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07
May

Groundbreaking at Little River Ranch

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
Becca Sitz, second from left, tells about her plans for Little River Ranch during a groundbreaking ceremony for the estates Thursday afternoon, April 30. The 42-acre ranch will feature lots from .5 acre to 1.3 acres and will include open prairie, water’s edge or wooded building sites.

Thu
07
May

Saturday's Safety Expo about available resources

   Learning what resources are available during a disaster is a key facet of the LEPC Community Safety Expo this Saturday at the Tractor Supply parking lot.
   There will be 30 vendors offering several safety services and products at the expo that will be from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 9, at Tractor Supply’s 4715 Seventh St. location.
   Features at this year’s expo include food, bouncy houses and a coloring contest for kids, a pet vaccination clinic put on by For the Love of Animals, an emergency preparedness clinic for pets, representatives from many of Matagorda County’s emergency agencies and rescue demonstrations.
   “We want to highlight the resources in this community in case of any type of disaster,” said Simon DeSoto, a member of LEPC (Local Emergency Planning Committee).
Thu
07
May

City, school races, local option to be decided on Saturday

   Early voting in several area races and one local option election didn’t reveal how involved voters are for the Saturday, May 9 election.
  Early voting ended Tuesday, May 5, with a total of 640 ballots cast through Monday at city hall for the Bay City trustee and city council elections.
   Some 176 early votes were cast for the Van Vleck trustee races and for the local option decision, also through Monday.
   The general election for the Bay City school board and city council races will be from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, May 9, at the Bay City Service Center.
   Van Vleck May 9 special election voters will cast ballots at: precincts 1A and 10, the Bay City Service Center; Precinct 5, Van Vleck Community Center; and precincts 6 and 13, Cedar Lane Community Center.

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Thu
07
May

OxyChem to build $100m storage plant

   OxyChem plans to start building a $100 million ethylene storage plant at Clemville this summer, OxyChem representatives told Matagorda County Commissioners Court Monday morning.
   The plant – OxyChem’s first in Matagorda County – will store ethylene in Texas Brine’s caverns in the Clemville salt dome.
   “We plan to start in the late second quarter or early third quarter this year,” said William Shock, a senior tax agent for OxyChem, which has several plants along the Texas and Louisiana gulf coasts.
   Construction will take about a year, Shock told commissioners court at the regular meeting Monday and gave a brief PowerPoint presentation on the project.
Thu
07
May

STP No. 4 on Forbes power list

   Matagorda County’s South Texas Project Nuclear Station is No. 4 on a Forbes list of the Top 10 power generating plans in America.
   STP is one of seven nuclear plants in the Top 10 list, Forbes said in a recent online column (forbes.com).
   James Conca points out in his April 20 Forbes energy column that power plants real measure of energy generation should be in the capacity factor (cf), rather than what the power industry calls the Nameplate installed capacity.
Thu
07
May

TxDOT 'Click it' campaign May 18-31

AUSTIN – The simple, law-abiding habit of wearing a seat belt can protect thousands of Texans from serious injury or death. 
   Yet, many people still refuse. For them, the Texas Department of Transportation is launching its 14th annual statewide “Click It or Ticket” campaign to augment the federal, stepped-up enforcement period, May 18-31.
   “It’s heartbreaking to know lives are being lost on Texas roadways because people are still not buckling up,” said John Barton, TxDOT deputy executive director. 
    “These motorists have friends and families who will never get over the loss of their loved one.”
Thu
07
May

Leopard Market Day Successful

Photo/AGG Fotoz
Van Vleck Lions added a 5K run to their annual market day Saturday and runners all were doused, in varying degrees, with color.

On May 2, the Van Vleck Lions Club hosted their annual Leopard Market Day. 
   This year's event added a barbecue cookoff and a 5K fun run to the mix and helped raise over $3,500 for the club's community projects, including the vision program and a scholarship fund for local high school seniors planning to attend college. 
   The market area, located at Van Vleck High School, featured vendor booths, food, balloon animals, clowns and live music from the Van Vleck High School Band.  
   The cookoff and the fun run were both at the Van Vleck Community Center. 
Thu
07
May

Trey Eubanks new district IT director

Trey Eubanks

Bay City ISD announces the hiring of Trey Eubanks as the Director of Instructional Technology.
   Eubanks has served as the Director of Technology at Winona ISD near Tyler, Texas for the past two years.
   In that time he was able to deliver almost $1 million in district improvements including a new district core, district-wide wifi, a new video security system, and a new phone system for the district.
   He captured almost $60,000 in lost E-Rate monies, and increased the district internet speed by 1000%.
   Under his direction, Winona ISD became a member of the Microsoft IT Academy and one staff member received the MCP certification.
Thu
07
May

Pilot Club, Tidehaven Ag Mechanics class partner to benefit ABD program

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
Pilot Club of Matagorda County President Sandra Horris, far right, presents a recognition of thanks to Tidehaven High School ag teacher Gary Jones and to FFA student Jordan Rickaway for the three impressive picnic tables Jones’ ag mechanic class students built for Ability Beyond Disability clients.

   The Pilot Club of Matagorda County donated three picnic tables, chairs, benches and games to the Ability Beyond Disability organization Thursday, April 30.
   The two picnic tables were built and assembled in Gary Jones’ Ag Mechanics program at Tidehaven High School.
   Students Jordan Rickaway, Hunter Saha, Joseph Horris, Nathan Lucio, Tanner Sexton and Dylan Birchum were the builders of the project.
   The materials were donated by the Pilot Club to the Ag Mechanics Program.
   Presenting the donations was Pilot Club of Matagorda County President Sandra Horris.
   “We believe this project was extremely important to Matagorda County because of the partnership formed with the Pilot Club of Matagorda County and the Tidehaven Ag Mechanics program,” said Horris.
   Horris went on to explain the conversation she had with Jones in regards to the tables and how important they were.
Thu
07
May

Power of the Purse Thursday night

   There’s still time to help acquire a new 3-D mammogram machine at Matagorda Regional Medical Center and that will benefit women’s health and to enjoy an evening of looking top women’s purses.
   The Fourth Annual Power of the Purse will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 7, at the Bay City Service Center, 
   The event will include a silent auction of around 65 name purses and a live auction of the five top purses.
   Foltyn said will follow a strict timetable to ensure it lasts no more than two hours.
   Power of Purse will open at 6 p.m., with the live auction starting at 7:10 p.m. and a 7:25 end of the silent auction. Buyers may start checking out at 7:35 p.m.
   As the event’s name implies, there will be about 70 new purses – the sales tags will be on them – made by the top brands in the business.

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