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Thu
12
Mar

Day of Caring applications for services now accepted

   The 12th Annual Matagorda County United Way Day of Caring has been scheduled for April 17. 
   Over 100 volunteers turn out for this community-wide event to make minor repairs at the homes of elderly homeowners and people with disabilities. 
   Everything from lawn and garden care, painting porches, installing fire alarms, replacing window screens, to building wheelchair ramps and other small carpentry work are tackled by volunteers anxious to make a difference in the community.  
   Applicants must be at least 65 years old or disabled and they must own their home. 
   Work requested must be capable of being completed in one day on the Day of Caring and homeowners must be present. 
   Roof repairs, electrical work, and major plumbing repairs cannot be made.  
   A volunteer team will be assigned to accepted projects. 

Thu
05
Mar

"Osborne defeats Orton for sheriff in Republican primary" by: Mike Reddell

   Sheriff Skipper Osborne defeated challenger Bill Orton by 312 votes out of 4,950 votes cast in their race in the Matagorda County Republican Primary Tuesday, March 3.
   The closely watched countywide election was the defacto general election for sheriff, with no Democratic candidates running.
   In other contested Republican races:

  •     Bubba Cook defeated incumbent Gary Graham in the Precinct 1 County Commissioner race by a 872-688 vote margin.

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Thu
05
Mar

"Community leaders agree on a united voice for virus" by: Mike Reddell

Leaders from several different agencies agreed a united voice was needed to respond to the coronavirus should it surface in Matagorda County.
   “Collaboration starts today – right now our intent is to face something we don’t want to happen here,” Mayor Robert Nelson told the gathered leaders Tuesday morning, March 3.
   The entities represented include Matagorda Regional Medical Center (MRMC), Emergency Management, EMS, MEHOP, Matagorda County, City of Bay City, Bay City Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture, Bay City Police Department, and the Sheriff’s Department.
   “We started looking at this months ago,” said J. Warren Robicheaux, MRMC CEO.
   “Even though the threat of the disease was pretty low, there was a high probability that we would have someone who had been at least exposed to the virus,” Robicheaux added.
The hospital cannot test for the virus – nor can most hospitals in the U.S. – he said.

Thu
05
Mar

"Entities take precautions to prevent Covid-19 cases" by: Jessica Shepard

   As of press time Tuesday night, there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 coronavirus cases in Matagorda County.
   That hasn’t stopped local school districts and other entities from taking extra precautions to ensure the health and safety of the community.
   All entities urge parents, students, faculty, and staff to practice healthy hygiene habits to prevent the spread of respiratory illnesses like COVID-19, such as washing hands frequently, covering coughs and sneezes, avoiding contact with eyes, nose, and mouth, and staying home from school or work if sick.

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Thu
05
Mar

"Are you ready for Old Time Country Fair?" by: Jessica Shepard

    The 76th Annual Matagorda County Fair and Live Stock theme this year is “Old Time County Fair.”
   The fair has been ongoing with agriculture, 4-H and various award-winning competitive events since Feb. 14.
   The daily gate fee per person is $5 until 5 p.m., then it goes up to $10 until 10 p.m. and $20 after 10 p.m. until closing.
   Rodeo tickets are $20 per person while children five and under are free, but must sit in their parents’ lap.
    Parents wishing for their child to have a regular seat must purchase a ticket regardless of age.
   Tickets are on sale now at the ticket office at the Fairgrounds at 4511 FM 2668 Bay City, or by calling 979-245-1819.
   Carnival armbands are $20 per person Thursday, Friday and Sunday.
   Armbands cost $25 per person on Saturday.
   The carnival is from 4-10 p.m. Thursday, March 5.

Thu
05
Mar

"Market Days to return to square with agreement" by: Mike Reddell

   Market Days will return to the Matagorda County Courthouse Square in April after Commissioners Court signed a lease contract with Fulton Market Days owner Marie Cook, at the court’s regular meeting Monday, March 2.
   The county’s five-year contract – March 1, 2020 to Feb. 28, 2025 - with Cook will return vendors to the courthouse square each month.
   County Attorney Denise Fortenberry said Monday that Cook “will be ready for the first market days in April.”  
   A monthly market day will bring back an event the Bay City Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture ended in late 2017 after several years on the square. 
   The chamber now has Christmas and summer market day events.

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Thu
05
Mar

"Main Street board OKs 1-year planter maintenance" by: Jessica Shepard

   Main Street Program board members approved a year-long $5,695 contract with adjustments for planter maintenance with Armando Bautista’s ABZ Landscaping company, during a special meeting Feb. 28. 
   “We’re still going to need some clarifications on this proposal,” said Ann Ryan, board member. 
   “We recently replaced many of the timers and hoses in the planters ourselves. Maybe we could get him to adjust the price?” 

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Thu
05
Mar

"Tidehaven trustees accept application for solar energy plant" by: Jessica Shepard

Tidehaven trustees unanimously accepted a Chapter 313 tax value limitation application from SunChasePower for a proposed 350-megawatt solar plant during its regular monthly meeting, March 2.
Board members present included Stuart Lynn, Stephen Crow, Lee Pierce, and Mike Galvan.
Trustees Eric Saha, Scott Cheek, and Marty Crain were absent.
The application will be under review for 150 days before the board makes a final decision to accept the proposal or not.

Thu
05
Mar

"MCFLA Home Economics Food Show raises just over $11K" by: Jessica Shepard

Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard
Matagorda County Fair and Livestock Association's Home Economics food entry winners received purple rosettes for their win as Grand Champions of their divisions Feb. 29. Winners include: Keagan Gerberman, Addison Smith, Sophie Steinmann, Ryleigh Siptak, Madelyn Hurtado, Jace Reynolds, Aydan Flores, Madison Harris, Victoria Sliva, Kaylee Spencer, Emily Rodgers, Tram Duong, Eli Reynolds, Lacy Smith, Alex Lawhon, Samantha Otto, Mallory Grimes, and Kimberly Phan. See more on the Home Economics show, plus the reserve champions on Page 5.

   The Matagorda County Fair and Livestock Association’s Home Economics Food Show auction raised $11,075 Saturday afternoon. 
   Those funds go towards scholarship opportunities for students. 
   “We had a total of 396 items entered in the food show, however, some of them did not show up,” said Matagorda County Extension Agent for family and community health Gabby Washington. 

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Thu
05
Mar

Bay City police investigate fatal shooting on Mockinbird

   Bay City police are investigating a fatal shooting at about 4:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 28, in the 4500 block of Mockingbird Lane
   Officers sent to the Mockingbird Lane address were told en route there were shots fired and a later call that someone had been shot. 
   When officers arrived, they found a black male at the address, who had been shot several times and was dead.
Once EMS arrived, they confirmed that the male was dead.
The victim was identified as Brock Kennedy Battle. 
   An on-call investigator went to the shooting site, along with a Crime Scene Investigator.  
   The case is still under investigation.  
   Anyone with information is encouraged to call 979-245-8500 and ask to speak with Det. Corporal Armando Galvan.

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