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Tue
13
Sep

Couple arrested for stealing from relative

A DeWitt County couple has been charged with stealing from a relative, whose house they were living in. On Monday, Sept. 5, Danielle Vitela and her husband, Jose Vitela, were arrested by deputies from the DeWitt County Sheriff’s Office in the 800 block of FM Road 237 near Yorktown. DCSO investigator Richard Ramirez said they were charged with felony theft.

 

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Tue
13
Sep

Johnston enjoying new ‘home’ at Yorktown nursing facility

When it comes to care, it’s a family affair for Deidra Johnston, new Administrator at Yorktown Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Besides having family “in all directions” around the Yorktown area, Johnston said, “When you work in a nursing facility, you become a part of the resident’s family. They become an extension of your family.”

 

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Tue
13
Sep

City holds public hearing on 2016-2017 budget

Yorktown City Council held a public hearing on the 2016-2017 budget on Monday, September 6, at Yorktown City Hall. Newly installed Councilman William Baker was present, as well as Councilman Ruben “BB” Garcia, and Blaine Denbo, along with Mayor Rene Hernandez and City Administrator Robert Mendez. Councilman Manuel Serrano was absent. Hernandez called the public hearing to order at 6:01 p.m.

 

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Tue
13
Sep

Half-time Heroes: YHS Roaring Wildcat Band to attend marching contest for first time in 5 years

With the glaring heat of the early morning sun reflecting off an array of instruments, Yorktown High School Band students are stepping up. And across. And back. And up again. But they’re not learning to two-step. They’re learning the steps to their Friday night performance. And while the Yorktown Wildcat football team dominates the field during the first, second, third and fourth quarters of the football game -- this group of halftime heroes will dazzle the crowd mid-game. Amid scattered half-empty water and Coke bottles in the parking lot next to the bus barn where the band holds marching practice, Band Director Nathan Jones’ bright red t-shirt -- emblazoned with “Keep Calm and March On” -- seems to sum it up as he deals with questions and the occasional mis-step during the routine, giving instructions through the PA system.

 

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Tue
13
Sep

Western Days nearing, time to partner up, volunteer, sponsor

The 58th Yorktown Western Days is coming up October 21-23. Yorktown Western Days Association encourages businesses to consider partnering as a sponsor for one of the most highly anticipated festivals in the Crossroads area. Yorktown Western Days Association is a 501C3 organization and opportunities to assist with entertainment and family activities for this free event are available.

 

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13
Sep

Nordheim native’s grandson reaches NFL

Kaye Durio of Nordheim now has a family member in the National Football League (NFL). Her grandson, Cole Wick, was selected to the Detroit Lions’ 53 man roster Saturday, Sept. 3 as a tight end. A native of Hallettsville, Wick and former teammate Myke  Tavarres, are the first two football players from the University of Incarnate Word in San Antonio to sign as free agents in the NFL.

 

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Tue
13
Sep

City to increase tax rate

Cuero city council held their first public hearing on the proposed 2016-2017 tax rate and budget on Tuesday, Sept. 6. The new tax rate is proposed at $0.33 per $100 valuation. Last year’s rate was $0.32; the effective tax rate is $0.28671; the rollback tax rate is $0.33114. The effective tax rate is the total tax rate needed to raise the same amount of property tax revenue for the City of Cuero from the same properties in both the 2015 and 2016 tax years. The rollback tax rate is the highest rate that the City of Cuero may adopt before voters are entitled to petition for an election to limit the rate that may be approved to the rollback rate.

 

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13
Sep

St. Michael’s says “thank you” to local fire, police, DPS

St. Michael’s Catholic School celebrated local police, fire department and DPS troopers Sept. 12 at the school. Students created posters saying thank you. As a school, they prayed for all police officers and members of the fire department. All of the children raised their hands and sang a blessing for them. St. Michael’s Catholic School appreciates the local men and women in uniform, both active and retired. They thank them for helping the community everyday.

 

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Tue
13
Sep

Drug charges issued last week

Felony drug charges were filed last week following a search warrant was used by Cuero Police Department. Officers arrested Elmo Lockhart, 61, of Cuero in the 300 block of W. Courthouse. He was charged with manufacture  or delivery of a controlled substance, a first degree felony, and tampering with evidence, a third degree felony.

 

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Tue
06
Sep

Campos resigns job while on suspension

Paul D. Campos resigned from his position as Chief of Police with the City of Yorktown on Friday, September 2, according to Yorktown Mayor Rene Hernandez. “He resigned around noon on Friday,” Hernandez said. Hernandez would not elaborate and could only speculate on Campos’ decision to tender his resignation. Campos was suspended from his duties as police chief in mid-July after an investigation was launched by the Texas Rangers into allegations that Campos asked a 29-year-old woman to show her breasts in exchange for community service hours credit. A search warrant issued around that time stated that Campos is accused of granting the woman community service hour credit  in exchange for sexual acts. The warrant indicated Campos made the requests in June.

 

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