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26
Mar

Orr certified as ITMS Lock and Dam operator

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Colorado River Locks Assistant Lockmaster, David Paul Orr, left, is the most recent employee in the USACE Galveston District to be a Certified IMTS Lock and Dam operator after completing the IMTS Lock and Dam Training and Certification Program. Joining Orr in presenting the certificate is Simon DeSoto, Lockmaster, Colorado River Locks.

Thu
26
Mar

Daniel Plan wrapup Saturday

A wrapup get together for the Daniel Plan will begin at 8 a.m.  Saturday, March 28, Matagorda County Birding Nature Center.
  This has been a really exciting study of the book The Daniel Plan by Pastor Rick Warren (author Purpose Driven Life), Dr. Mark Hyman, and Dr. Daniel Amen. 
Thu
26
Mar

Art League sponsoring annual Spring Art Show

   The Art League of Bay City/Matagorda County is hosting their annual Spring Art Show that is open to all artists.
  Registration will be Friday, March 27 from 1-6 p.m. and Saturday March 28 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
  The fee for each adult piece of art work entered is $15 and remains $15 per each work of art entered.

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Thu
26
Mar

Texas' many flags

Michael Franklin, Esteban Gonzalez and Shelby Luder help observe the many flags of Texas. Tenie Holmes Elementary second grade classes celebrated the 2015 Annual Parent Involvement Day March 6, with a Texas Culture Day celebration. Each class was designated a country that influenced Texas history. The students brought artifacts, food, created posters, and/or dressed in attire associated with their adopted countries. The students then created "passports" and "visited" all of the countries. Students' studies included Ireland, Mexico, America before colonization, Spain, France and Denmark.

Thu
26
Mar

One woman's persistence help bring Michelle Busha home

Michelle Yvette Busha

   A 34-year-old mystery was laid to rest March 13, when a Jane Doe found in Minnesota was identified and turned out to be Michelle Yvette Busha of Bay City.  
   With the help of DNA matching and the determination of one woman, Deb Anderson of Blue Earth, Minn., Michelle Yvette Busha was rediscovered.  
Thu
19
Mar

Matagorda County Shelter Domes on rise

Photo/AGG Fotoz
The shelter dome roof at Tidehaven ISD was inflated Tuesday. Much like the proposed dome in Bay City, this roof will have a thin concrete shell over the 20,000-square-foot structure that’s near the new Tidehaven High School under construction.

   Bids for Matagorda Regional Medical Center’s proposed county shelter dome should be in by early April. 
   There have been a few bumps in the road since Matagorda County received a $1.8 million FEMA grant in 2012 to build the structure to protect 600 first responders during a disaster declaration and to serve as a community wellness and rehabilitation center. 
   At first, the estimate for building the dome was $125 per square foot, said Steve Smith, Matagorda Regional CEO.  

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Thu
19
Mar

No council consensus about school portables

  There was little city council consensus on enforcing Bay City’s ordinances on temporary buildings as it applies to the Bay City Independent School District. 
   Mayor Mark Bricker introduced the subject to council at its meeting last Thursday, March 12, contending that the ordinance on temporary structures should be enforced fairly. 
   “I don’t think it is,” he said. The mayor noted the law allows temporary buildings, like BCISD portable classrooms, “on a temporary basis. Should we apply some kind of time limit?” 
Thu
19
Mar

Seafood Fest raises $110,000

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
Gina Treybig, far left, intently watches the time during the men’s oyster-eating contest at the Fifth Annual Matagorda Seafood Festival Saturday on the Matagorda Fireman’s Hall grounds. More than 3,000 people enjoyed the blue skies and mild temperatures and the loads of shrimp and oysters for hungry visitors

   More than 3,000 people enjoyed clear skies and warm weather en route to helping the fifth annual Matagorda Seafood Festival Saturday earn an estimated $110,000 for the Matagorda schools and community groups. 
   “I’m ecstatic,” said Buddy Treybig, as he looked out over an expansive crowd at the Matagorda Fireman’s Hall

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Thu
19
Mar

8 new Sargent Beach access points approved

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
Commissioners court declared March 2015 as Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and Autism Awareness Month in Matagorda County. Showing the proclamation are, from left: Commissioner Dan Pustka; Margaret Shuford, Learning Center manager, Texana Center; Commissioner Bubba Frick; Sammy Walker; Tamara Earles; Allison Fields; Cheryl LaVergne, training specialist, Texana Center; County Judge Nate McDonald; Commissioner Kent Pollard; Commissioner James Gibson; and Kevin Barker, director of IDD Provider Services, Texana Center.

   Eight new gulf access points along Sargent Beach were approved by Matagorda County Commissioners Court Monday. 
   The access points will be in both directions on Canal Drive (CR 230) from where it intersects the end of FM 457 and were recommended by the Matagorda County Beach Dune Committee, Haskell Simon told the court at its regular meeting. 
   Approval of the access points will be joined with other revisions made to Matagorda County Dune Protection and Access Plan over the past two years, Simon explained. Changes to Matagorda Beach also were made during that time, he added.  
Thu
19
Mar

Mayberry PD officer of February

Officer Matthew Mayberry was selected Officer of the Month for February 2015.  
  Mayberry joined Bay City Police Department in August 2013.   

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