Lifestyle

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01
Aug

"Krobot said she’s hoping transfer station open Aug. 2" by: Mike Reddell

   The Matagorda County Transfer Station’s projected reopening has moved to Friday, Aug. 2.
   “We have had some scale repairs made that ran into more delays than expected. Trash can still be hauled to Angleton,” said Environmental Health Department Director Lisa Krobot.
   The transfer station was first closed from July 18 to July 23 for repairs to the scale, then the reopening was moved to Monday, July 29. 
   Krobot said she hopes the transfer station will reopen Friday, Aug. 2.
   There are trailers lined up on the road leading to the transfer station, Krobot commented.
   Seabreeze Environmental Landfill is open at 10310 FM 523 in Angleton, said Krobot.
   The phone number is 979-864-4442 - it is best people call before driving there to make sure what the hours of operation, she said.

Thu
01
Aug

"Bonnen warns about TWIA rate hike" By Speaker Dennis Bonnen State Representative District 25

INSIDER’S REPORT:
   Speak Up! Oppose Unfair TWIA Rate Hike on Coastal Homeowners
   Last year, I joined my House colleagues along the Gulf Coast in fighting back against the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association’s (TWIA) proposed 10% rate hike in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. 
   Thanks to an 8-month moratorium imposed by Governor Greg Abbott as a result of our efforts, the Texas Legislature was provided the opportunity to even further strengthen laws governing TWIA to increase transparency and accountability in the rate setting process. 
   This legislation - House Bill 1900 passed earlier this year - resulted in TWIA canceling their previous rate hike entirely.
   However, rate increases are never completely off the table and we must again express our strong opposition to proposals that disproportionately burden homeowners over insurers.

Thu
01
Aug

MEHOP Celebrates National Health Center Week 2019

   National Health Center Week is part of a national campaign to increase awareness of the ways health centers are providing affordable health care in communities.
   This year, health centers celebrate the ways they are “Rooted in Communities.”
   They are an American success story - saving lives and stimulating local economies. They are locally run, yet part of a national network that serves 1 in 12 Americans, or 28 million people.
   They save American taxpayers $24 billion a year in health care costs by preventing and managing chronic diseases in medically vulnerable communities.
   Health Centers are not ordinary medical clinics; they are problem-solvers at the forefront of a nationwide shift in addressing environmental and social factors as an integral part of primary care.

Thu
01
Aug

"Tax Free Weekend Aug. 9-11 to help Texas families" by: Jessica Shepard

   Whether you’re in need of notebooks, rulers or running shoes, Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar is reminding shoppers they can save money on those and other items during the state’s sales tax holiday on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 9-11.
   The law exempts sales tax on qualified items – such as clothing, footwear, school supplies and backpacks – priced below $100, saving shoppers about $8 on every $100 they spend.
   “As Texas families begin the process of replacing their beach towels with lunch boxes, the sales tax holiday is the perfect opportunity to save some money on supplies families need before the school bell rings,” said Hegar.
   “As a father of three, I know how these expenses can add up.”
   The exemption applies to each eligible item that sells for less than $100, regardless of how many items are sold on the same invoice to a customer.

Thu
01
Aug

Woodman Life donates to Sheriff

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Sheriff Skipper Osborne recently thanked Woodmen Life Insurance Company, Matagorda County Chapter 0168, for its donation of $500 to the next applicant who will attend the Police Academy.

Thu
01
Aug

BCPL Teen Lock-in night

Over 40 local teens participated in "National Teen Lock-in" at Bay City Public Library July 26. Events included laser tag, Minute to Win it, an animated socializing hour and more. In one mini-game of Minute to Win it, two teens had to use chopsticks to move cereal pieces from a full bowl to an empty one in less than a minute. It definitely took some talent for that game and others.
Sentinel photos/
Jessica Shepard

Thu
01
Aug

Alvarez new addition to police force

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Mayor Robert Nelson, left, joins Police Chief Robert Lister, center, with new Bay City Police Officer Seth Alvarez.

   Police Chief Robert Lister swore in Seth Alvarez as a new police officer in a ceremony at Bay City Municipal Court Tuesday, July 30.
   Alvarez is the son of Jesse and Cyndi Alvarez and has two siblings.
   Alvarez graduated from Palacios High School in 2016, and took courses at Wharton County Junior College before joining the Wharton County Junior College Police Academy. 
   Alvarez graduated from the police academy in May. 
   Alvarez’s goal is to help serve and give back to a community and help those who cannot help themselves. 
   One goal is to become an Emergency Response Team member. 

Thu
01
Aug

Sex offender sentenced to 25 years

   Alejandro Josiah Colquitt (26) was sentenced to 25 years in prison for aggravated sexual assault of a child under 14 years of age.
   Colquitt, dressed in a white t-shirt, stood silently in District Judge Craig Estlinbaum’s courtroom as the prison sentence was delivered on July 25.
   The family of the child victim sat quietly in the courtroom until the short proceeding was finished. They immediately filed out as Colquitt was escorted by sheriff’s deputies to the Matagorda County Jail.
   According to documents filed in the case, the aunt of a 10-year-old victim reported a sexual assault in September of 2017.
   Bay City Police Department Detective Chris Hadash provided a complaint alleging that the assault took place in Colquitt’s Bay City home.
   The complaint states that the child told relatives and subsequent interviewers about the crime.

Thu
01
Aug

Prosecutors enhance trial skills

   For one week, new prosecutors from across Texas gathered for intensive training to prepare them to represent the State in criminal courts.
   James Perl and Michael Ulak, assistant district attorneys from Matagorda County, were among those learning about every stage of trial.
   Perl and Ulak were among the prosecutors attending the Prosecutor Trial Skills Course in Austin for a week beginning July 14.
    “The segment which covered hearings on motions to suppress” was the most valuable according to Perl.
   “Motions to suppress evidence are filed by defense counsel when there is some question about the legality of evidence;” according to District Attorney Steven Reis, “particularly when it applies to confessions or other statements by a person charged with a crime.”
   How to defend that type of evidence is what Perl found to be the most interesting part of the training.

Thu
01
Aug

Man faces 3 charges after car, foot chase

   A 25-year-old Bay City man faces three charges after trying to elude police in a car and on foot Sunday morning, July 28, reports show.
   Cody R. Reyna, 25, Bay City, was booked in Matagorda County Jail on complaints of evading arrest on foot with prior conviction, driving while intoxicated, and criminal mischief, Bay City police said.
   Corporal Daniel Shook, was dispatched to assist officers with a disturbance at 1700 Baywood Drive at about 8:05 a.m. Sunday, July 28, police said.
   At the scene, Shook saw a white Dodge Avenger leaving the area.
   Then he heard dispatch say the suspect left the scene in a vehicle matching that description. 
   While other officers met with the complainant Shook began checking the area again for the suspect’s vehicle. 
   A short time later, Shook observed the vehicle in the 1800 block of Baywood Drive. 

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