Lifestyle

Thu
20
Oct

Pickin' a pumpkin

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
Orange certainly was the prevailing color at First United Methodist Church’s Sunshine and Rainbows Pumpkin Patch Saturday. The church grounds were filled with families and there were games and activities for children.

Thu
20
Oct

"Matagorda Boil Blast kicks off Saturday" by: Jessica Shepard

   The 6th Annual Boil Blast kicks off at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, at the Matagorda Fireman’s Hall. 
   Admission to the Blast is $5 per person. 
   Boil Blast committee members are looking for last-minute auction items. 
   Business and personal donations are welcome and need to be taken to Matagorda Elementary before closing Friday. 
   “This year we are expecting 2,000 people,” said Tyler Treybig, committee member. 
   Serving of lunch plates will be from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. are $10 and feature boiled shrimp, sausage, potatoes and corn. 
   Registration for the shrimp eating contest begins at 10 a.m.; with horseshoes and washers following at 11 a.m. and cornhole at 11:30 a.m. 
   Live music kicks off at 11:30 a.m. and this year’s lineup features Sam Silva, KG Williams and Steel Country. 
   Men’s shrimp eating contest will be at 1 p.m. and women’s will follow afterwards. 

Thu
20
Oct

"CAST going to the dogs with adult-oriented ‘Sylvia’" by: Jessica Shepard

Contributed photo
Kayla Cox, Steven Reis and Eva Peterson get down on all four to work out their differences while in character for their roles in the CAST production of ‘Sylvia.’

   CAST presents “Sylvia” from 7:30-9:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27-29, and Thursday, Nov. 3-5, at McAllister Middle School’s cafeteria. 
   Presale tickets are $25 at Green Bros. Jewelry, The Fat Grass and go up to $35 at the door. 
   Tickets are also available online at baycitycast.com. 
   There will be an intermission as well as concession stand for snack purchases. 
   “We’ll have some great homemade goodies for sale with a fall theme and a ‘doggie’ theme,” said Heather Menzies, director of the play. 
   The play is adult-oriented with mature themes. 
   “I don’t want to overstate the adult content – there is no nudity or graphic content. But, there is some language and subject matter scattered throughout the play that some may find somewhat shocking. I know I did when I first read through it!” she said. 

Thu
20
Oct

"Council OKs utility rate hikes" by: Mike Reddell

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
City Secretary Rhonda Clegg, left, swears in Scotty Jones as the city’s new finance director at city council’s meeting last Thursday, Oct. 13..

   Pointing to Bay City’s problems this year in both its water and sewer systems, city councilman Bill Cornman led the way toward supporting a 3 percent increase in both water and sewer rates at council’s regular meeting Oct. 13. 
   Council also approved a 3 percent increase in WAC’s waste collection rates, awarded grant funds for infrastructure improvements at Schulman Movie Bowl Grille and ratified Mayor Mark Bricker’s appointment of Scotty Jones as the city’s new finance director. 
   Public Works Director Barry Calhoun the 3 percent water and sewer rate increase was projected in the city’s study of the water and sewer systems that was adopted in October 2013.  
   The city followed the study’s recommendation for 5 and 4 percent rate hikes over the past two years and this year, “it’s down to 3 percent,” Calhoun said. 

Wed
19
Oct

"Trustees recognize students" by: Jessica Shepard

Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard
The BCISD Board of Trustees then honored the BCHS students who earned Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Certifications last school year in their Business Information Management (BIM) courses taught by Sandra Watson, Jeni Townsend and Dr. Dianne Farrar. These certifications were earned in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, and also either Access or Outlook. Two students earned all five certifications: Carlos Reyes and Allison Johnson. Additionally, one student, Zachary Hestand, competed at State UIL Computer Applications competition last May. From left to right are: Thomas Valdez, BCHS teacher Jenifer Townsend, Carlos Reyes, Otensha Milimo, Miguel Lara, Ashley Lara, Hannah Johnson, Allison Johnson, Natalie Hernandez, Zachary Hestand, Lisette Gueverra, BCHS teacher Dr. Dianne Farrar, and Hannah Eidlebach. (Not pictured: William Johnson)

