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Oct

3-D imaging could benefit women’s health

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Matagorda Regional Medical Center’s digital mammography machine is demonstrated by Lisa Remmy.

One of the latest and greatest developments in diagnosing and fighting breast cancer is 3-D mammography.
   Acquiring the $209,000 upgraded 3-D software for Matagorda Regional Medical Center’s (MRMC) digital mammography equipment is MRMC Foundation’s goal.
   The foundation acquired the digital mammography machine for the hospital in 2013 – the same year MRMC’s affiliation with Baylor College of Medicine began. 
   That affiliation brought Baylor’s breast specialist radiologists expert in reading mammography results to MRMC, explained Tiffany Foltyn, the Foundation’s executive director.
   Changing medical technology introduced the 3-D mammography and the Foundation decided on raising money for the 3-D software as the goal for the 2015 Power of the Purse – Women’s Health Initiative.

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22
Oct

New EMS owners explain changes to commissioners

 Hearing plans for Matagorda County EMS from its probable new owner and creating a separate department for human resources - and possibly payroll - were included in two workshops commissioners court conducted Monday.
   The workshops were held before and after the court’s regular meeting, which ended with several complaints about road work along Canal Drive in Sargent.
   Georgetown-based Allegiance Ambulance – Texas’ largest private ambulance service – discussed its plans for EMS here and its commitment to serving the county. 
   Allegiance has 36 EMS stations, employing 188 employees with 245 vehicles, commissioners and County Judge Nate McDonald were told Monday. 
   The company operates throughout Texas, including cities in the Valley, Corpus Christi, College Station, Fort Worth and Abilene. 

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Thu
22
Oct

Showing off their pink

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The Matagorda County Sheriff’s Department sport pink attire to observe Breast Cancer Awareness month in October.

Thu
22
Oct

Bay City trustees honor students for software expertise

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Above, from left, Sarah Khatib, Vishwa Shaw, William Teague, Camryn Brown and Brittany Jenkins received the distinction of “Microsoft Certified Expert (MCE)” by becoming certified in Microsoft Office 2010 Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Access. All five students were recognized by the BCISD Board of Trustees with medals and awards during their Monday, Oct. 19 meeting.

   Five students were recognized by the BCISD Board of Trustees with medals and awards, Monday Oct. 19.
   Sarah Khatib, Vishwa Shaw, William Teague, Camryn Brown and Brittany Jenkins received the distinction of “Microsoft Certified Expert (MCE)” by becoming certified in Microsoft Office 2010 Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Access.
   “The MCE designation may now be placed on their resumes,” said high school principal Christopher Townsend.
   After that, the board went into executive session at 7:10 to confer with their lawyer about conducting the hearing of a Level III Grievance.
   Essentially, a grievance is a formalized complaint that requires a formalized response from the district.

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Thu
15
Oct

Private money should be early priority for plans

 Getting private investment involved early is crucial to the proposed North Downtown Plan and the Schulman’s Movie Bowl Grille-Bay City, economic development specialists said at a city council workshop last Thursday. 
   Presented by Ft. Worth-based David Pettit Economic Development, the workshop focused on what will attract developers to the proposed Tax Increment Reinvestment Zones (TIRZ) for both areas to an audiences of city council, city staff, a Bay City Community Development Corporation board member and BCCDC Executive Director D.C. Dunham. 
   Pettit’s firm is BCCDC’s consultant for the two plans.  
   Pettit gave a TIRZ presentation to large group in July and noted then how crucial private investment is. 
   Pettit’s visit last week provided more specific advice on what would drive both zones, bringing other development experts.  

Thu
15
Oct

Huddleston crowned Rice Queen

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The 2015-2016 Rice Festival Queen's Court members from left are: Rice Festival Queen Graci Huddleston; first runner-up Miranda Orsak; second runner-up Morgan Roper; third runner-up Ashley McNeil; and fourth runner-up Haley Hartsfield.

