Lifestyle

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"Sumrall guides producers through hog-mitigation grants" by: Mike Reddell

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County Agent Aaron Sumrall explains about feral hog traps at a workshop Friday, Dec. 13, at Matagorda County Fairground.

To make a point on how important hog extermination efforts are in Matagorda County, County Agent Dr. Aaron Sumrall uses a sobering statistic.
   “To keep the hog population stable, you must remove 70 percent of the population each year,” Sumrall said at a workshop at the Matagorda County Fairgrounds last Friday, Dec. 13.
   He explained that a sow carries her litter for “three months, three weeks and three days,” so the females usually will have about two litters in a year.
   Each litter of about six is at least half female and those piglets can start producing “by the end of the first year,” Sumrall said. 
   Friday’s workshop was focused on the benefits and responsibilities of aerial gunning - plus continued trapping strategies - for feral hog mitigation.
   The workshop comes after the 2020 Matagorda County Feral Hog Grant was approved for $20,000 - $15,000 of that earmarked for aerial gunning.

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"BCCDC agrees to STP lease contract" by: Mike Reddell

   A five-year lease agreement with STP on the Center for Energy Development (CED) was approved by the Bay City Community Development board Monday, Dec. 16.
   In addition, the board approved façade grants for three new Bay City businesses.
   The CED lease agreement the board approved capped contract negotiations involving STP officials, BCCDC attorney Jill Cornelius and BCCDC Executive Director Jessica Russell.
   STP will pay .325 per square foot per month for its 20,691 square feet in the CED, Russell told the board. 
   Each year the rent will go up .1 cent, she added.

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Dec

Christmas closings announced

Christmas Day falls on Wednesday, Dec. 25, this year and residents will see many local businesses closed.

That includes city, federal and county offices.

The Matagorda County Courthouse closes at its regular time, 5p.m. on Monday, Dec. 23, and will be closed Dec. 24-25.

City of Bay City offices will be closed Christmas Eve and Christmas day.  

All banks will be closed on Christmas Day, some will be closing early on Tuesday, Dec. 24.

WCA trash schedule for residents will not be affected by the holidays. 

Commercial customers’ trash service will be picked up on Tuesday and/or Thursday instead of Dec. 25. 

If you have bulky waste or yard waste in the Wednesday’s scheduled area for Dec. 25 it will be picked up Saturday, Dec. 26. 

With just five days left until Christmas Eve, many local students are either out for the holidays or finishing up exams and tests for the year.

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Dec

Museum after hours

The Matagorda County Museum hosted the last Bay City Chamber of Commerce’s “Business After Hours” for the year Thursday, Dec. 5 at the museum.
Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard

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"Reel Reviews: ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ takes hilariously bad luck up a notch" by: Jessica Shepard

   Usually, when I commit to seeing a sequel, I’m always optimistic at the start but often let down at the end of it all.
   Jumanji: The Next Level doesn’t do that at all!
   In fact, it’s almost better than the original and is ranked number one in box offices around the globe.
   The flick is rated PG-13 for adventure action, suggestive content and some language, running at just over two hours long and generating over $212 million.
   The film stars Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Jack Black, Karen Gillan, Nick Jonas, Alex Wolff, Morgan Turner, Ser’Darius Blain, Colin Hanks, Rhys Darby, and Madison Iseman, reprising their roles from the previous film, alongside newcomers Awkwafina, Rory McCann, Danny Glover, and Danny DeVito.
   Three years after the events of the previous film, Spencer (Wolff), Fridge (Blain), Martha (Turner), and Bethany (Iseman) have gone their separate ways but make plans to meet up back home in Brantford.

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"Garcia District MVP; 8 Tigers 1st team" by: Mike Reddell

Sentinel file photo/Mike Reddell
Tiger quarterback Blake Garcia looks for a target downfield.

  Tidehaven senior quarterback Blake Garcia was named the 2019 Most Valuable Player for District 14-3A-2. 
   Garcia led a long list of Tigers who are on the All-District teams, including eight players with All-District first team offense and defense honors.
   Tigers on the All-District First Team Offense included: Jose Martinez, running back, Mason Perales, wide receiver (unanimous); Chance Riojas, offense line (unanimous); and Kyus Saha, offense line (unanimous).
   Perales also received this week Associated Press Sports Editors (APSE) All-State honorable mention honors as a wide receiver.
   The Tidehaven players on the All-District First Team Defense included: Grant Vongontard, defense end (unanimous); Jerry Johnson, defensive tackle; Koey Kacer, inside linebacker, (unanimous); and Alex Hernandez, defensive back (unanimous).

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"Van Vleck lands 2 on All-District 1st team" by: Mike Reddell

  Two Van Vleck Leopards – Sam Bree and Jalen Williams – were among the District 14-3A-2 All-District first team selections.
   Junior Sam Bree was named to the All-District First Team Offense at running back, while senior Jalen Williams was selected as wide receiver (unanimous).
   Leopards on the All-District Second Team offense were: junior Cameron Franklin, wide receiver; sophomore Garrett Chambless, offensive line; and junior Slade Huerta, offensive line.
   The All-District Second Team Defense included Van Vleck players: senior Joshua DeLarosa, outside linebacker; and senior Roscoe Ellis, defensive back.
   Van Vleck’s Jalen Williams also was named as an All-District Utility selection.

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"Deputies nab 2 on false ID, stolen property charges" by: Mike Reddell

   What began as a sheriff’s department investigation into suspicious activity on Bucks Bayou Road last week resulted in the arrest of a man and woman on several charges, including theft, criminal trespass and fraudulent identification. 
   In addition, the pair was wanted on warrants out of Minnesota and Wisconsin. 
   Matagorda County sheriff’s deputies sent to Lazy H Ranch on  
   Bucks Bayou Road property on reports of suspicious activity arrived and saw a man and woman trying to hook up a large travel trailer to the bumper of a Dodge Van, reports show.   
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Dec

Cantu promoted to corporal

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Joining Corporal Mikayla Cantu, center, at her recent promotion ceremony were: Captain Christella Rodriguez and Chief Robert Lister.

   Bay City Police Officer Mikayla Cantu was promoted to the position of corporal during ceremonies Wednesday, Dec. 11. 
   The promotion ceremony was in the Bay City Municipal Court chambers with Police Chief Robert Lister officiating.  
   Several police department members plus family and friends were present to congratulate the new corporal.  
   Cantu was raised in Bay City and graduated from Bay City High School.  
   After high school, she attended Wharton County Junior College for general studies.  
   In 2013 she joined the Wharton County Police Academy and graduated that same year.  
   Cantu began her law enforcement career with Wharton Police Department right after graduating the academy.  
   After two years, Cantu joined Bay City Police Department.  

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"Van Vleck trustees approve $1,500 longevity check for all employees" by: Mike Reddell

   All Van Vleck ISD employees will receive a $1,500 longevity check this week, Superintendent John O’Brien announced.
   “We’re proud of our staff,” O’Brien said, adding the checks were approved by the Van Vleck school board at last summer’s budget workshops.
   School districts can’t give bonus checks, the superintendent explained, but they can provide incentives in the form of money and stipends for various things like longevity.

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