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Thu
23
Jan

"Cattlemen workshop features top speakers" by: Mike Reddell

Sen. Lois Kolkhorst

   State Sen. Lois Kolkhorst focused on a series of topics of high agriculture interest at the Gulf Coast regional Cattlemen’s Workshop & Trade Show, Jan. 17.
   The Brenham senator was one of four speakers at the event’s dinner program attended by an estimated 400 people – many of whom are involved in Matagorda County cattle raising.
   Kolkhorst has been actively working on flood-mitigation projects in the wake of Hurricane Harvey in 2017.
   “Twenty of the 21 counties affected by Harvey are in my district,” Kolkhorst told those attending annual workshop at the Bay City Civic Center.
   She said the federal government will provide $4.2 billion in flood relief that will be “dispersed fairly to the rural parts of the state” will be available through the General Land Office.

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Thu
23
Jan

"Chamber honors Savage, Estlinbaum" by: Mike Reddell

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Bay City Chamber of Commerce 2020 Chairman Aaron Fox and Renee Savage display her 2019 Woman of the Year award.

 Longtime health professional Renee Savage and District Judge Craig Estlinbaum were honored as Bay City Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture’s 2019 woman and man of the year, respectively, at the annual chamber banquet Thursday, Jan. 16.
   Aaron Fox, the chamber’s 2020 chairman, served as master of ceremonies for the evening, guiding the audience of about 400 people through outstanding citizen and student presentations from throughout Matagorda County.
Woman of the Year Renee Savage
   “Our woman of the year leads ancillary service operations for the Matagorda County Hospital District,” said presenter Marilyn Sitz, who received the honor last year. 
   “She also co-chairs Wellness Matagorda County Inc., which is an organization committed to promoting community wellness. 
   “Our woman of the year has her sights set on a countywide effort to bring an aquatic center Matagorda County.

Thu
23
Jan

"This weekend’s Camofest to feature new attractions" by: Jessica Shepard

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Bay City Community Development Corporation Director Jessica Russell, Main Street Program Director Shelly Story, and Bay City Tourism Director Heidi Martinez show off this year’s limited edition Camofest swag and souvenirs available for purchase at the event or in advance. Tickets are on sale now at baycitycamofest.com and can be picked up from 9 a.m. to noon or 2-4 p.m. Jan. 21-23 at 1112 7th Street in Bay City or at the will call booth the day of the event.

   The annual “Wild Game and Wine Camofest” will be from 2-10 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25 downtown in Bay City on Avenue G and Sixth Street.
   Tickets are on sale now at baycitycamofest.com and can be picked up from 9 a.m. to noon or 2-4 p.m. Jan. 21-23 at 1112 7th Street in Bay City or at the will call booth the day of the event.
   Camofest honors Matagorda County native Forest Bess, who helped develop camouflage during World War II.
   Camofest is a rain or shine event and admission is free to the overall event.

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Thu
23
Jan

Cherry nominated for CKH award

   Cherry Elementary is a Capturing Kids’ Hearts National Showcase School nominee for 2019-2020. Cherry won the honor in 2018-19 and 2017-18.
   Through the National Showcase Schools awards, the Flippen Group recognizes and celebrates schools that go the extra mile each day, creating the socio-emotional safety on school campuses that is conducive to learning.
   Capturing Kids’ Hearts is an immersive, participatory experience where teachers, staff, and administrators learn and practice skills they use and model in their classrooms, schools, and districts.
   The Flippen Group is a national professional development provider operating on principles that research clearly demonstrates – that students are most likely to succeed when they are emotionally safe and able to reconnect with their natural curiosity.

Thu
23
Jan

Matagorda County eligible for WISE Awards

   The Houston-Galveston Area Council is seeking applications for the 2020 Water Innovation Strategies of Excellence (WISE) Awards.
   The deadline to apply is Thursday, Feb. 6.
   The Water Innovation Strategies of Excellence Awards recognize innovative strategies and projects in the Houston-Galveston region that serve as models for improving water quality.
   Awards will be given in four categories: Planning and Policy; Education and Public Awareness; Built Projects greater than $500,000 and Built Projects that are less than $500,000.
   Eligible applicants include local governments; businesses and industry; non-profit organizations; universities and educational institutions; and utility districts.
   Projects in Austin, Brazoria, Chambers, Colorado, Fort Bend, Harris, Galveston, Liberty, Matagorda, Montgomery, Walker, Waller, and Wharton counties are eligible for recognition.

