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Tax-free weekend starts Aug. 7

   It’s that time of year again; summer is coming to a close and school starts just around the corner. 
   For most parents, guardians and students that includes purchasing clothes and school supplies for the new school year. 
   Texas Tax Free weekend starts at 12:01 a.m. Friday, Aug. 7 and ends atmidnight on Sunday, Aug. 9. 
   According to the Texas Comptroller’s Office the Texas state sales and use tax rate is 6.25 percent, but local taxing jurisdictions like cities and counties can also impose sales and use tax up to 2 percent for a total maximum combined rate of 8.25 percent. 
   That means consumers can expect to save about $8 for every $100 they spend on applicable school supplies or clothes. 
   For an item to be tax exempt it must cost less than $100 before tax is added. 
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CAST Oklahoma!: Good chemistry, audiences

Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard
Leaving after their wedding ceremony and Curly’s “trial” for Jud Fry’s death, scene above, the happy couple waves goodbye as they head away on their honeymoon. Curly and Laurey, played by Paul Rodgers and Elizabeth Schneider, are pulled off stage by their “team” of friends..

   The Community Actors of South Texas (CAST) played their last curtain call for the musical “Oklahoma!” as a matinee showing Sunday, July 26. 
   Still, they performed for over 100 audience members and earned a lot of applause for their skills. 
   ‘Oklahoma!’ is the largest production that CAST has undertaken. 
   “We’ve had great turnouts every night,” said director Timothy Rhoades. 
   The musical was performed on stage at the Van Vleck Auditorium and featured light refreshments and drinks being sold. 
   Barring a barely noticeable nervousness from Curly, played by Paul Rodgers, the opening sequence went off without a hitch. 
   Stephen Logan, playing Will Parker, seemed right at home on stage as he danced through one of the musical’s largest numbers, “Kansas City.” 
   Miguel Mirelez brought the villain, Jud Fry, to life during his conversation with Curly in the smokehouse. 
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Emergency waterway dredging under way

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Galveston District, recently started emergency maintenance dredging of the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway (GIWW) at Caney Creek and the Brazos River Floodgates in Brazoria and Matagorda counties, 
   The work began July 21.
   A contract was awarded to Orion Marine Construction in the amount of $1,612,000 to remove a combined total of approximately 103,000 cubic yards of dredged material at the busy waterway.
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School lunches to go up a quarter

Bay City school trustees approved a 25-cent increase in cafeteria prices for the 2015-2016 school year Monday night.
   All students in the district will retain free breakfasts and elementary students will continue to have free lunches.
   However, junior high and high school students will see their meals cost $2 and $2.50 this upcoming school year.
   Faculty can expect their prices to go up to $3.50 across the district.
   Any and all visitors also will pay $3.50.
   Trustee Bobby Kimball expressed his concern about the reason why cafeteria meal prices were being raised.
   “We’re raising our prices to kind of get in sync with USDA reimbursement prices,” said food service director Mildred Hawkins.
   “We don’t have to be at their level, we just have to show that we are moving.”
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New techniques bring relief to hip, shoulder surgeries

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
Orthopedic surgeon Dr. Chris Hall, center, explains a surgical technique with a model that he used in his presentation to the Bay City Lions Club Friday, July 17. Shown with Hall are, from left: Lion Terry Farrar, Bobby Wilkinson and Ron Laws, two of Hall’s patients, and Lion Jim Humphries.

   New procedures for repairing knees, hips and shoulders include less invasive surgery and they’re sending patients home earlier, Dr. Chris Hall told Bay City Lions at their meeting last Friday.
   “They are great things going on at this hospital that not everyone know,” the Matagorda Regional Medical Center orthopedic surgeon said.
   Hall was accompanied at the meeting by two of his patients – Bobby Wilkinson of Bay City, and Ron Laws of Palacios.
   The surgeon replaced both of Wilkinson’s knees June 1. After a brief hospital stay and rehab that’s almost complete, Wilkinson told the Lions he feels great.
   “I haven’t had any pain, but some soreness from the rehab,” Wilkinson, owner of Bay City Title and Abstract, said.
   “I was anxious at first about doing both knees, but I had a lot of faith in him (Hall).”
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Workshop shows city plans

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
City council and city department heads study the numbers at budget workshop Saturday morning.

