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Thu
26
Nov

Kinder Thanksgiving Feast

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This little Indian girl - at least for a day - enjoys part of her meal at Tenie Holmes Elementary School’s Kinder Thanksgiving Feast Nov. 20.

Thu
26
Nov

Shelter Dome construction

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Construction on the shelter dome at Matagorda Regional Medical Center is well under way. Once it opens in September 2016, the structure will provide protection for first responders during a major storm and will double as a wellness and rehabilitative center.

Thu
26
Nov

Bay City VFW Post celebrates 75th anniversary

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Bay City Chamber of Commerce President Mitch Thames, left, presents VFW Post Commander Donald Wells with two ceremonial “first” dollars at the post’s 75th Diamond Jubilee Anniversary celebration Tuesday. One dollar was current while the other was a replica of a 1940s dollar the post would have received upon opening its doors.

   VFW Phillip H. Parker Post No. 2438 of Bay City celebrated its 75th Diamond Anniversary Tuesday night, Nov. 24. 
   The Post was founded on Nov. 24, 1940 by Wyatt O. Selkirk with a total of 15 charter members.
   The Ladies’ Auxiliary was instituted on Feb. 28, 1947.
   The post was renamed in 1948 in honor of Captain Phillip H. Parker of the U. S. Air Force who was killed in action in China in 1945.

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Thu
26
Nov

Team searches for body of girl missing 25 years

   Sheriff’s deputies from Wharton and Matagorda counties, Texas Rangers and members of Texas Equusearch were searching for the body of a 15-year-old girl – missing for 25 years – in an area north of Clemville Tuesday.
   The body was believed to be that of Rosemary Diaz of El Campo, who was abducted from a Danavang grocery store Nov. 24, 1990, said Matagorda County Sheriff Skipper Osborne.
   “We believe it to be her,” Osborne said, but quickly added that DNA and other tests of the remains would be necessary before a positive identification was made.
   “We had information on a girl taken from a Danavang grocery in 1990,” the sheriff explained.

 

Thu
26
Nov

Lighted Christmas Parade Dec. 1

   Let it Be Christmas will be the theme for the 25th Annual Bay City Chamber of Commerce Lighted Christmas Parade through downtown Tuesday, Dec. 1.
   “This is a big deal. People will start calling us in June wanting to know what the theme is so they can get ready for it. We always have a lot of kids,” said chamber president Mitch Thames.
   “You ought to see the faces,” Thames continued.
   “This is one of those events we do just because of the looks on the kids’ faces. It’s a real blessing. It puts me in the Christmas spirit - and that takes a lot, unfortunately - but, it’s just a delight to see the kids so excited - especially when Santa comes in on a motorcycle. He’s the last float, always the last float.”
   In general, Downtown Bay City will be a very bustling place for the event. Thames expects up to 4,000 spectators to line the streets “three deep” throughout the evening. 

Thu
26
Nov

Chevez Officer of the Month

Corporal Leo Chevez

   Corporal Leo Chevez was honored as Police Officer of the Month for October by Police Chief Roger Barker.
   Chevez has been with the Bay City Police Department since July 2013.  
   Born and raised in Galveston, Chevez attended Galveston Ball High School, graduating in 2007.  
   Chevez worked as a pre-school teacher in Wharton for three years.  
   He attended Wharton Police Academy and graduated in May 2013.
   He enjoys working out, fishing and playing soccer on weekends off.  
   He is the 2014 100 Club Officer of the year award recipient.  
   Chevez is on the Special Response Team, with an advanced SWAT certification. He also is certified as a hostage negotiator for the department.  

Thu
26
Nov

VFW Voice fo Democracy winners

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Bay City High School students Dawson Friesenhahn and Aislyn Meadows took first and second respectively in the local VFW Voices of Democracy speech contest this fall. The topic was: “My vision for America.”

Thu
26
Nov

BCHS college, career fair

Bay City High School seniors have an enjoyable exchange with a Texas State University admissions representative at the high school’s college and career fair Wednesday, Nov. 18, at BCHS. The fair featured representatives from several colleges, universities and vocational training programs, plus personnel from the armed services. Attending the fair were seniors from BCHS, Tidehaven High schol and Van Vleck High School.
Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell

Thu
26
Nov

15 teams celebrate spree’s 25th year

Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard
Eta Mu's "Soup-er Heroes' won first place in the 25th Annual HEB Grocery Shopping Spree. Page Powell, Debbie Kacko, Margie Jenewein and Yvonne Bryant beat out two other teams for the coveted trophy. Proceeds raised by the event go towards funding Thanksgiving dinners to local families in need.

ETA MU took first place in the 25th Annual HEB Grocery Shopping Spree Tuesday, Nov. 17.
   Page Powell, Debbie Kacko, Yvonne Bryant and Margie Jenewein were the “Souper Heroes” representing ETA MU.
   Second place went to Bethany Home Health with Travis Faris, Krisdee Arrington, Kathy Landry, Erica Karges and Leslie Rodriguez.
   IBC Bank’s team took third place with the help of Jennifer Walker, Robyn Stone, Michael Layfield and Kelly Lewis. 
   This year’s winner for best costume went to Humphries Family Dental team with Dr. Jim Humphries dressed as Gru and team members Theresa Cervantes, Frances Tomek, and Lisa Montoya as Minions. 
   “We had a total of 19 teams register,” said HEB Admin Specialist Lety Vega.
   “Fifteen teams showed up.”

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Thu
19
Nov

Art League holds annual student art show

Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard
Taking “Best in Show” and first place for the 6 – 8 grade division in the Art League of Bay City and Matagorda County’s Judged Student Art Show is Tylea Medder’s “Up Close Hibiscus.” Currently it hangs in the gallery, along with all other entrants until Dec. 5.

    The Art League of Bay City and Matagorda County held their annual fall “Judged Student Art Show” opening and reception Saturday Nov. 7.
   “We had 83 entries,” said Art League member Linda Head.
   “It’s the biggest show we’ve ever had.”
   Students in grades K – 12 competed against each other in three divisions.
   Those students hailed from Wharton, Boling, Bay City and Van Vleck.
   Tylea Medders won Best in Show and first place in the 6th -8th grade division with her painting “Up Close Hibiscus.”
   In the Kindergarten – 5th grade division Jasmine Lewis took first place and honorable mention with her work titled “Peacock Paradise” and “Jesus in the Light of the World” respectively; while second and third place went to Isabelle Mulhausen with “Tree at Sunrise” and “Necter Time.”

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