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Tue
31
May

St. Mark's hosts piano recital

Hoffman Piano Studio had a recital May 21 at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church. Pictured are from left, front row Landon Crain, Madilyn Thomas, Kealy Long, Lori Parker, Spencer Pearce, JoAnn Hoffman, second row Allison Zengerle, Jordan Pierce, Andres Archuleta, back row Sean Wolf and Sheldon Wolf.

contributed photo

Tue
31
May

Council sees demo of new smart meters

By Glenn Rea

The Cuero Record

Cuero City Council saw a demonstration and update on the installation of the new advanced metering system here. There was also an update on the street improvement plans.

It was explained almost 1,400 electric meters and about 900 water meters have been installed. The completion of this project is expected to be in October.

This new advanced metering system will also a provide customer friendly portal called “intelaHome”. This portal will allow customers to manage and monitor their electric and water usage. There is no additional charge for this in-home portal.

With this advanced metering system, the city will no longer be using meter readers because the meters report usage electronically.

Zella said the system will also allow the city to pin point water leaks and electrical line loss which could reduce city expenses.

Tue
31
May

'The bell didn't ring' for Watson

By Robert Proctor

The Cuero Record

Brady Watson, who just finished 8th grade and will be moving to Cuero High School this fall, competed in the 89th Annual Scripps National Bee from May 24-26 in National Harbor, Maryland, 10 miles from the U.S. Capitol. Watson is the son of Trent and Jami Watson and has a younger sister, Bromli.

Brady spelled both his words correctly during the preliminaries but did not advance to the finals due to the written test he took the day before. They had 12 spelling words and five choices and 12 vocabulary words with multiple choice answers with about an hour to test.

One-hundred seventy were left after prelims. Thirty-three were eliminated in the first round and 81 in the second round.

The top 45 contestants advanced to the finals, but Brady was still pleased with his performance.

“It’s been pretty fun,” Brady said. “I’m just glad I made it as far as I did. The bell didn’t ring so that was good.”

Tue
31
May

Caffey voted new AD/head coach

By Tim O’Malley
Yorktown News-View

It was a good first day for Yorktown’s new athletic director/head football coach John David Caffey as he met athletes at the Yorktown’s campus last Wednesday.

Caffey said, “Everybody that I have talked to talks how hard working and how good these kids are. To me, it is an easy choice to come here.”

The Yorktown Independent School District Board of Trustees interviewed three applicants and deliberated three and a half hours during the special called meeting on May 23 before deciding on a 4-3 vote to hire Caffey, of Rice Consolidated Independent School District. In favor of the new AD were Todd Metting, Nelda Sertuche, Mark Weischwill, and Debbie Kneese. Those that voted against him were Randy Franke, Danette Respondek and DeNiece Respondek.

Tue
31
May

Nordheim High School to see 16 graduates

Commencement for the Nordheim Class of 2016 is set for Friday, June 3, at 6:30 p.m. Nordheim High School has announced their class valedictorian and salutatorian for the Class of 2016. Annalysa Camacho is the valedictorian, and Emily Jennings is the salutatorian.

Annalysa Camacho is the daughter of Christian Rincones and Roger Rincones. She participated in volleyball, basketball and tennis and was a varsity cheerleader. She served as president of FFA and was a member of National Honor Society, and one-act play. In FFA she was a member of livestock judging, chapter conducting radio broadcast, nursery landscape and design teams. She plans to attend University of Texas A&M Kingsville to study wildlife and range management.

Tue
31
May

Run-off sees Lassman take district attorney seat

It took two tries but results of Tuesday’s run-off election determined who will be the next district attorney for DeWitt, Goliad and Refugio counties.

Cuero resident Rob Lassman received 800 votes in the 24th Judicial District to Terry Breen’s 645 (preliminary counts). Both candidates ran on the Republican ticket and there was not a Democrat in the race.

Lassman, who has been on the district attorney’s staff for 26 years, will take over the top position on January 1. Current district attorney Michael Sheppard chose not to seek re-election.

According to DeWitt County Election Administrator Cindy Bonner, 6.65% of the registered voters in DeWitt County cast a vote in this run-off election.

In the primary, held March 1, there were three candidates in the district attorney’s race. Lassman and Jay Condie received 81% of the vote in DeWitt County. However Breen took a majority of the votes in Goliad and Refugio counties to force the run-off with Lassman.

Tue
31
May

Salute for YHS grads

By Tim O’Malley
Yorktown News-View

The Yorktown High School commencement exercises for the graduating Class of 2016 went off without a hitch last Friday night at the Wildcat Stadium after the rain passed and cooler temperatures set in to enjoy the evening.

The Yorktown High School band played for the first time since 2006 when Carole Strayhorn was speaker at the graduation while running for state governor. The band played during the processional “Pomp and Circumstance” and “The Star Spangled Banner.”

Yorktown band director Nathan Jones said, “Fortunately, I have kids who want to work for this.”

Yorktown High School principal Dr. Carlos Garza gave a brief introduction and welcomed family and friends of the Class of 2016 graduates.

Tue
31
May

Plan to help Mt. Vernon workers

By Glenn Rea
Publisher

“Cuero Cares” has been launched in an effort to assist the employees at Mt. Vernon Mills Brentex. An information job fair will be held at Lifeway Baptist Church in Cuero on June 16 to assist those workers.

The 100 year old business announced it would be closing this month. It employs 268 people. Many were from the Yorktown area.

Several organizations will be assisting offering counseling, stress management, training for other positions, and filing for unemployment.

Officials at the company have indicated to city officials they will begin closing the plant on June 8 and it will be closed by June 12. It has been estimated the monthly payroll at Mt. Vernon Mills was close to $1 million.

Transitioning from a job to unemployment has triggered the multi-agency, unique partnership called “Cuero Cares.”

Thu
26
May

Public meeting on hazard mitigation May 31

DeWitt County will hold a public meeting on Tuesday, May 31 to gather public input for a FEMA Hazard Mitigation Action Plan. Plan participants included unincorporated DeWitt County, cities of Cuero, Nordheim, Yorktown and DeWitt County Drainage District.  

The meeting will be from 6 to 7 p.m. at Cuero City Hall, 212 E. Main, in Cuero.

The public, area businesses and organizations in the planning area are invited to attend.

FEMA requires communities to develop mitigation plans to minimize risk to life and property from hazards such as drought, flood, hurricane, tornado, and wildfire.

Communities with FEMA-approved plans are eligible for certain grant funding under the Hazard Mitigation Assistance program.

For additional information contact Cathy Meek, project manager, at 512-420-6755 or by email at: CLMeek@lan-inc.com.

Tue
24
May

New businesses in town

The Yorktown Chamber of Commerce was proud to honor two businesses with ribbon cuttings on Saturday, May 21. Dare to Dream, a full service salon and boutique at 128 E. Main St., welcomed Tabitha Horny-owner and operator, along with her associates Kelly Stehling Naranjo-hair stylist and Cathy Morehead-stylist and certified make-up artist;  P & O Vapors, specializing in e-cigarettes and and e-liquids on 147 E. Main, with owners and operators Armando and Rachel Skeen. In celebration of the newly renovated Dairy Queen, a ribbon cutting was offered during their grand re-opening celebration. Dairy Queen VIP’s were Abdul Essaid-district manager, Joe Angle director of operations, Jeff Hayes-director of facilities, Briana Palacios-local restaurant manager and Carl Kuykendall-assistant restaurant manager.  

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