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Thu
09
Aug

"Time running out to buy tickets to see Craig Morgan at Rotary concert" by: Jessica Shepard

   Time is running out to get your tickets to the 18th Annual Rotary Summer Concert.
   Doors open at 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18, with Slamuel Cunningham and Sarah Hobbs then this year’s main act, Craig Morgan, to start at 11 p.m. at the Bay City Civic Center.
   About 200 tickets are still available for purchase ranging from $40-$50 for individuals and up to $500 for a 10-seat table depending on which side of the room you want.
   All children age 3 and up must have a ticket.
   All tickets are available for purchase at baycityrotary.com/tickets.
   Morgan is known for several hits including Bonfire, Almost Home, International Harvester, Redneck Yacht Club and That’s What I Love About Sunday.
   The event is BYOB or bring your own bottle of alcoholic beverage of choice.
   The Boys & Girls Club will have set-ups, snacks, and Frito pie for purchase.

Thu
09
Aug

"Hundred Club to host 41st Annual Law Enforcement Awards Dinner" by: Jessica Shepard

   The Hundred Club of Matagorda County will host the 41st Annual Law Enforcement Awards Dinner at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 17, at Eagle’s Hall in Bay City.
   “This event permits our entire community to show support for peace officers across the county,” said project chairman Bill Aber. 
   “Awards will be presented after the meal and the public is invited at no charge.” 
   “Countywide law enforcement officials, officers, and their families are special guests,” said co-chairman Richard Morales. 
   Morales is a Bay City Police Department sergeant. 
   “We hope to see new and renewing members of the Hundred Club and their families, as well as the general public, come for this highly anticipated annual event,” said Steven Reis, club president. 
   “Support for officers across Matagorda County is the whole point of the Hundred Club,” said Aber. 

Thu
09
Aug

"Matagorda County 4-H recognizes accomplishments of youth, adults" By Aaron Sumrall, PhD County Extension Agent Agriculture & Natural Resources

Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard
4-H: Matagorda County 4-H recognized the efforts and accomplishments of members and leaders during the annual recognition banquet held July 31. Award winners in no particular order include Cheryl Saha, Scollie Saha, Karly Brown, Slade Saha, Brooke Vandenbergh, Madilyn Spale, Avery Kubecka, Mallory Grimes, Shelly Grimes, Kim Sliva, Jodi Spalek and Amy Kubecka.

   As the 4-H year draws to a close, Matagorda County 4-H recognized the efforts and accomplishments of members and leaders during the annual recognition banquet at the Bay City Civic Center July 31. 
   The 4-H program is a dynamic youth development organization offering in excess of 30 projects in which youth can learn, lead, and demonstrate what was learned through competition. 
   Youth excelling in the 4-H program are also eligible for scholarships from the local to international levels.
   The base of the Matagorda County 4-H program is leadership and community service. Youth are encouraged to participate in projects of their choice and include leadership and community service throughout. 
   Matagorda County 4-H members are active in almost every project offered, with many advancing project learning to state, national, and international levels.

Thu
09
Aug

Olson takes a ride with Reed

Contributed photo
Kim Olson, Democratic candidate for Agriculture Commissioner, rode with Matagorda County rice farmer Bob Reed as he harvested rice outside of Bay City. Olson made several stops around the county Friday in her campaign. Olson is a fourth-generation Texas farmer and a former USAF combat pilot.

Thu
09
Aug

"Changing seasons bring about a new need to remain vigilant" By Aaron Sumrall, PhD County Extension Agent Agriculture & Natural Resources

   It is hard to believe by the days of upper 90s on the thermometer, but the changing of the season is already underway.
   Many migratory birds have begun to make their appearance in the skies above Matagorda County along with some other little winged friends.
   I have been receiving calls for about a month now concerning swarms of bees throughout the county.
   I have personally witnessed several myself during the workday in all locations of the place we call home.
   Most all instances to date have been of no concern to the health of people, pets, or livestock, just merely observations and a side note in the conversation.
   However, there have been a few that have contacted the Matagorda County Extension office following a less than positive encounter that, in a handful of cases, ended up with necessary medical attention.

