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"Council creates 3rd TIRZ for subdivision" by: Mike Reddell

City Council created its third reinvestment zone for the 19.2-acre, 64-lot Marguerite Meadow subdivision last week following a public hearing that drew neighborhood residents’ concerns over additional traffic and water pressure.
   Council unanimously approved an ordinances for Reinvestment Zone No. 3 – the city’s two other reinvestment zones are for the Schulman MBG entertainment complex and for the North Downtown Plan – at its regular meeting Thursday, Jan. 26.
   Neighborhood resident Mona Craft said the proposed development would be “to the detriment of Marguerite.”

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"Study: New city hall, police, fire stations" by: Mike Reddell

   Two-story police and fire stations and city hall were proposed in an architectural study presented at a special city council meeting Thursday, Jan. 26.
   Dewberry Architects Bay City Municipal Space Needs Study also proposed moving the existing Art League building off site and creating more parking spaces throughout the municipal block – plus extending the boundaries of nearby Liberty Park.
   Dewberry Senior Project Manager James C. Healy, AIA, told council that his firm – based in Fairfax, Va. – visited with several city departments in compiling its lists of existing site and building issues as well as the master plan. 
   Included in phases 1 A and B is the relocation of the Art League building, demolition of the northwest corner parking lot and building a new two-story police station, while present station remains in use

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"New Markham chief sets personal goals" by: Jessica Shepard

Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard
Markham Fire Chief Robert Henske

   Robert Henske is still settling in to his new role as Markham Volunteer Fire Department’s Fire Chief.
   Henske, a 1997 graduate of Tidehaven High School, has been an industrial firefighter with LyondellBasell since 2002.
   “The training I received there, gave me the chance to work here,” said Henske.
   “I’ve got some big shoes to fill, but look forward to building on what the department already has here.”
   Henske was elected to the position in the beginning of January, but has family history with the department.
   “It’s sort of a family tradition and it is my goal is to give back to the community,” he added.
   “Even if it’s only six months or 30 years.”
   As chief, Henske plans on getting his volunteers certified and trained up.
   “I want to continue the great relationship between Markham VFD and Midfield VFD,” said Henske.

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Steaks stack up

Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard
Over a dozen volunteers plated and packed up freshly cooked chicken fried steak dinners during the 10th Annual Chicken Fried Steak Fundraiser, Friday, Jan. 27. The fundraiser benefits the Crisis Centers of Matagorda and Wharton counties.

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Pack 4545's Pinewood Derby winners

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The following scouts placed first-third in the annual “Pinewood Derby” held by Cub Scout Pack 4545, Thursday Jan. 19. Their times are averaged and the fastest two from each rank earns entry into the Brahman District Pinewood Derby racing against other winners from packs in Matagorda, Wharton, and Colorado counties at a later date.  Trophies were awarded for Coolest Car and Most Original Concept. From left to right are:  Z. Rodriguez, third place Tiger; S. Luera, third place Bear; E. Flores, first place Bear; N. Martinez, third place Wolf; L. Aguilar, second place Webelos 1 and Most Original Concept; J. Simmons, first place Webelos 1; R. Garza, first place Wolf; W. Meadows, first place Tiger; C. Townswend, third place Webelos 2; A. Townsend, second place Wolf; D. Johnson, Coolest Car; C. Zamora, second place Tiger; J. Garcia, second place Webelos 2; A. Kishlock, second place Bear; M. Dimetry, third place Webelos 2; D. Hartline, first place Webelos 2.

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Working the catwalk

Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard
Lucy Weathers, center, age 4, modeled up and coming rodeo fashions from The Burlap Sack during the "CattleWomena's Bi-Annual Style Show," Sunday, Jan. 29. Weathers was joined by other models featuring clothes from local shops and boutiques. Proceeds from the event go toward supporting youth scholarships, fair projects and promoting the beef industry.

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Bridges trainees get work experience

Picture, from left: Jesus Randall, Jacqueline Rodriguez, Jocelyn Rodriguez and The Children’s Store Manager Ruth Ann (photo courtesy Megan Clegg).

   The Matagorda County Educational Services, housed within Bay City ISD, sent its Bridges Program vocational trainees to The Children’s Store on January 27. 
   The store, located on the square in Bay City, worked with the students in having them help out and gain some experience in a real-world retail setting. 
   Store Manager Mrs. Ruth Ann explained to the trainees the tasks that needed to be completed and without hesitation they went to work.  
   Megan Clegg, Bridges Transition Program Supervisor and Teacher, said, “We appreciate our community partners giving the Bridges trainees the opportunity to learn new vocational skills that will help better prepare them for jobs in the future. And special thanks to Mrs. Ruth Ann who treated our hard-workers to pizza!” 

 

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State praises county after jail inspection

   The Texas Commission on Jail Standards praised Matagorda County Sheriff Frank “Skipper” Osborne on his department’s results from a recent jail inspection.
   The commission’s Certificate of Compliance “demonstrates your outstanding leadership and the diligent work of your staff in complying with minimum jail standards,” wrote Brandon Wood, the commission’s executive director.
   Wood noted the most recent inspection Jan. 20 reflected “your office’s commitment to excellence and is an example of dedication and professionalism in maintaining a safe, secure and sanitary facility.”   

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1 dead, 1 injured in Matagorda wreck

   MATAGORDA - Two students from the East Bernard High School were involved in a wreck in Matagorda early Sunday morning, Jan. 30.
   “According to reports the students were going morning duck hunting heading south on Texas 60 in Matagorda when they ran into the back of a broken down lumber truck,” said KKHA’s website.
   “The truck had been setting alongside of the northbound lane of Texas 60 for a few days with safety cones around it.
   According to some officials the boys may have fell asleep and swerved into the truck head on.
   As of right now one student is in critical condition and was life-flighted, the other was deceased at the scene.”
   A passerby noticed that something was wrong and turned back to see and found the vehicle the students were driving in the ditch badly damaged, added KKHA.   

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MacKenzie named to LeTourneau fall dean’s list

   LONGVIEW - Taylor Mackenzie of Bay City was named to the Fall 2016 Dean’s List at LeTourneau University that recognizes students who have achieved a grade point average between 3.50 and 3.99 for the semester.
   Mackenzie is a sophomore majoring in PreNursing.

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