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Tue
08
Dec

Yorktown Chamber hosts Santa in Gazebo

By Tim O’Malley
Yorktown News-View

The Cajun Santa of the ‘North Pole’ visited Yorktown Dec. 3 for the “Santa in the Gazebo” hosted by the Yorktown Chamber of Commerce. Santa met with children of various ages who wanted to tell him what they wanted for Christmas. The line was long but no one seemed to complain as the community carolers sang Christmas songs to pass by the time and to remind everyone what Christmas was all about.

One special visitor to Santa was four month old Noah Ryan Luke. His parents are Ashley Alvarez and Joshua Luke of Yorktown. Noah did not make any requests but was vital in helping Santa bring in the Christmas spirit for the family.

While the community carolers sang ‘O Holy Night’ and the park well lit with Christmas lights, there was a scene that one could see on a “Norman Rockwell” card with children of all ages playing in the playground. Christmas joy certainly arrived in Yorktown.

Tue
08
Dec

"I hated being No. 2"

By Tim O’Malley
Yorktown News-View

It is a resume that stands above most if you are looking for a qualified program turner for football. Yorktown coach Robbie Tindol is a 1975 graduate of Coahoma High School and a 1979 graduate of Abilene Christian University. He played on ACU's 1977 football team that won the NAIA national championship. After graduating with a bachelor’s in animal science he went to work in the oil field around Coahoma.

Tindol said, “I thought I wanted to be a vet but grades kept me out. I had two options left, teach high school Ag or work as a county agent. I did not like either option so I went into the oil field.”

After six years in the field he decided to get out. Tindol said, “I wanted to try to influence kids in the right way.”

He went back to school and got his biology certification and went into teaching and coaching.

Tue
08
Dec

Tammy Dodds author of "Only in Texas"

By Robert Proctor
Yorktown News-View

Texans are proud of the state they call home. Even people who move here later in life tend to quickly love it. The passion can be seen often in flags waving all over the state, from homes to businesses and sometimes cars. Tammy Dodds, who was raised in Yorktown and graduated from Yorktown High School in 1994, recently had a book published on the pride of the Lone Star State.

“Only in Texas” was published on Oct. 13 of this year and shows images of the Texas flag all over the state, something which is not prevalent in other states.

Dodds earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Touro College in New York, and while attending the school traveled throughout the state and other parts of the east coast. It became clear that state pride was not a part of many other states.

“Upon coming back, I became aware of Texas compared to other states, the sense of loyalty,” Dodds said.

Tue
01
Dec

Cuero ISD superintendent named lone finalist for position in Pecos

In a conversation with Cuero ISD school board president B.J. Drehr, Superintendent Jim Haley has been named the lone finalist for the same position at Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD in Pecos. Haley has not yet tendered his resignation with Cuero ISD.

There is a 21 day waiting period, per Haley, to negotiate the contract and housing. Haley’s wife, Cathlene, is the district librarian. They are set to tender their resignations at the Dec. 14 school board meeting.

Tue
01
Dec

Santa plans visit at Gazebo Thurs.

Christmas is just around the corner and to help children make their wishes known to the man from the ‘North Pole’, Yorktown Chamber of Commerce will host “Santa in the Gazebo” at the city park Thursday, Dec. 3, from 6 to 8 p.m.

Other activities will include the Lion’s Club annual drawing and Yorktown Volunteer Fire Department’s annual stew supper. Stew serving begins at 5 p.m.

Project Graduation Class of 2016 will be selling train rides to children and refreshments.

Christmas in the Park “Majestic Lights” will continue through New Years.

If you would like to honor a loved one or simply wish to make a donation to “Majestic Lights” please call the Yorktown Chamber office at 361-564-2661.

Tue
01
Dec

Member appreciation for St. Michael's Catholic Daughters

The St. Michael’s Catholic Daughter’s Court #347 held it’s CDA Clergy and member appreciationon Sunday, Nov. 8. A covered dish luncheon was served honoring our clergy: Rev. David Berger, Deacon Leo Sharron, Deacon Tony Warzecha, and Sister Patricia Lohre. Also honored with service pins were members who have served the organization for 25, 35 and 50 years.
 
Tue
01
Dec

Crime Stoppers seeking information on attempted burglary

Yorktown Police Department and DeWitt County Crime Stoppers are currently seeking information leading to the identification of the person involved in the incident that damaged an ATM at TrustTexas Bank in Yorktown. 
 
On Nov. 17 at approximately 5:30 a.m., an unknown person ignited a device that burned the ATM machine located at the drive through of the TrustTexas Bank located at 225 E. Main in Yorktown. 
 
If you have seen or know this person do not attempt to apprehend them yourself, rather contact the DeWitt County Sheriff's office at 361-275-5734 or DeWitt County Crime Stoppers at 361-275-0880. You may be eligible for a cash award from Crime Stoppers and Trust Texas Bank.
Tue
01
Dec

Westhoff fire draws interest from State Fire Marshal

A suspicious fire in Westhoff has drawn the interest of the State Fire Marshal’s office along with local law enforcement.
 
In the evening of Nov. 20, fire departments in Westhoff and Cuero were dispatched to a single-wide mobile home fire at 327 Anderson Ave. in Westhoff.
 
The vacant mobile home burned to the ground and DeWitt County Sheriff’s Office asked Cuero Fire Chief Buddy Harwell to assist in the investigation to determine the cause of the blaze.
 
The preliminary investigation apparently resulted in determination that the cause of the fire was suspicious.
 
According to DeWitt County sheriff investigator Carl Bowen, the fire appears to be an isolated incident and the investigation is expected to take several weeks.
 
The home belonged to Herman Gonzales and Juanita Gonzales, both formerly of Westhoff.
 
Tue
01
Dec

Filing nearly closed for county elections

Less than two weeks remain to file for the March 1, 2016 primary election. Along with several state and national positions facing election, there will be eight local races in the election.
 
The filing period ends at 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 14.
 
DeWitt County offices facing election beginning with the primaries are County Commissioners Precinct 1 and 2, County Constable Precinct 1 and 2, Tax Assessor-Collector, Sheriff, County Attorney and District Attorney.
 
Those interested in filing in the Republican primary should contact county chairman Brandi Rich-Bridges at 361-799-9514 or by mail at P.O. Box 523, Cuero, TX 77954, or by email at gopbrandi@gmail.com.
 
Tue
01
Dec

Constitutional essay contest

Winners of the Constitutional Essay Scholarship Contest from DeWitt and Lavaca Counties received their awards at  the  Life, Liberty, and Constitutional Rally held on Nov. 14, at the Hallettsville K.C. Hall. The essay contest is sponsored  yearly by the Republican Women of Yoakum Area in conjunction with Constitution Day. The rally, attended by approximately 300 people, brought together citizens to honor the scholarship winners, first responders, veterans, pastors, and educators. All were recognized for their service and contributions  to the communities.
 

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