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Tue
08
Mar

Keep Cuero Beautiful presented award

Keep America Beautiful presented Keep Cuero Beautiful with its President Circle Award recognition at the recent Keep America Beautiful National Conference, which took place in Orlando, Florida. The President’s Circle Award recognizes exemplary performance made by certified affiliates of the national nonprofit in creating clean, green and beautiful communities.

Tue
08
Mar

Annual reports reviewed by City Council

By Glenn Rea

The Cuero Record

Cuero City Council reviewed annual reports from three entities that receive a portion of Cuero’s Hotel/Motel Sales Tax rebate. 

Cuero Main Street Program annual report was given by executive director Morgan Rath.

She listed the key events Cuero Main Street sponsored in 2015 including secret shopper- hospitality training, Shop the Blocks, hanging baskets project, Texas Treasure Business Awards presentation, social on Main Street, Deck the Downtown window decorating contest, and Christmas in Downtown.

Other highlights for the year included the Texas Downtown President’s Award that went to the Pharmacy and Medical Museum of Texas in Cuero.

She also reported Cuero Main Street Program also extended its boundaries to include a large portion of West Main and its historic buildings.

Tue
08
Mar

Plans for new convenience store

By Glenn Rea

The Cuero Record

Three areas in Cuero will see zoning changes as a result of action taken at Cuero City Council meeting last Tuesday.

Also, the city hopes to save over $100,000 in interest payments on bonds through a refunding effort.

In 2006 Cuero sold $3.8 million in bonds and is still paying interest on about $2 million of that issue.

Anne Burger Entrekin of FirstSouthwest in San Antonio reviewed current interest rates and explained the city could refund the remainder of that issue and save about $114,000 in interest payments over remaining payment schedule.

Council gave her approval to start the process which she said should be concluded in early May.

Tue
08
Mar

Tremendous support shown at Cuero Livestock auction

By Robert Proctor

The Cuero Record

In spite of the downturn in oil/gas production locally, Cuero Livestock Show buyers were serious about supporting 4-H and FFA member projects. For 2016 the 140 projects and 31 pens of commercial heifers sold for $609,213.

That is about $12,000 below last year’s record sale at the height of Eagle Ford Shale drilling activity.

Friday night capped the three-day show with an auction and award presentations. 

The auction saw 140 projects sold for 408,913 which included add-ons from various buyer groups after the sale.

The 31 pens of commercial heifers sold for $200,300.

One of the top awards was the Cuero Livestock Show Honorary Member which went to long-time board member John Pokluda.

Tue
08
Mar

State of community addressed

By Robert Proctor

The Cuero Record

Three leaders from the community spoke at the monthly Cuero Development Corporation meeting on Friday, March 4, speaking on the state of the community. Speakers included City Manager Raymie Zella, Cuero Community Hospital CEO Skip Gjolberg and Cuero ISD interm superintendent Dr. Ben Colwell.

Zella opened the meeting and touched on four key projects which have been completed or are nearing completion since the start of his time as city manager. First, there is the wastewater plant.

“It is a work of art,” Zella stated.

Tue
08
Mar

John G. Pokluda receives Honorary Member Award

Cuero Livestock Show honored John G. Pokluda Friday, March 4 with its Honorary Member award.

Pokluda is a man who has always hada love for the land, agriculture, and the future of young people. He graduated from Yorktown High School in 1963 and attended Texas A&I and Victoria College. In 1975, he received his license as a Texas Land Surveyor. That same year, he married his wife, Laurie, and they made their home in Cuero. He is a member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church and was on the board for St. Michael’s School. He served as president of the Knights of Columbus, Cuero Country Club and Lions Club.

Tue
08
Mar

Taking time to know what matters most

By Tim O’Malley
Yorktown News-View

To live without regret, well, that is the key, isn’t it. And the only regret many may share is that we do not spend enough time with family and friends. So was the case for Roger and Beatrice Pena.

Roger and Beatrice were like any other couple. Both had jobs and had to face the mundane problems of the day. Until one day 10 years ago, Roger was diagnosed with colon cancer.

Roger said, “That was pretty easy. I fought that for a year.”

He had a colon resection and a full year of chemo treatments. Life resumed where it left off.

Each year passed faster than the one before. Christmas came and went along with all of the other holidays. On Feb. 13, 2014 the Pena’s went on a trip for their wedding anniversary. Beatrice noticed something wrong with Roger.

Tue
08
Mar

Police target stop sign vandalism

By Tim O’Malley
Yorktown News-View

Vandalism of the new stop signs has yet to cease and the charges are now a Class A misdemeanor subject to one year in jail, a fine of $4,000, or both.

Yorktown city administrator Robert Mendez informed Yorktown police on Feb. 28 eight stop signs were damaged. Three signs that were just replaced last week were run over again adding five more to the count: two signs at 8th Street and Range; two signs at 8th Street and Eckhardt; two signs at 7th Street and Nau; and two signs at 7th Street and Louis.

Yorktown chief of police Paul Campos said, “If he takes stop signs down 20 times, I will put them up 20 times or as many times as I need for the simple reason that it is a safety issue. It saves lives and protects the citizens of Yorktown.”

Tue
08
Mar

Primary results here, across state listed

There were several statewide and area elections ongoing at the Republican and Democratic Primary elections held March 1. There were also a number of propositions in both parties’ ballots.
Here are results of contested races and proposition results local and in Texas.

Republican Party
U.S. Representative, District 34

Locally voters favored Rey Gonzalez, Jr. with 41% of the vote while “Willie” Vaden received 59% of the vote. However, across District 34, Gonzalez received 51% of the vote and Vaden received 495.

Railroad Commissioner

Locally Gary Gates received 47% of the vote while Ron Hale took 13% and Wayne Christian received 10%. But throughout the state, Gates took 28% of the vote while Christian took 20% and Hale received 15%.

Justice, Supreme Court, Place3

Tue
08
Mar

Bowen wins race, run-off for D.A.

By Glenn Rea
Publisher

There was a clear winner in the sheriff’s race but voters will have to return to the polls to decide their district attorney choice.

DeWitt County Elections Office released preliminary vote totals Tuesday about 9 p.m. showing about 64 percent of the local Republican voters made their way to the polls for the primary.

About 7% of the registered Democrat voters went to the polls here to name their nominee for president.

Republican Primary
In the three person race for DeWitt County Sheriff, Carl Bowen dominated with 65 percent of the votes getting 2,254 compared to Jeff “Rooster” Thompson with 879 and Jeff Abbott with 351.

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