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Thu
09
Jan

"MCFLA royalty, scholarship contest deadlines up coming" by: Jessica Shepard

   Scholarship applications for the Matagorda County Fair & Livestock Association are due noon Monday, Jan. 13, at the fair office.
   Instruction and application forms are available online at matagordacountyfair.com and are open to all county seniors.
   Applications require completed surveys, a fair event participation record, autobiography, recent high school transcript, official SAT/ACT scores, resume and a picture – in order to be completed and considered for the scholarship.
   Scholarships are awarded and paid out over a four-year period and vary from $500-$875 per semester.
   Scholarship money may be used to pay for books, tuition, and fees.
   Time is running out to enter the annual royalty pageant contests as well.
   All royalty contestant applications are due at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, at the multipurpose building.
   Fair and Rodeo Queen Pageant contestants must be students in grades 9-12.

Thu
09
Jan

New Van Vleck High School campus moving along

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
The new combination junior high and high school campus is still under construction, Jan. 4. The new campus is just one of several district-wide improvements as part of the $88.2 million school bond issue voters approved in November 2017.

Thu
09
Jan

Polar Plunge for a cause

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
The City of Bay City Parks Department hosted the Polar Plunge Saturday morning, Jan.4 at Hilliard Pool. The chilled participants included Janice Jainsen, Stephanie Wurtz, Ricardo Zamora, Dan Shook, and Sue Jahnsen.

Thu
09
Jan

Whooping Crane spotted

Photo by Ryan Curbello
A whooping crane was photographed on Matagorda Peninsula wetlands off East Matagorda Bay Dec. 19. The photo was taken by a cell phone through 20 power binoculars.

Thu
09
Jan

"Extension agents will offer columns for county programs" Aaron Sumrall, PhD County Extension Agent – Agriculture/Natural Resources Texas A&M AgriLife

   It is hard to believe that 2020 is already here! 
   With the new year, I want to take the opportunity to again highlight the services offered to Matagorda County citizens through the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension (Extension) office. 
   The Extension office in Matagorda County through Texas A&M AgriLife is one of 250 in Texas. This office is here to assist citizens with university research-based information covering a myriad of topic areas that may be of interest to y you.
   The Matagorda County Extension office has four agents covering primary topic areas with all agents having some level of youth education responsibilities.
   Gabby Washington is the Family and Community Health Agent serving Matagorda County. 
   Gabby’s focus is on all aspects of family health and well-being with audiences of all ages. 

Thu
02
Jan

"CenterPoint line barely enters Matagorda County" by: Mike Reddell

  The final plans for CenterPoint Energy’s planned transmission line between the utility’s Bailey Substation in Wharton County - near Lane City - and the Jones Creek Substation in Brazoria County show it will cross a small section of northern Matagorda County.
   That’s a relief to many Matagorda County property owners who saw the preliminary maps of CenterPoint’s 345-kilovolt (kV) line include Brazoria, Matagorda, and Wharton counties.
   CenterPoint began notifying those affected property owners in September 2018.
   CenterPoint’s application presented 30 geographically diverse routes, using a combination of 164 routing segments, to be considered in evaluating the project, PUC documents show.
   The proposed routes in Matagorda County – and there were several different options on the original application - caused quite a stir among residents, particularly with property owners who would be affected if the line went through their acreage.

Thu
02
Jan

"New laws effective January 1" Compiled by Jessica Shepard

   A handful of new laws take effect with Jan. 1 this new year and affect a variety of personal, governmental and business venues.
   The new laws all were passed during the 2019 session of the Texas Legislature.
   Those laws include:

Thu
02
Jan

A walk through McAllister debris

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
Demolition is still underway at the old McAllister Junior High/Intermediate school site, Dec. 27. The school is being demolished to make way for a new Linnie Roberts Elementary campus at the same site. Bay City ISD approved selling $23 million in bonds in July as part of the last leg of the original $125 million school bond approved by voters in 2016.

Thu
02
Jan

"County OKs pacts with EDC, FOEC" by: Mike Reddell

   In what Precinct Commissioner Kent Pollard called the “last commissioners court meeting of the decade,” the county approved contracts with Matagorda County Economic Development Corporation (MCEDC) and Friends of Elder Citizens.
   The five-year contract with MCEDC – from Jan. 1, 2020 to Dec. 31, 2024 – calls for the agency to provide economic development services.
   The county agrees to pay MCEDC $80,800 annually – several other entities across Matagorda County also fund MCEDC.
   The agency is charged with organizing an economic development program for the entire county, along with business retention, business attraction, workforce development, and community development.

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Thu
02
Jan

Camo Half K registration now underway

    Registration is now open for the annual “Camo Half K” event sponsored by the Bay City Parks and Recreation Department slated for 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 25, at the Train Depot, 2620 Avenue G, Bay City.
   Registration/Day of Registration fees is $25 per person Jan. 2-25.
   The fee includes a race shirt, camo bag, and a medal.
   Shirts are not guaranteed for registrations made after Jan. 4.
   Proceeds from the event will help Bay City Parks and Recreation raise money for the LeTulle Dreamscape amenities like benches, and shade structures.
   “Walk, waddle, stagger or crawl down Avenue G starting at the 1905 MOPAC Train Depot to Fifth Street and back to the depot in your best, craziest, most original camo gear, just remember we are in public,” said Parks and Recreation Supervisor Kelly Penewitt.
   “Start your Camo Day off with donuts and hot cocoa to charge you up to waddle down the avenue.”  

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