Lifestyle

Thu
06
Aug

Sales tax holiday could save on school supplies

   Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar reminds shoppers the annual sales tax holiday is scheduled for this Friday,Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 7 - 9.
   The law exempts most clothing, footwear, school supplies and backpacks priced under $100 from sales tax, which could save shoppers about $8 on every $100 they spend during the weekend.
   Lists of apparel and school supplies that may be purchased tax-free can be found on the Comptroller’s website at TexasTaxHoliday.org.
    According to the Texas Comptroller’s Office the Texas state sales and use tax rate is 6.25 percent, but local taxing jurisdictions like cities and counties can also impose sales and use tax up to 2 percent for a total maximum combined rate of 8.25 percent.
   For an item to be tax exempt it must cost less than $100 before tax is added.
Thu
06
Aug

Crouch leans on love of cooking, culture for his Cafe Roux menus

Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard
Café Roux chef and owner Jade Crouch, packages a generous helping of gumbo and rice to go. Café Roux is open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dinner-To-Go meals are available from 2 to 6 p.m.

   Jade Crouch, owner and chef of Café Roux (pronounced ‘ROO’) is creating quite a stir downtown in Bay City.
   Crouch is cooking up Cajun favorites like gumbo and read beans and rice as well as a few family recipes.
   The gumbo itself features chicken and sausage and pairs well with white rice.
   Café Roux is tucked into the back of the Health Food Cottage and operates from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
   “I’ve always cooked and enjoyed cooking,” said Crouch.
   “I wanted something different here in Bay City, so, I decided to do it myself.”
   These are family recipes from my mother and grandmother, he added.
   “My maw-maw had a restaurant in Cut Off Louisiana in the 50s,” said Crouch.
   “So, she knew how to cook.”
Thu
06
Aug

Spotting Deer at Riverside

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
The deer herd at Riverside Park represent one of the many natural attractions that park has to offer.

Thu
30
Jul

Water fun at Boys and Girls club

Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard
.Members of the Boys and Girls Club of Bay City and Matagorda County were joined by parents and guardians Friday, July 24, during ttheir summer festival and ice cream social. The event was sponsored by the Texas A&M Agrilife extension office. The lines to go down the inflatable water slides were at least 10 children long between ice cream cups and the other bounce houses.

Thu
30
Jul

Farewell for Ciro

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
Matagorda County Sheriff Skipper Osborne, left, hands an urn containing the cremated remains of K-9 Deputy Ciro to the dog’s partner Sgt. Philip Hester during a farewell service at the sheriff’s department compound Friday afternoon.

Thu
30
Jul

Right out of Science Fiction

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
Two cranes for power company employees working on a line serving Dunn Heat Exchangers off Texas 60 in north Bay City takes on a sci-fi appearance.

Thu
30
Jul

Services recognized Ciro’s contribution

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
Taking part in the farewell services for K-9 Deputy Ciro were, from left: Reverend L.V. Harvey, who served as paster for the ceremony; Sheriff Skipper Osborne; Bay City Police Department K-9 officer Keith Hatton and his partner, Kim; Lt. Frank Craft; the sheriff’s department K-9 officer, Sgt. Philip Hester, and his wife, Shannon Hester, and their children Ayva, Trinity and Gavin.

   The funeral procession included sheriff’s department vehicles and Bay City police cruisers escorted by the Matagorda County Cavalry down Texas 60 for a solemn service on the sheriff’s department grounds Friday afternoon.
   Around 50 people gathered to pay their respects to the fallen sheriff’s K-9, Deputy Ciro. The dog had been certified in December 2013 and died July 14, from a spine-related illness. 
   Ciro’s partner, Sgt. Philip Hester, took the dog to the Texas A&M Small Animal Hospital to try and save him. 
   The dog was later cremated. The Cavalry awaited the return of Ciro’s remains at Bay City’s VFW Post 1428, and when they arrived the procession began.
   Mourners included Hester and his wife, Shannon, and their children, Ayva, Trinity, and Gavin.
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Thu
30
Jul

Hotel Blessing fundraiser tops goal

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
One of the more unique hot rods at the hotel’s fundraiser.

   Hotel Blessing exceeded their goal amount after their fundraiser Saturday. July 18. with an estimated 500 to 600 attending the five-hour event. 
   “A huge contributor to increase attendance is the word of mouth from past attendees about how great a time they had listening to the polka band, eating, buying auction items, sitting under the trees visiting with old friends,” said Connie Cobb. 
   Just over $15,000 was raised to help renovate the dining room floor of the hotel. 
   “We had hoped to match or exceed last year’s total, in which we successfully exceeded by $1, 000,” said Cobb. 
    “Auction was down this year but was made up by increase in raffle and food sales due to increased attendance.” 

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Thu
30
Jul

Tax-free weekend starts Aug. 7

   It’s that time of year again; summer is coming to a close and school starts just around the corner. 
   For most parents, guardians and students that includes purchasing clothes and school supplies for the new school year. 
   Texas Tax Free weekend starts at 12:01 a.m. Friday, Aug. 7 and ends atmidnight on Sunday, Aug. 9. 
   According to the Texas Comptroller’s Office the Texas state sales and use tax rate is 6.25 percent, but local taxing jurisdictions like cities and counties can also impose sales and use tax up to 2 percent for a total maximum combined rate of 8.25 percent. 
   That means consumers can expect to save about $8 for every $100 they spend on applicable school supplies or clothes. 
   For an item to be tax exempt it must cost less than $100 before tax is added. 
Thu
30
Jul

Holding him back

Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard
During the song, “The Farmer and The Cowman,” a fight breaks out (above) between farmers and cowmen. Cowman Will Parker, played by Stephen Logan, is restrained after a farmer’s insult.

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