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Council holds special meeting in response to burglaries, vandalism

In response to recent burglaries and complaints of vandalism within the city, Yorktown City Council held a special council meeting on Friday, December 16, at 6 p.m. at Yorktown City Hall.

Council members Manuel Serrano, Travis Peyton, Bill Baker, Blaine Denbo and Ruben “BB” Garcia were present for the meeting, as well as Interim City Administrator Michelle Warwas and Mayor Rene Hernandez.

The meeting consisted of an executive session “for discussion and deliberation regarding the evaluation, duties and authority of a public officer or employee,” namely Interim Chief of Police Garry Smith, Sgt. Joshua Serbin and Officer Guy Finney.

 

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Tue
20
Dec

Police investigating woman’s death

Yorktown Police Department are investigating the death of a 41 year old woman after being called to a residence on South Gaebler St. in Yorktown Saturday, December 17, at 1:09 p.m.

According to police reports, Tracey L. Lavery was found by her boyfriend, who called 911.

The incident is under investigation by the Yorktown Police Department.

At press time Monday morning, December 19, Yorktown Interim Chief of Police Garry Smith said the death appears to be from natural causes, pending pathology reports.

 

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Tue
20
Dec

End of an era, Sheriff Zavesky retires

Twelve years ago, Jode Zavesky was preparing to become the sheriff of DeWitt County. Carl Bowen will take over Jan. 1, 2017, and it is Zavesky who has helped him. From his time as a dispatcher to becoming sheriff, Zavesky has been involved in law enforcement for quite a long time.

“Believe it or not, way back in the stone age days, while I was in high school, I was dispatching for the Goliad County Sheriff’s Office (GCSO),” Zavesky recalled. “Nowadays, it would be just unheard of. They [Goliad] had a full-time dispatcher during the week, but on weekends and nights, it was high school guys. Back then, there was no 911, so you called the sheriff’s office. Sometime my senior year, we went to 24-hour dispatching. I would dispatch all night, go home, take a shower and go to school.”

After graduating, Zavesky became a reserve in 1978 for GCSO. At that time he was a volunteer fireman and a sheriff reserve.

 

Tue
20
Dec

County earns ‘Best Practice’ awards

County officials in DeWitt, Gonzales and Karnes counties recognized that their oil-and-gas producing counties were losing revenue to the state of Texas from oil and gas leases on county rights of way. In response, they combined forces to get legislation passed requiring the income instead be set aside for county use.

The Texas Association of Counties (TAC) has awarded DeWitt, Gonzales, Karnes, Live Oak and McMullen counties a 2016 County Best Practices Award in recognition of this joint legislative initiative.

Due to a 1960 Texas Attorney General opinion, the state can lease county right of way for oil and gas exploration and collect the income from the Texas General Fund. County roads are routinely damaged by oil and gas operations, but the expenses to repair them are not covered by the state. County taxpayers typically pay for the repairs and maintenance even though the county road right of way is considered property of the state.

 

Tue
20
Dec

City Council discusses utility service changes

Utility services are changing in 2017 for the City of Cuero. This was one of the key items discussed during the Dec. 13 city council meeting.

The first reading of ordinances were read to amend electric service rates, sewers, water and garbage and refuse.

Tue
20
Dec

Main Street executive director resigns

Morgan Rath has given notice of her formal resignation as Executive Director for Cuero Main Street, to become effective on Jan. 26, 2017, as she will be moving to Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Tue
13
Dec

“Best Tree in Yorktown” contest to benefit YAM

The Christmas spirit is on display in a big way in Yorktown – at Yorktown’s own historical gem – the Yorktown Historical Museum! Christmas trees of all shapes, sizes and themes, decorated by local businesses, are currently on display at the museum, spreading the holiday spirit as well as serving a purpose -- helping to gather canned goods for those in need this holiday season.

The “Best Tree in Yorktown” Contest is in full swing at the museum, but time is running short for visitors to vote for their favorite tree. The winner of the contest will be announced on Sunday, December 18. To vote in the contest, simply gather up some canned goods, visit the museum, “ooh” and “aah” at all the beautiful trees, then simply place the canned goods under the tree that really sparkles and shines above the rest.

And good luck with that, as there are so many to choose from and they are all uniquely decorated.

 

Tue
13
Dec

Yorktown Hermann Sons Lodge celebrates 125 years

Quasquicentennial. It is the official term meaning “125th anniversary.” The Yorktown Hermann Sons Lodge has reached a milestone this year.

The lodge, located on the spacious, pecan tree dotted corner of North Eckhardt and Fifth Street, has been a long standing icon in the Yorktown community. From fellowship in the lodge hall to the locally famous Yorktown Hermann Sons Dance troupes to participation by local youth at the Hermann Sons Youth Camp in Comfort, the Yorktown lodge has been a long contributing factor to the community.

 

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Tue
13
Dec

State Fire Marshal investigates local fire, death

An 18-year-old man died as a result of a shed-fire here in the early morning hours Friday, Dec. 9.

Home-owner James Hansen said he was awakened around 4 a.m. by a fire in his metal shed located behind his house in the 500 block of East 8th St. in Yorktown.

He contacted the Yorktown Volunteer Fire Department and while they were extinguishing the fire, one of the firemen saw what appeared to be a body in the debris.

 

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Tue
13
Dec

District Attorney Sheppard retires after 20 years

It was summer 1997 in Refugio. Two men broke into a country home brutally killing a young mother and her son.

The duty of prosecuting those men fell on newly elected 24th Judicial District Attorney Michael Sheppard of Cuero.

“The crime was awful. The length of the trials themselves were undoubtedly the longest criminal trials I’ve had. They both went two months,” Sheppard recalls. “The amount of work that went into it was pretty significant.”

 

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