Columns/Opinions

Tue
05
Jan

Happy New Year

Dear Editor,

The Yorktown Chamber of Commerce, Inc. and the Yorktown Western Days Association, Inc. wishes everyone a “Happy New Year.” Good things are sure to come in 2016. Membership Drives are on for both the Chamber and Western Days.

We appreciate your consideration of joining these organizations that promote our community throughout the year. Membership packages for the Yorktown Chamber were recently mailed, if you would like to find out more please call the office at 361-564-2661 or email the yorktownchamber@sbcglobal.net.

The Yorktown Chamber of Commerce membership and awards banquet is scheduled for Tuesday, March 8 at the Yorktown Community Hall. Details will be available soon.

Tue
05
Jan

Mueller resigns

Dear Editor,

Honorable Rene Hernandez, City Secretary Robert Mendez, Council Members, City of Yorktown, Citizens of the great little city of Yorktown,

Due to my present health problems, I have lost the ability to contribute 100 percent to my responsibilities as councilman for the City of Yorktown. I hereby tender my resignation effective immediately.

It has been an honor and a privilege to have served my fellow citizens in this capacity, we have gotten a lot done.

Cordially, I remain,
Larry A. Mueller

Tue
29
Dec

Businesses encouraged to recycle

Dear Editor,
 
Keep Cuero Beautiful (KCB) is happy the solid waste and recycling is going well. We are pleased that so many have expressed their relief that the transition has been easier than they expected. As for the Recycling Center, please note that tires and electronic waste can be left there without charge. Those items don't belong in the recycle bins. KCB had been receiving the revenue from the aluminum can collections (less transportation). However, with curbside recycling in effect, that City contribution has dropped from approximately $2,400 to a little over $800. So we encourage businesses and households to continue saving aluminum cans and dropping them off at the Recycle Center. KCB uses that money for advertising its events/programs, supporting teacher contests - relevant to litter, beautification, recycling- workshops, and matching grants.
 
Happy and Prosperous New Year to all!
 
Tue
29
Dec

Pet Adoptions thanks community

Dear Editor,
 
As the year 2015 comes to an end, Pet Adoptions of Cuero wants to publicly thank everyone for helping make this a banner year for our non-profit organization. The community support has been overwhelming with donations of pet food, supplies and funds. Those who have contributed so much include school groups: students, teachers and parents; individual children forgoing birthday presents so their friends would instead send donations our way; children running lemonade stands; 4-H groups organizing pet supply drives; the Boys and Girls Club sponsoring dog washes and the most touching - memorial gifts directed to the shelter in honor of deceased family members. Our donors cover all age groups and many have pledged a sustaining and continuing support. We could not have made this shelter happen and successful without these wonderful contributions.
 
Tue
22
Dec

Bowen thanks Wellness Center

Dear Editor,
 
To Cuero Wellness Center,
 
I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to your staff and in particular to Barbara Langhoff for the dedication to fitness and healthy living.
 
In January of 2015 I was presented with an opportunity to attend the FBI National Academy in Quantico Va. This is considered to be an extraordinary honor as attendees must first be nominated and then invited to attend. This Academy requires attendees to be academically and physically fit in order to successfully complete the rigors of training. I knew that my fitness level needed work so I decided I would employ the assistance of a professional. It was an easy choice when I asked for Barbara Langhoff’s assistance.
 
Tue
22
Dec

Physical trainer paid off

Dear Editor,

To Cuero Wellness Center,

I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to your staff and in particular to Barbara Langhoff for the dedication to fitness and healthy living.

In January of 2015 I was presented with an opportunity to attend the FBI National Academy in Quantico Va. This is considered to be an extraordinary honor as attendees must first be nominated and then invited to attend. This Academy requires attendees to be academically and physically fit in order to successfully complete the rigors of training. I knew that my fitness level needed work so I decided I would employ the assistance of a professional. It was an easy choice when I asked for Barbara Langhoff’s assistance.

Tue
15
Dec

Sales tax revenues down

By Patrick J. Kennedy
CDC executive director
 
This year we have revised our Christmas in the Park Visitor Card, that is handed out at the end of the tour, to folks not from Cuero. We are trying to gage whether our visitors dined, shopped, purchased fuel, or were staying at a local lodging. 
 
The overwhelming response has been extremely positive. We will post several of the comments on our Facebook page. 
 
It is not a surprise that sales tax revenues are down for the first quarter of the fiscal year (October-December), but it is alarming at the percentage decrease compared to the same time period last year. If this trend continues the Board of Director’s will surely have to reevaluate the CDC programs.
 
Tue
15
Dec

Recommendation to learn Heimlich Maneuver

Dear Editor,
 
On Dec. 10th, my wife and I along with our friends, Paula and Ed were having lunch at a Victoria restaurant. Suddenly, my wife choked on a meat particle. Paula was the first to notice her distress and jumped up to apply the Heimlich Maneuver.
 
Tue
15
Dec

Generosity in Cuero

Dear Editor,
 
We would like to recognize the generosity of the people living in Cuero. We decided to start a small fundraiser. Without hesitation, we had so many willing to sell raffle tickets, give time to gather raffle items, donate raffle items, and people buying so many tickets; we sold out in no time at all. What amazes us is that this is not an isolated event; we have seen time and time again Cuero have empathy for one another. Thank you Cuero for being a community of love and support, “ The Way Life Ought to Be.”
 
 Mrs. Packebusch’s 2nd Grade Class Moms
Tue
15
Dec

Final year of Swine Prospect Show in 2014

Dear Editor,
 
In 2004, the Cuero Masonic Lodge, under the direction and guidance of Mr. Albert Jahnsen, undertook a project to assist FFA members, Young Farmers, and other school age kids in learning how to prepare their hogs for competition. We called the project “The Swine Prospect Show.” Each year the show was held in the Friar Ag Center in Cuero. The show was setup and handled just like a real show and prizes were awarded similar to regular competition. Judges were brought in and instructed the kids on showmanship and swine judging. This process helped the kids in their preparation for a show and familiarized the hogs to a show type environment. The kids were taught what needed to be done for the hogs physically to make a better showing while learning ring protocol about what they must do to present the hogs to the judges.
 

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