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Tue
06
Dec

Child advocacy group receives grant

Hope of South Texas, Inc./Hope Child Advocacy Center is pleased to announce that it has been named a recent recipient of a $10,000 grant from the Texas Bar Foundation. Since its inception in 1965, the Texas Bar Foundation has awarded more than $16 million in grants to law-related programs. Supported by members of the State Bar of Texas, the Texas Bar Foundation is the nation’s largest charitably-funded bar foundation. The monies granted from the Foundation will be ear-marked to be used for training and programming dedicated towards community education efforts. 

Tue
06
Dec

Sharing Christmas wishes with Santa

Hannah Saunders visited with Santa at “Christmas with Santa” event held downtown Yorktown on Thursday, December 1. Approximately 200 children visited with Santa during the evening, which featured games for the children, retail shopping from merchants who stayed open late until 8 p.m. The Yorktown Firemen also held their annual stew fundraiser. New this year was the medivac helicopter displayed by Methodist AirCare and Cuero Community Hospital.

 

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Tue
06
Dec

Town saddened with loss of City Admin. Mendez

Black bows decorated the City Hall doors on Friday morning, December 2, with city workers and community members expressing sorrow at the passing of Robert Mendez, 51, Yorktown City Administrator, who died of an apparent heart attack on Thursday, December 1.

Mendez was absent from the City Council meeting on Monday, November 28. At that meeting Yorktown Mayor Rene Hernandez said Mendez had not been feeling well and had been admitted to a Houston hospital.

 

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Tue
06
Dec

No action taken on police chief

After going into executive session for almost an hour on Monday, November 28, Yorktown City Council members reconvened in open session and voted to take no action on an agenda item “regarding the appointment, employment, evaluation and/or duties of the Chief of Police, including but not limited to a review of applications/applicants for the Chief of Police position.”

It was the first meeting of the Council since October 24, as the November 14 meeting was cancelled due to lack of a quorum.

Tue
06
Dec

RUNGE BUILDING CROWNED

Finishing touches added to Oliver’s restoration project on East Main Street 

 

Downtown Cuero continues adding to its historical beauty. The finishing touches were made at Robert Oliver’s H. Runge Building on East Main Nov. 30 with a crown placed at the top of the building. “H. Runge & Company was established in Indianola,” Oliver said. “It along with several other businesses and families came to Cuero after the 1886 hurricane. At that time, H. Runge & Company had a wooden structure on this site. In 1907, this brick and stone building was constructed. We could not tell from historic photographs whether if it was originally built in stone or maybe wood or tin. For one reason or another it decayed and was proably taken down for safety reasons back in the 1930s or 40s, so its been missing for a long, long time.”

 

Tue
06
Dec

Texas Secretary of State speaks at Community Leaders’ Meeting

Texas Secretary of State Carlos H. Cascos believes in the importance of rural communities. He spoke on this, along with voting and businesses at the December Community Leaders’ Meeting held at the Chisholm Trail Heritage Museum.

While addressing people from the community, Cascos noted how rural Texas won the election for Donald Trump and how impactful local communities are in politics.

 

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Tue
06
Dec

Bahnhof Cafe turns 10

Ten years after opening, Bahnhof Cafe continues to provide homecooking for the people of Cuero and its visitors. Janie Hill, owner of the restaurant, remembers the inception of the cafe.

“The whole idea came out of conversations that I had with my mom,” Hill recalled. “It just kinda became an idea that, ‘yeah, I think I’d love to do that.’”

Hill began looking for a building, and it took time.

 

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Tue
06
Dec

Emergency management classes

DeWitt County Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) held their final meeting of 2016 on Thursday, Dec. 1 at the Cuero Municipal Park Clubhouse.

LEPC is preparing for a table top disaster drill on Dec. 15. They will have a prison bus and tanker disaster drill in April 2017.

LEPC received a grant from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) for $92,662.80. The grant will be used to purchase a new vehicle for the County Office of Emergency Management to be used by the Emergency Management Coordinator, Cyndi Smith, to respond to calls and other duties; a countywide code red system; EDispatch for fire departments and EMS, handheld radios for first responders and 47 Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training bags.

 

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Tue
29
Nov

Santa coming to town Thursday

The Yorktown Chamber of Commerce will be hosting “Christmas With Santa” downtown this Thursday, December 1. The 100 blocks of both East and West Main Streets will be closed to through traffic from 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. to make room for Santa’s arrival.

Shoppers will have the opportunity to visit local merchants that will be staying open “Late ‘til 8.” This will be the last chance to sign up for the “Stuffed Stocking” drawing filled with items from local businesses. The Yorktown Hermann Sons Dancers will be performing at 5:45 p.m. before Santa makes his big arrival at 6 p.m., when children can tell him their Christmas wishes at 6 p.m. in front of Weischwill Real Estate/Coker Insurance.

 

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Tue
29
Nov

Trustees review facility needs

Improvements needed to school facilities took up a large part of discussion at the regular Yorktown ISD board meeting on Monday, November 21 in the Yorktown Junior High Library. From work currently being done at the old Yorktown gymnasium to improvements that need to be made at other locations, including the softball and baseball fields, board members spent well over two hours reviewing facilities, discussing one building at a time.

At the beginning of the meeting, board members heard a presentation from Robert Gadbois of Owners Building Resource, LLC which provides strategic planning for school districts regarding facilities. According to Gadbois, the company has been in business for 25 years and helps assess facilities and makes recommendations following technical assessments and surveys.

 

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