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02
Feb

Nordheim exceeds $75K

Nordheim FFA celebrated its annual stock show Saturday. Started in 1938, this year’s auction saw bids top $75,370 for 26 animals and 11 food, craft, and art items. The show this year was dedicated to Mayor Katherine Payne for her continued support and dedication to the youth of the Nordheim School and the Nordheim Pirates. Along with the stock show, there were also blue ribbon winners in food, craft and art categories.

Bids in 2015 totaled close to $91,000.

Additional auction photos are on Page 9.

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Tue
02
Feb

Early voting in primaries starts Feb. 16

Early voting for the March 1 Democratic Party and Republican Party Primary election will begin on Tuesday, Feb. 16 and continue through Friday, Feb. 26. The hours for early voting are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, as well as 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday Feb. 20, and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 21.

Early voting for all DeWitt County precincts will be held at the DeWitt County Elections Office, located at 115 N. Gonzales in Cuero, behind the Tax Office.

DeWitt County Elections Administration Office is continuing to receive applications for ballots by mail for the March 1 Democratic Party and Republican Party Primary Election until Feb. 19. For more information call the Elections Office at 361-275-0859, or send an email to electionadmin@co.dewitt.tx.us.

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Tue
02
Feb

Greeters soon to meet and greet at CCH

Smiling greeters will soon stand by the chapel doors of the Hamilton-Wallis Chapel at Cuero Community Hospital, the faces of a weekly prayer offering envisioned as a tool to support the work of healing at CCH. Inside, small groups of volunteers will be available to all: staff, patients, family members and care-givers. Sensitively and confidentially, they intend to listen to those coming for prayer.

Healing prayer is currently offered at noon every Wednesday. Cuero Community Hospital and Christ Healing Center (CHC) are working together to provide this additional layer of support to those dealing with medical issues. CHC is a non-profit ecumenical ministry founded by Jack and Anna Marie Sheffield 12 years ago; they recently opened a center in Cuero. The San Antonio center is located at 135 W. Olmos Drive, and the new Cuero Christ Healing Center is open at 1117 N. Esplanade in Cuero.

Tue
02
Feb

TCEQ to conduct aerial surveys

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) has hired a contractor to conduct aerial surveys during February of 2016. The helicopter that is being used for these surveys is red (tail number: N342LS) and will be hovering over or near pipelines, oil and gas production facilities, and other industrial facilities.

The helicopter is equipped with a specialized infrared camera called the HAWK that can image volatile organic compounds (VOC) and other hydrocarbons invisible to the eye. VOC are a class of compounds present in common things like gasoline and solvents. VOC can combine with nitrogen oxides in the presence of sunlight to form ground-level ozone.

Tue
26
Jan

Audit positive for YISD

The Yorktown Independent School District trustees can rest a little easier after hearing the results of the audit report conducted by CPA Cameron L. Gulley. The audit showed no instances of noncompliance nor any deficiencies in internal control.

Gulley presented the district’s financial audit for year ending Aug. 31, 2015 during the regular trustee meeting on Jan. 18 held at the Yorktown Junior High School library. He said, “It was a good audit even with some decline in tax values.”

According to the audit, the school district had total revenues of $27.3 million. That figure includes $26.9 million from local sources including taxes. State sources provided $402,430.

Over the course of the year, the trustees revised the District’s budget only a few times. The significant budget amendment was for additional wealth recapture payments to the state as a result of tax revenues being much higher than projected.

Tue
26
Jan

More question coach action

By Tim O’Malley
Yorktown News-View

Supporters of Dierdre Alexander filled the Yorktown Independent School District trustee meeting held on Monday, Jan. 18, at the Yorktown Junior High School library.

On Dec. 14, athletic director Ty Robinson demoted Alexander as head coach for volleyball and girl’s track. On Dec. 15, when asked if she wanted to respond she said she did not want to comment. Since then, several individuals have come forward to speak on her behalf wanting an explanation to the decision of her demotion.

Mark Weischwill, president of the YISD board commented after the meeting. He said, “The board is not at liberty to discuss the matter due to the Open Meetings Act and a Texas caselaw.

Tue
26
Jan

Gladue - 'Hero of the day'

By Tim O’Malley
Yorktown News-View

It is not everyday that someone can come by and fix a tire on site. So was the case when Brittany Lynch, 25 years old of Falls City, found herself stuck on Main St. in downtown Yorktown.

Lynch said, “We were on our way to the bridal shop and someone honked at me. I asked myself why were they honking. When I got out of the truck I saw that I had a flat tire.”

Lynch was driving a 2006 Ford 350 FX4 heading south on State Highway 119 where there is road construction.

“That is where we got our flat,” said Lynch as she showed a rock shaped like an arrow head. “It was wedged on the track of the tire.”

Patty  Showecker, 55 years old of Poth, was with Lynch. She looked up on her phone for a tire repair service and found Easley’s Tire Service. She said, “There is Pruski’s in Floresville that repairs tires on site and when I found Easley’s I called them.”

Tue
26
Jan

City to prohibit guns at council meetings

By Tim O’Malley
Yorktown News-View

The Yorktown City Council filed a resolution prohibiting the open and concealed carrying of handguns into meeting rooms of all city of Yorktown meetings subject to the Texas Open Meeting Act.

The council met on Jan. 11 to discuss the 84th Texas Legislative Session where the Texas Legislature amended state law regarding the carrying of handguns on municipal property.

The summary of the resolution reads, “All handguns are prohibited from being carried into any meeting room (s) whether the meeting is being held on City of Yorktown property or some other site, during a City of Yorktown meeting that is subject to the Texas Open Meetings Act pursuant to applicable state law and /or local ordinances.”

A ‘No hand gun allowed’ sign will be posted on the doors of the building where meetings will be held.

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Tue
26
Jan

CHS students attend Rotary YLA

The Rotary Club of Cuero sent five Juniors to RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards).
 
The camp was held Jan. 15-18 at the John Newcombe Tennis Ranch Lodge near New Braunsfels. The interactive weekend was an opportunity to lead, share, and exchange ideas on leadership techniques and topical issues with outstanding community and student leaders along with 200 Texas High School Juniors.  
 
Discussions, sessions and team building activities allowed participants to come away with some new ideas and insights into being more dynamic and effective leaders both in and out of their schools. Cuero High School seniors Jade Cuellar and Chelsea Fuchs attended last year and were selected by Rotary Leadership, and returned this year to do an outstanding job as student Team Leaders. Jace Staats, Mason Kleinecke, Lauren Galindo, Mitchell Green and Wyatt Andrews were the junior attendees.
 
Tue
26
Jan

Westhoff ISD trustees receive plaques

On Wednesday, Jan. 21 Westhoff School Board members were awarded plaques for their service and dedication to Westhoff School.  Board members also received hand written cards, cookies, and cupcakes from students and teachers. Pictured from left are David Kennedy, Superintendent, Cindy Burnett, Secretary, Janice Forbes, Vice President, Paddy Burwell, President, Michelle Malandrakis, Oscar Perez and Steve Scott.
 
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