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Tue
30
Jul

Values in DeWitt County top $5 billion

 

   While it is not surprising, it is staggering.
   DeWitt County Appraisal District delivered the newest appraised values to all the taxing entities here last week.
   Because of the Eagle Ford Shale production, mineral values increased by at least $1 billion over last year for one-third of those taxing bodies.
   Leading the growth was DeWitt County. The report showed the county’s total market values increased by $3.3 billion over the previous year. This year’s net taxable value was posted at $5,524,136,440. That compares with the 2012 value of $2,189,120,150. (Five years ago the total taxable value in this county was $928 million.)
 
Tue
30
Jul

CCH adds four rural clinics

 

   Cuero Community Hospital’s board of trustees announced the inclusion of four clinics and continues the search for a new administrator.
   Board welcomed new member Cindy Sheppard. She was appointed to the board filling a vacancy left by the death of Mike Wheat. The board also includes Amy Crain, chairman; Charles Papacek, Richard Weber, and Rick Wheeler.
CCH absorbs clinics
   In recent weeks negotiations have been underway by Cuero Community Hospital to absorb Bohman Clinic, Yorktown Medical Clinic, Nixon Family Practice and Kenedy Family Practice. Doctors serving those clinics include Raymond Reese, Dan Dugi, Dr. Deborah Aguillar-Andrado and Gordon Barth.
 
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Tue
30
Jul

DeWitt County Historical Commission recognized by THC

 

   Texas Historical Commission (THC) recently recognized DeWitt County with a Distinguished Service Award for the 2012 year of service. This award was presented during a recent meeting of the commissioner's court and recognized DeWitt  County Historical Commission  for managing preservation programs that educate citizens and generate interest in the history and character of Texas. This award also acknowledges the commission’s efforts to preserve Texas' unique heritage by promoting stewardship of, and tourism to, our state's unique cultural and historic sites. 
   During the presentation, commission chairman Peggy Ledbetter reported the organization has 49 members that performed 2,951 hours of volunteer service last year.
 
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Tue
30
Jul

"Always wanted to be a priest"

 

   Father Frank Lenz of Yorktown knew he was going to be a priest, but it was not until he was 46 years old before he yielded to the work.
   Lenz said, “I always wanted to be a priest since I was a young boy. I used to play priest in my bedroom. I would find an old sheet and a pewter chalice-looking cup and I would mimic the priest. My mother would yell, ‘Franky, what are you doing up there?’ I would say, ‘Nothing mom’ and then hide all that stuff and come down.”
   Lenz grew up in a Polish neighborhood and went to St. Casimir Grade School in Hammond, Ind. He lived only two blocks from the church.
 
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Tue
30
Jul

Car rolls into memorial

 

   “It is just a mess,” said Laverne Buesing on Monday morning. “He took out two trees, destroyed two monuments, damaged a third, and dented a flag pole.  Debris was everywhere.”
   A one-vehicle wreck Sunday morning damaged the Vietnam Veterans Memorial located in Yorktown.
   Mike Avila, who also lost family in Viet Nam, stated that the Sunday, July 28, “...accident destroyed some beautiful work.”
 
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Fri
26
Jul

District 1 folks come together for cleanup

 

   Cuero City Councilman John Fuqua held a town hall meeting for residents of his district (District 1) recently at Daule Park meeting room.
   With about 25 people in attendance, he said, “This is a time to share information. The purpose of this meeting is to make Cuero better and make District 1 better.”
   City department heads attending and speaking at the meeting included: Jesse Villareal, street department; David Danish, parks department; Jay Lewis, police chief; and Butch Tolbert, fire chief.
   Fuqua announced there will be a work day for District 1 on Saturday, July 27, from 8 a.m. to noon. He said city crew members will be on hand to help residents with the clean-up effort.
 
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Fri
26
Jul

Property owners talk downtown plans

 

   After spending part of the week with city representatives and downtown property owners, on July 18, the Main Street resource team presented their initial report at the Chisholm Trail Heritage Museum. 
   The Main Street resource team includes members of the Texas Historical Commission, Texas Main Street, and representatives from other Texas Main Street cities and project advisors.
   Across the nation, 1,600 communities in 44 states operate local programs under the national Four Point Approach for preservation-based downtown revitalization. The four points are organization, promotion, design and economic restructuring. 
 
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Thu
25
Jul

City offers free swimming lessons

 

   Texas Department of Family and Protective Services have accounted that there have been 36 children and teenagers who have drowned in Texas this year. This does not include the month of July which accounts just over 17 percent of the drownings that occur in the year.
   Since 2010, on average, 50 percent of drownings occur in the swimming pool. Twenty-seven percent of drownings occur in lakes and ponds. 
   Drowning is a leading cause of accidental death among young children that usually occur from May through July. It stands to reason with the children out of school and the weather is hot.
   However, the City of Cuero provides eight free lessons for any child from the ages of 5-18. 
 
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Wed
17
Jul

Henneke farms naturally near Arneckeville

 

   Since commercialization began after WWII, businesses in agriculture have tried to figure a way to improve agriculture and so is the challenge for local farmer, Gary Henneke.
   Henneke and his family own a farm near Arneckeville called Henneke Farms. This farm of 250 acres is used to raise grass fed and finished beef, pasture raised chickens and eggs, turkeys, and California rabbits.
   The agriculture industry has the focus of big increase in yield and productivity utilizing fewer resources such as land, water and energy through advance breeding, biotechnology, and a change in farm-management practices.
   With the evidence that crops are at higher yields and livestock are growing at a much more rapid rate, Henneke came head-on with the question, “Are farmers are getting more for less and at what cost?”
 
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Wed
17
Jul

Open Rodeo returns to Cuero

 

   Cuero Livestock Show Board is bringing a Lester Meier Open Pro Rodeo to Cuero Rodeo Arena for the fifth year at 8 p.m. on July 19.  Tickets will be sold at the gate. Adult tickets will be $10, kids 7-12 will be $5 and kids under 6 will be free. 
   For more information call the DeWitt County Extension office at 361-275-0816.
 
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