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Tue
15
Dec

Bay City police investigate two shooting scenes Sunday; one person dead, two are wounded

One person has died and two others were wounded in two shooting incidents Sunday, Dec. 13.

Bay City police said they don’t believe the two occurrences were related.

In the first incident at 4:23 a.m. Sunday, Corporal Marino Chavez was on duty in the area of Roberts Road and heard what he believed to be multiple gun shots.

He notified dispatch and asked whether they received any calls.

Dispatch indicated they were receiving calls from the area of 1521 Whitson.

Chavez said he was only a couple of blocks away and would go to that location.

As Chavez turned onto Whitson, he saw several vehicles driving away.

He was flagged down and told there was a man who needed help.

Chavez was directed to a man laying on the ground later identified as Terrance Williams.

There were two people conducting CPR on Terrance, police reports show.

Chavez notified dispatch of the situation and took over performing CPR.

Thu
10
Dec

"Chau excited to be part of BCHS clothing drive " by: Jessica Shepard

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Ansley Kubecka shows off tickets from items donated to the Bay City High School Boutique clothing and personal hygiene product drive Sunday, Dec. 6. Chau issued over 700 tickets alone on Sunday.

    The deadline to win $500 for donating to the Bay City High School Boutique clothing drive is Thursday, Dec. 17.
   Each gently used and clean clothing item earns the donator one raffle ticket while new items earn two tickets per item.
   Item donations must be scheduled with Ms. Bell by calling 979-401-1144 and participants must be 18 years or older.
   The prize money is sponsored by Jennifer Chau – Matagorda County Attorney-elect, realtor, and owner of Chau Law Firm.
   “I wanted to challenge myself at the end of this year to do 30 days of giving,” said Chau explaining her reason for sponsoring the raffle event.
   “Every day, I wanted to give a donation of some kind, whether financially or in other ways. I saw a request for help to stock the boutique on Facebook one day and was surprised that our area had one and proud that we did.

Thu
10
Dec

"COVID-19 numbers show 3rd wave here" by: Mike Reddell

   There have been 84 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Matagorda County since Nov. 28 and, in November, 155 new cases were double those in October.
   That’s what County Judge Nate McDonald reported at a Matagorda County Emergency Operation Center (EOC) update video Friday afternoon, Dec. 4.
   McDonald added the November count was 29% higher than September.
   Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) data on the MRMC website shows recent dates of new confirmed cases.
   Those include: Dec. 7, 14 new cases; Dec. 6, 9 new cases; Dec. 5, 12 new cases; Dec. 4, 21 new cases; Dec. 3, 8 new cases; Dec. 1, 14 new cases; Nov. 30, 10 new cases; Nov. 29, 13 new cases; and Nov. 28, 7 new cases.
   “It’s abundantly clear that the third wave of COVID-19 has begun in Matagorda County,” the judge remarked in the update.
   He noted that 75 people were tested for COVID-19 here last Thursday and 92 were tested Friday.

Thu
10
Dec

"5 deputies OK’d for Precinct 2 Constable" by: Jessica Shepard

   Commissioners Court approved five new deputy constables for Precinct 2, with a three-to-one split vote, Monday, Dec. 7.
   “People in Matagorda have been asking me for help since I got into this position,” said County Judge Nate McDonald.
   “I think this is a good idea for those folks and think it’ll do a lot of good.”
   McDonald joined commissioners Gary Graham and James Gibson in approval for the deputies with Precinct 2 Commissioner Kent Pollard voting no.
   Precinct 4 Commissioner Bubba Frick was absent from the meeting.
   “Two of these constables are already on payroll with the county,” said Precinct 2 Constable Keith Sullivan.
   “I’m just looking to add three newcomers to give me a pool of five deputies to choose from. It’ll help with scheduling these officers in rotation since these are part-time positions.”

Thu
10
Dec

An addition to Angel Tree

As part of the "Tree of Angels" ceremony, Bay City PD officers place ornaments in remembrance of lives lost due to violence in the past year. Uniformed officer Andy Hallman affixes an ornament to the tree during a ceremony marking the second year of the Angel Tree program. Other officers shown innclude Sgt. Dan Shook and Detective Cpl. Robert Pierce. Due to COVID-19 pandemic restrictions, the ceremony was aired live via Facebook Thursday, Dec. 3.
Contributed photo

Thu
10
Dec

Bay City Library book sale

Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard
Over a dozen people braved the chilly temperatures to find books for themselves or loved ones during the Friends of the Bay City Public Library book sale, Saturday, Dec. 5. Books covered a variety of topics from science and history to fiction and religious studies.

Thu
10
Dec

EAC plans Christmas fundraiser

   The Economic Action Committee of the Gulf Coast (EAC) plans to have a “Christmas Drive-Thru Luncheon & Fundraiser” next Wednesday.
   The event will be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. or until sold out, Wednesday, Dec. 16 at the EAC, 904 Whitson in Bay City.
   “EACs Thanksgiving Senior Citizen Luncheon and Fundraiser was a huge success,” said the EAC’s Facebook page.
   “We are currently accepting much-needed donations of turkeys for the Christmas event. We sold out at the Thanksgiving event, so get in line early.”
   Plates are free for seniors but $10 for the general public.
   Donations and bulk orders can be placed ahead of time at 979-245-6901.

Thu
10
Dec

"There is always something good, no matter how bad " by: John Sample

   Just in case you missed it due to the pandemic, the Dow has climbed 12,000 points since the March lows. 
   That unfortunately is going to do nothing for those unemployed and about to be evicted at the end of the month. 
   This where the rubber meets the road between the haves and have nots. 
   On an actual positive note, there are new testing methodologies that can be purchased at your local pharmacy, taken at home and provide same-day results.  
   This type of testing is the real key to temper the spread of COVID.  
   The vaccines are essential, but the ability to test at will with timely results will provide the public with the knowledge to know when to restrict any contact with others. 
   Like everything else, no guarantee, but knowledge is powerful. 
   On another good note, it appears that the Lone Star state is the in-place to do business. 
   All it took was for Elon Musk to call out the bureaucracy. 

Thu
10
Dec

"Reel Reviews: ‘Half Brothers’ is a rollercoaster ride of hilarious, dramatic moments" by: Jessica Shepard

   It seems like most of the movies lately are re-hashing old stereotypes and storylines while trying to breathe new life into them.
   But, they only make little changes and hope for the best turnout.
   I’ve got to say that “Half Brothers” seems like one of those sorts of movies since it reminds me of several others from years past.
   In fact, it mirrors many comedic road trip films like “Dumb and Dumber” (1994), “Due Date” (2010), and “The Hangover” (2009.)
   Well, at least I think it borrows from those other films quite a bit and just puts the twist of the main characters being polar-opposite half-brothers versus a group of friends or just two friends.
   Half Brothers is a comedy film directed by Luke Greenfield from a screenplay by Eduardo Cisneros and Jason Shuman.
   The movie runs for one hour and 36 minutes and is rated PG-13 for some violence and strong language.

Thu
10
Dec

Dresser joins cleanup discards

Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard
Several WCA Waste Corporation employees load a dresser into the compacting garbage truck during the City of Bay City's Annual Fall Cleanup Saturday, Dec. 5. Along with used tires, mattresses, couches, chairs and other furniture were some of the items compacted before being trashed.

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