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Tue
29
Sep

Gas prices on decline in Cuero

Gas consumers in Cuero are currently enjoying a hefty savings at the pump. As of Wednesday morning, Sept. 23, gas prices were as low as $1.71, a drastic decrease from the recent cost in town which was well over $2.
 
Until the new H-E-B pumps opened, gas was much cheaper just down the road in Victoria. Now, it is nearly 20 cents less to fill up in Cuero compared to its neighbor to the south.
 
On Sept. 23, the cheapest gas in Victoria was selling for $1.91 which is still well below the national average of $2.29, according to GasBuddy.
 
In Texas, the average price is $2.04 per gallon. Gas has continually fallen throughout the state and even nation over the past year. Texas’ prices have dropped over a dollar in the past year.
 
“The price of oil averaged $45.46, a minor increase of 30 cents compared to the week before,” per GasBuddy.
 
Tue
29
Sep

City starts contract with TDS Thursday

City of Cuero has contracted with Texas Disposal Systems (TDS) of Creedmore for garbage and recyclables collection. TDS will start the service Thursday, Oct. 1.
 
The city and TDS have been busy delivering recyclable roll-outs to residents in preparation for the start-up date.
 
According to the city’s website, these 96-gallon carts are clearly labeled for usage. The residential trash cart will be serviced once a week and the recycle cart will be serviced every other week. 
 
A color-coded map of the garbage pick-up schedule can be seen on Page 3 of this edition of The Cuero Record.
 
Cuero City Manager Raymie Zella encouraged citizens thay may have issues as a result of the conversion to contact the city at 275- 6114. 
 
Zella reminds residents instructions for recyclables is posted on top of the roll-out cart (with a brown lid).
Tue
29
Sep

Help name a Cuero street

You can help City of Cuero name a street.
 
In last week’s meeting, city council agreed to hold a contest to name a street here. 
 
The street is about one block long and is located between the GVEC Home store and the Benavidez Memorial across from Cuero High School. Currently the street has no name. It connects East Broadway and Courthouse Street.
 
Councilman Bill Matthys suggested a contest to name the street. He said people should submit their suggestions online, send them to the newspaper or by written nomination through the mail.
 
It was suggested the council would pick their top three choices and allow the public to vote for their favorite.
 
Nominations would be accepted for the next 45 days.
 
Tue
29
Sep

County lifts burn ban

By Glenn Rea
Publisher
 
County fathers agreed to lift the burn ban at their meeting Monday. They also adopted a tax rate and budget for the new fiscal year.
 
Following seasonal weather changes and some showers over the past couple of weeks, the court agreed to lift the burn ban that had been in effect since the end of August.
 
Court did remind rural residents if they plan a controlled burn to contact DeWitt County Sheriff’s Office and let them know.
 
Otherwise, the smoke may result in a brush fire alarm to one of the volunteer fire departments and a possible fine.
 
Concluding their fiscal year, the court adopted its new budget and tax rate Monday.
 
Tue
29
Sep

City council approves hotel-motel tax funds for local organizations

By Glenn Rea
The Cuero Record
 
Tourism, show barn plans, appointments, and building codes were just some of the items Cuero City Council tackled at the meeting last week.
 
A portion of the hotel-motel tax rebated to the city each year is designated for organizations to promote tourism locally. 
 
Three requests for a portion of those funds were heard by council. They were Cuero Turkeyfest Association, DeWitt County Heritage Museum and Cuero Chamber of Commerce - Cuero Heritage Museum.
 
Annette Rath and Cory Thamm spoke on behalf of Turkeyfest. They  were requesting $20,000 for marketing purposes and $50,000 for musical entertainment and children’s events.
 
Thamm say last year’s Turkeyfest entertainment budget was about $119,000. That included hotel rooms for the entertainers, entertainer and production fees.
 
Tue
29
Sep

Designing history

By Robert Proctor
The Cuero Record
 
A.J. Simpson has opened The Emporium in Cuero, adding to the already substantial career of the interior designer, art collector and historical philanthropist, to name a few. To say the least, Simpson is a man of many hats who is now bringing a new business endeavor to the city of Cuero, a place which he is happy to call home.
 
Simpson was born in France and has spent much time in Europe, where he received most of his informal but impressive knowledge of art and history. Through the years he has been quite active. From working on Dolph Briscoe’s campaign for Texas governor in the early 1970s to helping Cuero’s Chisholm Trail Heritage Museum receive funding, he has always had something to do.
 
Tue
29
Sep

BHP helps CVFD purchase new fire truck

By Glenn Rea
Publisher
 
Thanks to a sizable donation from BHP Billiton, Cuero Volunteer Fire Department added a new large fire truck to its arsenal Saturday.
 
Assistant Fire Chief Rodney Bade acknowledged the $150,000 donation from BHP and recognized the local effort that made the $240,000 purchase possible.
 
“With the funds from BHP and funds we have raised through all the years at different fund raisers and donations from local entities we were able to pay the balance of the truck cost,” Bade said.
 
BHP Billiton General Manager Todd Lee of Katy made the check presentation to CVFD. 
 
Tue
22
Sep

Safety concerns forces move

Neighbors in the block of 400 East Nau Street called the city complaining they smelled sewage in the area that led to removing the residents from a home for public safety.

Chief Paul Campos said, “I got a report from some citizens this morning, Sept. 18, that the smell was going into their homes. The sewage has been going on for a long time. Our concern is to get this family of five in a safe place. They should not be living in this type of condition.”

Johnny Naranjo, owner of the home on East Nau Street, said, “I was aware of the problem. If they had told me they could not take of this, I could have done something sooner. They are responsible for whatever happens.”

Lucio and Ester Medina are renters of the home. Ester said, “I told him there was a little leak at first about two months ago. We have been trying to get it fixed.”

Tue
22
Sep

Council hears street delay update, okays new tax rate

The Yorktown city council held their regular meeting on Sept. 14 to deal with two major issues; city streets and livestock within city limits.

Many reasons for the poor quality of the roads were given at the meeting and the council was adamant about the responsibility of the contractor. But more than that, the contractor has not been in town for over three weeks.

Contractor Steve Wagner of Wagner Construction said, “We came back into today. We have had some issues come up with equipment, materials, maintenance, employees... I will get them resolved.”

Numerous areas in the streets of Yorktown have eroded back to it’s base. The seal coat is gone and erosion is occurring on the base from road wear and weather.

Wagner said, “We have already repaired a lot of the areas you may be talking about. I am here and I will not leave until everyone is happy.”

Tue
22
Sep

Miss Yorktown Shelby Franke

YORKTOWN – It had been five years since anyone was crowned to be Miss Yorktown. But, after Sept. 19, Yorktown will, once again, have Miss Yorktown royalty represent Yorktown.

Hosted by the Yorktown Chamber of Commerce and Western Days committee, the pageant, held at the Yorktown school auditorium, attracted over 24 girls and young ladies.

Crowned Miss Yorktown was Shelby Franke, daughter of Randy and Shannon Franke. She was crowned by pageant coordinators Malerie Rodriguez and Whitney Rodriguez Schroeder.

Shelby said, “It is exciting get to represent the committee and be a good role model.”

She plans to attend Texas A&M University to pursue a degree in marketing.

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