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25
Apr

County deputies respond to overdose of fellow deputy

DeWitt County Sheriff’s deputies responded to an apparent overdose victim Sunday afternoon, April 23 near the Guadalupe River bridge on FM 236 near Cuero.

Deputies learned the victim was a deputy with DeWitt County Sheriff’s Office.

The law enforcement officer had overdosed on an over-the-counter medicine and was unconscious when first responders arrived.

He had apparently contacted a friend prior to the incident and confessed what he was about to do. That person contacted the sheriff’s office.

The man was taken by ambulance to Cuero Regional Hospital and then airflighted to Metropolitan Methodist Hospital in San Antonio where he was listed in critical condition Mondaymorning, April 24.

The man, 47, has been a deputy for about two years according to Sheriff Carl Bowen.

The deputy's name, Christopher Pothoff, was released this morning [April 26]. He is listed in critical condition at a San Antonio hospital.

Tue
25
Apr

Adam Weise memorial fund to benefit YISD

Adam Weise’s legacy will live on at Yorktown ISD.

The 2005 graduate and former Wildcat at Yorktown High School always enjoyed playing football under the “Friday night lights” on the Wildcat field, along with weighlifting and powerlifting. In his spare time, Weise also enjoyed hunting.

But then Weise’s life was cut short on April 20, 2010, when there was an explosion on the drilling rig where he was working -- the Deepwater Horizon. The Adam Weise Memorial Fund was then set up in his honor.

Seven years later, on April 20, 2017, members of Weise’s family came forward to honor his memory and present a donation from the Adam Weise Memorial Fund to the Yorktown ISD Athletic Department.

 

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Tue
25
Apr

Yorktown Police Chief resigns

Randall Snyder has resigned from his position as Yorktown Police Chief.

“He submitted his letter last week. His last day with the city will be April 25,”Yorktown Mayor René Hernandez said.

According to Mayor Hernandez, Snyder accepted another position that he had applied for earlier that offered a larger salary, noting Snyder did not resign because he was unhappy with the City of Yorktown, but because of better opportunities for himself and his family.

 

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Tue
25
Apr

Father, son duo share powerful story in Cuero

Inspirational. If there could only be one word to describe Patrick Henry Hughes and Patrick John Hughes’ story that would be the one. Patrick Henry was born without eyes or the ability to extend his limbs, but he did not allow that to dictate the way he lived his life.

Patrick Henry and his father, Patrick John, go around the world to share their powerful story. From modest engagements of 50 or so to 50,000-plus at Louisville Cardinals football games, where Patrick Henry has performed in the marching band, they know God has had His hand on their lives from the start.

 

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Tue
25
Apr

Cuero Tree Board adds beauty to downtown

Downtown Cuero is slowly coming to life. From the new businesses to the remodeled buildings, the area is becoming more picturesque. The Cuero Tree Board is adding to the beauty with their maintenance and pruning of trees. Their newest project is turning an old tree stump between the fire station and library into a turkey.

“Maybe we should do something with the old trees,” tree board member Pat Elder noted. “It’s gotten a lot of attention already.”

“He [Elder] got to know, through some acquaintances, Gary Bennett, whose been doing quite a bit of work here in town for Robert Oliver,” tree board chairman Anthony Netardus said. “Gary is an artisan, cabinet-maker, wood-worker.”

 

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Tue
25
Apr

Dealing with disasters

DeWitt County Commissioners Court is preparing for a special meeting this summer to tackle an emergency action plan to deal with possible disasters.

Also at their meeting Monday, April 24, plans were made to sell the sheriff ’s department K-9 narcotics detection dog and the court heard a report from the predator trapper.

County emergency management coordinator Cyndi Smith met with the court to explain an emergency action plan is being prepared and will need court review and approval before it is adopted. The plan also involves state emergency management officials.

 

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Tue
18
Apr

Shutterbugs contest winners announced

Following are the results of the 2017 DeWitt County Shutterbugs Photography Contest.

Best of Show: Charles Boone “Cured Restaurant Interior”

Texas Wildflower: Frank Klein “Claret Cup Cactus #1” (pictured at left)

 

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Tue
18
Apr

YHS One Act Play cast competes at District level

On March 9 at The Victoria ISD Fine Arts Center, six schools from District 28-AA competed in the district One Act Play Contest, one of the oldest events sanctioned by the University Interscholastic League (UIL). Yorktown High School performed a drama entitled “Dear Papa” written by playwright Jack Blacklock and published by Samuel French, Inc. Cast members included Trent Deal, Ashley Rodriguez, Christa Garcia, Maylee Hoskinski, and Sierra Flores. Serving on the backstage crew were Kolby Moore, Dylan Yeoman, Alexia Alvarado, Kaitlyn Watson, and Alexis Alvarez. Although the play did not advance to the next level of competition, two actors gained district recognition. Senior Ashley Rodriguez was awarded a place on the All Star Cast, and senior Trent Deal received Honorable Mention All Star Cast.

 

Tue
18
Apr

Early voting begins April 24 in YISD election

Early voting for the Yorktown ISD school board election begins on Monday, April 24 through Tuesday, May 2 from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the YISD Administration Building. The election will be held on Saturday, May 6. This year, the location of the election has been changed from the Yorktown High School Cafeteria at 404 W. Fourth Street to the Yorktown High School gymnasium at 338 W. Main Street. Six individuals are running in the election. Voters will elect four trustees to the board.

 

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Tue
18
Apr

‘Late til 8’ shopping event Thursday

Third Thursday Shop “Late til 8” at local shops the third Thursday of the month. The next “Third Thursday” event endorsed by the Yorktown Chamber of Commerce is April 20. This is a great opportunity to check out the local vendors. For more information about the “Third Thursday” call the Chamber at 361-564-2661. Businesses interested in participating in this program are invited to call the Yorktown Chamber and advise of their interest so they may be included in the promotional material. Chamber membership is encouraged but not necessary to participate.

 

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