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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.
 
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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.
 
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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.
 
Tue
19
Jan

DeWitt County tax information

February 1 is the deadline for taxpayers that qualify to make their first quarter payment without penalty and interest. HB 1597 allowed taxpayers to start the quarter in February, but they will have to pay the penalty and interest on the first payment, according to Susie Dreyer, Tax Assessor-Collector.
 
Quarter payment program only applies to homesteads with an over 65 exemption or a disabled exemption. Under the quarter payment program, taxes are paid in four installments without penalty and interest. A contract must be signed each year. Contact the Tax Office at 361-275-0879 for questions.
 
A reminder to taxpayers, that penalty and interest of seven percent begins on Feb. 1. The penalty and interest increases two percent each month through June. Twenty percent attorney fees are added on July 1.
 
Tue
19
Jan

Toddler Story Time resumes Jan. 25 at Cuero library

This week's theme for Toddler Story Time was “Snow.”
 
Shannon Reitz read the story “Curious George Plays in the Snow.”
 
The children sang along with several songs that required them to coordinate their hand and eye movements.
 
Next, Shannon read “The Mitten” and then had the children play a color identification game where they placed colored mittens in the correct piles with other like colors.
 
For a craft, the children decorated pre-cut mittens with colors, decorations and stickers.
 
If you are interested in participating in the Toddler Story Time with the wonderful children, visit story time on Mondays at 10 a.m. at the library.
 
The next Toddler Story Time will be Jan. 25. They will be closed on Jan. 18 due to the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.
 
Tue
19
Jan

City, school elections

Cuero City Council and Cuero ISD board of trustees will have elections in May. Filing for positions on those two governing bodies begins Jan. 20.
 
Cuero City Council
Three positions on Cuero City Council will face election this year. They are District 2, District 3 and mayor. Currently representing those seats are Terry Glover, District 2; Brad Hedrick, District 3; and Sara Post Meyer, Mayor.
 
Filing in this election will be at the city’s administrative offices through Feb. 19. 
 
The election will be held in May.
 
Cuero ISD trustees
Applications for a place on the Cuero Independent School District  election ballot for trustee Place 1 and Place 2 may be filed from Jan. 20 to Feb. 19. 
 
Applications may be filed Monday through Friday: 8:30 a.m. – noon; 1 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. 
 
Tue
19
Jan

Citizens meeting Wednesday

The City of Cuero invites the public to join them for their second citizens informational meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 20 at the Municipal Park Clubhouse, 201 Leonard Roy Harmon Drive from 6 to 7:45 p.m. Presentations by: The City of Cuero Planning and Development Department: If your family has left you a home that is aging, in disrepair or considered a dilapidated structure, talk to them about options. Habitat for Humanity: goals and opportunities for Cuero with three properties available for immediate applications.
 
USDA Rural Development, Rural Housing Services:
1. Three Housing Programs - Income Matrix
2. 504 Repair Loans/Grants - Contractor/3 Bids
3. 502 Guaranteed Lender Purchase - Lender List/RD Review
4. 502 Direct RD Funds Home Purchase - Eligibility 
 
The event will conclude with a question and answer session from 7 to 7:45.

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