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Thu
14
May

Relay for Life tops its 2015 goal

This year’s Relay for Life topped its goal despite a weather-shortened scheduled and several competing events.  
   Friday night’s event raised $117,927, beating the goal of $116,000, said Chrystal Folse.  
   There were about 1,200 people present for the stream of activities at the Matagorda County Fairgrounds.  
   Inclement weather forecasts shortened the normally overnight-long activities to close by 11:30 p.m. Friday, said Folse.   
   By that late hour, those attending were battling winds and blowing dirt, she added.  
   But the traditional laps by survivors, caregivers and teams did give everyone attending the importance of honoring survivors, recognizing the essential roles that caregivers have in helping cancer patients and cheering on the efforts of the teams in helping raise money.    
   “We care about you and your family,” Folse said of the caregivers’ recognition.
Thu
07
May

Early voting turnout over 800 strong

Early vote totals in the Bay City school board and city council races were impressive and possibly indicate a strong turnout in the general election Saturday, May 9.

That early vote was 815. It's not broken down on the school board and council totals. But the number is high for an early vote, City Secretary Rhonda Clegg said.

Thu
07
May

City to ponder partnership

Contributed image
Bay City Community Development Corporation provided this look at a Schulman Amusement Center.

   A mixture of caution and excitement surrounds the possibility of bringing the Schulman Entertainment Center to Bay City through a public-private partnership.
   “This project has been in the works for a long time,” said Mayor Mark Bricker. 
   “We have been in discussions with Mark Schulman for three years and several other theater operators before that. 
   The entertainment center is projected at 47,000 square feet on about eight acres of land on the corner of McCrosky Road and Texas 35.  
   It will have eight screens, arcades, bowling and a full service bar and grill.
Thu
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. 

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