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"Reel Reviews: ‘Annabelle Comes Home’ with predictable jump scares, barely creepy" by: Jessica Shepard

   I’ve been a fan of “The Conjuring” movie series since its beginning in 2013.
   Even with all of its twists and turns and offshoots – the Annabelle tangent just hasn’t left as much of an impression on me.
   Let alone actually provide anything beyond a few well-timed jump scares.
   Annabelle Comes Home is a supernatural horror film based on the legend of the Annabelle doll and serves as a sequel to 2014’s Annabelle and 2017’s Annabelle: Creation, and as the seventh installment in the Conjuring Universe franchise. 
   The film is written and directed by Gary Dauberman in his directorial debut, from a story co-written with James Wan. 
   Wan also produced the film with Peter Safran. 
   The film stars Mckenna Grace, Madison Iseman, Michael Cimino, and Katie Sarife, along with Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga, who reprise their roles as Ed and Lorraine Warren.

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Police search for shooting suspect

   A 26-year-old man who was the victim of a gunshot was flown to a Houston hospital Saturday, Bay City police said.
      The shooting occurred in the 1600 block of Avenue K and the case is under investigation by detectives.
   Officers were sent to a call of shots fired in the area of 12th Street and Avenue K, just before 1 a.m. Saturday, June 29, reports show.  
   Officers began checking the area, when they were notified there was a gunshot victim at the Matagorda Regional Medical Center (MRMC) Emergency Room.
   When officers arrived at the ER they were told there was a 26-year-old man with a gunshot wound.  
   There was a witness at the ER who took officers to the location where the victim was shot.  
   The victim was taken by Life Flight to Memorial Herman Hospital in Houston.  

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Indoor Market Days

Dozens of people decided to beat the heat and attend the indoor market days event at the Civic Center Saturday. The event featured many new vendors and returning favorites.
Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard

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"Workshop focus on longterm recovery" by: Mike Reddell

   Bringing a broad spectrum of groups and individuals together to build a Long Term Recovery Group to reach community members after a disaster was discussed in a commissioners court workshop Monday, June 24.
   “We want to reach folks that need the help,” said Mark Longoria, Congressman Michael Cloud’s Deputy District Director.
   “We can always generate funding to put communities back to together,” he declared.
   Longoria spoke to commissioners court members, economic development officials, emergency management representatives and people who played major roles in local disasters like Hurricane Harvey in 2017.
   Longoria has extensive experience in helping the victims of disaster.
   He was put in charge of coordinating the donations and help in Victoria County in the wake of Harvey and he got an engaged discussion in his presentation to local officials here Monday.

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Harlem Allstar Legends

The Harlen Allstar Legends - former Harlem Globetrotters - were at Bay City High School last Saturday night, June 29. Sponsored by the Bay City All Sports Booster Club, the Legends performed their basketball magic and antics and were matched against a group of former players - including several BCHS former standouts, such as County Judge Nate McDonald. In addition to the impressive range of ball tricks, the Legends made a special effort for this Booster Club fundraiser to reach out to youngsters, like the Little Dribblers who played before the Legends appeared.
Sentinel photos by Mike Reddell

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BCHS Cheerleaders go to Cheer Camp

Both the varsity and junior varsity Bay City High School Blackcat Cheer Squads participated in cheer camp hosted by Universal Cheer Association the week of June 17. Both teams earned “superior” ratings, with six ladies being named to the prestigious All-American UCA squad. The five varsity BCHS cheerleaders who earned the All-American rating are Savannah Fernandez, Jaden Jaramillo, Makayla Marshall, Alexandra Chavez, Mallory Grimes, and also earning All-American was junior varsity cheerleader Ella Mata-Perez.

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Serve Outdoors honors armed forces bound graduates

Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard
Serve Outdoors Matagorda Bay Chapter held a banquet and dance honoring countywide 2019 seniors who are entering the armed forces June 29. Seniors bound for service are Michael Boone, Modern Horton and Damon Fulton, joined by T-shirt design artist Hannah Johnson and Douglas Jenkins, Serve Outdoors member and banquet coordinator. Other seniors were recognized but unable to attend the event including: Jaden Moreno, Carlos Rubio, Tylar Lacey, Jonathan Pesina, Jacob Shockey, and Paige Holmes.

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Matagorda County awarded funds for food, shelter

   Matagorda County will receive $24,756 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the county for Phase 36 of the program.  
   The selection was made by a national board chaired by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency.
   The board consists of representatives from United Way Worldwide; Catholic Charities, USA; National Council of the Churches of Christ in the U.S.A.; The Jewish Federations of North America; The Salvation Army; and American Red Cross.  
   The local board is charged to distribute funds appropriated by Congress to help expand the capacity of food and shelter programs in high-need areas around the country.  
   A local board consisting of representatives from area nonprofits, government agencies, and faith-based organizations will determine how funds awarded to Matagorda County are distributed among the emergency food and shelter programs run by local service agencies in the area.  

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LCRA is offering community grants to area non-profits

   AUSTIN – The Lower Colorado River Authority is accepting grant applications for community development projects in LCRA’s wholesale electric or water service areas through July 31. Grants of up to $50,000 are available.
   Applications for the Community Development Partnership Program grants are available at lcra.org/cdpp.
   The grant program recently awarded more than $470,000 to help fund 22 projects, including providing emergency equipment to firefighters and other first responders, a backup generator for a medical center, and community center and library renovations. 
   To date, LCRA and its wholesale electric customers have awarded 1,717 community grants totaling more than $45 million. 
   When combined with more than $224 million in community-raised matching funds, the total investment in communities is almost $270 million.
   Most of the CDPP grants are for $25,000 or less, but every cycle includes two or three grants of up to $50,000.

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04
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"Splashpad for Amistad Park tops P&R budget priorities" by: Mike Reddell

   A splash pad for Amistad Park ranked high in discussions at City Council’s budget workshop last week.
   Parks and Recreation Director Shawn Blackburn said the 60-foot-wide splash pad loaded with water features was his department’s top budget priority this year.
   The computer-operated and remote-controlled splash pad would be located in the center of Amistad Park, at 11thStreet and Avenue C.
   “It’s kind of the direction we’re moving in and I would like to see,” Blackburn said at the budget workshop Thursday, June 27.

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