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Tue
03
May

Interest high in YISD trustee election

Over 260 people have cast votes during the early voting for the Yorktown Independent School District board of trustees and close to 100 votes have been cast in the Yorktown City Council election.

Both elections are Saturday, May 7. Polls open at 7 a.m. and will remain open until 7 p.m. will be held at the Yorktown School Lunch Room, 404 W. Fourth St. in Yorktown.

Six people have filed for three positions on the YISD board of trustees. The incumbents running for re-election are Todd Metting, Patti Harbors and Barry Watson. Three seeking a position on the board are DeNiece Sinast, Deborah Kneese and Hurshel Pruitt.

Each voter in the board of trustees election will have three votes. The voter can vote for three individuals, two votes for one individual and the third vote for another, or vote for one individual three times.

Tue
03
May

Full house at YISD trustee meeting

By Tim O’Malley
Yorktown News-View

It was wall-to-wall people, primarily students from the junior high and high school, attending the regular scheduled Yorktown Independent School District trustee meeting on April 25 at the junior high school library.

The majority attendees were there in support of former athletic director Ty Robinson. They were looking for answers why he left and hopes of the board turning down his resignation.

Mary Romans expressed support for the Robinson family and concerns whether or not she will continue to allow her children to go to school in Yorktown. She said, “Do I want to keep my children here? Parents fighting against parents. Staff and children are being bullied. Positive words will bring about positive changes.”

Tue
03
May

Monday wreck report

Two medical helicopters were needed for a wreck two miles north of Yorktown Monday morning. A two-year-old child was flown by Halo Flight to a Corpus Christi hospital and an adult female was flown by PHI to a Victoria hospital.

The wreck happened around 10 a.m. in the 2200 block of Hwy. 119 just south of FM 108. It was a one vehicle wreck.

A Ford Expedition left the roadway and struck a tree injuring those inside the vehicle.

DPS Troopers, DeWitt County deputies and Yorktown EMS assisted at the scene.

Tue
26
Apr

Yorktown EMS train on LifePak15

By Tim O’Malley
Yorktown News-View

Yorktown Emergency Medical Service will respond to emergencies having one of the most advanced monitor/defibrillator in hand.

The LifePak15, as it is called, will help “detect hard to diagnose conditions” such as carbon monoxide levels and at-risk patients.

Chad Lewis of Physio Control said, “This monitor has a little more sensitivity and specificity when dealing with stemi and/or cardiac patients. Basically, the new technology gives more detailed information of the patients heart compared what the previous monitor could do. Also, if someone has been poisoned by carbon monoxide this monitor can detect that whereas the other did not. It gives us a percentage which is the latest and greatest in the field. That allows these guys to know and alert the hospital.”

The life saving benefit comes by way of information.

Tue
26
Apr

Sinast running for YISD board of trustee

My name is DeNeice Sinast and I live in Yorktown with my husband Ty, and our three children. I have two girls and a boy ages 10, 12 and 15, one at each campus here at YISD. I have called this little town home for more than 15 years now. My husband was a Wildcat from the start. He was born and raised here and attended Yorktown ISD. I was raised in Shiner and attended St. Paul High School where I graduated first in my class. I went on to attend the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and obtained a Bachelors of Science Degree in Nursing. I have been a NICU nurse for over 17 years and could never imagine doing anything else. I love taking care of those babies. I definitely see myself being in this community for the rest of my life. We have amazing family and friends here and a great community where people care about one another. As far as being involved in the community goes, I have been very active in many activities in the school and community for some time.

Tue
26
Apr

Senator Kolkhorst to speak at CDC meeting

Senator Lois W. Kolkhorst is scheduled to speak at the Cuero Development Corporation’s Community Leader’s Meeting May 6 at 7:30 a.m. at the City of Cuero council chambers.

Senator Kolkhorst is a fifth-generation Texan, with ancestral roots to the Texas War of Independence. A Brenham native, she went on to graduate from TCU where she played collegiate golf.

In December 2014, Kolkhorst was elected to the Texas Senate in a special election, after previously serving 14 years in the Texas House. Recognized as a fiscal conservative, she is a member of the Senate Finance Committee.

Senator Kolkhorst is also a member of the Senate Committee on Education, and is considered a longtime friend to parents and teachers as well as colleges and universities.

Senator Kolkhorst has repeatedly been awarded and endorsed by numerous organizations.  

Tue
26
Apr

Yoakum A&M Club presents scholarships

The Yoakum A&M Club hosted Muster Thursday, April 21 at the Yoakum Community Center with approximately 200 in attendance. Dr. Elsa A. Murano, Professor and President Emerita, was the guest speaker, while Yoakum High School student, Tyler Ward played Taps for this special ceremony.

As a part of this tradition, the Yoakum A&M Club and the DeWitt-Lavaca A&M Mothers’ Club recognized scholarship recipients. Fourteen $1,000 scholarships were awarded to high school seniors from DeWitt and Lavaca counties.

Abby Fowlkes, Karlie Stehle, and Victoria Ramert were recipients of the Janet Barre Memorial Scholarship, David P. Watson ’78 Memorial Scholarship and the John E. Trott, Jr. ’66 Memorial Scholarship respectively.

Tue
26
Apr

Cuero park tree dedication

In honor of Earth Day (April 22), Arbor Day (April 29) and in memory of longtime City of Cuero tree board member Jim Hedrick, two tree were planted at the entrance to the City Park on Main Street. Mayor Sara Post Meyer read a proclamation for Earth Day and Arbor Day. The trees were donated by the City of Cuero tree board and Keep Cuero Beautiful. In attendance for the ceremony were Brad and Cecilia Hedrick, Ann Hedrick, Jim and Ann’s daughter, Shawn, KCB president Linda Henderson and tree board members Anthony Netardus, Lanny Havemann, Sandy Dukes and Alton Meyer.

The Cuero Record

Tue
26
Apr

'It was the only entertainment people had'

By Tim O’Malley
Yorktown News-View

In the early years of Nordheim, when businesses lined the dirt streets, when cotton was king and the railroad served the community, baseball and softball were the entertainment of the day and a good reason to gather at the park.

O.J. “Jr.” Janssen of Yorktown (93 years old) said, “The whole community went. It was the only entertainment people had. Grandpas and grandmas came. Nordheim had a grand stand and concession stand. One time they had a border fence. It used to be where the tractor pull is held today. The balls would go underneath the shooter’s club because home plate was opposite of the field. The people in the bar could look out the window to watch the game.”

Some of the townspeople of Nordheim estimated the Nordheim Tiger baseball team started in 1905 with the Bluebonnet League. Teams included Port Lavaca, Victoria, Falls City, Jourdanton, Poth, and Runge.

Tue
26
Apr

Westhoff ISD joins in state reading program

Monday, April 11, Westhoff I.S.D. welcomed to the campus School Board President, Mr. Paddy Burwell, and School Board Secretary, Mrs. Cindy Burnett. Burwell and Burnett joined the students as they participated in the Texas Reads One Book Program. 

The kickoff for this event began with a videotaped reading of the first chapter of Charlotte’s Web by Dallas Cowboys Head Coach Jason Garrett. Students were given their own copy of the book and were able to follow along. After Garrett’s reading Burwell and Burnett each read the next chapter of the book to the student body much to the students’ enjoyment. They then joined the students for lunch. 

Westhoff School could not be happier with the involvement board members have in participating in school events. The students have continued to read Charlotte’s Web both individually and as a class.

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