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Thu
03
Dec

Christmas in the Park features lots of attractions Sunday

   This year’s “Christmas in the   Park” will be from 5 – 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5 at Riverside Park. 
   Entry to the event is $10 per car and include a chance to walk through the “Wilderness Trail of Lights.” 
   Inflatables, music and a snowball fight are on the agenda. 
   The snowballs are actually marshmallows. 
   “They don’t hurt when you get hit with them and you can eat them!” said Parks and Recreation Director Kelly Penewitt. 
   There is a special bounce house for children aged 1 – 3 years. 
   Plus, Santa is making an appearance and staying for pictures. 
   “The first 300 cars get a ticket for one free photo with Santa Claus,” she said. 
   Additional photos are $2 each. 
   “Forecast shows it to be a beautiful clear night for the event,” she added. 
   “Unless it is pouring down rain we will be a go.” 

Thu
03
Dec

Approximately 350,000 lights will brighten Wilderness Trail

   Nearly 350,000 lights are brightening up Riverside Park this year. 
   The “Wilderness Trail of Lights” opens from 5 – 9 p.m. starting Friday, Dec. 4 and continues Dec. 6 – 9. 
   It costs $5 per vehicle to see the walk-through lighted trail. 
   There will be hay rides to and from the trail. 
   This year, there are no displays from local companies, groups or organizations. 
   However, some new features have been added. 
   “New scenes have been added and a new light tunnel – from the parking area to the trail,” said Parks and Recreation Director Kelly Penewitt. 
   Christmas music will play throughout the trail as well.

Thu
03
Dec

Registration will end Friday for Dec. 19 dodgeball tourney

   Registration for the Parks and Recreation’s Co-ed Dodgeball Tournament ends Friday, Dec. 4. 
   “But, we will accept paperwork until Dec. 16,” said Aquatics and Recreation Specialist Ronda Espinosa. 
   The fee for registering a team is $100. 
   Teams are made up of a minimum of six members to a max of 20. 
   Currently there are three teams, plus the mayor’s team. 
   “The winning team’s prize is to face off against the mayor’s team and winner of that game will receive a trophy,” she added. 
   The tournament will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 19, at Bay City Intermediate School. 
   Volunteer referees are needed. 
   Money raised goes toward the purchase of new playground equipment at Le Tulle Park. 
   “We are working to get food vendors and concessions going,” said Espinosa. 
   “We need vendors!” 
   For more information contact Ronda Espinosa at 979-323-1660.

Thu
03
Dec

Three cheers for Christmas

Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard
The Holy Cross School’s Eagle cheerleaders perform in front of their school’s float, other students and parents during the Bay City Chamber of Commerce’s 25th Annual Lighted Christmas parade.

Thu
26
Nov

Kinder Thanksgiving Feast

BCISD photo
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

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
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

Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard
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.  

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