Lifestyle

Wed
17
Aug

Aquacats honored before city council

Four members of the Aquacats swim team were honored at last week’s city council meeting. Shown, from left, are: board members Shelly Orsak and Andy Spencer, plus Aquacats Sergio Rodriguez, Keegan Spencer, both 7, Felix Rodriguez and Oliver Spencer, both 11. Their achievements include: Oliver Spencer,
AAU results (Jr Olympics), 400 meter mixed free relay 1st, 50 meter free 3rd, 100 meter free 3rd, 100 meter fly 8th, 200 IM 9th
50 meter back 10th, 50 meter fly 14th; Keegan Spencer, AAU results (Jr Olympics), 400 meter mixed free relay 2nd place, 50 meter free 14th, 50 meter back 21st, TAAF Regionals, 100 yd Medley Relay 3rd, 50 yd free 1st, 25 yd free 3rd, 100yd IM 3rd;
Felix Rodriguez, TAAF Regionals, 100 yd medley relay 2nd, 100 yd free relay 3rd; Sergio Rodriguez, TAAF Regionals, 100 yd medley relay 3rd, 100 yd free relay 2nd.
Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell

Wed
17
Aug

"Texas dove hunting: Longer season, lots of birds" From Texas Parks & Wildlife Department

   AUSTIN – More validation that everything’s bigger and better in Texas, dove populations are soaring and the hunting season, which gets underway Sept. 1, is the longest in 80 years. 
   A new 90-day season this fall means hunters will have 20 more days of opportunity compared with previous years.  
   The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) is integrating those additional days early in the season to take advantage of mourning dove migrating into the state, as well as at the end of the season in the Special White-winged Dove Area to offer more bird hunting opportunities. 
   “Hunters will now be able to take advantage of those northern birds riding early November cool fronts into Texas, without sacrificing days of opportunity early in the season,” said Dave Morrison, TPWD Small Game Program Director.  

Thu
11
Aug

Splash Bash

Pediatric dentist Dr. Olamide Atanda, right, lent a hand painting children's fingernails during MEHOP's "Splash Bash" Aug. 9. The event also featured free haircuts for children and a variety of water-filled activities.
Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard

Thu
11
Aug

"Deputy will test law enforcement training in sniper competition" by: Mike Reddell

Bay City Sentinel/Mike Reddell
Matagorda County Sheriff’s Deputy Sgt. Philip Hester looks over the .308 carbine he’ll carry in a national sniper challenge in Wyoming in September.

   Philip Hester is about to put all of his law enforcement training – including 12 years as a SWAT commander - to the test in a competition in the high desert of Wyoming.
   And up to the time the 2016 Sniper Adventure Challenge begins Sept. 2, there’s not much information that will be released about the course near Douglas, Wyo. that could range from 25 to 40 miles.
   What the Matagorda County Sheriff’s Department K9 and narcotics sergeant and county SWAT team commander does know about the mentally and physically demanding course in Southeast Wyoming is there’s a mountain to climb, two cold lakes to swim and considerable rugged terrain to navigate on foot.
   Hester also knows there were 75 two-man teams in the competition last year and only three teams finished.

Thu
11
Aug

"Council could reverse Texas Theater actions" by: Jessica Shepard

Bay City Sentinel/Jessica Shepard
.The chairs haven’t changed much in the old Texas Theater. They still have that velvety plush feel and squeak when you take a seat. From about 1987-2015 the theater was home to Rhema Fellowship Church, later Ignite Church.

   During their last meeting, City Council approved a $227,073 bid to install new roofs on both Texas Theater facility buildings.
   Council also approved letting the Community Actors of South Texas (CAST) use the theater for their production of “Sylvia” in October.
   This week, Council’s meeting agenda includes the following:

Thu
11
Aug

Council to consider seeking grant for new swimming pool

Bay City Sentinel file photo
City council walked through the 16th Street city pool in early March to view problem areas at the facility.

