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Thu
25
Mar

Calls from Matagorda County volunteer fire departments

   Bay City Volunteer Fire Department:
   On March 18, 2021 at 1:47 p.m., Bay City Volunteer Fire Department responded to a propane leak at the 3500 block of FM 2540.
   On March 18, 2021 at 4:16 p.m., Bay City Volunteer Fire Department responded to a grass fire on CR 234.
   On March 20, 2021 at 8:54 p.m., Bay City Volunteer Fire Department responded to a grass fire on FM 2668.
   On March 21, 2021 at 1:42 a.m., Bay City Volunteer Fire Department responded to a rekindle on FM 2668.
   On March 21, 2021 at 6:02 p.m., Bay City Volunteer Fire Department responded to a grass fire at the 200 block of Brazos Drive.
   Sargent Volunteer Fire Department:
   On March 15, 2021 at 5:18 p.m., Sargent Volunteer Fire Department responded to a motor vehicle accident on Gulf View Drive.
   On March 16, 2021 at 11:32 a.m., Sargent Volunteer Fire Department responded to a medical emergency on CR 204.

Thu
25
Mar

Matagorda Mural

The new mural at the just-opened Westwood Inn in Matagorda was painted by Raleigh Conklin and Fred Chitwood. The mural is part of a countywide mural project directed by City of Bay City Tourism Director Heidi Martinez. Conklin and Chitwood, for example, are working on another mural in Bay City at the old Antique Mall. Martinez said she and her team are working on possible murals in Palacios and Sargent.
Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell

Thu
25
Mar

"Ladycats face North Forest" by: Mike Reddell

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
Coach Darin Dabelgott shows girls the district championship trophy they won.

   “This is the best team I’ve ever had,” Bay City Ladycat Soccer Head Coach Darin Dabelgott exclaimed after his squad defeated Needville 10-0 in the last district game to claim the District 24-4A title Saturday, March 30.
   Dabelgott has plenty of playoff experience, but this year’s team was heavy in experience en route to a 20-0 overall record and 14-0 in district.
   “We have lots of seniors,” he explained, and the team also plays lots of underclassmen, setting the stage for future victories.
   “Everybody gelled out there,” Dabelgott said of Saturday’s game, one of the marks of this year’s team.
      The team set several school records this year, including the most goals scored (106) and the least amount of goals scored upon (8).
   Bay City will begin its playoff campaign with a home bi-district contest against North Forest at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 26.

Thu
25
Mar

"Tiger Baseball"By Eddie Russell Head Coach Tidehaven Baseball

Photo/Anna Hernandez
Tiger senior Nick Rodriguez is safe at home after the Palacios catches loses the ball. Tidehaven won the March 16 game 8-7.

   This week Tidehaven opened up district play with a 4-2 win over Hallettsville.   
   Kyus Saha dominated on mound with 6 shutout innings, striking out 9 giving up only 2 hits.    
   Hunter Little came in relief in the 7th and gave up 2 runs on 2 walks, 1 HBP and one hit in 2/3 innings.   
   Logan Crow got the final out. Leading hitter with 2 hits was Logan Crow.  
   Getting a huge 2-out, 2-rbi single was Kyus Saha.   
   On Friday, the Tigers traveled to the Flatonia tournament and got beat 17-6, game one against Round Top Carmine.  
   Connor Claxton pitched 3 innings, giving up the 5 runs, only 2 earned.   
   A combination of Hunter Little, Taylor Rickaway and Kevin Rickaway and Jackson Sones. Leading hitters with 2 hits each were Ricky Rubio and Connor Claxton.
    In game 2 Friday, the Tigers dropped a 7-4 game to Flatonia.  

