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Blackcat soccer defeats Sweeney 4-1

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
Blackcat soccer defeated Sweeney 4-1 there Saturday in a game that was moved from Memorial Stadium because of the heavy rain. In far left photo, the Sweeny goalie misses the goal scored by senior Rodolfo Sepulveda (5). Monday, the Blackcats dropped an away game to Brazosport 4-0, bringing their record to 5-7-1, 3-3.

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Ladycats 4-2 in district

Bay City Girls soccer won a district match Saturday against Sweeny 4-3. The Lady Cats came up short against Brazosport Monday night as time expired losing 4-6. The Lady Cats finished off first half of district 4-2 and are 8-6-2 overall. Above, junior Jennifer Dabelgott (5), keeps the ball moving downfield against Sweeny defenders.
Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell

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Feb

"Mayor charter vote questioned; council wants a longer look at revisions" by: Mike Reddell

Mayor Mark Bricker’s influence on the Charter Review Committee’s final recommendations was questioned by city councilman Jason Childers and former city councilman Jerry Evans at a city council workshop meeting last Thursday, Feb. 8.
   The committee presented its final draft last week – with an eye on getting council approval and the recommendations to meet a Feb. 15 deadline to get the changes before voters May 5.
   Council members made it clear that more work was needed on the Charter revisions and indicated a Nov. 6 vote on charter revisions was more likely.
   Council and Evans both praised the Charter Review Committee’s work and posed several questions about the recommendations that were presented by the panel’s secretary, Edna Simpson-Kocurek.
   But the main focus was on the committee’s vote several weeks ago on putting a city manager-council form of government before voters.
Bay City has a mayor-council government.

Thu
15
Feb

Bonnen campaigns at reception

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
State Rep. Dennis Bonnen (R) of Angleton visits with Loy and Helen Sneary, while Bonnen’s wife, Kim, joins them during a reception for the incumbent representative for Matagorda and parts of Brazoria counties at the Bay City Country Club Thursday, Feb. 8. About 60 people attended the reception to hear Bonnen talk about the issues in this campaign. Despite his strong conservative voting record, Bonnen said the influential conservative group, Empower Texans, is throwing $100,000 behind his Republican primary opponent. Bonnen said $100,000 is a sizable donation in this two-county state representative race. Bonnen said he runs to represent and fight for the people in his district.

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15
Feb

Beto speaks at reception

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
El Paso Congressman Beto O’Rourke (D), who is running for the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senator, spoke at a Bay City reception for him Saturday night, Sept. 10, at Schulman MBG. O’Rourke told the estimated 50 people attending that Matagorda County is the 211th Texas county he has visited in his campaign. “I hear so much about this state and what we’re capable of doing.” O’Rourke said his campaign isn’t about Republican or Democratic politics, but rather ‘putting ideas from people like you” to work for Texas problems. “How do we bring everyone together?” O’Rourke asked. He also talked about health care - expanding Medicare and Medicaid - and immigration issues.

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Feb

"Hallmark’s office collects nearly 40 percent of county’s tax payments in 3-day rush" by: Mike Reddell

   Matagorda County Tax Assessor-Collector Cristyn Hallmark could see intense pressure building for her office staff when only 56 percent of the projected tax returns were in just days shy of the Jan. 31 tax deadline.
   After Jan. 31, penalty and interest are added to the county tax bills.
   When Hallmark saw the 56 percent return, she told her staff, “We are going to be so bombarded and very busy.”
   In the three-day period between Jan. 29-31, the tax office was inundated with “lines all day and trays and trays” of mailed-in tax payments, she said.
   “This was the heaviest I’ve seen in my 17 years in office,” Hallmark said.
   “We kept most people happy during that time.”
   Sheriff’s deputies played a key part in helping people through the long lines by directing them where to go, Hallmark said.

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Thu
15
Feb

Country Club introduces new board of directors

Contributed photo
Bay City Country Club introduced its 2018 Board of Directors at the annual meeting on Jan. 31. Pictured, from left, are: Eddie Simpson-Kocurek, Clint Hewitt, President Len Cornelius, former treasurer Bruce Krauskopf, former president Lynsey Buss Curtner, Doug Arlitt, Treasurer Josh Shield, Secretary Louis West and Mack McLeod. Not pictured are Tricia Elliott and Mike McCormick.

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Feb

"Agriculture News:It’s time for rose pruning" By James E. Engbrock County Extension Agent Emeritus Matagorda County

Agricultural Situation
   A significant amount of rainfall was received throughout Matagorda County this will halt the land preparation process for the next week or so. 
    Of course more rain is forecasted that will even delay this process further. 
   Normally we would be planting corn within the next 10 days. Needless to say the cold weather and wet soils will not allow this to happen. 
Rose Pruning Now
   Pruning controls the size and shape of roses and keeps the modern varieties blooming repeatedly all summer long, as they flower on new growth. 
   The supplies you’ll need include a good, sharp, curved-edge pruning shears; long-handled lopping shears; a small pruning saw; plus a pair of leather gardening gloves.

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15
Feb

Missing Bay City man found in El Campo

The intensive search for a 66-year-old man reported missing from his northwest Bay City residence since Saturday ended Monday, Feb. 12, when the Matagorda County Sheriff’s Department was told he was staying at the home of an El Campo family.
   Monday morning, Sheriff Skipper Osborne said the family saw Facebook posts about the disappearance of Michael Dee Frick and notified Frick’s family earlier Monday that they picked him up in Wharton and gave the man a ride and a place to stay at their El Campo home. 
   Frick’s family notified the Matagorda County Sheriff’s Office which passed on the information to El Campo Police Department.
   El Campo Police located Frick at a residence in the Height’s street area and Frick’s family was making arrangements Monday morning to go to El Campo and meet with Frick.  

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Feb

Kolkhorst praises MRMC, Port Lavaca MMC for designations as state neonatal care centers

   The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) has designated Matagorda Regional Medical Center and Port Lavaca Memorial Medical Center as Level I Centers for Neonatal Care. Neonatal designation is a formal recognition of a hospital’s neonatal care capabilities and commitment to excellence that exceed minimum hospital licensure requirements.
   “Every life is precious, which is why I authored and passed HB 15 in 2013 to improve the health of moms and babies in Texas,” said Kolkhorst. 
   “I applaud the new designation of Matagorda Regional Medical Center and Port Lavaca Memorial Medical Center as Level I Centers for Neonatal Care.”

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