Lifestyle

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14
Jan

"Waiting lists created for local arrival of COVID-19 vaccines" by: Mike Reddell

   Shipments of the COVID-19 vaccine are arriving in Matagorda County. 
   “The next step is to identify Matagorda County residents who want the vaccine and get them registered,” Mitch Thames, spokesman for Matagorda County Emergency Operation Center (EOC), said in a press release Tuesday, Jan. 12.
   Matagorda Regional Medical Center (MRMC) has launched a new COVID-19 Vaccine Wait List, said Thames. 
   “You can find it online at matagordaregional.org/waitlist along with a video providing answers to the most commonly asked questions about vaccine distribution in Matagorda Count,” Thames said.
   MRMC officials stress the importance of viewing the video or reading the transcript thoroughly before putting your name on the list.
   After signing up for the COVID-19 Vaccine Wait List, people will be contacted by MRMC and possibly other local vaccine providers.

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14
Jan

"County OKs bids on road materials, construction" by: Jessica Shepard

   County commissioners approved three road materials and construction bids during their meeting Monday, Jan. 11.
   “These are our annual bids for road construction and materials that will be used throughout the county this year,” said County Auditor Kristen Kubecka.
   “We have two materials contracts because the first had some items missing that we needed to add on since we use those materials.”
   The bids include a variety of materials including asphalt, gravel, limestone, and oyster shell for county roads.
   Commissioners also approved the $58,319 purchase of a one-ton Dodge Ram brush truck for Matagorda Volunteer Fire Department (MVFD).

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14
Jan

MLK closings

   Observance of Martin Luther King Day falls on Monday, Jan. 18, this year.
   All federal offices will be closed in observance of the holiday.
   This includes banking institutions and the U.S. Postal Service.
   County and city offices will be closed Jan. 18 as well.
   Bay City and Van Vleck ISDs will be closed Monday, but return to normal business hours on the following Tuesday.
   WCA trash pickup will continue at normal hours of operation.

Thu
14
Jan

"COVID-19 cases mount; Force limits on businesses" by: Mike Reddell

   The arrival of COVID-19 vaccines in Matagorda County provides a counter to the continued rise of new confirmed cases and recent state restrictions on business capacity.
   The announcement Tuesday, Jan. 12, that vaccines are arriving in Matagorda County (see related story) came as the county has 1,918 new confirmed COVID-19 cases, the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) reported Tuesday.
   In addition, the county has 215 probable cases, 200 active cases, 68 fatalities and 1,865 recovered.
   The state data also shows 327 Matagorda County residents have been vaccinated with at least one dose – four are fully vaccinated.
   In addition, there have been 233 new cases in the last 14 days, it was reported Jan. 12, or 6.34 cases per 1,000 residents.

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14
Jan

"Katelyn Stone crowned 2020 Rice Queen" by: Jessica Shepard

Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard
Eighteen women lined the stage of Keye Ingram auditorium last Saturday night to find out who would be crowned as the 2020-2021 Rice Festival Queen Saturday, Jan. 9. Van Vleck High School’s Katelyn Stone was crowned Queen (center) and is joined by her court with (at left) fourth runner-up Xandria Garcia, third runner-up Josie Martin, second runner-up Victoria Murillo, and first runner-up Preciosa Aivles. Garcia also won the award for “Best Evening Gown.” For more Rice Festival Royalty results, head to Page 8

   Eighteen women lined the stage of Keye Ingram auditorium to find out who would be crowned as the 2020-2021 Rice Festival Queen Saturday, Jan. 9.
   Katelyn Stone was officially crowned Rice Festival Queen for the year.
   Stone is the daughter of Chance and Erin Stone and is sponsored by the Matagorda County Fair and Livestock Association. 
   She attends Van Vleck High School where she is involved in several clubs and organizations such as NHS, POWERSET, WIT, FFA and Student Council.
   Stone plans to attend Texas A&M University to earn a degree in marketing while competing on the TAMU Rodeo Team.
   Stone is joined by her court: first runner-up Preciosa Aivles, second runner-up Victoria Murillo, third runner-up Josie Martin, and fourth runner-up Xandria Garcia.

