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Thu
10
Jan

Lots of movement at McCoy's site

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
Lots of equipment is moving earth at the new site of McCoy’s Building Supply in Bay City. The 8.2-acre site is off Texas 35 behind Chili’s and is projected to open in mid-2019, according to McCoy’s web site.

Thu
10
Jan

Palacios oyster reef construction

Contributed photo
Several people lend a hand in constructing an oyster reef near the new Palacios Education Pavilion recently. Matagorda County Coastal and Marine Extension Agent Bill Balboa said the work is part of restoring oysters in Matagorda Bay.

Thu
10
Jan

MEHOP develops new approach for adolescent health care

MEHOP photo
A photo of the new adolescent health care waiting room at MEHOP.

   MEHOP has a new approach to healthcare for our youth.  
   They joined the Texas Youth Friendly Initiative (TYFI) which is a grant-funded project that helps health centers better serve adolescents, ages 10-18. Community Health Workers, Letty Tenorio and Toddie Garcia have been engaged with TYFI for the past 18 months.  
   As representatives of MEHOP, they were recognized with an award for their leadership role in the program from among seven other Health Centers.  
   MEHOP Pediatrics is now eligible to pursue certification as Adolescent-Centered Environment Champions.   
   Complex Texas laws create confusion about the provision of confidential services.  
   These challenges create roadblocks for young men and women seeking to access trusted, youth-centered, confidential care. 

Thu
03
Jan

Blackcats impress in Holiday Classic

Bay City High School Boys Basketball team won the Holiday Classic Tournament here last week. For complete details and photos of the Blackcats play, see Sports, Page 6.
Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell

Thu
03
Jan

"Estlinbaum swears in officials" by: Mike Reddll

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
County Judge Nate McDonald, left, is sworn in New Year’s Day by District Judge Craig Estlinbaum. Eleven newly elected county and precinct officials were sworn in by Estlinbaum during a New Year’s Day tradition that began more than a decade ago.

   About 100 people – including family and friends – were present to see 130th District Judge Craig Estlinbaum swear in Matagorda County and precinct officials in a New Year’s Day ceremony Tuesday. 
   Estlinbaum greeted those attending and explained the New Year’s Day swearing-in was started over 10 years ago by County Judge Greg Westmoreland and others. 
   They wanted one swearing-in ceremony, Estlinbaum said, “for all officials because it was important after the election to remind them they serve all of the public, regardless of party, and why we serve.” 

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Thu
03
Jan

"Making Mad Island Marsh CBC better" by: Jessica Shepard

Mad Island Marsh CBC compiler Brent Ortego said the CBC wouldn’t be successful without landowners, sponsors and volunteers..
Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard

   Matagorda County-Mad Island Marsh Christmas Bird Count (CBC) compiler Brent Ortego reviewed the count’s history along with this year’s results last week. 
   Matagorda’s CBC has been active since the 1990s since Ortego started it. 
   Ortego has decades of experience, compiles Mad Island and two other CBCs and participates in nine others. 
   He also helps edit the 119 CBCs throughout Texas, all of which span between Dec. 14 to Jan. 5. 
   “Our Matagorda County CBC is special because of the high diversity of habitats within its circle, which range from forested river bottoms to brush lands, grasslands, agriculture lands, marshes, bays and the Gulf of Mexico,” said Ortego. 
   “Its diversity is also enhanced by its geographic position near multiple ecoregions.  

Thu
03
Jan

"Orton: Bonnen puts priority on UTV bill for next legislature" by: Mike Reddell

   Approval for Precinct 6 Constable Bill Orton’s 2019 golf cart license plates broadened into a larger discussion about legislative approval this new year for UTV on county roads, at commissioners court regular meeting Monday, Dec. 31. 
   While golf carts were approved for driving on county roads in the 2017 legislative session, an error by a state representative omitted approval of UTVs – a side-by-side, four-wheel drive, off-road vehicle. 
   “A lot of people have been asking about the UTV registration,” Orton said after the court’s meeting. 
   Presently, UTVs only can be driven on private property and are forbidden on county roads. 
   State Rep. Dennis Bonnen supported the UTV registration at the earlier legislative session, only to have another representative drop the ball on getting the UTV  legislation passed. 

Thu
03
Jan

"CAST hosts ‘Steel Magnolias’ auditions in February " by: Jessica Shepard

   The Community Actors of South Texas (CAST) will host auditions for “Steel Magnolias” at 1-2:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 3, and 6-7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7, at the Bay City USO Service Center. 
   Steel Magnolias will be directed by CAST veteran Mary Dykes and features Steve Reis as assistant director. 
   “Kevin Knox will be our stage manager and Larry Bose will be in charge of lights and sound,” said Dykes. 
   “I am lucky to include some talented men behind the scenes since this play is not like the movie. Husbands and boyfriends are mentioned but never seen, however the clever dialogue is not lost.” 
   Script excerpts are available online at baycitycast.com for those interested in auditioning. 
   “We will need lots of backstage help with hair, makeup and costumes due to fast turnaround, too,” she said. 

Thu
03
Jan

Bay City VFD honors

Bay City Volunteer Fire Department had its annual awards ceremony and Christmas party Thursday, Dec. 13.
Numerous awards were awarded to the First Response Team, Service Awards, and also our Firefighter of the Year.
First Response Team: Fred Van Wie, Bill Luder, Jeremy Boyce, Albert Castaneda, Cory Mckelvy, Chip Luder, Vincent Lara, Camilo Reyes, Steve Bartek, Mark Solis,
Firefighter of the year: Jeremy Boyce
Service awards: Mike Coppock-30 years of service; Stephen Leverett-25 years of service; Sherree Johnson-10 years of service; Frank Guidry-10 years of service; Jeremy Boyce-5 years of service

Thu
03
Jan

Texas laws taking effect in 2019

   When the Texas legislature met in 2017, lawmakers created measures for the following year that revamped the state’s voter ID law and required that customers provide photo ID for certain debit or credit card transactions, among other things.
    Now as we head into 2019, a fresh set of laws are on the way ranging on everything from human trafficking to campaign finance.
   Take a look at what’s in store.
   Changing how vehicles are titled 
   If you’re transferring ownership of a car, you’ll want to take note of this one.
   SB 2076 revises “the process for an owner or lienholder of a motor vehicle to obtain a certified copy of a lost or destroyed title.”
   What does that mean for you?
   As of Jan. 1, the Texas DMV can only issue you a certified copy of your title, rather than the original, if you’re the first lienholder or the lienholder’s verified agent unless the owner has original proof from the lienholder.

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