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Tue
23
Feb

Thomas, Watson advance to Regional Spelling Bee

St. Michael’s Catholic School hosted the 2016 DeWitt County Spelling Bee Thursday, Feb. 11 with competitors from Cuero Intermediate School, Cuero Junior High School, Meyersville School, St. Michael’s Catholic School, Yorktown Elementary and Westhoff School.

Brady Watson, an eighth grader at Cuero Junior High, and Macon Thomas, a fourth grader at Westhoff School, advanced to the Regional Spelling Bee in Victoria. Eighth-grader Allysa Gamez of Westhoff School was named the alternate. Watson is the son of Jami and Trent Watson. Thomas is the son of Jennifer Thomas. Gamez is the daughter of Kristal and Brian Barbontin.

Watson’s winning word was “infrastructure” and Thomas’ was “languish.”

Tue
23
Feb

A&M Mother's Club celebration

The DeWitt-Lavaca A&M Mothers’ Club was established in 1965 and is proud to celebrate 50 years of organized support for our students attending Texas A&M University. A “Get Together” with light refreshments was held Monday, Feb. 8 in honor of this momentous occasion. Past presidents of the organization were recognized and thanked for their contributions during their tenure. Past presidents in attendance wer Maggie Jahn – 1979-1980, Louise Witte – 1989-1990, Nancy Blackwell – 2001-2002, Linda Schmidt – 2005-2008 and Jo Ann Kloesel – 2011-2012. Pictured left to right are Laura Kocurek, Louise Witte, Karen Washington, President 2015-2016, Jo Ann Kloesel, Maggie Jahn, Nancy Blackwell, Tanya Wenzel, Sherri Kusak, Linda Schmidt, Debbie Brandt and Pat Wessels.

contributed photo

Tue
23
Feb

Texas German Society prepares for state convention

The Lavaca/DeWitt Chapter of the Texas German Society met on Thursday, Feb. 11 at 6 p.m., at the historical Hochheim Prairie Schoolhouse. Twelve members were in attendance.

President Joyce Manning welcomed everyone to the first business meeting of 2016. Gladys Eckhardt then offered the Grace in English and German before everyone enjoyed the buffet.

After the meal, president Joyce Manning called the meeting to order. Secretary Barbara Braun presented the minutes from the last formal business meeting. The minutes were recorded as read with neither corrections nor exceptions. Treasurer Robert Manning presented the Treasurer’s Report which was then filed for audit.

Tue
23
Feb

Texas Declaration of Independence

The Texas Declaration of Independence will be read at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, March 2 on the west side (Gonzales Street) of the DeWitt County Courthouse by several readers including County Judge Daryl Fowler and the Reverend A.L. Taylor.

Independence was declared on March 2, 1836 at Washington on the Brazos by the elected delegates of the people of Texas during the Texas Revolution. Delegate George C. Childress is generally acknowledged as the principal author of the written declaration.

The independence declared on March 2, 1836 was made permanent by the Battle of San Jacinto fought on April 21, 1836.

This reading is sponsored by the DeWitt County Historical Commission.

The public is invited to this reading. The DeWitt County Courthouse will be open March 2 for normal business. There will be no seating. It is requested that the public respect and not litter the courthouse grounds.

Tue
23
Feb

Filing closed for upcoming City Council election

Cuero City Council, Cuero ISD trustees and DeWitt Medical District board will have elections in May. Filing for positions on those three governing bodies ended Friday, Feb. 19.

 

Cuero City Council

As of Friday, Feb. 19, Brad Hedrick has filed for District 3; Terry Glover and Doyle Cruz have filed for District 2 and Sara Post Meyer has filed for Mayor.

 

Cuero ISD trustees

Currently holding those seats on the board are B.J. Drehr, District 1, and Gerard Gonzales, District 2. As of Thursday, Jan. 28, Drehr and Gonzales have filed for re-election.

