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25
Jun

Girl, 14, injured in 4-wheeler accident

 14-year-old girl was life-flighted to Texas Children’s Hospital after a four-wheeler accident on Sargent Beach Sunday afternoon, the Matagorda County Sheriff’s Office reported Monday.
   Deputies sent to the beach at 2:40 p.m. Sunday found the girl and a 15-year-old boy had been on a four-wheeler that overturned.
   The girl was life-flighted with a possible broken arm as well as cuts on her body, reports show.  
   The boy was treated at the scene and wasn’t taken to a hospital, deputies said.
   While the sheriff’s office said it wouldn’t release additional information on the accident and that the highway patrol is investigating, the incident got the attention of Matagorda County Commissioners Court Monday morning.

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Thu
25
Jun

Storm cleanup may take weeks

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
The Colorado River reached 31 feet last Friday, a level it would remain at for several days as rains from Tropical Storm Bill near Austin were expected to keep the current high. The high waters keeps officials from cleaning up some flooded areas.

  Cleaning up Tropical Storm Bill’ extensive damage to Matagorda County last week will take days and weeks, county commissioners remarked at their meeting Monday, June 22.
   “There is quite a bit of damage,” County Judge Nate McDonald said at the meeting. He sent a letter to Gov. Greg Abbott, estimating about $13 million in storm damage in seeking disaster relief. (See related story on this page).
   The June 16 tropical storm flooded low-lying coastal Matagorda County areas – Palacios, Sargent and Matagorda - with its advancing bands of showers before it officially made landfall a little before noon at Port O’Connor.
   Bill bore down on the county with 50-60 mph winds – an offshore rig just east of Port Connor recorded 66 mph gusts – and before the storm departed it left widespread damage from the winds and flooding from the torrential rainfall.
Thu
25
Jun

Tenaris hits construction milestone

TenarisBayCity photo
A construction milestone for the TenarisBayCity project occurred Friday, June 19, when the last structural roof panel was installed on the main industrial building.

Thu
25
Jun

TCEQ appears ready to OK another curtailment

 While the levels in the Travis and Buchanan Highland storage reservoirs rose dramatically thanks to the May rains and from Tropical Storm Bill, the TCEQ looks like it’s prepared to give LCRA’s another 120-day emergency order to keep from releasing stored water to lower Colorado River basin rice farmers.
   TCEQ Executive Director Richard Hyde notified Gov. Greg Abbott on June 16 of Hyde’s “consideration of this emergency order,” which effectively activated another 120-day curtailment period.
   TCEQ (Texas Commission on Environmental Quality) will meet July 1 to consider “whether to affirm, modify, or set aside this emergency order.” 
Thu
25
Jun

‘Sparks in Park’ promises to dazzle

   The annual “Sparks in the Park” fireworks finale promises to be 15 minutes of technologically-advanced pyrotechnics and illuminate the sky over Le Tulle Park.
   This year’s “Sparks in the Park” will be at Le Tulle Park from 5 to 9:45 p.m. Saturday, July 4.
   “Every seat in the park will be the best seat to watch the show,” said Parks and Recreation Department director Kelly Penewitt.
   “It will leave everyone with a jaw-dropping memory to take home.”
   There will be children’s activities, food booths and musical performances.
   Also, the second annual Patriotic Pet contest will be offered that evening, said Penewitt.
   The night’s headlining musical entertainment will be provided by Two Tons of Steel.
   San Antonio-based Two Tons of Steel play their own brand of Texas country music and are sponsored by HEB.
Thu
25
Jun

Chasnoff research focused on FASD

Chasnoff

   Bay City High School Alumni Dr. Ira Chasnoff will introduce his documentary on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASDs) on Thursday June 25.
   The documentary and brief discussion afterwards will both be held from 6 – 7:30 p.m. in room 103 of the Bay City Civic Center.
   Chasnoff is the executive producer of the documentary on FASDs which is titled “Moment to Moment: Teens Growing Up with FASDs.”
   It explores the lives of four teens and the “effect that prenatal alcohol exposure has had and continues to have on their journeys to finding independence, fulfillment and understanding the world around them.”
Thu
18
Jun

Storm more intense as it crosses county

Sentinel photo/MaLinda Reddell
Matagorda County residents converged on HEB, above, and other stores to stock up on supplies.

   Bill became a tropical storm just before making landfill near Port O’Connor shortly before noon Tuesday, June 16.
   Bearing maximum sustained winds of 60 mph and bringing multiple rain bands, Bill quickly flooded low-lying Matagorda County coastal areas near Matagorda and Sargent. 
   The wind and rain pounded the coastal areas giving drivers the dual problem of visibility while navigating over rain-slick roads.
Thu
18
Jun

Council favors scrapping permits for garage sales

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
City Secretary Rhonda Clegg, left, gives the oath of office to city council members, from left: Carolyn Thames, Steven Johnson and Chrystal Folse at council’s regular meeting June 11.

   City council indicated last week it favored allowing residents to hold garage sales as often they like and plans to officially scrap the present ordinance limiting such sales at its next meeting June 25.
   Council discussed the garage sale ordinance at its June 11 meeting, when it also elected council member Julie Estlinbaum as mayor pro-tem and Chrystal Folse, Carolyn Thames and Steven Johnson – all of whom won the May 9 council races - were sworn in to new two-year council terms.
   The present garage sale law requires people to get a permit and limits them to one sale every six months. 
   There is no code enforcement of garage sales, Mayor Mark Bricker noted, and suggested setting a date every quarter to hold garage sales.
   That way Bay City garage sales could be marketed like other communities that have citywide sales.
   “And it would make it (the sales) a lot easier to enforce,” the mayor said. 
Thu
18
Jun

Trustees add 6 bus routes

 The BCISD board of trustees added six additional bus routes for the 2015-2016 school year Monday night.
   “Due to increased traffic in Bay City on Texas 60 and Texas 35, BCISD is returning transportation service to students inside the two mile radius who live in areas that safety and traffic is of historical concern.,” said BCISD Superintendent Keith Brown in a press release Tuesday in a further explanation of the board’s action Monday night.
   “The safety and security of our students is always at the forefront of our decision making processes in BCISD,” said school board president Tim Powell that was also part of the press release.
   BCISD transported an average of 940 students per day in the 2014-2015 school year.
Thu
18
Jun

Oil, gas values may drop 45%

   Estimated Matagorda County oil and gas values have dropped 30 percent – and possibly as much as 45 percent – from last year, according to preliminary projections from Vince Maloney.
   Matagorda County Appraisal District Chief Appraiser, Maloney said those estimates are from P&G Engineering, the firm MCAD hires to appraise oil and gas properties.
   “The engineers started with about a 30 percent reduction in the oil and gas values,” Maloney said.
   “When I give the estimated values to the (taxing) jurisdictions, prior to mailing out the Notice of Appraised Value, I ask P&A how good are their numbers. They told me to hold out another 15 percent to be safe.
   “We will know more after the oil companies have brought in their information and talked to P&A.”

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