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Thu
16
Sep

"Hurricane Nicholas makes landfall near Sargent" by: Jessica Shepard

Sentinel photo/MaLinda Reddell
The Blessing Tire Store on Avenue F had its roof ripped off from Nicholas’ furious winds overnight Monday.

   Hurricane Nicholas made landfall just after midnight Tuesday, Sept. 14, at Matagorda Peninsula – about 10 miles West of Sargent.
   Nicholas was at a Category 1 hurricane strength after bumping off the coast and returning before landfall at around 12:30 a.m. Tuesday.
   Category 1 hurricanes are defined as having reached 75-95 mph winds and usually damage trees, power lines, older mobile homes, and windows.
   Power was out throughout Matagorda County Tuesday.
   As of press time Tuesday morning, there was extensive flooding and damage in Sargent.
   “Every neighborhood in Sargent was affected by this hurricane,” said Precinct 6 Deputy Constable Bill Orton via Facebook at 6 a.m. Tuesday.
   “The extent of that damage has yet to be determined. Once daylight gets here and crews can get started putting our utilities back in order and the county can clear roadways, hopefully then we’ll have a better understanding of the damage.”

Thu
16
Sep

"9/11 Remembrance honors those who sacrificed" by: Jessica Shepard

Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard
County Judge Nate McDonald served as master of ceremonies.

   Several hundred people attended the Matagorda County Patriot Day “9/11 Remembrance Troop Support Rally” at the new Bay City High School Memorial stadium Saturday, Sept. 11.
   The event marked the 20th anniversary since the 9/11 terrorist attack on the U.S.
   Guest speakers included local pastors and elected officials to music provided by the “Patriot Choir” and combined high school band members from Van Vleck, Bay City and Tidehaven schools.
   Matagorda County Judge Nate McDonald was the master of ceremonies for the evening and gave introductions for everyone on the field.
   “It’s great seeing our community coming together for an event like this,” he said.
   “It shows not only how patriotic we are but how much we care about our fellow citizens. September 11 will not be forgotten in this part of Texas – or in Matagorda County at all.”

Thu
16
Sep

"COVID-19 county cases keep rising, 10 new deaths " by: Mike Reddell

   New confirmed cases of COVID-19 continue to rise in Matagorda County.
   The county had 490 new cases over the past 14 days, the Department of State Health Services (DSHS) reported Monday, Sept. 13.
   The per capita rate of infections is 13.4 per 1,000 residents and the rate of fatalities is 3.6 per 1,000 residents.
   Overall, the county has 4,621 confirmed cases, 890 probable cases, 133 deaths, 369 active cases and 5,022 estimated recoveries.
   There were 123 deaths reported last week and 118 the week before, DSHS said.   
   In its weekly COVID-19 tracking that was posted Thursday, Sept. 9, the Bay City Independent School District reports that 48 students and seven staff members tested positive.
   As of Sept. 11, about 48.9% of Texas’ 29 million people have been fully vaccinated – 83% of Texans are age 12 and older and eligible for a vaccine.
   In Matagorda County, 37.9% of residents are fully vaccinated.
    
   
   

Thu
16
Sep

"Thames explains Bold Fox plans to Commissioners Court members" by: Mike Reddell

An update on Bold Fox Development’s proposal to build between 180-200 homes on 50 acres across Texas 35 from Tenaris was given to Commissioners Court at its regular meeting Monday, Sept. 13.
   Mitch Thames told the court that he was asked by the TIRZ 2 board to explain the Bold Fox project to the county and the other agencies that are part of the TIRZ 2 (Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone).
   TIRZ 2 board members are trying to move quickly to annex Bold Fox’s 50 acres of housing development presently not in the city limits and to enlarge the size of the TIRZ 2, now located east of Show Boat Road (McCrosky Road), said Thames, Bay City Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture president.
   Arthur Milberger who owns much of the property in TIRZ 2 purchased another 156 acres west of Show Boat Road.