 

DeWitt Medical District board

Charles Papacek has filed for re-election and Carlyle Stakes has filed for election. As of Friday, Feb. 19, they were the only two to file for the open seats, so there will be no election.

Tue
23
Feb

CISD calendar denied in first board review

By Robert Proctor

The Cuero Record

Cuero ISD trustees and administration discussed the 2016-2017 proposed calendar during their monthly meeting on Thursday, Feb. 18. After some time of deliberation, the calendar was voted against by the majority of the board.

Cuero Intermediate School teacher Leona Pullin opened the meeting talking about some of the concerns with the proposed calendar.

Mrs. Pullin, who has been at Cuero for 20 years, was concerned that there was not enough time to review the calendar for the upcoming school year, before it was approved at a prior committee meeting.

Transportation issues, comp day options, childcare for teachers with students in school and summer school options were the key points of concern noted.

Tue
23
Feb

Gospel Brunch hosted by Boys and Girls Club

Boys and Girls Club of DeWitt County hosted their annual Gospel Brunch on Sunday, Feb. 21 at The Venue in Cuero. The Wallace Family Band, Boys and Girls Club members and local talent performed during the event.

Wallace Family Band members include Zacharia, Amanda, Kristi, Caleb, Joshua, Wally and Gary. “They have a calling from God to minister His word through song.

During the brunch, there was also a live and silent auction with items ranging from a signed Kawhi Leonard jersey to a glider ride with Mike Cavanaugh.

The Club, which opened its doors on June 16, 2014, has a mission “to enable all young people, especially those who it the most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible adults.”

Tue
23
Feb

Support, love shown at Seals benefit

Yoakum Community Center hosted a country music and auction benefit for Jocelynn Seals on Thursday, Feb. 18. Jocelynn is fighting Ewing Sarcoma Cancer and currently taking chemo at M.D. Anderson in Houston.

Singer for the fundraiser included Bo Walker, Nancy Hale, Kim and John Springs, Corky Powers, Monty Calloway, Jim Herrington and Don Stevens and Family, among others.

Jocelynn’s mother, Hope, was extremely thankful for all the support received and the turnout at the benefit. 

“The benefit was amazing,” Hope stated. “Communities from all surrounding towns were there. The music was great and the food that was donated for concessions was a huge success. All the volunteers and all the support and love that was there will forever be remembered. We are in debt to everyone and words cannot explain the gratitude.”

Tue
23
Feb

Cuero Main Street recognized by Texas Historical Commission

The Texas Historical Commission (THC) commended Cuero for successful annual progress as a designated Main Street community, one of 58 to be recognized this year.

The Texas Main Street Program (TMSP) began in 1981 as one of the first state coordinating programs in the country. 2016 marks TMSP’s 35th anniversary. Local Main Street programs focus on responsibly utilizing a community’s historic assets for economic benefit and to increase quality of life. 

During 2015, more than $216 million was reinvested into Texas’ 90 Main Street districts. Additionally, 327 small businesses and 1,710 jobs were created. 

Cuero Main Street hosts events such as Christmas in Downtown, Market on Main, and Shop the Blocks and other programs such as the hanging baskets in downtown.

Wed
17
Feb

Man arrested on 10 drug charges

On Feb. 12 at approximately 11:15 p.m., officers of Cuero Police Department executed a search warrant in the 500 block of W. French Street resulting in the arrest of one individual on 10 drug related charges and one charge of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
 
After receiving information from a confidential informant, officers established an extensive surveillance of the suspected residence and observed activity consistent with the sale or distribution of drugs. Officers were able to confirm the activity and obtained a warrant for search of the suspected residence.
 
Isaac Dimas, age 53, of Cuero was arrested at the scene following execution of the search warrant for the following charges:
 
1. Man/Del Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1 (Methamphetamine); Second Degree Felony
 
2. Man/Del Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1 (Cocaine); State Jail Felony

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