Lifestyle

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Nov

Elected officials reception

Wharton County Junior College hosted an Elected Officials Reception on Tuesday, Oct. 30, at the college's Bay City Campus. The event recognized elected officials for their ongoing support of higher education. Pictured, from left, are Congressman Michael Cloud, WCJC President Betty McCrohan, Matagorda County Judge Nate McDonald and Nancy Wollam, District Director for Texas State Representative Dennis Bonnen.
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Thu
08
Nov

Time to think about year-end investment moves

    We’ve still got a couple of months left in 2018, but it’s not too soon to start thinking about some year-end investment moves that might benefit you.
   First, put more money into your IRA, if you haven’t already reached the limit of $5,500, or $6,500 if you’re 50 or older. 
   You have until April 15 to fully fund your IRA, but why wait until the last minute?
   Also, if your employer allows it, bump up your contributions to your 401(k) or similar retirement plan.
   And if you experienced a major life event in 2018, such as a marriage, the addition of a child or even a new job, you may need to adjust your investment plans or strategy.
   Finally, review your investment mix to ensure it’s still suitable for your goals and risk tolerance. 
   Over time, the changing values of individual investments can cause your portfolio to become over-weighted in one way or another, so you may need to do some rebalancing.

Thu
08
Nov

"Reel REviews: ‘The Nutcracker and the Four Realms’ visuals stunning" by: Jessic Shepard

   I have been a fan of the original “Nutcracker” ballet since it came on TV every holiday season during my childhood.
   Naturally, I went into “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms” with high hopes and expectations.
   Outside of the stunning and decadent visuals, there’s hardly any dancing and the story is very confusing.
   That being said, if you don’t know the original story, then you’ll enjoy the film.
   The movie is a retelling of E.T. A. Hoffmann’s short story, “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King,” and Marius Petipa’s “The Nutcracker,” about a young girl who is given a locked egg from her deceased mother and sets out in a magical land to retrieve the key. 
   The film stars Keira Knightley, Mackenzie Foy, Eugenio Derbez, Matthew Macfadyen, Richard E. Grant, Misty Copeland, Helen Mirren, Jayden Fowora-Knight, Anna Madeley, and Morgan Freeman.

Thu
08
Nov

Downtown Halloween

Trick or Treat Around the Square last week brought scores of kids in brightly colored Halloween costumes featuring old and new themes.
Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard

Thu
08
Nov

Holy Cross kicks off Municipal Court Week

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Monday, Nov. 5th, Holy Cross Catholic School’s PreK-3, PreK-4 and Kindergarten classes had a lesson on ‘Car Seat Safety.’ To kick off Municipal Court week, Lety Vega, Katy Plunkett and Tommie Tabares, visited from Matagorda County Municipal Court. They brought various activity books for our little passengers to learn how to stay safe while being transported. Sgt. Suzanne Sullivan also made sure to explain how very important it is to stay seated and quiet until the vehicle is in park.

Thu
08
Nov

"FUMC/BCPD begin annual food drive" by: Jessica Shepard

   First United Methodist Church of Bay City and Bay City Police Officers are putting together a countywide food drive and distribution during the holiday season. 
   The goal is to have all donations ready for sorting and box packing by Dec. 18.
   Sign up dates are Thursday, Nov. 22 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. during the FUMC “Thanksgiving Feast” and Thursday, Nov. 29 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the church, 2300 Av. H and Fourth St.
   Identification is required to sign up and everyone has to fill out a new registration sheet in person.
   “Many police officers and community volunteers have seen what a difference this effort makes in people’s lives, and it is an honor to be a part of something so important,” said Dr. Ross Munch, FUMC reverend.

Thu
08
Nov

"Agriculture and county’s economy" By Aaron Sumrall, PhD County Extension Agent Agriculture & Natural Resources

   A late county agent friend of mine was frequently quoted as saying, “Agriculture affects you if you eat, wear clothes, or lives in a house.” 
   Just from my simple understanding of math, pretty much all of us should fall into at least one of those categories so by default we are all directly involved in agriculture. 
   Though we all may be part of the agriculture wheel, many of us do not understand how agriculture may be influencing the world right outside our door. 
   Matagorda County is synonymous with the concepts, practices, and economics of agriculture. 
   Did you know that agriculture in Matagorda County is responsible for more than $265 million annually and is the county’s main employer? So how does that break down?
   Crop production in Matagorda County is responsible for more than $130 million of the total, with primary crops being cotton, corn, grain sorghum, soybeans, and rice. 

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08
Nov

"Cats end drought against Ricebirds" by: Mike Reddell

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
Blackcat senior quarterback Dylan Davidson (2) eludes two El Campo as he looks downfield for receivers. Davidson had 212 yards passing and 181 yards rushing against the Ricebirds.

   The Bay City Blackcats will get a week off to savor their win over El Campo – after 12 seasons on the losing end of this historic Texas football rivalry – and begin preparing for the playoffs.
   “It was a big night - more so for the kids,” Blackcat Head Coach Patrick Matthews said about the 31-24 victory over the Ricebirds last Friday, Nov. 2.
   “Those young men have battled all year. They have had their up and downs with things not going their way, but they come back every game.”
   The Bay City-El Campo game is Texas football’s longest consecutive game rival. The two teams have played 115 total games – 99 of them consecutively.
   To Matthews, the big takeaway from the game was that it was “the first time kids played four quarters. We actually put two halves together.”
   It also was the first road win this season, he pointed out.

Thu
08
Nov

"Tidehaven looks to continue season turnaround Friday" by: Mike Reddell

Tidehaven will finish out its regular season against Bloomington this Friday and a win would cap an impressive comeback for the Tigers this season.
   Tidehaven (3-6, 3-2) is third in District 14-3A-2 – behind East Bernard and Van Vleck – and will look forward to playoff action.
   Tidehaven is coming off a decisive 34-7 win over Ganado last week, while Bloomington was smothered by 61-0 by Van Vleck.
   Offensively, Tiger Cade Galvan rushed for 182 yards on 19 carries, and played most of the game at defensive tackle/end, said Head Coach David Lucio.  
   Blake Garcia was 6 of 8 for 142 yards passing with one TD pass.  
   Lucio noted that Alex Hernandez, in his second game since coming back from a broken arm suffered before the season, had a TD reception and an interception.  

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Thu
08
Nov

28 students inducted into WIT

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Bay City High School inducted 28 new members into the BCHS Workforce Industry Training (WIT) program at a ceremony on October 30th at BCHS. The new members are: Adrian Barrera, Luke Betancourt, Chloe Cano, Vanessa Cardoza, Jordan Carr, Garrett Dobbs, Samantha Esquivel, James Gay, Karl Gelinas, Aaliyah Hopes, Savanah Huffman, Seth Korenek, Aubry Miller, A’Mayah Payton, Eryc Pham, Blak Quinn, Taylor San Miguel, Isabele Vargas, Patricia Waddy, McKensie Wetzel, Justin Brinkley, Dylan Davidson, Vaughn Guillermo, Andy Pham, Carlos Reyes, Asuzena Ruiz, Madison Southall, and Faith Vargas. The WIT program is for female and male high school students with in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) related careers, two-year technical degrees, and/or certificates. By participating in WIT, students gain exposure to career opportunities and the confidence to consider further technical education. The WIT program is sponsored by the Nuclear Power Institute (NPI) at Texas A&M University in cooperation with schools and industries.

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