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18
Jun

Jake Roberts receives Texas Award for Valor

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Deputy J. A. “Jake” Roberts, left, stands with the Sergeant at Arms of the Texas Senate Rick Deleon, who also is a reserve deputy with the Matagorda County Sheriff’s Office.

   Matagorda County Sheriff Deputy J.A. “Jake” Roberts received the State of Texas Award for Valor during ceremonies are the state capitol in Austin June 12.  
   A short version of the incident is as follows:
   On February 25, 2014, Roberts responded to a one-vehicle accident on FM 1728, in which the car was on fire and the driver was trapped and unresponsive.  
   Without regard for his own safety, Roberts managed to wrench open one of the car doors and extract the driver, saving her life. 
   County Sheriff Frank “Skipper” Osborne attended the presentation, along with Patrol Capt. Monty Mozley, and Capt. Steve Baker.
Thu
18
Jun

Texas Trio Classic donates to Wellness Matagorda

Texas Trio Classic donated $8,000 to Wellness Matagorda Friday, June 12. Taking part were, front row, from left: Chrystal Folse, Natalie Gonzalez and Abby McConaha; back row, from left, Cliff Roberts, Travis Gilbert, Loy Sneary, Mike Reddell and Aaron Fox. Roberts and Gilbert are both with Texas Classic.

Thu
18
Jun

LCRA's Hoffman discusses irrigation plans

   May’s record-breaking rainfall put more water in LCRA’s Highland reservoirs but how that plays out for Colorado, Wharton and Matagorda counties remains to be seen.
   One benefit of the May rains is lower Colorado River basin rice farmers could see LCRA irrigation canals cleaned and open for use, John Hoffmann, LCRA vice president on water issues. Told Tri-County Water Summit audience last Thursday, June 11.
   “What a May!” Hoffmann said after his introduction. He noted the eight-inch-average rainfall statewide.
   The Colorado River system received 400,000 acre feet from the May rains that broke the month’s record since measurements have been taken, he said.
   He noted the river basin was inundated below Austin – less so above Austin – but the system did get impressive inflows from the Llano and Pedernales rivers, bringing LCRA storage reservoirs to 81 percent full for Travis and 60 percent for Buchanan.
Thu
18
Jun

Basin leaders need to work together on water issues

   People in Matagorda, Wharton and Colorado counties should work together when it’s time to travel to Austin on lower Colorado River basin water supply challenges.
   That was just one takeaway from a Tri-County Water Summit last Thursday, June 11, at Prasek’s Hillje Smokehouse attended by about 80 people from all three counties.
   “A meeting like this is a good idea for a host of reasons. Two, three, four or 20 heads are better than one,” said Robbie Cook, a former state representative from Eagle Lake, who now lobbies for farming and water interests in his former district.
   “Regional cooperation makes a real big difference at the capitol,” said Cook, who still farms in Colorado County. “This is a good way to get ready for the next (legislative) session.”
Thu
18
Jun

"We Saw You" award

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Bay City police officer Matthew Mayberry and Corporal Tracy Trevino received "We Saw You" awards. During a recent vehicle pursuit in Bay City, these officers assessed the situation and quickly determined - before getting the vehicle stopped -the driver needed medical attention. The officers avoided using any force and safely intervened while EMS arrived to treat and transport the driver. BCPD recognized the officers for correctly assessing the situation, for making informed decisions and for making the right decisions for the right reasons. In addition, the officers called upon and used BCPD Chaplain Chad Hammons to drive the patient’s vehicle to the hospital rather than towing it.

Thu
18
Jun

Pilot Club Donations

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
The Pilot Club of Bay City recently made donations to three organizations, Project Lifesaver, Texana and the Matagorda County Museum. Taking part in the presentation were, from left: Sue Johnson, Pilot Club; Dennis Bensfield, Project Lifesaver; Cheryl Lavergne, Texana; Barbara Smith, museum director; D’Ann Snead and Theresa Knebel, both with Pilot Club.

Thu
11
Jun

County ponders law for ATVs

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An unlicensed utility vehicle where it shouldn’t be.

   A Houston attorney with a house in Sargent asked Matagorda County Commissioners Court Monday if he could draft a proposed ordinance for utility vehicles in the county. 
   “I want to talk about ATVs,” Tom Pirtle told the court during its public comments section. 
   “We’re seeing more and more activity. There is some concern about the age of the operators,” Pirtle said. 
   “I’d like to ask to take a crack at an ordinance” addressing the use of those vehicles, he said. 
   While the court can’t directly respond to remarks made at the public comments portion of the meeting, it was clear there were no objections to Pirtle’s proposal. 
   Commissioner Kent Pollard, whose Precinct 2 includes both Matagorda and Sargent, later noted that the county’s ordinances applying to utility vehicles were dated, written in 1985. 
Thu
11
Jun

Valedictorian's honesty draws standing ovation

Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard
After recieving their diplomas, members of the Bay City High School graduating Class of 2015 file out of their seats to head to the west end of the field for the traditional mortarboard toss.

   Bay City High School’s Class of 2015’s valedictorian Mackenzie Parker addressed fellow students and their friends and families with complete honesty during graduation proceedings. 
   “The hardest part of any task is the beginning,” she said. 
   “Starting something is almost always more daunting than finishing it.
   “This speech, for example, caused me weeks of stress as I couldn’t decide how to begin.” 
   Her introduction went smoothly after admitting that out loud. 
   She voiced her appreciation for her family, friend and teachers. 
   “Thank you for being who you are, for encouraging me, motivating me, laughing with me and laughing at me,” said Parker. 
   Her last words earned her a standing ovation on and off the field. 
   “I wish to leave the class of 2015 with a question,” she said. 
Thu
11
Jun

Graduation talk extols hometown

Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard
Van Vleck Salutatorian Justice Brooks and her fellow graduating seniors create a crowded selfie at commencement Thursday night.

   In the opening of his Valedictorian address, Van Vleck High School’s class of 2015 valedictorian Trevor Smith listed the reasons why his community was the best. 
   “I am proud of this place,” he said. 
   “Some people wonder which school’s the best, that conversation really ends here. We are the best.” 
   Smith credits the success of the community to its individuals. 
   “We’ve produced phenomenal athletes: AJ Mangum, Charles Austin, Richard Blackmon and  this town has heroes and leaders like John O’Brien, Burt O’Connell and Joe Ros, may he never be forgotten,” Smith said. 
   “All of these people and so many more have built and maintained a superior community that has people from counties over trying to get in.” 
Thu
11
Jun

Bomb squad explodes beach object

   A suspicious cylinder with a danger warning was found by a citizen on Matagorda Beach Sunday, and later destroyed by the Harris County Sheriff’s Office Bomb Squad, the Matagorda County Sheriff’s Department reported. 
   The citizen was walking on Matagorda Beach about six miles from the entrance and “found a cylindrical object (photo at left) that appeared to have washed up on shore,” the sheriff’s office report show. 
   The object’s warning read: “Do not handle, contains Phosphorus.  May cause serious burns. Notify Police Dept. or Military if found.” 
   The citizen contacted the sheriff’s office to report the object and Sheriff Skipper Osborne was notified and went to the beach.

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