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03
Jan

Husband, 74, charged with murder of 73-year-old wife

A 74-year-old Matagorda County man is charged with murdering his wife, 73, at their residence on Livingood Road off FM 457 Dec. 20, the Matagorda County Sheriff’s Department reported. 
   Deputies were sent to the house around 4 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 20, about a family disturbance with weapons, reports show. 
   When deputies arrived at the scene, they found Tanzie Haynes Scott, 73, inside the residence.   
   EMS personnel arrived on scene and determined Mrs. Scott was dead, deputies reported.   
   Deputies recovered a large knife from the residence, which was taken to the Sheriff’s Office and placed into evidence.   
   Later on Dec. 20, Benjamin Scott Jr., 74, was arrested and charged with murder and was booked into the Matagorda County Jail.   
   Bond was later set at $25,000 by the Justice of the Peace.   

Thu
03
Jan

LCRA offering community grants to area non-profits, 1st responders

   The Lower Colorado River Authority will accept grant applications for community projects in LCRA’s wholesale electric or water service areas in January. Grants of up to $50,000 are available.
   Applications for the Community Development Partnership Program grants will be available at lcra.org/cdpp beginning Jan. 1 and are due by Jan. 31.
   The grant program recently helped fund 23 projects, including providing emergency equipment to firefighters and other first responders, replacing playground equipment, upgrading electrical systems in community halls, and renovating volunteer fire department stations.
   To date, LCRA and its wholesale electric customers have awarded 1,695 community grants totaling more than $44.5 million. 
   When combined with almost $224 million in community-raised matching funds, the total investment in projects is more than $268.5 million.

Thu
03
Jan

LCRA began lowering lakes LBJ, Marble Fall on Sunday

   The Lower Colorado River Authority began drawing down lakes LBJ and Marble Falls on Sunday, Dec. 30. 
   During the eight-week drawdown, Lake LBJ will be lowered about 4 feet and Lake Marble Falls will be lowered about 7 feet.  
   The refill will begin on Feb. 19 and will conclude on Feb. 23. 
   The lakes are being lowered as a community service to allow property owners and residents affected by recent flooding an opportunity to repair property, maintain infrastructure and remove debris. 
   The lakes will be lowered about one foot a day beginning Dec. 30, meaning Lake LBJ was to be fully lowered by the end of the day Wednesday, Jan. 2, and Lake Marble Falls will reach its lowered level by the end of the day Saturday, Jan. 5. 
   Lake LBJ serves as the cooling reservoir for the Thomas C. Ferguson Power Plant, a 516-megawatt combined cycle plant that provides power to the Texas power grid.  

Thu
27
Dec

Sargent Beach Breakwater and Beach Nourishment project marks off area

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
A plastic orange barrier marks off the Sargent Beach Breakwater and Beach Nourishment project, at right. Sand was piped in to help researchers work on alternates to stop beach erosion and retain sand.

Thu
27
Dec

"County sees breakwater plans, discusses possible funding" by: Mike Reddell

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
Alternatives presented as part of the Sargent Beach Breakwaer and Beach Nourishment project were explained last week by Rhonda Gregg Hirsch (standing), with Atkins North America, to Matagorda County Commissioners Court.

   Four alternative structures aimed at halting erosion and retaining sand at Sargent Beach were presented to Matagorda County Commissioners Court last week.
   Sargent Beach “has the highest erosion rate in Texas,” said Rhonda Gregg Hirsch, the director of the General Land Office-contracted Sargent Beach Breakwater and Beach Nourishment project.
   Gregg Hirsch, with Atkins North America, told the court about the project’s extensive research on how to halt the erosion that has eaten away at the beach down to its clay base for years and threatens the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway. 
   The Sargent Beach pilot project began last May and is Phase 3 of breakwater studies that began in 2012 to find a solution for reducing the beach’s erosion.
   Gregg Hirsch said last May that the present breakwater study would provide closure to the previous research.

Thu
27
Dec

"New Year’s closings" by: Jessica Shepard

   With four days left until New Year’s Eve, many local businesses will be closed Monday, Dec. 31, and the following Tuesday, Jan. 1.
   Monday and Tuesday closings this year include city, federal and county offices.
   Federal closures include the U.S.  Postal Service and banks.
   H-E-B and Wal-Mart will be open regular business hours.
   WCA trash pickups will be adjusted for New Year’s Day with normal Tuesday pickups on Friday, Jan. 4.
   Christmas break lasts through Jan. 4 for Tidehaven, Van Vleck and Bay City ISD students.
   Tidehaven, Bay City and Van Vleck ISD students are scheduled to return at regular time Jan. 7.
   The Bay City Sentinel office will also be closed New Year’s Day, but return to regular working hours Wednesday, Jan. 2. 

Thu
27
Dec

"Police Chief says prisoner pact with Ft. Bend for emergencies" by: Mike Reddell

   When most of Bay City evacuated during Hurricane Harvey last year, Bay City police caught people burglarizing buildings and homes, yet officers had no place to jail them, Police Chief Robert Lister told city council last week.
   A solution, the chief told council, is an interlocal agreement that council approved last week between Bay City and Fort Bend County for jail services during emergencies like the hurricane.
   After Bay City residents left, Lister said “we had numerous thefts - people were caught burglarizing and continued to cause havoc.”
   “There was no way to hold them here,” Lister said, in telling council about the problem with transporting prisoners.
   Council awarded a $538,000 construction contract bid for the new recycling center at 1702 Ave. K that’s well over the Houston-Galveston Area Council (H-GAC) grant of $239,780.
   Hlavinka had the lowest bid of three companies bidding on the project.

Thu
27
Dec

Library renovations winding down

Photo: Bay City Public Library
Recent renovations to the Bay City Public Library's youth room, dubbed "Pancho's Cove," are moving along smoothly. Pancho's Cove features an underwater theme with several new additions. The library closed for renovations in early December and will have a grand opening celebration from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 2, with normal business hours to resume Thursday, Jan. 3.

Thu
27
Dec

"Main Street board looks ahead to next Flockfest" by: Jessica Shepard

   Bay City Main Street Program board members are looking forward to next year’s Flockfest. 
   “Despite the weather, everything was such a hit,” said Main Street Manager Shelly Story.
   “In fact, we’re already looking at ways to make it bigger and better for next year.”
   Over $2,000 was raised from the Breakfast with the Grinch and Brunch with Santa activities during the event.
   “The money raised helped cover all of the Christmas events we put on this year with enough left to go towards next year’s ‘Rock the Block’ events,” she explained.
   “After all, none of the Flockfest activities were budgeted for this year,” said Bay City Tourism Director Heidi Martinez.
   “But, we’re looking to make improvements next year and are hoping the weather cooperates a little more.”

 

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Thu
27
Dec

Wharton woman killed in collision

   A 65-year-old Wharton woman was killed in a two-vehicle, head-on collision on Texas 60 in foggy conditions about eight miles north of Bay City early Wednesday morning, Dec. 19, DPS Sgt. Stephen Woodard said.
   Rebecca Harlow of Wharton was pronounced dead at the scene of the collision by Precinct 1 JP Jason Sanders, the trooper said.
   The accident occurred at about 6:40 a.m., when a northbound 2013 Ford Expedition, driven by Karen Rooks of Bay City, was passing another northbound vehicle and collided with a southbound 2013 Hyundai Accent operated by Harlow, Woodard said.
   Rooks was taken to Houston Medical Center for injuries that Woodard said were not life-threatening. 

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