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Van Vleck Homecoming 2016

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Joel Wamget and Mehgan Orsak are this year’s Van Vleck High School Homecoming King and Queen. They were crowned at Van Vleck’s game with Wheatley Friday night.

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"Chamber Business Expo makes a return Thursday by: Jessica Shepard

   At press time Tuesday, 11 vendors signed up to be part of the Bay City Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture’s Business Expo event.
   “Not too bad for not having one in a few years, but I’m hoping we get a few more late entries,” said Heidi Simmons, membership director of the chamber.
   The expo is scheduled from 1-7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 15, at the Bay City Civic Center, 201 Seventh St.
   The first segment features four different seminars, which are from 1-4:45 p.m., with the trade show and business after hours from 5-7 p.m.
   A flat fee of $3 per person gets an entrant into the seminars as well as the trade show and business after hours.
   “Entry into the expo used to only cost $1,” said Chamber President Mitch Thames.
   “After some discussion, we decided on $3. Five dollars just seemed like too much and one wasn’t enough.”

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Sep

New communication gear

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
Matagorda County Deputy Sheriff Sgt. Steven Riddles, left, and Precinct 6 Deputy Constable Bill Orton look at communications gear donated to county law enforcement by the Galena Park Police Department, which Orton began his career. The equipment includes 29 portables, four mobiles plus chargers. The communication pieces will be used by the sheriff’s office, emergency management and for the mobile command center.

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Dead Shad in Colorado

Photo from Matagorda Beach Bums website
A large fish kill was located at the mouth of the Colorado River earlier this week. The fish, predominantly shad, died as a result from varied factors including the species themselves that gather in such numbers that rob oxygen from the water.

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"Council removes pressure test from code" by: Mike Reddell

   City council voted to remove pressure testing from the city building code for new construction at its meeting last week – the latest in a series of council discussions on the subject.
   At the same time, council indicated that it will take a hard look at the 2015 International Conservation Code at a later workshop to determine whether to adopt it or retain the 2009 code the city now follows.
   The pressure testing is part of Texas House Bill 1736 that moves the state’s single-family residential code into the 2015 code.
   Mayor Pro Tem Chrystal Folse presided over the meeting in Mayor Mark Bricker’s absence. 
   Council held a public hearing on the proposed 2016-17 tax rate of 60 cents per $100 valuation – the same levy as the present fiscal year.
   But Matagorda County Tax Assessor-Collector Cristyn Hallmark told city officials the newspaper posting of the tax rate was in error at commissioners court meeting Monday. 

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Sep

Bay City sales tax rebates dropping

   Bay City continues to drop in monthly sales tax rebates, with September’s total close to a 7 percent drop from the same month last year.
   Bay City’s September total was $421,554, down 6.88 percent from $452,706 in September 2015.
   The year-to-date total is $4,046,290, a decrease of 2.5 percent from the $4,150,757 the city received for the same period last year.
   Palacios’ September total was $54,724, a 1 percent increase from $53,762 in September 2015. For the year, Palacios has gotten $470,097 in rebates, compared to $453,623 for last year’s year to date.
   These allocations are based on sales made in July by businesses that report tax monthly, according to the State Comptroller’s office. 

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14
Sep

"United Way honors volunteer team" by: Jessica Shepard

Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard
The Matagorda County United Way awarded plaques to: Jacinto Mendoza, Jason Gephert, Tamra Earles, Elizabeth Vick and Abel Hernandez for their volunteer effort during the “Day of Caring” event. Director of the MCUW, Di Ann Sneed, center, joined the group for their photo.

   This year, Matagorda County United Way (MCUW) honored a team of volunteers rather than just one individual person during its annual “Day of Caring” event.
   “We’ve never done this before,” said MCUW Executive Director Di Ann Sneed.
   “This team not only spent the whole day doing projects, but they spent the day before helping Jenipher and I get ready.”
   The team captained by Cheryl Lavergne includes Abel Hernandez, Elizabeth Vick, Jason Gerphert, Tamra Earles, and Jacinto Mendoza.
   “We wouldn’t be able to do this without our volunteers, there are only two of us as staff members of the United Way,” she added.
   “If we didn’t have the help of our volunteers on a regular basis, we would not be able to do this.”
   United Way kicked off its 2016-2017 campaign in conjunction with its volunteer appreciation luncheon, Sept. 8 with about 100 government and civic leaders plus various volunteer groups.

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Sep

Kicking off soccer season with cake

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
County Judge Nate McDonald takes bids on cakes up for auction at the Bay City Youth Soccer Club’s opening ceremonies Saturday morning at Linnie Roberts Elementary. The club has more than 375 players this fall. Only U5-U8 participated in the opening ceremonies because the older teams have early games or games out of town. Each division in U5-U8 has six teams with a total of 168 players in the opening ceremony. The club’s cake sale Saturday raised over $4,300. County Attorney Denise Fortenberry, above, is among the club’s coaches.

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Sep

"It’s Gourmet Guys & Gals for museum’s fundraiser" by: Jessica Shepard

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Farrah Ashcraft, owner of Homestead, two of her employees and Barbara Smith, director of the Matagorda County Museum, all are selling tickets to the annual museum fundraiser, Gourmet Guys & Gals. The tickets are on sale at Homestead and the museum. The event will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, with Happy Hour at 6:30p.m. This year’s fundraiser theme will be "Evening in Paris" and tickets are $40 each, which includes all food and drink. For more information, please call 979-245-7502.

   Over 30 chefs have signed on to be part of the annual “Gourmet Guys” fundraiser for the Matagorda County Museum.
   This year, there’s a twist – “Gourmet Gals” will be heating things up alongside the “Guys.”
   Every year a committee at the museum decides on a theme.
   “This year, it’s ‘An Evening in Paris,’” said Barbara Smith, director of the museum.
   “We’ve never done a French-themed event before.”
   The doors open at 6:30-7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, for happy “half” hour.
   “It’s just a few appetizers to help get everyone in the mood to try French cuisine,” she said.
   The main event lasts two hours from 7-9 p.m.
   Tickets are $40 and available at the museum or Homestead, as well as at the door the night of the event.
   Guest chefs will be cooking everything from main course samples to desserts and side dishes.
   “There will also be a variety of wine offered,” said Smith.

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Sep

LyondellBasell Global Day of Caring

LyondellBasell gathered at the Boys & Girls Club of Palacios for its Global Day of Caring Saturday, Sept. 10. There were 61 participants comprised of LyondellBasell employees, contractors and family members who put in a total of 500+ hours of work into fixing sheetrock problems and painting in the gym and classrooms.

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