Thu
23
Jan

"1st-ever firefighter birthday bash Crisis Center auction item" by: Jessica Shepard

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Crisis Center volunteers and donors pose with the first-ever "Firefighter Birthday Bash" silent auction package - use of fire truck included! The package is just one of many silent auction items slated to appear as part of the 13th Annual Chicken Fried Steak Dinner Crisis Center fundraiser from 4-7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 31 at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Bay City.

   The 13th Annual Chicken Fried Steak Dinner Crisis Center fundraiser will be from 4-7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 31, at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Bay City.
   Plates are $10 each dine-in or drive-through and feature chicken fried steak, green beans, mashed potatoes, gravy, and homemade cookies.
   This year, the center added a new dinner feature – two free beer or wine tickets for those that choose to dine in as long as you are 21 years or older.
   For tickets call 979-245-9109 or stop by the Crisis Center at 3010 Sixth St. in Bay City.
   Tickets will also be available at the door the day of the event.

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Thu
23
Jan

"CAST ‘Jazz it up’ final shows this weekend" by: Jessica Shepard

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Grace Culbreath performs a number, The Girl in 14G, wearing a Viking-style helmet for CAST “Jazz It Up’ final shows this weekend.

   This Friday and Saturday Jan. 24-25 are your last chances to catch the Community Actors of South Texas (CAST) production “Night on Broadway: Jazz it up!”
   The production is billed as “a night of all your Jazz favorites” and features new and returning CAST singers.
   The dinner theater showcase starts at 6 p.m. and is directed by Dr. Kara Cowart with tickets at $40 per person.
   Tickets are available in advance at Green Brothers Jewelry or online at baycitycast.com for the Bay City Country Club venue.
   Performers chose from a variety of music from Broadway jazz classics or any jazz song of their choice for the dinner theater event.

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Thu
23
Jan

Civic Center room dedicated to Powell

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   The unveiling and dedication of the Tim Powell Room at the Bay City Civic Center took place at STP’s annual Leadership Conference on Friday, Jan. 10.
   The room was named in honor of Powell, STP president and CEO, for his dedication to STP and the local community.
   Al Capristo, executive vice president and chief administrative officer, presided over the room dedication ceremony and Powell’s wife, Page, assisted with the unveiling of the room’s signage and dedication plaque.
“We are very proud to be able to honor our CEO with this dedication,” said Capristo. 
   “His commitment to both STP and Bay City serves as an example of the positive impact that a person can make on their community. 
   “Tim lives STP’s core values of safety, integrity, teamwork and excellence every day and now this room will stand as a testament to his service.” 

Thu
23
Jan

2 arrested after deputies search vehicle for drugs

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Items recovered from vehicle on Hasema Road, where two men were arrested on drug charges.

   A vehicle stopped on Hasema Road led deputies to question the occupants, search the vehicle and arrest two men on drug charges and one on a weapon charge Thursday, Jan. 16, sheriff’s records show.
   Deputy Christopher Holliday and Reserve Deputy Ron Ballenger saw the vehicle while on patrol on Hasema Road, which is northeast of Van Vleck near the Brazoria County line, just before 1 p.m. Thursday 
   The deputies stopped and checked on the vehicle’s occupants, two men.
   While Holliday talked with them he saw a clear plastic bag with crystal like substance that appeared to be methamphetamines in the passenger’s side front seat, reports show.
   The deputies then detained both men and investigated the vehicle, finding a .380-caliber handgun, beside the driver’s side seat, and also discovered more narcotics, sheriff’s records indicate.

Thu
23
Jan

Group lauds Kolkhorst for small business vote

   AUSTIN - The National Federation of Independent Business - Texas Chapter (NFIB-Texas), the state’s leading small business association, announced that Senator Lois W. Kolkhorst (R-Brenham) earned a 100 percent voting record during the 86th legislative session, citing her support for local businesses.
   “Senator Kolkhorst is a true friend of the small business community in Texas,” said Annie Spilman, NFIB’s state director for Texas. “She has shown our members that she will do everything she can to create and maintain an environment where entrepreneurs and small, family businesses can expand and create jobs.”
   Kolkhorst is a business owner and former Chamber of Commerce CEO who has repeatedly earned recognition and praise for her policies that foster economic growth and prosperity in the Lone Star State.
   “The fight to protect our small businesses is important because they make up the vast majority of all companies in Texas,” said Senator Kolkhorst. 

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