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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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Wed
15
Mar

Wellness Center honors Cuero Olympian

The Cuero Wellness Center recently commissioned a wall display that highlights the athletic achievements of Fred Hansen, the 1964 Olympic Gold Medalist in the pole vault who was born and raised in Cuero.

Hansen, whose athletic roots began at Cuero High School, was a four-sport letterman in football, baseball, basketball and track. In 1959 he broke the State Record in the pole vault at 13’ 5.5” as well as setting the State Record in the Broad Jump at 23’ 11.75”. That record stood for 57 years until 2016 when it was broken by another outstanding Cuero Gobbler, Kamron Mathis.

Hansen continued his education and track & field career at Rice University. As a grad student, he set a new world record in the pole vault clearing 17’1”, then breaking his own record a week later at 17’2”. The next month, he broke the record for a third time with a vault of 17’4”.

Tue
14
Mar

Hernandez, Hall, Strieber, Weischwill honored at Chamber banquet

With approximately 300 in attendance, the 99th annual Yorktown Chamber of Commerce banquet was all “Glitz and Glamour” in silver and gold at the Yorktown Community Hall on Tuesday, March 7. As a conclusion to the evening’s festivities, Yorktown Mayor René Hernandez was introduced as the 2017 “Outstanding Citizen/Citizen of the Year” while Jody Hall was honored of the 2017 “Outstanding Volunteer.”

Yorktown High School Senior Cy Strieber received the 2017 “Outstanding Student” award while Mark Weisch will was honored with a plaque in recognition of his service to the Yorktown Economic Development Corporation (EDC).

Mayor Hernandez was recognized for his many years of service to the City of Yorktown -- 10 as mayor and 15 as city councilman. He has also been active with Little League, Yorktown Athletic Booster Club fundraisers, a CCD teacher, Blue Santa helper, as well as helping with the annual Community Thanksgiving feast and Western Days.

 

Tue
14
Mar

Yorktown Lions Club donates furniture to Friends of Library

What started out as a simple wait for a delivery truck turned into a party for members of the Yorktown Friends of the Library and the Yorktown Lions Club on Wednesday, March 1.

By the end of the morning, new furniture -- and donuts -- had arrived, fresh coffee was flowing and members of both organizations enjoyed the festivities and comraderie, not to mention the newest additions to the library.

The Kamin Furniture truck pulled up at the Yorktown Public Library at approximately 10 a.m. and two delivery men worked on moving in a brand new brown leather La-Z-Boy loveseat and three chairs, as well as a new area rug, coffee table, sofa table and occasional table.

 

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