Lifestyle

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Dec

Birders look to keep county top bird site

   Matagorda County birders will try to remain on top in North American bird counts at the Aud116th Matagorda County Mad Island Marsh Christmas Bird Count from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Dec. 14. 
   A total of 234 different bird species were seen Matagorda County took first place in the count last year with making this the 8th year in a row. 
   Buff-breasted Sandpiper, Brown Booby and two Black Terns in Matagorda County were among others as the headliners for the state. 
   This year an amazing six new species were reported and five of those were only found in Texas. 

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03
Dec

Sargent residents await Dollar General

   A Dollar General store is under construction in Sargent. 
   Crews began work on the 9,100-square-foot variety retail store about two weeks ago, and its Tennessee-based owners plan an early-summer grand opening. 
   The store will be at 5610 CR 286, just east of FM 457, the area’s main thoroughfare. 
   “When choosing store locations, meeting customers’ needs is Dollar General’s top priority,” company spokesperson Crystal Ghassemi said in an email to the Sentinel.  
   “The company looks for places where we can offer customers an easy and convenient shopping choice. We know convenience is a major factor in our customers’ shopping decisions as we generally serve customers within a three to five mile radius, or 10 minute drive.  
   “We also take demographic trends, competitive factors, traffic patterns and community concerns into consideration. This is a great new location for Dollar General.” 

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03
Dec

Lending a hand

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
Bobby Head, not pictured, got some needed help in removing Texas and U.S. flags - marking recent veterans events - from Tom Billington, left, and Blackcat Athletic Director Lupe Florez, from along Seventh Street Monday.

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03
Dec

Black Friday Pandemonium

Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard
While Black Friday may not have had the pandemonium that the day in Houston has, this scene in Bay City’s Wal-Mart shows local crowds are no strangers to shopping crushes - the non-romantic kind - the day after Thanksgiving.

Thu
03
Dec

Checking on 9ers progress

Sentinel photos/Don Cudd
Construction is in its final stages for the new 9er’s Grill in Bay City on Texas 60, one block North of downtown. At press time Tuesday, owners of the Houston-based restaurant chain were meeting with construction contractors and planned to decide on an opening date.

Thu
03
Dec

Toys for Tots Motorcyle Run set Sunday at Eagles Hall

   The Road Riders, Inc. “Toys for Kids” 17th Annual Motorcycle Toy Run starts at 9 a.m.Sunday Dec. 6 at the Eagles Hall, 2100 Eagles Rd. Bay City. 
   Registration is $20 per person. 
   A new toy of greater or equal value can be donated in lieu of the fee. 
   Kick stands up at 11:15 a.m. for the police-escorted ride. 
   A hot meal, T-shirt and ride pins will be given to the first 150 bikers. 
   There will also be vendors, door prizes, a silent auction and the County Judge’s Trophy among other surprises. 
   Over the past 16 years, cumulative total of $178,000 in clothes and toys have been donated to needy children of Matagorda County. 
   On average, that means providing Christmas for 600 children each year. 
   Road Riders, Inc. is a verified 501©3 non-profit organization based out of Markham and serves the needs of low to moderate income homes in Matagorda County. 

 

Thu
03
Dec

Camofest honors Forrest Bess

   The Wild Game and Wine Camofest, in honor of renowned artist and fisherman Forrest Bess, is set for downtown Bay City, Jan. 23. 
   The festival will be hosted by The Bay City Main Street as tribute to Bess who grew up in – and then returned later in life to – a fishing camp accessible only by boat in Chinquapin near Bay City. 
   Bess’s nature paintings have won international acclaim and have been featured in world-famous museums such as Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago.  
   During World War II he also received a commendation from the U.S. Army for developing military uses for camoflage.  
   He died of cancer in Bay City in 1977 at the age of 66. 
   “A man of many interests, Forrest was an art teacher, a student of architecture and avid fisherman,” Alicia Waters, co-director of Main Street and its promotion committee chairman, said in an email about the event. 

Thu
03
Dec

Waters keeps focus on downtown

   Alicia Waters is off and running to make downtown Bay City even more inviting than it is today. 
   Actually, Waters has been pursuing that goal for some time. 
   She and Karen Hitzfield are the new co-directors of Bay City Main Street – they’re the only Main Street program co-directors in Texas. 
   The driving force for their work on Bay City historic downtown, said Waters, is the city’s Vision Bay City 2040 plan that calls for, among many other facets of the city, making downtown a destination for residents and tourists alike and for improving its appearance. 

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Thu
03
Dec

Black Friday Levity

Black Friday shoppers and security officers at Wal-Mart share a light-hearted moment amid the hectic pace of buying on the nation’s busiest shopping day.
Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard

Thu
03
Dec

Discovered remains believed to be girl missing for 25 years

   The remains of a 15-year-old El Campo girl missing since 1990 were found in northwest Matagorda County near the Wharton County line last week. 
   The remains are believed to be that of Rosemary Diaz, who was abducted from the Dane Country Store in Danavang, Nov. 24, 1990, said Matagorda County Sheriff Skipper Osborne . 
   Sheriff’s deputies from Wharton and Matagorda counties, Texas Rangers and members of Texas Equusearch searched for the body in an area north of Clemville Tuesday, Nov. 24. 
   The girl had gone missing 25 years to the day. 
   “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. 
   Sgt. Randy Worthey, Matagorda County Sheriff’s Office criminal investigator, was contacted by Captain Raymond Jansky of the Wharton County Sheriff’s Office finding human remains near the county line .   

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