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Fri
24
Feb

Cuero ISD board of trustees names finalist for superintendent

The Cuero Independent School District (ISD) Board of Trustees, at its Feb. 23 meeting, named Dr. Micah Dyer, of Lovelady ISD, as finalist for superintendent. By law, the Board must now wait 21 days before voting to hire Dyer. Dyer is slated to replace Interim Superintendent Dr. Ben Colwell.

The Board has followed a lengthy process in determining the finalist. In November, the Board hired Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) Executive Search Services to direct the search. TASB consultants surveyed staff and community groups to determine desired characteristics of the new superintendent. The profile developed from the surveys was the yardstick used by the Board and consultants in evaluating the applicants for the position.

The Board selected six applicants for initial interviews. Three applicants were invited back for a second interview. The Board is scheduled to vote to offer a contract to Dyer at its regular monthly board meeting later in March.

Tue
21
Feb

Grand Champion steer

Kaitlyn Shelton exhibited the Grand Champion steer at the Yorktown FFA Stock Show and Sale held Saturday, February 18. Sheltonʼs 1,203-pound steer was purchased by Clyne Cattle Company and Leroy Ruppert for $5,750.

 

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Tue
21
Feb

Yorktown Stock Show, Sale draws good crowd, buyers

Beautiful skies and warmer weather prevailed over the 78th annual Yorktown FFA Stock Show and sale held Friday and Saturday, February 17 and 18, at the Yorktown show barn. The event culminated with total sales of $148.814.04 following the auction on Saturday afternoon.

Auctioneer Joe Adams kept things lively at the sale by picking on his favorite side-kick, Leroy Ruppert, who has been a long-term supporter of the Yorktown FFA.

This year was Ruppert’s 74th Yorktown FFA Stock Show. And while he normally worked the gate in past years, this year Ruppert was side-lined due to a foot problem. But that didn’t keep Ruppert from the show -- or the gate -- for that matter. He was perched comfortably in a big office chair right next to it, sock on his foot, hat on his head and big smile on his face.

 

Tue
21
Feb

Council calls for election, approves zoning ordinance

Yorktown City Council members voted unanimously to call for a general election of City officers to be held on May 6 at the regular city council meeting on Monday, February 13, at Yorktown City Hall.

Councilman Ruben “BB” Garcia motioned to call for the election, with Councilman Travis Peyton seconding the motion. Councilmen whose terms are expiring are Manuel Serrano and William “Bill” Baker. Baker was filling the unexpired term of former councilman Jerry Alvarez. Mayor Rene Hernandez’s term is also expiring.

Council also voted unanimously to adopt an ordinance creating a Planning and Zoning Commission for the city. Councilman Bill Baker motioned to adopt the ordinance which was prepared by the City Attorney with changes recommended at a previous meeting. Councilman Denbo seconded the motion.

 

Tue
21
Feb

Splash pad, pool remodel currently underway

Pool remodeling and the addition of a splash pad at the Cuero City Park is underway. The new park attraction will be ready by the start of summer.

Pools Unlimited was selected as the splash pad contractor, while Victoria Pool & Supply was chosen for the pool renovations. The total cost is just under $500,000.

 

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Tue
21
Feb

Katie’s desire to make a difference

A student at Cuero Junior High School has been giving back to those who serve for the past five years. Since fourth grade, Katie Ellis, now an eighth grader, has been raising money for charities. This year, she chose the Texas Municipal Police Association (TMPA). She is the daughter of Cuero Police Officer Steven Ellis and Amanda Ellis.

On Tuesday, Jan. 24, Ellis received an award from TMPA for her fundraising efforts during the fall of 2016. Mitch Slaymaker of Austin, Deputy Executive of TMPA presented the award at the CJHS library.

 

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Tue
21
Feb

Cuero Rodeo Arena improvements just in time for horse show

Many years have passed since the last major improvement was done at the Cuero Rodeo Arena. That changed when sand was added to the entire arena to fix drainage issues at the beginning of the month, just in time for the Cuero Livestock Show Horse Show Feb. 25.

 

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Tue
21
Feb

Granberry’s keyhole garden

Deborah and Verlan Granberry built a keyhole garden by stacking cement blocks.

They started by wetting down cardboard and lining the inside, then adding paper, more cardboard and leaf and branch clippings in layers. A keyhole garden is about 1/3 “green” clippings and 2/3 other paper compost. One-hundred percent cotton clothing can also be used. Each layer is thoroughly hosed down and tromped down, the fun part, as explained by Deborah.

Lastly, you add soil. The wire basket in the middle holds fruit and vegetable kitchen scraps. The theory is that since these scraps are about 90 percent water, the plants will draw moisture from the scraps in the middle, and you don’t have to water as much.

 

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Tue
14
Feb

Deadline Friday, February 17 to file in city, school elections

Friday, February 17 at 5 p.m. is the deadline to file for a place on the ballot for the Yorktown ISD Board of Trustees election. An election will be held to elect four trustees on Saturday, May 6, 2017.

Applications to file for a place on the ballot may be picked up at the YISD Administration building from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Trustees whose terms are expiring in May are Danette Respondek, Nelda Sertuche, Mark Weischwill and Randy Franke.

 

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Tue
14
Feb

New City Administrator John Barth to assume duties February 20

As of Friday morning, February 10, Yorktown City Council was still waiting on background search completion on the candidate for the Chief of Police position. At a special meeting on Thursday, February 2, council voted to hire a candidate pending the completion of a background search.

 

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