Thu
25
Mar

Kolkhorst’s Essential Caregiver Legislation gains Senate approval

   AUSTIN - After an hour of emotional debate, the Texas Senate unanimously approved Senator Lois W. Kolkhorst’s SB 25, aimed at strengthening visitation rights for loved ones in long-term care facilities. 
   During COVID-19, many Texas residents in nursing homes and similar settings were not allowed to maintain contact and personal visits with friends and family for months during public health emergency.
   “Visiting a loved one in a nursing home should be a right, not a privilege.
      “Friends and family provide emotional support and protect residents from unseen neglect,” said Kolkhorst.
   “If another health emergency occurs, our state’s caregivers will always have a way to safely go inside a facility for scheduled visits and ensure that their loved one’s physical, social, and emotional needs are being met.”

Thu
25
Mar

Wardens rescue father, son from capsized boat

   The following items are compiled from recent Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) law enforcement reports.
            Good Samaritans
   A Marion County Game Wardens responded to Lake O the Pines regarding a capsized vessel. Several fishermen close to the incident rescued an 80-year-old male and his son and transported them to a boat ramp. EMS arrived on scene and then transported the older male to the hospital for observation.
     A Little Mud on the Tires
   A Polk County Game Warden received a call from dispatch regarding individuals loading up a deer. A Polk County deputy was in the area and assisted the warden in patrolling the area based on the original call. 

Thu
25
Mar

Cook-off Saturday to raise funds

   The Blessing American Legion Auxiliary No. 649 cook-off will start at 8 a.m. Saturday, March 27.
Cook-off teams will be cooking brisket, chili, ribs and/or beans with a first, second and third place trophies awarded to the winners in each category.
   There also will be a showmanship trophy awarded.
   Other events will include two raffles: one with gift card prizes and the other a beverage wagon raffle.
   An auction will be held at the end of the day, beginning at 2:30 p.m.  
   Money raised goes to veterans’ programs, Girls State attendees’ scholarships and several local charities.
   Camper sites are available near the American Legion pavilion where the event will be.
   For information regarding the sites, call 361-563-5632.
   For auction information, please call 979-578-1618.
   For cook-off info, please call 361-649-8536.
   For raffle info, please call 979-479-0783.

Thu
18
Mar

"County OKs another breakwater survey" by: Jessica Shepard

   Commissioners Court unanimously approved $3,905 in county GOMESA funds for additional coastal surveying for the Sargent Breakwater and beach nourishment project during its regular meeting, Monday, March 15.
   “It is my understanding that due to the number of tropical storms this past year that we’re having to go back and do a little surveying to see how much the coastline has changed,” said Precinct 2 Commissioner Kent Pollard.
   “This will help us see if we have to move or adjust the breakwaters before construction can begin.”
   The project is a joint venture between the Texas General Land Office, Matagorda County, Atkins America, Inc., and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
   “This is the land work end of where the terminal groin is to be attached,” said Atkins Project Director Rhonda Gregg Hirsch.
   “We see our original location is under water right now. We need to go back landward to see where the groin is to be attached now.”

Thu
18
Mar

"BCCDC refinances note, signs off on letter of support for park under the Colorado River bridge" by: Mike Reddell

   Bay City Community Development Corporation (BCCDC) board members voted to refinance two existing loans totaling $3,190,660 to save $60,000 over the term of the note at their regular meeting Monday, March 15.
   The 2016 note was for remodeling the Center for Energy Development (CED), BCCDC Executive Director Jessica Russell said.  
   The refinancing will get BCCDC an interest rate of 1.998, down from the original rate of 2.78 – a savings of $60,000 – BCCDC Chairman Floyce Brown said.
   The board also authorized a letter of support for the proposed Bridge Park Highway 35 Project.
   City Council Member Becca Sitz gave the board an overview of the projected park improvements under the Texas 35 Colorado River Bridge. 
   Sitz said “a small group of people” have formed a bridge project committee to upgrade ramps, particularly the boat ramp under the bridge.

Thu
18
Mar

Fish Print fun

Courtesy photo
Jessica Russell helps her son, Mayne Russell, 3, (middle) with Gyotaku Saturday, March 13, at Riverside Park. Gyotaku is the traditional Japanese method of printing fish, a practice that dates to the mid-1800s. Fishermen used this form of nature printing to record their catches, but it also become an art form. “We had a great time and look forward to more educational programs at Riverside,” Russell said, adding the event was well attended.

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