Columns/Opinions

Tue
22
Mar

FBC thanks McDonald's

Dear Editor,

First Baptist Church would like to sincerely thank McDonald’s for the generous use of their former parking lot this past Saturday. The youth were hosting their annual plant sale fundraiser to raise money for summer youth camp. The parking lot was the perfect location to allow customers to safely stop in and shop.  It was a very successful day and many students were able to earn a substantial amount toward their expenses. Thank you to those who took the time to come out and pick up some beautiful plants and support our kids at the same time. 

Tue
22
Mar

What is Cuero Main Street?

By Morgan Rath

Cuero Main Street

Executive Director

In 2013, Cuero was re-designated as a Main Street City. Cuero’s Main Street organization is a department of the City of Cuero and focuses on the revitalization of the downtown commercial district through marketing, promotions, events and historic preservation.

Main Street is overseen by an Advisory Board, appointed by City Council, and follows the National Four Point Approach of Organization, Promotion, Design and Economic Vitality. There are 87 Main Street cities in Texas and they each report to and work closely with the Texas Historical Commission. Cuero is one of 58 cities to have been recommended for national accreditation from National Trust Main Street in 2016.

Tue
22
Mar

Chamber shares appreciation

Dear Editor,

Saturday was a change from a beautiful “Spring Break.” Nonetheless, the Yorktown Chamber of Commerce sponsored Easter Egg Hunt still went on. Parents braved the wind and brought their little ones to enjoy cookies and punch and lots of filled eggs to hunt.

Many thanks to Skinny’s Fireworks, Paul Janacek, and his sister Connie Imes for providing filled eggs and door prizes. We appreciate their interests in our community. There was enough door prizes for every child to be a winner and goodie bags for each one.

Cookies were furnished through the courtesy of Trust Texas Bank. We are also grateful for the appearance from the Easter Bunny who joined us for pictures with the kiddos.

Tue
22
Mar

98th annual Yorktown Chamber Banquet a big hit

Dear Editor,

The 98th annual Yorktown Chamber of Commerce annual meeting and banquet was a big hit. The Denim and Diamonds theme created a fun atmosphere enjoyed by many. On behalf of the Yorktown Chamber Board of Directors, I wish to thank  the following: Rene Hernandez for the Welcoming, The American Legion #270, VFW #8136 and Vietnam Veterans Association Chapter #1029, specifically Burt Biemer, George Budge, Clark Kerlick, Pete Lopez, Bill Menn & Rudy Varela for the Flag Presentation. We are gracious to Pastor Larry Weathers for performing the National Anthem, reciting the Pledge of Allegiance and doing the Invocation.

Tue
15
Mar

College thanks Taqueria

Dear Editor,

On behalf of the Victoria College KEY Center, I would like to thank Abraham Ramirez and the Taqueria Vallarta for their recent donation to our program.

The KEY Center at Victoria College is a 100 percent federally funded Student Support Services TRiO program serving 160 low income, first generation or disabled students with the goal of assisting them to obtain their associate degree.

Each year, we celebrate our graduates with a luncheon, and our graduates include a number of LVN students from the Cuero program. With the donation, we are able to provide a ceremony that is well-deserved for our hard-working graduates. The generosity of Taqueria Vallarta is so gratefully appreciated by our students and the KEY Center staff.

Sincerely,

Pam Neuman

KEY Center Director

Victoria College

Tue
08
Mar

'Please be more observant'

Dear Editor,

To serviceman of AT&T that serviced 903 E. Main St. in Cuero.

I personally do not like to write this type of letter but I do not appreciate you leaving a rut in my yard at 905 E. Main, because I am trying to sell it.

Please be more observant of how you leave the neighbor’s yard to improve the quality of your service.

Shawn Hedrick

Tue
08
Mar

Citizen addresses McDonald's sign

Dear Editor,

Does this Houston attorney really not feel first a little embarrassed when his associates ask him what case he is working on now? And he proudly answers, “Oh, I have this really big case going on in my hometown, Cuero, Texas. There is this really annoying McDonald’s sign that just has to come down and I’m just the guy to do it.”

Say, what? Does this man truly have no bigger cases to occupy his time? I’m even embarrassed for him.

How many parents have been so happy to see the “Golden Arches” because their chile is in the back seat hollering “I have to go to the bathroom.” And they can say “we’re almost at McDonald’s.” And while there get a Happy Meal and leave with a happy child. And what about Ronald McDonald House and all the good they have done for families of sick children? Shouldn’t Cuero be proud to have a huge McDonald’s sign?

Tue
08
Mar

A student's responsibility

By Linda Bettin
Interim Superintendent
Yorktown ISD

Yorktown Independent School District received a notice from TEA in August that stated that the district had two IR (Improvement Required) campuses (Jr. High and Elementary). By law, a district that has any IR campuses is required to hire a PSP (Professional Service Provider) to be a liaison between TEA and the district.

A PSP has the authority to recommend contract renewals or not, limit extracurricular activities, and redesign district schedules as needed.

Tue
08
Mar

Kneese running for school board

Debbie Kneese seeks election to the Yorktown ISD Board of Trustees.

“I want to serve my alma mater and to serve the children and parents of Yorktown ISD,” she said.

“I will bring a unique perspective to the board of trustees due to my experience and leadership roles in public education. I believe my 34 years of experience will bring to the Yorktown board of trustees knowledge of fiscal issues for the District; knowledge of hiring procedures; and, knowledge working through difficult issues brought forth to the board of trustees.”

Tue
08
Mar

Remember why we are here

By Mark Weischwill
President
Yorktown ISD

Last week, Yorktown Independent School District board members Todd Metting, Dannette Respondek, Patti Harbers and Mark Weischwill traveled to Corpus Christi to attend the Texas Association of School Board’s Winter Governance and Legal Seminar. We attended two full days of sessions which included two exceptional presenters to start each day. There were numerous choices of session, topics such as legal updates, perspectives in ethics and handling grievances to name just a few.

Metting said, “One session that I found interesting was put on by a school district serving the King Ranch. They take advantage of the fact that almost every student now has a smart phone, which they allow them to use in classes. Filters are in place to block inappropriate websites while allowing access to educational sites and for research. This is also helpful for districts on a budget.”

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