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Thu
21
May

More than a name change: Oxea is now OQ Chemicals

   Monheim am Rhein, Germany – The global chemical company Oxea has officially changed its corporate name to OQ Chemicals as a token of its final integration into the newly formed energy company OQ. 
   Complementing the name change is a new corporate identity, reflecting the potential of the group, and a new website under www.chemicals.oq.com. 
   OQ aims to become a global leading energy company and offers a diversified product mix, including energy, polymers, and oxo chemicals.
   “We are committed to provide the same service level and to support the growth and success of our customers,” said Dr. Oliver Borgmeier, responsible for the Downstream International Assets at OQ. 

Thu
21
May

LCRA donates $104,000 to local food banks

   The Lower Colorado River Authority has donated $104,000 to 52 food banks throughout the LCRA service area to help support communities during these challenging economic times.
LCRA provided $2,000 to each of the 52 community food banks to help provide food to people in need. 
“The COVID-19 pandemic has challenged all Texans to take care of one another, especially with so many people currently out of work,’’ said Phil Wilson, LCRA general manager. “There is perhaps no greater calling than the work these organizations do in providing food for people who have no other place to turn. LCRA is honored to support them.” 
The recipient food banks are in Austin, Bandera, Bastrop, Burleson, Burnet, Caldwell, Colorado, DeWitt, Fayette, Gillespie, Gonzales, Guadalupe, Hamilton, Hays, Kendall, Kerr, Kimble, Lampasas, Lavaca, Lee, Llano, Mason, Matagorda, McCulloch, Mills, San Saba, Schleicher, Tom Green, Waller, Washington and Wharton counties.  

Thu
14
May

Tenaris to adjust workforce by 200 at Bay City seamless plant

From Tenaris

Thu
14
May

"County amends off-road vehicle policies" by: Mike Reddell

Examples of off-highway plates.

   Commissioners Court amended Matagorda County policies that will allow off-highway golf carts and utility vehicles (UTV) on county roads.
   Golf carts must have all safety equipment functioning and a flag attached to a six-foot-high pole on the cart.
   UTVs are required to have a license plate – a one-time $14.75 fee total through the tax assessor-collector’s office –a title that must be obtained in the owner’s home county before obtaining the plate.
   The required six-foot pole and flag on the back can be bought at local stores.
   In addition, UTVs will need an annual permit sticker that will cost $25.
   Liability insurance will be required on all vehicles and the proper equipment to purchase the Matagorda County permit sticker.
   Also during the discussion on insurance, Precinct 2 Commissioner Kent Pollard lamented over the possibility of his fully insured vehicle being struck by an uninsured off-highway vehicle.

Thu
14
May

Restoring Seventh Street well underway

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
A road excavator spews the stripped old asphalt from 7th Street/Texas 35 into a semi-truck gravel hauler Monday, May 11. The work is part of TxDOT’s $3.7 million surfacing and restoration of 5.691 miles along the thoroughfare.

Thu
14
May

"Bay City murder suspect arrested" by: Mike Reddell

Adams

   A suspect in a Bay City fatal shooting Thursday, May 7, was arrested that same day in Fort Bend County.
   It also was the same day that Bay City officials held a press conference urging community cooperation to stem an increase in three local homicides.
   A 27-year-old Houston man is charged with the shooting death of Tydarean Austin, also known as “Kobi Austin,” Bay City police said in a press release Friday, May 8.
   Abdul-Muhaymin Zaaki Adams was taken into custody May 7, in Fort Bend County, and was later transported to Matagorda County Jail where he was booked on one charge of murder (first degree felony) and one charge of unlawful possession of a firearm (third degree felony).
   Police said the arrest stems from an incident, also on May 7, at 1408 Whitson in Bay City, Texas in which Tydarean Austin was shot and killed. 

Thu
14
May

"State sponsors 2nd COVID-19 mobile test site" by: Mike Reddell

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
A National Guardsman tests one of 49 people at the second, state-sponsored drive-through COVID-19 mobile test site May 7, at Bay City Civic Center.

 There have been no new positive COVID-19 cases reported in Matagorda County since May 1.
   That was the count from the Emergency Operation Center (EOC) and the Matagorda Regional Medical Center (MRMC) as of Tuesday morning, May 12. 
   The May 11 count included 64 positive cases – 34 of which recovered – and five deaths. Active cases total 25.
   A second, state-sponsored mobile COVID-19 test site operated by National Guard members at the Bay City Civic Center tested 49 people.
   Results of that testing are expected Friday, May 15, the EOC reported.

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Thu
14
May

"Hair, nail salons open with new guidelines" by: Jessica Shepard

Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard
The parking lot at VIP Nails Spa is near capacity as the salon re-opens it's doors to customers, May 11. All barbershops, hair, nail, and tanning salons were opened on May 8 officially by Governor Greg Abbott featuring new health protocol guidelines in conjunction with the COVID-19 pandemic.

   Governor Greg Abbott moved to the next phase of opening businesses by allowing barber shops and hair, nails and tanning salons to open to 25% occupancy, May 8.
   Locally, that means many are operating by appointment only in order to meet this requirement.
   “As of May 1, Gov. Abbott allowed out restaurants, theaters, and churches to open at 25%,” said Matagorda County Judge Nate McDonald at a press conference Thursday, May 7.
   “So understand we are at a 25% occupancy at the moment by the governor’s orders and we as citizens of Texas are to follow those. He’s made it very clear that on May 8 that we’re to open hair salons, nail salons, tanning salons as well as barber shops.
   “Again, there are very clear guidelines for those to be open by and I ask that you please observe those guidelines and please help us to continue on this downhill slide of this COVID-19,” he added.

Thu
14
May

"Commissioners reopen county’s parks " by: Mike Reddell

   EDITOR’S NOTE: Because of the Bay City Sentinel's early deadlines, we were not able to include our coverage of the May 4 Commissioners Court meeting. 
   This is the article from that meeting.
   All Matagorda County parks – with all social distancing and hygiene practices remaining in place – were opened by commissioners court at its regular meeting Monday, May 4.
   Exceptions to the openings are the county’s community centers and the fairgrounds.
   “I put this on the agenda for you to think about,” County Judge Nate McDonald told the court.
   Commissioners supported the opening, but Precinct 4 Commissioner Bubba Frick said people “are still using the playgrounds” in his precinct.
   Frick asked the parents of those children on the playground “to make sure they’re washing their hands.”
   The vote on reopening the parks was unanimous.

Thu
14
May

"Boys & Girls Club Great Steak Cookoff, auction set for May 30" by: Jessica Shepard

   The Boys and Girls Club of Bay City and Matagorda County’s 10th Annual Great Steak Cook-off is from 4:30-9 p.m. Saturday, May 30.
   The new date is a direct response from the COVID-19 pandemic and its effects in the county.
   Cooking teams will set up in the parking lot at the WCJC Bay City campus, 4000 Avenue F, Bay City.
   Teams will be safely spaced apart and following all safety guidelines recommended by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) as well as federal, state and local authorities.
   “Current ticket holders will be provided curbside to-go steak dinners, with delicious steaks grilled by our cooks, plus locally prepared side dishes,” said Janet Peden, Boys and Girls Club board of directors president.
   The silent auction will be held online, just like last year. 
   Auction items include an array of choices from purses and jewelry to travel packages and baked goods.

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