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Thu
09
Jul

Petition wants county to lower Canal Drive sped limit

Speeding on Sargent’s Canal Drive and the need for county permits to drive on Sargent Beach were topics at the commissioners court Monday morning, July 6. 
   A petition from Sargent residents asks for county action to reduce the speed limit on Canal Drive (CR 230) from 30 to 25 mph was presented to the court by Sargent resident Carol Patrick. 
   Precinct 2 Commissioner Kent Pollard told the court that he had talked with Sargent residents about the speeding problem on Canal Drive.

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Thu
09
Jul

BCPD Self-defense class Thursday

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   The Bay City Police Department will offer self-defense training for women Thursday, July 9. 
   The course will be at the Bay City Civic Center from 8 a.m. to noon and is hands-on, physical training. 
   The actual name of the course is Sexual Harassment and Rape Prevention (SHARP). 
   Sargent Suzanne Sullivan and Captain Christella Rodriguez will be instructing the course.
   “This is not the first time I have given this class,” said Sullivan.
   “I have done it several times in the past. Most of the time it is after school gets out and then again between Thanksgiving and Christmas.”
Thu
02
Jul

Casting nets with the LCRA

Sentinel photo/MaLinda Reddell
Mike Mullenweg, far left, LCRA program coordinator for Matagorda Bay Nature Park, and other LCRA staff members show two little girls how to cast a net in the Matagorda Beach surf Saturday afternoon, June 27. The process shows several small creatures who make the shallow surf home, such as anchovies, menhaden and baby shrimp and some crap species.

Thu
02
Jul

Wounded Warriors welcome

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
People turned out in downtown Bay City to honor the Wounded Warriors who were escorted by the Matagorda County Cavalry from Le Tulle Park to Sargent Friday afternoon. Coordinated by Patriots & Heroes Outdoors, the Wounded Warriors spent the weekend fishing in Sargent.

Thu
02
Jul

Clerk will issue ‘Gender-neutral’ marriage licenses

   The Matagorda County Clerk’s office, in following the recent ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court, will issue gender-neutral marriage licenses this week. 
   “As an elected official I have taken an oath to execute the duties of the office, and that I will preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution and the laws of the United States and of the State of Texas without subjecting those actions to my own personal values,” said County Clerk Janet Hickl.
   The office processes marriage licenses from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
   The marriage license fee is $82. 
   The clerk’s office accepts cash or credit card.
   No checks will be accepted. 
   The fees are non-refundable.
Thu
02
Jul

TIF option for major projects

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
David Pettit, left, explains a point.to Bay City Community Development Corporation attorney Chris Ledwig and city council member Chrystal Folse.

   Two Bay City area proposed projects – a theater complex and the North Downtown Plan – are examples of possible public-private partnerships that could benefit from a Tax Increment Financing district (TIF).
   That’s what David Pettit told a group of government leaders and business people at a workshop put on by the City of Bay City and Bay City Community Development Corporation.
   Fort Worth-based David Pettit Economic Development has an impressive track record on consulting with developers and governments to transform a designated area into new residential and commercial development.
   “I think y’all have a good road map,” Pettit told the workshop audience at the Bay City Civic Center last Thursday, June 25.
   There are many options possible with a TIF that can encourage private investors “to bring new energy to a designated area,” he said.
Thu
02
Jul

County has lots to do for Independence day

   With Fourth of July events spread from one end of Matagorda County to the other, locals and tourists alike might have to form a game plan for how they plan on spending their Independence Day.
   Bay City’s annual “Sparks in the Park” event starts at 5 p.m. at Le Tulle Park and ends at 9:45 p.m. on Saturday.
   “We have five, maybe more vendors selling food,” said Parks and Recreation director Kelly Penewitt.
   Hot dogs, funnel cakes, water, fried Snickers, hamburgers, snow cones and barbecue are slated to be sold.
   Attendees are welcome to bring their own blankets, lawn chairs and can bring their own coolers.
   “As long they do not bring in alcohol or glass,” she said.
   “Those items are prohibited in the park.”
Thu
02
Jul

Sheriff: Deputies will be patrolling roads, beaches

 There will be extra Matagorda County deputies on the roads and the beaches this Independence Day weekend, Sheriff Skipper Osborne said.
   “Drinking and driving will not be too good of an idea this weekend,” the sheriff remarked at the county commissioners court meeting Monday morning.
   The sheriff commended Precinct 1 Commissioner Kent Pollard for the excellent condition of Matagorda Beach, where a bulk of the July 4th weekend beachgoers will converge.
   “There is always some trouble (on the beach) and we will have extra people on patrol,” the sheriff said.
Thu
02
Jul

City, county offices closed Friday

   City and county offices will be closed on Friday, July 3 in celebration of Independence Day.
   Those offices will return to normal working hours Monday, July 6.
   The United States Postal Service and banks will remain open for regular business hours.
   However, all federal agencies, post office and banks included will be closed on Saturday, July 4.
   State offices will also hold normal hours on Friday. 
Thu
02
Jul

Henderson gets assistance for expansion

   Henderson Fabrication – with a planned $1.6 million expansion that will create 10 new jobs – got some economic development help from city council last week.
   The state Chapter 380 economic development agreement provides Henderson with a gradual rebate process – from 100 percent for the first two years down to 10 percent over eight years on the new expansion - explained City Attorney George Hyde at city council’s regular meeting Thursday, June 25.
   Henderson, city and Matagorda County officials discussed abatements over the past few weeks for the Nichols Road plant that plans to add about 23,000 square feet to its operations. 
   That will boost production by 50 percent, Henderson noted in documents filed with the county.
   The county has been waiting for the city to act on the abatements, Bay City Community Development Corporation Executive Director D.C. Dunham told council last week.

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