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Tue
01
Mar

TEA helps YISD progress

By Tim O’Malley
Yorktown News-View

“It just did not happen overnight for to us to get ‘Improvement Required’ (IR)” said Cheri Hart, professional service provider for Texas Education Agency. She presented the academic progress report during a scheduled Yorktown Independent School Board meeting on  Feb. 22 at the Yorktown Junior High library.

“My district includes Yorktown, Nordheim and Edna. Last year I had five campuses under IR and managed to get four of those schools out of IR. I expect we will [succeed] here too,” said Hart. She continued, “Where we are did not happen overnight. With the change of administration that we have I think [principals Dr. Carlos Garza and Pamela Edwards] along with administration and staff will get us out [of IR] or real close.”

Tue
01
Mar

Speed bumps to bank balance

By Glenn Rea
Publisher

Speed bumps, fund balances, and coyotes topped discussions at Monday’s DeWitt County Commissioners Court meeting at the courthouse.

An ongoing effort to slow traffic on Cheapside Road in the northwest portion of the county met with some resistance Monday.

Rancher Tim Pennell has been asking the county to place speed bumps near his cattle company exit onto Cheapside Road. He said a hill near that ranch road prevents him from seeing oncoming traffic.

Commissioner Curtis Afflerbach said he has placed speed reduction signs in that area but more may need to be done to get the traffic to slow down.

However, he said speed bumps may cause damage to the 18-wheel trucks with trailers and could cause an oil spill.

He said sheriff’s deputies and Constable Kelly Phelps have been patrolling the area and writing citations to speed violators.

Tue
23
Feb

New stop signs slowing traffic

By Tim O’Malley
Yorktown News-View

The long overdue city ordnance is finally seeing octagonal red in the residential areas where some motorists use to bypass traffic on main as they speed across intersections where children are at play.

Yorktown police chief Paul Campos and code enforcement officer Joshua Serbin put together a presentation for the Yorktown city council meeting held on Sept. 28, 2015 recommending 90 new stop signs.

City council heard the statistics surrounding the cause of concern. Serbin reported there are 125 intersections in Yorktown; 43 intersections with stop signs, 45 intersections with yield signs and 37 intersections without signs. Streets with the greatest number of citation are the following: Mehnert Street has recorded 374 citations with 97 citations in the school zone. Riedel Street has seen 112 citations. East 7th Street had 147 citations and W. 12th Street with 50 citations.

Tue
23
Feb

Westhoff honor roll

Following is the Westhoff ISD 4th Six Weeks honor roll and the students with perfect attendance.

A Honor Roll

Stran Gaitan, Ice Galindo, Everett Odom, Raeleigh Sturm, Connor Thigpen, Macon Thomas, Madilyn Thomas.

A/B Honor Roll

Alexis Alvarez, Andres Carmona, Laura Carmona, Leah Chennault, Chase Curlee, Dallin Galindo, Abreren Franklin, Zharia Franklin, Wyatt Gaitan, Jackie Gwosdz, Haelie Hale, Micah Montelongo, Ta’Kiya Morris, Dylan Yeoman, Isai Zamarripa.

Perfect Attendance

Tue
23
Feb

Yorktown FFA Show auction tops $121K

By Tim O’Malley
Yorktown News-View

The day could not have been any nicer for the 77th Yorktown FFA Stock Show and Sale held last weekend. This year there were 38 show animals (up six from last year) that raised $121,396.40 overall. The auction was well attended and the show was well supported with generous buyers. With the overall market down, auctioneer Joe Adams kept the crowd bidding for the highest bid.

Yorktown FFA advisor Brad Metting said, “The show went really well. All the exhibitors did a great job. The sale was actually a lot better than I thought it was going to be considering the economy. We really appreciate all the buyers coming out and supporting the FFA students.”

Grand champion steer and reserve champion steer followed suit as it did last year with Evan Krause winning Grand Champion steer and Jessica Garcia taking Reserve Champion steer.

