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Thu
12
Feb

Wildlife rescue presents 18th annual basics training workshop

 Have you ever found an injured bird in your yard and wanted to know how to help it?
   The Friends of Gulf Coast Wildlife Rescue are presenting their 18th Annual Wildlife Rescue Basics Training Workshop Saturday, Feb 21.
   The workshop is free and will last from 8 a.m. until noon and is at The Gulf Coast Observatory Avian Science Center at 103 east highway 332 in Lake Jackson.
   Attendees can look forward to learning what to do when they find an injured or abandoned animal, an overview of wildlife rehabilitation and ho to coexist peacefully with wildlife.
   “We will also be teaching basic first aid, safety and handling techniques for reptiles, mammals and birds,” said the press release.
   There will also be live animals at the workshop.
   Those that attend the workshop will also learn about birds of prey and the laws protecting them as well as other state and federal wildlife laws.
Fri
06
Feb

The Matagorda Day in Austin planning team had its final meeting Thursday in preparation for the big day Tuesday, Feb. 10.

Sentinel Photo/ by Mike Reddell
The Matagorda Day in Austin planning team had its final meeting Thursday in preparation for the big day Tuesday, Feb. 10. Showing off a wagon with items that will go into goody bags for lawmakers and state officials are, from left: Debbie Morris, Natalie Galvan, Lauren Fox, Aaron Fox, Kerri Wikoff, Barbara Sanders, Bobby Wilkinson, Harriet Townsend, Tami Savage and Tiffany Foltyn.

Thu
05
Feb

Council work on Vision 2040 makes progress

   Mayor Mark Bricker presented a rough draft of a plan to Bay City Council members last Tuesday Jan. 27 in a special workshop meeting to discuss ways to move along the Vision 2040 plan.
   The main committees discussed were the Bay City Community Development Corporation, Bay City Gas Company Board, Bay City/Matagorda Count Convention and Visitors Bureau, Planning Commission, City Council, and the mayor’s office.
   How to move the vision forward has been the challenge.

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Thu
05
Feb

Police say 3 Bay City burglaries solved

   A 14-year-old Bay City male taken into custody Jan. 28 solved three burglaries here, Bay City police said.
   The juvenile was taken to Victoria Detention Center for the offenses, Police Lt. Clayton Rymer said.
Thu
05
Feb

County seizes 25 dogs, snakes, from trailer; 2 dogs died

   Two of the 25 dogs seized from a trailer house east of Bay City Jan. 28 are dead, said  county animal control officer Max Cruz.
   Susan Wimer, 63, of Bay City, was charged with cruelty to non-livestock animals and failure to provide protection, the Matagorda County Sheriff’s Office said.
   The woman was arrested Jan. 29 and released on a $3,500 surety bond, jail records show.
Thu
05
Feb

Boys & Girls gets $20,000 from Rotary

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
Bay City Rotary Club awarded the Boys & Girls Club of Bay City and Matagorda County $25,000 at Rotary’s meeting Tuesday, Feb. 3. Showing off the gift are, from left: Billy Mann, B&G Club board member; David LaVassaur, B&G executive director; Rotary President Marie Aguilera; and Tami Savage B&G Club board president. Mann told Rotarians about the importance of their donation that was for the club’s new High School Spot, which has just been launched.

Thu
05
Feb

Matagorda Day: Still key to meeting officials

   Bobby Wilkinson and Harriet Townsend had their respective plates full of things to do in Bay City planning for Matagorda County Day in Austin next Tuesday, Feb. 10.
   They and about 25 volunteers also will have a full plate when they go to Austin a day earlier on Monday to get the invitations out and deliver goody bags to legislators, their staffs and to state officials.
   Wilkinson and Townsend are longtime veterans of planning Matagorda Day since its inception in 1993, Wilkinson said.

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Thu
05
Feb

LCRA gives $25,000 for new training center

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
Taking part in celebrating LCRA’s $25,000 gift are, from left: Karen Hitzfeld, BCCDC administrative assistant; Mark Bricker, Bay City mayor; Floyce Brown, BCCDC member; Shanna Maxey, Tenaris community relations; Chrystal Folse, Bay City Council member and BCCDC board member; Bobby Wilkinson, BCCDC president; Nate McDonald, Matagorda County Judge; Lori A. Berger, LCRA board member; John C. Dickerson III, LCRA board vice chair; Kate Holman, LCRA representative; and John Hoffman, LCRA CDPP review committee member.

    LCRA gave $25,000 to Bay City Community Development Corporation’s (BCCDC) for its new job training center that will be built on the Center for Energy Development campus.
   The LCRA check was presented to for grant will help build a new 4,733-square-foot job training center housing Wharton County Junior College technical training for machining, hydraulics and welding.  The center is projected to be completed in time for the college’s fall semester start in August.
Thu
05
Feb

Town of Manhatten once planned at Caney Creek mouth

Photo/ Palaciois State Bank from Matagorda County TXgenwebsite

Manhattan was the name of a proposed town in southeastern Matagorda County to be at the mouth of Caney Creek on East Matagorda Bay, the easternmost part of which, at the junction of the mainland and the Matagorda Peninsula, was once called Manhattan Bay. 
   Proposed during the boom in town speculation of 1837–39, Manhattan apparently never developed into much.
   The February 1838 issues of the Matagorda Bulletin reported, however, the packet sloop Manhattan would make weekly trips between Matagorda and the town of Manhattan.
Thu
05
Feb

Chocolate, wine make successful fundraiser

   A different kind of fundraiser - Wine, Chocolate and Kendra Scott at Homestead – raised $1,100 for the Matagorda Regional Medical Center Foundation Jan. 29.
   “The turnout was fabulous,” said Tiffany Foltyn, with the foundation.

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