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Tue
14
Feb

Cuero native appointed to national board by Obama

Before Barack Obama left office, he appointed 20 people to the National Museum and Library Services Board. One of those new members is Cuero’s own Sylvia Orozco, the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Mexic-Arte Museum in Austin. She has held this position since 1984. She was sworn in Jan. 17.

The NMLSB serves as an advisory board for the Institute of Museum and Library Services, an institution whose mission it is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement by providing primary federal support to 35,000 museums and 123,000 libraries across the nation.

“It is an honor to have been appointed to the Board, and I’m eager to represent our community on a National level,” Orozco said.

 

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Tue
14
Feb

Financial condition of county discussed

Reducing truancy and financial condition of county were just a couple of the items covered at Monday’s DeWitt County Commissioners Court meeting at the courthouse.

Chief Juvenile Probation Officer Terri Rogers met with court to discuss applying for a grant to reduce truancy.

She said juvenile probation investigates about 100 students per school year that have truancy issues. Students that do not receive a high school diploma continue to be a drain on social services. She said 58% of the people in prison do not have a high school diploma.

 

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Mon
13
Feb

Fatality on U.S. Highway 87 South

DeWitt County Sheriff’s Office dispatch received a call Monday, Feb. 13 at 6:47 a.m. about a wreck on U.S. Highway 87 South near Rainbow Road. Keith Hans, 49, of Cuero, driving a 2006 Honda was traveling on U.S. Highway 87 South and rear-ended a Lucky’s Ready Mix cement truck. The cement truck had turned right onto U.S. Highway 87 South from Rainbow Road and was accelerating when hit. Hans was pronounced dead at the scene at 7:45 a.m. by Justice of the Peace Bill Robinson.

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Mon
13
Feb

Drug enforcement operation leads to arrest

On Feb. 10, the Cuero Police Department Tactical Response Unit (TRU) was engaged in a proactive drug enforcement operation within the City of Cuero. During the operation, surveillance was established on a residence in the 200 block of Alonzo St. During the surveillance, vehicle and foot traffic was observed consistent with the sale of narcotics.

A traffic stop was conducted on a vehicle observed leaving the location. The vehicle attempted to elude officers by pulling into the Atlas RV Park on Douglas and the driver, Henry Garner III, of Cuero ran from his vehicle south across State Highway 72 and into the pasture behind the D&B Service Yard. The pursuit on foot lasted for approximately .50 miles where the TRU, to include Yoakum PD Officers and Dewitt County Sheriff’s Deputies, surrounded the suspect and took him into custody.

Thu
09
Feb

DeWitt County jailer arrested

On Feb. 8 the DeWitt County Sheriff’s Office was informed of a theft of property from a former inmate. During a meeting with Cuero Chief of Police Jay Lewis, Sheriff Carl Bowen was informed that during the investigation of a theft of a debit card report, they discovered that the suspect was a DeWitt County Jailer. 

The decision was made to contact the Texas Rangers to conduct the remainder of the investigation. The result of the investigation revealed that Jail Sergeant Gregory Escobedo, 42, had taken a jail debit card from a former inmate and used it at two different locations in Cuero. 

During the evening of Feb. 8 Escobedo was arrested by Texas Rangers and charged with one count of credit card/debit card abuse (a state jail felony $5,000.00 bond) and Tampering with government records (a state Jail felony $5,000.00 bond). He was booked into the DeWitt County Jail where he was arraigned and transferred to the Lavaca County Jail where he posted bond. 

Tue
07
Feb

John Barth chosen as new city administrator

After going into executive session for a little over three hours at a special meeting on Thursday, February 2, Yorktown City Council members reconvened into open session and unanimously voted to hire John Barth as the new city administrator, pending the completion of a background check.

Yorktown Mayor Rene Hernandez said Barth is scheduled to begin his duties in two weeks. Barth is the son of local physician, Dr. Gordon Barth, and a graduate of Yorktown High School. He has a Master’s of Education designed for city administration from the University of Houston in Houston.

At the same meeting, council also discussed and accepted the resignation of Interim Police Chief Garry Smith, and approved the hiring of a candidate for the position of chief of police, pending the completion of a background check.

 

Tue
07
Feb

Interim Yorktown Police Chief Smith resigns

Yorktown City Council members voted to unanimously accept the resignation of Interim Yorktown Police Chief Garry Smith at a special meeting held on Thursday, February 2, at Yorktown City Hall.

During the meeting, council went into executive session for approximately three hours to discuss Smith’s resignation, as well as the employment of a new police chief and city administrator. Back in open session, council voted unanimously to accept Smith’s resignation.

Council also voted unanimously to rescind a motion made at the January 23 meeting to hire a candidate for the chief of police position and voted unanimously to hire another candidate pending the completion of a background search.

 

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Tue
07
Feb

Yorktown FFA Stock Show, Sale February 17-18 at show barn

Yorktown High School FFA students are busy gearing up for the Yorktown FFA Stock Show and Sale to be held February 17 - 18 at the Yorktown Show Barn.

Judging of animals will take place on Friday, February 17 at 5:30 p.m. with the big auction and sale on Saturday, February 18 at 1 p.m.

Ag students exhibiting steers this year are: Michael Hernandez, Jerome and Katy Gwosdz, Devin Leister, Kaitlyn Shelton and Jessica Garcia.

 

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Tue
07
Feb

‘WALL THAT HEALS’ in Cuero this week

The Wall That Heals, a 250-foot replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, along with a mobile Education Center, is coming to Cuero on Feb. 9-12 at the Cuero Municipal Park Knoll, located on Leonard Roy Harmon Drive & U.S. Highway 87 with the memorial facing U.S. Highway 87 and will be open 24 hours a day and free to the public.

The Wall That Heals honors the more than three million Americans who served in the U.S. Armed Forces during the Vietnam War and its walls bear the names of the more than 58,000 men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in Vietnam.

 

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Tue
07
Feb

Making Cuero entrepreneur friendly

University of Houston-Victoria Associate Professor of Economic Development and Entrepreneurship Dr. David Summers returned to Cuero to speak at the monthly Community Leaders’ Meeting Feb. 3.

Summers has an undergraduate degree in electrical engineering from Texas Tech University, a MBA from West Texas A&M University, and a Ph.D. in organization theory and strategy from the University of North Texas.

 

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