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Tue
02
Feb

TCEQ to conduct aerial surveys

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) has hired a contractor to conduct aerial surveys during February of 2016. The helicopter that is being used for these surveys is red (tail number: N342LS) and will be hovering over or near pipelines, oil and gas production facilities, and other industrial facilities.

The helicopter is equipped with a specialized infrared camera called the HAWK that can image volatile organic compounds (VOC) and other hydrocarbons invisible to the eye. VOC are a class of compounds present in common things like gasoline and solvents. VOC can combine with nitrogen oxides in the presence of sunlight to form ground-level ozone.

Tue
26
Jan

Audit positive for YISD

The Yorktown Independent School District trustees can rest a little easier after hearing the results of the audit report conducted by CPA Cameron L. Gulley. The audit showed no instances of noncompliance nor any deficiencies in internal control.

Gulley presented the district’s financial audit for year ending Aug. 31, 2015 during the regular trustee meeting on Jan. 18 held at the Yorktown Junior High School library. He said, “It was a good audit even with some decline in tax values.”

According to the audit, the school district had total revenues of $27.3 million. That figure includes $26.9 million from local sources including taxes. State sources provided $402,430.

Over the course of the year, the trustees revised the District’s budget only a few times. The significant budget amendment was for additional wealth recapture payments to the state as a result of tax revenues being much higher than projected.

Tue
26
Jan

More question coach action

By Tim O’Malley
Yorktown News-View

Supporters of Dierdre Alexander filled the Yorktown Independent School District trustee meeting held on Monday, Jan. 18, at the Yorktown Junior High School library.

On Dec. 14, athletic director Ty Robinson demoted Alexander as head coach for volleyball and girl’s track. On Dec. 15, when asked if she wanted to respond she said she did not want to comment. Since then, several individuals have come forward to speak on her behalf wanting an explanation to the decision of her demotion.

Mark Weischwill, president of the YISD board commented after the meeting. He said, “The board is not at liberty to discuss the matter due to the Open Meetings Act and a Texas caselaw.

Tue
26
Jan

Gladue - 'Hero of the day'

By Tim O’Malley
Yorktown News-View

It is not everyday that someone can come by and fix a tire on site. So was the case when Brittany Lynch, 25 years old of Falls City, found herself stuck on Main St. in downtown Yorktown.

Lynch said, “We were on our way to the bridal shop and someone honked at me. I asked myself why were they honking. When I got out of the truck I saw that I had a flat tire.”

Lynch was driving a 2006 Ford 350 FX4 heading south on State Highway 119 where there is road construction.

“That is where we got our flat,” said Lynch as she showed a rock shaped like an arrow head. “It was wedged on the track of the tire.”

Patty  Showecker, 55 years old of Poth, was with Lynch. She looked up on her phone for a tire repair service and found Easley’s Tire Service. She said, “There is Pruski’s in Floresville that repairs tires on site and when I found Easley’s I called them.”

Tue
26
Jan

City to prohibit guns at council meetings

By Tim O’Malley
Yorktown News-View

The Yorktown City Council filed a resolution prohibiting the open and concealed carrying of handguns into meeting rooms of all city of Yorktown meetings subject to the Texas Open Meeting Act.

The council met on Jan. 11 to discuss the 84th Texas Legislative Session where the Texas Legislature amended state law regarding the carrying of handguns on municipal property.

The summary of the resolution reads, “All handguns are prohibited from being carried into any meeting room (s) whether the meeting is being held on City of Yorktown property or some other site, during a City of Yorktown meeting that is subject to the Texas Open Meetings Act pursuant to applicable state law and /or local ordinances.”

A ‘No hand gun allowed’ sign will be posted on the doors of the building where meetings will be held.

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Tue
26
Jan

CHS students attend Rotary YLA

The Rotary Club of Cuero sent five Juniors to RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards).
 
The camp was held Jan. 15-18 at the John Newcombe Tennis Ranch Lodge near New Braunsfels. The interactive weekend was an opportunity to lead, share, and exchange ideas on leadership techniques and topical issues with outstanding community and student leaders along with 200 Texas High School Juniors.  
 
Discussions, sessions and team building activities allowed participants to come away with some new ideas and insights into being more dynamic and effective leaders both in and out of their schools. Cuero High School seniors Jade Cuellar and Chelsea Fuchs attended last year and were selected by Rotary Leadership, and returned this year to do an outstanding job as student Team Leaders. Jace Staats, Mason Kleinecke, Lauren Galindo, Mitchell Green and Wyatt Andrews were the junior attendees.
 
Tue
26
Jan

Westhoff ISD trustees receive plaques

On Wednesday, Jan. 21 Westhoff School Board members were awarded plaques for their service and dedication to Westhoff School.  Board members also received hand written cards, cookies, and cupcakes from students and teachers. Pictured from left are David Kennedy, Superintendent, Cindy Burnett, Secretary, Janice Forbes, Vice President, Paddy Burwell, President, Michelle Malandrakis, Oscar Perez and Steve Scott.
 
Contributed photo
Tue
26
Jan

Cuero, Victoria youth make a difference

Goliad – On Saturday, Jan. 16, 125 people poured out their hearts on the South Texas Children’s Home Ministries Marshall Ranch Campus. First Baptist Churches of Cuero and Victoria combined their Disciple Now weekend, resulting in 93 youth joined in purpose to make a difference.
 
This campus provides homes for families. Mothers, along with their children, find a refuge during a time of crisis. As they learn to rely on God to heal, they also are given instruction, encouragement, and friendship to help restore what is broken and move forward to a successful and independent future. Most importantly they learn how to meet the needs of their children and build a relationship with Christ.
 
The pouring rain and chilly wind did not stop this dedicated group as they broke off into groups. 
 
Tue
26
Jan

Westhoff ISD students rewarded

On Friday, Jan. 15 Westhoff students who maintained an overall average of 95 and above for the first semester were rewarded with a special lunch at Eagleford Restaurant in Cuero. This was an especially exciting trip for the students because they were also able to visit over delicious food and dessert with members of the School Board. Richard Borchard, Director Client Relations, of the law firm Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson LLC, stopped by to chat with the students and even picked up the tab. Borchard actually had brothers and a sister attend Westhoff ISD many years ago and was happy to have the opportunity to meet with current students. Eight students were honored with this reward. Westhoff ISD is incredibly proud of the hard work and dedication these students have put forth.  
 
Tue
26
Jan

Pioneer shows support for Cuero Education Foundation

The Cuero ISD Education Foundation (CISDEF) is proud to announce that it will be hosting a concert fundraiser in the Cuero ISD Performing Arts Center on Saturday, Nov. 12. Funds raised from the concert will directly benefit the faculty, staff and students of Cuero ISD in the form of grants. Grants are awarded annually to CISD faculty and staff to fund projects, programs and resources outside the scope of traditional school funding. Since its inception, the Foundation has awarded more than $500,000 in grants.
 

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