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Tue
23
Feb

Support, love shown at Seals benefit

Yoakum Community Center hosted a country music and auction benefit for Jocelynn Seals on Thursday, Feb. 18. Jocelynn is fighting Ewing Sarcoma Cancer and currently taking chemo at M.D. Anderson in Houston.

Singer for the fundraiser included Bo Walker, Nancy Hale, Kim and John Springs, Corky Powers, Monty Calloway, Jim Herrington and Don Stevens and Family, among others.

Jocelynn’s mother, Hope, was extremely thankful for all the support received and the turnout at the benefit. 

“The benefit was amazing,” Hope stated. “Communities from all surrounding towns were there. The music was great and the food that was donated for concessions was a huge success. All the volunteers and all the support and love that was there will forever be remembered. We are in debt to everyone and words cannot explain the gratitude.”

Tue
23
Feb

Cuero Main Street recognized by Texas Historical Commission

The Texas Historical Commission (THC) commended Cuero for successful annual progress as a designated Main Street community, one of 58 to be recognized this year.

The Texas Main Street Program (TMSP) began in 1981 as one of the first state coordinating programs in the country. 2016 marks TMSP’s 35th anniversary. Local Main Street programs focus on responsibly utilizing a community’s historic assets for economic benefit and to increase quality of life. 

During 2015, more than $216 million was reinvested into Texas’ 90 Main Street districts. Additionally, 327 small businesses and 1,710 jobs were created. 

Cuero Main Street hosts events such as Christmas in Downtown, Market on Main, and Shop the Blocks and other programs such as the hanging baskets in downtown.

Wed
17
Feb

Man arrested on 10 drug charges

On Feb. 12 at approximately 11:15 p.m., officers of Cuero Police Department executed a search warrant in the 500 block of W. French Street resulting in the arrest of one individual on 10 drug related charges and one charge of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
 
After receiving information from a confidential informant, officers established an extensive surveillance of the suspected residence and observed activity consistent with the sale or distribution of drugs. Officers were able to confirm the activity and obtained a warrant for search of the suspected residence.
 
Isaac Dimas, age 53, of Cuero was arrested at the scene following execution of the search warrant for the following charges:
 
1. Man/Del Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1 (Methamphetamine); Second Degree Felony
 
2. Man/Del Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1 (Cocaine); State Jail Felony
Tue
16
Feb

Patti Harbers files for YISD

Patti Harbers has served three years as a Yorktown Independent School District board of trustee and is seeking re-election.

She graduated from University of Houston-Victoria on May 1987. She started her teaching career in August that same year at Yorktown ISD and retired from teaching in 2010.

Patti is married to Dwain Harbers for 41 years. They have one son, Aron, and one grandson, Tanner. She is a member of First Baptist Church Yorktown, president of DeWitt County Retired School Personnel Assoc., secretary-treasurer of Keep Yorktown Beautiful and is in the Lion’s Club.

Patti is seeking re-election because she believes in the education of all children. Her concern as a teacher, now as a retired teacher, has always been the welfare and education of children.

Tue
16
Feb

Family talks of Engle's sentence

By Tim O’Malley
Yorktown News-View

The signs were there and Kirk Ross Engle’s mother, Lupe Garcia, did everything she could do but she said no one wanted to listen.

Kirk Ross Engle, 45, stabbed Brian Smolik the evening of Aug. 19, 2014 while Smolik was attempting to extinguish a fire Engle had started in the 400 block of West Sixth Street in Yorktown. Last week, Feb. 11, Engle was tried and found guilty of stabbing a volunteer firefighter and was sentenced to 40 years in prison.

According to Garcia, this may have been prevented if someone had taken the time to listen.

“I know if you do the crime you have to pay,” she said. “I just want to make sure they take care of him while he is in prison. A lot of people commit suicide in prison. They just don’t want to talk about that.”

Engle started taking an antidepressant called Escitalopram around the middle to late May of 2014.

Tue
16
Feb

RWOYA install officers

The Republican Women of the Yoakum Area installed officers for 2016. Pictured from left are Becky Berger, representative from the Texas Federation of Republican Women, swore in the new officers: Casey McKee, secretary; Donna Nevlud, president; Cheryl Thompson-Draper, vice president and Kim White, treasurer. RWOYA includes women from Lavaca, DeWitt and Gonzales counties.
 
Contributed photo
Tue
16
Feb

Yorktown FFA show begins, auction Saturday

Yorktown Future Farmers of America will hold their annual livestock show Friday and Saturday at the Yorktown School Show Barn. The judging begins at 5:30 p.m. Friday and the auction begins at 1 p.m. Saturday.

This will be the third year the show will be in the newly completed show barn. Last year’s was well supported as the FFA members sold champion steers, hogs, and lambs.

Top shop projects and cook-offs completed the awards judging and presentations.

Serving as officers of Yorktown FFA are Emily Gwosdz, president; Destiny Gonzales, vice-president; Shelby Franke, secretary; Annie Ochoa, treasurer; Jessica Garcia, reporter; Jerome Gwosdz, sentinel; and Grehsen Allmann, Advisor. Destiny Gonzales is Miss FFA Sweetheart.

Auctioneer will be Joe Adams. Showmanship and project judge will be Greg Nemec. Livestock judge is Cord Weinheimer.

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Tue
16
Feb

Nitro Construction LLC earns top safety award

 Texas Mutual Insurance Company announced that Nitro Construction LLC from DeWitt County has been awarded the company’s top honor for workplace safety. Texas Mutual, the state’s leading provider of workers’ compensation insurance, recognized this company for its dedication to workplace safety.
 
To qualify for this honor, a company must demonstrate its commitment to workplace safety by implementing an exemplary safety program and controlling workers’ compensation losses.
 
“At Texas Mutual we focus heavily on promoting workplace safety and educating employers about safe work practices,” Richard Gergasko, president and chief executive officer of Texas Mutual Insurance Company, said. “These awards recognize companies for their dedication to workplace safety and their commitment to the safety of their employees.”
 
Tue
16
Feb

Primary election voting information

Election Day is Tuesday, March 1 for the Democratic and Republican Primary Election. Polls open at 7 a.m. and will remain open until 7 p.m. Election Day polling locations for DeWitt County  are as follows:
 
Precinct 101 votes at the Cuero Community Hospital Education Classroom in Cuero located at 2550 N. Esplanade.
 
Precinct 102 will vote at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church Hall, located at 207 Graham St. in Cuero.
 
Precinct 201 votes at Trinity Church Fellowship Hall located at 108 E. Park St. in Cuero.
 
Precinct 202 and 203 will vote at the Yoakum Housing Authority’s  Harry O. Gibson Center located at 712 Forest Street in Yoakum.
 
Precincts 301 and 302 will vote at St. Paul Lutheran Church at 234 N Gohmert St. in Yorktown. 
 
Tue
16
Feb

Cuero ISD 2014-15 report card

The Texas Performance Reporting System (TPRS) for the 2014-15 school year is now available at http://tea.texas.gov/tprs.aspx.
 
 The TPRS, which provides detailed results at the school, district, region, and state levels, includes information previously unreleased in the Texas Academic Performance Reports (TAPR). Performance and participation results for 2015 include assessments for STAAR grade 3-8 mathematics, STAAR A, and STAAR Alternate 2 and are reported for the following additional student groups: Economically Disadvantaged/Non-Economically Disadvantaged, Male/Female, Special Education/Non-Special Education, At Risk/Non-At Risk, Migrant/Non-Migrant, English Language Learners (ELLs) and Career and Technical Education (CTE)/Non-CTE.
 

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