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Tue
05
Apr

Governor's Community Achievement Award

CUERO – Keep Texas Beautiful (KTB) has recognized Cuero as one of 10 winners of the 2016 Governor’s Community Achievement Awards (GCAA) for outstanding community improvement. The award is one of the most coveted annual environmental and community improvement honors in Texas. The winners will share $2 million in landscape funding from the Texas Department of Transportation; Cuero will receive $130,000 for a landscaping project along a state maintained right-of-way. 

Communities submitted materials to one of 10 population categories and judges chose the winners based on their achievements in seven environmental and community improvement areas: community leadership and coordination, education, public awareness, litter prevention and cleanup, litter law and illegal dumping enforcement, beautification and community improvement, and solid waste management. 

Tue
05
Apr

NVFD schedule clean-up day in hopes to build

By Tim O’Malley
Yorktown News-View

Nordheim Volunteer Fire Department spent a work day clearing trees and brush where they plan to have a new building for the fire department. It will be located on the corner of State Highway 72 and Broadway.

Nordheim fire chief Ronnie Pfiefer said, “The land was donated to us some 20 years ago by Neil Hanson. Long story short, he was going to give it to my father (Elo Pfiefer) and he said donate it to the fire department.”

The new building will cost approximately $150,000. It will be a 50 feet by 100 feet building with six bays. There will be three bay doors in front and three in back. The building will also include a kitchen.

Pfiefer said, “We have close to $75,000. We will accept donations. Any extra will be applied to purchasing new fire trucks. The ones we have now are quite old.”

Nordheim Volunteer Fire Department has 25 members with 11 members able to respond to any fire.

Tue
05
Apr

Rural county road closure topic at commissioners court

By Glenn Rea

The Cuero Record

Should a rural county road be closed due to excessive oil field traffic?

That is the question facing DeWitt County Commissioners Court.

A four-hour public hearing Monday, March 28, allowed about 15 witnesses to offer their opinions to the court. Representing the court were County Attorney Ray Reese and attorney Chuck Kimbrough of Austin.

The issue came up at the end of February when a petition was filed asking the county to ‘discontinue, vacate, or abandon a portion of a road to the public.’ That road is Oliver Road which connects Bellevue Cemetery Road to Elder Road north of Cuero near the DeWitt - Gonzales county line. That portion of the road is about one mile long.

The petition was signed by eight property owners including Robert Oliver and Mark and Betty Zgabay. Oliver and the Zgabays live on that portion of Oliver Road.

Tue
05
Apr

Professor teaches what he has learned

By Robert Proctor

The Cuero Record

University of Houston-Victoria professor and entrepreneurship researcher Dr. David Summers shared what he has learned and practiced in economic development at the April 1 Cuero Development Corporation community leader’s meeting.

Dr. Summers teaches entrepreneurship and economic development in the online Master of Science in Economic Development and Entrepreneurship (MSEDE) degree program at UHV and also practices what he teaches in his hometown of Ingram, Texas in Kerr County. Since the inception of the MSEDE program at UHV, 70 students have graduated.

As a professor, Dr Summers noted, “Professors have to learn, also.”

There are 10 points he touched on of how he has learned in the past 10 years. These topics have not only been talked about by Dr. Summer but put into practice in Ingram, Where he is a part of an economic development.

Tue
05
Apr

YLL holds opening ceremony

By Tim O’Malley
Yorktown News-View

There were 177 boys and girls, from the ages 4 to 14, registered to play in this year’s season of Yorktown Little League. A great many attended the opening ceremonies on April 2 in spite of the cold that came in the night before.

Lissa Knetig, serving her fourth year as YLL president, opened the ceremonies. She recognized and expressed appreciation to all the individuals and businesses who made it possible for another season.

The players recited the Little League Pledge just before the invocation. After the playing of the National Anthem, Yorktown’s mayor Rene Hernandez threw the first pitch. It was a fast ball, low and outside.

In the final words of Knetig, “Let’s play ball,” the players rushed off the field to allow the teams playing to ‘warm up’ while they took cover to get a little warm themselves.

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Tue
05
Apr

ConocoPhillips presents $191K to Eagle Ford area

ConocoPhillips presented $191,000 in charitable grants to 38 organizations in the Eagle Ford area at a company sponsored event in Kenedy on Thursday, March 31.

“We are pleased to be able to contribute to organizations that play such a vital role in the lives of Eagle Ford residents,” said Randy Black, manager, Eagle Ford operations. “Even though commodity prices are low, we believe it’s important to give back to the local communities where we live and work.”

Of the 38 organizations, Yorktown and Nordheim had five organizations that shared $35,000: Keep Yorktown Beautiful $1,000; Nordheim ISD Education Foundation $4,000; Nordheim Volunteer Fire Department $10,000; Yorktown EMS $10,000; and Yorktown Volunteer Fire Department $10,000.

Tue
05
Apr

Decline in oil revenue brings region together

By Glenn Rea
Publisher

“Judge Fowler from DeWitt County is one of my heroes,” said State Rep. John Cyrier of Lockhart.

He was speaking at the Eagle Ford Consortium meeting in Kenedy last week.

The consortium brought together about 400 industrial, governmental and educators leaders from throughout the Eagle Ford Shale.

Rep. Cyrier gave a state’s view of the Eagle Ford Shale and what can be expected in the next legislative session.

He said a bill that Judge Daryl Fowler drafted and was passed will allow counties to receive mineral royalties from properties owned by counties, such as roadways.

“Revenue generated from mineral rights underneath our county  roads goes back to the state even though it’s property of the county that we are maintaining,” Cyrier said.

Tue
05
Apr

Eagle Ford still key in world energy plan

By Glenn Rea
Publisher

“South Texas will never be the same again. The impact is something you can’t get back,” said Leodoro Martinez of Cotulla, president of Eagle Ford Consortium.

There were about 400 people at last week’s Eagle Ford Consortium in Kenedy. Organized five years ago, the consortium is made up of about 15 counties in the EFS. It focuses on industry, communities, education, economic impact and environmental issues.

There were about 10 people from DeWitt County and Cuero there to hear what is next for the Eagle Ford Shale.

Investment advisor Immanuel Tan of Goldman Sachs (international investment bank) provided an update and outlook.
“Crude oil prices have declined dramatically over the past 18 months or so,” he said. “U.S. production has declined but not as dramatically as you think.”

Tue
05
Apr

Clinton Cemetery set for dedication April 10

DeWitt County Historical Commission will dedicate a monument to the 75 known people buried between 1850 and 1902 in the old part of Clinton Cemetery. The dedication will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 10. Clinton Cemetery Road turns left off US Highway 183, south .6 of a mile from the “Y” past the Guadalupe River bridge. Descendants of those buried in the cemetery, residents of the Clinton community and the general public are invited to learn about the history of Clinton and its cemetery.

The cemetery has no official caretakers and the older part has not been well maintained for many years. Brush and weeds have grown up. Many of the headstones are missing and others have fallen over or have been damaged by weather or by vandalism.

Tue
29
Mar

Meyersville students use landmark cubes

Sixth graders at Meyersville School recently created “Landmark Cubes.” In their study of Europe, the students researched European landmarks and designed each side of the cube about a particular landmark. The class shared their information with elementary students as everyone enjoyed a game of “Roll ‘Em.”

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