   Two items related to the city’s 16th Street pool – its present condition and an application for a $500,000 Community Development block grant to fund a multipurpose facility to serve as a municipal pool – are on city council’s regular meeting agenda at 7 p.m. Thursday at City Hall.
   The pool’s condition, which includes several structural deficiencies in its pump room, has come up often over the past several months, will be covered in a report to council Thursday.
   The city’s director of parks and recreation, Shawn Blackburn, noted the conditions in his appearance at a recent city council budget workshop, saying the building should be condemned - but leaving that decision to council.
   City councilman Bill Cornman brought up the pool’s condition and the need to act at council’s last regular meeting July 28.

Thu
11
Aug

"CAST launches new season on Thursday" by: Jessica Shepard

Contributed photo

The Community Actors of South Texas (CAST) kicks off their 2016-2017 season on Thursday, August 11, from 5-7 p.m. during the Rock the Block. 
   The com-and-go event is at Town Square Restaurant in downtown Bay City will feature snippets of each production scheduled for the new season.
    Performances by the cast of Sylvia and readings by CAST actors for Tony and Tina’s Wedding will be included as well as chosen songs from past Night on Broadway presentations. 
   With Sylvia an empty nest couple’s marriage is challenged when the husband finds a stray female dog and focuses his attention completely on her.
   That performance will be for adults only. 
   Night on Broadway features songs from Broadway shows that went on to be made into movies. 
   Tony and Tina’s Wedding brings the audience into the action in staged wedding. 
   Attending that production means the actors may be sitting at your table and interacting with you.

Thu
11
Aug

Former Bay City great chosen for UNT Hall of Fame

University of North Texas photo
North Texas quarterback - the late Andrew Smith Jr. - was all smiles in this photo taken at the New Orleans Bowl in 2002, where he lead the Mean Green to victory over Cincinnati. It was the Mean Green’s first bowl win since 1946. Smith died in an automobile accident in 2004.

   DENTON - Andrew Smith Jr. - the Bay City quarterback who led the Blackcats to winning the Class 4A Division I state championship in 2000 – will be among six chosen for the North Texas Athletic Department 2016 Athletics Hall of Fame class.
   The University of North Texas announced the Hall of Fame class Friday, Aug. 5, noting it’s “a group that comes from four decades and three sports.”
   The six-person class is headlined by a pair of alumni currently playing in the NFL, Lance Dunbar and Craig Robertson. 
   Dunbar, the leading rusher in North Texas history, is a running back with the Dallas Cowboys, while Robertson, the No. 2 tackler in school history, is a linebacker with the New Orleans Saints.

To read more, please log in or subscirbe to our digital edition. 

Thu
11
Aug

"Rock the Block: August’s feature ‘Watermelon Walk’" by: Jessica Shepard

   This month’s “Rock the Block” will feature a new twist – a “Watermelon Walk.”
 Starting Thursday morning, Aug. 11, downtown businesses will be handing out punch cards to their customers.
   The cards feature 16 store names to visit throughout the day and that evening.
   “We also hope they will visit the stores during Rock the Block from 5-8:30 p.m. to sample their delicious watermelon goodies,” said Alicia Waters, co-director of Main Street.
   “All of the stores are having something fun.”
   When a customer visits each store, they earn a punch or stamp on their card and once the card is full, they can drop it off at Green Bros. Jewelry to enter the drawing for several different prizes.
   “There is no purchase necessary to get it stamped,” she said.
   “All participating stores and restaurants are donating an item or gift certificate towards the drawing. So, there are 16 chances to win something.”

Thu
11
Aug

County slates public hearingsCounty slates public hearings

   Public hearings on Matagorda County’s proposed fiscal 2016-17 tax rate and budget were scheduled later this month by commissioners court at its regular meeting Monday, Aug. 8.
   The proposed tax rates for next fiscal year are 41.5 cents per $100 valuation for maintenance and operation, and .44 of a cent for debt service, for a total tax rate of 41.99 cents.
   Public hearings on the proposed levies will be at 8 a.m. Aug. 18, and 9:45 a.m. Aug. 22.
   A public hearing for Matagorda County’s fiscal 2016-17 budget will be at 9:55 a.m. Aug. 22. 

Pages

Subscribe to RSS - Lifestyle