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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.

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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.

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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.
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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.
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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.”
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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.
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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. 
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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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Court honors historical commission members

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
Matagorda County Historical Commission members were recognized by the Matagorda County Commissioners Court Monday. Commission members include, from left, are: Jerry Lipinsky, Jr., Mary Johnston, Renee Huff, Ona Lea Pierce and Jerrilyn Capers. The court, back row from left, includes: Commissioners Dan Putska and Bubba Frick, County Judge Nate McDonald, and commissioners James Gibson and Kent Pollard.

   Matagorda Historical Commission members were recognized with a state Distinguished Service Award at the commissioners court meeting Monday morning, June 29.
   Given by the Texas Historical Commission, the award that was read by County Judge Nate McDonald honors the county’s “appointees dedication and hard work during the 2014 year of service.”
   Because the court appoints the historical commission members, the Texas Historical Commission asks for the appointees to be recognized a “well balanced preservation program” at the court’s meeting.
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BCPD swears in two new officers

   Bay City Police Department swore in two new police officers during ceremonies Thursday, June 25.    
   The ceremony was held in the City Council Chambers with Police Chief Roger Barker officiating.    
   Several members of the police department as well as family and friends were present to congratulate officers Jerome Estrada and Jordan Siegel.  

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