City Parks & Rec hosts 3rd annual Oktoberfest slated Oct. 15 at USO

   Bay City’s Parks and Recreation Department hosts the 3rd Annual Oktoberfest fundraiser from 7-11 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15 at the USO Service Center, 2105 Ave. M.
   Tickets to the dance are on sale now at the Parks and Rec office for $20 per person or $150 for a table of eight.
   “This year’s event will raise funds to purchase new tables and chairs with dollies at the USO for the auditorium and Train Depot,” said Kelly Penewitt, Parks and Rec supervisor.
   Light refreshments and set ups will be sold.
   The event is also BYOB for those 21 years of age and older.
   “The Billie Ledbetter Orchestra will make a return engagement this year to perform your favorite songs to dance all night long,” she added.
   “Grab your Lederhosen and Drindl and join us by reserving your table soon!”


Body of missing swimmer recovered

   The body of missing swimmer Adareshea Williams - the subject of an ongoing search by Coast Guard and the Matagorda County Sheriff’s Office - was found by the Coast Guard washed up on Matagorda Beach about 15 miles from Jetty Park Thursday morning, Sept. 15, the sheriff’s office reported.
   Tattoos on the body matched that of Williams, the sheriff’s office said.
   Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace Mark Finlay went to the scene of the recovery and ordered an autopsy.  
   Williams had gone missing after swimming Tuesday, Sept. 13, on the beach where Caney Creek empties into the Gulf of Mexico.  


"Hit-run driver strikes man, kills his dog near Duncan, Nolan streets" by: Mike Reddell

   A 72-year-old man was hurt and his dog killed when they both were struck by a vehicle on Nolan Street in West Bay City Wednesday morning, Sept. 14.
   The man’s son, Keven W. London of San Antonio, is seeking help in finding the driver and the vehicle involved in the hit and run.
   London said his father’s leg was broken and he has possible head injuries and was at Matagorda Regional Medical Center.
   The father, a Bay City resident, has sight problems, the son said, and was keeping his head down as he was walking to avoid the sun’s glare and didn’t see the vehicle that hit him.
   The dog was run over or hit by the vehicle, London said.
   London noted that his father is 6-foot-5-inches tall and the car could be damaged from the impact.
   Any information that could lead to identifying the car or driver should call Bay City Police Department Office Keith Hatton at 979-245-8500.


"Museum hosts Gourmet Guys Saturday" by: Jessica Shepard

   The doors open at 6:30-7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24 for happy “half” hour for the annual “Gourmet Guys” fundraiser at the Matagorda County Museum.
   The main event lasts only two hours from 7-9 p.m.
   Tickets are $40 and available at the museum or Homestead, as well as at the door the night of the event.
   Over 30 chefs have signed on to be part of the event.
   This year, there’s a twist – “Gourmet Gals” will be heating things up alongside the “Guys.”
   Every year a committee at the Museum decides on a theme.
   “This year, it’s ‘An Evening in Paris,’” said Barbara Smith, director of the museum.
   “We’ve never done a French themed event before.”
    “It’s just a few appetizers to help get everyone in the mood to try French cuisine,” she said.
   Guest chefs will be cooking up everything from main course samples to desserts and side dishes.
   “There will also be a variety of wine offered,” said Smith.


"Fall beach cleanup Saturday at Sargent, Matagorda" by: Jessica Shepard

   The Annual Fall Matagorda Beach cleanup for Sargent and Matagorda beaches is set for Saturday, Sept. 24, from 9 a.m. – noon.
   Matagorda Beach’s cleanup will begin at Jetty Park on Matagorda Beach.
   “This is a very fun and worthwhile event for all ages,” said Peggy Stanley, Matagorda Beach cleanup coordinator.
   “I’m hoping for the same number of volunteers or more. More would be wonderful!”
   Earlier this spring, a total of 5.5 miles of Matagorda Beach were cleaned by 250 volunteers for a sum of 10,944 lbs. or roughly six tons.
   Sargent Beach also will host a cleanup with the same hours at County Park, FM 457 and CR 230; otherwise known as Canal Drive.
   Sargent saw five miles of beach cleaned by 196 volunteers for a sum of 3,200 pounds of trash, or about 1.6 tons in April.
   Both cleanups have check-ins starting at 8:30 a.m.


