COVID-19) cases and concerns, local school districts are still closed.
   Bay City, Van Vleck, Tidehaven, Palacios and Matagorda ISD are all closed until further notice as of press time Tuesday.
   Those closures include all University Interscholastic League (UIL) sports and other extracurricular events.

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Thu
19
Mar

COVID-19 nixes events

    In the wake of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in Matagorda County and County Judge Nate McDonald declaring it a countywide disaster, several community fundraisers and events have been canceled or postponed.
   As of press time Tuesday night, the annual Markham Day cookoff and celebration slated for Saturday, March 21, has been canceled.
   Bay City Country Club Father/Daughter Dance (Grandfather, Uncle) slated for Saturday was postponed to a later date.
   Van Vleck and Bay City Little Leagues’ opening day ceremonies for March 21 was canceled.

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