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Tue
31
May

Caffey voted new AD/head coach

By Tim O’Malley
Yorktown News-View

It was a good first day for Yorktown’s new athletic director/head football coach John David Caffey as he met athletes at the Yorktown’s campus last Wednesday.

Caffey said, “Everybody that I have talked to talks how hard working and how good these kids are. To me, it is an easy choice to come here.”

The Yorktown Independent School District Board of Trustees interviewed three applicants and deliberated three and a half hours during the special called meeting on May 23 before deciding on a 4-3 vote to hire Caffey, of Rice Consolidated Independent School District. In favor of the new AD were Todd Metting, Nelda Sertuche, Mark Weischwill, and Debbie Kneese. Those that voted against him were Randy Franke, Danette Respondek and DeNiece Respondek.

Tue
31
May

Nordheim High School to see 16 graduates

Commencement for the Nordheim Class of 2016 is set for Friday, June 3, at 6:30 p.m. Nordheim High School has announced their class valedictorian and salutatorian for the Class of 2016. Annalysa Camacho is the valedictorian, and Emily Jennings is the salutatorian.

Annalysa Camacho is the daughter of Christian Rincones and Roger Rincones. She participated in volleyball, basketball and tennis and was a varsity cheerleader. She served as president of FFA and was a member of National Honor Society, and one-act play. In FFA she was a member of livestock judging, chapter conducting radio broadcast, nursery landscape and design teams. She plans to attend University of Texas A&M Kingsville to study wildlife and range management.

Tue
31
May

Run-off sees Lassman take district attorney seat

It took two tries but results of Tuesday’s run-off election determined who will be the next district attorney for DeWitt, Goliad and Refugio counties.

Cuero resident Rob Lassman received 800 votes in the 24th Judicial District to Terry Breen’s 645 (preliminary counts). Both candidates ran on the Republican ticket and there was not a Democrat in the race.

Lassman, who has been on the district attorney’s staff for 26 years, will take over the top position on January 1. Current district attorney Michael Sheppard chose not to seek re-election.

According to DeWitt County Election Administrator Cindy Bonner, 6.65% of the registered voters in DeWitt County cast a vote in this run-off election.

In the primary, held March 1, there were three candidates in the district attorney’s race. Lassman and Jay Condie received 81% of the vote in DeWitt County. However Breen took a majority of the votes in Goliad and Refugio counties to force the run-off with Lassman.

Tue
31
May

Salute for YHS grads

By Tim O’Malley
Yorktown News-View

The Yorktown High School commencement exercises for the graduating Class of 2016 went off without a hitch last Friday night at the Wildcat Stadium after the rain passed and cooler temperatures set in to enjoy the evening.

The Yorktown High School band played for the first time since 2006 when Carole Strayhorn was speaker at the graduation while running for state governor. The band played during the processional “Pomp and Circumstance” and “The Star Spangled Banner.”

Yorktown band director Nathan Jones said, “Fortunately, I have kids who want to work for this.”

Yorktown High School principal Dr. Carlos Garza gave a brief introduction and welcomed family and friends of the Class of 2016 graduates.

Tue
31
May

Plan to help Mt. Vernon workers

By Glenn Rea
Publisher

“Cuero Cares” has been launched in an effort to assist the employees at Mt. Vernon Mills Brentex. An information job fair will be held at Lifeway Baptist Church in Cuero on June 16 to assist those workers.

The 100 year old business announced it would be closing this month. It employs 268 people. Many were from the Yorktown area.

Several organizations will be assisting offering counseling, stress management, training for other positions, and filing for unemployment.

Officials at the company have indicated to city officials they will begin closing the plant on June 8 and it will be closed by June 12. It has been estimated the monthly payroll at Mt. Vernon Mills was close to $1 million.

Transitioning from a job to unemployment has triggered the multi-agency, unique partnership called “Cuero Cares.”

