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Boy Scouts volunteer at food bank

Scout Troop 245 assisted the Cuero Community Food Pantry in bagging and carrying out food on Dec. 1 and 15.
 
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Tue
22
Dec

BHP Billiton makes donation to BGCDC

The Boys and Girls Club of DeWitt County held a ribbon cutting ceremony on Wednesday, Dec. 2 for their new BHP Technology Center. BHP Billiton donated over $200,000 to BGCDC for the Club’s new technology center. One key feature of the technology center is Lego robots controlled by iPads. Pictured from left are past Club president Christi Fuchs, unit director Shannon Haun, chief personnel officer Kelvin Washington, BHP representative and president Laurie Pokluda.
 
Photo by Sonya Timpone/The Cuero Record
Tue
22
Dec

Photo contest winners announced

The winners have been announced for the Cuero Heritage Museum’s snowman photo contest. First place was awarded to Elizabeth Means for her photo from 1973. Ronii Diaz earned runner-up for her photo, also from 1973.
 
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Tue
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Dec

Kennedy completes training series

Patrick J. Kennedy, Executive Director of the Cuero Development Corporation, became one of the first Texans to meet the recertification requirements to continue to be an Economic Development Finance Professional from the National Development Council (NDC). The NDC is the oldest non-profit community development organization in the United States.
 
The Economic Development Finance Professional (EDFP) Certification Program is a rigorous, four-course training series that explores the skills essential for the successful practice of economic development, business credit and real estate finance analysis techniques, loan packaging procedures, negotiating and problem solving skills and deal structuring techniques.
 
Kennedy received his original certification in 1991.
Tue
22
Dec

CTHM receives award of excellence

By Glenn Rea
The Cuero Record
 
“This museum is a clear example that Texas’ world class museums are not just found in our big cities but they are in small towns and rural communities.”
 
Those were the comments from Texas Historical Commission chairman John L. Nau, III during an award presentation to Chisholm Trail Heritage Museum Tuesday, Dec. 15.
 
Executives with Texas Historical Commission were in Cuero to present the John L. Nau, III Award in Museum Excellence to CTHM and its chairman Robert Oliver.
 
Only 14 Texas museums have received this award since its inception in 2002.
 
“Its an honor for me to be in Cuero to present this award of excellence in Texas Museums,” Nau said.
 
Tue
22
Dec

Schmidt takes world title

By Tim O’Malley
Yorktown News-View

Caleb Schmidt is living the dream and seeing some real benefits from the hours of training and discipline as he recently won the 2015 PRCA World Champion Tie-Down Calf Roper title in Las Vegas, Nev.

Schmidt is a 2008 Yorktown graduate. He grew up in the rodeo arena from his youth and into college.

While attending school at Wharton Junior College, Schmidt was a National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association all-around champion. He went on to Sam Houston State University where he earned his bachelor’s degree in Agriculture business in the Fall of 2012.

“That was when I got my PRCA professional card and permit,” Schmidt said.

He qualified for the 2013 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (NFR) winning Rookie of the Year. In 2014 Schmidt qualified for the NFR but was out for the season due to injuries.

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Tue
22
Dec

Warren, Barron, Hernandez receive CISD humanitarian award

By Glenn Rea
The Cuero Record
 
Cuero ISD launched a new recognition award at the trustee meeting on Dec. 14.
 
It is the Mike Wilkinson Gobbler Humanitarian Award. It memorializes 32-year CISD transportation mechanic Mike Wilkinson.
 
The first three recipients were Cuero High School athletic trainer Chris Warren and Gobbler football players Noah Barron and Diego Hernandez.
 
Receiving the award at the meeting, it was explained that following the Cuero - Navarro play-off in San Antonio on Nov. 27, the three performed CPR on Wilkinson in the parking lot at Gustafson Stadium until paramedics arrived. 
 
Services were held for Wilkinson on Dec. 4 at Evergreen Cemetery in Skidmore.
 
Tue
22
Dec

Cuero teen overcomes leprosy

By Robert Proctor
The Cuero Record
 
A terrible hand was dealt to a DeWitt County teenager, but he overcame the ordeal with the help of a local doctor. Hansen’s disease or leprosy, as it is commonly known, is not at all a common infection in the United States. William Cody Baker contracted the now curable disease several years ago.
 
Leprosy is a chronic infection caused by bacteria. At the start, symptoms are not prevalent for years, up to 20 in some cases. 
 
Dr. Michael McLeod, Baker’s primary doctor, was on a television show with Baker, “Monsters Inside Me” on Animal Planet, in October, talking about the process of going through this terrible ordeal.
 
“Going through the episode, I was kinda nervous,” Baker said.
 
McLeod talked about how the disease was contracted.
 
Tue
22
Dec

St. Mark's celebrates Christmas Eve

By Robert Proctor
The Cuero Record
 
Christmas is in the air and with it comes time with family. Christmas Eve church services are one place many families attend together during the holidays and one such Cuero church has celebrated a candlelight service for many years.
 
St. Mark’s Lutheran Church’s present house of worship was dedicated Christmas Eve of 1939, according to church history.
 
Several current church members talked about their time at the church and what the candlelight service has meant to them.
 
The exact start of the candlelight service is not certain, but it is suspected to be upwards of 65 years.
 
Mon
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Dec

YISD board, superintendent business as usual

By Tim O’Malley
Yorktown News-View

It will be business as usual for the Yorktown Independent School District Board of Trustees and for YISD superintendent Carl Krug come Jan. 4, 2016.

The board of trustees had a special called meeting on Dec. 21 to consider/discuss possible voluntary superintendent severance agreement. Legal consultation with attorney Shellie Krow was held in closed session just over two hours.

After closed session the board took no action on superintendent severance agreement or action on an interim superintendent.

Krow said, “Mr. Krug did not resign. The purpose of the meeting was to consider the items on the agenda.”

President of the board Mark Weischwell said, “Why they were put on [the agenda] and why we called the meeting is confidential.”

Krow responded, “What led up to that point was an attorney/client conversation.”

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