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Thu
21
May

Starbucks construction makes headway

Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard
Construction moved indoors as the new Starbucks grows closer to its projected October opening. The cafe’s new sign went up in the past few days.

Thu
21
May

"BCISD announces employees of the month"

   Leslie Stevens, Hortencia Torres, and Bryan Hood have been selected as the March, April, and May Bay City ISD “You’ve got heart” honorees, respectively. 
   This employee recognition award is given to staff who go beyond their “job description” in helping students and staff, who epitomize the concept of “team player,” and who put others first. BCISD staff submit the nominations. 
   The March winner, Bay City Junior High art teacher Leslie Stevens, was nominated by Renee Lawrence, who wrote: “Ms. Stevens has gone out of her way to get students’ artwork sent to contests, and she has been so helpful to her students during this strange time. She has always been available to help me, whatever I needed help with. 

Thu
21
May

"Child care centers, bars and sporting events scheduled for Texas’ next phase of reopening" By The Texas Tribune

   Gov. Greg Abbott on Monday announced his next wave of reopenings designed to restart the Texas economy during the coronavirus pandemic, saying child care facilities can reopen immediately, bars can open Friday with limited capacity and sporting events can return without fans at the end of the month. 
   Abbott also said he would permit restaurants to operate at 50% capacity starting Friday, up from 25% that’s allowed now. 
   At the same time, Abbott exempted two hotspots — Amarillo and El Paso — from his latest decisions, saying they would need to wait a week. 
   Abbott’s news conference came 18 days after he started a phased reopening of the state, starting with letting restaurants, stores, movie theaters and malls open up at 25% capacity.  
   He then allowed barbershops and salons to reopen May 8 under certain restrictions.  
   Monday was the first day gyms were allowed to open up, also under restrictions. 

Thu
21
May

Former deputy pleads guilty to sexual exploitation, cyberstalking

   WORCESTER, Mass. – A former Matagorda County deputy sheriff pleaded guilty Thursday, May 14, to sexually exploiting a young girl from Massachusetts he met while playing an online game, starting when she was 12 years old.
   Pasquale Salas, 26, pleaded guilty via video conference in federal court in Worcester to cyberstalking and sexual exploitation of a minor, Masslive.com reported.
   The former deputy met the Worcester County girl in 2014 while playing the video game Minecraft, federal prosecutors said. 
    During private conversations on various platforms, Salas coerced the girl into sending him hundreds of sexually explicit videos and images of herself, prosecutors said.
   When she tried to end contact with Salas, he threatened to send the explicit images and videos to her friends and family and threatened to harm her sister, prosecutors said.
   Salas also tracked the girl and controlled what she wore, authorities said.

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. 

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