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"BCCDC discusses combining economic development efforts" by: Mike Reddell

Schulman MBG owner Mark Schulman, center in above photo, praises outgoing BCCDC Executive Director D.C. Dunham’s tenacity in bringing MBG here. He was one of several people toasting Dunham’s driving force in her 14 years at BCCDC. More than 50 people attended the Monday evening goodbye reception at Fat Grass. BCCDC President Julie Estlinbaum presented Dunham with a glass plaque for her years of service with co-Main Street director Karen Hitzfield.
Sentinel photos/Mike Reddell

   Putting economic development professionals under one roof in Bay City emerged as a top issue as Bay City Community Development Corporation reviewed its fiscal 2018-19 budget Monday, July 9.
   It was the first meeting for new BCCDC Executive Director Jessica Russell and the last official one for outgoing executive director D.C. Dunham.
   The board’s discussions centered on having BCCDC and Matagorda County Economic Development Corporation offices at the former Capital One building that adjoins the Bay City Library.
   “We need to do this,” said BCCDC Board Member Bill Cornman. 
   “This would be economic development pros working together,” he added.

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"Man killed in 3-vehicle collision at top of Matagorda span bridge" by: Mike Reddell

   A 60-year-old Matagorda man was killed in a head-on collision near the top of the FM 2031 span bridge at Matagorda at about 12:45 p.m. Monday, July 9, according to the Department of Public Safety.
   State Trooper Louis Fojtik said the man was driving a 2008 Impala in the southbound lane and it crossed over into the northbound lane, where it encountered a 2008 Suburban towing a trailer.
   The Suburban driver took evasive action and veered into the southbound to avoid colliding with the Impala, the trooper said. The Impala did strike the Suburban’s trailer still in the northbound lane and the car continued on and crashed head-on with a 2008 Chrysler Aspen, Fojtik added.
   The man’s body was sent off for an autopsy, while no other person involved in the wreck site was seriously hurt, the trooper said.
   The woman driving the Aspen had minor injuries, but she was more shaken from the fear of her car being knocked off the bridge, she later told Fojtik. 

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"Proposed flood early warning project gets county OK" by: Mike Reddell

   A resolution authorizing Matagorda County’s participation and local match funding for a proposed multi-agency flood early warning/flood inundation project was unanimously approved by commissioners’ court at its regular meeting Monday, July 9.
   The project has been discussed over past months by representatives of Matagorda, Wharton and Colorado counties in the wake of Hurricane Harvey in 2017. 
   Wharton County will apply and administer, if it’s awarded, a Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) flood protection planning grant for the multi-jurisdictional flood early warning/flood inundation project.
   In managing the proposed grant, Wharton County is willing to “collaborate with Colorado County, Matagorda County, City of Bay City, City of Wharton, and City of Columbus on the overall local funding for the project (both cash and in-kind),” the resolution approved by the court reads.

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"Railroad task force formed" by: Mike Reddell

 A Bay City Railroad Task Force has been formed as part of Council Member Bill Cornman’s pledge to address a proposed railroad quiet zone and the 7th Street rail car switching operations.
   The initial core group of the task force includes: local business owner Bruce Krauskopf; Bay City Chamber of Commerce President Mitch Thames (Governmental Affairs); Lyondell Plant Manager Joe Hoinkis, (major local BNSF RR customer); Mayor Mark Bricker; and Council Member Bill Cornman, the task force facilitator.
   Cornman said the task force objective “is alleviate the extended blockage of vehicular traffic and nuisance noise by the BNSF Railroad at the Texas 35 railroad crossing.” 

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Hilliard Reunion

Business development discussions like this one, Saturday were just one part of the three days of activities at the 34th Annual Hilliard High School Alumni Convention & All Classes Reunion Friday-Sunday. The business seminars at the Bay City Civic Center brought local government and business leaders to address those attending. The Platinum Jubilee Celebration - marking the opening of A.G. Hilliard High School in 1948 - began Friday with a community-wide health fair and picnic, with a gospel music gathering that evening. In addition, there was a banquet Saturday night and a “Wall of Honor” dedication ceremony Sunday.
Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell

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Marguerite Meadow pipeline

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
Heavy equipment operators plied their skills in placing pipe at the Marguerite Meadow subdivision construction site Monday. Like many other locations, work is done around band of showers.

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For the Love of Animals

The Bay City Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture celebrated the grand opening of "For the Love of Animals" with a commemorative ribbon cutting July 7. For The Love of Animals is located at 4101 Ave. F and features micro-chipping, nail clipping, grooming and support for neutering/spaying pets. Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard

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Champion Riders win top awards

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Champion Riders Drill Team earned several top honors at U.S. Equestrian Drill Association National Finals in June.

   Champion Riders Drill Team brought home several top awards from the United States Equestrian Drill Association National Finals. 
   “The competition was held June 19-24 in Athens,” said team coordinator Cindy Tennant. 
   “We left behind the tropical rain in Bay City, only to find it followed us up there.” 
   Teams from Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas competed in over 22 disciplines of drill classes offered.
   “The Champion Riders entered nine classes this year,” she said. 
   “Those classes included Quad Drills, groups of four riders, in the early part of the week. 
   “Quad competition gives riders a chance to compete in smaller, shorter drills. As the week progressed, we entered a 12-rider team, which rode in the Theme Division.” 
   This year’s theme was “A Tribute to Women of the West,” who helped shape the way for today’s women, said Tennant. 

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Am I dehydrated?

   Am I dehydrated? 
   This is a common question we hear from many people around the community. 
   The best defense against dehydration is prevention, but understanding the symptoms is the key factor in protecting you against dehydration. 
   Angels Care Home Health, serving Bay City and the surrounding area, is committed to keeping our patients and the communities we serve healthy. 
   Summer is here, so to help you be prepared to “Beat the Heat” and know what actions to take, Angels Care Home Health provides the following helpful information and prevention tips:
   The hydration status of a person refers to their body water balance. 
   Dehydration occurs when people don’t have enough fluid in their bodies. 
   Many older people have problems with dehydration. 
   Dehydration is a serious problem and can result in death if it is not taken care of, but dehydration is very easy to prevent.

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"Matagorda County 4-H youth earn honors in throughout June" By Aaron Sumrall, PhD County Extension Agent Agriculture & Natural Resources

   Matagorda County has a thriving and dynamic 4-H and youth development program devoted to developing county youth into productive citizens through life activities, curriculum, leadership, and experiences.  
   Currently the Matagorda County 4-H has nearly 400 youth and dozens of adults in addition to the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension staff oversees the program. June was an active month for many Matagorda County 4-H members.  
   June began with the District 11 4-H Horse Show in Edna. Matagorda County 4-H competitors participated in barrels, poles, and stakes competitions, taking top-end honors.  
   The competitors included Anisa Cornet, Slade and Scollie Saha.  
   The second week of June are the annual state competitions for 4-H members at Texas 4-H Roundup held in College Station.  
   4-H members from across the state converge on Texas A&M University to exhibit their abilities in competition.  

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