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Tue
08
Sep

Devon Energy opens offices

Devon Energy celebrated the opening of its new facility in DeWitt County last week with an open house and ribbon cutting ceremony.

The 52,000 sq.ft. state of the art facility is located south of Cuero on Hwy. 87S.

Devon entered the Eagle Ford Shale in March 2014 when it purchased the assets of Geosouthern in this county.

Company president and CEO Dave Hagee spoke at the ceremony. “We have received a lot of support from the community and first responders. We recognize we are newcomers in the community, and we recognize it is a partnership. We are excited to be here. We look forward to a long and lasting relationship,” he said.

Cuero Mayor Sara Post Meyer welcomed the company stating, “Devon Energy produces natural gas and oil all the way from Calgary, Canada down to deep South Texas, DeWitt and Lavaca counties as well as in Midland and northwest New Mexico. The company employees 5,500 people throughout their operations.”

Tue
08
Sep

Robin Hood taking $5.7 million of YISD budget

The Yorktown Independent School District has a new tax rate of $0.99757 per $100 of valuation. It is an increase of $0.0045 from the current rate.

The breakdown of the rate is as follows. The tax rate of $0.98 will be used for maintenance and operation. This rate was the same as last year. The school debt service tax went from $0.01120 to $0.01757 to be applied to the outstanding principal and unpaid bonded indebtedness of $5,475,000.

The district plans to spend $21.8 million for maintenance and operation in the new school year. That is an overall decrease of $1.9 million.

The largest portion of the budget item is the teacher salaries of $2.8 million, an increase of $278,342.

Maintaining buildings and operations will operate at $582,230; a decrease of $110,725.

Read more in this week's edition of Yorktown News-View.

Fri
04
Sep

Yorktown Police Department honors Goforth

At the 11-o’clock hour, law enforcement, all over the state of Texas, took a moment of silence, with patrol lights on, to show their respect to one of their fallen brothers.

Harris County Deputy Sheriff Darren Goforth, a 10-year veteran, was murdered last Friday at a convenience store. Reports say that he had just come out of a convenience store after he had pumped gas when a 30-year old man came up behind him, shot him in the back of the head and continued shooting him in the back until the gun was emptied of ammunition.  

Yorktown police chief Paul Campos (on right) and Lt. Vicente Flores stood out front of the Yorktown Police Department, along with all the law enforcement departments in Texas, to honor Harris County Deputy Darren Goforth. Officer Joshua Serbin attended the 11 a.m. memorial service at Second Baptist Church in Houston to represent Yorktown’s support.

Thu
03
Sep

Butch Tolbert resigns as fire chief

Butch Tolbert resigned as fire chief of the Cuero Volunteer Fire Department on Wednesday evening, Sept. 2.
 
Volunteer fireman Charles Klaeveman said, “Under the charter in the absence of a chief, the board of directors steps in” [as acting chief].
 
Rodney Bade is the head of the board of directors. The next election is in May 2016.
Thu
03
Sep

Burglaries investigated by DCSO

The DeWitt County Sheriff’s Office has investigated a number of burglaries recently where vehicles, equipment and home items have been taken from mostly rural property where there are no full time residents.
 
Items taken include a travel trailer, motor vehicle, household items, firearms and yard equipment.
 
Generally locations have been secured and entrances to the locations are secured by a locked gate. Locations do not have full time inhabitants so they have not been checked in several days to weeks making it difficult to define a time frame of the thefts/burglaries are not possible.
 
The DeWitt County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help in noting any strange or unusual activity in or around locations, especially those that are not full time residences.
 
Tue
01
Sep

Devon Energy holds ribbon cutting

Devon Energy held ribbon cutting ceremonies for its new facility in DeWitt County Tuesday afternoon. With about 150 employees in its new office, the company began operations here in 2014 and has about 650 wells producing about 150,000 barrels of oil a day. Shown are, from left, Gregg Jacob, Devon VP Southern Business Unit; Bobby Garner, Devon Supt. Facilities and Construction; Gary Nicely, Devon Supt. Automation and Measurement; DeWitt County Judge Daryl Fowler, Cuero Mayor Sara Post Meyer, Dave Hager, Devon President, CEO; Craig Jackson, Devon Senior Supt.; Ricky Tackett, Devon Completion and Workover Supt.; State Rep. Geanie Morrison, Tony Vaughn, Devon Exec. VP Exploration and Production; Michael Zappe, Devon Production Supt.; Bill Penhall, Devon Sr. VP Exploration and Strategic Services; Cuero Chamber Exec. Director Sherre Esse; Scott Lackey, Devon Operations Manager; and Kevin Harwi, Devon Land Manager.
 
Photo by Glenn Rea/The Cuero Record
Tue
01
Sep

Trustees okay new tax rate

The Yorktown Independent School District held a called meeting for the trustees to approve the new budget and tax rate for 2015-2016. Both items were passed unanimously.

The new tax rate will be $0.99757 per $100. It is an increase of $0.0045 per $100 over the current rate.

The breakdown of the rate is as follows. The tax rate of $0.98000 per $100 will be used for maintenance and operation. This rate was the same as last year. The school debt service tax went from $0.01120 per $100 to $0.01757 per $100. The outstanding principal and unpaid bonded indebtedness is $5,475,000.

Details of the new budget will follow in next week’s edition of Yorktown News-View.

Subscribe to the Yorktown News-View online or call 361-564-2242.

Tue
01
Sep

Hanselka catches Black Drum

Peyton Hanselka caught a 42 inch Black Drum at the Corpus Christi Ship Channel.
 
Contributed photo
Tue
01
Sep

CHS 1968-1970 class reunion

Cuero High Schools graduates from the classes of 1968 through 1970 held a reunion on Aug. 22 at Meyersville Country Club. Attendees included front row, from left, Bobby Heyer, Billy Nami, Pat Clark Marsha Zengerle Baake, Jimmy Mayer, Dean Ohrt, back row, Joe Newman, Ray Minton, Robert Saenz, Jimmy Mayor, Dale Murray and Mike Gohmert.
 
Contributed photo
Tue
01
Sep

Trotter camps on Sept. 19

The 2nd Annual Alumni Trotter Camp will be held on Saturday, Sept. 19 from 1-4 p.m. at the Cuero High School girl’s gym. Participants must be a former CHS Trotter. Cost is $35 per person. Registration and pictures start at 1 p.m. Each participant will learn a dance to perform on the field at the Sept. 25 football game against Columbus, a camp t-shirt and a snack.
 
The mini Trotter camp will also be on Sept. 19. It will run from 9 a.m. to noon at the CHS girl’s gym. Participants must be Pre-K through 6th grade. Cost is $35 per child; each additional sibling is $30. Registration and pictures start at 8 a.m. Each participant will learn a dance to perform on the field at the Sept. 25 football game against Columbus, a mini Trotter camp t-shirt and a snack.
 
Call CHS Dance Team Coordinator Naomi Tarin at 275-1900, extension 230 for more information.

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