   The Bay City ISD trustees honored many students and staff with their Celebration of Excellence honors at their meeting Monday night. 
   The 2016 Bay City High School Varsity Softball Team received awards for recognition by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association for their overall team Grade Point Average. 
   For the third consecutive year, the Ladycats were among the Academic Top Ten Team programs, ranking as the number two team in the nation. 
   The Ladycats had a combined weighted GPA of 4.729, which is equivalent to a 97.29. 
   The highest ranking team average was 4.916 for 2016. 
   “Our players worked hard academically all year while at the same time meeting the demands of practicing and playing high school softball. The Ladycats competed in two tournaments and in 15 games compiling a 20-8 overall record,” said Amanda Slater, Ladycat Head Coach. 

Wed
19
Oct

Winners of 71st Bay City Lions Club Rice Festival Parade

Winners in the top three places for each category are together in the following three photos in their respective order.
Marching groups (above):
1. Van Vleck High School Band
2. Bay City High School Band
3. Tidehaven High School Band
Commercial:
1. Warehouse Athletics (West Columbia)
2. Sunshine & Rainbows
3. Holy Cross School
Non-Commercial (photo, below left):
1. Sons of the Republic
2. Mother Zion Church
3. Matagorda County Fair & Livestock Association
Photos by Mike Reddell

Wed
19
Oct

Church to honor Guerreros

   Family Worship Center Assembly of God presents the 13th Pastoral Celebration honoring Rev. James and Sandy Guerrero at 10 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 23. 
   Rev. Jonathon Eakin, youth pastor at Angleton First Assembly of God will be the guest speaker of the hour. 
   Please join the officers and members of the Center in this celebratory service.

Wed
19
Oct

Blackcat girls place fifth in relays

Photo courtesy of BCHS Assistant Swim Coach Ashley Hagg
The BCHS Blackcat swim team hosted the Bay City Relays meet Oct. 15 against area teams. BCHS brought back this event this year, after originally hosting it in the 1990s. BCHS Head Coach Bob Button explained that the relays are a low-key meet, which teams use as a warm-up meet before the regular season. Pictured are the BCHS girls who placed fifth overall with a team of Jordan P, Brooke R, Hannah S and Sarah A. Blackcat results included second place for the Girls 300 yard IM Relay; 2nd in the 200 yard Free Relay; 3rd in 200 yard Breaststroke Relay; and 2nd in the 400 yard Free Relay.

Wed
19
Oct

Ladycat Softball awarded with Celebration fo Excellence

Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard
Bay City school trustees honored the Ladycat softball team for being recognized by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association for their overall team Grade Point Average (GPA). For the third consecutive year, the Ladycats are among the Academic Top Ten Team programs, ranking as the No. 2 team in the nation. For the 2016 season, the Ladycats had a combined weighted GPA of 4.729, which is equivalent to a 97.29. The highest ranking team average was 4.916 for 2016. Above are Rachel Schwartz, Celeste Rodriguez, Juliet Galvan, Cheyenne Trevino, Maliyah Griggs, Hannah Eidlebach, Madison Edwards, Abigail Torres, Madison Garay and Head Coach Amanda Slater. (not pictured: Amy Bertsch, McKayla Brown, Taylor MacKenzie, Drew Gonzales, Paitan Hassell.)

Wed
19
Oct

Spotted on Blackcat sidelines

Look who was on the Blackcats sideline Friday night!
SMU linebackers coach Archie McDaniel, left, and the Mustangs head coach Chad Morris were at the Needville Bluejay Stadium to see to Blackcats defeat Needville Friday. McDaniel, a Blackcat and Texas A&M standout, played for Bay City’s 2000 state championship team that Morris coached. Both said they were glad to see the Blackcats in action.
Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell

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