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"COVID-19 numbers show 3rd wave here" by: Mike Reddell

   There have been 84 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Matagorda County since Nov. 28 and, in November, 155 new cases were double those in October.
   That’s what County Judge Nate McDonald reported at a Matagorda County Emergency Operation Center (EOC) update video Friday afternoon, Dec. 4.
   McDonald added the November count was 29% higher than September.
   Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) data on the MRMC website shows recent dates of new confirmed cases.
   Those include: Dec. 7, 14 new cases; Dec. 6, 9 new cases; Dec. 5, 12 new cases; Dec. 4, 21 new cases; Dec. 3, 8 new cases; Dec. 1, 14 new cases; Nov. 30, 10 new cases; Nov. 29, 13 new cases; and Nov. 28, 7 new cases.
   “It’s abundantly clear that the third wave of COVID-19 has begun in Matagorda County,” the judge remarked in the update.
   He noted that 75 people were tested for COVID-19 here last Thursday and 92 were tested Friday.

Thu
10
Dec

An addition to Angel Tree

As part of the "Tree of Angels" ceremony, Bay City PD officers place ornaments in remembrance of lives lost due to violence in the past year. Uniformed officer Andy Hallman affixes an ornament to the tree during a ceremony marking the second year of the Angel Tree program. Other officers shown innclude Sgt. Dan Shook and Detective Cpl. Robert Pierce. Due to COVID-19 pandemic restrictions, the ceremony was aired live via Facebook Thursday, Dec. 3.
Contributed photo

Thu
10
Dec

Bay City Library book sale

Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard
Over a dozen people braved the chilly temperatures to find books for themselves or loved ones during the Friends of the Bay City Public Library book sale, Saturday, Dec. 5. Books covered a variety of topics from science and history to fiction and religious studies.

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10
Dec

EAC plans Christmas fundraiser

   The Economic Action Committee of the Gulf Coast (EAC) plans to have a “Christmas Drive-Thru Luncheon & Fundraiser” next Wednesday.
   The event will be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. or until sold out, Wednesday, Dec. 16 at the EAC, 904 Whitson in Bay City.
   “EACs Thanksgiving Senior Citizen Luncheon and Fundraiser was a huge success,” said the EAC’s Facebook page.
   “We are currently accepting much-needed donations of turkeys for the Christmas event. We sold out at the Thanksgiving event, so get in line early.”
   Plates are free for seniors but $10 for the general public.
   Donations and bulk orders can be placed ahead of time at 979-245-6901.

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10
Dec

"There is always something good, no matter how bad " by: John Sample

   Just in case you missed it due to the pandemic, the Dow has climbed 12,000 points since the March lows. 
   That unfortunately is going to do nothing for those unemployed and about to be evicted at the end of the month. 
   This where the rubber meets the road between the haves and have nots. 
   On an actual positive note, there are new testing methodologies that can be purchased at your local pharmacy, taken at home and provide same-day results.  
   This type of testing is the real key to temper the spread of COVID.  
   The vaccines are essential, but the ability to test at will with timely results will provide the public with the knowledge to know when to restrict any contact with others. 
   Like everything else, no guarantee, but knowledge is powerful. 
   On another good note, it appears that the Lone Star state is the in-place to do business. 
   All it took was for Elon Musk to call out the bureaucracy. 

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10
Dec

Dresser joins cleanup discards

Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard
Several WCA Waste Corporation employees load a dresser into the compacting garbage truck during the City of Bay City's Annual Fall Cleanup Saturday, Dec. 5. Along with used tires, mattresses, couches, chairs and other furniture were some of the items compacted before being trashed.

Thu
03
Dec

"BCCDC approves 5 facade grant applications" by: Mike Reddell

Five Business Retention and Expansion Façade grants were reviewed and approved at last night’s Bay City CDC meeting. CDC Executive Director Jessica Russell explained that while four grant applicants had sought a $5,000 façade grant, there wasn’t enough left in the façade account for that amount.

She said the $25,000 was budgeted for the grants and that $9,906 had been awarded, leaving about $15,903.

Russell suggested bringing up the applications in one block and divvying up the $15,903 among four applicants – with $404 going to Meant to Bee’s request for that amount.

That would leave $3,672 for each for the remaining applicants.

Board President Floyce Brown twice told the board that Bay City restaurant La Casona had decided to move forward with their façade improvement based on the anticipated approval of their grant application.

“Please consider funding the full amount for the La Casona request”, Brown said.

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03
Dec

"County tables constable requests" by: Mike Reddell

Commissioners Court tabled Precinct 2 Constable Keith Sullivan’s request to hire five deputy constables at the court’s regular meeting Monday, Nov. 30.

When that agenda item came up Monday, Precinct 2 Commissioner Kent Pollard immediately indicated he wanted more written explanation to follow existing statutes the hiring of deputies.

Pollard said he wanted “more written documentation to show there is that necessity.”

The court unanimously approved tabling the request.

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03
Dec

A bright, but chilly market days

Following a canceled Saturday event, Matagorda County Trade Days opened their first Sunday with seasonal weather conditions, Nov. 29. Attendees braved the chilly and windy atmosphere to take advantage of local and visiting artisans for their crafts and wares while being serenaded by live music.

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Dec

"STP considers technology upgrades, revises emergency plans" by: Jessica Shepard

Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard
STP Manager of Emergency Response Joe Enoch addressed a number of STP managers and community members as part of the company’s annual “Media Day” event, Monday Nov. 30. Enoch highlighted changes the company is expected to implement in 2021 and 2022.

STP Nuclear Operating Company is looking at technology upgrades while revising its emergency plans during the company’s annual “Media Day” presentation, Nov. 30.

“I’m glad to share this exciting news with you about rebuilding our emergency plan from the ground up,” said STP Manager of Emergency Response Joe Enoch.

“As it stands, the emergency plan we’ve had in place has been around since 1993 and not much has changed.”

Enoch explained that all of the changes and the final plan would have to be approved by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) and be “fully in compliance.”

“We’re working on having some new process in place with these changes and have to be fully compliant with federal and state laws,” he added.

One of the biggest changes STP faces is embracing current technology and planning for the future technology to come.

“We’re looking at ways to leverage smart technology and to be more efficient,” Enoch said.

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