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Tue
26
Jan

Hegar named CDC speaker

Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts Glenn Hegar will be the speaker at the Community Leader’s Meeting on Friday, Feb. 5 at 7:30 a.m. at the City of Cuero Council Chambers, 212 E. Main Street. Mr. Hegar was elected in November 2014 and serves as Texas’ treasurer, check writer, tax collector, and procurement officer and revenue estimator. Before becoming Comptroller, Hegar served in the Texas House of Representatives and the Texas Senate. RSVP to ssolis@cityofcuero.com. Call the CDC at 361-275-8178 for more info.

Tue
26
Jan

Guns prohibited in certain county buildings

By Glenn Rea
Publisher
 
DeWitt County Commissioners Court gave its final approval to banning open carry firearms in the courthouse, annex, and detention center at its meeting Monday.
 
After reviewing the new state law that allows open carry of firearms by law abiding citizens, the court issued its order to prohibit guns in certain county buildings.
 
County Judge Daryl Fowler reported the district judges serving this county have already issued standing orders that prohibit firearms in buildings, offices or rooms where they hold their respective courts or related activities.
 
Judge Fowler also issued orders prohibiting firearms in county court, juvenile court and related common areas.
 
Open carry of firearms are already prohibited in law enforcement facilities.
 
Tue
26
Jan

CISD changes plans on superintendent search

By Robert Proctor
The Cuero Record
 
Following an eventful start to the evening, where the Cuero school board was honored for their dedication with a dinner, the trustees and administration got down to business at the Jan. 19 meeting. The 2014-2015 annual audit report, facilities report and cheer constitution were the key topics touched on before the trustees went into closed session.
 
During the closed session near the end of the meeting, the board voted to rescind a motion made on Dec. 14, 2015 to hire an executive search firm to seek superintendent candidates. The board will now proceed with the search independently.
 
At a special meeting earlier in January, the board named Dr. Ben Colwell as interim superintendent. Dr. Colwell has 31 years experience in school administration and is a resident of DeWitt County.
 
Tue
26
Jan

Judge Skipper Koetter announces retirement

Republican District Judge Skipper Koetter is announcing that he has notified Governor Greg Abbott of his intention to retire on March 4. Koetter has also volunteered to continue hearing cases and presiding over his court until Abbott appoints a successor and the new District Judge is sworn in. 
 
Koetter has served as District Judge of the 267th Judicial District, which covers Calhoun, DeWitt, Goliad, Jackson, Refugio, and Victoria counties, since 2002. Koetter holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from Texas A&M University, and earned his Law Degree from South Texas College of Law in Houston. Before becoming a licensed attorney, he helped run a small construction business for 10 years. Koetter also served in the Texas Air National Guard for eight years, and was honorably discharged in 1972 with the rank of Sergeant. 
 
Tue
26
Jan

2015 drug arrests by Cuero PD

Over the past two years, the Cuero Police Department has made approximately 100 drug arrests per year on individuals possessing or distributing illegal narcotics and narcotics related paraphernalia. 
 
Officers state they often concentrate on problems areas where citizens have voiced concerns of this type of activity and rely heavily on this information provided by Cuero residents. The photo provided shows just some of the narcotics recovered during investigations from Jan. 1, 2015 to Dec. 31, 2015. Some of the narcotics recovered during this time frame were sent to State run crime labs for analysis and are not shown and other cases have already been disposed of through the Court system and the narcotics destroyed.
Tue
19
Jan

Water Captains explain process

By Tim O’Malley
Yorktown News-View

Where oil is king in DeWitt County there is another precious commodity... water. Where it comes from, where it goes, and how the community can ensure that it is protected is a process that is no longer determined by the state.

Reverend Sam Brannon, of Texas Interfaith Center for Public Policy said, “Most people do not realize that there is a water planning process. It is a democratic process where the more people involved the bigger the difference we make. It is a public policy that works.”

Rev. Brannon and George Oliver, Outreach Specialist for Texas Impact, spoke on the Water Captains Program in Nordheim last Sunday at St. Paul Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall.

Oliver said, “We are here to teach people to be a voice to legislation and a voice for it’s communities of faith.”

Tue
19
Jan

Last day to register to vote is Feb. 1

The last day to register to vote for the March 1 Republican and Democratic Party Primary Election is Feb. 1. 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 in Cuero before the Feb. 1st deadline.
 
The Elections Office is continuing to accept Applications for Ballot by Mail. If you are age 65 or older, disabled, or plan to be out of the county on Election Day, you may apply to vote by mail. The deadline to apply for a ballot by mail for the March 1 Republican and Democratic Primary Election is Feb. 19th. For more information, call 361-275-0859 or send an email to electionadmin@co.dewitt.tx.us.
Tue
19
Jan

Lockhart Community Cemetery sees restoration efforts

[Editor’s note: The following narrative was compiled by Brenda Lord through research and interviews]
 
Lockhart Cemetery, also known as Lockhart Colored Cemetery, is probably the oldest burial place for early African-American settlers in DeWitt County. Some of the inhabitants of Lockhart Cemetery also have Native American ancestry. The cemetery is located approximately four miles north of Cuero on Lockhart Cemetery Road which intersects with U.S. Highway 183, the Gonzales Highway in north central DeWitt County. 
 
This three acre tract of land is part of the George W. Davis Survey. Deed records reveal G. McNary, S. Wimbish, H. McNary, and Joe Johnson, trustees of the Lockhart Colored Cemetery Association, purchased the parcel of land from J.D. Houston, Jr. on Nov. 16, 1910 for $50 “for the purpose and use as a Colored Cemetery.” The record is deeded to Lockhart Colored Cemetery. 
 
Tue
19
Jan

Area students named to Dean's List

KINGSVILLE — Texas A&M University-Kingsville has released the names of the students who made the President’s List, Dean’s List and Honor Roll for the fall 2015 semester.
 
In order to qualify for the prestigious President’s List, a student must be enrolled in at least 15 semester hours and have a perfect 4.0 grade point average for the semester.
 
To make the Dean’s List, a student must earn a grade point average of 3.65 on all work attempted for the semester with a minimum of 13 semester hours completed.
 
The Honor Roll requires a grade point average of 3.5 while taking at least 12 semester hours.
 
Dean’s List: Kamry Latrice Horton of Cuero, Michelle Elizabeth Wagner of Cuero and Tessa M. Green of Nordheim.
Tue
19
Jan

Rotary Club pancake supper on Thursday

The Rotary Club of Cuero is gearing up for the 2016 Rotary Club members pancake supper on Jan. 21 from 5-7 p.m. at the Cuero High School cafeteria. Tickets are $8; children 3 and under are free. Pictured from left are Ron Ledbetter, Steve Waldrop, Brian Gomez, Warrern Seidel, David Scott, Bill Blackwell, Carl Bowen, Doug Sethness, Carol Martin, Bryan Haun and Devon Dekowski.
 
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