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Thu
18
Feb

Convicted child molester receives sentence of years

   BAY CITY -  A Matagorda County jury spent one hour deciding that a convicted child molester is not welcome to return from prison.
   A jury of four men and eight women found Chad Michael Boutwell (37) to be guilty of Continuous Sexual Abuse of a Child on February 11. 
   With no additional punishment evidence necessary, the jurors returned a sentence of 99 years in prison without possibility of parole.
   Boutwell, a Palacios resident, was immediately taken into custody after the verdict and will be transported to prison as soon as possible, according to District Attorney Steven Reis.
   Boutwell was initially arrested one year ago for aggravated sexual assault of a 3-year-old child.

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Thu
18
Feb

‘Picasso’ enjoys successful run

Bay City Sentinel/Mike Reddell
Amy Markwordt (Suzanne), right, is recounting her first meeting with Picasso at the Lapin Agile while Paul Rodgers (Einstein), left, looks on in interest.

   The curtain finally descended on Community Actors of South Texas’ (CAST) rendition of “Picasso at the Lapin Agile” Sunday, Feb. 14 at a sold-out performance.
   The play performance ran for four straight nights, Thursday – Sunday and featured CAST veterans as well as newbies.
   The cast included Stephen Logan, Steven Reis, Kayla Cox, Paul Rodgers, Amy Markwordt, Kevin Knox, Rider Barnum, Nate Glenn, Jayme Smith, Lizzy Schneider, and Marylin Alvarado.
   As the last show of the season and rounding out CAST’s theme of “Off 7th,” the actors and actresses played to a full house nearly every night.

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Thu
18
Feb

Bay City sales tax rebates show uptick

   Bay City’s February sales tax rebate check was nearly 4 percent over the same month in 2015.
   The sale tax allocation from Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar totaled $553,000, based on sales made in December by businesses that report tax monthly, plus October, November and December sales by quarterly filers; and 2015 sales from firms that report tax annually.
   Bay City’s December total was 3.92 percent higher than the $532,095 reported for the same month in 2015. 
   For the year thus far, the city has received $966,423, a slight 1 percent increase over $954,262 for the same period a year before.
   Palacios December total was down a bit at $57,695, from $58,508 the same month a year ago. 
   Overall, Palacios has gotten $104,213 – 10 percent higher than $94,587 for the same period in 2015.

 

Thu
18
Feb

LCRA offers community development grants

   LCRA and its electric and water customers are providing grants for community projects through their Community Development Partnership Program (CDPP).
   The grant program helps local governments and nonprofit organizations fund capital improvement projects to benefit the public.  
   These projects must be located within LCRA’s service area.  Matagorda County is within this area.
   Volunteer fire departments, emergency medical services, school districts, libraries, civic groups, local governments and nonprofit organizations may 

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Thu
18
Feb

Knowledge Bowl tests pop culture knowledge

    How good is your pop culture knowledge?
   Do you usually win a round of ‘Trivial Pursuit’ over your friends or family?
   If you answered yes to either of those questions, taking part in the Annual Knowledge Bowl might just be up your alley.
   The Knowledge Bowl will be from 6 – 9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25 at VFW Post 2438 on North Highway 60 in Bay City.
   In the Bowl, teams of four compete against each other in three rounds of 25 questions each.
   Cindy Hodges is emceeing the event and will also come up with the trivia questions.
   Team registration costs $100 and is currently open now until the night of the event.
   Teams are divided into two groups: adult and student teams.
   Last year there were 10 adult teams and 8 student teams.
   There will also be raffle items and pizza and cookies as refreshments.
   Sodas, beer and water will be sold by the VFW canteen.

Thu
11
Feb

NRC OKs licenses for STP Units 3&4

 The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) voted Tuesday to approve issuing Combined Licenses to construct and operate STP Units 3 & 4.
   Approval of the licenses by NRC commissioners is a major milestone for the project and puts Nuclear Innovation North America’s (NINA) in a position to move the project forward when economic conditions support construction.  
   STP already is Matagorda County’s largest employer, with about 1,200 employees.
Units 3 and 4 will add another 800 permanent employees when construction is finished. 
   The action represents the conclusion of an extensive safety and environmental review by NRC spanning eight years establishing that the two Advanced Boiling Water Reactors (ABWR) can be safely constructed and operated at the South Texas Project site. 
   The license application for STP Units 3 & 4 was filed in September 2007. 

Thu
11
Feb

Hardin rules on valuation lawsuit trial

   District Judge Ben Hardin ruled Tuesday on last October’s Tres Palacios Gas Storage lawsuit over Matagorda Central Appraisal District 2012 and 2013 property valuations.
      Hardin reduced MCAD’s 2012 and 2013 valuations on Clemville-based Tres Palacios, but not anywhere close to what the gas storage company was seeking in the nine-day trial in 23rd District Court.
   Hardin lowered the appraisal district’s 2012 Tres Palacios valuation of $390 million to $304 million.
   For 2013, Hardin reduced MCAD’s valuation from $394 million to $258 million.
   Tres Palacios attorneys claimed in the trial that valuations for the two years should be in the range of $60 million to $90 million on the property purchased in 2010 for $720 million.
   The trial was closely watched in Matagorda County and beyond, primarily since Tres Palacios’ lawsuit against MCAD mirrors similar court battles across Texas disputing property valuations.

Thu
11
Feb

Mad Island leading in bird count

Matagorda County’s “Best Bird” for 2015-2016 was the Orchard Oriole.

   The final date for submitting date for 116th Annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count (CBC) is Sunday, Feb. 28. 
   Matagorda County’s Mad Island Marsh CBC has reported the highest tally of species 239 to date.
   “I have checked with our traditional competitors Guadalupe River Delta – McFaddin Family Ranches, San Diego, Santa Barbara and Freeport and they each have reported less species this year,” said Brent Ortego, Wildlife Diversity Biologist.
   “There is no other know CBC that has the capability of topping 239 species in the US this year.”

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Thu
11
Feb

Ladycats forfeit games due to ineligible player

   A Bay City Ladycat basketball team member was discovered to be ineligible over the 2015-16 season last Friday, Feb. 5, and the team will forfeit all games the player was listed on the official score book.
   This eliminates the Ladycats from the 2016 playoffs and their season will officially end Feb. 9, at El Campo, Superintendent Keith Brown said Tuesday morning.
   The violation of “No Pass-No Play” and University Interscholastic League (UIL) eligibility rules was discovered by the school district’s athletic program, which self-reported the violation to the (UIL) District Executive Committee Chairman.
   The forfeiture will include all varsity district games up to Feb. 5, Brown explained. 
   The DEC chairman, Brown added, will update the season records of all the teams and distribute new district standings. 

 

Thu
11
Feb

Task force nabs man wanted from June ’15

   A 24-year-old man wanted by authorities since June 2015 on nine probation violations was arrested at an Elm Street Laundromat by Matagorda County Narcotics Task Force officers Feb. 4.
   Aaron Nowels, charged with eight counts of theft of a firearm and one count of aggravated robbery – all probation violations – was booked into Matagorda County Jail, police reports show.
The suspect spotted by task force officers entering a laundromat on Elm Street.
   The task force teamed up with BCPD night shift in making the arrest in the 2100 Block of Elm in Bay City.
   Officers also seized methamphetamine and the suspect’s motor vehicle in the arrest.
   A female who accompanied the suspect also was arrested on drug related charges, police reports show.
   The task force is comprised of officers from Matagorda County Sheriff's Office and BCPD.

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