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Christmas museum mixer

Matagorda County Museum hosted the Bay City Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture mixer Dec. 6, featuring its annual festival of trees.
Sentinel photo by Jessica Shepard

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"County’s Harvey impact areas get less than urban communities" by: Mike Reddell

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Grant Administrator Bruce Spitszengel explains county impact areas.

   The 77414 Zip Code in Matagorda County is considered as one of the most impact areas from Hurricane Harvey, yet its share of recovery funding will be less than its more populous neighboring counties, commissioners court was told at its regular meeting Monday, Dec. 10.
   This round of Harvey recovery grants are being distributed differently than before, HUD Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Administrator Bruce Spitszengel said at a grant workshop during Monday’s meeting.
   County areas in the 77414 zip code were identified as the “most impacted area in the county, including Bay City,” Spitszengel said.
   Even though the 77414 has the “most impacted area,” it will get the least amount of money because of the population in several other counties, including Montgomery, Brazoria and Ft. Bend, Spitszengel said of funds primarily for road and bridge projects.

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"Crow new president of Tidehaven board" by: Jessica Shepard

Tidehaven Junior High and High School choir members gave trustees a private performance during Monday night. Choir teacher Grace Culbreath directed the students with a medley of Christmas classics like "Away in a Manger" and "Grandma got ran over by a Reindeer." Their Christmas concert is at 6:30 p.m.Thursday, Dec. 13, in the high school cafeteria.
Sentinel photo by Jessica Shepard

   Tidehaven ISD Trustees approved the canvassing of the Nov. 6 election ballot totals during their regular meeting Monday night.
   Trustees Stephen Crow, Mike Galvan, and Scott Cheek also took their oaths of office as newly-elected board members.
   After, board members unanimously approved the re-organizing of the board as follows:

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Breakfast with Grinch

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
One of this year’s Flock Fest events was Breakfast with the Grinch Saturday morning at Nia’s Towne Square Restaurant. The little girl in red is Ryleigh Siptak, while the Grinch holds Ryleigh’s younger sister, Raegan Siptak. The Elves are Ali Carrion, left of Grinch, and Olivia Schulz, to his right.

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"Sato holds 2 Guinness records now" by: Mike Reddell

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
Sato, above, the Guinness World Records holder in two categories for largest horn spread and, above right, the certificate owners Pam and Scott Evans received for the Longhorn steer’s record of largest horn spread - ever.

   Sato - the prized Longhorn owned by Pam and Scott Evans of Bay City - now holds three world records for his 10.5-foot-wide horn spread.
   A measurement Sept. 30 by the Texas Longhorn Breeders Association of America (TLBAA) at the Evan’s Red Bluff Ranch resulted in the steer earning two Guinness World Records titles and another from TLBAA.
   Nine-year-old Sato has the Guinness World Record for “The largest horn spread – steer (ever)” and “The largest horn spread – steer (living).”
   The Guinness certificate marking the record noted the horn spread of 126.3 75 inches (320.99 cm) “was achieved by Sato (USA) on 30 September 2018.”
   The TLBAA conferred its own “Tip-to-Tip TLBAA Horn Showcase” world champion horn spread, Scott Evans said.

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"Sato holds 2 Guinness records now" by: Mike Reddell

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
Sato, above, the Guinness World Records holder in two categories for largest horn spread and, above right, the certificate owners Pam and Scott Evans received for the Longhorn steer’s record of largest horn spread - ever.

   Sato - the prized Longhorn owned by Pam and Scott Evans of Bay City - now holds three world records for his 10.5-foot-wide horn spread.
   A measurement Sept. 30 by the Texas Longhorn Breeders Association of America (TLBAA) at the Evan’s Red Bluff Ranch resulted in the steer earning two Guinness World Records titles and another from TLBAA.
   Nine-year-old Sato has the Guinness World Record for “The largest horn spread – steer (ever)” and “The largest horn spread – steer (living).”
   The Guinness certificate marking the record noted the horn spread of 126.3 75 inches (320.99 cm) “was achieved by Sato (USA) on 30 September 2018.”
   The TLBAA conferred its own “Tip-to-Tip TLBAA Horn Showcase” world champion horn spread, Scott Evans said.

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Dec

"Chipman Construction gets Riverside bid " by: Jessica Shepard

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Mayor Mark Bricker has a private word with City Attorney Carly Wall during last week’s council discussion on the housing authority.

   City Council unanimously approved a $213,111 bid from Stuart Lynn’s Chipman Construction for septic and sand work at Riverside Park.
   Councilwoman Julie Estlinbaum was the only member not present for the meeting.
   “The good news is that FEMA does reimburse us for 90 percent of the work,” said Marla Jasek, assistant director of public works.
   “This project has been previously bid twice with first time being no bid and second time the bid was rejected due to a total of $175,055 for septic only. The city then decided to bid the sand and septic together.”
   The scope of work included rehabilitation of three on-site sewage facilities, construction of three platforms to elevate the pump controls and fencing surrounding the three on-site sewage facilities. 
   “In addition, a plan was included to relocate sand and establish drainage,” she said.
   The lowest bidder on the project was Blue Water Construction, with a bid of $162,474.

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"Comptroller’s endangered species division plans W. Bay research" by: Mike Reddell

   A potentially well-funded endangered species research project is coming to West Matagorda Bay.
   Dr. Robert Gulley and Meghan Hope with Comptroller Glenn Hegar’s Economic Growth and Endangered Species Management Division (EGESM) spoke about the West Matagorda Bay Program to a group of local leaders last week. 
   Gulley is EGESM Director, while Hope is the Senior Manager and was policy analyst for the economic growth and endangered species management office.
   The landscape-scale research is aimed at providing information to local government, landowners and different agencies to deal with the endangered species act, according to the Comptroller’s EGESM web site. 
   Gulley said his division plans to make “a significant investment in the next week or so” on the research. 

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"East Bernard ousts Tidehaven from UIL state playoffs" By Simon DeSoto Special to the Bay City Sentinel

Sentinel photos/Mike Reddell
Mason Perales (8) grabs a pass from quarterback Blake Garcia and tries to turn a corner against the Brahmas.

   IOWA COLONY – The Tidehaven Tigers sought revenge on the East Bernard Brahmas from a regular season loss, while attempting to advance from the quarterfinal playoff matchup.
   The Tigers lost the chance when they allowed the Brahmas to convert a turnover in the first quarter into a touchdown. 
   Later in the contest, the Brahmas tacked on a second, first-quarter touchdown and then a 35-yard field goal late in the fourth quarter to come away with a 17-0 win over Tidehaven.
   Tidehaven opened the contest by receiving the football after East Bernard deferred until the second half. 
   Tidehaven took the ball and moved it well, but on the seventh play of the opening drive, a fumble by the Tigers gave the ball to East Bernard at their own 37 yard line.

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STP Community Pride

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
Volunteers from South Texas Project Nuclear Operating Company took on heavy growth and thinned out several areas last week at the Matagorda County Birding Nature Center.
They were one team of several from STP who went into the surrounding communities for the plant’s Annual Community Pride Day, Thursday, Dec. 6.

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