Thu
26
May

Public meeting on hazard mitigation May 31

DeWitt County will hold a public meeting on Tuesday, May 31 to gather public input for a FEMA Hazard Mitigation Action Plan. Plan participants included unincorporated DeWitt County, cities of Cuero, Nordheim, Yorktown and DeWitt County Drainage District.  

The meeting will be from 6 to 7 p.m. at Cuero City Hall, 212 E. Main, in Cuero.

The public, area businesses and organizations in the planning area are invited to attend.

FEMA requires communities to develop mitigation plans to minimize risk to life and property from hazards such as drought, flood, hurricane, tornado, and wildfire.

Communities with FEMA-approved plans are eligible for certain grant funding under the Hazard Mitigation Assistance program.

For additional information contact Cathy Meek, project manager, at 512-420-6755 or by email at: CLMeek@lan-inc.com.

Tue
24
May

New businesses in town

The Yorktown Chamber of Commerce was proud to honor two businesses with ribbon cuttings on Saturday, May 21. Dare to Dream, a full service salon and boutique at 128 E. Main St., welcomed Tabitha Horny-owner and operator, along with her associates Kelly Stehling Naranjo-hair stylist and Cathy Morehead-stylist and certified make-up artist;  P & O Vapors, specializing in e-cigarettes and and e-liquids on 147 E. Main, with owners and operators Armando and Rachel Skeen. In celebration of the newly renovated Dairy Queen, a ribbon cutting was offered during their grand re-opening celebration. Dairy Queen VIP’s were Abdul Essaid-district manager, Joe Angle director of operations, Jeff Hayes-director of facilities, Briana Palacios-local restaurant manager and Carl Kuykendall-assistant restaurant manager.  

Tue
24
May

Air Evac event June 2

DeWitt County Emergency Planning Committee, chaired by Meyersville Fire Chief Jimmy Ellis, is putting on an event to answer questions about the new air evacucation operations. The event will be held June 2 from 7-9 p.m. at Meyersville School.

Ellis said the event was prompted by the new medical helicopter in Cuero. He has been asked about the service and what it costs.

There are now four companies in the area which provide air evac operations: PHI Victoria, Halo Flight, San Antonio Air Life and Methodist Air Evac.

“Whoever goes to the scene will call for the helicopter that is the closest,” Ellis said.

Ellis has contacted all four companies, and they will have representative at the event on June 2 to answer questions about insurance and air evac operations. First responders will also be there to answer questions.

“One of those four companies will provide 99 percent of response in the Crossroads,” Ellis said.

Tue
24
May

30 to see diplomas at commencement

Yorktown High School’s 2016 graduates will receive their diplomas Friday, May 27, during commencement at Wildcat Stadium starting at 8 p.m.

With approximately 30 seniors set to walk, the class valedictorian will be Courtney Ludwick and salutatorian will be Shelby Franke.

Senior class honor student Jamie Bolting will deliver the invocation and Yorktown High School Principal Dr. Carlos Garza will welcome family and friends to the ceremonies.

Courtney Ludwick is the daughter of Robert and Cheryl Ludwick. She has served as Student Council president, National Honor Society co-president, and varsity cheerleader all four years. While attending Yorktown High School she was active in athletics, FFA, and UIL competitions. Courtney will be attending Texas State University and plans to major in fashion merchandising.

Tue
24
May

5-Star Church Award for 1st United Methodist

Wes Dukes presented Rev. Donna Martin of First United Methodist Church of Cuero the prestigious 5- Star Church Award.

The 5-star Church Award is presented by the Rio Texas Conference and Crossroads District to those churches throughout the Southern Texas Conference that have been involved in supporting ministries outside their own community.

This is an annual award opportunity which Cuero’s First United Methodist has won each year for the last 10 years. The intent is to encourage congregations to have an outward focus and experience missionary and ministry fields within the broader church. These ministries include not only within the Texas Conference but also national and international ministries.

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