Tue
23
Feb

Haas, Vinklarek claim prizes

San Antonio – The calf scramble was held Thursday, Feb. 18, at the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo.

4-H and FFA youth competed for 12 certificates to purchase breeding or market animals to exhibit in the 2017 San Antonio Junior Livestock Show. Certificates of a $1000 amount were awarded that evening to those who caught a calf.

Holden Haas and Austin Vinklarek from Cuero were fortunate enough to catch and receive a certificate.

Vinklarek is a member of Dewitt County 4-H, and his hobbies consist of hunting and fishing. 

Vinklarek was first interested in the sale calf scramble because of his extension agent. He recalls the most rewarding part of the calf scramble was the experience in the arena and earning money from generous donors to purchase an animal for next year. 

He plans on participating next at the Houston Livestock Show.

Tue
23
Feb

Thomas, Watson advance to Regional Spelling Bee

St. Michael’s Catholic School hosted the 2016 DeWitt County Spelling Bee Thursday, Feb. 11 with competitors from Cuero Intermediate School, Cuero Junior High School, Meyersville School, St. Michael’s Catholic School, Yorktown Elementary and Westhoff School.

Brady Watson, an eighth grader at Cuero Junior High, and Macon Thomas, a fourth grader at Westhoff School, advanced to the Regional Spelling Bee in Victoria. Eighth-grader Allysa Gamez of Westhoff School was named the alternate. Watson is the son of Jami and Trent Watson. Thomas is the son of Jennifer Thomas. Gamez is the daughter of Kristal and Brian Barbontin.

Watson’s winning word was “infrastructure” and Thomas’ was “languish.”

Tue
23
Feb

A&M Mother's Club celebration

The DeWitt-Lavaca A&M Mothers’ Club was established in 1965 and is proud to celebrate 50 years of organized support for our students attending Texas A&M University. A “Get Together” with light refreshments was held Monday, Feb. 8 in honor of this momentous occasion. Past presidents of the organization were recognized and thanked for their contributions during their tenure. Past presidents in attendance wer Maggie Jahn – 1979-1980, Louise Witte – 1989-1990, Nancy Blackwell – 2001-2002, Linda Schmidt – 2005-2008 and Jo Ann Kloesel – 2011-2012. Pictured left to right are Laura Kocurek, Louise Witte, Karen Washington, President 2015-2016, Jo Ann Kloesel, Maggie Jahn, Nancy Blackwell, Tanya Wenzel, Sherri Kusak, Linda Schmidt, Debbie Brandt and Pat Wessels.

contributed photo

Tue
23
Feb

Texas German Society prepares for state convention

The Lavaca/DeWitt Chapter of the Texas German Society met on Thursday, Feb. 11 at 6 p.m., at the historical Hochheim Prairie Schoolhouse. Twelve members were in attendance.

President Joyce Manning welcomed everyone to the first business meeting of 2016. Gladys Eckhardt then offered the Grace in English and German before everyone enjoyed the buffet.

After the meal, president Joyce Manning called the meeting to order. Secretary Barbara Braun presented the minutes from the last formal business meeting. The minutes were recorded as read with neither corrections nor exceptions. Treasurer Robert Manning presented the Treasurer’s Report which was then filed for audit.

Tue
23
Feb

Texas Declaration of Independence

The Texas Declaration of Independence will be read at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, March 2 on the west side (Gonzales Street) of the DeWitt County Courthouse by several readers including County Judge Daryl Fowler and the Reverend A.L. Taylor.

Independence was declared on March 2, 1836 at Washington on the Brazos by the elected delegates of the people of Texas during the Texas Revolution. Delegate George C. Childress is generally acknowledged as the principal author of the written declaration.

The independence declared on March 2, 1836 was made permanent by the Battle of San Jacinto fought on April 21, 1836.

This reading is sponsored by the DeWitt County Historical Commission.

The public is invited to this reading. The DeWitt County Courthouse will be open March 2 for normal business. There will be no seating. It is requested that the public respect and not litter the courthouse grounds.

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