Fri
03
Aug

Texas Theater concept

Courtesy of City of Bay City
The above scene is one of two concept drawings of the Texas Theater renovation project. The project is earmarked for $150,000 from hotel tax funds in t he proposed fiscal 2018-19 fiscal budget.

Fri
03
Aug

"Matagorda residents still want more done with patrols of beach" by: Mike Reddell

 Matagorda Beach law enforcement and its maintenance, plus recycling and cleanup efforts dominated discussion at last week’s Matagorda Chamber meeting.
   Matagorda residents remain concerned about Sheriff’s deputy patrols of Matagorda Beach - one of the main issues at a recent Matagorda town hall meeting – and it resurfaced at the chamber meeting Thursday, July 26.
   Residents still insisted that deputies were not enforcing traffic laws on the beach.
   On a recent weekend, Heather Hilliard recounted seeing vehicles doing reckless ‘figure 8s’ on the beach where children were.
   Christy Bishop said there was no one manning the Matagorda County kiosk to check for beach permits at the entrance of the public beach on a recent Saturday.
   Precinct 2 Commissioner Kent Pollard said the person normally on duty there “was sick.”
   Pollard noted the county has put up a large sign declaring the county’s $10 beach permits were required.

Fri
03
Aug

"City Charter lawsuit starts Wednesday before judge" by: Mike Reddell

   Pleadings in the lawsuit alleging City Charter violations filed by Bobby Head against Mayor Mark Bricker and City Council members Julie Estlinbaum and Bill Cornman will be heard in Matagorda County District Court Wednesday morning, Aug. 1.
   Head is represented by Brenham attorney Andy Taylor, while City Attorney Tim Kirwin represents the mayor and council members. 
   They’ll be presenting their sides of the lawsuit before 23rd Judicial District Judge Ben Hardin.
   The Wednesday morning proceedings include the plaintiff’s (Head) responses to the defendants’ pleas to the lawsuit’s jurisdiction and special exceptions, court documents show.
   The lawsuit claims Bricker’s violations against the City Charter include the primary allegation he improperly cast votes in matters where there was no tie vote. The charter requires the mayor to vote only in the case of a tied city council vote, the lawsuit notes.

Fri
03
Aug

"Wind farm, Railroad Task Force among discussion topics at EDC" by: Mike Reddell

  An update on the proposed Peyton Creek Wind Farm and the city’s new Railroad Task Force were among the wide-ranging topics covered at the Matagorda County Economic Development Corporation (MCEDC) board meeting Thursday, July 28.
   Noting the recent commissioners court public hearing on the wind farm, MCEDC Executive Manager Mike Ferdinand said the issue will return to the court “once they finish adjusting the zone.”
   At that county meeting, Precinct 2 Commissioner Kent Pollard moved to table action, after saying the wind farm’s proposed boundaries were too expansive for the abatement the owner, E.ON, is seeking and could present abatement issues for the county for new companies locating inside the zone.
   Ferdinand also commented on ongoing industrial projects, noting that one prospect returned to look at Matagorda County after initially showing no interest.

Fri
03
Aug

Detectives investigate apartment shootings

   Shots fired at a Bay City apartment complex struck three vehicles, but no one was hurt, early Monday morning, July 30, Bay City police said.
   Officers - sent on a shots-fired report to the apartments at 900 Ave. J shortly before 2 a.m. Monday - began checking the area and found a white Pontiac with a busted window and multiple bullet holes in the other windows.
   Some of the bullets traveled through the Pontiac’s window, striking a Ford pickup parked next to the Pontiac.
   Officers talked with the owner of the vehicles, who told them shots also were fired at a silver Kia on the other side of the apartment complex.

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