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Tue
29
Mar

Golden arches remain

By Glenn Rea

The Cuero Record

Until Tuesday evening, Cuero City Council had not heard much support for the city’s decision to allow McDonald’s 75-ft. tall sign to remain at the corner of Broadway and Esplanade here.

Council was asked to talk about it again in last week’s meeting and decide if any action needed to be taken.

Before a vote could be taken, 13 people spoke in favor of leaving the sign as is.

When it came time to decide whether the sign would see any further  action by the city, councilman Tony Allen said, “I’d like to make a motion that no action be taken on the removal of the McDonald’s sign, it stays.”

His motion was seconded by councilman Terry Glover and it passed unanimously.

Considerable talk about the sign dominated two previous council meetings. 

Tue
29
Mar

CAP's fight against waste site presses gas pipeline crossing

By Tim O’Malley
Yorktown News-View

Residents of Nordheim and Yorktown have learned Petro Waste Environmental, LP has pulled one of its applications to construct and operate an open gas and oil waste disposal site between Nordheim and Yorktown near Smith Creek on Eckhardt Road.

Nordheim resident Paul Baumann received a letter from the Railroad Commission dated March 14. The letter referenced “Withdrawn Application for Permit to Maintain and Operate a Commercial Stationary Treatment Facility - Eckhardt Road Commercial Reclamation/Treatment/Disposal Facility: This stands as notification to Petro Waste Environmental LP that the Railroad Commission of Texas (RRC) is herby returning the referenced application in response to the withdrawal request submitted by Sammy Cooper and received by Technical Permitting on March 4, 2016”

Tue
29
Mar

YISD trustees renew personnel contracts

By Tim O’Malley
Yorktown News-View

The Yorktown Independent School District Board of Trustees renewed every personnel contract open for renewal during their regular scheduled meeting on March 21 in the Junior High School Library.

During executive session the board discussed taking action on contract agreements for teachers, counselor(s), technology director and athletic director. During open session all contracts were approved for renewal.

Other discussions included taking action on a business manager position.

Yorktown interim superintendent Linda Bettin said, “The district needs a business manager. I will be posting the position.”
As for the search of a new superintendent Bettin said, “The board does not want to take any action at this time.”
 

Read more in this week's edition of Yorktown News-View. Subscribe online or call 361-564-2242.

Tue
29
Mar

Last day to register to vote April 7

The last day to register to vote for the May 7 Cuero City Council, Yorktown City Council and Yorktown School Board of Trustees election is April 7. If you have already registered but need to update information on your voter registration certificate, or if you have lost your certificate and need a replacement, call 361-275-0859, or go by the Dewitt County Elections/Voter Registrar Office located in the Courthouse Annex at 115 N. Gonzales in Cuero before the April 7 deadline.

The elections office is accepting applications for ballot by mail. If you are age 65 or older, disabled, or plan to be out of the county on election day, you may apply to vote by mail. The deadline to apply for a ballot by mail for the May 7 City/ School General Election is Tuesday, April 26.

For more information, call 361-275-0859 or send an email to electionadmin@co.dewitt.tx.us.

Tue
29
Mar

DeWitt Commissioners solicit basement repair

By Glenn Rea
Publisher

DeWitt County Commissioners Court agreed to negotiate a contract with Komatsu Architecture to correct courthouse basement water leak problems.

The court met Monday to pick one of four companies that had submitted applications for the project.

At issue in the 121 year old courthouse are water leaks as a result of rain in the county clerk’s office in the basement of the building.

For sometime DeWitt County Clerk Natalie Carson has reported water leaks in her office in the of the courthouse. She expressed concern for the various county and public records held in that office.

Commissioners Court agreed to solicit architectural companies to oversee the basement repair or assist in designing a new location for the clerk’s office.
 

Read more in this week's edition of The Cuero Record and/or Yorktown News-View. Subscribe online or call 361-275-3465.

Thu
24
Mar

Local fire leaves family without a home

By Tim O’Malley
Yorktown News-View

Yorktown Volunteer Fire Department responded to a house fire on the 400 block of E. Third Street approximately at noon today.

Home renter Ester Zaiontz said, “I just got here and was going to go brush my teeth and my son (Nick) runs into the kitchen. He said to me, ‘Mom, my room is on fire.’ Stacy (Nick’s girlfriend) was with him. He tried to light a cigarette with a blue torch lighter. He fell asleep and [the cigarette] fell on the floor. I tried to put [the fire out] as much as I could going back and forth with the water. The main thing was getting [Stacy] out because she is in a wheel chair.”

The fire started in the bedroom in the back of the house. Zaiontz’s youngest son, Micklo, (11 years old) was in school when it happened. Everyone was evacuated from the home without injury.

Tue
22
Mar

Retired school personnel meeting

Yorktown was once a cultural center and stopping place for German settlers moving from Indianola to the hill country. Dorothy Mayfield and Beverly Bruns of the Yorktown Historical Museum told De Witt County Retired School Personnel how settlers planned an overnight visit at Yorktown on their journey westward. Besides shopping opportunities at local mercantile stores, travelers could enjoy an opera at the opera house, a wonderful meal at several eating establishments, and a good night’s sleep at a hotel.  

Tue
22
Mar

Education Foundation supports RIF

Cuero ISD Education Foundation funded the Reading Is FUNdamental book distribution held in March. Students at John C. French and Hunt Elementary participated in story time with guest readers, cheered “Reading is FUN,” and selected their favorite book to start or add to their own home library. Over 722 books were distributed. Pictured are students dressed as their favorite storybook character with CISD Education Foundation board member, Mrs. Ashley Coburn.

contributed photo

Tue
22
Mar

County unemployment increases

The number of unemployed increased in DeWitt County in January compared to a year earlier according to Texas Workforce Commission.

January’s total indicate the labor force here was 10,247 with 9,825 employed and 422 unemployed. That results in an unemployment rate of 4.1 percent. The rate from one year earlier was 3.5%.

In comparison Goliad County had an unemployment rate of 4.4% in January while Gonzales’ rate was 4.2%. Karnes County’s rate was 4.4% and Lavaca County’s rate was 3.9%. Victoria’s rate was 4.4%.

Texas employers expanded their payrolls in January with the addition of 31,400 seasonally adjusted nonfarm jobs, marking the tenth consecutive month of job growth for Texas.

Tue
22
Mar

Summers to speak at April 1 Community Leader's Meeting

Dr. David Summers will be the speaker at the Community Leader’s Meeting on Friday, April 1  at 7:30 a.m. at Trust Texas Bank, 121 East Courthouse Street. Dr. Summers has an undergraduate degree in electrical engineering from Texas Tech University, a MBA from West Texas A&M University, and a Ph.D. in organization theory and strategy from the University of North Texas. Dr. Summers teaches entrepreneurship and economic development in the online Master of Science in Economic Development and Entrepreneurship (MSEDE) degree program and is actively involved in entrepreneurship research concerning the startup and development of small businesses. RSVP to ssolis@cityofcuero.com or call the CDC at 361-275-8178 for more info.

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