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Thu
18
Feb

Power of Purse to benefit Texas Shelter Dome

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Tiffany Foltyn surrounds herself with some of the purses that will be featured at this year’s Power of the Purse, the Matagorda Regional Medical Center Foundation’s fundraiser April 28.

   Matagorda Regional Medical Center Foundation’s most unique and exciting fundraiser is back – our 5th Annual Power of the Purse! Proceeds from this fundraiser benefit Matagorda Regional Medical Center, with a focus on Women’s Health Initiatives.
   This years’ event is in support of our new Wellness & Rehabilitation Center, which will be located inside the Texas Safe Shelter Initiative Dome, and will be the new home to our Outpatient Rehabilitation Center, scheduled to be complete in July 2016. 

 

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Thu
18
Feb

Council to name field for Hawkins

Bay City Sentinel/Mike Reddell
Former city councilman Joe Enoch appeared at city council last week to set the Handeman Park Football Field named in honor of the late Anthony Hawkins. Enoch is shown with Hawkins’ daughter April Smith, left, and his widow, Sherry Hawkins.

    Hardeman Park Youth Football Field will be named after the late Anthony “Andy” J. Hawkins following city council’s approval last Thursday.
   To many attending the session, naming the football field for Hawkins was a fitting tribute for the former president of the Bay City Youth Association, who told former city councilman Joe Enoch his dream of seeing a place for youth football.
   Several people were on hand for the naming – including Hawkins’ widow Sherry and their daughter, April Smith of Lake Jackson. His other daughter is softball for the University of Alabama.
   “He was a man of few words,” said Enoch who served with Hawkins on city council.
   “But we listened when he did speak.
   “It’s a please to be here,” Enoch said.
   He was a football star at Van Vleck and later at Texas A&I and played several years in professional football.
   Hawkins also made a major mark as a civic leader in Matagorda County.

Thu
18
Feb

Convicted child molester receives sentence of years

   BAY CITY -  A Matagorda County jury spent one hour deciding that a convicted child molester is not welcome to return from prison.
   A jury of four men and eight women found Chad Michael Boutwell (37) to be guilty of Continuous Sexual Abuse of a Child on February 11. 
   With no additional punishment evidence necessary, the jurors returned a sentence of 99 years in prison without possibility of parole.
   Boutwell, a Palacios resident, was immediately taken into custody after the verdict and will be transported to prison as soon as possible, according to District Attorney Steven Reis.
   Boutwell was initially arrested one year ago for aggravated sexual assault of a 3-year-old child.

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Thu
18
Feb

‘Picasso’ enjoys successful run

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Amy Markwordt (Suzanne), right, is recounting her first meeting with Picasso at the Lapin Agile while Paul Rodgers (Einstein), left, looks on in interest.

   The curtain finally descended on Community Actors of South Texas’ (CAST) rendition of “Picasso at the Lapin Agile” Sunday, Feb. 14 at a sold-out performance.
   The play performance ran for four straight nights, Thursday – Sunday and featured CAST veterans as well as newbies.
   The cast included Stephen Logan, Steven Reis, Kayla Cox, Paul Rodgers, Amy Markwordt, Kevin Knox, Rider Barnum, Nate Glenn, Jayme Smith, Lizzy Schneider, and Marylin Alvarado.
   As the last show of the season and rounding out CAST’s theme of “Off 7th,” the actors and actresses played to a full house nearly every night.

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Thu
18
Feb

BCHS Health Tech grads step ahead

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Bay City High School Health Tech Program students Iliana Gurola and Sonia Serrano shadow nurses at Matagorda Regional Medical Center.

   Bay City High School’s Health Tech program in the Career and Technology Education (CTE) Department is more popular than ever, and that’s great, as job prospects in Health and Health Technology fields are growing at a faster than average rate in the U.S. 
   In 2012, 5,408,800 people were employed in Health and Health Technology fields, according to data compiled from the U.S. Department of Labor Statistics. 
   The job outlook extended out to 2022 predicts the economy will need over 1 million new workers in this field within the next seven years.

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Thu
18
Feb

BCHS certifies 25 in MOS

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Twenty-five more Bay City High School students are now Microsoft Office Specialist certified in Microsoft Word. The students developed the skills necessary to pass the rigorous certification test through the BCHS Career and Technology Education (CTE) Department courses in Business Information Management and Principles of Business Technology. The courses are taught by Dr. Dianne Farrar, Sandra Watson, and Jenifer Townsend.
Students who earned the certification are: Madison Cooley, Hannah Eidlebach, Madison Garay, Lisette Guevara, Vaughn Guillermo, Sarah Hackfeld, Natalie Hernandez, Zachary Hestand, Allison Johnson, Hannah Johnson, William Johnson, Bryanna Jones, Ashley Lara, Miguel Lara, Lindsey Marek, Marc Medina, Otensha Milimo, Madison Nixon, Yorell Paniagua, Andy Pham, Carlos Reyes, Noel Solis, Thomas Valdez, Faith Vargas, and Katie Daniels.

Thu
18
Feb

LCRA offers community development grants

   LCRA and its electric and water customers are providing grants for community projects through their Community Development Partnership Program (CDPP).
   The grant program helps local governments and nonprofit organizations fund capital improvement projects to benefit the public.  
   These projects must be located within LCRA’s service area.  Matagorda County is within this area.
   Volunteer fire departments, emergency medical services, school districts, libraries, civic groups, local governments and nonprofit organizations may 

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Thu
18
Feb

Knowledge Bowl tests pop culture knowledge

    How good is your pop culture knowledge?
   Do you usually win a round of ‘Trivial Pursuit’ over your friends or family?
   If you answered yes to either of those questions, taking part in the Annual Knowledge Bowl might just be up your alley.
   The Knowledge Bowl will be from 6 – 9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25 at VFW Post 2438 on North Highway 60 in Bay City.
   In the Bowl, teams of four compete against each other in three rounds of 25 questions each.
   Cindy Hodges is emceeing the event and will also come up with the trivia questions.
   Team registration costs $100 and is currently open now until the night of the event.
   Teams are divided into two groups: adult and student teams.
   Last year there were 10 adult teams and 8 student teams.
   There will also be raffle items and pizza and cookies as refreshments.
   Sodas, beer and water will be sold by the VFW canteen.

Thu
11
Feb

NRC OKs licenses for STP Units 3&4

 The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) voted Tuesday to approve issuing Combined Licenses to construct and operate STP Units 3 & 4.
   Approval of the licenses by NRC commissioners is a major milestone for the project and puts Nuclear Innovation North America’s (NINA) in a position to move the project forward when economic conditions support construction.  
   STP already is Matagorda County’s largest employer, with about 1,200 employees.
Units 3 and 4 will add another 800 permanent employees when construction is finished. 
   The action represents the conclusion of an extensive safety and environmental review by NRC spanning eight years establishing that the two Advanced Boiling Water Reactors (ABWR) can be safely constructed and operated at the South Texas Project site. 
   The license application for STP Units 3 & 4 was filed in September 2007. 

Thu
11
Feb

Mad Island leading in bird count

Matagorda County’s “Best Bird” for 2015-2016 was the Orchard Oriole.

   The final date for submitting date for 116th Annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count (CBC) is Sunday, Feb. 28. 
   Matagorda County’s Mad Island Marsh CBC has reported the highest tally of species 239 to date.
   “I have checked with our traditional competitors Guadalupe River Delta – McFaddin Family Ranches, San Diego, Santa Barbara and Freeport and they each have reported less species this year,” said Brent Ortego, Wildlife Diversity Biologist.
   “There is no other know CBC that has the capability of topping 239 species in the US this year.”

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