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Thu
29
Jul

'The Vault' teen room now open

Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard
Teens filled the newly decorated teen room at the Bay City Public Library, dubbed “The Vault,” for its grand opening event, July 20. The event featured videogames, temporary tattoos, pizza, door prizes, costume contest, and free books. The grand opening is just one of many other library events going on for the summer.

Thu
29
Jul

Governor signs Kolkhorst bill extending maternal health care

   Texas Governor Greg Abbott on Wednesday signed HB 133, a bill sponsored and passed by Senator Lois W. Kolkhorst (R-Brenham) to increase Medicaid coverage for new mothers in Texas from two months to six months postpartum.  
   Kolkhorst said that expanding new post-pregnancy maternal care is a pressing need for qualifying Texas women and serves as an efficient and effective use of state and federal dollars. 
   "HB 133 will extend Medicaid coverage for pregnant women on Medicaid from 60 days to 6 months post-pregnancy," said Abbott. 
   "It will also streamline women’s health programs & create better continuity of care for Texas women."
   "With this legislation, Texas becomes one of the first states in the nation to extend Medicaid coverage beyond two months federally required for postpartum," said Kolkhorst, who chairs the Senate's Health and Human Services Committee. 

Thu
29
Jul

"Fall Armyworm control in pastures" By Dalton C. Ludwick, Holly Davis, Sonja L. Swiger, and David L. Kerns Extension Entomologists Texas A&M AgriLife

Fall Armyworm caterpillar with inverted Y design.

   Recent rainfall events have been a major problem this summer. 
   As a result of this rainfall, fall armyworms (Spodoptera frugiperda) are thriving across the northern, central and eastern portions of Texas.
   Below is some information on the biology of the pest, how to scout for them, and control options to mitigate damage. 
   Biology and Damage
   There are two strains of fall armyworms (FAW): the corn strain and the grass strain. 
   The corn strain usually appears in the spring and early summer and feeds on crops such as corn, sorghum, and cotton. 
   The grass strain, which is the strain that infests hay fields and pastures, generally shows up after significant rain events from mid-July through fall. 
   The corn strain is known for being resistant to pyrethroids, while the grass strain is susceptible to pyrethroids. 

Wed
21
Jul

"Van Vleck bond projects complete weeks ahead of schedule" by: Jessica Shepard

   Van Vleck ISD trustees heard a brief update on the 2017 bond construction projects at their regular meeting Monday, July 19.
   “We’re done with the middle school right now,” said Sofia Dusek, PBK architect project executive.
   “They’re finishing the punch list items right now and we’re looking forward to finishing that out. The elementary still has a few outstanding punch list items and a few warranty items, too.
   “We’re super excited to have reached completion on these projects and are thankful for working with you all for the past four years,” she added.
   “Even with those few items, we’re still at functional completion from a staffing standpoint,” explained VVISD Superintendent John O’Brien.
   “Hydromulch went down about two weeks ago and with recent rain, we’re hoping to see some sprouts popup. 

Wed
21
Jul

"County to repair leaky Pct. 2 barn" by: Mike Reddell

   A $25,000 contract to fix the leaks at the Precinct 2 barn and office in Matagorda was approved by commissioners court at its meeting July 19.
   Precinct 2 Commissioner Kent Pollard said his administrative assistant was met with a half-inch of water when she entered the precinct barn shortly after a heavy rain.
   The contract with BNA Construction Company, for $25,101, will include repairing the roof, soffit, wall, gutters and windows, plus interior sheetrock repairs due to water leaks.

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Wed
21
Jul

"Sargent bridge ribbon cutting marks new era" by: Mike Reddell

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
A ribbon cutting for Sargent’s ‘Corkscrew’ Bridge involved local and state officials, contractors, residents and TxDOT employees. Shown, from left: Robert Vallejo, Project Superintendent; Paul Reitz (previous district engineer); Martin C. Horst (current Yoakum District Engineer); Ryan Simper, TxDOT Area Engineer; County Judge Nate McDonald; Paula Gibson with State Sen. Lois Kolkhorst; Nancy Wollam, District Director
Office of State Rep. Cody Vasut; and Jonathan Knoll, Project Manager.

