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Tue
26
Jan

Judge Skipper Koetter announces retirement

Republican District Judge Skipper Koetter is announcing that he has notified Governor Greg Abbott of his intention to retire on March 4. Koetter has also volunteered to continue hearing cases and presiding over his court until Abbott appoints a successor and the new District Judge is sworn in. 
 
Koetter has served as District Judge of the 267th Judicial District, which covers Calhoun, DeWitt, Goliad, Jackson, Refugio, and Victoria counties, since 2002. Koetter holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from Texas A&M University, and earned his Law Degree from South Texas College of Law in Houston. Before becoming a licensed attorney, he helped run a small construction business for 10 years. Koetter also served in the Texas Air National Guard for eight years, and was honorably discharged in 1972 with the rank of Sergeant. 
 
Tue
26
Jan

2015 drug arrests by Cuero PD

Over the past two years, the Cuero Police Department has made approximately 100 drug arrests per year on individuals possessing or distributing illegal narcotics and narcotics related paraphernalia. 
 
Officers state they often concentrate on problems areas where citizens have voiced concerns of this type of activity and rely heavily on this information provided by Cuero residents. The photo provided shows just some of the narcotics recovered during investigations from Jan. 1, 2015 to Dec. 31, 2015. Some of the narcotics recovered during this time frame were sent to State run crime labs for analysis and are not shown and other cases have already been disposed of through the Court system and the narcotics destroyed.
Tue
19
Jan

Water Captains explain process

By Tim O’Malley
Yorktown News-View

Where oil is king in DeWitt County there is another precious commodity... water. Where it comes from, where it goes, and how the community can ensure that it is protected is a process that is no longer determined by the state.

Reverend Sam Brannon, of Texas Interfaith Center for Public Policy said, “Most people do not realize that there is a water planning process. It is a democratic process where the more people involved the bigger the difference we make. It is a public policy that works.”

Rev. Brannon and George Oliver, Outreach Specialist for Texas Impact, spoke on the Water Captains Program in Nordheim last Sunday at St. Paul Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall.

Oliver said, “We are here to teach people to be a voice to legislation and a voice for it’s communities of faith.”

Tue
19
Jan

Last day to register to vote is Feb. 1

The last day to register to vote for the March 1 Republican and Democratic Party Primary Election is Feb. 1. If you have already registered but need to update information on your voter registration certificate, or if you have lost your certificate and need a replacement, call 361-275-0859, or go by the Dewitt County Elections/Voter Registrar Office located in the Courthouse Annex at 115 N. Gonzales in Cuero before the Feb. 1st deadline.
 
The Elections Office is continuing to accept Applications for Ballot by Mail. If you are age 65 or older, disabled, or plan to be out of the county on Election Day, you may apply to vote by mail. The deadline to apply for a ballot by mail for the March 1 Republican and Democratic Primary Election is Feb. 19th. For more information, call 361-275-0859 or send an email to electionadmin@co.dewitt.tx.us.
Tue
19
Jan

Lockhart Community Cemetery sees restoration efforts

[Editor’s note: The following narrative was compiled by Brenda Lord through research and interviews]
 
Lockhart Cemetery, also known as Lockhart Colored Cemetery, is probably the oldest burial place for early African-American settlers in DeWitt County. Some of the inhabitants of Lockhart Cemetery also have Native American ancestry. The cemetery is located approximately four miles north of Cuero on Lockhart Cemetery Road which intersects with U.S. Highway 183, the Gonzales Highway in north central DeWitt County. 
 
This three acre tract of land is part of the George W. Davis Survey. Deed records reveal G. McNary, S. Wimbish, H. McNary, and Joe Johnson, trustees of the Lockhart Colored Cemetery Association, purchased the parcel of land from J.D. Houston, Jr. on Nov. 16, 1910 for $50 “for the purpose and use as a Colored Cemetery.” The record is deeded to Lockhart Colored Cemetery. 
 
Tue
19
Jan

Area students named to Dean's List

KINGSVILLE — Texas A&M University-Kingsville has released the names of the students who made the President’s List, Dean’s List and Honor Roll for the fall 2015 semester.
 
In order to qualify for the prestigious President’s List, a student must be enrolled in at least 15 semester hours and have a perfect 4.0 grade point average for the semester.
 
To make the Dean’s List, a student must earn a grade point average of 3.65 on all work attempted for the semester with a minimum of 13 semester hours completed.
 
The Honor Roll requires a grade point average of 3.5 while taking at least 12 semester hours.
 
Dean’s List: Kamry Latrice Horton of Cuero, Michelle Elizabeth Wagner of Cuero and Tessa M. Green of Nordheim.
Tue
19
Jan

Rotary Club pancake supper on Thursday

The Rotary Club of Cuero is gearing up for the 2016 Rotary Club members pancake supper on Jan. 21 from 5-7 p.m. at the Cuero High School cafeteria. Tickets are $8; children 3 and under are free. Pictured from left are Ron Ledbetter, Steve Waldrop, Brian Gomez, Warrern Seidel, David Scott, Bill Blackwell, Carl Bowen, Doug Sethness, Carol Martin, Bryan Haun and Devon Dekowski.
 
Contributed photo
Tue
19
Jan

2 Lions earn service awards

At the Nov. 13 meeting of the Cuero Lions Club, Lion Harwin Suggs gave a presentation on the Texas Lions Camp. Before the presentation, the current president of the Cuero Lions Club, Lion David Scott, presented Lion Cliff Weber with a Milestone Chevron Award for 35 years of service and Lion Kirk McClellan a Milestone Chevron Award for 25 years of service. Pictured from left are Cliff Weber, Kirk McClellan and David Scott.
 
Contributed photo
Tue
19
Jan

Westhoff recognizes school board

If you look into the crowd of any Westhoff activity, albeit a sporting event, play or performance, you name it, wearing his cowboy hat the School Board President will be there. Paddy Burwell has served on the Westhoff Board of Trustees for over twenty years. During his service he has diligently assisted his district working hard to ensure their school is the premier campus it can be. He is not just a name on a plaque on the wall in the hallway; he is an active leading member of the Westhoff ISD community.
 
Burwell knows students by their names, greets and encourages them every chance he has. He’ll stop by the front office to check in with a big smile to see how things are going and if he can lend a hand. 
 
Tue
19
Jan

Action Committee Board elections

One at-large position in DeWitt County is open on the Community Action Committee of Victoria, Texas Board. CACVT administers funds for Weatherization, Neighborhood Services, Family Outreach Program and the Medication Assistance & Diabetic Education Program out of the Victoria office for a nine county service area.
 
Persons interested in serving on the board should contact Vicki Smith at CACVT by Friday, Feb. 5 for details at 361-578-2989 or 1-800-365-7712.
 
Individuals who have an affiliation with and knowledge of the low-income individuals/families can fill a board position. Only individuals meeting CACVT program eligibility criteria are eligible to vote.
 
Six seats need to be filled including Calhoun County, Gonzales County, Jackson County, Lavaca County, Victoria County and the one in DeWitt County.
 

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