 Mayor Mark Bricker did double duty as city finance director as he and city council spent four hours in workshop poring over the initial draft of the 2015-16 fiscal budget Saturday morning at the service center.
   Finance director Phill Connor resigned Tuesday, July 14, following a discussion about deadlines, Bricker told council at the beginning of the session.
   “I hope you will have patience with me,” Bricker asked council, saying it was difficult getting all the financial pieces in place for the workshop.
   The budget workshop included presentations by Police Chief Roger Barker, Capt. Robert Lister, Parks and Recreation Director Kelly Pennewitt, community Services Director John Garr, Public Works Director Barry Calhoun and City Secretary Rhonda Clegg.
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Oklahoma! opens Thursday

Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard
Ensemble members of the CAST production of “Oklahoma!” rehearse their moves Thursday July 16. The airborne trio is only a small part of the largest dance number known as “Kansas City.” Their performance can be seen starting at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 23, at the Van Vleck auditorium.

   Community Actors of South Texas members are nearing the final crunch of rehearsals before the debut of ‘Oklahoma!’ Thursday July 23.
   The musical is set to start at 7 p.m. at the Van Vleck auditorium and run nightly until the 2 p.m. matinee July 26.
   Tickets are $18 for adults and $15 for seniors and students and are available for purchase and Green Brother’s Jewelers and Studio ZG on the square in Bay City.
   There will be some tickets at the door, but seating is limited.
   A few new faces have joined the usual CAST lineup including Clare Constantini as Aunt Eller and Kayla Cox as Ado Annie Carnes.
   Hawes Dickerson bowed out of his performance due to an injured knee and his part as Will Parker will be played by choreographer Stephen Logan.
   “Hawes re-aggravated an old sports injury and was unable to continue with the show,” said direcFrom Page 1
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MRMC Foundation golf tourney set Aug. 8

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A foursome putts out during a past foundation golf tournament.

  The Matagorda Regional Medical Center Foundation will host its 6th Annual Golf Tournament on Saturday, Aug. 8, at the Rio Colorado Golf Course. 
   “This fun, philanthropic event is a great way to raise funds to enhance the healthcare services at Matagorda Regional Medical Center,” said Tiffany Foltyn, the foundation’s executive director. 
   The tournament features a shotgun start at 8 a.m. and is limited to the first 36 teams. 
   Highlights at this year’s event include a “Hole in One,” with the opportunity to win $10,000 at the designated par 3, along with other prizes at the remaining par 3’s, as well as 13 free chances to be a winner.  
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Kolkhorst: Pressure on water issues ‘not pretty’

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
Delaine Briscoe of Francitas, left, makes a point with Janet Peden, center, and State Sen. Lois Kolkhorst during the senator’s appearance at the Bay City Chamber of Commerce luncheon Thursday, July 16, at the Bay City Civic Center.

   There is enormous pressure on Texas lawmakers on water issues, State Senator Lois Kolkhorst remarked at a Bay City Chamber of Commerce luncheon attended by about 85 people last week.
   “It’s not pretty,” Kolkhorst added about that “understated pressure” to a positive comment from Haskell Simon at the Civic Center event Thursday, July 16, about her efforts in protecting Colorado River interests.
   Kolkhorst represents Matagorda and 20 other Texas counties in the state senate and was strongly supported in her senate election bid by Simon, a longtime county rice farmer, and others in the lower river basin.
   In the next legislature, Kolkhorst will become the senior Republican senator on the Colorado River, with Horseshoe Bay State Sen. Troy Fraser’s decision not to seek re-election.
   “Senator Fraser did a great job for his district,” that includes much of the Highland reservoirs north of Austin, Kolkhorst said.
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Playground equipment for Midfield, Markham OK’d

   Playground equipment for Markham and Midfield community parks – representing five months of planning - was approved by Matagorda County Commissioners Court at its regular meeting Monday, July 20.
   Precinct 4 Commissioner Bubba Frick told the court the playground equipment was an improvement project for the communities.
   The equipment, which will cost $60,367, was purchased from Austin-based commercial playground builder T.F. Harper & Associates.
   “People in the communities are really happy and looking forward to this,” said Frick.
   Commissioners also approved covering same-sex spouses in the county’s self-funded insurance plan.
   In the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling to legalize same-sex marriages, the Texas Association of Counties (TAC) Health and Employee Benefits Pool sent an election form to Matagorda County asking if its self-funded health plan will cover same-sex spouses.

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