Twenty-two young women lined the stage of Keye Ingram auditorium Saturday night to find out who would be crowned Rice Festival Queen.
   Graci Huddleston was officially crowned Rice Festival Queen for the 2015-2016 year.
   Huddleston is joined by her court: first runner-up Miranda Orsak, second runner-up Morgan Roper, third runner-up Ashley McNieil and fourth runner-up Haley Hartsfield.
   Huddleston also received the award for “Most Photogenic” and Adrianna Garcia got “Best Dress” as voted on by the judges.
   Haley Hartsfield won “Miss Congeniality” with the most votes from her fellow contestants.
   This year’s judges: Lindsey Denson, Sonya Hummel and Sabastian Lopez narrowed their search for the Queen to 10 semi-finalists.
   Each of those girls drew a random question out of a fish bowl and had to answer it on the spot. 

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15
Oct

People remember Hawkins as kind, gentle personality

 At the news of Andy Hawkins’ death last week, public expressions of sorrow – as well as deep respect for the former NFL player’s life – were in no short supply. 
   Hawkins passed away due to heart failure Oct. 7 in Bay City. Throughout the 1980’s he played with four professional teams and was inducted into the Texas A&M-Kingsville Javelina Football team’s Hall of Fame in 1992.  
   He also played for the VanVleck High School team where his brother-in-law Robert Blackmon is currently the head coach. 
   At half time of the Van Vleck football game against Danbury on Oct. 9, public address announcer John Hoffman paused for a moment of silence in honor of Hawkins. 
   “That was a great man right there,” an unidentified man could be heard whispering to his young son during the moment. “One of the best ball players we’ll ever have here.” 

Thu
15
Oct

City raises water, sewer rates; holds executive session

A 4 percent increase in water and wastewater rates and an ordinance amendment allowing several types of signs that were previously forbidden (See related story, Page 3) were approved by city council at its regular meeting Oct. 8. 
   Council also spent part of the meeting in closed session discussing four separate matters and took action on none of them. 
   The higher water and sewer rates were outlined in an October 2013 study, Mayor Mark Bricker explained, adding they were incorporated in the city’s recently passed fiscal 2015-16 budget. 
   Bay City residents using from 2,001 to 5,000 gallons of water monthly would see the rates go from $1.76 to $1.83, while those consuming 20,000 to 25,000 gallons, would have rates go from $2.65 to $2.76. 
   Non-residential monthly rates would rise from $2.21 to $2.30 and a monthly minimum of $18.90 would rise to $19.66. 

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15
Oct

Center will offer Kayaking class for beginners Saturday

   The Matagorda County Birding Nature Center clearly recognizes that paddling is one of the most effective ways to get close to nature and observe wildlife.   
   Plus, it is just plain old fashion fun. 
   So, this unique riverside refuge for encountering natural wonders and wild things, is offering its members the opportunity to learn the basics of kayaking and gain a firsthand appreciation for the beauty and allure of the lower Colorado River at no charge.   
   This “free” offer is made as a way of thanking current members for their loyal support over the past year and to entice other nature lovers to join this non-profit attraction now and, thereby, enjoy the rights and privileges of membership through Dec. 31, 2016. 
   This beginner’s class is open to those 18 and older and limited to the first ten to enroll.     
   It will tbe at the center, near Bay City, from 3 to 5:45 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17.   

Thu
15
Oct

70th Annual Rice Festival gets under way Thursday

   “This is our 70th Annual Rice Festival,” said Bay City Lions Club President Jim Humphries.
   “The only exceptions are that we didn’t have one during Hurricane Carla or World War II.”
   With every Rice Festival there’s vendor booths, carnival rides and games along with memories to be made.
   Starting Thursday, Oct. 14, the Rice Festival carnival is officially open from 4 – 11 p.m. with admission fees costing $5.
   Armbands for unlimited carnival rides cost $15.
   It’s also “HEB Night,” where three cans of HEB brand food will get you free admission.
   Another night of carnival fun Friday helps lead up to the 20th Annual Bay City Bull Blast on Saturday as well as the carnival opening at 4 p.m. and closing at midnight.
   After the Bull Blast there’s a band and dance. Cody Wayne and Westbound 21 will perform live during the dance.   

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