Lifestyle

Thu
21
May

Meteorologist: How weather affects people

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
KHOU-TV meteorologist Chita Johnson visits with Matagorda County Deputy Sheriff Dennis Bensfield, left, and Matagorda Lockmaster Simon DeSoto Saturday during her visit to Bay City.

  Talk about weather irony – tropical storms were on the rise during Texas’ vicious three-year drought period of 2011-2014, while amid this year’s frequent rainfall the hurricane formation forecast is below average. 
   KHOU-TV Meteorologist Chita Johnson made that observation in an interview Saturday, when she was in Bay City greeting fans at Market Day as a guest of the LEPC. 
   “There were above-average storms when all the rain was below average,” she noted about the recent dry years. 
   El Nino is responsible for keeping the lid on hurricane formation, Johnson said, because it keeps the ocean equatorial waters cooler. 
   In active storm-formation years, the equatorial waters are warmer, which boosts the energy of a storm – the opposite effect of cooler waters, the meteorologist said. 
   “The cooler waters can’t sustain the energy” a major storm system requires, Johnson added. 
Thu
21
May

Sheriff says watch for beach rip tides

   People headed for a Matagorda County gulf beach for the Memorial Day weekend should be cautious – particularly with children – about treacherous rip tides that are blamed for four near-drownings on Matagorda Beach last weekend, Sheriff Frank “Skipper” Osborne said Monday. 
   Two victims of those near-drowning incidents were taken to the hospital to be treated for taking in too much salt water, Osborne told commissioners court at its regular meeting Monday. 
Thu
21
May

City, BCISD agree to share facilities

   An agreement where the city and school district share the 16th Street pool and the intermediate school gym fits into the city’s Vision 2040 plan and got city council approval last week. 
   The interlocal agreement will allow the BCISD Aquacats to use the city-owned pool for regularly scheduled swim and dive practice and swim competitions. The city will provide lifeguards for all district swim practices and events. 
   The pact gives the city exclusive use of the intermediate gym daily during the city’s regularly scheduled Parks and Recreation youth basketball and volleyball practice times. 
   The city will pay for custodial services and security for its programs at the gym, while the district will mow and maintain the grassy areas around the pool.

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Thu
21
May

Trustees award 91 state qualifiers

A total of 91 medals were awarded to Bay City High School students who advanced to state competition at the school board’s meeting Monday night. 
   Several parents attended the “Celebration of Excellence” presentation for the students who advanced to state competition in athletics, academics, speech and debate, band, choir, theater and scouting. 
   It’s noteworthy that many of the students earned state-level recognition in more than one category. 
   New board member Edward Nelson and returning trustee Robert Klepac were sworn into office after the board canvassed the May 9 election results. In that election, Nelson won Position 6 and Klepac kept his Position 7 seat. 
   The board then approved trustee Crystal Allison’s motion for new officers – Tim Powell, returning as president, Bob Klepac, vice president, and Bobby Kimball, returning as secretary. 
Thu
21
May

P & R cookoff playground fundraiser

   The Bay City Parks and Recreation Department will host its first Chili Cook-off – a fundraiser for playground equipment - at Le Tulle Park from 11 .m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 30.  
   Chili Cook Off teams are wanted to show off their cooking skills to the public by serving up their chili creations, said Kelly Penewitt, city parks and recreation director.   
   Teams can enter one or all of the four categories:  beef, chicken, crowd favorite and/or the “where the heck is the fire extinguisher.”  
   Throughout the event the public can taste test the chili for $5 per person and water will be sold. 
Thu
21
May

Spend July 4th at Le Tulle Park

   Spend Fourth of July honoring the freedom of our country and enjoy an experience of enlightenment and excitement of what Independence Day is all about.  
   Mark the calendar for your family and friends for Saturday, July 4, from 5 to 9:45 p.m. for the City’s Annual Sparks In the Park at Le Tulle Park.   
   Stay until the end to catch the greatest fireworks show in the county!  
Thu
21
May

Junior Service League scholarship recipients

The Junior Service League Scholarship Committee introduced the JSL scholarship recipients at their regular meeting on May 7, at the Bay City Country Club. All of the recipients are shown here - not in any order - and will be presented with their scholarships during a formal ceremony at their respective high schools. The Bay City High School recipients are Neel Shah, Manuel Garcia, Taylor Janise, Bailey Schmoker, Ivan Lopez, Andrew Richards, Samantha Thomas, Alesha Norris, Sydney Armatta, Makenzi McDonald, Tynitress Kimble and Miguel Mireles. Not Pictured wereSamuel Fisher and Imani Franklin. The Van Vleck High School recipients are Brandon Perrin, Trevor Smith, Claire McReynolds and Hanna Harvey. Not pictured was Colbey Calk. The BCHS Dual Credit recipients are Salma Munoz, Carlignon Jones, Skye Romero, Vanessa Malagon and Ja’Brianne Cleveland.

Thu
21
May

Texan Cheerleaders Blessing-bound after all

Contributed photo
This is the photo that appeared on Facebook that attracted the attention about the Blessing Elementary students’ disappointment at missing the Houston Texans Cheerleaders.

   The Houston Texans Cheerleaders were scheduled to make a guest appearance at Blessing Elementary Tuesday, May 14. 
   They were going to appear from 12:30 until 2 p.m. and lead and teach the students various cheers and be available for photos afterwards. 
   Vera Hughes, treasurer of the Parent Teacher Committee (PTC) for Blessing Elementary received a call late Monday night citing a scheduling conflict for the appearance. 
   The cheerleaders were unavailable due to being in Puerto Rico while shooting a calendar. 
Thu
21
May

2nd Annual Art Exhibit

Sentinel photos/Mike Reddell
The 2nd Annual Art Exhibit featured impressive works from seven different artists - Evan Southall, David Silva Jr., Ginny Hood, Aminah Dece, Porfy Rodriguez, Jose Cardenas and Stephanie Flores. Above, artists and guests discuss the different works. Rodriguez, right, stands before his acrylic painting of
Houston Rockets star James Harden.

Thu
21
May

Fat Grass to provide options approved by Daniel Plan cookbook

   In keeping with the demand for healthier food options and non-processed foods, Fat Grass on the square in Bay City will roll out a selection of newer, healthier menu options June 1. 
   “For some time now I have thought about putting healthier items on my menu here at Fat Grass...but where to start?” said Fat Grass chef and owner, Shawn Watkins. 
   “I have already received an enormous amount of encouragement from people all over Bay City and I believe that they are truly excited about the idea of having healthier options available to them.” 
   The first menu option has already been planned. 

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