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02
Mar

Paving the way

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
Workers laying the brick pavers on Sixth Street should be expert in puzzles as they figure out where each piece fits and how much to cut. The work, ongoing for several weeks, is part of the 2015 Texas Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Fund for Main Street sidewalk improvements along 6th Street in front of the BayTex Hotel. The $195,000 project included $150,000 in contract funds, matched by $45,000 from the city. Most of the work has been completed.

Thu
02
Mar

IMPACT Center holds open house

Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard
During the IMPACT Center’s recent open house Bay City school trustee Crystal Allison, left, and fellow board member Frankie Cole, right, look over a student’s electronic device. Cole is the founder of the IMPACT Center.

Thu
02
Mar

Prepping for Seafood Fest

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
Volunteers converged on the Treybig oyster plant Saturday Feb. 25, to head, peel and butterfly shrimp in preparation for the annual Matagorda Seafood Fest March 11.

Thu
02
Mar

Happy Radio holds ribbon cutting

Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard
A recent ribbon cutting for Happy Radio 92.5 drew an impressive group of well-wishers.

Thu
02
Mar

MCEDC launches series of meetings around the county

   Matagorda County Economic Development Corporation board of directors met at the Port of Palacios Friday, Feb. 24, that will be the first in a series of meetings to be held countywide.
      MCEDC board members met with Palacios community leaders during the Friday session.
   MCEDC usually meets in the Matagorda Office Building, but the county is renovating that building and MCEDC temporarily has met in the Bay City Community Development Corporation (BCCDC) board room.
   While moving MCEDC meetings to venues across the county was borne out of necessity to find an alternate meeting site, another goal is to make the board more accessible to the various communities.
   In addition, another aim is increasing awareness and involvement in the county’s economic development endeavors.

Thu
02
Mar

Man charged with striking woman, child

   Bay City police responding to an assault in progress call chased the suspect’s car – with a woman and her one-year-old child inside - along Avenue A before the officer in pursuit made a felony stop and arrest Sunday afternoon, Feb. 26.
   Sebastian R. Fields, 29, of Bay City, was taken to the Matagorda County Jail and booked on charges of  assault bodily injury – family violence, injury to a child, evading arrest/detention in a vehicle, and abandon/endangering a child, police reports said. 
   Officer Johnie Holmes was dispatched to the 1700 after a woman called dispatch that she was in a black Chevrolet Impala with her boyfriend. 
   The suspect was driving the vehicle and while he assaulted the woman he also struck the child in the head, reports show. 

Thu
02
Mar

Man arrested after crashing truck into 4 parked vehicles

   A 32-year-old Bay City man was arrested on multiple charges early Sunday morning after the pickup truck he was driving ran a stop sign, went through a metal fence and crashed into four parked cars, Bay City police.
   While on patrol, officer Matthew Tilley saw a black GMC pickup speeding south in the 3300 block of Avenue C and running a stop sign at 3:45 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 26. 
   Tilley watched the vehicle plough through a metal fence and strike four parked cars. 
   The pickup appeared to be trying to leave the area when Tilley stopped it in the parking lot at 1408 Whitson, reports show
   Tilley detained the driver of the vehicle and later determined that he was under the influence of alcohol and drugs, police said.
   During Tilley’s investigation, he also found a small bag of marijuana was in the driver’s possession.

Thu
23
Feb

"Schrader Rodeo Queen; Davis Fair Queen " by: Jessica Shepard

Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard
The 2017 Rodeo Queen court includes, from left: Meagan Schrader, Rodeo Queen; Savannah Knezek, First Runnerup; and Anna Claire Heth, Second Runnerup..

   Five Fair and Rodeo Royalties were chosen over the weekend for the annual Matagorda County Fair and Livestock Association’s annual fair and rodeo.
   Meagan Schrader was crowned the 2017 Rodeo Queen at the Matagorda County Fairgrounds Saturday, Feb. 18.
   Schrader is joined by her court Savannah Knezek and Anna Claire Heth, first and second runner-up respectively.
   All five girls competed by answering a random question and putting their mounts through a horsemanship pattern.
   Schrader received a belt buckle sponsored by Jodie Reynolds and an outfit from Wild Bill’s Western Wear.
   The 2017 Fair Queen is Chandler Davis, who was crowned Friday, Feb. 17.
   Davis is joined by her court: Avery Kubecka, Hannah Sliva and Mallory Grimes.
   The Fair Queen belt buckle was sponsored by Sydney Armatta and her outfit was from TNT Western Wear.

Thu
23
Feb

"Fair association awards 13 scholarships for $46K" by: Jessica Shepard

   The Matagorda County Fair and Livestock Association recently held its annual scholarship contest.  
   This year, the MCFLA awarded 13 scholarships totaling $46,000.  
   Applicants represented high schools from Matagorda County.  
   The 2017 Scholarship recipients are:  Pruett Schulz, Saundie Franz, Ethan Frazier, Jordan Rickaway, Chandler Davis, Whitney Muskiet, Madison O’Neal, Colton Carrion, Mehgan Orsak, Kason Klump, Mary McReynolds, Meagan Schrader, and Landon Ward.
   Applicants must endure a lengthy application process and are required to interview with a panel of judges.  
   The money awarded increased this year, thanks to the hard work and vision of the fair association’s Board of Directors and staff.   
   The scholarship recipients’ involvement with the fair is diverse: they raise animals, participate in parades, talent contests, are rodeo contestants, and fairgoers.  

Thu
23
Feb

"All 3 council seats opposed; Cole unchallenged for trustee post" by: Jessica Shepard

   Voters can expect a variety of contested races for municipal and Bay City IDS’s board of trustees for early and general elections.
   Position 3 features incumbent Crystal Folse facing Frank Paiz.
   Position 4, currently held by Steven Johnson will have Donnye Stone and Becca Sitz vying for the council seat.
   Carolyn Thames currently holds Position 5 but will not run again.
   Thames’ position will be between contenders Jason Childers, Esau Rodriguez and Floyce Brown.
   In the Bay City school board races, Bay City trustee Frankie Cole is unopposed for re-election to her Position 5.
   Terry Farrar will not run again for Position four.
   The Position 4 race will be between David Holubec and Jerry Manning.
   Early voting will take place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, April 24, through Friday, April 28, and from 7 a.m.to 7 p.m. Monday, May 1, though Tuesday, May 2, at the City of Bay City, 1901 Fifth Street.

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