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Thu
29
Oct

Early vote ends Friday; general election Nov. 3

  Early voting for the seven proposed Texas constitutional amendments ends Friday, Oct. 30.
   General Election Day is Tuesday Nov. 3.
   Those amendments range from increasing the amount of residence homestead exemption to the right for people to hunt, fish and harvest wildlife subject to laws promoting wildlife conservation.
   As of press time, Tuesday, a total of 385 Bay City residents participated in early voting along with 43 in Palacios.
   “We’re expecting close to 500 from Bay City,” said Janet Hickl, Matagorda County Clerk.
   “Possibly no less than 100 in Palacios.”
   Hickl expects many of those early voters to show up on Friday.
   Early voting in Bay City is taking place at the Bay City Service Center at 2105 Ave. M.
   Voting in Palacios is located at Matagorda County Courthouse annex at 405 Commerce St.
   The early voting places close at 5 p.m. Friday.

Thu
29
Oct

NRC inspector: STP doing ‘real good job’

Fred Sanchez
Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell

   South Texas Project received good marks on its August inspection by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) and is one of the country’s top nuclear plants for protecting the public, NRC  Inspector Fred Sanchez told a Bay City Chamber of Commerce luncheon audience Thursday, Oct. 22.
   About 80 luncheon goers also heard STP President and CEO Dennis Koehl say he expects the nuclear plant’s proposed units 3 and 4 to receive operating licenses, a procedure that’s under way.
   “I feel we will get the licenses for 3 and 4. When we do, the investors will find partners to build the plants,” Koehl explained to a question from chamber president Mitch Thames.
   Part of the licensing process for the proposed units, Koehl pointed out, is “How well we performing (units) 1 and 2.”

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Thu
29
Oct

Kolkhorst talks about ‘moving on’ with local backers

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
State Senator Lois Kolkhorst, center, visits with Dr. Chris Hall during a fundraiser and reception for her re-election campaign last week at Bay City Country Club.

   State Sen. Lois Kolkhorst explained what moving on means in respect to getting more Colorado River water to 72 Matagorda County re-election supporters who greeted her at a Bay City Country Club fundraiser and reception last week.
   “What does moving on mean? It means we can’t just sit here and whine how it used to be,” said Kolkhorst.
   Her fight for greater LCRA downstream allocations for the lower Colorado River basin counties as a state representative and state senator is one of the hallmarks of her re-election. 
   The Brenham Republican state senator served in the Texas House from 2000 to 2014, when she won a runoff election to fill the unexpired term of Glen Hegar, who stepped down as this area’s state senator after he was elected State Comptroller.
   “Thank you for helping me a year ago,” she told the audience.

Thu
29
Oct

2 Midfield firefighters hurt in blaze

   Two Midfield firefighters were hurt battling a structural blaze near Blessing Tuesday afternoon, Oct. 20, said Midfield Fire Chief Vic Collins.
   Firefighters Bill Schindler and Jonathon Hahn were taken to two different hospitals – Schindler to Palacios Medical Center, where he was treated and released, and Hahn to Matagorda Regional Medical Center, where he was hospitalized overnight for chemical smoke exposure, Collins said.
   Blessing, Midfield and Tres Palacios fire departments fought the blaze that destroyed two trailer houses and spread to a barn, where the two firefighters were injured, Collins added. Markham volunteers were called on for water.

 

Thu
29
Oct

Matagorda County duck season begins Oct. 31

Contributed photo
Professional gun dog trainer Rob Murray takes aim.

   Duck Season opens in Matagorda County on Saturday, Oct. 31 and lasts until Nov. 29.
   Preparation for the opening of the season happen days beforehand.
   A hunting license is required of any person, regardless of age, who hunts any animal, bird, frog or turtle in Texas.
   No hunter orange is required while hunting on private property, but it is recommended by Texas Parks and Wildlife.
   Public hunting lands require 400 square inches of daylight florescent orange with 144 square inches appearing on both chest and back, and daylight florescent orange headwear must be worn.
   Not only should gear be checked and made sure to be in working order, but four-legged helpers need a check-up, too.

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Thu
22
Oct

Judge Hardin to rule on valuation lawsuit

   The complex trial over Tres Palacios Gas Storage company’s property tax valuation began on Monday at the Matagorda County Courthouse. About $19.9 million in taxes is at stake, overall, for county entities in the case. Tidehaven ISD accounts for the bulk of that – $13.2 million.
   The company and Matagorda County appraisal officials disagree — by hundreds of millions — on the taxable value of its property near Clemville in the Southwest part part of the the county. 
   The trial was originally set to be decided by a jury, but potential jurors were dismissed Tuesday and state district judge Ben Hardin will decide the valuation himself.
   “I think both parties were willing to have this heard by a jury, but we also recognize that it is a very complex matter, so we figured we could save time and money for our clients by trying this with (the judge) instead,” said Charles Soechting, lead attorney for the appraisal district.

Thu
22
Oct

Boil Blast features food, fun

   People attending the Fifth Annual Boil Blast Saturday in Matagorda will get way more food than they pay for, along with contests and an impressive entertainment lineup.
   The gates open at 10 a.m. - $5 gets people in – and a heaping helping of boiled shrimp, corn, potatoes and sausage will cost $10.
   “You’ll get way more than $10 worth,” said Buddy Treybig, a member of Matagorda Charities Inc. that puts on the Boil Blast in the fall and the Seafood Fest in the spring. 
   Saturday’s event is officially titled, the 5th Annual Matagorda Day Boil Blast. 
   The long-standing observation of Matagorda Day In October by the Matagorda Historical Society recognizes the community’s history that dates 10 years before the 1836 Texas Revolution.
   The Seafood Fest Committee and Matagorda Historical Society merged the two fall events in a recent years, Treybig said.
   The Boil Blast’s launch was encouraged by the spring Seafood Fest, he noted.

Thu
22
Oct

3-D imaging could benefit women’s health

Contributed photo
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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Thu
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

Sentinel photos/Jessica Shepard
The Matagorda County Sheriff’s Department sport pink attire to observe Breast Cancer Awareness month in October.

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