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Tue
24
Nov

Jack Marr announces for re-election as District Judge of 24th Judicial District

Republican District Judge Jack Marr has announced that he will seek re-election. A native Texan, Marr has served as District Judge of the 24th Judicial District since 2013. This Judicial District covers Calhoun, DeWitt, Goliad, Jackson, Refugio, and Victoria counties.
 
Marr holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business and a Law Degree from Texas Tech University, and as an attorney became Board Certified as a Family Law Specialist in 1983. He has completed over 2,100 hours of Continuing Legal Education, and been honored repeatedly as a “Super Lawyer” by Texas Monthly Magazine. Marr recently received the Allison Unger Award for excellence from the Texas Family Law Foundation. 
 
Tue
24
Nov

December CDC leader's meeting

The Cuero Development Corporation will host the December Community Leader’s Meeting on Friday, Dec. 4 at 7:30 a.m. at The Chisholm Trail Heritage Museum, 302 N. Esplanade Street. W.E. “Bill” West, Jr., General Manager at the Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority (GBRA) will be the speaker. Mr. West has been with GBRA since 1994 and assumed overall management responsibility for GBRA’s operating divisions throughout the Guadalupe River basin. As Chief Executive Officer, he oversees the day-to-day operations of GBRA functions and providing general leadership and direction. RSVP to ssolis@cityofcuero.com. Call the CDC at 361-275-8178 for more info.

Tue
24
Nov

Pioneer donates to DCSO

Pioneer Natural Resources recently donated funds to purchase night vision equipment for the DeWitt County Sheriff's Office. Pictured from left are Ward Belanger, Pioneer Natural Resources, DCSO Investigator Sgt. Carl Bowen andJorge Hinojosa of Pioneer Natural Resources.
 
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Tue
24
Nov

Morrison announces re-election for Texas House District 30

AUSTIN – State Representative Geanie W. Morrison, Nov. 20, filed for re-election to serve in the Texas House of Representatives (House District – 30) for the 85th Legislative Session. The south Texas district is comprised of Aransas, Calhoun, DeWitt, Goliad, Refugio, and Victoria Counties. For the 84th Legislative Session, Rep. Morrison was appointed Chair of the House Committee on Environmental Regulation, Chair of the House Committee on Federal Environmental Regulation, and serves on the House Committee on Higher Education, and was re-appointed to the Joint Committee to Study a Coastal Barrier System.
 
“I am honored to serve the people of House District 30,” said Morrison. “This district is truly the crossroads of south Texas, and what we have achieved together is to be commended, but I know there is much more we can do.”
 
Tue
24
Nov

Vehicle break-in prevention urged by Cuero Police Department

The Cuero Police Department is urging citizens to take measures to protect their property during this holiday season.
 
Officers have recently responded to an increase in vehicle break-ins over the past month and most, if not all, of the vehicles were left unlocked or unsecured. These incidents seem to be crimes of opportunity and miscellaneous items have been taken from the vehicles, many of which are not traceable for law enforcement.
 
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.
 

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