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Feb

County seizes 25 dogs, snakes, from trailer; 2 dogs died

   Two of the 25 dogs seized from a trailer house east of Bay City Jan. 28 are dead, said  county animal control officer Max Cruz.
   Susan Wimer, 63, of Bay City, was charged with cruelty to non-livestock animals and failure to provide protection, the Matagorda County Sheriff’s Office said.
   The woman was arrested Jan. 29 and released on a $3,500 surety bond, jail records show.
Thu
05
Feb

Boys & Girls gets $20,000 from Rotary

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
Bay City Rotary Club awarded the Boys & Girls Club of Bay City and Matagorda County $25,000 at Rotary’s meeting Tuesday, Feb. 3. Showing off the gift are, from left: Billy Mann, B&G Club board member; David LaVassaur, B&G executive director; Rotary President Marie Aguilera; and Tami Savage B&G Club board president. Mann told Rotarians about the importance of their donation that was for the club’s new High School Spot, which has just been launched.

Thu
05
Feb

Matagorda Day: Still key to meeting officials

   Bobby Wilkinson and Harriet Townsend had their respective plates full of things to do in Bay City planning for Matagorda County Day in Austin next Tuesday, Feb. 10.
   They and about 25 volunteers also will have a full plate when they go to Austin a day earlier on Monday to get the invitations out and deliver goody bags to legislators, their staffs and to state officials.
   Wilkinson and Townsend are longtime veterans of planning Matagorda Day since its inception in 1993, Wilkinson said.

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Thu
05
Feb

LCRA gives $25,000 for new training center

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
Taking part in celebrating LCRA’s $25,000 gift are, from left: Karen Hitzfeld, BCCDC administrative assistant; Mark Bricker, Bay City mayor; Floyce Brown, BCCDC member; Shanna Maxey, Tenaris community relations; Chrystal Folse, Bay City Council member and BCCDC board member; Bobby Wilkinson, BCCDC president; Nate McDonald, Matagorda County Judge; Lori A. Berger, LCRA board member; John C. Dickerson III, LCRA board vice chair; Kate Holman, LCRA representative; and John Hoffman, LCRA CDPP review committee member.

    LCRA gave $25,000 to Bay City Community Development Corporation’s (BCCDC) for its new job training center that will be built on the Center for Energy Development campus.
   The LCRA check was presented to for grant will help build a new 4,733-square-foot job training center housing Wharton County Junior College technical training for machining, hydraulics and welding.  The center is projected to be completed in time for the college’s fall semester start in August.
Thu
05
Feb

Town of Manhatten once planned at Caney Creek mouth

Photo/ Palaciois State Bank from Matagorda County TXgenwebsite

Manhattan was the name of a proposed town in southeastern Matagorda County to be at the mouth of Caney Creek on East Matagorda Bay, the easternmost part of which, at the junction of the mainland and the Matagorda Peninsula, was once called Manhattan Bay. 
   Proposed during the boom in town speculation of 1837–39, Manhattan apparently never developed into much.
   The February 1838 issues of the Matagorda Bulletin reported, however, the packet sloop Manhattan would make weekly trips between Matagorda and the town of Manhattan.
Thu
05
Feb

Chocolate, wine make successful fundraiser

   A different kind of fundraiser - Wine, Chocolate and Kendra Scott at Homestead – raised $1,100 for the Matagorda Regional Medical Center Foundation Jan. 29.
   “The turnout was fabulous,” said Tiffany Foltyn, with the foundation.
Thu
05
Feb

State OKs 4 markers for Matagorda County

Four new state historical markers were approved for Matagorda County by the Texas Historical Commission last week.
   The markers are: the Sargent-Rugeley-Herreth Home in Bay City, the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1862, the Civil War-era Matagorda Incident (1863) and W.C. Williams Building in Palacios.
Fri
30
Jan

Booster club theft ends in arrest

A 47-year-old Van Vleck woman faces a felony theft charge and is accused of stealing $12,000 from the Van Vleck Athletic Booster Club. Suzanne Canales Tijerina was charged with Theft of Property from a non-profit  organization, $1,500 To $20,000, a third-degree felony, the Matagorda County Sheriff’s Office reporter. 
 
Fri
30
Jan

Group effort breaks ground on new center

Cold weather didn’t seem to bother local government and industrial leaders from grabbing a shovel and breaking ground on a new training building at the Center for Energy Development (CED) last week. The event marks the start of construction on the $1.2 million building housing Wharton County Junior College (WCJC) training programs in manufacturing technology, electrical technology and instrumentation and control technology.
 
Fri
30
Jan

Let’s hear it for snow days

When was the last time we had a “snow day” off from school in Bay City? Well...Cherry Elementary Pre-K teacher Diana Shindler is improvising “snow” activities — using shaving cream as snow, using doilies to create snowmen, and more. It’s messy, but oh-so-fun!
 

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