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14
Jan

"New Business Spotlight: Big Homie’s opens at new place" by: Jessica Shepard

Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard
Big Homie’s Wings, Rings, & Stuffed Baked Potatoes business partners Ankoma Fulwood, Kendal Runnels and Derek Parks want their business to have a positive impact local youth and the community.

   With a new location, Big Homie’s Wings, Rings & Stuffed Baked Potatoes debuted flame-broiled burgers Jan. 5. 
   The restaurant is open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday-Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sundays at 3301 Ave. F in Bay City.
   Orders can be made in person, by calling 979-429-9529 or online via Square at big-homies-wings-rings-stuffed-baked-potatoes.square.site. 
   Homie’s is a team effort with Derek Parks, Kendal Runnels and Ankoma Fulwood at the helm testing and developing new recipes as part of an ever-expanding menu.
   “We love to cook and started making our own recipes from scratch and it just all came together,” said Runnels.
   “We’re also opening our menu more and more based on what we think our customers would like.”

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14
Jan

"VVISD trustees OK COVID leave resolution extension" by: Jessica Shepard

   Van Vleck ISD trustees unanimously approved and adopted a board resolution for increased local leave due to the COVID-19 pandemic during their regular meeting, Monday, Jan. 11.
   “During the first semester, employees got 10 days if they tested positive for COVID and had to stay home,” explained VVISD Superintendent John O’Brien.
   “The federal government paid for those days, but that ended in December last year. This resolution would extend those 10 days until the end over the school year in June. 
   “It saves our teachers from having to use their personal days.”
   “So, the government paid for these days in the first semester, but are not paying in the second?” asked Board President Tony Kucera.
   “We will have to pick up the extension cost,” said O’Brien.
   “But, if they used their 10 days up in the first semester, they now have to use their personal days in the second.”

Thu
14
Jan

Nile Valley construction underway

Work is under way on the reconstruction of Nile Valley Road. The two-phase, $4.6 million project calls for rebuilding the road down to its base, from Texas 35 west to its intersection at Roberts Road near Linnie Roberts Elementary. The work is funded by a partnership between Bay City Community Development Corporation and Bay City Gas. A groundbreaking ceremony will be from 10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 14, at the Nile Valley Road-Roberts Road intersection.
Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell

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14
Jan

"Reel Reviews: ‘Shadow in the Cloud’ feeds off of WWII airmen superstitions" by: Jessica Shepard

   It’s slim pickings at the theater again and I did a little research on the movies offered locally and settled on “Shadow in the Cloud.”
   Now, the storyline is pretty weak and seems entirely too weak to matter, but, I’m here for any flick with a monster based in military superstition.
   Though, I’ll also admit that my knowledge of “gremlins” depends largely on a series of the same name and an antique Looney Tunes cartoon.
   Outside of that, it’s just a quick Google search and I’m gotten a grasp on the history of gremlins that started in the 1920s during World War I and were reoccurring in WWII. 
   Gremlins are basically known as mischievous and destructive creatures that sabotage aircraft.
   Shadow in the Cloud is a fantasy adventure action film directed by Roseanne Liang, from a screenplay by Liang and Max Landis. 
   It stars Chloë Grace Moretz, Taylor John Smith, Nick Robinson, Beulah Koale, Benedict Wall, and Callan Mulvey. 

Thu
14
Jan

Harvest House donation

Contributed photo
HP Zachary recently gave United Way a check for $1,000 for the benefit of The Harvest House food pantry. Shown, from left, Bobby Ziegler, Doug Davis, Glenn Organ, associate director of Harvest House, Audrey Rollins, Rachel Johnson, Mark Thornton and Willie Rollins, director of Harvest House.

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