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Thu
05
Mar

"The carnival: One more chance to remember childhood" by Jessica Shepard

   The carnival opens this week at the Matagorda County Fairgrounds. I managed to catch a glimpse of some of the leg work Tuesday.
   It was just enough to jog old memories and nostalgic feelings.
   I remember when I waited for what seemed like years to get out to the carnival. 
   Riding the rides, going on the Ferris wheel with my parents or siblings and the carnival games were amazing!
   For one night twice a year I could smell funnel cakes and have cotton candy melt in my mouth.
   It was the ultimate escape from everyday living. Even when I was that young, I knew that nights spent at the carnival were full of magic.

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Thu
05
Mar

"Investor activism could bring unwanted results" by John Sample

   When I talk with friends about investments, I suggest that they base any conclusion with the thought of following the money. 
   I say this, as I perused the news this weekend.  
   One of the biggest financial stories focused on what will happen to Greece.  
   Each year, Warren Buffet provides the shareholders of Berkshire Hathaway with a letter as to his opinion of the past year’s performance and his expectations for the upcoming year.  
   He also makes time to speak with CNBC and to answer questions.
Thu
05
Mar

"Floyce Brown announces candidacy" by Floyce Brown

   My name is Floyce Bankston Brown and I will be running for City Council Position 4.
   I’m a lifelong resident of Bay City, Texas, and a 1977 graduate of Bay City High school. 
   I have over 27 years of retail sales and management experience.
   I have been employed by Shoppa’s Farm Supply - a John Deer Dealership - for 16 years as the office administrator.
   As your city councilwoman, I will be an advocate for family-oriented activities, our infrastructure and continued development in our city.

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Thu
05
Mar

"It's important to cherish all the days of our lives" by Betsy Monico

   It is currently Sunday afternoon. I am sitting by the fire with a cup of hot chocolate. 
   I had the privilege of hanging out at church with a group of fun kiddos. 
   I managed to fit in my standard 20-minute nap after lunch. 
   I can check off dinner because my hubby is preparing it as I type on his smoker. 
    I usually reflect back on the week before I start my column and pick something I have stashed away in my “mental” file cabinet. 
    There is one key word or one mental file you might say that comes to mind from last week:  SNOW! 

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Thu
05
Mar

"There are movies out there that can feed our hearts" by Rosario Resendez

   My column has never been a movie review column. I actually had something else in mind that I had planned to write about this week. 
   I had notes written down on the subject and I was thinking on how to put it all together. 
   Yet, when I saw this movie this past weekend, I could think of nothing else to write about.  
   That move was McFarland, USA. 
Thu
05
Mar

"Bay City basketball in good hands with Griffin, Shepherd" by L. Scoot Hainline

   Don’t know how she did it.
   Time after time, Bay City Ladycats basketball head coach Liz Griffin would not call a timeout and she just let her team play. 
   A couple of turnovers would become four or five or more, but she would let them play on, and it was genius, because a 10-to-20-point run was always right around the corner, and it all paid off in a region-quarterfinals berth for the first time since 2004, according to the banners in the Bay City High School gym.
   It took extreme patience, and letting go of a little control, more than possibly any coach I’ve covered in 40-plus years, and I applaud her.
   And it was a lot of fun to watch, and also hard on the heart!
   Just too bad the referees had to play a big role in the Ladycats’ loss to powerful Liberty Hill. 
Fri
27
Feb

"It's getting a little hot around here" by Mike Reddell

   The Bay City school board’s split decision against extending Superintendent Keith Brown’s contract by another year has gotten plenty of attention since the trustees’ vote Monday, Feb. 16, but it’s certainly not the only example of fractious government around here. 
   Across town at City Hall, there’s a rather significant division between city council members and Mayor Mark Bricker. 
   Brown’s contract with the school district goes to July 1, 2017, and a year’s extension is usually a routine matter done in January if all is OK between the board and superintendent. 

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Fri
27
Feb

"Living in a house where movies rule" by Jessica Shepard

   We don’t pay for cable TV or satellite service at the house. 
   And some of my friends still find that weird; even after 14 years. 
   My mom relishes the fact that she has saved over $21,420. 
   But, honestly, when you can get nearly everything off the Internet, the desire to sit through mind-numbing commercials gets old fast. 
   Even if our Internet is older than Methuselah and the connection is just a shade better than dial-up, I’d rather find something to watch on Netflix than anything else. 
Fri
27
Feb

"Stock values on rise this year" by John Sample

   It is a remarkable year in the stock market.  
   As I sit here looking out my window at the ice and snow, I am thinking back to the year 2000 and reminiscing about stock-index levels we have not seen since.  
   Look at Apple to find an explanation. The total value of the company measured by the shares outstanding times the stock price is three quarters of a trillion dollars.  
   That value is twice the next largest company - Exxon. 
   It would be easy for investors to think that we have seen this before and the high-tech stock bubble was disastrous to the market.  
   Throw in a recession in 2008 and it has taken 15 years to make a comeback.  
   Why would anyone invest at these levels? Some would have you buy precious metals or real estate. There are plenty of concerns from politics, to terrorism to international economics. 
Fri
27
Feb

"Lent aids in eliminating what's unneeded in our lives" by Rosario Resendez

   So we are in the season of Lent and I know a lot of people are giving up things for Lent. 
   Sweets mostly, my co-worker told me that she read in an article that chocolate is the No. 1 thing people give up for Lent. 
   I like chocolate but not to the point that I would feel like it’s a sacrifice not to eat it for 40 days. 
   I go a long time without eating it to begin with so that is no problem for me, besides I’m a salty snack kind of person. 
   If I wanted to go to the movie theater but couldn’t buy popcorn and a pickle, well I would just prefer not to go!
   I did read an article the other day on another way someone can simplify their life. 

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