Columns/Opinions

Thu
19
Nov

"Design trends" by: Zeinab Ghais

   As fall draws near we begin to get ready for the upcoming holiday season.  
   As a designer and decorator, this is the busiest time of the year for me.  
   For the last month, I have been working with some clients on getting their homes finished in time for Thanksgiving and then there are those who are booking to decorate for Christmas.
   It does take time to get it all together, especially if there is construction and furniture being bought.  
   I have to say that I love the transformation that takes place! Optimism is in the air this holiday season. 
   There is an expansion of festive colors and a proliferation of metallics.  
   If you are ready to change it up this season then consider some of these trends. 
   For a contemporary twist, Yellow is the main hue for Christmas. Yellow implies confidence and pairs well with white, silver, gold or black. 

Thu
12
Nov

"We’re happy to be entering 2nd year" by: Mike Reddell

   We celebrated a birthday last week – our own.
   The Bay City Sentinel published its 52nd issue Nov. 9, capping a year of excitement, frustrations and deadlines.
   Putting out our own paper also is a mark of success for a husband and wife team.
   Growing up in a weekly newspaper family where both my mother, father, brother and I worked, mom and dad disagreements seemed to embroil the entire paper. 
   Despite the occasional dispute, where I always prevail, MaLinda and I have worked well together on two newspapers. 
   We set out in November 2014 to publish a weekly newspaper, with the help of daughter Jessica Shepard.

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Thu
12
Nov

"Veterans Day means recalling grandfather" by: Jessica Shepard

   My grandfather, Thomas A. Shepard was a Vietnam veteran of the United States Navy.
   That’s about as much as I used to know about his time spent in the Navy.
   Shortly before my grandmother passed away, we found little pieces of family history from way back when.
   They wrote letters back and forth to each other.
   In a time where the Internet connects nearly everyone, cell phones and the availability of free WiFi, it’s hard to imagine waiting weeks or months to hear from someone.
   Granted, I know there were landline telephones back then, but still.
   You can’t manage that aboard a ship or in the trenches.
   And even though I read some risqué things I didn’t need to know about my grandparents, it still made me happy to have those pieces of family history entrusted to me.
   My grandfather was the First Vice Commander of Philip H. Parker VFW Post 2438 of Bay City.

Thu
12
Nov

"Jobs report shows employment is up" by: John Sample

   Last week the Labor Department released the latest jobs report. The glass was more than half full. Nonfarm payrolls rose a seasonally adjusted 271,000 last month. 
   Moreover, revisions showed employers added 12,000 more jobs in September and August over previous estimates. 
   The unemployment rate dropped to 5 percent. As if that news wasn’t enough, average hourly earnings rose at a 2.5 annual rate in October.
We had not seen such numbers since mid-summer of 2009 as the economy was emerging from the recession.
   As one would expect, the value of the dollar rose in reaction. 
   The news should provide the evidence of economic growth requisite to begin the process of raising rates.  
   It could be Federal Reserve may find the end of the quarter to be the perfect shelter for the first interest rate rise in over a decade. 

Thu
12
Nov

"Don’t save best for tomorrow - it may never come" by: Betsy Monico

   I am proud to say that I was at the grocery store the day that Blue Bell returned to its precious spot in the freezer among all of the good, but not great ice creams. 
   There was a crowd and the official Blue Bell men were there in uniform stocking the goods back up. 
   It was big time! I purchased one gallon of vanilla. There was a two gallon limit. I did not want to be greedy though. 
   It was my half day at work so I tied the precious commodity up tight in the sack and snuck in into the freezer in the teacher’s lounge. 
   When my kids filed into the library one by one from the bus, I asked them if they wanted a scoop of Blue Bell. I think our homework that day was sweeter for sure, and for one moment…I was the best mom on the planet! 
   I saved my own personal treat for later that night. I quietly retrieved my stashed bag of Oreo Thins, my favorite coffee mug, and I created my own Blue Bell vanilla, cookies and cream mixture. 

Thu
12
Nov

"With the Lord’s help we can accomplish so many things" by: Caleb Gibson

   Jesus once said, “I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing.” (John 15:5).  
   Notice how we are connected to God. Because we are in Christ, we bear fruit. 
   Note also how this verse ends saying, “apart from me you can do nothing.”  
   Now there are many people who do not believe in Christ and do many great things.  
   Some write great songs or produce funny movies.  
   The point of this verse shows how in light of eternity, none of those things really mattered.  

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Thu
12
Nov

"Make memories in deer season" by: Rob Murray

   We have waited all year and deer season is finally underway. 
   What stories and memories will we experience this year? 
   Will it be your first hunt? Are you going to enjoy taking your son or daughter out for their first hunt? 
   Are you an experienced hunter who just wants to commute with nature and fill the freezer with venison? 
   For all of us, deer hunting brings us back to our ancient hunting roots, allows us to share time in the outdoors in private introspection or to enjoy the camaraderie with our close friends and family. 
   According to Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, abundant rainfall increased natural plant forage and we can expect an increased deer population with increased antler growth. 
   So, the deer are out their in abundance and we can’t wait to get out there and have some fun. 
   But wait! Don’t be that guy or gal who has to pay the $500 fine for not following the rules! Know before you go!! 

Thu
12
Nov

"Gun Dog Training: Picking a puppy, pedigree" by: Rob Murray

   This is the first part of a comprehensive series of articles on gun-dog training.  
   We will cover the full range of training from puppy to finished gun dog. Please follow us in learning important points of raising a successful hunting companion. 
   Puppies! Are you ready for a gun dog puppy?  
   Is a puppy your best option? Before we discuss how to raise a puppy, consider a few things… 
   If you are looking for a successful hunting dog, how can you stack the odds in your favor to achieve your goal? Look at the pedigree first! 
   Pedigree can be measured in the hunting titles of the dog’s ancestors as is shown with titles such as: Field Champion (FC) or Master Hunter (MH).  
   A pedigree can also be based on personal experience such as Mr. Jones, from down the road, has been raising the greatest hunting dogs for 15 years, his dogs are great. 
   Good hunting dogs usually come from good hunting dog stock and pedigree. 

Thu
05
Nov

"The secret pumpkin bread recipe" by: Jessica Shepard

   Normally, I spend weekends baking during the Fall months.
   October kicks off my frenzy and I usually end up with huge batches of my grandfather’s secret family recipe for pumpkin bread.
   My grandfather, Thomas Shepard, passed away in 2001 when I was 13.
   I did not actually get my hands on his recipe until a few years later while helping my grandmother downsize her cookbook collection.
   There’s fond, cherished and missed memories that come with that one.

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Thu
05
Nov

"October great for investors" by: John Sample

   October may have Halloween and scare people but it was great for investors. 
   The S&P 500-stock index rose 8 percent in October. 
   An interesting statistical note is that November rises after a gain in October over 75 percent of the time. 
   You can almost bet the ranch that it won’t happen this time around.
   In this era of counter intuitive moves, one has to look at the different paths that two old PC competitors have taken. 
   Michael Dell got tired of putting up with Wall Street and took his firm private. 
   In the interim he has decided to merge his private company with EMC. 
   Hewlett-Packard on the other hand has decided to split itself into two companies. 

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