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Tue
01
Sep

CDC Community's Leader's Meeting

The Cuero Development Corporation will host the September Community Leader’s Meeting on Friday, Sept. 4 at 7:30 a.m. at the Chisholm Trail Heritage Museum, 302 N. Esplanade. Rick Florence, USDA Area 2 Director from Georgetown, will be the speaker. Mr. Florence is responsible for administering programs which provide financial assistance, information and technical services to expand economic opportunities to rural Texans. RSVP to tcotman@cityofcuero.com. Call the CDC at 361-275-8178 for more info.
 
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Tue
01
Sep

Wildcat Band brings confidence to half-time performances

The Yorktown High School marching band was fluid, in the beat and alive as they made their first appearance on the football field after two years watching from the side lines.

YHS band director Nathan Jones said, “The more they worked over the summer [...] their confidence level has just soared. They have really taken off playing wise and it self perpetuated itself.”

The band played and marched to the first of three performances related to pop radio. They all looked like they were enjoying themselves and pleased with their performance.

“These guys a have a hunger to perform well for their community,” Jones said. “They want their community to know that they are here and they take pride in what they are doing and they want their community to take pride in them.”

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Tue
01
Sep

Cuero ISD school board adopts 2015-2016 budget, tax rate

By Glenn Rea
The Cuero Record
 
Cuero ISD has a new budget and tax rate.
 
In a special meeting Monday, district trustees adopted a budget and tax to fund the new school year.
 
The new tax rate is $1.39069 per $100 of valuation. That is up about two cents from the current year’s rate of $1.37707.
 
Included in that rate is 96¢ for maintenance and operation of the district and just over 43¢ for debt reduction.
 
The current year’s (2014-15) M&O rate is 94¢ and the debt retirement rate is 43¢.
 
 In a closer look at the new budget, the district plans to spend $28.4 million for maintenance and operation in the new school year. 
 
The largest portion of that will be for instruction, primarily teacher salaries. That total is $12.6 million. 
 
Tue
01
Sep

'Damage control' for DeWitt Medical

By Glenn Rea
The Cuero Record
 
With about a hundred hospital employees and interested people in the audience, DeWitt Medical District attempted damage control at a meeting Tuesday afternoon, Aug. 25.
 
Two members of the board and administrative staff were there to assure employees the hospital was not being sold or layoffs were planned.
 
At a special meeting a week earlier, the board announced Cuero Community Hospital was considering a contract with a health care management company from San Antonio.
 
However, the message hospital employees heard suggested major changes could be ahead for the local facility.
 
At Tuesday’s meeting the employees learned the hospital is considering a management contract with Methodist Healthcare of San Antonio. 
 
Tue
01
Sep

New H-E-B only 2 weeks away

By Robert Proctor
The Cuero Record
 
Everything is bigger in Texas, and this will soon include the new H-E-B in Cuero which is set to open on Sept. 18 with many more products for the people of Cuero.
 
The store will be managed by Store Director Dave Epley and Unit Director Morris Hopes.
 
Hopes said, “There are turkey footprints at the entrance to the store, and there will be a bronze Gobbler at the Texas Front Porch,” showing ties to the community of Cuero.
 
H-E-B’s new location across from TDECU will feature a full service pharmacy and drive-thru. The pharmacy is fully-staffed with Jan Wilson as the pharmacist.
 
A full-service bakery and deli will also be included at the new location. The deli will have sliced meats, cheeses and rotisserie chickens.
 
Tue
01
Sep

Keep yourself healthy, never tell a lie, go fishing

It was on this day, 70 years ago, aboard the USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay, Japan formally surrendered to the Allies, bringing an end to World War II. It was on this date that William Urban of Yorktown knew he was going  back home.

Urban was born March 29, 1919 and raised on a farm with five sisters and four brothers just outside of Goliad. He attended Evergreen School, a one room school house, taught by W. W. Golke, through grade seven.

At the age of 16 he took over the responsibilities of the family farm. Hard work was routine and was a way of life but this only prepared for him what laid ahead.

When Urban was 20 years old he met the sweetheart of his life, Lillie Seifert. One year later he was enlisted into the U.S. Army.

Tue
01
Sep

Safety first for Cuero ISD

By Robert Proctor
The Cuero Record
 
There is a new officer patrolling the halls of Cuero ISD. Cuero Police Officer Willie Whitfield started his first year as the School Resource Officer (SRO) for Cuero ISD last week.
 
Whitfield, a Victoria native, worked for Jackson County and the Victoria Police Department before taking his new position with the Cuero PD as SRO.
 
“I didn’t know what I wanted to do,” Whitfield said. “I had friends in law enforcement who went through the Victoria Police Academy.”
 
Whitfield went through the academy in 2001. He then spent three years at Jackson County before nearly a decade with the Victoria PD in several different roles.
 
Whitfield said, “I worked about two years in crime prevention with the community and some at the schools, four years in patrol and a little over two years in auto theft.”
Tue
01
Sep

New YHS elective targets college

The Yorktown Independent School District trustees are seeking every opportunity to prepare the students in high school to succeed in advance courses for higher education.

The board had their regular meeting on Aug. 17 and one of the topics for discussion was additional secondary courses that were unanimously approved by the board.

Yorktown interim superintendent Linda Bettin said, “Advanced Academic Skills is an elective course that will enhance the skills needed to be successful in advanced high school and college courses. The course content will include a project based learning assignment, college readiness assignments, preparation for the PSAT, SAT, and ACT. It also includes leadership skills, strategies for studying, managing time, researching and organizing. The course is available to students in grades 10-12, and course grades will receive additional weighting as an advanced course for consideration in student's grade point average.”

Tue
25
Aug

City cleaning up

Yorktown city council heard the deficiency report of eight properties, including the old Dollar General Store, that Yorktown police and code enforcement officer Joshua Serbin gave on the night of Aug. 17, during a special called city meeting.

Yorktown resident Frank Burney spoke the week before with a complaint that the home on East Main Street needed tending. He said, “The house between us and Aunt Di’s restaurant is caving in. It is just a mess. It is bad for the restaurant too. It is a place that invites rodents.”

Officer Serbin gave a detailed report with photos of the structures showing many hazards including ceiling falling in, walls leaning, mold, excessive water damage, live electrical wiring dangling from mid-air to supply electricity to another structure, holes in the roof, holes on the floor substructure, etc.

None of the property owners attended the meeting.

Tue
25
Aug

Museum heralds research center

By Beverly Bruns
Yorktown Historical Museum

The Yorktown Historical Society has a research center. Docents of the Yorktown Historical Society have placed into binders information as manuscripts, documents and photographs related to the history of Yorktown.
The binders are titled such as Klegberg’s History of Yorktown, City Park, Businesses of Yorktown, Western Days Royalty etc.  The binders are indexed by surnames of individuals. Researchers can now come into the museum in search of a given name and find, rather quickly, if one of the binders has that name or possibly a picture of the individual. These binders are now housed in the front office of the museum so that researchers can browse.

If the researcher wants copies a docent is there to make copies for them. The Society encourages residents and visitors to stop in and see if an ancestor is recorded in one of the binders.

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