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Thu
17
Sep

"Tidehaven hears solar farm proposals" by: Jessica Shepard

   Tidehaven school board members heard a trio of proposed changes from Danish Fields Solar regarding its taxable value limitation application with the district during their regular meeting Monday, Sept. 14.
   The first two proposals featured lower percentage payouts to the district in the beginning of the agreement’s maturity and the third was termed a “mistake on the solar company” by Tidehaven’s district legal counsel.
   Powell, Youngblood and Taylor attorney Selma Charania told the board that no formal action need be taken.
   “We are just bringing these proposed changes to you and giving our recommendation,” she explained.

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Thu
17
Sep

"EOC: COVID-19 new cases down in past few weeks" by: Mike Reddell

    The Matagorda County EOC weekly report indicated monitoring of COVID-19 and the Gulf and Atlantic storms.
   “As far as active cases of the virus, this is the best week in a long time,” said EOC spokesman Mitch Thames Monday.
   “As we have been watching the new cases have been down the past few weeks that has allowed the active cases to drop to 35 people,” Thames said.
   “In one respect this is a turning point for our community, it is closer to the number 10. 
   “If a rural county has fewer than 10 active cases there are less restrictive rules from the State of Texas,” he added.
   “I have said before, we control our future, we can control the virus. It is up to us, as what do we want our future to look like.
   “This is great news, special thanks to our medical community for leading the charge to get us here,” said Matagorda County Judge Nate McDonald.

Thu
17
Sep

BC Parks to host 1st ‘Community Market’

   Bay City Parks and Recreation Department is hosting it’s first-ever “Community Market” from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3 at the Sports Complex, 2414 FM 3156.
   The market is a mix between a yard sale and flea market with grassy area and pavilion spaces for rent.
   “Spent your time staying at home cleaning the house and wondering what to do with all the stuff?” said a PARD press release.
   “Love yard sales and want to visit several at once? We have an event for that!”
   Vendor spots and fees are:

Thu
17
Sep

"WPC annual ‘Baby Bottle’ fundraiser goes digital in wake of pandemic" by: Jessica Shepard

   The Women’s Pregnancy Center of Matagorda County’s (WPC) annual “Baby Bottle” fundraiser has gone digital in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic from now until Sunday, Oct. 18.
   Digital donations can be made by texting the word “GIVE” to 979-335-898 then by completing the registration prompts and texting any amount to give.
   Donations are also accepted online through the WPC’s website with an electronic check or credit/debit card or by mail to: WPC, P.O. Box 986, Bay City, TX 77404.
   Baby bottles are also available at many local churches for physical donations in changes, check or dollar bills.
   “It used to be called Baby Bottle Boomerang, but now with COVID issues, we have gone virtual also and changed the name to ‘Baby Bottle Campaign,’” said WPC Board President Carlisa Krenek.

Thu
17
Sep

Bay City man arrested for arson

Contributed photo
Fire at For the Love of Animal building ruled arson.

   Two warrants for arson were served on a Bay City man already in Matagorda County Jail Sunday, Sept. 13, on charges of arson and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. 
   The arson warrants were on Michael M. Allen, 32, of Bay City, police said.
   The first warrant was for an incident at about 4:20 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 5.
   Bay City Fire Department was dispatched to a possible fire at 4101 Avenue F, For the Love of Animals. 
   The fire was put out and Sgt. Dan Shook was notified. Shook is a trained fire investigator. 
At the time, Shook was told it was undetermined if the fire appeared suspicious.
   Shook was later contacted by a representative from For the Love of Animals. 
   He was notified there was video of someone setting the fire. 
   Shook obtained video from some area businesses showing the fire being started. 
   Shook identified Allen through several resources, police said. 

Thu
17
Sep

County Clerk urges early-vote plans for Nov. 3 elections

   County Clerk Stephanie Wurtz is emphasizing some key points in the 2020 general election Nov. 3 that includes several races from the local to the national level.
   “As far as emphasis, I think there are a few things:
   “My hope is that people are very aware of their options for voting in person. 
   “The Governor expanded the length of early voting by four days to allow plenty of time for people to make it to the polls. 
   “Given that we are contracting with various entities (schools, cities, etc.) this year due to the May elections being postponed, I want people to be aware that the ballots will be long and contain several races. 
   “They should be prepared for the amount of time it could take to vote. 
   “I hope everyone will realize this and take advantage of early voting.  
   So many people on Election Day want to show up at the early voting location to vote and can’t. 

Thu
17
Sep

Tidehaven kicks off game with 9/11 observance

Photo by Anna Hernandez
Tidehaven choirs performed a pre-game ceremony prior to the Tidehaven-Palacios game last Friday, Sept. 11, to honor first responders from Midfield and Markham, and sang the National Anthem.

Thu
17
Sep

"County: No reports filed on illegal dumping" by: Jessica Shepard

   Roughly two months after County Commissioners approved a $50 reward for illegal dumping violations, there have been no reports filed.
   “There is a countywide issue with illegal dumping; however, the heaviest issue is in Precinct 1 on the roads around the Transfer Station,” said Matagorda County Attorney Denise Fortenberry.
   Commissioners’ court approved a $50 reward for reporting illegal dumping violations that occur in Matagorda County and result in the apprehension and prosecution of an offender at its July 27 meeting.
   “The offenders need to be caught in the act,” said Fortenberry.
   “The hope is that this will deter dumping but also encourage neighbors or fellow drivers keeping an eye out for dumping. The key to prosecution of illegal dumping is having a witness that can identify the dumper and the actual act of dumping.  
   “Having a reward may encourage people to come forward when they see dumping. 

Thu
17
Sep

A moment to remember 9/11

Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard
A group of Matagorda County employees and bystanders took a moment of silence to observe the 9/11 tragedy Friday, Sept. 11 at the Matagorda County Courthouse. This year's courthouse display featured a "United We Stand" banner and flags donated for the occasion by Bobby Head.

Thu
10
Sep

"Council OKs fiscal 2021 tax rate, $27.8M budget" by: Mike Reddell

   City Council approved a fiscal 2021 budget of $27,884,000 during council’s regular meeting Tuesday, Sept. 8.
   The product of workshop sessions throughout the summer, the budget is lower than the fiscal 2020 budget of $28,090,950.
   The tax rate supporting the new fiscal year document will be .65500 per $100 valuation.
   That’s the same rate that was applied in fiscal 2020.
   This fiscal 2021 levy will raise more revenue from property taxes than last year by $82,292, a 1.45% increase from last year’s document.
   This year’s maintenance and operation rate of the budget will be .48212, down from .50176, while the fiscal 2021 debt service rate is .17288, and that’s up from .15324 in 2020.
   The debt service rate covers the city’s seven outstanding debt issues.

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