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Tue
20
Sep

Gotta’ Catch ‘Em All: Pokemon Go reaches DeWitt County

All across America, they’re emerging from houses, apartments and even business offices. From the young to the young at heart, people are rising from their comfy couches, putting down their video game controls or laptops, and venturing out into the streets. Arms extended, cell phones in hand, they are on a quest. Bystanders stare at them quizzacly at they walk by, wondering, What on earth are they looking for? Maybe a better cell phone signal? Umm, no! Maybe taking a selfie? Nice try, but no! Looking for Pikachu? Booyah! The Pokemon Go phenomenon has taken the country by storm.

 

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Mon
19
Sep

Yorktown PD Officer charged by Texas Rangers

Vicente Flores 51, of Edna Texas, turned himself into the DeWitt County Sheriff’s Office Monday, September 19,  at approximately 10 a.m. after being indicted on a charge of official oppression.  The charge is a Class A misdemeanor carrying a penalty of not more than one year in a county jail and/or a fine of not more than $4,000.  Flores was arraigned by Justice of the Peace Peggy Mayer, posted the $2,500. bond and was released.  Story will be updated as more information becomes available.

Fri
16
Sep

Garry Smith appointed interim Yorktown police chief

By Mari Gohlke

Yorktown News-View

Even though it’s only been a few days since his appointment, Yorktown Interim Chief of Police Garry Smith is working on getting the Yorktown Police Department “back to normal.”

Smith has been working with the Yorktown Police Department since February 2012 as a part-time officer.  He was appointed the Interim police chief position at the Yorktown City Council meeting on Monday, September 12.  Smith began his duties on Tuesday, September 13.

Smith has been in law enforcement for 24 years, serving in various capacities, including patrol officer and chief of police.  His last position was serving as chief of police at a San Antonio school district, ACT.

Smith has a master’s degree in management, a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and a minor in business education.  He is also a 1998 graduate of the Leadership Community College at Sam Houston State University and has 6,500 training hours.

Tue
13
Sep

Couple arrested for stealing from relative

A DeWitt County couple has been charged with stealing from a relative, whose house they were living in. On Monday, Sept. 5, Danielle Vitela and her husband, Jose Vitela, were arrested by deputies from the DeWitt County Sheriff’s Office in the 800 block of FM Road 237 near Yorktown. DCSO investigator Richard Ramirez said they were charged with felony theft.

 

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Tue
13
Sep

Johnston enjoying new ‘home’ at Yorktown nursing facility

When it comes to care, it’s a family affair for Deidra Johnston, new Administrator at Yorktown Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Besides having family “in all directions” around the Yorktown area, Johnston said, “When you work in a nursing facility, you become a part of the resident’s family. They become an extension of your family.”

 

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Tue
13
Sep

City holds public hearing on 2016-2017 budget

Yorktown City Council held a public hearing on the 2016-2017 budget on Monday, September 6, at Yorktown City Hall. Newly installed Councilman William Baker was present, as well as Councilman Ruben “BB” Garcia, and Blaine Denbo, along with Mayor Rene Hernandez and City Administrator Robert Mendez. Councilman Manuel Serrano was absent. Hernandez called the public hearing to order at 6:01 p.m.

 

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Tue
13
Sep

Half-time Heroes: YHS Roaring Wildcat Band to attend marching contest for first time in 5 years

With the glaring heat of the early morning sun reflecting off an array of instruments, Yorktown High School Band students are stepping up. And across. And back. And up again. But they’re not learning to two-step. They’re learning the steps to their Friday night performance. And while the Yorktown Wildcat football team dominates the field during the first, second, third and fourth quarters of the football game -- this group of halftime heroes will dazzle the crowd mid-game. Amid scattered half-empty water and Coke bottles in the parking lot next to the bus barn where the band holds marching practice, Band Director Nathan Jones’ bright red t-shirt -- emblazoned with “Keep Calm and March On” -- seems to sum it up as he deals with questions and the occasional mis-step during the routine, giving instructions through the PA system.

 

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Tue
13
Sep

Western Days nearing, time to partner up, volunteer, sponsor

The 58th Yorktown Western Days is coming up October 21-23. Yorktown Western Days Association encourages businesses to consider partnering as a sponsor for one of the most highly anticipated festivals in the Crossroads area. Yorktown Western Days Association is a 501C3 organization and opportunities to assist with entertainment and family activities for this free event are available.

 

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Tue
13
Sep

Nordheim native’s grandson reaches NFL

Kaye Durio of Nordheim now has a family member in the National Football League (NFL). Her grandson, Cole Wick, was selected to the Detroit Lions’ 53 man roster Saturday, Sept. 3 as a tight end. A native of Hallettsville, Wick and former teammate Myke  Tavarres, are the first two football players from the University of Incarnate Word in San Antonio to sign as free agents in the NFL.

 

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Tue
13
Sep

City to increase tax rate

Cuero city council held their first public hearing on the proposed 2016-2017 tax rate and budget on Tuesday, Sept. 6. The new tax rate is proposed at $0.33 per $100 valuation. Last year’s rate was $0.32; the effective tax rate is $0.28671; the rollback tax rate is $0.33114. The effective tax rate is the total tax rate needed to raise the same amount of property tax revenue for the City of Cuero from the same properties in both the 2015 and 2016 tax years. The rollback tax rate is the highest rate that the City of Cuero may adopt before voters are entitled to petition for an election to limit the rate that may be approved to the rollback rate.

 

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