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Thu
14
Nov

Parade honors those who served

Sentinel photos/Mike Reddell
The 4th Annual Veteran Appreciation Parade had over 30 entries of various floats, marching bands, and performers Nov. 9 in downtown Bay City. The parade honors countywide veterans and active duty service members, above, who chose to participate.

Thu
14
Nov

Healthy Heart for life

   Angels Care Home Health Provides Helpful Tips for Protecting Your Heart and Preventing Heart Disease
   Our heart is a powerful organ that constantly works, never pausing to rest. 
   Having a healthy heart gives us more energy, helps our organs function better, keeps our bodies stronger, and ultimately helps us live longer. 
   The better care we take of our heart, the more physically and emotionally happy we will be now and in the future.
   The reality is that people young and old develop heart disease. As we get older, however, we become more susceptible to suffering from heart disease. There are some risk factors that are in our control and if you have them and choose not to attempt to control them, you are more likely to develop heart disease and have a heart attack.

Thu
14
Nov

"BCCDC grant writer offers free help to local nonprofits " by: Jessica Shepard

Michelle Leight explains grant writing assistance for Bay City nonprofits at Nov. 8 BCCDC presentation.
Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard

   Bay City Community Development Coproration (BCCDC) hosted a luncheon debuting their free grant writer Michelle Leight, Nov. 8. 
   “We’re really excited to have Michelle on hand to provide these free services to our community,” said BCCDC Executive Director Jessica Russell. 
   Leight is an independent grant writer and owner of Leight Consulting Services, LLC. 
   Leight’s offering all of her services to Bay City nonprofits, community organizations and Bay City ISD staff including: donor research, grant calendar management, grant administration and reporting, strategic planning, database management, program design and program evaluation. 

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Thu
14
Nov

"FUMC, BCPD partner again for county-wide food drive" by: Jessica Shepard

   The First United Methodist Church (FUMC) of Bay City and Bay City Police Department are partnering up for a county-wide food drive and distribution event from 8-11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 21, at the church. 
   Dates to sign up for a box are: 

  •     From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 28, during the FUMC Thanksgiving Feast 
  •     From 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4, at FUMC 

   “ID is required to fill out registration forms and everyone must fill out a new registration form,” said FUMC Reverend Wade Floyd. 
   The deadline for donations is Tuesday, Dec. 17 so that the boxes can be sorted and packed the following Wednesday. 

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Thu
14
Nov

"Kayak camping promises big adventures" By Willie Younger MCBNC Water Activities Coordinator

   Exploring waters and waterways by paddle craft can prove to be an immensely enjoyable approach to meeting a variety of objectives. 
   The alluring possibilities include, but are not limited to, wildlife observation, fitness, fishing, adventure racing, exploration, along with relaxing solitude and/or social interaction. 
   When kayak camping, everything one requires in order for overnighting along an isolated shore must be carried in, and on, their smallish, Eskimo-style watercraft. 
   So, the Matagorda County Birding Nature Center (MCBNC) has scheduled a workshop designed to equip outdoors enthusiasts with the extensive know-how needed to comfortably and safely enjoy overnight excursions to remote and/or primitive waterfront locations adventurously accessed by kayak. The topics to be covered, in depth, include:
Thoughtful selecting gear, clothing, kayaks, food, campsites and companions.

Thu
14
Nov

Wellness Matagorda fun run draws participants from all county high schools

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
Runners and walkers take off Saturday morning, Nov. 9, for Wellness Matagorda’s Invest in Wellness 5K or 10K in honor of Veterans Day. In the 5K competition, the winners were: first, Emily Schnider, 21:49; second, Mario Lara, 23:58; and Cody Stansberry, 23:59. The 10K winners were: first, Jason Lewis 39:24; and second Gabriel Varga, 44:15. Wellness Matagorda’s fun runs have raised money for the Hike and Bike Trail behind BCHS and the FEMA Dome at MRMC. Proceeds now go for the proposed aquatics center. It’s important to note, Wellness co-chair Loy Sneary said, that all four Matagorda County high schools - BCHS, Van Vleck, Tidehaven and Palacios - were represented at Saturday’s run and showing support for the center.

Thu
14
Nov

Judge Estlinbaum announces he won’t seek re-election in 2020

   District Judge Craig Estlinbaum recently announced that he won’t run again.
   “Earlier today I told my staff and I am now making it public that I will not seek reelection to a sixth term in the 2020 election,” Estlinbaum said in a statement posted on his Facebook page Nov. 6.
   “I look forward to completing my current term, then, Lord willing, moving on in 2021 to the next chapter and to whatever the future holds for my family and me.
   “Thank you to all who have supported me, encouraged me, prayed for me and voted for me these two decades. 
   “I am forever grateful for the trust and confidence you have placed in me.
   “My family was actively involved in reaching this decision and they support me in it 100%.
   “Thank you for this great honor and for the opportunity to serve.”  

Thu
14
Nov

"Master Gardener informational meeting at fairgrounds Monday" by: Aaron Sumrall, PhD Matagorda County Extension Agent – Agriculture/Natural Resources Texas A&M AgriLife

   The Master Gardener Program is a premier and banner programming opportunity offered through Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service for residents to have the opportunity to become trained in multiple facets of horticulture and be a resource person within their county or community.  
   With regard to Master Gardener training, the “horticulture” reference is meant generically. Master Gardeners will be trained in a myriad of topic areas ranging from soils and composting, to landscape and vegetable to, working with civic groups and individuals.  
   Once trained, certified Master Gardeners will assist the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension office with all thing’s horticulture in educational efforts within the county.  
   I have received a very large number of calls inquiring about a Master Gardener program in Matagorda County.  

Thu
07
Nov

"Council retreats from parallel parking plan" by: Mike Reddell

   City Council backed off a plan to implement parallel parking on certain stretches of Texas 60 and Texas 35 downtown after a determined outcry from merchants near or on the courthouse square at council’s regular meeting Tuesday, Nov. 5.
   County Judge Nate McDonald addressed council at the first of its meeting and asked if the new state law that permits comments on agenda items would allow him to speak later.
   While the city’s parallel parking proposal – presented by City Manager Richard Morton – didn’t include any of the courthouse square or nearby angle parking on 6th Street and Avenue G, five business owners told council that any parallel parking would be bad for business.

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Thu
07
Nov

Blessing woman killed in collision

Sentinel photo/MaLinda Reddell
Emergency vehicles at the scene of the fatal vehicle collision northeast of Blessing Monday afternoon.

   Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Troopers investigated a fatal vehicle collision northeast of Blessing on Texas 35 Monday.
   The preliminary information indicates that a southbound 2017 Chevrolet Silverado traveled into the northbound lane of Texas 35, striking a 2016 Jeep Cherokee head-on at about 12:05 p.m. Monday.
   Jessica Surritt, 36, of Blessing, was identified as the driver of the Chevrolet, DPS reported. 
   Matagorada County EMS transported her to Matagorda Regional Medical Center in Bay City. 
   Surritt was pronounced (at the hospital) by MRMC staff, reports show.

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