Lifestyle

Thu
26
Dec

Bay City Knights of Columbus host coat drive

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The Bay City Knights of Columbus – Council 3070 - recently distributed over 125 coats to the Crisis Center (above), the House of Refuge, Cherry Elementary, and Van Vleck Elementary. The coats were collected during a Knights coat drive. Members of the Council distributing the coats were John Hoffman and wife Wendy, Frank Carr, and Nathan Carr.

Thu
26
Dec

Cherry students perform holiday music

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Cherry Elementary Kindergarten students performed their holiday music program on December 17th for family and friends. Cherry music teacher is Nikki Brooks.

Thu
26
Dec

Edwards, Perales on All-State lists

   Two Matagorda County high school players were named to Associated Press Sports Editors (APSE) All-State teams.
   Bay City Blackcat senior Marcus Edwards and Tidehaven junior Mason Perales were on All-State Honorable Mention lists.
   Edwards was named on the 4A All-State Honorable Mention as defensive back, and Perales received the 3A honor as wide receiver.
   Both were first-team All-District for their respective districts.

Thu
26
Dec

Lady Leps pitch in for families’ Merry Christmas

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The Van Vleck High School Lady Leps softball team gave back to their community this Christmas season by adopting two local families in the community to provide them with a Merry Christmas. "This is part of why I coach, I want the girls I work with to understand there are other rewarding things in life then just what we do on the field,” said VVHS Softball Coach Rebecca Hanson. “My job is also to provide them with life lessons that help make them grow into strong young ladies. The girls really did well this season by providing gifts for five kids. They had fun shopping for them and hope they have a very Merry Christmas.”

Thu
26
Dec

"MEHOP establishes ‘whole person’ treatment approach to mental health" By Donna Huitt Marketing Director MEHOP

   During our 20 years of service in Matagorda County and more recently to include Wharton, MEHOP’s focus has been fulfilling the healthcare needs of the community. 
   We have established a robust Behavioral Health department that offers community residents support through multiple disciplines in the field of mental health and integrated Primary Care for better outcomes.  
   Through integrated care, MEHOP has removed the health care silos that often exist between the physical and mental health of individuals and their health care providers. When it comes to the health of our bodies, everything is connected. 
   Physical symptoms affect a person’s mental health, and mental health symptoms increase the risk for physical health-related issues. 
   “In the past providers were limited to their areas of expertise only, limiting how effective they were in addressing all aspects of a patient’s care,” said Clinical Psychologist Dr. John Saglime Jr. 

Thu
19
Dec

"Library hosts seasonal story times" by: Jessica Shepard

Bay City Public Library is hosting two story times for the community just before Christmas.
The first pop-up story time is at 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20, at Kate’s Coffee, Tea & More, 1606 Sixth Street in Bay City.
The event is free and open to the public featuring a story, craft, cookie and hot cocoa for children.
“We like partnering with new businesses and promoting them in the community,” said Bay City Library Youth Services Specialist Andrea Savage.
“Also, Kate’s has amazing hot coca and we thought the children would love to have some.”
Savage added that the event was scheduled at 2 p.m. so that students getting out of school could also attend.
“We’re really looking forward to having the kids there along with their families and friends,” she said.
“It’s going to be a really fun time and we hope to see a lot of people there.”
That story time will feature a Christmas book and one about a coffee shop.

Thu
19
Dec

"120th Mad Island Bird Count projected to be No. 1" by: Jessica Shepard

Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard
For the 120th Annual Audubon Matagorda County Mad Island Marsh Christmas Bird Count (CBC) reported an unofficial 230 species reported Monday night. Wildlife ornithologist and CBC compiler Dr. Brent Ortego, center, lead the count and commented on how well the count did despite the shift in weather conditions.

   Unofficially, Matagorda County has taken first place in the 120th Annual Audubon Matagorda County Mad Island Marsh Christmas Bird Count (CBC) with 230 species reported Monday night.
   “There has not been an official report stating rankings of each CBC,” said Dr. Brent Ortego, wildlife ornithologist, and CBC compiler.
   “It’s only the third official day of counting and the count runs until Jan. 5. But, there are very few counts that can compete with us. We’ll have to see when the other groups report in.”
   “The CBC is a great collaborative effort that consistently achieves No. 1 status in the nation. 
“We attract over 100 birders to the count each year, landowners manage their land to support wildlife and allow access to their land by the birders, boat operators chauffeur birders to their destinations and many sponsors help support the cost of producing the CBC,” he added.

Thu
19
Dec

"City Council to try and restart Nile Valley Road reconstruction" by: Mike Reddell

   City Council agreed to pursue fixing Nile Valley Road – from Texas 35 to Texas 60 – with a proposed issue of $6 million in certificates of obligation (CO).
   Council authorized interim City Manager Richard Morton during a workshop to negotiate with Bay City Community Development Corporation (BCCDC) and the Bay City Gas Company to be partners in the project.
   Morton, who is credited for doing extensive work on the CO project, told council that he had discussed the possible CO issue with Gas company officials.
   BCCDC Executive Director Jessica Russell was at the workshop meeting, pointing out BCCDC has previously identified rebuilding Nile Valley Road as a top economic development priority.
   Such a partnership could split the estimated 3.5 percent interest payments of about $354,000 yearly over the CO’s 25-year life. 

Thu
19
Dec

Wreaths laid for local veterans

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
Volunteers gathered to put wreaths on veterans’ graves at cemeteries throughout Matagorda County, Saturday, Dec. 14. A wreath-laying ceremony pictured, starts the event off in Cedarvale Cemetery in Bay City. The event is sponsored by the Matagorda County Veterans Appreciation Parade and Matagorda County Wreaths Across America as part of the “Wreaths Across America” memorial event nationwide that promotes honoring and remembering veterans who have died by purchasing and laying a wreath at their gravesite for Christmas.

Thu
19
Dec

Police investigate burglaries at several hotels on 7th Street

   Bay City Police Detectives are investigating a multitude of vehicle burglaries.
   The burglaries occurred at multiple hotels on Seventh Street between 10 p.m. on Dec. 16 and 6 a.m. Dec.17.
   All vehicles had forced entry.
   Windows were broken to gain access to the interior of the vehicle.
   Among the articles stolen were several guns. 
   Detectives reached out to hotel management for each hotel to get any surveillance video that might have caught the burglaries.
   There were several photos retrieved showing the same vehicle in each parking lot between 2 a.m. and 3 a.m.
   The vehicle appears to be a dark colored, possibly red or maroon, smaller SUV type vehicle.

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