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Tue
29
Sep

City council approves hotel-motel tax funds for local organizations

By Glenn Rea
The Cuero Record
 
Tourism, show barn plans, appointments, and building codes were just some of the items Cuero City Council tackled at the meeting last week.
 
A portion of the hotel-motel tax rebated to the city each year is designated for organizations to promote tourism locally. 
 
Three requests for a portion of those funds were heard by council. They were Cuero Turkeyfest Association, DeWitt County Heritage Museum and Cuero Chamber of Commerce - Cuero Heritage Museum.
 
Annette Rath and Cory Thamm spoke on behalf of Turkeyfest. They  were requesting $20,000 for marketing purposes and $50,000 for musical entertainment and children’s events.
 
Thamm say last year’s Turkeyfest entertainment budget was about $119,000. That included hotel rooms for the entertainers, entertainer and production fees.
 
Tue
29
Sep

Designing history

By Robert Proctor
The Cuero Record
 
A.J. Simpson has opened The Emporium in Cuero, adding to the already substantial career of the interior designer, art collector and historical philanthropist, to name a few. To say the least, Simpson is a man of many hats who is now bringing a new business endeavor to the city of Cuero, a place which he is happy to call home.
 
Simpson was born in France and has spent much time in Europe, where he received most of his informal but impressive knowledge of art and history. Through the years he has been quite active. From working on Dolph Briscoe’s campaign for Texas governor in the early 1970s to helping Cuero’s Chisholm Trail Heritage Museum receive funding, he has always had something to do.
 
Tue
29
Sep

BHP helps CVFD purchase new fire truck

By Glenn Rea
Publisher
 
Thanks to a sizable donation from BHP Billiton, Cuero Volunteer Fire Department added a new large fire truck to its arsenal Saturday.
 
Assistant Fire Chief Rodney Bade acknowledged the $150,000 donation from BHP and recognized the local effort that made the $240,000 purchase possible.
 
“With the funds from BHP and funds we have raised through all the years at different fund raisers and donations from local entities we were able to pay the balance of the truck cost,” Bade said.
 
BHP Billiton General Manager Todd Lee of Katy made the check presentation to CVFD. 
 
Tue
22
Sep

Safety concerns forces move

Neighbors in the block of 400 East Nau Street called the city complaining they smelled sewage in the area that led to removing the residents from a home for public safety.

Chief Paul Campos said, “I got a report from some citizens this morning, Sept. 18, that the smell was going into their homes. The sewage has been going on for a long time. Our concern is to get this family of five in a safe place. They should not be living in this type of condition.”

Johnny Naranjo, owner of the home on East Nau Street, said, “I was aware of the problem. If they had told me they could not take of this, I could have done something sooner. They are responsible for whatever happens.”

Lucio and Ester Medina are renters of the home. Ester said, “I told him there was a little leak at first about two months ago. We have been trying to get it fixed.”

Tue
22
Sep

Council hears street delay update, okays new tax rate

The Yorktown city council held their regular meeting on Sept. 14 to deal with two major issues; city streets and livestock within city limits.

Many reasons for the poor quality of the roads were given at the meeting and the council was adamant about the responsibility of the contractor. But more than that, the contractor has not been in town for over three weeks.

Contractor Steve Wagner of Wagner Construction said, “We came back into today. We have had some issues come up with equipment, materials, maintenance, employees... I will get them resolved.”

Numerous areas in the streets of Yorktown have eroded back to it’s base. The seal coat is gone and erosion is occurring on the base from road wear and weather.

Wagner said, “We have already repaired a lot of the areas you may be talking about. I am here and I will not leave until everyone is happy.”

Tue
22
Sep

Miss Yorktown Shelby Franke

YORKTOWN – It had been five years since anyone was crowned to be Miss Yorktown. But, after Sept. 19, Yorktown will, once again, have Miss Yorktown royalty represent Yorktown.

Hosted by the Yorktown Chamber of Commerce and Western Days committee, the pageant, held at the Yorktown school auditorium, attracted over 24 girls and young ladies.

Crowned Miss Yorktown was Shelby Franke, daughter of Randy and Shannon Franke. She was crowned by pageant coordinators Malerie Rodriguez and Whitney Rodriguez Schroeder.

Shelby said, “It is exciting get to represent the committee and be a good role model.”

She plans to attend Texas A&M University to pursue a degree in marketing.

Read more in this week's edition of Yorktown News-View. Subscribe by calling 361-564-2242 or go online to Yorktown News-View.com

Tue
22
Sep

Cheer camp on Sept. 26

The Cuero High School Gobbler cheerleaders will host a mini cheer camp on Sept. 26 at the high school girl’s gym.
 
Ages 4-7 will meet from 8:30 a.m. to noon with a parent performance at 11:30 and lunch to follow at noon with Toby the mascot.
 
Ages 8-12 will meet from 1-4 p.m. with a parent performance at 4 p.m. Eight to 12 year olds are also invited to lunch with Toby at noon.
 
The cost is $45 with a $10 discount for each sibling. This includes a t-shirt, mini pom poms, a picture, lunch with Toby and a snack. Participants will learn cheer, chants, jumps and stunts.
 
Mini cheerleaders will perform at the Oct. 30 home football game against Ingleside. You may register on the day of camp, but they cannot guarantee they will have shirts available. Shirts will have to be ordered and delivered at a later date.
Tue
22
Sep

St. Michael's Catholic Daughters bake sale Oct. 2

St. Michael’s Catholic Daughters of America Court #347 will be hosting its annual fundraiser, which includes a bake sale, raffle, kitchen food court, and garage sale. The fundraiser will begin Friday, Oct. 2, from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., and continue Saturday, Oct. 3, from 8 a.m. to noon at St. Michael’s Catholic Church Parish Hall. Bake sale will include various home baked goods and will remain open until all items are sold. The food court will be selling breakfast tacos, sandwiches, soup, baked items, coffee and tea. Raffle tickets will be sold Friday and Saturday with the drawing being held Saturday at noon.  
 
Anyone wishing to donate items to the garage sale may drop off their items starting Tuesday, Sept. 29 thru Thursday, Oct. 1. Any donations will be greatly appreciated.
 
Tue
22
Sep

Voter registration

The last day to register to vote for the Nov. 3 Constitutional Amendment Election is Oct. 5. 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 St. in Cuero, the building behind the tax office. There is an on-site parking lot and a sign directing visitors to the office. You may also email them at electionadmin@co.dewitt.tx.us.
 
There are important Amendments on the ballot. Exercise your right to vote.
 
Tue
22
Sep

Unemployment rate

DeWitt County’s unemployment rate continues to be low but it is a little higher than it was a year ago.
 
The latest employment rates from Texas Workforce Commission represents the number of people working at the end of August.
 
DeWitt County had a labor force of 10,376 people with 9,951 of them employed and 425 unemployed. That gives the county a 4.1% unemployment rate. A year ago at this time the rate was 3.9%.
 
That compares to neighboring counties that had the following unemployment rates: Goliad, 4.6%; Gonzales, 3.6%; Karnes, 3.9%; Lavaca, 3.9%; and Victoria, 4.0%.
 
Texas showed a 4.1% unemployment rate in August and the national rate was 5.1%.
 

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