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Thu
18
Jun

Crisis Center receives 1-year state bar grant

   The Texas Bar Foundation has awarded a one year grant to Matagorda Women’s Crisis Center to implement Advocating for the Helpless.

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Thu
18
Jun

City planning for July 4th 'Sparks in the Park"

the freedom of our country and enjoy an experience of enlightenment and excitement of what Independence Day is all about. 
   Mark the calendar for your family and friends for Saturday, July 4, from 5 to 9:45 p.m. for the City’s Annual Sparks In the Park at Le Tulle Park. 
   Stay until the end to catch the greatest fireworks show in the county! 
Thu
18
Jun

BCHS Summer softball Camp popular

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Bay City High School Ladycat Softball Coach Amanda Slater was pleasantly surprised to see 36 kids for this summer’s softball camp last Wednesday, June 10. “I was expecting about 12,” Slater said. Her campers included two groups: second to incoming sixth grade, and seventh to incoming ninth grade. There were several all-star players among this group, Slater said. “It shows we have a future. We have the numbers to continue to grow” the Ladycat softball program, she added.

Thu
18
Jun

Jake Roberts receives Texas Award for Valor

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Deputy J. A. “Jake” Roberts, left, stands with the Sergeant at Arms of the Texas Senate Rick Deleon, who also is a reserve deputy with the Matagorda County Sheriff’s Office.

   Matagorda County Sheriff Deputy J.A. “Jake” Roberts received the State of Texas Award for Valor during ceremonies are the state capitol in Austin June 12.  
   A short version of the incident is as follows:
   On February 25, 2014, Roberts responded to a one-vehicle accident on FM 1728, in which the car was on fire and the driver was trapped and unresponsive.  
   Without regard for his own safety, Roberts managed to wrench open one of the car doors and extract the driver, saving her life. 
   County Sheriff Frank “Skipper” Osborne attended the presentation, along with Patrol Capt. Monty Mozley, and Capt. Steve Baker.
Thu
18
Jun

Texas Trio Classic donates to Wellness Matagorda

Texas Trio Classic donated $8,000 to Wellness Matagorda Friday, June 12. Taking part were, front row, from left: Chrystal Folse, Natalie Gonzalez and Abby McConaha; back row, from left, Cliff Roberts, Travis Gilbert, Loy Sneary, Mike Reddell and Aaron Fox. Roberts and Gilbert are both with Texas Classic.

Thu
18
Jun

LCRA's Hoffman discusses irrigation plans

   May’s record-breaking rainfall put more water in LCRA’s Highland reservoirs but how that plays out for Colorado, Wharton and Matagorda counties remains to be seen.
   One benefit of the May rains is lower Colorado River basin rice farmers could see LCRA irrigation canals cleaned and open for use, John Hoffmann, LCRA vice president on water issues. Told Tri-County Water Summit audience last Thursday, June 11.
   “What a May!” Hoffmann said after his introduction. He noted the eight-inch-average rainfall statewide.
   The Colorado River system received 400,000 acre feet from the May rains that broke the month’s record since measurements have been taken, he said.
   He noted the river basin was inundated below Austin – less so above Austin – but the system did get impressive inflows from the Llano and Pedernales rivers, bringing LCRA storage reservoirs to 81 percent full for Travis and 60 percent for Buchanan.
Thu
18
Jun

Basin leaders need to work together on water issues

   People in Matagorda, Wharton and Colorado counties should work together when it’s time to travel to Austin on lower Colorado River basin water supply challenges.
   That was just one takeaway from a Tri-County Water Summit last Thursday, June 11, at Prasek’s Hillje Smokehouse attended by about 80 people from all three counties.
   “A meeting like this is a good idea for a host of reasons. Two, three, four or 20 heads are better than one,” said Robbie Cook, a former state representative from Eagle Lake, who now lobbies for farming and water interests in his former district.
   “Regional cooperation makes a real big difference at the capitol,” said Cook, who still farms in Colorado County. “This is a good way to get ready for the next (legislative) session.”
Thu
18
Jun

"We Saw You" award

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Bay City police officer Matthew Mayberry and Corporal Tracy Trevino received "We Saw You" awards. During a recent vehicle pursuit in Bay City, these officers assessed the situation and quickly determined - before getting the vehicle stopped -the driver needed medical attention. The officers avoided using any force and safely intervened while EMS arrived to treat and transport the driver. BCPD recognized the officers for correctly assessing the situation, for making informed decisions and for making the right decisions for the right reasons. In addition, the officers called upon and used BCPD Chaplain Chad Hammons to drive the patient’s vehicle to the hospital rather than towing it.

Thu
18
Jun

Pilot Club Donations

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
The Pilot Club of Bay City recently made donations to three organizations, Project Lifesaver, Texana and the Matagorda County Museum. Taking part in the presentation were, from left: Sue Johnson, Pilot Club; Dennis Bensfield, Project Lifesaver; Cheryl Lavergne, Texana; Barbara Smith, museum director; D’Ann Snead and Theresa Knebel, both with Pilot Club.

Thu
11
Jun

County ponders law for ATVs

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An unlicensed utility vehicle where it shouldn’t be.

   A Houston attorney with a house in Sargent asked Matagorda County Commissioners Court Monday if he could draft a proposed ordinance for utility vehicles in the county. 
   “I want to talk about ATVs,” Tom Pirtle told the court during its public comments section. 
   “We’re seeing more and more activity. There is some concern about the age of the operators,” Pirtle said. 
   “I’d like to ask to take a crack at an ordinance” addressing the use of those vehicles, he said. 
   While the court can’t directly respond to remarks made at the public comments portion of the meeting, it was clear there were no objections to Pirtle’s proposal. 
   Commissioner Kent Pollard, whose Precinct 2 includes both Matagorda and Sargent, later noted that the county’s ordinances applying to utility vehicles were dated, written in 1985. 

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