"Lots of new events on tap for Camofest Weekend " by: Mike Reddell

   The committee planning the 3rd Annual Wild Game and Wine Camofest downtown Jan. 26-27 went through this year’s list of events that include several new additions at the group’s meeting Monday, Jan. 8.
   New to this year’s Camofest:

  •     The “Wolf Moon Concert” from 8 to 11 p.m. Friday, Jan. 28, kicks off the two-day Camofest weekend.

   Sponsored by the Matagorda County Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB), the Wolf Moon Concert – headlined by the Emotions - will be the first of four concerts in 2018.

  •     Matagorda County Museum’s art exhibit featuring the works of Bay City native Forrest Bess, who is credited with helping develop camouflage during World War II.

   There will be 5-6:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 26, reception at the museum in conjunction with the exhibit.
   The exhibit will be from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 27.


"Our family’s use of quotes from movies comes from love of films"Our family’s use of quotes from movies comes from love of films" by: Jessica Shepard

   Sometimes, I wonder if our family is the only weird bunch out there.
   And I know that everyone has their own weirdness or “freak” flag that they let fly.
   But it reassuring to learn that some families share the same quirks.
   Like our love of movies, for example.
   We use movie quotes on a day-to-day basis, even though we haven’t seen the film in months or weeks.
   At first, it started with my siblings and myself, but then mom and Mike joined in on the fun.
   To be fair, my siblings and I have been quoting movies for years.
   It all started to funny lines from Disney flicks and progressed to movies like “The Fifth Element,” “Red” and “Deadpool.”
   Now, we’ve almost established our own language solely comprised of movie quotes.
   Some have become overused though.
   Mainly, mom’s use of the phrase “Chop Chop” in attempts to hurry someone or something.


"Record-setting start for equities; market’s strongest beginning since 2006" by: John Sample

   Just in case you missed it due to the big freeze last week, the equities market started the new year at the strongest level since 2006. 
   One of the many indicators that analysts tout is the Santa Claus affect. You take the last trading days of the year and the first two of the next year as an indicator. 
   The thought is that if you can end the year strong and start off positive then the whole year will be positive. 
   I don’t actually think any of these indicators hold water but they do elicit comment. 
   It should be noted though that the Standard & Poor’s 500 stock-index has set record high closes for the first five trading days of the year. 
   This is comes with the fact that this start is the best since 2006.
   I don’t believe this market will continue unabated upward for the whole 12 months of 2018. 


"How to improve your financial fitness this year" By John Dickerson & Hawes Dickerson Financial Advisors Edward Jones

   If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to get healthier, you may already be hitting the gym and improving your diet.
   But don’t forget about your financial fitness.
   How can you “shape up” your investment picture?
   Just as exercise can help build your endurance for the demands of a long life, an investment portfolio containing a reasonable amount of growth-oriented vehicles can help you move toward your long-term goals, such as a comfortable retirement.
   To help yourself stay healthy, you also need to maintain your ideal weight.
   As an investor, you should own a broad mix of investments to prevent your portfolio from becoming too heavy in any single asset.
   Finally, another key to proper health is getting enough rest.
   And you can keep your portfolio from becoming overworked by avoiding excessive buying and selling, which can result in fees, commissions and taxes.


"Reel Reviews:‘Jumanji’ a fun romp, faithful to 1995 original" by: Jessica Shepard

   I’m going to tell you straight off that this version of “Jumanji” isn’t a reboot or a total remake.
   In fact, it’s a pretty faithful semi-sequel to the 1995 original that featured the late Robin Williams.
   And, even then, that film was loosely based on the illustrated children’s book by Chris Van Allsburg.
   “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” hits all the right nostalgic notes for fans of the original flick and still provides laughs for newcomers from children to adults.
   The movie debuted Dec. 20 and has raked in over $520 million, managing to make more than the latest installment of the Star Wars franchise.
   Welcome to the Jungle is set 21 years after the first film in the present-day, as four very different high schoolers – Spencer Gilpin (Alex Wolff), Martha Kaply (Morgan Turner), Anthony “Fridge” Johnson (Ser’Darius Blain), and Bethany Walker (Madison Iseman) – all find themselves in detention together, for a variety of reasons.


