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Chicken cheerleading at Sargent Jubiulee

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Sargent Lions Club President Carla Rae Southard tries cheerleading to encourage a hen to do her business - on the right square - at the Chicken Poop Bingo contest at the Sargent Lions Jubilee Saturday, March 14, at Lions Club Mike Leebron Memorial Park. This version of bingo was extremely popular, but there were many other activities, including helicopter rides, petting zoo and pony rides.

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"MRMC: 3rd COVID-19 confirmed" by: Mike Reddell

   The third positive case of COVID-19 was announced Tuesday night by MRMC officials.
    The patient, a woman between the ages of 50-55 had recently traveled to Washington state.
   At the onset of symptoms she immediately went home to self-quarantine and has been in self-quarantine since last Friday, March 13.
    MRMC spokesman Aaron Fox said the woman had been in contact with state health officials who are monitoring her.
   The new development quickly follows the COVID-19 related death of a 97-year-old Bay City man who died Sunday.
    The Bay City resident Eddie F. Roberts – longtime director of Duncan-Roberts Funeral Home - passed away Sunday evening at MRMC, “with symptoms consistent with COVID-19.”
   It is the first such coronavirus-related death in Texas. 

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"County tackles 2 meetings" by: Mike Reddell

   Commissioners Court had two meetings Monday morning.
   The first, nearly three-hour session was attended by several top Matagorda County business and government leaders County Judge Nate McDonald gathered to learn how those respective officials are dealing with the coronavirus (COVID-19).
   The second – the regular meeting - convened at almost two hours past its scheduled 9:30 a.m. start and included the approval of a law enforcement data-sharing system among several county departments after a lengthy discussion.
   County Judge Nate McDonald said he wanted to discuss issues related to the coronavirus in Matagorda County with other top officials.

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"County schools to stay closed" by: Jessica Shepard

   With Matagorda County Judge Nat McDonald declaring a state of disaster amid coronavirus (COVID-19) cases and concerns, local school districts are still closed.
   Bay City, Van Vleck, Tidehaven, Palacios and Matagorda ISD are all closed until further notice as of press time Tuesday.
   Those closures include all University Interscholastic League (UIL) sports and other extracurricular events.

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COVID-19 nixes events

    In the wake of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in Matagorda County and County Judge Nate McDonald declaring it a countywide disaster, several community fundraisers and events have been canceled or postponed.
   As of press time Tuesday night, the annual Markham Day cookoff and celebration slated for Saturday, March 21, has been canceled.
   Bay City Country Club Father/Daughter Dance (Grandfather, Uncle) slated for Saturday was postponed to a later date.
   Van Vleck and Bay City Little Leagues’ opening day ceremonies for March 21 was canceled.

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Sampling homemade goodies

Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard
Matagorda Historical Society members handed out free samples of baked goods to promote their cookbook at the first-ever Matagorda Surf & Turf Festival, Saturday, March 14. A few tasty treats included toffee, cookies, and slices of a cream cheese croissant.

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Sargent bridge making progress

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
The $41.2 million Sargent swing bridge replacement project progresses to new heights from this photo taken Saturday.

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Orton receives 'Shoutout'

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Tim Cuttle, right, with The New 93Q, a Houston radio station,
gave a “Shoutout to our First Responder of the Week. Constable Bill Orton” on March 13.

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Sheriff’s deputies earn Master Peace Officer

   Sheriff Skipper Osborne recently recognized Lt. James Orr, Lt. Philip Hester, Sgt. Mike Ferrel, and Sgt. Jesse Barrera on receiving their Master Peace Officer Proficiency Certificates, bringing the Sheriff’s Office total number of Master Peace Officers to 16. 
    Becoming a Master Peace Officer requires years of dedication, training and hard work. 
   In order to become a Master Peace Officer you must already have an active license or appointment, Basic Peace Officer Certificate, Intermediate Peace Officer Certificate, and Advanced Peace Officer Certificate, plus years of service and required training hours

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Fun times at Bay City Public Library

Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard
The Bay City Public Library hosted “Rockin’ Wildlife” with animal control officers Dottie Grandstaff,right, and Joe Ramos and wildlife rehabilitator Cherie Allen March 12. The trio mentioned the importance of having an adult help whenever an injured wild animal is found and even showed some of the animals up close. Audience favorites included a number of tortoises, baby possums, and a baby squirrel.

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