Wife charged with stabbing her husband

   A Bay City woman was arrested for stabbing her husband in the neck after the two got an argument Sunday night, Sept. 18, Bay City police said.
   Sharon Guido-Huerta, 41, was charged with Aggravated Assault Family Violence, police and Matagorda County Jail reports show.
   Officers went to the 1100 block of Avenue B, at 8:28 p.m. Sunday, after police got a call about a possible stabbing. 
   The caller advised that his neighbor appeared to have been stabbed in the neck.  
   When officers arrived, they found the victim, Jose Guido-Huerta, to have a severe laceration and began first aid until EMS arrived on scene.    
   The victim was able to tell officers that he was drinking with his wife and they began arguing and she stabbed him.  
   The suspect arrived back to the Avenue B location and she was arrested.  
   The victim was taken to Matagorda Regional Hospital by Gulf Coast EMS.  


Clear skies give project time to work

Construction crews at the Schulman MBG site this week were able to pour concrete for the new entertainment center. Constant rains have wreaked havoc on the work progress, setting back the project’s timetable several days. The Schulman MBG is between Bay City and Van Vleck off Texas 35 on McCrosky Road.
Schulman MBG photo


"Cura: Oil prices, weather force Tenaris’ delays" by: Mike Reddell

German Cura

   Tenaris North America President German Cura asked commissioners court Monday to request a one-year extension from the state on a $1.5 million grant for the Tenaris’ Bay City pipe mill.
   The court approved sending a letter to the Texas Department of Agriculture, which administers the Texas Capital Fund grant, seeking the one-year extension.
   Extending the grant from Jan. 17, 2017, to Jan. 15, 2018, will allow Tenaris to create the 300 permanent jobs set out in the grant covenants.
   The grant pays for road improvement to the Tenaris entrance on Texas 35 to be completed later this year.
   Cura said Tenaris’ Bay City plant that will produce pipe primarily for oil and gas well drilling and for pipe line transportation of oil and gas is faced with two main problems outside of its control - a slumping oil market and the inclement weather affecting construction.


"9-11 Rally stirs local pride in America" by: Jessica Shepard

Sentinel photos/Jessica Shepard
An impressive fireworks show and a salute to the colors all were part of the 9-11 Remembrance and Troop Rally Sunday at Memorial Stadium.

   About 2,500 people came out to the Matagorda County Patriot Committee’s “9-11 Remembrance and Troop Rally” Sunday, Sept. 11, at Memorial Stadium in Bay City.
   That doesn’t even include the volunteers in the patriotic choir, combined local high school bands form Bay City, Tidehaven and Palacios or the Matagorda County Cavalry and Holy Cross School’s children choir.
   The event was proposed by the committee as both a “remembrance of 9-11 and a rally to show our community’s continued support of our military troops, law enforcement, firefighters and EMTs.”
   Guest speakers included District Attorney Steve Reis, County Judge Nate McDonald, Mayor Pro Tem Chrystal Folse, VFW members and several area pastors.
   “Each of us must realize what is truly important in our lives and make the best of these few moments we have,” said Reis after recounting the tragic facts of the 9-11 attacks.


"County terminates city tax bill contract" by: Mike Reddell

   A letter from Matagorda County terminating its tax collection contract with the City of Bay was authorized by commissioners court Monday morning.
   The contract expired Aug. 31 and its 25-year-old provisions are a burden to the county in preparing its consolidated tax billing statements, County Tax-Assessor Cristyn Hallmark told the court.
   Hallmark said the city won’t meet established Sept. 20 deadlines to get its fiscal 2016-17 property tax rate approvals to be included in the county’s billings that will go to taxpayers in 21 taxing jurisdictions Oct. 1.
   Those other 20 taxing entities - particularly schools districts that began their fiscal years Sept. 1 - need the revenue stream to start in October from tax collections, Hallmark added.
   City council will have two public hearings at City Hall on its proposed tax rate of 60 cents per $100 valuation at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22, and at 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 26. 


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