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Thu
26
Dec

"County OKs abatement for Lodestar rail project" by: Mike Reddell

   Lodestar Energy got a five-year tax abatement for a $35 million, 227-acre rail transfer station near the El Maton-Buckeye area from Matagorda County Commissioners Court Monday, Dec. 23.
   The court vote was 3-1 for the tax abatement that would be 85% for the first two years, and 75%, 50% and 25%, respectively, for the next three years, which averages out to 60% over the five years, said Precinct 2 Commissioner Kent Pollard.
   Pollard, who presided over the meeting in County Judge Nate McDonald’s absence, and commissioners James Gibson and Gary Graham voted for the abatement.
   Precinct 4 Commissioner Bubba Frick cast the dissenting vote.
   In return for the abatement, Houston-based Lodestar is required to provide 10 new jobs with an average annual salary of $85,000.
   The rail transfer station will transfer Gulf Coast oil and gas products from pipelines to rail cars and from rail cars to pipelines.

Thu
26
Dec

"Council eyes more meetings on manager" by: Mike Reddell

   City Council discussed city manager applicants and the process to interview them at an executive session Thursday evening, Dec. 19.
   There were about 40 applicants for the job, but only 14 of those met qualifications that council set out earlier this year.
   Council agreed Thursday to continue talking about the process at a special session Jan. 7.

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Thu
26
Dec

New program to help students with challenges

   Bay City Independent School District, along with Communities in Schools (CIS) of Brazoria County, has been awarded a Texas Education Agency grant to expand Communities in Schools to Bay City ISD. 
   BCISD is the first district in Region 3 offering this program to its students and families.
   Communities in Schools works directly in schools to build relationships that empower students to stay in school and succeed in life. 
   CIS school-based staff partner with teachers to identify challenges students face in class or at home and coordinate with community partners to bring outside resources inside schools. 
   CIS in Texas is administered by the Texas Education Agency (TEA). 
   CIS staff work year-round, full-time, and on school campuses. BCISD is partnering with CIS of Brazoria County, which serves 6,500 students over 90 program sites in nine school districts.

Thu
26
Dec

"7th Street Market gets a pleasing reception" by: Jessica Shepard

Kimberly Riggs takes a moment for a photo at her 7th Street Market.
Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard

   7th Street Market owner Kimberly Riggs says she is thrilled with the reception her new business has received in her first few weeks of being open.
   “The turnout has been amazing and we’ve already had several repeat customers,” said Riggs.
   “I’m really excited about having my business here and being a part of the community.”
   The Market is at 2824 Seventh Street in Bay City and is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday-Friday and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. 
   Riggs, originally from Mount Pleasant, Texas, said that her family moved to Bay City months ago.

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Thu
26
Dec

Chamber hosts Star Wars movie event

Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard
Bay City Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture hosted an exclusive screening of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Dec. 19. Getting a photo with Darth Vader, Storm Trooper and Chewbacca are, from left: Mitch Thames, Bill Orton, Robert Lister, Erin Villalovos and Heidi Martinez.

Thu
26
Dec

Protested rail project cancelled

   A proposed rail project from the Port of Freeport to the Rosenberg rail hub that included a possible route through Matagorda County was recently cancelled by the Brazoria-Fort Bend County Rail District Board of Directors.
   Cedar Lane resident Louis Peter who has monitored the project after learning about it in a Brazoria County newspaper, attended the rail district meeting when the board agreed to cancel the project last week.
   Also attending the rail district meeting were County Judge Nate McDonald and commissioners Gary Graham and Kent Pollard. 

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Thu
26
Dec

3 arrested on drug charges after deputies followed up on suspect vehicle

   The Sheriff’s Office reports investigations conducted at the same time by the Criminal Investigation and Narcotic divisions.
   Those probes include investigations into several recent burglaries in southern Matagorda County, where a black Chevrolet Tahoe was identified as a possible suspect vehicle.  
   Investigator Sgt. Mike Ferrel received information Tuesday, Dec. 10, that the Black Tahoe might be at a residence near Collegeport on FM 1095.  
   Ferrel was driving in the area when he observed a 2004 Black Chevrolet Tahoe at FM 521 and FM 1095.  
   Ferrel made contact with that vehicle and its three occupants.  
   The officer asked for but was denied consent to search the vehicle, reports show.  
   Matagorda County K-9 was summoned and the K-9 team arrived and made a “free air sniff” around the vehicle and a positive alert was given by K-9 Hansel.  

Thu
26
Dec

Edwards, Perales on All-State lists

   Two Matagorda County high school players were named to Associated Press Sports Editors (APSE) All-State teams.
   Bay City Blackcat senior Marcus Edwards and Tidehaven junior Mason Perales were on All-State Honorable Mention lists.
   Edwards was named on the 4A All-State Honorable Mention as defensive back, and Perales received the 3A honor as wide receiver.
   Both were first-team All-District for their respective districts.

Thu
26
Dec

Lady Leps pitch in for families’ Merry Christmas

Contributed photo
The Van Vleck High School Lady Leps softball team gave back to their community this Christmas season by adopting two local families in the community to provide them with a Merry Christmas. "This is part of why I coach, I want the girls I work with to understand there are other rewarding things in life then just what we do on the field,” said VVHS Softball Coach Rebecca Hanson. “My job is also to provide them with life lessons that help make them grow into strong young ladies. The girls really did well this season by providing gifts for five kids. They had fun shopping for them and hope they have a very Merry Christmas.”

Thu
26
Dec

"MEHOP establishes ‘whole person’ treatment approach to mental health" By Donna Huitt Marketing Director MEHOP

   During our 20 years of service in Matagorda County and more recently to include Wharton, MEHOP’s focus has been fulfilling the healthcare needs of the community. 
   We have established a robust Behavioral Health department that offers community residents support through multiple disciplines in the field of mental health and integrated Primary Care for better outcomes.  
   Through integrated care, MEHOP has removed the health care silos that often exist between the physical and mental health of individuals and their health care providers. When it comes to the health of our bodies, everything is connected. 
   Physical symptoms affect a person’s mental health, and mental health symptoms increase the risk for physical health-related issues. 
   “In the past providers were limited to their areas of expertise only, limiting how effective they were in addressing all aspects of a patient’s care,” said Clinical Psychologist Dr. John Saglime Jr. 

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