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09
Jul

Matthes praised for emergency beach response

   Doug Matthes put his professional expertise in action as he helped save two people from drowning on Matagorda Beach on July 4. 
   Matthes is the county emergency management coordinator and Sheriff Skipper Osborne commended Matthes’ rescue work at Matagorda County Commissioners Court meeting Monday morning, July 6. 
   A woman and child were in danger in the water and Matthes and two bystanders were nearby to bring the two safely to shore, the sheriff said. 

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Thu
09
Jul

Court launches certificates sale for capital work

   The first official step toward issuing up to $5 million in certificates of obligation to fund capital improvements to county buildings was taken by the commissioners court Monday, July 6. 
   The court authorized notices of intent to issue the certificates to be published and for the preliminary official statement and notice of sale to be prepared at Monday’s meeting. 
   The county hired U.S. Capital Advisors as its financial advisor and Bracewell & Giuliani as bond counsel to handle the sale of certificates. 
   “We are hoping to issue about $3 million in certificates of obligation, but are waiting to determine the final amount after we complete the list of improvements,” County Auditor Cathy Ezell said after the meeting Monday. 
   That proposed list of improvements should be ready in about two weeks, she noted. 
Thu
09
Jul

Peters receives proclamation

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
Matagorda County Commissioners Court approved a proclamation Monday congratulating Bay City High School graduating senior Heather Peters. Peters didn’t miss a day of school in her 13 years as a BCISD student and graduated with a 4.0 GPA. Peters shows off her proclamation with the court behind her, including, from left: Commissioner Dan Putska, Commission Bubba Frick, County Judge Nate McDonald, Commissioner James Gibson and Commissioner Kent Pollard.

Thu
09
Jul

Rock the Block Thursday

   Downtown merchants are gearing up for a “Summer Celebration” from 5to 7 p.m. Thursday, July 9.
      The Bay City Main Street Program and Matagorda County Convention and Visitor’s Bureau are teaming up for the first-ever “Rock the Block” in downtown Bay City.
   Several businesses downtown will extend their hours for this event.
   Some will offer special sales.

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09
Jul

Police use social media in arrest

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   Bay City police credit social media – Facebook in particular – for helping detectives solve a kidnapping. 
   On June 29, Bay City Police Department posted information on Facebook about a June 6 kidnapping at Murphy’s Gas Station at 4608 Seventh St. in Bay City, said BCPD Lt. Clayton Ryman.   
   Detective Scott Sherrill went to work despite facing several delays and obstacles that were outside investigators’ control, Ryman said.   
   Less than two hours after posting the video, Sherrill received leads that included a possible identification of a suspect.   
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Thu
09
Jul

Coast guard resces three off Sargent

   Coast Guard boat and helicopter crews located three missing fishermen near an unmanned rig early Saturday morning about six miles off Sargent. 
   Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston watchstanders received a relay call through Matagorda County dispatchers from a man who made it aboard the unmanned rig as a boat capsized quickly with he and five others around 3:30 a.m. He and two other men made it aboard the rig, but three others were missing.
   Crews aboard an Air Station Houston MH-65 Dolphin helicopter and a Station Freeport 45-foot Response Boat — Medium, quickly arrived on scene and began searching and found the three men close to one another drifting in the water about half a mile from the rig.
   The Offshore Supply Vessel Elliot Cheramie was nearby and joined the search after recovering the three men from the unmanned rig.
Thu
09
Jul

Port authority directs firm to study new land options

   The Port of Bay City Authority has instructed its engineering firm to study options for the authority’s recent purchase of 42 acres east of Matagorda Harbor.
   The 42-acre section connects the harbor to the east with about 180 acres the authority owns that has been proposed for a barge terminal, said authority board chairman Mike Griffith.
   “We need to carefully study what all of our options are,” Griffith said of the two land parcels that now total about 220 acres that cover from the harbor to the Cook’s Camp development – south of South Gulf Road.
   The newly purchased 42 acres was permitted for residential development, Griffith said.
   So, the options for the acreage could include recreational uses, possible condo development and barge terminal space.
   “The engineering firm is looking at options,” Griffith said.
“We want to study this carefully, so we make a good decision.”
Thu
09
Jul

Black cant 7 - on - 7 tourney Thursdaym Friday

   The Bay City High School Blackcat 7-on-7 football team travels to the Division II 2015 State 7-on-7 Tournament - for the first time since 2005 - Thursday and Friday, July 9-10, in College Station.
   Bay City is No. 2 in Pool N, Field 9, at Veterans Park and Athletic Complex at 3101 Harvey Road.
   No. 1 in Pool N is Andrews, followed by No. 3 Brock and No. 4 Lexington. 
   On Thursday, Bay City will play Andrews at 2 p.m., Lexington at 4 p.m. and Brock at 6 p.m.
   The top two teams in each pool advance to the championship bracket and play at 9 a.m. Friday on the same field they used during pool play.
Thu
09
Jul

Hotel Blessing fundraiser aims for floor renovation

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The first post card of Hotel Blessing after it was built in 1909.

   The annual Blessing Hotel Fundraiser will start at 10:30 a.m. Saturday July 18.
   This year’s goal is to raise enough money to renovate the flooring in the dining room.
   “Every year we have a fundraiser to help with the upkeep of the hotel,” said Blessing Hotel coffee shop owner Helen Feldhousen.
   “The floor is weak in some spots all over and by the stoves.”
   One man doing repairs on a ceiling fan fell through the floor, she says.
   “Every day is a new adventure at the Blessing Hotel,” said Feldhousen.
Thu
09
Jul

Barker reviws 2014 review of Bay City police

Bay City burglaries and domestic violence cases are down, but assaults are up, Police Chief Roger Barker recently told city council in a year-end report from the Bay City Police Department. 
   “Burglaries went down, I’m pleased with that,” Barker said of the drop in burglaries from 212 in 2013 to 171 in 2014. 
   “A pretty-good-sized juvenile ring” that was broken up contributed to the decrease in burglaries, the chief said. 
   In a question from city council member Bill Cornman about department turnover, Barker said, “it actually has gotten better. We’re fully staffed now.” 
   “You’re doing a good job,” Cornman said. 
   “Keep doing what you’re doing,” Mayor Mark Bricker told the chief. 

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