"Those walking with the Lord cannot hide their light" by: Betsy Monico

   This week we finally made the move to replace the extra freezer that resides in our laundry room. We hunt deer here at the Monico house, and we also eat deer. 
   We actually eat lots of deer. Venison is to us just the same as hamburger meat. It finds its way into burgers, spaghetti, and taco meat.  
   The refrigerator in our kitchen does not even begin to do the job. We have a deep freezer, as we call it, over in my husband’s shop. It is our main storage center. 
   The one in the laundry room is like a holding tank for immediate use. With a family of six, that includes two big and growing boys, groceries are often our first and foremost financial concern.
   When we pulled out the old freezer, I discovered lots of things. Perhaps all of my discoveries were the reason why our freezer was no longer working properly, but we will address that later.


"We can live our lives knowing Holy Spirit isn’t source of negative feelings" by: Caleb Gibson

   Andrew Wommack once said, “The devil’s favorite tool, religion, has done a great job of convincing the body of Christ that the Holy Spirit is the source of negative feelings.” 
   When Jesus was speaking about the Holy Spirit He described the purpose. He said, “And He, when He comes, will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment;” (John 16:8). 
   When we sin we will inevitably feel guilty of what we have done. All of humanity has the knowledge of good and evil because of Adam and Eve. 
   John 3:19-21 says, “And hereby we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before him. For if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things.” 
   Sometimes our heart condemns us, but this does not mean this is the work of the Holy Spirit. Remember the purpose of Jesus’ life was not to condemn the world but to save it (look at John 3:17).


"Agriculture News:Dry conditions need to continue to help area rice growers, crop fertilization" By James E. Engbrock County Extension Agent Emeritus Matagorda County

   Agricultural Situation
   Dry weather is needed for crop producers throughout Matagorda County. Land preparation for rice and fertilization for crops need to continue. 
   The recent cold weather eliminated the green grass for our livestock operations. 
   It is now dry and it is essentially hay. I expect to see some damages in our plants around the home from the cold weather. 
         Happy New Year
   We would like to wish each of you a Happy New Year; we look forward to working with you in your crop, livestock, or lawn and or ornamentals. I enjoyed working with you in 2017 and look forward to the coming year.  
   We moved our offices to the third floor of the Matagorda County Office Building. Our phone number is 979-245-4100. Of course you can also reach me on my cell phone or stop by anytime.
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"I learned a construction site can include nearby road" by: Mike Reddell

   Some things in my job go relatively smooth.  
   Tense interviews with people who don’t want to be interviewed or are suspicious of all reporters are not are rarely smooth, nor is covering contentious meetings.  
   Writing anything should read smoothly, but getting there is work.   
   Trying to get the facts straight requires concentration on what you’re writing.  
   Getting into a hurry, for example, is a sure route to errors.  
   I truly groan when I read the Sentinel and see a mistake, be it facts, spelling and grammar – noun-verb agreements always will bite the careless.   
   Saying that, I went out Tuesday morning for photos to go in this week’s edition.   
   My first stop was to photograph the construction under way at Bay City High School on the new baseball field and renovations to the existing softball field.  


"Setting priorities are important for Bay City’s growth" by: Jessica Shepard

   There’s something that’s been bothering me for a while.  
   I mean, technically lots of things tend to bother me in some form or fashion. But, this just ranks up near the highest pet peeves I’ve noticed.  
   I understand that we as a community want to see our county and cities grow to become the best possible versions of themselves.  
   And I’ve got a real problem with pushing forward to add new things to an outdated system. By that I mean our failing infrastructure.  
   It’s awesome and amazing to have so much expansion and new amenities locally, but I feel like we’re sacrificing for it.  
   I’m all for new housing developments, industrial growth and businesses overall.  
   It just seems like we’re stressing an already taxed-out and frankly problematic set of systems.  


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