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Tue
24
Nov

'Lives Remembered': The story of Captain Jim Mainland

(Editor’s note: Recently DeWitt County Historical Commission hosted “Lives Remembered” with costumed reenactors. Members of the commission presented histories of a few of this county’s memorable residents. This is one of those ‘Lives Remembered.’)
 
Good afternoon. My name is Captain Jim Mainland. I was a pilot for the Morgan and Harris Steamship Line at the time of my death in 1873. 
 
I emigrated from Scotland with my wife Elizabeth. I raised cattle on the open range of Matagorda Island and registered my brand in 1854 at the Calhoun County Courthouse. We lived near the old lighthouse at Pass Cavello, and in 1855, I was bonded as a ship’s pilot. 
 
Tue
24
Nov

'Shop Small Saturday' recognized this Saturday by Cuero merchants

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas. In Cuero, the holiday season is definitely a very special time of year. The Chamber of Commerce invites you to experience the lovely historic town, enjoy the sights and sounds, shop, dine and visit the unique boutiques and museums.
 
 The Cuero Chamber of Commerce and the City of Cuero Main Street Department along with Cuero merchants will be recognizing “Shop Small Saturday” on Saturday, Nov. 28. Be sure to shop Cuero for special incentives on this special shopping day. If you are in need of pecans for your holiday baking, be sure to stop in and buy some nuts at the local pecan house. 
 
Tue
24
Nov

Christmas in the Park back for 16th year

By Robert Proctor
The Cuero Record
 
Cuero’s Christmas in the Park, sponsored by the December Events Committee of the Cuero Development Corporation, is back and now in its 16th year. Fifteen new signs have been added to the city park’s Christmas tour, and the live nativity scene will also return.
 
Kay Lewis, president of the December Events Committee, talked about all the hard work done in preparation for one of Cuero’s most famous attractions.
 
Lewis said, “We’re ready to open up. The guys worked hard. Police are ready to herd the traffic. During the summer, we changed 50,000 light bulbs. That’s a lot of work especially in the heat. We had a good group this year including city employees and the Stevenson Unit, which really made it go quicker.”
 
Tue
24
Nov

County to retire over $2.3 million in bonds

By Glenn Rea
Yorktown News-View

DeWitt County will be saving about $2.3 million in interest as a result of action taken at Monday’s commissioners court meeting.

Also court chose not to ban aerial fireworks during the December holidays because of recent rains.

Looking at county’s finances, the court talked with FirstSouthwest about certificates of obligation issued in 2006 and 2010. That debt was created with the addition of the annex and courthouse renovation and construction of a new detention center.

It was explained about $8.4 million was owed on those outstanding certificates. By retiring or refunding those certificates, the county would be saving about $2.3 million in interest.

FirstSouthwest director Anne Burger Entrekin told court members the process to retire those bonds would be completed in February.

Since 2006, the county has been collecting a dedicated tax and that revenue has been paying for the debt.

Tue
24
Nov

Effort to blow up ATM fails

By Glenn Rea
Publisher

Yorktown Police Department expects surveillance videos from around TrustTexas Bank’s ATM to be released soon. With the public’s help, they may shed some light on who tried to rob the bank’s machine last week.

Located in the 500 block of East Main, neighbors behind the ATM were awaken shortly after 5 a.m. last Tuesday by the noise of a bank robbery attempt.

A man wearing dark clothing,  hoodie, and black gloves kept his back to the bank’s surveillance camera as he placed a full propane canister next to the ATM at the bank. He also placed a burning flare on top of the propane.

Stepping a few feet away, toward the alley, he used a rifle to shoot the tank.

In theory, the canister would blow the ATM open and he would have access to the money inside.

Read more in this week's edition of Yorktown News-View. Subscribe online or call 361-564-2242.
 

Tue
24
Nov

'You can choose to be happy'

By Tim O’Malley
Yorktown News-View

Not too many people can get up early in the morning and say, “I get to go to work today” and be happy about it. One Yorktown resident, Crystal Powell, does and her customers are the beneficiaries.

“I have not always loved my job. I made the best I could out of it. But here (The Texan at 207 Main St.), I love my job. I love the customers,” said Powell.

Powell, 40 years old, started working at the age of 16. She has had seven jobs, 12 years at Burger King in North Carolina. She moved to Yorktown and has not regreted one day of it.

“I have always been in customer service,” said Powell. In this community, we have a good base in this store. We get more of the locals compared to the other stores and I really love it here.”

Yorktown locals express much of the same sentiment about here.

“She is always happy. I have never seen her down,” said Clint Leister.

Tue
17
Nov

Law enforcement works together, arrests man north of Yorktown

At approximately 2:40 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 12, DeWitt County Sheriff’s Office units were dispatched to a man with a gun call involving an adult male and a juvenile. Upon arrival in the 800 block of FM 240 north of Yorktown, deputies learned that he had taken a rifle with him and left the juvenile behind. The adult male had made threats of suicide due to family matters. Deputies also learned that the adult was wanted on a felony probation warrant issued out of DeWitt County. 
 
Seven deputies, four DPS troopers and a Yorktown PD officer were the initial responders and set up a perimeter. After a search of two houses and several other buildings, the adult male was found hiding in some brush and was arrested.
 
FM 240 was shut down for approximately two hours due to the close proximity to the scene. All traffic was rerouted.
 
Tue
17
Nov

Essay contest winners fromYHS, YJHS

By Tim O’Malley
Yorktown News-View
 
Archive newspaper collector Robert Roller, of Yorktown, challenged the Yorktown junior high and high school students to an essay contest and the winner to receive an authentic historical newspaper. 
 
The contest challenge occurred while the newspapers were on display at the YISD auditorium on Oct. 28-30.
Roller said, “If one child can have a love for history then this was worth it. We need people who know the history of this country and be in key positions in this country. They can be lawyers, teachers, or in politics. We need good people in politics.”
 
Winners of the essay contest in high school: First place, senior Courtney Ludwick; second place, sophomore Claire Robinson; third place, freshman Robin Naranjo. Courtney’s topic was “Today’s newspaper, tomorrow’s text book.”
Tue
17
Nov

Over $1,000 raised

Cuero Intermediate School and John C. French Elementary also took part in Cuero High School “bail money” fundraiser held for a member of the student body and faculty battling cancer.
 
CIS raised $89, and then on Monday, Nov. 9, it was learned that the French campus had also been collecting money, raising $116. Combined with the $928.97 raised by the high school, the three schools raised $1,133.97.
 
CHS principal, Dr. Kristi Lee said, “I am so proud of our students and staff and grateful for donating money for such a great cause and especially that we had other campuses participating without even being asked.”
Tue
17
Nov

Nominations are being accepted for gifted/talented program

Cuero ISD will begin the screening process to identify students for the Gifted/Talented Program. If you think your child fits many of the characteristics of gifted students listed below, you may nominate your child for screening.
 
 Some of the characteristics of gifted students are: uses an advanced vocabulary, has an extensive, detailed memory—remembers more and retrieves from memory quickly and easily, understands complex concepts, learns quickly and easily, develops learning skills ahead of his/her peers, shows originality/invention in ideas, has a high degree of concentration in areas of interest, seeks out a challenge; finds and solves difficult and sometimes unusual problems and reads a great deal on his/her own.
 

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