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Enjoying the surf, sea, sky

Jackson and Charlotte Coulter from San Antonio sit in the surf at Matagorda Beach, enjoying excellent beach conditions and sunny skies last weekend. The siblings are visiting their grandmother Melinda Williams of Bay City.
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Aug

"Capital-fundraising group now part of aquatics center campaign" by: Mike Reddell

The proposed indoor-outdoor aquatics center – incorporating pools for competition and water therapy, plus a feature-loaded outdoor facility – was discussed at City Council’s regular meeting Thursday, July 26.
   Council Member Bill Cornman put the center’s progress on the agenda with a focus on a capital-fund raising group, whose members recently met with city officials, school, MRMC and city officials.
   Cornman said he was impressed with the “public and private consortium with financing, engineering, construction and science components.”
   The councilman credited Loy Sneary with bringing this team together - all at Sneary’s expense. Cornman called a “turn-key operation.”
   Sneary and Renee Savage, co-chairmen of Wellness Matagorda County, unveiled the estimated $14-17 million courtyard facility last March after years of research and multiple trips to area aquatics centers with similar missions.

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Aug

"Council looks at hotel tax budget" by: Mike Reddell

   Proposed fiscal 2018-19 year hotel tax uses were the main topic at city council’s workshop Thursday, July 26.
   The proposed hotel tax budget of $879,000 is the first since the city moved the former Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) into city operations under the Bay City Tourism Council.
   The city’s Civic and Cultural Arts programs are funded by Bay City’s 7 percent hotel occupancy tax – on top of the state’s 6 percent levy on rooms.
   State law requires that most hotel tax revenues should be aimed at bringing people to stay at Bay City hotels, or putting “heads on beds.”
   Finance Director Scotty Jones led discussions on the proposed budget’s hotel programs.
   Civic and Cultural Arts includes proposed council discretionary funding ($141,000), tourism ($263,000), the Bay City Civic Center ($303,000) and the Bay City theater project ($150,000).

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Aug

Oxea reaches milestone with successful startup of proponal unit

   The global chemical company Oxea has successfully started up its new 100,000 mt per annum world-scale production unit “Propanol 2” at its Bay City site. 
   The now fully operational, state-of-the-art unit will increase Oxea’s North American production capacity for n-propanol by 75 percent. 
   Construction and commissioning of the new unit were completed incident-free, ahead of schedule and under budget. Oxea has used its proprietary process technology and process expertise to optimize production and improve product yield at Propanol 2, the company reported in a recent press release. 
   The first specification grade batches of material from the new unit have already been shipped to customers.

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Aug

WCJC EMS Program expands to Bay City Campus

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Wharton County Junior College EMS Program Director Gary Bonewald inspects training equipment at the college's Bay City Campus. The program will offer a basic EMT course in Bay City this fall.

   The Wharton County Junior College EMS Program is expanding to Matagorda County in an effort to provide more training opportunities for area students.
   Beginning in the Fall 2018 semester, the program will offer an Emergency Medical Technician class at the Bay City Campus. 
   The semester-long course provides basic level training on CPR, first aid, the administration of medications and a wide-range of emergency medical procedures aimed at assessing injury and intervening in life-threatening events.
   “We were seeing a need to have more localized training opportunities for students,” said EMS Program Director Gary Bonewald. 
   “We see a lot of potential for the program with Matagorda County area residents.”
   A classroom was renovated at the campus this past year to create a dedicated space for the training. 

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Aug

"Texas Tax Free Weekend Aug. 10-12" by: Jessica Shepard

   It’s that time of year again; summer is coming to a close and school starts just around the corner.
   For most parents, guardians and students that includes purchasing clothes and school supplies for the new school year.
   Texas Tax Free weekend starts at 12:01 a.m. Friday, Aug. 10, and ends at midnight on Sunday, Aug. 12.
   According to the Texas Comptroller’s Office the Texas state sales and use tax rate is 6.25 percent, but local taxing jurisdictions like cities and counties can also impose sales and use tax up to 2 percent for a total maximum combined rate of 8.25 percent.
   That means consumers can expect to save about $8 for every $100 they spend on applicable school supplies or clothes.
   For an item to be tax exempt it must cost less than $100 before tax is added.
   The exemption applies to each eligible item that sells for less than $100, regardless of how many items are sold on the same invoice to a customer.

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03
Aug

BCPD pairs with DPS for traffic enforcement of commercial trucks

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Bay City Police Officer Aurelia Mendez making contact with a commercial trucking driver

   Bay City Police Department teamed up with DPS License and Weight Troopers from around the state for heavy traffic enforcement of commercial vehicles traveling through town. 
   This was one of several operations planned to help officers better understand enforcement of traffic laws regarding commercial motor vehicles, according to a BCPD press release Monday. 
   During this July 24 event, a trooper was teamed with a Bay City police officer. The teams had multiple contacts and several opportunities to learn. 
   The officers who participated agreed that they enjoyed and learned from the experience, BCPD said. 
   The operation also helped interdepartmental relations as officers met troopers from around the area, allowing them to network and to get contact information when assistance is needed, or questions arise. 

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03
Aug

Bay City Brush Site closed from Aug. 6-12

   The Bay City Brush Site will be closed from August 6-12 for chipping and general cleanup of the site. 
   City officials said they realize the inconvenience, but the work is necessary to make room to serve you better.    
   Please do not bring any brush, limbs or grass clippings while the site is closed. 
   The city will accept all materials when we reopen at 1 p.m. Aug. 13. 

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03
Aug

4-H Congress delegates

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Matagorda County delegates to the 2018 Texas 4-H Congress were, from left, Brooke Vandenbergh, Avery Kubecka, Mallory Grimes, Anissa Cornet, Hannah Sliva, and Gabe Sumrall. The event for 4-H members from 9th to 12th grades was in Austin July 22-25.

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"The setting for a livestock parasite apocalypse" By Aaron Sumrall, PhD County Extension Agent Agriculture & Natural ResourcesThe shortfalls of summer herbicide control

   Summertime in Matagorda County is full of events, activities, and places to go amid the heat and occasional mosquito outburst. 
   With so much to do, we don’t want to spend excessive amounts of time on land or lawn maintenance when a chemical could seemingly save so much time and is safe to people, pets, livestock, and the environment if used according to the label. 
   Cutting corners in the summer with herbicides may not produce the desired outcome.
   All too often I am contacted by homeowners and producers after they have used any given herbicide and it did not return the desired result. 
   The question posed is what did I do wrong or did I use the wrong product? 
   In many instances the individual did nothing wrong on all aspects but one, and that question is seldom asked. 

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