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Thu
03
Dec

Approximately 350,000 lights will brighten Wilderness Trail

   Nearly 350,000 lights are brightening up Riverside Park this year. 
   The “Wilderness Trail of Lights” opens from 5 – 9 p.m. starting Friday, Dec. 4 and continues Dec. 6 – 9. 
   It costs $5 per vehicle to see the walk-through lighted trail. 
   There will be hay rides to and from the trail. 
   This year, there are no displays from local companies, groups or organizations. 
   However, some new features have been added. 
   “New scenes have been added and a new light tunnel – from the parking area to the trail,” said Parks and Recreation Director Kelly Penewitt. 
   Christmas music will play throughout the trail as well.

Thu
03
Dec

Registration will end Friday for Dec. 19 dodgeball tourney

   Registration for the Parks and Recreation’s Co-ed Dodgeball Tournament ends Friday, Dec. 4. 
   “But, we will accept paperwork until Dec. 16,” said Aquatics and Recreation Specialist Ronda Espinosa. 
   The fee for registering a team is $100. 
   Teams are made up of a minimum of six members to a max of 20. 
   Currently there are three teams, plus the mayor’s team. 
   “The winning team’s prize is to face off against the mayor’s team and winner of that game will receive a trophy,” she added. 
   The tournament will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 19, at Bay City Intermediate School. 
   Volunteer referees are needed. 
   Money raised goes toward the purchase of new playground equipment at Le Tulle Park. 
   “We are working to get food vendors and concessions going,” said Espinosa. 
   “We need vendors!” 
   For more information contact Ronda Espinosa at 979-323-1660.

Thu
26
Nov

Shelter Dome construction

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
Construction on the shelter dome at Matagorda Regional Medical Center is well under way. Once it opens in September 2016, the structure will provide protection for first responders during a major storm and will double as a wellness and rehabilitative center.

Thu
26
Nov

Team searches for body of girl missing 25 years

   Sheriff’s deputies from Wharton and Matagorda counties, Texas Rangers and members of Texas Equusearch were searching for the body of a 15-year-old girl – missing for 25 years – in an area north of Clemville Tuesday.
   The body was believed to be that of Rosemary Diaz of El Campo, who was abducted from a Danavang grocery store Nov. 24, 1990, said Matagorda County Sheriff Skipper Osborne.
   “We believe it to be her,” Osborne said, but quickly added that DNA and other tests of the remains would be necessary before a positive identification was made.
   “We had information on a girl taken from a Danavang grocery in 1990,” the sheriff explained.

 

Thu
26
Nov

3 found with several deer, but no licenses

   Matagorda County Game Wardens were checking deer camps Saturday Nov. 14, and encountered three men who were all from out of state. 
   Their camp was in eastern Matagorda County.
   The men said they had killed several deer, though none of the men had hunting licenses, said Game Warden Clay Shock.
   The game wardens observed one deer in the camp.
   Further investigation revealed eight more quartered white-tailed deer in three large coolers on ice and six buck heads with the antlers all measuring less than the required 13-inch minimum inside spread. 
   The hunters had thrown three doe heads in the woods, Shock said.
   The three men were charged with hunting without a valid non-resident hunting license, taking illegal whitetail buck (six counts), and possession of whitetail deer with proof of sex removed (two counts).
   Justice of the Peace Suzan Thompson accepted guilty pleas from all three.

Thu
26
Nov

NRC holds final review for STP’s units 3&4

  The NRC Commission held a mandatory hearing on Thursday, Nov. 19, for final review and approval of the Combined License (COL) for STP Units 3 &4. 
   “This is a major milestone for the project,” said Mark McBurnett, CEO, of Nuclear Innovation North America (NINA).
   NINA is the nuclear development company jointly owned by NRG Energy and Toshiba that has continued to work on securing a license for the project during the past several years.  
   “We are pleased with the progress and believe that new nuclear is important for Texas. Our team has worked hard to resolve the challenges associated with the license review.
   In the hearing, the Commission focused on determining whether the staff’s review supports the findings necessary to issue the license. 

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Thu
26
Nov

Council creates first-ever reinvestment zones

A map showing the boundaries of the TIRZ No.1 - the North Downtown plan.

   Neither Bay City nor Matagorda County ever created a Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone (TIRZ), yet city council created two last week for the North Downtown Plan and for the entertainment complex on Texas 35.
   Council unanimously approved TIRZ No. 1 for the 150-acre north downtown proposal that’s expected to yield $31.5 million in tax revenue for the city over the zone’s 30-year life from retail, townhome, hotel, office space and multi-family residential developments.
   Mayor Mark Bricker said his focus is on that TIRZ to ensure the health of the downtown square – the economic center of Bay City. 
   “The TIRZ will create a funding stream to enhance the downtown’s historic character,” the mayor said in a later interview. 

Thu
26
Nov

Lighted Christmas Parade Dec. 1

   Let it Be Christmas will be the theme for the 25th Annual Bay City Chamber of Commerce Lighted Christmas Parade through downtown Tuesday, Dec. 1.
   “This is a big deal. People will start calling us in June wanting to know what the theme is so they can get ready for it. We always have a lot of kids,” said chamber president Mitch Thames.
   “You ought to see the faces,” Thames continued.
   “This is one of those events we do just because of the looks on the kids’ faces. It’s a real blessing. It puts me in the Christmas spirit - and that takes a lot, unfortunately - but, it’s just a delight to see the kids so excited - especially when Santa comes in on a motorcycle. He’s the last float, always the last float.”
   In general, Downtown Bay City will be a very bustling place for the event. Thames expects up to 4,000 spectators to line the streets “three deep” throughout the evening. 

Thu
26
Nov

Matagorda Lighted Boat Parade Friday

   Matagorda’s Christmas Yuletide Sail-a-Bration holiday lighted boat parade will start at sundown, or roughly 5:30 p.m. Friday Nov. 27, at the Matagorda Harbor. 
   Everyone is welcome to enter their boat and participate. 
   Cash prizes are awarded for the best boats. 
   Following the boat parade, there will be a fireworks show hosted by STP Nuclear Operating Company and a raffle. 
   The Gumbo Cook off provides plenty of opportunity to eat. 
   Proceeds help local charities.

Thu
26
Nov

Council may try punitive approach towards WCA

   There was no WCA representative present to hear city council’s latest struggles last week with how the city’s waste-collection contractor has performed.
   While there have been fewer residential complaints about WCA pickup problems, there have been increased problems voiced by the firm’s commercial customers, including HEB, McDonald’s and Barrett Minerals, said Dustin Hodges, the city’s public information officer.
   Hodges is the city’s point person on overseeing the progress of WCA’s two-year-old contract. Asked about the absence of WCA officials at the council meeting last Thursday, Nov. 19, Hodges said they were invited to attend.
   “When do we get to the point where people are happy with WCA?” Council Member Steven Johnson asked, after Hodges noted the firm’s commercial complaints.

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