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Thu
18
Oct

Rice Festival Parade Winners announced

Winners of the annual Bay City Lions Club Rice Festival Parade were announced last week and each winner received a ribbon and plaque. The top first place winners in each category are: commercial winners Sunshine and Rainbows and non-commercial winners Las Familias Unidas. Not pictured is first place winners of the marching category: Bay City High School Blackcat Band.
Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard

Thu
18
Oct

"BCISD approves wind farm, Air Liquide value limitation applications" by: Jessica Shepard

   Following an hour in closed session, Bay City ISD trustees unanimously approved two Chapter 313 appraised value limitation applications from Peyton Creek Wind Farm, LLC and Air Liquide Large Industries U.S. during their regular Monday meeting, Oct. 15.
   Peyton Creek Wind Farm LLC is part of E.ON Climate and Renewables, one of the world’s largest owners and operators of onshore and offshore wind farms.
   “We’ve been looking at putting a wind farm in Matagorda for the last four years or so,” said Richard Saunders, a senior development manager with E.ON.
   “We’re very close to the end of the project. The financials do require a Chapter 313 agreement and a county tax abatement.”
   Saunders mentioned that a previous agreement went past deadline and was invalid.
   “The good news is that in the interim, instead of splitting the project probably 50-50 or so with Van Vleck ISD, it’s now going to be probably entirely in Bay City ISD,” he added.

Thu
18
Oct

BCHS Homecoming

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
The 2018 Bay City High School Homecoming Queen is Itzell Gonzales and Anthony Perry is this year’s King. The two were crowned before the Blackcat-Fulshear football game last Friday, Oct. 12.

Thu
18
Oct

"Candidates appear at VFW forum" by: Mike Reddell

   Candidates for local, state and federal offices spoke to an estimated 100 people at the candidate forum sponsored by VFW Post 2438 and Auxiliary Monday night, Oct. 15.
   The candidates gave opening remarks about the office they’re seeking and their backgrounds.
   That was followed by several rounds of questions submitted by those attending and vetted by county Democrat and Republican chairmen.
   County Judge Nate McDonald, a Democrat, and his Republican challenger Charles Wright received more questions than other candidates.
   Also getting a number of questions were candidates for U.S. District 27 Representative.
   They included a representative for Michael Cloud, the Republican elected to the Congressional seat in a special election in July, Democrat Eric Holguin, Libertarian Daniel Tinus of Bay City, and Independent James Duerr.

Thu
18
Oct

Pumpkin decorating fun at Matagorda Day

Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard
Matagorda Day events were for all ages and featured fajita and margarita making contest, Saturday, Oct. 13. The young girl, above, painted and covered her miniature pumpkin with glitter for the pumpkin decorating contest. Other activities included bounce houses, apple bobbing, hat making, and a hoop toss.

Thu
18
Oct

"STP celebrates 30 years on the job" by: Jessica Shepard

   South Texas Project (STP) celebrated its 30 years in operation with a luncheon Oct. 10.
   “We’re not only proud of our 30-year operating history of safe, reliable power, we have a wonderful, simple little mission and we live it every day.” said Aldo Capristo, STP executive vice president and chief administrative officer.
   “We create value for our owners, for community and for our employees by generating safe, reliable cost-effective energy for the long term.”
   Capristo explained several different ways that STP provided value to the county.
   “We add value in this community because of the partnerships that we have in the community,” added Capristo.
   “Even right here at the Wharton County Junior College (campus in Bay City) we’ve brought 200 to 250 students to this campus and through the program here.”

Thu
18
Oct

Sheriff’s office shows the pink

Matagorda County Sheriff’s Department observed Breast Cancer Awareness Month with staff members attired in pink Monday, Oct. 15. Pictured are, from left, Cheryl Woodard, Doug Pruitt, Terri Bell-Knight, Randy Worthey,Sheriff Skipper Osborne, Norma Douget, Stephanie Irwin, Robert Thompson, Bennie Lewis, James Orr and Courtney Harvey.
Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell

Thu
18
Oct

"New hires here buying homes in Fort Bend master plan subdivisions" by: Mike Reddell

   A new study shows that local new hires are choosing to live in master plan subdivisions in the Richmond-Rosenberg, rather than in Bay City and Matagorda County, Mitch Thames told Matagorda County Economic Development Corporation board members last week.
   The residential units the new hires here are choosing in Fort Bend County are priced between $190,000 and $240,000, said Thames, MCEDC chairman.
   “Fort Bend County grows three Bay Cities every year,” added Jessica Russell, Bay City Community Development Corporation (BCCDC) executive director.
   Bay City’s population is about 17,800.
   “We’re missing the boat that other areas” are benefiting from, Thames said.
   He told the board that elected officials and governments need to focus on the problem of losing young people to other areas.

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Thu
18
Oct

Bay City, Palacios sales tax rebates up

   Bay City and Palacios both saw higher October sales tax rebates than the same month last year.
    Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar announced he sent cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose taxing districts $735.9 million in local sales tax allocations for October, 11.4 percent more than in October 2017. 
   These allocations are based on sales made in August by businesses that report tax monthly.
   Bay City’s October sales tax allocations totaled $478,488, up 9.86 percent from the $435,515 reported the same month a year ago.
   For the year, Bay City has received $4,735,830, which is down 1 percent from $4,812,674 for the same period last year.
   For Palacios, its October rebates were $56,305, up 12 percent from the previous October’s total of $49,900.
   That city’s year-to-date total was $616,916, a 17 percent increase from the same period last year tally of $523,512.

Thu
18
Oct

"Feral hogs impact on Matagorda County " By Aaron Sumrall, PhD County Extension Agent Agriculture & Natural Resources

   Matagorda County is compiled of in excess of 1100 sq. miles of land area and 300 sq. miles of waterways and impoundments. 
   Agriculture is a major economic staple consisting of upwards of $265 million in receipts annually which can be broken into 4 major areas – hunting and recreation ($20 million), turf ($40 million), livestock ($70 million), and row crop and rice ($135 million). 
   Annually for the past 20 years, Matagorda County has invested in excess of $38,000 annually to combat the feral hog (Sus scrofa) epidemic that is adversely impacting all facets of agriculture and water quality within the county. 
   Funds are provided for a wildlife technician to mitigate issues caused by human-wildlife interactions. This employee is shared with multiple counties. 

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