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Thu
18
Oct

Junior Steer Saddling winners receive buckles

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Clay Ford, Josh Zarate and Zach Pierce brought home the buckles in the Junior Steer Saddling at the Matagorda County Bull Blast. Brett Lawrence was Rodeo Chairman and Matthew Klepac, Rodeo Co-Chairman.

Thu
18
Oct

Wendt receives Silver Spur Award

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Dan Wendt is surrounded by his family after receiving the Silver Spur Award.

    Longtime Matagorda County cattle raiser Dan Wendt recently received the Matagorda County Silver Spur Award - the most prestigious honor given by the ranching and livestock industry in Matagorda County. 
   Established in 2017, the award is conferred upon iconic industry leaders whose devotion to land and livestock has earned them respect and admiration from their peers, a press release from the Matagorda County Cattlemen’s Association said. 
   “It’s my honor to present the 2018 Matagorda County Silver Spur Award to Dan Wendt,” said Keith Meyer, association treasurer. 
   Wendt has raised cattle all of his life – beginning with a brand given to him at birth. At age 11, he was grand champion of the Matagorda-Wharton County Fair. 

Thu
11
Oct

"County OKs wind farm tax reinvestment zone " by: Mike Reddell

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Commissioners court proclaimed October as Domestic Violence Month in Matagorda County. At the front are Crisis Center’s Kelli Wright (left), Program Director for the family violence program, and Falishea Charles, family violence advocate. The court includes commissioners Gary Graham and Bubba Frick, County Judge Nate McDonald, and commissioners James Gibson and Kent Pollard.

   A tax reinvestment zone for Peyton Creek Wind Farm was approved by commissioners court after a public hearing before a packed county courtroom Monday, Oct. 8.
   Commissioners formally nominated the area designated as a reinvestment zone after hearing comments favoring and opposing the wind farm.
   This clears the first of two steps for wind farm owner E.ON. 
   The second step calls for the county and E.ON working out terms of the Chapter 312 property redevelopment and tax abatement agreement.
   Once that is settled, the reinvestment zone will enable E.ON to operate its wind farm with a 10-year, 75 percent abatement to provide a steady income flow, according to information given at prior county meetings.
   The county’s nomination of the designated reinvestment zone area Monday came after commissioners asked E.ON to reduce the reinvestment zone boundaries following a public hearing July 16.

Thu
11
Oct

Matagorda Day offers array of events

   Celebrate “Matagorda Heritage Day” in downtown Matagorda starting with a parade at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 13.
   The day is packed full of events including:
   Noon - chicken fajita plates available for purchase

  •    12:30 p.m. – margarita contest turn-in
  •    1:30 p.m. – fajita cook-off contest turn-in
  •    2 p.m. – live auction and margarita contest winners announced
  •    3 p.m. – fajita contest winners announced

   Children games will be available all day starting when the parade ends.

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Thu
11
Oct

"Tidehaven trustees discuss BCISD pullout from MCES" by: Jessica Shepard

Tidehaven ISD trustees discussed an update on the Matagorda County Education Services (MCES) Co-op during their regular meeting Monday, Oct. 8.
   The discussion is in response to Bay City ISD’s decision to begin the process of withdrawing from the Co-Op during their September school board meeting. 
   The original purpose of MCES was to collectively pool resources together from countywide member districts to provide necessary support and related services to students with disabilities.
   The Co-op’s board of directors is comprised of all five superintendents from each school district in the county; Matagorda, Palacios, Van Vleck, Bay City and Tidehaven.
   “We paid $40,000 to be part of the co-op, didn’t we?” asked trustee Marty Crain.
   “Yes, we did and that’s still part of our current bill now,” answered TISD Superintendent Dr. Seigrist.

Thu
11
Oct

"Restoration labor of love for son of locomotive’s creator" by: Mike Reddell

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
Bay City Lions Club members gather around their recently restored replica steam engine that has pulled carloads of Rice Festival goers since the 1950s. Sitting in the driver’s seat is Ellsworth Machlan, the son of the steam engine’s 1952 creator and who restored his father’s engine after 66 years of use. The Lions are, from left, Bill Newton, Tom Stanley, Gary Green, Stan Eldridge and Club President Terry Farrar.

   A 66-year-old steam locomotive carrying carloads of kids at the Bay City Lions Club Rice Festival for most of its life was given new life by the son of the locomotive’s maker.
   H.A. Machlan of El Campo built the replica steam locomotive in 1952 – he had worked on the engine for eight to 10 years - from the plans of a full-size steam locomotive, said his son, Ellsworth Machlan, also of El Campo.
   Machlan was at the Rice Festival Saturday to be with family members and Lions to mark the new beginning for the old locomotive.
   After the elder Machlan built the locomotive in 1952, he loaned it out to groups hosting events in El Campo and throughout the area – East Bernard, Palacios, Eagle Lake and the Bay City Lions Club Rice Festival.
   There are several Lions members who rode the train as kids in the 1950s and saw their succeeding generations climb aboard in the years that followed.

Thu
11
Oct

STP Unit 1 completes breaker-to-breaker run

   After completing a breaker-to-breaker operational run, STP’s Unit 1 started a scheduled refueling and maintenance outage on Friday, Oct. 5. 
   STP’s two units combined to produce more than 21.6 million megawatt-hours of carbon-free electricity in 2017. 
   This is the third highest generation total in STP’s 30-year operating history. 
   With two refueling outages in 2018 the station is on target to produce nearly 21 million megawatt-hours in 2018. 
   During its 18-month operational cycle, STP’s Unit 1 operated at a capability factor, which is a measure of reliability, at an exceptional 99.9 percent. 
   “We are proud of this accomplishment and our track record of safely and consistently producing safe, clean, reliable and economical energy for our state,” said Tim Powell, STP Nuclear Operating Company President and Chief Executive Officer.

Thu
11
Oct

Bay City Volunteer Fire Department Open House Oct 9

Sentinel photo/ Jessica Shepard
Bay City Volunteer Fire Department hosted an Open House Oct. 9. Children and parents got a chance to see the fire trucks up close and personal, practice using a fire hose, hot dogs and more.

Thu
11
Oct

Bay City Public Library hosts BCDP for National Night Out

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Bay City police officers joined Cub Scouts and other youngsters, parents and the community at National Night Out at the Bay City Public Library last week.

Thu
11
Oct

"Bay City welcomes Fulshear for Homecoming game Friday" by: Mike Reddell

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Blackcat junior running back RJ Mitchell (22) crosses the goal line in a fourth-quarter touchdown against host Needville Friday night, Oct.5. Mitchell had receiving and rushing touchdowns.

Bay City will welcome District 13-4A-1 newcomer Fulshear for the Blackcat Homecoming at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Memorial Stadium.
   Fulshear (2-4, 0-2) enters the game following a 20-14 loss to El Campo last Friday.
   The Blackcats (2-4, 1-1) lost a high-scoring, 62-42 contest against host Needville last Friday.
   The Blackcats boasted 426 total yards, with senior quarterback Dylan Davidson posting an impressive 20 of 30 for 246 passing yards and three touchdowns.
   He also had two rushing touchdowns, including a dandy 85-yard TD (more on that later).
   Junior running back RJ Mitchell had 16 carries for 111 yards, four catches for 46 yards and a touchdown and 54 return yards.
   The Blackcats also had three fumbles, three interceptions and 77 yards in penalties. 
   Bay City began the scoring with a 22-yard touchdown pass connection between Davidson and Mitchell. 

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