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Thu
28
Nov

MRMC Foundation hosts business after hours

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
The Matagorda Regional Medical Center Foundation hosts Bay City Chamber of Commerce’s “Business After Hours” and drew quite a crowd, Nov. 21.

Thu
28
Nov

"New feral hog grant funding among top agriculture stories" by: Aaron Sumrall, PhD County Extension Agent – Agriculture/Natural Resources

Matagorda County Agriculture News and Happenings
December 2019
   Howdy All! I hope this finds you well and enjoying some cooler weather and looking forward to Thanksgiving and spending time with family.
   I know that in the realm of agriculture, this is the time dedicated to reviewing the results of the past crop and calf seasons and making adjustments and plans for 2020.
   This time of the year can also afford a little time off the tractor or horse to catch up on the new technologies and changes that have been evolving over the previous months to better help you in the coming months.
   This newsletter will include information on upcoming events and activities that will provide you with valuable information for the coming year.
   Don’t forget that Dec. 31, will be the expiration date for ag/timber tax numbers provided through the Texas State Comptroller’s office for many of you.
Wed
27
Nov

"Variety of local events on tap Thanksgiving, weekend" by: Jessica Shepard

  Thanksgiving celebrations feature family togetherness and a grateful feast for many.
   But, some struggle to find activities in the meantime or after dinner leftovers are stored in the fridge.
   The annual Matagorda 5K Thanksgiving Turkey trot starts at 8 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 28, on Matagorda Beach.
   Trotters are encouraged to come as early as 7 a.m. and jam out to live entertainment.
   The entry fee for the trot is a non-perishable item to be donated to the Matagorda Food Pantry.
   To order a T-shirt please email Maegan Griffith at mkgriffith@outlook.com and she can send you an order form or you can find the form on the event page and email it to her along with all the details and pricing.
   LynnGroup and Junior’s Smokehouse are giving away free Thanksgiving meals from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 28, at Junior’s, 2901 Nichols Ave, Bay City.

Wed
27
Nov

Small businesses give big on Thanksgiving

   LynnGroup, a business owned by Stuart and Lisa Lynn, is partnering with Junior’s Smokehouse & Bakery - Bay City to show appreciation to the supportive community of Bay City.
   On Thanksgiving Day Nov. 28, everyone is welcome a free Thanksgiving meal from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Junior’s Smokehouse in Bay City.
   The meal includes turkey, dressing, yams, green beans, and cranberry sauce.
   If patrons choose to dine in at the restaurant, there will also be dessert available.
   Community members are invited to call in their To-Go orders to 979-244-2040.
   To-Go orders must be called in by Wednesday, Nov. 27, at 6 p.m.
   The restaurant will be open for dining in from 11 am. to 2 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day Thursday, Nov. 28.
   Volunteers also will deliver orders for community members.

Thu
21
Nov

"City plans to resolve Hamman Road speed limit" by: Mike Reddell

   Hamman Road’s posted speed limit is 30 mph, the speed limit ordinance for that stretch is 40 mph and Bay City police say the average speed is 36 mph. 
   “Police want a little direction from council and mayor,” Public Work Director Barry Calhoun told council at its regular meeting Tuesday, Nov. 18.
   The south Bay City street’s speed limit became an issue, Calhoun said, as police were issuing tickets to enforce the 30 mph posted limit.
   “A person challenged the ticket,” Calhoun said.
   Council discussed the speed limits and Councilman Bill Cornman said he favored the 30 mph limit, particularly since that’s the posted speed for much of Bay City.
   Councilman Brent Marceaux asked if the street’s condition prompted a slower speed for safety.
   Calhoun said the street, which underwent extensive reconstruction earlier this year, is safe.

Thu
21
Nov

"Sanders explains status of court case" by: Mike Reddell

JP Jason Sanders reads from prepared statement at news conference.
Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell

   Precinct 1 JP Jason Sanders held a press conference Monday afternoon at Matagorda County Courthouse to say he pled no contest to a tampering with government record charge.
   He was indicted on the Class A misdemeanor charge last February.
   “I was charged with tampering with a government record in connection with my mishandling of a marriage license,” Sanders told about 20 people who gathered outside the courthouse’s north entrance.
   “My case was set for a jury trial this morning. My lawyer Rick Davis, and the state’s attorney worked out a reasonable compromise,” Sanders read from a prepared statement that had been released earlier in the day.
   “I pled ‘no contest’ and received deferred adjudication probation,” he said. 

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Thu
21
Nov

"BCISD pursues vaping sensors" by: Jessica Shepard

   Bay City ISD heard about a new vapor sensor system awaiting installation in both the high school and junior high and heard bond project updates during their regular meeting Nov. 18.
   The vapor sensor system will feature 20 sensors in BCHS and 14 at the junior high campus.
   “These sensors will be in areas identified by the campus administrators as popular vaping spots,” said Bay City ISD Police Department Investigator Chris Cunningham.
   “Some of those spots include stairwells and bathrooms. Once a sensor picks up on vaping, it will send an email or a text to the campus administrator who can move forward from there.”
   At that point, the principal would review security camera footage from that area to determine the culprit, Cunningham said.

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Thu
21
Nov

BCHS seniors meet college recruiters

Sentinel photos/Mike Reddell
A representative from Texas A&M University at Kingsville, right speaks to a group of seniors about attending their campus after graduation Nov. 13. The recruiter was one of several from universities across Texas along with military recruiters for various branches of the armed forces.

Thu
21
Nov

"State grant to allow aerial hog hunts" by: Mike Reddell

   A state-funded feral hog grant would bring back aerial gunning as a way to control the animal’s population in Matagorda County, County Agent Dr. Aaron Sumrall told commissioners court at its regular meeting Monday, Nov. 18.
   The $20,000 grant – a fifth of the total state allotment – would allow the county to continue work to contain the number of the feral hogs.
   “Last year, we removed a little over 3,000 hogs,” Sumrall said of the program’s results.
   “Three-quarters of (this year’s) funding will go to aerial gunning,” he added.
Precinct 1 Commissioner Gary Graham asked how the carcasses from hog kills will be handled.
“That’s up to the landowner,” Sumrall replied.
   “We recommend burying the animals, no more than three feet from the surface,” he added. 
   “No carcasses in ditches,” Sumrall said.

Thu
21
Nov

"Tidehaven trustees approve cameras on buses" by: Jessica Shepard

   Tidehaven ISD trustees unanimously approved buying cameras for several district buses and installing full-stainless steel holding pens in the agriculture barn as part of their regular meeting, Nov. 12.
   “This is a three-camera system,” said Assistant Superintendent Debra Taska.
   “There’s one camera in front, one in the back and one in the middle.”
   Taska explained to the board that the cameras could be installed and moved to another bus as needed.
   “The cameras have both audio and visual capability,” she added.

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