Lifestyle

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16
Jul

Chef Watkins serves up brunch items at Rock the Block

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
Fat Grass Restaurant owner Shawn Watkins serves a youngster during the Rock the Block event on the downtown square Thursday, July 9.

Thu
16
Jul

Playing outdoors

Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard
Ross Cunningham taught local children how to play outdoors games like hopscotch, four square and two square, as well as showing off his handmade jump rope. Participants in the “Play Connections” event on July 14 got a free Frisbee, book and popsicles to beat the heat. This event was sponsored by the Bay City Public Library.

Thu
09
Jul

Patriotic Pets congratulate each other

Showing friendship following the dog decorating contest, right, were first-place winner Solo, a Great Dane shown by Rachel Roehler, and second-place winner Rowdy, a miniature dachshund shown by Shannon McKee. Amy Bricker’s Vito Corleone, also a miniature dachshund, came in third.

   There were an estimated 3,500 people in LeTulle Park for the City of Bay City’s “Sparks in the Park” Independence Day celebration, said Parks & Recreation Director Kelly Penewitt. The event certainly was a family affair, with people spreading out under the trees, children playing on giant inflatables and lots of folks visiting vendors or listening to music from the Spare Change barbershop quartet and Two Tons of Steel. (See more park photos elsewhere in this week’s Sentinel.)  

Thu
09
Jul

Matthes praised for emergency beach response

   Doug Matthes put his professional expertise in action as he helped save two people from drowning on Matagorda Beach on July 4. 
   Matthes is the county emergency management coordinator and Sheriff Skipper Osborne commended Matthes’ rescue work at Matagorda County Commissioners Court meeting Monday morning, July 6. 
   A woman and child were in danger in the water and Matthes and two bystanders were nearby to bring the two safely to shore, the sheriff said. 

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Thu
09
Jul

Librarian finds need to go beyond her usual job

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
Librarian Andrea Savage keeps smiling despite Kim’s insistent manner.

   Most librarians wouldn’t consider running from and taken down by a police canine as part of their job. 
   Yet that’s precisely what librarian Andrea Savage did last week as part of Bay City Public Library’s Summer Program that featured Bay City K-9 police officer Keith Hatton and Kim.  
   Kim, Bay City Police Department K-9, is a 45-pound, highly trained Belgian shepherd who delighted 63 youngsters at the library Wednesday, July 1.  
   The week before, Savage had Bay City Animal Control Officer Dottie Grandstaff tell a similar-sized group of kids about different animals that inhabit our local world.  
   “I need a raise,” Savage said in a half-joking, half-anxious way, as Hatton fitted her in a 35-pound padded jacket behind the library with children and parents watching. 
Thu
09
Jul

Peters receives proclamation

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
Matagorda County Commissioners Court approved a proclamation Monday congratulating Bay City High School graduating senior Heather Peters. Peters didn’t miss a day of school in her 13 years as a BCISD student and graduated with a 4.0 GPA. Peters shows off her proclamation with the court behind her, including, from left: Commissioner Dan Putska, Commission Bubba Frick, County Judge Nate McDonald, Commissioner James Gibson and Commissioner Kent Pollard.

Thu
09
Jul

Jim Jumonville retires

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
Bay City Police Department held a retirement party Tuesday, July 7, for Jim Jumonville (center), shown here talking with Bay City Police Chief Rogert Barker, left, and Matagorda County Sheriff Skipper Osborne. Jumonville is leaving BCPD after more than 33 years on the force. Jumonville began his police career in the U.S. Air Force in 1975, serving until 1979. From the USAF, Jumonville joined the South Padre Island police and worked there until 1982, when he joined BCPD. Jumonville is moving to Round Rock.

Thu
09
Jul

Rock the Block Thursday

   Downtown merchants are gearing up for a “Summer Celebration” from 5to 7 p.m. Thursday, July 9.
      The Bay City Main Street Program and Matagorda County Convention and Visitor’s Bureau are teaming up for the first-ever “Rock the Block” in downtown Bay City.
   Several businesses downtown will extend their hours for this event.
   Some will offer special sales.

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Thu
09
Jul

Fome the Mayor's Desk :"Rock the Block helps meet long-term goals"

  Some of Bay City’s greatest assets include our strong history and heritage. 
   For well over 100 years, our City has provided an excellent home for many of our community’s hardest workers. 
   We are going to further lengths to ensure that Bay City remains the excellent home that past generations have known and future generations will come to know. 
   With the adoption of the Vision Bay City 2040 plan earlier this year, we pledged to work towards enhancing the long-term prosperity, sustainability, and community health of the City. 
   A major component of this plan is to continue to promote and strengthen our historic downtown. 
Thu
09
Jul

Police use social media in arrest

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   Bay City police credit social media – Facebook in particular – for helping detectives solve a kidnapping. 
   On June 29, Bay City Police Department posted information on Facebook about a June 6 kidnapping at Murphy’s Gas Station at 4608 Seventh St. in Bay City, said BCPD Lt. Clayton Ryman.   
   Detective Scott Sherrill went to work despite facing several delays and obstacles that were outside investigators’ control, Ryman said.   
   Less than two hours after posting the video, Sherrill received leads that included a possible identification of a suspect.   
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