Lifestyle

Thu
12
Aug

"Bird scooters flock to Bay City amid questions" by: Jessica Shepard

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
Scooters ready for use near courthouse.

If you’ve noticed black and white electric Bird scooters popping up on street corners around town – you’re not alone.
   Bird scooters have been appearing all over social media sites like Facebook since July with locals questioning them and their purpose.
   Concerns also were raised about the safety of using a scooter on sidewalks and the roads.
   Electric scooters are to follow the same rules as bicycles such as:

  •     Staying to the farthest right curb and going with the flow of traffic.
  •     Riding in bike lanes when available.
  •     Being aware of traffic around you.

   Bird has electric scooter rentals in Europe, the Middle East, and North America.
   The scooters are touted as an electric alternative to traditional transportation methods including gas and human-powered vehicles.

Thu
12
Aug

"BCISD trustees wrestle with Tenie Holmes 300 wing mold problems" by: Jessica Shepard

   Bay City ISD’s Facebook page issued remarks concerning mold reports in the campus’ 300 wing last week.
   The 300 wing houses 14 classrooms and is the oldest building on that site – clocking in at over 20 years old since its early 2000s construction.
   “This wing is located on the east side of our building, away from the academic spaces of our new building,” said the Facebook page, Aug. 3.
   “Proactively, we have made the decision to move classes that would have otherwise been in the 300 wing into the new building, and we have sealed off the 300 wing. 
   “Our maintenance director, Thomas Culbreath, has made sure that there’s no transfer of air between the old wing and the new building, and the new building is clean and free of any potential mold.”
   The wing is sealed off to prevent any air contamination between it and the newly constructed portion of the campus.

Thu
12
Aug

"Abbott asks Texas hospitals to delay nonessential procedures" By Patrick Svitek Texas Tribune

   Gov. Greg Abbott announced new moves Monday to fight the coronavirus pandemic as it rages again in Texas, including asking hospitals to again put off certain elective procedures to free up space for COVID-19 patients.
   Still, the governor’s announcement did not back down on his refusal to institute any new statewide restrictions on businesses or to let local governments and schools mandate masks or vaccines.
   Instead, Abbott announced he had written to the Texas Hospital Association asking hospitals to “voluntarily postpone medical procedures for which delay will not result in loss of life or a deterioration in the patient’s condition.” 
   As coronavirus was consuming the state last summer, Abbott took a more restrictive approach and banned elective surgeries in over 100 counties before ending the prohibition in September.

Thu
12
Aug

Van Vleck hosts volleyball scrimmage

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
Van Vleck and Tidehaven girls exchange returns during a scrimmage with Bay City, Tidehaven and Van Vleck varsity and junior varsity squads last Friday in Van Vleck’s new facilities.

Thu
12
Aug

"Reel Reviews: ‘The Suicide Squad’ is what we should have gotten in 2016" by: Jessica Shepard

   We caught this film for my stepdad’s birthday on HBO Max at home and spent more time laughing than we thought we would. 
   But, it’s also in theaters now, if you’re wanting the big screen and movie-theater popcorn experience! 
   Strap in for a DC Comics parallel to Marvel’s beloved “Deadpool” with gore, a stellar soundtrack, and enough snarky jokes that can span all adult audiences. 
   The Suicide Squad is a superhero film based on DC Comics featuring the team Suicide Squad. 
   Produced by DC Films, Atlas Entertainment, and The Safran Company, and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, it is a standalone sequel to Suicide Squad (2016) and the 10th film in the DC Extended Universe (DCEU). 
   It is rated R for strong violence and gore, language throughout, some sexual references, drug use, and brief graphic nudity and clocks in at 132 minutes long. 

