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Thu
24
Mar

Local fire leaves family without a home

By Tim O’Malley
Yorktown News-View

Yorktown Volunteer Fire Department responded to a house fire on the 400 block of E. Third Street approximately at noon today.

Home renter Ester Zaiontz said, “I just got here and was going to go brush my teeth and my son (Nick) runs into the kitchen. He said to me, ‘Mom, my room is on fire.’ Stacy (Nick’s girlfriend) was with him. He tried to light a cigarette with a blue torch lighter. He fell asleep and [the cigarette] fell on the floor. I tried to put [the fire out] as much as I could going back and forth with the water. The main thing was getting [Stacy] out because she is in a wheel chair.”

The fire started in the bedroom in the back of the house. Zaiontz’s youngest son, Micklo, (11 years old) was in school when it happened. Everyone was evacuated from the home without injury.

Tue
22
Mar

Retired school personnel meeting

Yorktown was once a cultural center and stopping place for German settlers moving from Indianola to the hill country. Dorothy Mayfield and Beverly Bruns of the Yorktown Historical Museum told De Witt County Retired School Personnel how settlers planned an overnight visit at Yorktown on their journey westward. Besides shopping opportunities at local mercantile stores, travelers could enjoy an opera at the opera house, a wonderful meal at several eating establishments, and a good night’s sleep at a hotel.  

Tue
22
Mar

Education Foundation supports RIF

Cuero ISD Education Foundation funded the Reading Is FUNdamental book distribution held in March. Students at John C. French and Hunt Elementary participated in story time with guest readers, cheered “Reading is FUN,” and selected their favorite book to start or add to their own home library. Over 722 books were distributed. Pictured are students dressed as their favorite storybook character with CISD Education Foundation board member, Mrs. Ashley Coburn.

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Tue
22
Mar

County unemployment increases

The number of unemployed increased in DeWitt County in January compared to a year earlier according to Texas Workforce Commission.

January’s total indicate the labor force here was 10,247 with 9,825 employed and 422 unemployed. That results in an unemployment rate of 4.1 percent. The rate from one year earlier was 3.5%.

In comparison Goliad County had an unemployment rate of 4.4% in January while Gonzales’ rate was 4.2%. Karnes County’s rate was 4.4% and Lavaca County’s rate was 3.9%. Victoria’s rate was 4.4%.

Texas employers expanded their payrolls in January with the addition of 31,400 seasonally adjusted nonfarm jobs, marking the tenth consecutive month of job growth for Texas.

Tue
22
Mar

Summers to speak at April 1 Community Leader's Meeting

Dr. David Summers will be the speaker at the Community Leader’s Meeting on Friday, April 1  at 7:30 a.m. at Trust Texas Bank, 121 East Courthouse Street. Dr. Summers has an undergraduate degree in electrical engineering from Texas Tech University, a MBA from West Texas A&M University, and a Ph.D. in organization theory and strategy from the University of North Texas. Dr. Summers teaches entrepreneurship and economic development in the online Master of Science in Economic Development and Entrepreneurship (MSEDE) degree program and is actively involved in entrepreneurship research concerning the startup and development of small businesses. RSVP to ssolis@cityofcuero.com or call the CDC at 361-275-8178 for more info.

Tue
22
Mar

Main Street events less than one month away

Shop the Blocks will be on April 2. Tickets are now on sale for $25 and may be purchased at either the Cuero Main Street office or City Hall. The participating stores for this year are Double Bar K, Cuero Pecan House, A Special Stitch, friends, Swanky Spur Trading Post, The Cooking Depot, Batz & More Antiques, rodeo gypsy, Be., Wagners Hardware and Gifts and lastly is The Chisholm Trail Heritage Museum. After the brunch with Mimosas ticket holders will then travel to each store on the list and receive a free small gift from each store along with their stylish Shop the Blocks shopping bag. There are only 150 tickets available.

Tue
22
Mar

Political author to visit Cuero April 13

The Cuero Public Library will host Julian Read at the library April 13 at 7 p.m. This program is a free event available to the community and surrounding areas. The Shutterbug Club will begin serving refreshments at 6:30 and display winning photos.

Julian Read, a Texas political insider who delivered the first eyewitness report of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination to the media, has authored a behind-the-scenes account that chronicles the tragedy and its 50 year legacy. In “JFK’s Final Hours in Texas,” Read documents not only the immediate agony endured by the people in the epicenter of the tragedy but also the continuing experience of a wounded community recovering from its aftermath.

Tue
22
Mar

VFW recognizes nurses

Each year, the Cuero Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary recognizes nurses for their contributions to our community. Recently, president Barbara Hartman (far right) delivered confections to three area medical clinics to show appreciation for the nurses’ services. Shown receiving the donuts are Janis Kocian and Bonnie Schley of Bohman Clinic.

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Tue
22
Mar

Proctor-Green House adds to Cuero history

By Glenn Rea

The Cuero Record

History in Cuero gained another marker recently as Chisholm Trail Heritage Museum directors and DeWitt County Historical Commission members dedicated the Proctor-Green House marker at 307 North Terrell Street.

David Cogswell Proctor had relocated his law practice from Indianola to Cuero just five years before the devastating hurricane of 1886 that obliterated that seaport.

In 1892 he chose English architect John Hull to design his new residence, a two-story frame Queen Anne-style dwelling.

Proctor died in 1908 and the house sold to Judge John M. Green in 1911.  He served as a district judge for 18 years. One of his sons, Howard, continued to live in the family home after his father’s death and retired as Chief Justice of the 13th Court of Civil Appeals, Corpus Christi, after 41 years.

Tue
22
Mar

'Our whole goal is to help foster kids'

By Robert Proctor

The Cuero Record

DeWitt County Child Welfare Board is diligently preparing for Child Abuse Awareness Month in April. As part of “Go Blue Day” on April 8, the Board will sponsor a proclamation day at the city park pavilion with the Boys and Girls Club of DeWitt County from 4-6 p.m.

New board president Kollette Tolbert and the Board are also planning a possible superhero march in November as part of adoption month.

The board, which works with Child Protective Services, is a sponsored entity of the county. They help work to find a home for children in the county.

Currently, they are raising awareness of child abuse and being an extra voice for children in DeWitt County.

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