Hooping at Cherry Rodeo

BCISD photo/Grant McGalliard
Cherry Elementary students had a great time at the Cherry Rodeo! Activities included barrel racing, hula-hoop roping, horseshoe tossing and animal petting. The Bay City Ag Department and high school FFA students helped out the youngsters.


"State plans SOS vaccinations here Thursday, Friday" by: Mike Reddell

The Texas Department of Emergency Management will have a two-day, SOS (Save Our Seniors) COVID-19 vaccination program this week, Matagorda County Emergency Operation Center (EOC) announced.

“This is a SOS event coming straight from the state Texas Department of Emergency Management (TDEM),” said EOC spokesman Mitch Thames.

“This is a completely different program from local hospitals, clinics and pharmacies. It takes nothing away from those programs,” Thames added.

“Seniors registered with any local vaccination wait list and programs won’t be kicked off any lists because of this event – those (lists) remain in effect.

Thames said this first of two-dose vaccination is aimed strictly at those 65 and older.

TDEM;\’s first dose will be from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, March 18, and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, March 19, at the Matagorda County Fairgrounds.

“You have to have an appointment,” Thames said. The number to call is 979-323-0707.


"Bay City Gas to spread storm costs over several months" by: Jessica Shepard

   Bay City Gas Company customers can expect a higher bill for their February usage in the mail this week for costs incurred due to Winter Storm Uri.
   “The billed cost of gas to customers for February usage is $.407/ccf,” said Bay City Gas Co. Manager Kevin Hecht.
   “For comparison, the January billed cost of gas was $.315/ccf. This $.407 is a tiny fraction of what Bay City Gas Company will have to pay its gas supplier, and was intentionally set low to help customers get through the February event without a massive gas bill.
   “Bay City Gas cannot absorb the huge loss created by billing customers for far less than the true February cost of gas, so we are exploring ways to collect the difference over time,” he added.
   Natural gas is measured in hundreds of cubic feet (CCF).
   Winter Storm Uri doubled customer’s usage for the month of February to roughly 42,000 ccf – over twice the amount used in previous years.


"Arguments for, against COVID-19 ‘plateau’" by: Mike Reddell

   There are two arguments that could be made on whether COVID-19 cases have reached a plateau, said Aaron Fox with Matagorda Regional Medical Center (MRMC).
   “My guess is the word ‘plateau’ is being used a lot right now to reference the number of new COVID-19 infections in Texas since about Feb. 21, said Fox, MRMC’s Chief Business Development Officer and Public Information Officer. 
   “When you look at our state numbers, two arguments can legitimately be made,” he added. 
   “The first argument is that our numbers week-over-week are going down, which may lead some to conclude that the numbers of new infections may continue to go down. 
   “The second view, which is a slightly more cautious view but equally supported by historical data, is that we hit the floor of new cases somewhere around Feb. 21 and have plateaued.” 
   Fox points out the most pronounced example of a plateau may be seen in state numbers between roughly Sept. 10 and Oct. 10. 


"Auction focuses spotlight on Junior Livestock exhibitors" by: Mike Reddell

Sentinel photosMaLinda Reddell
Van Vleck Junior FFA member Kami Klepac showed the grand champion steer at this year’s MCFLA Junior Livestock Auction Saturday.

   Van Vleck Junior FFA member Kami Klepac showed the grand champion steer at the 2021 Matagorda County Fair & Livestock Association (MCFLA) annual Junior Livestock Auction Saturday, March 6, at the Matagorda County Fairgrounds.
   Klepac’s 1,375-pound steer sold for $10,000 that was purchased by Von Gonten Ranch.
   This year’s reserve grand champion steer was shown by Jayden Gilbert of Round Up 4-H. 
   Gilbert’s 1,364-pound steer fetched $6,750.
   In addition, Logan Meyer, with Bay City Junior FFA, received a $100 check for showing the highest placing steer from a Matagorda County breeder who is a member of the Matagorda County Cattlemen’s Association.

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"Commissioners Court approves renovations to Pct. 3 office" by: Jessica Shepard

 Commissioners Court unanimously approved $34,750 in renovations for the Precinct 3 office in Palacios during its regular meeting Monday, March 8.
   “This building leaks, has rats and needs some updating,” said Precinct 3 Commissioner Troy Shimek.
   Shimek cited that the entire inside of the building would be “torn out to the studs.”
   Building improvements include renovating the bathroom to ADA compliance, new lighting, replacing doors and windows and re-insulating the ceiling.
   “When it’s done it’ll be like we have a whole new office,” he added.

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"Public hearing presents proposed airport zoning ordinance revisions" by: Mike Reddell

   A March 18 public hearing on a proposed amendment to the Airport Zoning Ordinance was the central focus of the Bay City Matagorda County Airport Zoning Board at its meeting March 4.
   The public hearing will be at noon Thursday, March 18, at the Schulman Movie Bowl & Grille at 6655 7th St.
   The board directed form letters that went to 1,050 “owners whose property lie within the Airport Zone, as defined by the revised ordinance.”
   “We need to make sure everybody is notified,” said Bill Cornman, Airport Zoning Board chairman.
   One area the board discussed last week is the need for a permit fee for new construction within the Airport Zone.
   “It’s up to City Council to set fees if something comes up – if it affects aviation safety,” Cornman explained.
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"Reel Reviews: ‘Monster Hunter’ blew budget on CGI beasties, not enough on storyline" by: Jessica Shepard

   As a recreational videogamer, I was suspicious of this film from the moment I heard about it. 
   After all, anytime there’s huge monsters intent on tearing up their environment and the unsuspecting people that get in their way – it’s an expensive bit of computer graphics. 
   And, to be perfectly honest, usually, the monsters don’t translate well to the big screen. 
   However, that’s not the case this time; the beasts in “Monster Hunter” are stunning and terrifyingly beautiful. 
   But, that’s where the bulk of the money for the film seems to be spent. 
   Even a solid A-List of talent can’t save the scrap of a storyline that Anderson tries to pass off to audiences. 
   Hunter is a science fantasy action film produced, written, and directed by Paul W.S. Anderson, based on the video game series of the same name by Capcom. 
   It’s rated PG-13 for sequences of creature action and violence throughout and lasts 103 minutes total. 


Barnett Bay City Police Department

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
New Bay City Police Department officer Cayton Barnett gets some special family help in pinning on his police badge during swearning in ceremonies March 10. The help came from his neice Elaina Barnett and his mother, Trina Barnett. Barnett is from Sweeny and graduated from Sweeny High School in 2014. He went to Brazosport College for a basic drafting certificate in 2015 and worked at a survey company for about four years before graduating from Brazosport College’s Police Academy in 2020. Bay City police officials say Barnett “is a quiet person until you get to know him, but he’s very respectful and kind hearted.”


"SBA offers low-interest disaster loans" by: Jessica Shepard

   The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is offering low-interest disaster loans to non-farm businesses of all sizes, private nonprofits, homeowners, and renters in Matagorda County who suffered losses caused by the severe winter storms that began Feb. 11. 
   For additional assistance, SBA has established a Virtual Disaster Loan Outreach Center that is open Mondays – Fridays, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. EST. 
   You can contact an SBA customer service representative via email at or by phone at 800-659-2955. 
   SBA will answer specific questions about how a disaster loan may help each survivor recover from the disaster damage and will provide one-on-one assistance in completing applications for these loans. 
   You can apply online at 
   Types of loans available are:   


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