Thu
12
Aug

"Jones: Blackcats ahead of schedule on conditioning" by: Mike Reddell

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell

   Bay City Blackcats practiced in full pads for the first time this season Saturday and Head Coach Robert Jones said the team was ahead of schedule.
   “We have about 90 kids right now and that number should increase when schools start,” Jones said Monday, Aug. 9. 
      “We are missing a lot of the underclassmen,” he added.  
   “We are ahead of schedule, having a great offseason and summer strength and conditioning.
   “The kids have really bought into the Blackcat Fight Never Dies mentality.”  
   Looking ahead to this season’s District 12-4A-1 action, Jones said, “El Campo is the front runner and everyone else is going to be in a dog fight for the other three spots.
   “So it should be an exciting year and I know my kids are up for the challenge.”

Thu
12
Aug

Aquacats participate in 4-day ‘Games of Texas’

   The Bay City Aquacats recently took part in the Texas Amateur Athletics Federation’s “Games of Texas” a four day-event in Corpus Christi. 
   A total of 22 Aquacats brought home 18 medals - 11 Aquacats qualified for the national competition in the State Games of America in Ames, Iowa in 2022. 
   Here are the results: Oliver Spencer broke a 16-year-old TAAF record in the 50 free with a time of 22.76. 
   He was 2 tenths of a second off a second state record in the 100 free with a gold medal time of 49.42 in the 100 free. 
   He also finished 4th in the 50 backstroke. 
   The boys 9&10 year old Medley Relay team of Kiaan Khondker, Caden Baker, Elliott Williams, and Alistair Spencer earned silver with a time of 1:15.30. 
   The Bay City “A” relay of Dakoda Keener, Caden Baker, Craig Sneary, and Alistair Spencer dropped seven seconds to win bronze in the boys 9&10 100-yard freestyle relay with a time of 1:05.03. 

Thu
12
Aug

Society of Professional Engineers inducts local man into Legion of Honor

    Matagorda resident David Burnett was honored by the International Society of Professional Engineers (SPE).
   A retired research faculty member of the Texas A&M Petroleum Engineering Department, Burnett was inducted into the SPE Legion of Honor.
   SPE recognized those who have been continuous members for 50 years at a recent Society’s Gulf Coast Region’s Scholarship and Awards Banquet in Houston.
   After graduating from Sam Houston State University in 1971, Burnett has worked as a scientist/engineer throughout his career, the last 24 years with Texas A&M.
   “I spent more than 20 years investigating new technology to clean wastewater produced by oil and gas operations and now want to find ways that some of the most cost-effective processes can be used by companies here in our county,” Burnett said.

Thu
12
Aug

Lynn Development to break ground on Pelican Place

    PALACIOS – Lynn Development, alongside the Palacios Chamber of Commerce, will host a groundbreaking ceremony for Pelican Place at 10 A.M. Tuesday, Aug. 17. 
   The 19-acre subdivision development on the north side of Palacios will soon be home to 70 new single-family homes. 
   “This project is remarkable for Matagorda County, especially as it relates to recruiting and retaining business in the area,” said Scott Hardwick, executive director of the Palacios Economic Development Corporation. 
   “A new subdivision is a huge benefit to the community. New housing stock will provide options for employers and workers alike – especially those people experiencing a watershed moment and leaving the bigger cities for more familial lifestyles in communities like ours.”
   The first homesites will be located along Seventh Street on the north side of Palacios, located behind the Lowe’s Market grocery.

Thu
05
Aug

"MRMC census sees rising numbers of COVID-19 patients" by: Mike Reddell

   There has been 68 new confirmed COVID-19 cases Matagorda County over the last 14 days the Department of State Health Services reported Tuesday, Aug. 3. 
   The per capita average is now 1.8 cases per 1,000 residents.
By comparison, July 1 reports showed seven new cases over the previous 14 days. 
   All of the neighboring counties show similar increases in new cases, a reflection of statewide trends. 
   While 43.8% of Texas’ 29 million people are fully vaccinated, Matagorda County’s fully vaccinated population stands at 33.9%, DSHS data indicates. 
   Overall, Matagorda County has 3,672 confirmed cases, 763 probable, 115 fatalities, 91 active cases and an estimated 4,242 recovered cases. 
   “We have noticed an increase in our COVID-19 admissions from previous weeks,” Matagorda Regional Medical Center spokesperson Tiffany Foltyn said Monday, Aug. 2. 

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