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Tue
22
Sep

Council approves bid for railroad closure

By Robert Proctor
The Cuero Record
 
Cuero City Council voted unanimously to approve and adopt the 2015-2016 city budget and property tax rate on Tuesday, Sept. 15 at the council chambers.
 
The tax rate remains the same and raises over $144,000 in additional funds for the City because the tax base grew over the past year.
 
A public hearing on the proposed budget and tax rate was held at the start of the meeting with no one present to speak on it. The tax rate is 32 cents per $100 valuation.
 
The new maintenance and operations tax rate is $0.19775 compared to $0.19954 from the current year and $0.09491 for the debt rate compared to $0.10784 currently.
 
The proposed 2015-16 budget total revenues will be $7.897 million with total expenditures at $7.894 million.
Tue
22
Sep

First Baptist Church being renovated

By Robert Proctor
The Cuero Record
 
Driving down Broadway in Cuero, there are many new visible additions to the city and others underway. McDonald’s and H-E-B recently opened new sites, and Cuero ISD is in the process of building a new fine arts center for the school district. First Baptist Church can now be added to the list with the recent start of their own renovation project which is expected to be completed by September 2016.
 
“It’s been talked about for awhile, seriously for five years,” FBC pastor of music and worship Larry Cheesman said.
There was a proposal presented to the church three years ago, but it did not go through, and the planning committee went back to the drawing for another two years before finding a company to start initial planning.
 
Tue
22
Sep

New H-E-B 'wows' residents

H-E-B unveiled their new store on Friday, Sept. 18 with many new features and products, which the city of Cuero has been long awaiting. It was a grand celebration, not only for H-E-B but also for the residents of Cuero and the surrounding area.
 
Employees of H-E-B and their families enjoyed an early viewing of the store last Wednesday night. On Thursday, community leaders were able to see the store, before it officially opened for the public on Friday.
 
Cuero Development Corporation executive director Pat Kennedy said, “Wow! That’s all I can say is wow,” upon seeing the store for the first time on Thursday.
 
“This is overwhelming,” Mayor Sara Post Meyer said. “It’s just so nice. The atmosphere is better brighter and bigger. Lots of square footage, 62,000 square feet. This will be wonderful for the community.”
 
Thu
17
Sep

New H-E-B opens to public Friday

Cuero’s new H-E-B opens Friday at 6 a.m. showcasing a 62,000 sq. ft. facility, more than double the size of current building.
Located at 909 E. Broadway, across from Cuero High School, the new store has 25 aisles of products and 13 registers.
“This is overwhelming. It’s just so nice. The atmosphere is better, brighter, bigger. Lots of square footage. This will be wonderful for the community,” said Cuero Mayor Sara Post Meyer during a walk-thru Thursday.
Rob Hall, regional vice president for the Gulf Coast Region of H-E-B, greeted visitors. He recalled the conversation for building a new store in Cuero started about five years ago.
“The plans have changed a few times over those years but we here today and excited about opening. It went very fast once we had the word to go. It moved very, very quickly.
Thu
17
Sep

CHS classmates reunite

The Cuero High School Classmates of 1968, 1969 and 1970 met recently at the Meyersville Country Club.  
 
Wed
16
Sep

Claudio Gonzales sentenced to 58 years in prison

Claudio Gonzales, 47, pled guilty and was sentenced to 58 years in the penitentiary today.
 
Gonzales entered his plea in the district court of DeWitt County and was sentenced by Judge Pat Kelly. The sentence was a plea bargain with the state of Texas.
 
On July 6, 2014, Gonzales forcibly broke into a home on Morgan Avenue in Cuero. Gonzales demanded sex from the women present. He was confronted by a male occupant and they fought inside the house. Gonzales was a stranger to the family who resided in the home.
 
Gonzales was bent on forcing one or more of the females to get in his car and leave with him.
 
Before Gonzales could accomplish his objective, a 16 year old female, daughter of the home owner, came out of her bedroom with a 12 gauge shotgun. Gonzales fled the home but not before taking a blast of #8 bird shot from the shotgun.
 
Tue
15
Sep

Take Back Day Sept. 26 for Cuero Police Dept.

Cuero – On Sept. 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Cuero Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its tenth opportunity in five years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your pills for disposal to The Cuero Police Department at 100 N. Clinton St. (The DEA cannot accept  needles or sharps.) The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.
 
Last September, Americans turned in 309 tons (over 617,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at nearly 5,500 sites operated by the DEA and more than 4,000 of its state and local law enforcement partners. When those results are combined with what was collected in its eight previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in over 4.8 million pounds—more than 2,400 tons—of pills.  
 
Tue
15
Sep

Mikeska attends leadership academy

Nine hundred fifty-two outstanding 4th-8th graders participated in Education in Action’s summer 2015 Lone Star Leadership Academy camps. Additionally, 30 student alumni returned to serve in a leadership role as youth facilitators. These young leaders were selected for the Lone Star Leadership Academy camps based on demonstrated academic success and leadership ability, an educator recommendation, and involvement in school/community activities. The participating students, representing communities across Texas, traveled to Dallas/Fort Worth (4th, 5th & 6th graders), Austin/San Antonio (5th, 6th & 7th graders), and Houston/Galveston (6th, 7th & 8th graders) to take part in the camps. Participating from Cuero ISD was Kaleb Mikeska who is currently in grade 8 at Cuero Jr. High.  Kaleb attended the Houston/Galveston camp.
 
Tue
15
Sep

Cuero citizens are encouraged to lock vehicles, 'take valuables inside'

Vehicle burglaries are still taking place throughout Cuero. These events have mostly been crimes of opportunity when vehicles are left unlocked with valuables left visible inside.
 
In the past week, one such crime was photographed using a motion-activated night camera and given to the Cuero Police Department. Soon after, the man who attempted the crime was arrested.
 
Chief Jay Lewis said, “He was identified by a patrol officer and gave a false name (to the officer).”
 
Jeremy Louis Powell, 30, of Cuero had previously been arrested in Victoria twice and confessed to two vehicle burglaries.
 
“Be sure to lock your vehicles,” Lewis said. “Take valuables inside.”
 
Most of these crimes have taken place between midnight and 5 a.m. Call Cuero PD if any suspicious activity is seen.
 
Tue
15
Sep

Lion Paul Gebauer retires from position

The long-time secretary-treasurer of the Cuero Lions Club was honored by the club at its weekly meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 9. Lion Paul Gebauer retired from the secretary and treasurer positions after 27 years of holding the offices for the local club. Lion Gerald Zengerle is succeeding him and officially took office on July 1. Pictured is Zengerle and Gebauer (right) on a commemorative bench presented to Gebauer for his years of dedicated service. For more club information please contact club secretary Gerald Zengerle.
 
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