Yorktown News-View (Yorktown, Tex.), Vol. 119, No. 36, Ed. 1 Wednesday, March 23, 2011 Page: 1 of 14
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G70 W. Fourth Street
Yorktown, TX 781B4
Proudly Serving DeWitt County • Founded 1895
The First National Bank
SEGUIN • BEEVILLE • YORKTOWN
“Always First In Customer Service”
361-564-2257 Moneyline 800-337-0560
Volume 119 • Issue 36
Wednesday, March 23,2011 • Yorktown, Texas 78164 14 Pages Plus Inserts • USPS#696-320 • 75 Cents
DeWitt County Sheriff’s
Office Jail Captain
Crystal Irvin is recog-
nized by the state.
The Yorktown Wildcats
and Kitty Kats track and
field teams competed
during spring break.
Approximately 35 local
and area plumbers, elec-
handymen, and interest-
ed onlookers filled the
meeting room of the
Yorktown Public Library
at a public meeting on
city building permits
Monday night, March 14.
See the National Weather
Service’s seven-day fore-
cast for DeWitt County.
Couple building dreams again in Yorktown
So, how did Ray Brewer, a general con-
tractor, and Judy (Jordan) Brewer, a
licensed painter, end up opening their
remodeling business, Dreambuilders, in
“Ray was bom in Texas near Fort Worth,
and I grew up in North Carolina,” Judy
said. “We met in Florida where Ray was
the contractor on a job in Melbourne. He
needed a drywall/paint contractor; and after
seven months, he finally convinced me to
take the job. I tell everyone he married me
so he wouldn’t have to pay me.”
Ray laughed and agreed with her.
Judy also claims that Ray drug her away
from Florida to Texas.
“He kept telling me how beautiful Texas
was, so I finally agreed to come with him
to help build a big deck for his friends,
Babe Markowsky and his wife JoAnn, who
live near Mound Creek,” she said. “We
arrived during the drought five years ago.
The grass crumbled when you walked on it,
See NEIGHBORS, Page 14
stay in Fort
Editor & Publisher
Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 1029
in DeWitt County determined a couple of
years ago to make its presence known. It has
In less than a year, the Vietnam Veterans
Memorial was started in Yorktown. Last week,
a 1962 UH-1B helicopter was added to that
The completed memorial will be dedicated
on Memorial Day, May 30.
As veterans and friends assisted, the troop
carrier helicopter was unloaded last Tuesday
by crane donated by Dunn Services and placed
on top of a display stand in front of the nine
flags that line the memorial.
When completed the memorial flags, heli-
copter, memorial plaque and 12 crosses repre-
senting the 12 veterans from DeWitt County
that died as a result of that war, 1962-1975.
The nine flags flying at the Vietnam
Veterans Memorial in Yorktown include
American, Texas, Prisoner of War/Missing In
Action, Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and
With 52 members of the DeWitt County
chapter, the memorial has been financed
through fund raisers, donations and pledges
See MEMORIAL, Page 14
Photos by Glenn Rea/Yorktown News-View
A1962 UH-1B helicopter, above, was added to the Yorktown Vietnam Veterans Memorial last week. Below, workers
lower the chopper blades in place at the Memorial site.
becomes part of
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“Overall, the county is in fairly good
shape,” Dennis Cihal, CPA with Harrison,
Waldrop and Uherek of Victoria, said while
presenting DeWitt County’s annual audit
Meeting with the Commissioner’s Court
last week, Cihal noted the audit covered the
2009-10 fiscal year for the county. He said it
was a “clean audit,” meaning no substantial
problems were noted.
“(DeWitt County’s) books are al-ways in
good shape,” Cihal said.
The document indicates this is the 28th
year the county has earned a certificate of
achievement for excellence in financial
reporting from the Government Finance
Officers Association of the U.S. and
The report indicates the county had total
revenues of $10.1 million last year while
expenditures also totalled $10.1 million.
The county was able to transfer almost
$588,000 to fund balances giving it a total of
$8.9 million in fund balances. Of that
amount, $4.2 million is in the general fund
See COUNTY, Page 14
jobless rate down
from a year ago
Employment in DeWitt County improved
from a year ago, according to January job
The unemployment rate for Jan-uary hit 7.8
percent this year compared to 8.4 percent in
The reports indicated DeWitt has a labor
force of 9,253, down about 100 people from
12 months ago. Those employed totaled 8,532
while the number of unemployed was 721.
In comparison, Goliad County showed an
unemployment rate of 7.5 percent, Gonzales
County was at 6.6 percent, Lavaca County was
at 6.6 percent and Victoria County was at 7.1
Texas’ total nonfarm employment was up
by 44,100 jobs in January, representing the
addition of 253,900 jobs from a year ago.
See JOBLESS RATE, Page 14
Community Lenten service
schedule sponsored by the
Yorktown Ministerial Alliance is
March 23: Holy Cross Catholic
Church; March 30: St. Paul
Lutheran; April 6: First
Presbyterian; April 13: St. Paul
Lutheran. Soup and sandwiches
will be served at 6 p.m. with the
Prayer Service at 7 p.m.
Beef stew supper set
for March 25
Pick up homemade Beef Stew
March 25th between 5 and 7 p.m.
at the First Presbyterian Church
Fellowship Hall at $8 per quart or
$4 per pint. Tickets will go on sale
Weesatche beef stew
Lodge #96 of Weesatche will
have a beef stew Sunday, March 27
beginning at 11 a.m. at the
Hermann Sons Lodge in Weesatche
on Hwy. 884 W. A bake sale will
also be held to benefit the "Hugs
from Home" soldier project.
VFW pork benefit
Yorktown VFW will host their
annual Pork Steak BBQ Benefit
Sunday, March 27, at Yorktown
Community Hall. Only “plates to
go” will be available. Tickets are
$7 per plate and are available from
any Yorktown VFW member.
Cyber bullying session
Monday, March 28, Yorktown
ISD will host a parent training ses-
sion entitled “Cyber Bullying” to
provide information and guidance
for parents at the YHS Auditorium
from 6-7 p.m.
St. Paul Lutheran Church -
Yorktown will hold a “Cradle
Workshop” March 31 at 1:30 p.m.
in the Fellowship Hall. The group
will make baptismal baby blankets.
Materials and instructions (if need-
ed) will be available. Call Sue
Bolting (361-938-5831) after 6
p.m. for more information.
Little League deadline
Yorktown Little League is
accepting registrations for baseball
and softball, ages 13-16. Forms
are available at Yorktown Junior
High, Yorktown High School and
Nordheim schools. The deadline
for registration is March 31. The
registration fee is $35. For more
information, please contact Joyce
Rose (935-7512), Debbie Wagner
(938-5293) or any board member.
Weesatche Volunteer Fire
Department will hold its 11th
Annual Chili and B.B.Q. Cookoff
Saturday, April 2 at the Weesatche
Community Center. Registration
begins at 9 a.m. For more info.,
contact Healani at (361) 645-9073
or Barry and Nadine Kamei at
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