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31
Oct

"Junior’s Smokehouse & Bakery serving patrons at new location" by: Jessica Shepard

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Junior’s Smokehouse & Bakery at former Davis BBQ & Cafe.

   Junior’s Smokehouse & Bakery, a business owned by Lane Tobola, Stephanie Tobola, and Stuart Lynn, has acquired former Davis BBQ & Cafe to offer patrons another location to enjoy their goods and services.
   The new name of the restaurant will reflect the original Wharton location as Junior’s Smokehouse & Bakery.
   Junior’s Smokehouse- Bay City will serve their famous kolaches and BBQ daily along with their incredibly popular jerky, chicken salad, and homemade desserts.
   The store smokes its own briskets daily and sells brisket, sausage, ribs and chicken plates, and sandwiches. 
Merchandise will also be sold at this new location including hats, cups, and much more.
   The lunch buffets are Monday through Friday from 11a.m. -2 p.m.
   The Bay City location is open Monday through Friday 5 a.m. - 6 p.m. and is closed Saturday and Sunday.
   The new restaurant opened for business Sept. 23.

Thu
31
Oct

Lions Club gives free eye exams

Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard
Lions Club members Doc Cambell and Ray Reis gave free eye exams to Cherry Elementary students with the club's Spot Vision camera, Oct. 24. The camera detects over 25 different eye deficiencies and was used on over 5,000 students last year. Cambell hopes to screen every student from kindergarten to 12th grade by the end of ths school year.

Thu
31
Oct

"Bay City, El Campo face off in 100th consecutive game" by: Mike Reddell

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Senior Blackcat quarterback Carlos Lara hands off to senior running back Isaac Tilotta (24).

   Bay City will face El Campo here Friday night in one of Texas’ oldest football rivalries in the Blackcats season finale.
   “Well, you know it will always be an honor” to be part of this week’s 100th consecutive football game that part of a 116-game rivalry, Blackcat Head Coach Patrick Matthews said. 
   “It’s a rivalry that everyone looks forward to because of its long history,” the coach added.
   “The players look forward to it. With El Campo there is elevated excitement.”
   Last year, Bay City “found a formula to get a win.” 
   “Hopefully we will be a spoiler and get consecutive wins back-to-back.”
   While the fortunes of the Blackcats (0-5, 0-8) and Ricebirds (3-1, 7-1) have gone in different directions this season, the trappings of the rivalry that dates to the early years of the 20th century can’t be discounted.

Thu
31
Oct

"Penalties hurt Tigers against Schulenberg; Ganado up Friday" by: Mike Reddell

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Tiger quarterback Blake Garcia, pictured in an earlier game, had a team-high 185 yards rushing against Schulenberg.

   Tidehaven has the chance to move up the District 14-3A-2 playoff ladder when it hosts Ganado Friday night.
   The Tigers (2-2, 3-5) are fourth in the district rankings behind the third-place Ganado Indians (3-1, 6-2).
   A fourth place finish in district qualifies as the final playoff berth 
   Tidehaven is coming off a close, 22-19 loss to the district’s second-place team, Schulenburg, in a game the Tigers led going into the fourth quarter.
   Ganado defeated Van Vleck last week in a 35-8 contest.
   “This week, we play one of the hottest teams in 3A in Ganado,” said Tiger Head Coach David Lucio. 
   “They are very good on both sides of the ball.” 
   Against Schulenburg, Tidehaven had 341 total yards, including 290 yards rushing and 51 yards passing.
   Schulenberg had 265 total yards – 181 yards on the ground and 84 yards in the air.

Thu
31
Oct

Zombies race at Riverside

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
Dozens braved the chilly temperatures to be part of the Bay City Parks and Recreation Department's first-ever "Zombie 2Kish Wilderness Run," Oct. 26. The event featured awards for: fastest overall, fastest male and female, slowest overall, best Zombie outfit and best Zombie Hunter Outfit.

Thu
31
Oct

"Day of the Dead features lots of attractions" by: Jessica Shepard

   The 2nd annual Day of the Dead festival will go from noon-10 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, at LeTulle Park.
   Tickets are $5 per person and available at City Hall in the water department or at the Municipal Services Building.
   Also, tickets can be purchased at the gate and children 12 and under get in free.
   Parking is free and features a shuttle for ease of getting to the event.
   Attendees also are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets for seating at the event.
   This year’s live entertainment includes mariachis, a DJ, headliner Selena Tribute Band featuring Karla Perez and opening act Electric Cowboys – also known as Grupo Vida.

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Thu
24
Oct

"Council reviews downtown parking changes" by: Jessica Shepard

   City council members reviewed possible changes to parking spaces downtown and approved a new liaison agreement between the city and Bay City Community Development Corporation (BCCDC) for the Main Street Program as part of their meeting Tuesday, Oct. 22.
   “This is an informational discussion only,” said Interim City Manager Richard Morton.
   “I had this put on the agenda at councilman (Bill) Cornman’s request to see if we could improve parking for safety reasons.”
   Morton said that TxDOT “prefers parallel parking.” 
Downtown has a mix of parallel and angle parking.
   “And they’ve already approved the changes we would make, if we decided to go this route,” he added.
   Council members voiced their preferences for the change from angled to parallel parking on Avenue F/Texas 60 from Whataburger’s location southward until the corner of 5th Street and Avenue F.

Thu
24
Oct

"BCISD to sell former intermediate school property on 16th St." by: Mike Reddell

   The old Bay City Intermediate School and property on 2417 16th St. will be put up for sale, the Bay City school board decided at its regular meeting Monday, Oct. 21.
   After consulting with the district’s attorney about the property on 16th Street/Carey Smith Boulevard in executive session, the board later voted in open meeting to put the long-vacant old school up for sale.
   Another matter in executive session – the two closed-door sessions took up 40 minutes in a meeting that last three and half hours – was discussing the district’s future withdrawal from the Matagorda County Education Services.
   The board discussed and voted in open session in September 2018 to withdraw from the MCES special education co-op, a move that prompted some teachers to walk out of the meeting.
   There was no discussion about MCES in open session Monday night.

Thu
24
Oct

Bay City Homecoming

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
This year's Bay City High School Homecoming Queen and King: Brittany Olvera and Marquis Edwards. The two were crowned at halftime ceremonies at the Bay City-Brazosport game last Friday night, Oct. 18. See sports, Page 6A, for a wrapup of that game and a look ahead at this week contest with Sealy.

Thu
24
Oct

Celebrity Waiter tips winners

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
The Bay City Pilot Club held their annual "Celebrity Waiter" fundraiser and awarded plaques to the "waiter" who made the most in tips Oct. 17. From left to right: Bill Orton, first place; Heidi Martinez, second place and Alyssa Sanders, third place. Proceeds support Pilot Club community service projects.

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