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Tue
24
Nov

County to retire over $2.3 million in bonds

By Glenn Rea
Yorktown News-View

DeWitt County will be saving about $2.3 million in interest as a result of action taken at Monday’s commissioners court meeting.

Also court chose not to ban aerial fireworks during the December holidays because of recent rains.

Looking at county’s finances, the court talked with FirstSouthwest about certificates of obligation issued in 2006 and 2010. That debt was created with the addition of the annex and courthouse renovation and construction of a new detention center.

It was explained about $8.4 million was owed on those outstanding certificates. By retiring or refunding those certificates, the county would be saving about $2.3 million in interest.

FirstSouthwest director Anne Burger Entrekin told court members the process to retire those bonds would be completed in February.

Since 2006, the county has been collecting a dedicated tax and that revenue has been paying for the debt.

Tue
24
Nov

Effort to blow up ATM fails

By Glenn Rea
Publisher

Yorktown Police Department expects surveillance videos from around TrustTexas Bank’s ATM to be released soon. With the public’s help, they may shed some light on who tried to rob the bank’s machine last week.

Located in the 500 block of East Main, neighbors behind the ATM were awaken shortly after 5 a.m. last Tuesday by the noise of a bank robbery attempt.

A man wearing dark clothing,  hoodie, and black gloves kept his back to the bank’s surveillance camera as he placed a full propane canister next to the ATM at the bank. He also placed a burning flare on top of the propane.

Stepping a few feet away, toward the alley, he used a rifle to shoot the tank.

In theory, the canister would blow the ATM open and he would have access to the money inside.

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Tue
24
Nov

'You can choose to be happy'

By Tim O’Malley
Yorktown News-View

Not too many people can get up early in the morning and say, “I get to go to work today” and be happy about it. One Yorktown resident, Crystal Powell, does and her customers are the beneficiaries.

“I have not always loved my job. I made the best I could out of it. But here (The Texan at 207 Main St.), I love my job. I love the customers,” said Powell.

Powell, 40 years old, started working at the age of 16. She has had seven jobs, 12 years at Burger King in North Carolina. She moved to Yorktown and has not regreted one day of it.

“I have always been in customer service,” said Powell. In this community, we have a good base in this store. We get more of the locals compared to the other stores and I really love it here.”

Yorktown locals express much of the same sentiment about here.

“She is always happy. I have never seen her down,” said Clint Leister.

Tue
17
Nov

Law enforcement works together, arrests man north of Yorktown

At approximately 2:40 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 12, DeWitt County Sheriff’s Office units were dispatched to a man with a gun call involving an adult male and a juvenile. Upon arrival in the 800 block of FM 240 north of Yorktown, deputies learned that he had taken a rifle with him and left the juvenile behind. The adult male had made threats of suicide due to family matters. Deputies also learned that the adult was wanted on a felony probation warrant issued out of DeWitt County. 
 
Seven deputies, four DPS troopers and a Yorktown PD officer were the initial responders and set up a perimeter. After a search of two houses and several other buildings, the adult male was found hiding in some brush and was arrested.
 
FM 240 was shut down for approximately two hours due to the close proximity to the scene. All traffic was rerouted.
 
Tue
17
Nov

Essay contest winners fromYHS, YJHS

By Tim O’Malley
Yorktown News-View
 
Archive newspaper collector Robert Roller, of Yorktown, challenged the Yorktown junior high and high school students to an essay contest and the winner to receive an authentic historical newspaper. 
 
The contest challenge occurred while the newspapers were on display at the YISD auditorium on Oct. 28-30.
Roller said, “If one child can have a love for history then this was worth it. We need people who know the history of this country and be in key positions in this country. They can be lawyers, teachers, or in politics. We need good people in politics.”
 
Winners of the essay contest in high school: First place, senior Courtney Ludwick; second place, sophomore Claire Robinson; third place, freshman Robin Naranjo. Courtney’s topic was “Today’s newspaper, tomorrow’s text book.”
Tue
17
Nov

Over $1,000 raised

Cuero Intermediate School and John C. French Elementary also took part in Cuero High School “bail money” fundraiser held for a member of the student body and faculty battling cancer.
 
CIS raised $89, and then on Monday, Nov. 9, it was learned that the French campus had also been collecting money, raising $116. Combined with the $928.97 raised by the high school, the three schools raised $1,133.97.
 
CHS principal, Dr. Kristi Lee said, “I am so proud of our students and staff and grateful for donating money for such a great cause and especially that we had other campuses participating without even being asked.”
Tue
17
Nov

Nominations are being accepted for gifted/talented program

Cuero ISD will begin the screening process to identify students for the Gifted/Talented Program. If you think your child fits many of the characteristics of gifted students listed below, you may nominate your child for screening.
 
 Some of the characteristics of gifted students are: uses an advanced vocabulary, has an extensive, detailed memory—remembers more and retrieves from memory quickly and easily, understands complex concepts, learns quickly and easily, develops learning skills ahead of his/her peers, shows originality/invention in ideas, has a high degree of concentration in areas of interest, seeks out a challenge; finds and solves difficult and sometimes unusual problems and reads a great deal on his/her own.
 
Tue
17
Nov

New roof for Arneckeville Community Center

ARNECKEVILLE — The Arneckeville Community Center will receive a new, energy-efficient roof, thanks to an $11,288 community development grant from the Lower Colorado River Authority and Guadalupe Valley Electric Cooperative.
The center will use the grant to replace a leaking roof and build new skirting. The skirting will make the building safer by deterring wildlife from taking up residence under the building. Community residents constructed the building in 1889 to serve as Arneckeville’s German-English school. It is the only original building in the community still standing.
 
The new, energy-efficient roof replaces the roof installed in 1993 that was damaged by a hail storm and severe wind in 1997. More recently, heavy rain caused significant leaks in the roof that required club members to put buckets in the attic to prevent additional damage to the building’s interior.
 
Tue
17
Nov

Meyersville 4-H picks up trash along U.S. Highway 183

Meyersville 4-H members and parents helped Keep Cuero Beautiful pick up trash along U.S. Highway 183 in Meyersville. Twenty club members and seven parents of members cleaned up their two mile stretch of of highway in Meyersville in a record time of one hour and 37 minutes. Around 25 big trash bags total were filled.
 
Contributed photo
Tue
17
Nov

Lassmann to run for 24th Judicial District Attorney

Robert C. “Rob” Lassmann, 54, announced his candidacy on the Republican ticket for the office of the 24th Judicial District Attorney, which serves DeWitt, Goliad and Refugio Counties.
 
Lassmann graduated from Texas A & I University (now Texas A & M University – Kingsville) in 1983 and from Texas Tech University School of Law in 1986. Previously, Lassmann worked for the Lubbock County Criminal District Attorney and with a civil litigation firm.  
 
Lassmann moved home to Cuero in 1989 when hired as an Assistant District Attorney by Wiley L. Cheatham, long time District Attorney in Cuero. Lassmann served under Cheatham until his retirement and continued his public service under the leadership of Michael A. Sheppard.
 
Lassmann’s 26-plus years of service to this office gives him keen insight into how to effectively run a district-wide office in the most cost effective manner.

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