Thu
16
Sep

"Rice Festival winners announced" by: Jessica Shepard

Matt Kibodeaux (center) won first place in the Rice Festival’s Brent Marceaux Gumbo Cook-off. He is flanked by Chris Green, left, and Jim Frankson. More winners on Page 7.
Sentinel photo/MaLinda Reddell

   This year’s Rice Festival event hosted a variety of new features and returning favorites.
   The 75th Annual Bay City Lions Club Rice Festival was pared down last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but returned earlier this month with a fully stocked schedule.
   This year saw the addition of the first-ever Brent Marceaux Gumbo Cook-off and car show.
   Buddy’s Seafood, Orsted, and K-2 Steakhouse sponsored the cook-off and there were nine entries.
   Award plaques were given to first-third place winners for their best gumbo recipes.
   Matt Kibodeaux won first place.
   Scott Cheek took the second place award.
   Third place went to a team featuring Eric Frankson, Nathan Russell, and Tyler Montgomery.
   The car show drew entries for trucks, cars, and motorcycles from locals to out-of-county participants.

Thu
16
Sep

BCHS Homecoming royalty

Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard
The 2021 Bay City High School Homecoming King and Queen are Jonathan Fuentes and Alexis Solis. They were crowned at halftime for the Bay City-Wharton football game, Sept. 10.

Thu
16
Sep

"Bay City sales tax rebates down from year ago" by: Mike Reddell

   Bay City September sales tax allocations were down 14.9% from the same month last year, while Palacios saw its rebates rise 16% over last year.
   Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar sent cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose taxing districts $925.1 million in local sales tax allocations for September, 20.9 percent more than in September 2020.
      These allocations are based on sales made in July by businesses that report tax monthly.
   Bay City’s September sales tax allocation was $545,039, down 14.9% from the $641,039 received for the same month last year.
   For the year, Bay City total allocations were $4,941,499, down 2.33% from the $5,059,497 in the same period in 2020.
   On the other hand, Palacios’ September sales tax rebates totaled $79,430, a 16.2% increase from the $68,332 rebate the city received for September 2020.
   For the year, Palacios’ allocations are $635,420, up 12.2% from the same period last year.

Thu
16
Sep

Best in Show winners of 75th Bay City Lions Club Rice Festival Car Show

Shown with Bay City Lions Hawes Dickerson and Doc Campbell the winners, in no particular order, are: Tim Salaika,1963 Red Corvette; Ricky Reidel, 1968 Teal Ford Bronco; Ron Harvey, 1965 Red Chevy El Camino; Phil Dietrek,1928 Black Plymouth Speed Deluxe; Harry Boelle,1930 Black Ford Model A; and RIchard Senf,1968 White Plymouth Roadrunner.
Sentinel photo/MaLinda Reddell

Thu
16
Sep

Rice Festival Exceptional Day

Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard
A longtime favorite feature of the Bay City Lions Club Rice Festival is Exceptional Day at the Matagorda County Fairgrounds. Above, the kids find fun at a bouncy house.

Thu
09
Sep

Bells will ring for 9-11 remembrance

   The First Presbyterian Church of Bay City will host a “9/11 Bell Memorial” starting at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 11, at the church, 2216 Avenue H Bay City.
   “We ring our bell once for each person that died that day from the attack,” read the church’s flyer.
   “We will start with an opening statement and end in prayer. 
“Water will be provided to anyone ringing the bell.”
   The bell will be rung 50 times and the church is open to volunteers who wish to ring the bell.
   Interested persons should contact Pastor Charley Shurtz or stop by during office hours Thursday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
   “We are also looking for someone to play taps when the last bell is rung,” said the flyer.
   Matagorda County Patriot Day 9-11 Remembrance hosts a troop-support rally at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 11, at the new Bay City Memorial Stadium.
   The event features fireworks, music, and flags.

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