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03
May

The demolition of old Tidehaven High School

Demolition of the old Tidehaven High School began April 27. Tidehaven Superintendent Dr. Andrew Seigrist said some of the bricks from the school will be set aside to allow people to pick one up to save. No one is allowed inside the demolition area.

Photo by MaLinda Reddell

Thu
03
May

Midfield VFD Cookoff

The Midfield Volunteer Fire Department had an impressive turnout at its fundraising barbecue cookoff last Saturday. The annual event raised about $18,000.
Bay City Sentinel/MaLinda Reddell

Thu
03
May

"Agriculture News: Crops throughout county need rain" By James E. Engbrock County Extension Agent Emeritus Matagorda County

Agricultural Situation
   A good general rain is needed throughout Matagorda County, for all crops, pastures, turf etc. By the end of the week, we are predicted to receive some rainfall. Hopefully that will occur throughout Matagorda County. 
         Gall-Making insects
   With the sunshine and warm weather, our crops and pastures are beginning to respond accordingly. All of these have begun to make some growth. A little cotton replanting continued last week. I would anticipate that nearly all crops have been planted by this time. 
                Plant Galls
Have you ever wondered what makes those small balls that you see underneath leaves and stems of plants, such as trees?

Thu
03
May

Lyondell donates over $100K to United Way

    The Matagorda Complex of LyondellBasell, one of the world’s largest plastics, chemical and refining companies, recently announced donations totaling $100,362 to the Matagorda County United Way.
    As a result of the success of LyondellBasell’s local campaign, the Matagorda County United Way will be better equipped to assist with health and human services in the community through partner agencies such as Food Bank of The Golden Crescent and Literacy Volunteers of America.
   “The generosity and support of LyondellBasell and its employees is critical to the success of the United Way mission to improve the quality of life in our community through programs that meet the critical needs of our residents,” said Di Ann Sneed, executive director for Matagorda County United Way.

Thu
03
May

MRMC announces scholarship recipients

Matagorda Regional Medical Center recently announced this year’s recipients of MRMC’s Student Governing Board Academic Scholarships. Shown, from left, are: Mike Lee, MRMC’s Chief Nursing Officer; Laura Palomares of Tidehaven High School; Caitlin Seigrist of Tidehaven High School; Savanah Knesek and Vishwa Shah of Bay City High School.

Contributed photo

Thu
03
May

City launches month-long campaign for water safety

   The City of Bay City is kicking off a month-long campaign to encourage water safety.  
   The National Water Safety Month campaign is a joint effort of the American Red Cross, The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals, the National Recreation and Park Association and the World Waterpark Association. 
   The event will be celebrated by these organizations and thousands of aquatics facilities and professionals through educational programs, public service announcements, governmental proclamations, dealer and aquatics business promotions, and the distribution of water-safety-themed materials, aimed primarily at the public, and designed to help prevent drowning and water-related illness and injuries. 
   “Did you know that Texas is number one in the nation for child pool drownings, or that drowning is the leading cause of accidental death for children ages 1-4?” said  Kelly Penewitt, Parks and Recreation Supervisor in a press release April 26. 

Thu
26
Apr

"Dunham resigns after 14 years at CDC" by: Mike Reddell

D.C.Dunham at Monday’s meeting.
Bay City Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell

  D.C. Dunham said that is was “with mixed emotions” she gave her letter of resignation as Executive Director of the Bay City Community Development Corporation at her board’s regular meeting, Monday, April 23.
   Dunham has held that position since 2004, and her resignation is effective July 15 – giving Dunham and the board time to find a replacement and guide the transition.
   “After 14 years with BCCDC and 25 years in the public sector, I have decided to take a position with Stuart Lynn and Associates as General Manager of Projects,” Dunham said in her letter to the board.
   “Some of our best accomplishments that I am most proud of are the Center for Energy Development, Fat Grass, the BayTex renovation, the North Downtown Plan, Schulman Movie Bowl Grille public-private partnership and being part of Team Tenaris,” she also said in the letter.

Thu
26
Apr

"Matagorda No swim signs topic at meeting" by: Mike Reddell

    No swimming signs approaching the Matagorda Beach jetties are disappearing, Sheriff Skipper Osborne commented at commissioners court’s regular meeting Monday, April 23.
   Osborne noted the missing no-swimming signs to Precinct 1 Commissioner Kent Pollard.
   “They don’t read them anyway,” Osborne said of the numerous warning signs put up on the beach after three drowning deaths near the jetties in May and June 2016.
   Swimming near the jetties has long been considered dangerous – and no swimming signs have been fixture at the beach for years – because of the undertow.
   While the sheriff suggested a larger sign at the beach, Pollard indicated he will replace the missing signs.

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Thu
26
Apr

"Volunteers key to beach cleanups" by: Jessica Shepard

Bay City Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard
Matagorda: LCRA Matagorda Bay Park employees along with several other local volunteers help serve a free hot dog lunch to beach cleanup volunteers. This year's volunteers were largely local, but some came from as far as Eagle Lake, Cypress, and Houston.

   Matagorda and Sargent beaches turned out with numerous volunteers as part of the 32nd Annual Spring Beach Cleanup coordinated by the Texas General Land Office on Saturday, April 21.
   Adopt-A-Beach volunteers’ record data on the trash they find to learn more about the causes of marine debris and to help mitigate pollution along Texas’ 367 miles of coastline.
   About 180 registered volunteers helped fill an entire dumpster provided by Precinct 2 Commissioner Kent Pollard.
   “We’re very lucky to have so many volunteers turn out for this event,” said Peggy Stanley, Matagorda beach cleanup coordinator.
   “We had four different Boy Scout troops help out this year. Three were from Bay City and one was from Cypress. Employees from Tenaris showed up along with members of the Matagorda Lions Club, Texas Challenge Academy cadets and students from the Royal STEM Academy in Houston.”

Thu
26
Apr

"Power of the Purse to be ‘mermazing’" by: Jessica Shepard

 The Matagorda Regional Medical Center Foundation hosts the 7th Annual Power of the Purse fundraiser with doors opening at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 26 at the Bay City Civic Center.
   Tickets are limited to the first 250 buyers and once they are sold out that’s it.
   “We’ve got about 50 or so left,” said MRMCF executive director Tiffany Foltyn.
   “If we sell out, there won’t be any available at the door.”
   This year’s theme features mermaids and other beach-inspired decorations.
   “It’s going to be a Mermazing time,” said Foltyn.
   “We thought that Mermaids go with our beach scene for Matagorda.”
   Matagorda Regional Medical Center Nutritional Services is catering the event.
   “We have also added some surprise waiters to this year’s event,” she added.
   This year, attendees also have the chance to bid on and buy something for the man in their life along with a live auction item.

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