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Tue
28
Mar

Restructuring of campuses, new superintendent two main items discussed at CISD board meeting

There was much to deliberate on at the March 23 Cuero ISD board meeting. Discussion on the restructuring of campus grade alignment and approval of the offer to employ the new superintendent were two of the main items.

Cuero ISD discussed the possibility of closing the Cuero Intermediate School campus and moving fourth and fifth graders to the Hunt Elementary campus with second and third grade. First grade students would move to John C. French Elementary with pre-kindergarten and kindergarten students.

 

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Tue
28
Mar

iTunes Scam

Cuero Police Department reports residents should be aware of a scam that has made it-self known in the Cuero area.

Police Chief Jay Lewis is calling it the “i-Tunes Scam” because the person responsible for the scam insists on payment with i-Tunes cards.

Primarily targeting elderly residents, a person receives a call from a company or individual selling lifetime virus protection for the resident’s home computer.

 

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Mon
27
Mar

National Juice Reamer Convention coming to Cuero

The National Reamer Collectors Association (NRCA) will hold its 38th Annual Show and Sale of beautiful antique citrus juicers/reamers and kitchenware on March 31 and April 1 in Cuero. The event will be held at the Cuero Municipal Park Clubhouse, 201 Leonard Roy Harmon Drive from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. both days and is open to the public. Admission is free.

The NRCA is an international collectors group with approximately 150 members who share a common interest in collecting and trading information on reamers, commonly referred to as “juicers or squeezers.” Association president, Wayne Adickes, notes that one of the big reasons the convention is being held in Cuero this year is due to the extensive juice reamer collection on display at the Cuero Heritage Museum, which includes over 2,300 pieces.

Tue
21
Mar

Cortez new Yorktown police officer

Yorktown Police Chief Randall Snyder addressed the Yorktown City Council at their regular meeting on Monday, March 13, and introduced Daniel Cortez, who has been hired as a new city patrolman. Cortez will begin his duties with the City on Monday, March 20.

Chief Snyder stated Cortez’s 20 years in law enforcement would be beneficial to the City as it “looks forward to improvement.”

Cortez, who is a Master Texas Peace Officer with over 20 years of law enforcement experience, is currently employed by the Rio Hondo Police Department as a senior patrol officer, where he has been employed since June 2015.

 

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Tue
21
Mar

Cracking the code: Riedel safe presents unique challenge at Yorktown museum

Eight years ago, Greg Riedel saw an old safe while visiting the Yorktown Historical Museum and it has intrigued him ever since.

“I came to the museum about eight years ago when I discovered it,” Riedel said, referring to the safe. “Then I got curious about it.”

The safe, which belonged to Riedel’s great-granduncle, Fritz Riedel, stands in the corner in the museum. The square black structure stands approximately 3 feet wide and 3 feet deep. Emblazoned with “Diebold Safe & Lock Co, Canton, O.” with the name Fritz Riedel written across the top, the safe is estimated to weigh about 4,000 pounds. On the front of the safe are two door handles and a brass combination lock.

 

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Tue
21
Mar

Western Days, Chamber, EDC requests approved for use of city property

With representatives of both the Yorktown Western Days Association and Yorktown Chamber of Commerce present for the regular city council meeting on Monday, March 13, Yorktown City Council approved requests from both organizations for use of city property during the upcoming year. Present for the meeting were City Councilmen Manuel Serrano, Travis Peyton, Blaine Denbo and Ruben “BB” Garcia. Councilman Bill Baker was absent. Also present were Mayor Rene Hernandez and City Administrator John Barth.

Tammy Bitterly, Executive Director of the Yorktown Western Days Association and Yorktown Chamber of Commerce, presented a request to the council for use of city property for the 59th annual Western Days Festival to be held October 20, 21 and 22, in the Yorktown City Park. Bitterly stated she is working with the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) concerning road closures for the event.

Tue
21
Mar

Keke Mack: giving kids someone to look up to

School is what you make of it as are most things in life. Cuero High School junior Keyanta Mack, who goes by Keke, is making the utmost of his time and striving for great things in his life. Mack takes the time out of his busy spring school and track schedule to meet with Cuero ISD elementary students, simply reading and talking to them.

“I have a lot of younger brothers and sisters,” Mack noted when talking of his desire to give back. “My dad has 13 kids in total. I wouldn’t say I’m exactly the middle child. I’m kinda in the middle, so I got to experience both generations I guess you would say. I know how it feels to kinda be left out.”

 

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Tue
21
Mar

87,000 square feet of convenience officially open for business

Brothers Brandon and Brian Dlugosch have added The Texan #5 to their growing chain of convenience stores. A ribbon cutting ceremony was held March 15 for the new Texan store in Cuero.

Located at the busy corner of Heaton and Esplanade, the new store is already packing in customers. The 87,000 square-foot store is the largest of the Texan stores owned by the Dlugosch brothers. Other stores in the chain are located in Yorktown and Three Rivers.

 

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Tue
21
Mar

Fowler continues fight for county road repair

It may be pre-mature to be considering April Fools jokes but conversations ongoing at the State Capitol could have similar implications.

After fighting for money in a couple of recent sessions of the Legislature, it appears DeWitt County and other oil producing counties are in for another fight to hang on to some of their past victories.

County Judge Daryl Fowler led the fight in 2013 in Austin to get approval for reinvestment zones in oil producing counties. Those zones were established to receive state grants dedicated to rebuilding and refurbishing county roads damaged by oil discovery and production.

 

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Tue
21
Mar

State budget issues, juvenile probation funding, election equipment rental items discussed at DeWitt County Commisioners Court

DeWitt County Commissioners Court is watching state budget issues following a report from the county’s chief juvenile probation officer.

Reporting there may be some funding changes ahead for juvenile probation, Chief Juvenile Probation Officer Terri Rogers told the court last week the state has indicated it may reduce funding for juvenile probation throughout the state. She said there are also discussions that indicate the workload for juvenile probation offices is expected to increase.

According to DeWitt County budget ending in 2016, juvenile probation in this county has an annual expense budget of about $535,000 and receives about $210,000 from the state.

 

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