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Thu
14
May

Wellness Matagorda Fun Run raises fund for center

   Wellness Matagorda is sponsoring a 5K or 10K fun run, walk, family stroll or bike Saturday, May 16, at the Square in Bay City.  
   Registration starts at 6:30 a.m., and Abby McConaha will begin a warmup at 7:15 a.m.  
   The 5K and 10K run, walk, or bike starts at 7:30 a.m. at Avenue G.  
   The family stroll begins at 8 a.m.  
   Parking is free around the square and below in the courthouse parking garage.  
   The entry fee is $25 for adults or half price at $10 if you bring a friend.  

 

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Thu
14
May

City organizes to protect water source

  This article is the first in a series on drinking water and protection programs available to assure a safe, potable supply of drinking water for the City of Bay City.   
  One of the most basic needs of any community is safe and clean drinking water.   
  More than 17,614 people rely on the quality of drinking water provided by the City of Bay City and its source of water, the Gulf Coast Aquifer.   
  The Texas Public Water Supply Regulatory Program is administered by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and has a legacy of public health protection that dates back to 1913.  
  The dominant characteristic that has sustained the program through the decades has been the cooperative partnership with public water suppliers, river authorities, and groundwater districts.   
Thu
14
May

SWAT on hand for LEPC Safety Expo

Two members of Bay City Police Department’s SWAT team, Corporal Justin Kirk on left and Sgt. James Reckaway on the right, describe the team’s objectives and weapons during Saturday’s expo. This year’s expo had at least 500 people in attendance and representation from several area volunteer fire departments and state agencies, including the Texas General Land Office.

Thu
14
May

County to decide on funding facility needs

Matagorda County Commissioners Court will decide between now and this summer’s budget workshops on issuing certificates of obligations (CO) to pay for improvements to county-owned facilities, starting with the courthouse.  
   The county has existing debt of $180,000, plus $4,221 in interest, which will expire this year and commissioners are considering issuing certificates to fund prioritized maintenance needs, but do not plan to exceed the present debt-service tax rate, County Judge Nate McDonald said.  
   “We want a good, predictable rate,” he noted.  
   The county has identified several areas of “deferred maintenance,” the judge said, and include a wide range of projects such as roof repairs at the courthouse, county office building, the fairgrounds and the county annex in Palacios.
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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