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Tue
23
Jun

Alvarez facing kidnapping charges

A DeWitt County man is facing kidnapping charges following an incident that occurred in Yorktown in May.

Charges facing Justin Scott Alvarez, 25, of Nordheim include aggravated kidnapping and assault causing bodily injury to a family member. His bonds total $154,000.

According to DeWitt County Sheriff’s Office, on May 28 Alvarez kidnapped a woman with whom he had a relationship. The 23-year-old woman was taken from her residence in Yorktown by force late that night.

He apparently drove along numerous roads in DeWitt and Karnes counties. He is accused of beating and raping the woman during the incident.

A Karnes County patrol officer investigated his vehicle parked along a rural road and discovered Alvarez and a naked women in the passenger side of the front seat.

He was arrested and the woman was taken to Otto Kaiser Memorial Hospital in Kenedy for treatment of multiple injuries.

Tue
23
Jun

Sixtos named Teacher of the Year

Jonathan David Sixtos, son of Frank and Minnie Sixtos of Yorktown, was recently named Teacher of the Year at Victoria East High School. 

Tue
23
Jun

Trustees name interim supt.

Yorktown Independent School District trustees can rest a little easier after hiring an interim superintendent as quick as they did.

The board met on June 15 for their regular meeting and the general topic was staffing. After closed session ended the board voted 7-0 in favor to hire Linda Bettin as interim superintendent.

Mark Weischwill, president of the board said, “She ultimately came to us through the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) but she also heard about the opening and contacted me. She was in La Vernia as interim and prior to that at Falls City [where she served about eight years and retired].”

Bettin was at the meeting to start her first line of duty as interim superintendent.

The board called for a special meeting on June 25 to address and possibly hire for the administrative positions. High school principal David Lynn’s contract was not renewed and elementary principal Sharon Chapman has resigned to take a position elsewhere.

Tue
23
Jun

'Success' describes KYB park refurbishing project

This month marks the first year of Keep Yorktown Beautiful. And what a year it has been for KYB.

Donna Roeder, member of the KYB said, “We have so many generous people in Yorktown and the surrounding areas. I just hope we are doing what our forefathers wanted us to do.”

The kick off started at the ribbon cutting event on June 22, 2014 in front of the newly installed gazebo. Free hotdogs and hamburgers were served during the event, as well as a “Walk in the Park.”

KYB made it their focus to refurbish the Yorktown city park for young and old to enjoy. Phase I of the project, which included GameTime Playground equipment for 2-5 year old, playground equipment for 5-12 year old, a swing area and exercise equipment for adults, was $147, 283.64.

Seventeen weeks later families were enjoying the first phase.

Read more in this week's edition of Yorktown News-View.
 

Fri
19
Jun

Driver in car seen airborne before hitting utility pole

A middle aged woman, while driving north into Yorktown, found herself in her car leaning sideways on a utility pole at the 500 block of State Highway 119 South.

Witness Vernon Sparck of Yorktown was sitting on his porch drinking coffee. He said, “She wasn’t going that fast. She hit the culvert and went airborne. [The car] flipped and hit that pole.”

The driver (who wanted to remain anonymous) was driving a 1998 taupe, four door, Chevy Lumina. She said, “I was just on my way to the dentist. I don’t know what happened.”

Department of Public Safety trooper Justin Nixon affirmed that the driver veered across the oncoming lane, drove nearly 30 yards on the lawn, hit the culvert which made the vehicle airborne traveling approximately 30 yards before the driver’s front corner hit the ground. Upon impact the vehicle bounced up on it’s side hitting the utility pole to bring the vehicle to a stop.

Wed
17
Jun

Walt Whittington presents "Volcano's Rock"

 

Wed
17
Jun

Road Closures

Because of heavy rains Wednesday due to tropical depression Bill, some roads in DeWitt County have been closed. 

Barricades have been placed on FM 236 near South River Road.

Also there is water on the roadway on Hwy. 87 South near Irish Creek, Thomaston and DeWitt and Victoria county line.

Wed
17
Jun

Flash Flood Watch

The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood warning for southeastern DeWitt County until 1:15 p.m. Dopplar radar indicated a band of thunderstorms producing heavy rain moving across southeastern DeWitt County. Two to three inches of rain have already fallen and flash flooding is expected. Some locations that will experience flooding include Cuero, Thomaston, Meyersville, Terryville, U.S. Highway 87 and Farm to Market Road 682. Additional rainfall amounts one to two inches are possible in the warned area. 

Wed
17
Jun

Flash Flood Watch

The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood warning for southeastern DeWitt County until 1:15 p.m. Dopplar radar indicated a band of thunderstorms producing heavy rain across southeastern DeWitt County. Two to three inches of rain have already fallen and flash flooding is expected. Some locations that will experience flooding include Cuero, Thomaston, Meyersville, Terryville, U.S. Highway 87 and Farm to Market Road 682. Additional rainfall amounts one to two inches are possible in the warned area. 

Tue
16
Jun

Juneteenth celebration planned Saturday

 

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