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Tue
26
Apr

Through the eye of the storm

By Tim O’Malley
Yorktown News-View

If there is any question there is a God, Maurice and Elaine Shenkir can testify on his behalf.

Elaine (68 years old) said, “He carried us until we could walk again. We had been very blessed even though we have had our struggles. It was a saving grace for us to move here.”

Maurice and Elaine moved to Yorktown shortly after family members lost their life in a vehicle accident. On Nov. 16, 1999 Elaine’s mom, Donnie Griffin, their son Trevor Shenkir and two nieces, Lacy Brook Griffin and Bridget Nicole Griffin, were killed in a car crash in Victoria.

Maurice (75 years old) said, “Our oldest son Clayton was in Victoria and our daughter Jodie Elder was in grad school. Friends picked them up because we did not want to tell them their brother died over the phone. We had a lot of hardships but we have so may angels and people surrounding us. I do not know how [anyone can make it without God].  

Tue
26
Apr

First female on board at CVFD

By Robert Proctor

The Cuero Record

Cuero Volunteer Fire Department has been serving the community for over a century, 125 years to be exact. Cyndi Smith, the new secretary and public information officer, is the first female on the board in its history, and she is already getting to work, making information known to the people of Cuero.

Smith comes from a family of law enforcement, where her father was a police officer. She chose to also go in the emergency responder route but as a firefighter. Before coming to the area, she was a firefighter for 13 years.

“My son was a bull rider,” Smith noted.

She became an EMT out of necessity before working for Santo Fire and Rescue in Santo, Texas.

Smith is a National Wild Land Firefighter and has extraction training. Being an EMT also gives her the ability to help people on the scene.

Tue
26
Apr

Control burns, license readers top topics

By Glenn Rea
Publisher

Burning brush? Tell the dispatcher.

License plate readers. Are they needed here?

Those two items were part of the Monday DeWitt County Commissioners Court meeting.

At the start of the meeting, Judge Daryl Folwer encouraged ranchers to notify  the sheriff’s office dispatchers when they plan a controlled burn. He said that number is 361-275-5734.

The problem, according to Fowler, is people are reporting brush fires and volunteer firemen respond only to learn it was a planned control burn.

He said about 60% of the grass fire calls were needless because they were control burns. Still it ties up the fire department equipment, the volunteers leave work and the county has to pay for the call.

In a separate discussion, Constable Kelly Phelps met with court to discuss a possible contract with a company that provides license plate recognition products.

Tue
26
Apr

Robinson takes AD job at Woodville

By Tim O’Malley
Yorktown News-View

Anticipating the next football season, Yorktown returns eight offensive and 10 defensive starters. But for Yorktown head football coach Ty Robinson, the fruit of his work will be for someone else to harvest. Robinson informed the Yorktown School District board of his resignation last Tuesday, April 19. Robinson has taken the position of athletic director and head football coach in Woodville and reported on April 21. They are Class 3A, Division I.

Robinson said, “Tuesday and Wednesday were the worst days of my life. I told the kids on Tuesday. When I came in to work Wednesday I cried from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. I did not think it was going to be this difficult. I did not think it was going to end this way.”

Mon
25
Apr

DeWitt County runoff elections

Voters in DeWitt County will have another opportunity to make their voices heard. Along with several state races, there will be a runoff for the local District Attorney’s office.

This runoff will be the deciding factor between Terry Breen and Rob Lassman. Although the pair garnered over seventy percent of the votes during the March primary,  neither reached the magic “fifty percent plus one vote” required for a victory. The March primary also featured Jay Condie, who looked as though he was sure to be in a runoff with Lassman. Overnight voting results from Refugio County threw the dice the other way, putting Breen in the runoff.

Another runoff being decided will be for the Railroad Commissioner. Out of all seven candidates, the runoff has come down to Gary Gates and Wayne Christian. 

Thu
21
Apr

Yorktown community gather to support athletic director Ty Robinson

By Tim O’Malley
Yorktown News-View

With just word of mouth over 75 community members gathered around the Yorktown Public Library to express an urgency to give and show support to Yorktown Athletic Director Ty Robinson.

Mary Romans shared to the gathering, “They (the Robinson family) need to know we love them. People care and they need to know that.”

This is in response to the recent resignation of Coach Robinson when he took a position in Woodsville.

Romans said, “The school was devastated. The students from junior high on up were walking the halls crying. There were staff members walking the halls crying.”

Wed
20
Apr

House fire on Beacon contained

On Tuesday, April 19, at approximately 7:30 p.m. Cuero Fire Department with the assistance of Cuero Volunteer Fire Department responded to a house fire in the 200 block of Beacon. The fire was able to be contained to the kitchen area which there was extensive damage. The fire was quickly extinguished. Residents were outside when the fire started. No one was injured in the fire.

contributed photo

Tue
19
Apr

Yorktown UIL academic team bring home hardware, many qualified to regionals

On April 4 at Three Rivers High School, 21 students from Yorktown High School competed in the District 30-AA Academic Meet, sponsored by the University Interscholastic League (UIL).

The YHS social studies team received the first place gold medal, earned by Stephen Wagner in second place, Jamie Bolting in fifth place, and additional team members Emily Gwosdz and Jacob Shults.

The spelling team also earned a first place gold medal, with Courtney Ludwick placing first, supported by team members Robin Naranjo and Annie Ochoa.

Also coming home with first place team medals were Current Events team members Claire Robinson in first place, Robin Naranjo in fourth, Kaylee Dueser in sixth, and supporting team member Annie Ochoa.

Tue
19
Apr

"Where were you on Nov. 22, 1963"

By Glenn Rea
Publisher

The question was “Where were you on November 22, 1963”?

Julian Read, author of “JFK’s Final Hours in Texas,” was the guest speaker at Cuero Public Library April 13.

He calls it the most identifiable date in modern history. Those that were alive on that date can readily recall where they were when they learned of President John F. Kennedy assassination in Dallas.

As he emphasized, the number of people that can remember the event or were there is dwindling rapidly.

A resident of Austin now, Read served as the media representative of Texas Governor John B. Connally who was hosting President Kennedy and his wife, Jacqueline, during their travels in Texas.

Tue
19
Apr

Mystery mitt fits Nordheim's Morrise

By Tim O’Malley
Yorktown News-View

The Nordheim Independent School District has, in their trophy case, a lefty’s split finger baseball mitt with a factory stamp of 1948.

NISD superintendent Kevin Wilson said, “I know that the glove was in that case when I got here and I have always been fascinated by it. I do not know the history of it but it is very cool. How many people walk by that case and even notice it? Why is it there? Who wore it? I asked a few people. School principal Lisa Karnei said it has been there as long as she has been here. Board president Larry Mueller said he did not know. No one has any idea where it came from.”

There is an idea, by process of elimination, that the mitt belonged to Bruce Morisse.

Morrise was born in Nordheim April 30, 1929. His mother was the editor of the Nordheim View.

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