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07
Mar

Bonnen sponsors Exceptional Day

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
Matagorda County’s State Rep. and Speaker of the House Dennis Bonnen sponsored the Exceptional Day at the Matagorda County Fair and Livestock Show Friday, March 1. Joining the students at the far left were (from left): Leissa Schrader, Fair Manager Assistant; Wayne Bender, MCFLA President and Livestock chairman; Julie Culver, Fair Manager; and Colin Davis, with Bonnen’s office.

Thu
28
Feb

"County OKs Sargent Beach erosion study" by: Mike Reddell

    The Sargent Beach Study that proposed ways to prevent beach erosion with barriers in the surf and renourishment efforts on shore was approved by commissioners court at its regular meeting Monday, Feb. 25.
   The study - funded by Hurricane Ike Community Development Recovery Program and administered by the General Land Office (GLO) – completes another phase of the continuing effort planned to prevent Sargent Beach erosion.
   The study proposes placing five, 442-foot-long barriers - 660 feet apart - in the surf at an eight-foot depth.
   In addition, the plans call for sand renourishment on the beach until that and the barriers restore Sargent Beach.
   “It’s only the first part of ongoing work,” said Rhonda Gregg Hirsch, the director of the GLO-contracted Sargent Beach Breakwater and Beach Nourishment project. 

Thu
28
Feb

"Matagorda County Day involved lots of volunteers" by: Mike Reddell

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
State Rep. and House Speaker Dennis Bonnen, right, admires a portrait of world-champion Longhorn Sato with the owners, Scott and Pam Evans, while State Sen. Lois Kolkhorst looks in at a reception during Matagorda County Day at Austin last week. The portrait of the Longhorn will hang in the State Capitol.

   A large effort among several people boosted the turnout for this year’s Matagorda County Day at Austin last week, said Bobby Wilkinson, the longtime coordinator of the event.
   An estimated 250 Matagorda County residents were at the capitol Tuesday, Feb. 19, to hear proclamations read recognizing the county in the Texas house and senate.
   State Rep. and Speaker of the House Dennis Bonnen took the rare procedural step of going from the speaker dais down to the floor to recognize his Matagorda County constituency.
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Thu
28
Feb

"VV trustees approve bond project change" by: Jessica Shepard

   Van Vleck ISD trustees unanimously approved a bond project change request for $442,520 during their Monday meeting.
   The only trustee absent was Terry Blackmon.
   The change order stemmed from deciding not to renovate Burl McKinney Stadium’s concession stand and bathrooms.
   Board members also heard updates on the bond project progress regarding the elementary portion.
   “The elementary will be in the bidding phase starting Wednesday afternoon,” said Mike Mandola, PBK Architects project manager.
   “Hopefully we’ll be able to come back in about two weeks with some solid options for you.”
   “The auditorium renovations are still in the construction documents phase of work but will be released for bids upon completion,” said Mandola.

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Thu
28
Feb

MCFLA Home Economics Food Division Reserve Grand Champions

Sentinel photos/Jessica Shepard
Matagorda County Fair and Livestock Association's home economics food division reserve grand champions earned pink rosettes for winning their chosen division. Winners include: Haylee Creager, Reese Polk, Darren Hubbard, Zane Lawhon, Jace Reynolds, Makayla Alford, Aydan Flores, Shawn Sneath, Alex Lawhon, William Frazier, Tanna Fair, Alondra Rubio, Spencer Hogg, Hannah Sliva, Madilyn Spalek, Hannah Tran and Nathan Nguyen. Not all are pictured.

Thu
28
Feb

MCFLA Home Economics food division Grand Champions

Sentinel photos/Jessica Shepard
Matagorda County Fair and Livestock Association's Home Economics food entry winners received purple rosettes for their win as Grand Champions of their chosen divisions. Winners include: Caleb Lister, Adelynn Tidwell, Emily Rodgers, Jacob Guzman, Zane Lawhon, Jace Reynolds, Victoria Sliva, Bianca Borchardt, Ayden Smith, Trevor Fraizer, Scarlett Kile, Patricia Castanon, Heather Jackson, Lauren Korff, Tanner Ryman, and Madison Solis. Not all are pictured.

Thu
28
Feb

"‘Denim & Diamonds’ theme for 75th MCFLA" by: Jessica Shepard

   This year’s theme happens to be “Denim & Diamonds” for the 75th Annual Matagorda County Fair and Live Stock Show.
   Tickets are on sale now at the ticket office located at the Fairgrounds at 4511 FM 2668 Bay City, or by calling 979-245-1819.
   The daily gate fee per person is $5 until 5 p.m., then it goes up to $10 until 10 p.m. and $20 after 10 p.m. until closing.
   The carnival opens Thursday, Feb. 28 from 4-10 p.m.

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Thu
28
Feb

"MCEDC board discusses, OKs non-disclosure pacts" by: Mike Reddell

   Non-disclosure agreements were discussed and approved by the Matagorda County Economic Development Corporation board at its meeting last Friday, Feb. 22.
   Members said the non-disclosure covenants are important to prevent leaking something about a potential industry or business that would affect whether they locate in Matagorda County.
   “In my view, we should take this (non-disclosure agreement) on an annual basis,” said County Judge Nate McDonald, who also is MCEDC chairman.
   MCEDC Executive Director Mike Ferdinand was asked if disclosure of a potential industry client’s confidential information ever scuttled a deal in his experience. 
   Ferdinand said that in one case the name of the company, which was confidential, was divulged by an elected official and the business decided to relocate to another state.

Thu
28
Feb

McCoy’s platting extended

   City Council recently approved a six-month extension of McCoy’s Bay City plat due to weather and construction delays.
   The added time will give McCoy‘s “adequate time to complete the improvements,” according to city information on McCoy’s extension request.
   There have been no changes in the platting requirement within the last six months, Jasek said, so McCoy’s plat still meets all platting requirements.
   Council also discussed the upcoming city council voter education workshops – that start Feb. 28 - on the proposed city charter revisions in the May 4 city election.

Thu
28
Feb

"Winners earn belt buckles, trophies for talent show, public speaking contests" by: Jessica Shepard

Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard
Winners of the MCFLA's annual public speaking contest took home commemorative belt buckles. From left are: Meredith Williams, Tanner Ryman, and Cheryl Saha.

   Families and friends filled the Multi-Purpose Building at the Fairgrounds Sunday Feb. 24 to hear children of all ages perform in the annual Matagorda County Fair and Livestock Association (MCFLA) Talent Show and Public Speaking contest.
   The Talent Show contestants were split into five divisions this year: children solo, children group, junior solo, junior group, and senior group.
   Ryder Herzik took first place in the children’s solo division by playing the piano. 
   In the children group, Keagan Gerbermann and Marina Kacer won first place with their rendition of “Roar” by Katie Perry.

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