"COVID-19 cases slowly climbing up" by: Mike Reddell

   Matagorda County continues to show a slow but steady increase in the number of new confirmed COVID-19 cases.
   Statewide, the delta variant is driving a rise in cases and hospitalizations, while a lag in vaccinations has left huge numbers vulnerable.
   From Feb. 8 to July 14, the pandemic killed 8,787 Texans — 99.5% of them unvaccinated, according to Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS).
   Nearly 43% of Texans are fully vaccinated – the national number is 48.8% - and Matagorda County is 33.6%.
   A total of 26,055 doses have been administered in the county, with 12,341 people totally vaccinated.
   The county’s 65 and older residents are 64.6% fully vaccinated.

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"CAST’s ‘1940 Murder Mystery Comedy’ final run this weekend" by: Jessica Shepard

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Cast members Wyatt Fitzgerald, Lydia Weaver, Jordan Pena, Ayden Horton, and Andrea Ramirez work through a final dress rehearsal run before the debut of "The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940" July 22.

   Community Actors of South Texas’ production of “The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940” featured a sold-out debut last weekend.
   The production starts at 6 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, July 29-31, at CAST’s building at 920 Nichols Avenue in Bay City.
   All tickets are $45 per person and feature a catered meal by Venezia’s Garden.
   Tickets must be purchased two days in advance in order to meet catering requirements and are available online at or by calling 979-479-3123.
   Ticket sales closed Monday at 5 p.m. for Thursday’s show.

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Lynn Development announces 56-acre Valor Park

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Above is the layout of Lynn Development’s recently announced Valor Park subdivision that will have 245 residential lots on Carey Smith Boulevard, between Nichols Avenue and Avenue M.

   Lynn Development has announced a new, first-class residential subdivision project in Bay City, Texas. The 56-acre tract located on Carey Smith Blvd., also known as 16th Street, between Nichols Avenue and Avenue M will be home to approximately 245 residential lots and amenities. 
   Valor Park, the 245 new home subdivision, has potential to significantly increase the City of Bay City’s tax base, as well as that of the Bay City Independent School District. Additionally, the project represents a possible enrollment increase of 490 new students for BCISD. 
   “Our mission is to positively impact the lives of our employees, clients, and communities,” said Stuart A. Lynn, P.E., Founder and CEO of Lynn Development, Matagorda County resident and native. 

Bird of prey co-pilot

Sky Kings Falconry's Kevin Gaines showed off a variety of birds from a vulture and falcon to a Eurasian Horned Owl as part of the Bay City Public Library's summer reading event, Thursday, July 22. Gaines discussed various birds of prey species and specifically the rescue work that his organization supports.
Bay City Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard


Texas Sales Tax Holiday is Aug. 6-8

   (AUSTIN) — Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar is reminding shoppers they can save money on clothes and school supplies during the state’s sales tax holiday on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 6-8.
   State law exempts sales tax on qualified items — such as clothing, footwear, school supplies and backpacks — priced below $100, saving shoppers about $8 on every $100 they spend. 
   The date of the sales tax holiday and list of tax-exempt items are set by the Texas Legislature.
   “For many families with children who are going back to their school campuses for the first time since the pandemic began, the sales tax holiday is the perfect opportunity to save money on school supplies and other tax-free items,” Hegar said. 
   “As a father with three school-aged children myself, I know how these expenses can add up.”
   Apparel and school supplies that may be purchased tax-free are listed on the Comptroller’s website at


"Spencer represents swim club at Texas Age Group Swimming Championships" By Bob Button BCHS Swimming Coach

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Oliver Spencer competes at TAGS Championships.

   Oliver Spencer (14) represented Swim Houston Aquatic Center (ShAC) last weekend at the Texas Age Group Swimming (TAGS) Championships in Arlington.  
   All distances in meters (50m course).  
   Scoring through 16 places.
   There are over 140 USA Swimming teams in Texas - 51 sent qualified athletes to this state championship meet.
   ShAC finished 16th out of those 51 teams.  
   We only make a small contribution to the ShAC program.  
   It’s a coach-owned club that took our kids on board and we gain so much from being part of that one-of-a-kind team.
   Spencer’s finishes:
   50 freestyle - 14th - :25.73
   100 freestyle - 16th - :56.29
   200 freestyle - 24th - 2:08.13

   Oliver was just a little off his times from last month’s San Antonio meet, but that’s up to me to figure out - he has done everything we asked of him this summer!


Amistad Park Splash Pad grand opening gave public first opportunity to experience its features

Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard
Bay City Parks & Recreation’s grand opening of the Amistad Splash featured lots of kids trying out the new features Friday, July 23 at the park. City officials said the 2,800-square-foot Splash Pad is the focal point of park outings this summer and fall.

   Bay City Parks Recreation hosted the grand opening of the Amistad Splash Pad on Friday, July 23 at the park.
   The grand opening ceremony was the public’s first opportunity to experience the splash pad.  
   Amistad Park is located at 1209 10th Street at the corner of 10th St. and Avenue C.
   The splash pad is operational from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.
   The ceremony included light refreshments and an opportunity to be the first to try out the many amenities.
   The 2,800 square foot splash pad is the latest amenity at the park and is a focal point of park outings this summer and early fall.
   A start button is located at the entrance of the pad and needs to be pressed after four minutes to restart the water.
   Additional shade structures and tables will be installed later this summer.


'The Vault' teen room now open

Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard
Teens filled the newly decorated teen room at the Bay City Public Library, dubbed “The Vault,” for its grand opening event, July 20. The event featured videogames, temporary tattoos, pizza, door prizes, costume contest, and free books. The grand opening is just one of many other library events going on for the summer.


Governor signs Kolkhorst bill extending maternal health care

   Texas Governor Greg Abbott on Wednesday signed HB 133, a bill sponsored and passed by Senator Lois W. Kolkhorst (R-Brenham) to increase Medicaid coverage for new mothers in Texas from two months to six months postpartum.  
   Kolkhorst said that expanding new post-pregnancy maternal care is a pressing need for qualifying Texas women and serves as an efficient and effective use of state and federal dollars. 
   "HB 133 will extend Medicaid coverage for pregnant women on Medicaid from 60 days to 6 months post-pregnancy," said Abbott. 
   "It will also streamline women’s health programs & create better continuity of care for Texas women."
   "With this legislation, Texas becomes one of the first states in the nation to extend Medicaid coverage beyond two months federally required for postpartum," said Kolkhorst, who chairs the Senate's Health and Human Services Committee. 


"Fall Armyworm control in pastures" By Dalton C. Ludwick, Holly Davis, Sonja L. Swiger, and David L. Kerns Extension Entomologists Texas A&M AgriLife

Fall Armyworm caterpillar with inverted Y design.

   Recent rainfall events have been a major problem this summer. 
   As a result of this rainfall, fall armyworms (Spodoptera frugiperda) are thriving across the northern, central and eastern portions of Texas.
   Below is some information on the biology of the pest, how to scout for them, and control options to mitigate damage. 
   Biology and Damage
   There are two strains of fall armyworms (FAW): the corn strain and the grass strain. 
   The corn strain usually appears in the spring and early summer and feeds on crops such as corn, sorghum, and cotton. 
   The grass strain, which is the strain that infests hay fields and pastures, generally shows up after significant rain events from mid-July through fall. 
   The corn strain is known for being resistant to pyrethroids, while the grass strain is susceptible to pyrethroids. 


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