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"Library hosts seasonal story times" by: Jessica Shepard

Bay City Public Library is hosting two story times for the community just before Christmas.
The first pop-up story time is at 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20, at Kate’s Coffee, Tea & More, 1606 Sixth Street in Bay City.
The event is free and open to the public featuring a story, craft, cookie and hot cocoa for children.
“We like partnering with new businesses and promoting them in the community,” said Bay City Library Youth Services Specialist Andrea Savage.
“Also, Kate’s has amazing hot coca and we thought the children would love to have some.”
Savage added that the event was scheduled at 2 p.m. so that students getting out of school could also attend.
“We’re really looking forward to having the kids there along with their families and friends,” she said.
“It’s going to be a really fun time and we hope to see a lot of people there.”
That story time will feature a Christmas book and one about a coffee shop.

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"120th Mad Island Bird Count projected to be No. 1" by: Jessica Shepard

Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard
For the 120th Annual Audubon Matagorda County Mad Island Marsh Christmas Bird Count (CBC) reported an unofficial 230 species reported Monday night. Wildlife ornithologist and CBC compiler Dr. Brent Ortego, center, lead the count and commented on how well the count did despite the shift in weather conditions.

   Unofficially, Matagorda County has taken first place in the 120th Annual Audubon Matagorda County Mad Island Marsh Christmas Bird Count (CBC) with 230 species reported Monday night.
   “There has not been an official report stating rankings of each CBC,” said Dr. Brent Ortego, wildlife ornithologist, and CBC compiler.
   “It’s only the third official day of counting and the count runs until Jan. 5. But, there are very few counts that can compete with us. We’ll have to see when the other groups report in.”
   “The CBC is a great collaborative effort that consistently achieves No. 1 status in the nation. 
“We attract over 100 birders to the count each year, landowners manage their land to support wildlife and allow access to their land by the birders, boat operators chauffeur birders to their destinations and many sponsors help support the cost of producing the CBC,” he added.

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"City Council to try and restart Nile Valley Road reconstruction" by: Mike Reddell

   City Council agreed to pursue fixing Nile Valley Road – from Texas 35 to Texas 60 – with a proposed issue of $6 million in certificates of obligation (CO).
   Council authorized interim City Manager Richard Morton during a workshop to negotiate with Bay City Community Development Corporation (BCCDC) and the Bay City Gas Company to be partners in the project.
   Morton, who is credited for doing extensive work on the CO project, told council that he had discussed the possible CO issue with Gas company officials.
   BCCDC Executive Director Jessica Russell was at the workshop meeting, pointing out BCCDC has previously identified rebuilding Nile Valley Road as a top economic development priority.
   Such a partnership could split the estimated 3.5 percent interest payments of about $354,000 yearly over the CO’s 25-year life. 

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Wreaths laid for local veterans

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
Volunteers gathered to put wreaths on veterans’ graves at cemeteries throughout Matagorda County, Saturday, Dec. 14. A wreath-laying ceremony pictured, starts the event off in Cedarvale Cemetery in Bay City. The event is sponsored by the Matagorda County Veterans Appreciation Parade and Matagorda County Wreaths Across America as part of the “Wreaths Across America” memorial event nationwide that promotes honoring and remembering veterans who have died by purchasing and laying a wreath at their gravesite for Christmas.

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Police investigate burglaries at several hotels on 7th Street

   Bay City Police Detectives are investigating a multitude of vehicle burglaries.
   The burglaries occurred at multiple hotels on Seventh Street between 10 p.m. on Dec. 16 and 6 a.m. Dec.17.
   All vehicles had forced entry.
   Windows were broken to gain access to the interior of the vehicle.
   Among the articles stolen were several guns. 
   Detectives reached out to hotel management for each hotel to get any surveillance video that might have caught the burglaries.
   There were several photos retrieved showing the same vehicle in each parking lot between 2 a.m. and 3 a.m.
   The vehicle appears to be a dark colored, possibly red or maroon, smaller SUV type vehicle.

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"Sumrall guides producers through hog-mitigation grants" by: Mike Reddell

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
County Agent Aaron Sumrall explains about feral hog traps at a workshop Friday, Dec. 13, at Matagorda County Fairground.

To make a point on how important hog extermination efforts are in Matagorda County, County Agent Dr. Aaron Sumrall uses a sobering statistic.
   “To keep the hog population stable, you must remove 70 percent of the population each year,” Sumrall said at a workshop at the Matagorda County Fairgrounds last Friday, Dec. 13.
   He explained that a sow carries her litter for “three months, three weeks and three days,” so the females usually will have about two litters in a year.
   Each litter of about six is at least half female and those piglets can start producing “by the end of the first year,” Sumrall said. 
   Friday’s workshop was focused on the benefits and responsibilities of aerial gunning - plus continued trapping strategies - for feral hog mitigation.
   The workshop comes after the 2020 Matagorda County Feral Hog Grant was approved for $20,000 - $15,000 of that earmarked for aerial gunning.

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"BCCDC agrees to STP lease contract" by: Mike Reddell

   A five-year lease agreement with STP on the Center for Energy Development (CED) was approved by the Bay City Community Development board Monday, Dec. 16.
   In addition, the board approved façade grants for three new Bay City businesses.
   The CED lease agreement the board approved capped contract negotiations involving STP officials, BCCDC attorney Jill Cornelius and BCCDC Executive Director Jessica Russell.
   STP will pay .325 per square foot per month for its 20,691 square feet in the CED, Russell told the board. 
   Each year the rent will go up .1 cent, she added.

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Christmas closings announced

Christmas Day falls on Wednesday, Dec. 25, this year and residents will see many local businesses closed.

That includes city, federal and county offices.

The Matagorda County Courthouse closes at its regular time, 5p.m. on Monday, Dec. 23, and will be closed Dec. 24-25.

City of Bay City offices will be closed Christmas Eve and Christmas day.  

All banks will be closed on Christmas Day, some will be closing early on Tuesday, Dec. 24.

WCA trash schedule for residents will not be affected by the holidays. 

Commercial customers’ trash service will be picked up on Tuesday and/or Thursday instead of Dec. 25. 

If you have bulky waste or yard waste in the Wednesday’s scheduled area for Dec. 25 it will be picked up Saturday, Dec. 26. 

With just five days left until Christmas Eve, many local students are either out for the holidays or finishing up exams and tests for the year.

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Museum after hours

The Matagorda County Museum hosted the last Bay City Chamber of Commerce’s “Business After Hours” for the year Thursday, Dec. 5 at the museum.
Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard

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"Garcia District MVP; 8 Tigers 1st team" by: Mike Reddell

Sentinel file photo/Mike Reddell
Tiger quarterback Blake Garcia looks for a target downfield.

  Tidehaven senior quarterback Blake Garcia was named the 2019 Most Valuable Player for District 14-3A-2. 
   Garcia led a long list of Tigers who are on the All-District teams, including eight players with All-District first team offense and defense honors.
   Tigers on the All-District First Team Offense included: Jose Martinez, running back, Mason Perales, wide receiver (unanimous); Chance Riojas, offense line (unanimous); and Kyus Saha, offense line (unanimous).
   Perales also received this week Associated Press Sports Editors (APSE) All-State honorable mention honors as a wide receiver.
   The Tidehaven players on the All-District First Team Defense included: Grant Vongontard, defense end (unanimous); Jerry Johnson, defensive tackle; Koey Kacer, inside linebacker, (unanimous); and Alex Hernandez, defensive back (unanimous).

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