  Ribbon cutting ceremonies for TxDOT’s $43 million FM 457 Sargent “Corkscrew” Bridge were held before about 50 people in the shadow of the extraordinary span Friday morning, July 16.
   “Thank you for delivering an engineering marvel,” County Judge Nate McDonald told the sizable contingent of TxDOT officials and employees.
   “You’ve built one hell of span,” the judge added.
   McDonald briefly reflected on Texas’ last swing bridge that was replaced by the new bridge that opened to traffic April 8.
   “We loved our swing bridge,” the judge continued, “but it became a choke point for commerce (in the Intracoastal Waterway) and that’s been relieved.
   “A lot of business floats on the canal.
   “Sargent deserves a bridge like this and as safe passage over the waterway,” McDonald said.
   He gave a shout out to sub-contractors Matagorda Materials and Matagorda Concrete and praised TxDOT for using local companies in the project.

Wed
21
Jul

"COVID-19 cases here copy higher state trend" by: Mike Reddell

    Following statewide trends, Matagorda County averages of new confirmed COVID-19 cases continue to rise.
   The county reported 38 new cases over the past 14 days for an average of one per 1,000, Department of State Health Services (DSHS) reported Monday, July 19.
   By comparison, the county had 11 new cases over the 14-day period on July 8 and seven on July 1.
   DSHS reported Monday that the positivity rate, which measures how prevalent the virus is in Texas, has crossed a 10% “red zone” threshold. 
   This indicates that the highly transmissible delta variant of COVID-19 is spreading rampantly among the unvaccinated, the Texas Tribune reported Monday.
   Vaccinations in the county appear at a standstill, with 33% of county residents fully vaccinated.
   Calhoun County reports 37% fully vaccinated, Brazoria County at 44% and Ft. Bend, 56%.
   Texas has 42.6% of its residents fully vaccinated.

Wed
21
Jul

"Tough times don’t deter Oilman’s commitment to its charities" by: Mike Reddell

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
An encased U.S. flag that flew over the Nation’s Capitol on Sept. 11, 2001 was an auction item at the Texas Oilman’s Charity Invitational Fishing Tournament last weekend. Holding the flag are three directors of TOICFT: from left, Ron Hartman, Tournament Chairman Chris Johnston, and Curtis Denison.

   There were about 500 people attending the Texas Oilman’s Charity Invitational Fishing Tournament (TOICFT) last weekend at Matagorda Harbor.
   That many people is a major boost to the Matagorda economy – some local folks call it the fifth holiday.
   While that number is down from previous years, it sure beats no tournament in 2020 because of the pandemic.
   “We’re suffering the same fate as the oil and gas industry has over a six-year decline,” Tournament Chairman Chris Johnston said in an interview, with directors Curtis Denison and Ron Hartman.

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Wed
21
Jul

Ribbon cutting marks GLO completion of affordable rental housing in Bay City

The Texas General Land Office disaster recovery team celebrated the completion of a multifamily housing complex in Bay City, to replace affordable rental housing damaged or destroyed in Hurricane Harvey, with a ribbon cutting Friday, July 16.
At left, Bay City Mayor Robert Nelson (left) and County Judge Nate McDonald cut the ribbon at the ceremony at Bay Breeze Apartments.
The GLO awarded $8,500,000 to rebuild the Bay Breeze Apartments, a 100-unit multifamily community in Bay City.
All 100 of the Bay Breeze Apartments units are set aside specifically for low-to-moderate income (LMI) families.
Contributed photo

Wed
21
Jul

CAST invites audience to help solve murder mystery

Contributed photo
CAST wants the audience to help solve the murder mystery in “The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940.” The production starts at 6 p.m. Friday-Saturday, July 26-27, and Thursday-Saturday, July 29-31, with a special lunch presentation at 12:30 p.m. Sunday, July 25.

  “The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940.”   Broadway-bred bombast and beauty! Revolving doors… Secret passageways... A mysterious figure… All add to the comic mayhem that takes place inside the new CAST Theatre as we present “The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940.”
   This production starts at 6 p.m. Friday-Saturday, July 26-27, and Thursday-Saturday, July 29-31, with a special lunch presentation at 12:30 p.m. Sunday, July 25.
   All tickets are $45 per person and feature a catered meal by Venezia’s Garden at CAST’s
   new home, 920 Nichols, in Bay City.
   Actors portray actors, directors, singers, and writers – all of whom may be in danger from the “Stage Door Slasher.”
   A New York police detective tries to sort out the mystery-in-a-mansion.
   Only the audience is aware of some of the secrets – but you can’t tell!

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