The Cuero Record (Cuero, Tex.), Vol. 91, No. 71, Ed. 1 Wednesday, September 9, 1987 Page: 1 of 19
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TBS CFERO RECORD
VOL. 91 — No. 71
CUERO, TEXAS, WEDNESDAY September 9, 1987
Established 1894 • Pulitzer Prize 1955
2 Sections — 20 Pages — 35c
Almost eight percent
County to increase tax
DeWitt County Commis-
sioners met Tuesday morning to
formalize a vote on increasing
county taxes to cover their pro-
Because the rate will be in-
creased eight percent, the county
will hold a public hearing on the
new rate at 9 a.m. Wednesday,
Sept. 16, at the courthouse.
The commissioners agreed to
propose a rate of .2468 cents for
the coming fiscal year. That rate
is almost eight percent higher
than the county’s effective rate of
.228S8 cents. The effective rate is
the tax needed to produce the
same revenue in the new year as
the previous year.
In their discussions the court
agreed the higher rate was needed
to build the county’s general fund
balance which had been been pro-
jected to hit its lowest level in 10
The new rate should result in
$1,258,000 for the county which
is approximately $93,000 more
than the effective rate would have
County Auditor Terry Wyatt
told the court the proposed
budget would show a fund
balance of $373,000 without the
increase. The increased rate
would «dd $58,000 to that
balance bringing it to $435,000.
He said a fund balance between
$400,000 and $500,000 is needed
to operate on in case of unfore-
According to County Assessor-
Collector Margaret Mueller the
proposed tax increase would in-
crease the property tax on a
$33,000 home by $14.52. The tax
on that home, if the new rate is
approved, would be $81.44.
After a public hearing is held
next week, the county will meet
again on Sept. 23 at 9 a.m. to
adopt a tax rate.
S.A. buses carry
people to see Pope
Texas Department of
Highways and Public Transpor-
tation is estimating 500,000 peo-
ple will attend the Mass by Pope
John Paul II in San Antonio Sun-
De Witt News Briefs
Sweeney in town Saturday
U.S. Congressman Mac Sweeney will be in Cuero on Saturday,
September 12, for a townhall meeting.
The public is invited to meet with Sweeney at 3 p.m. at Farmers
The Wharton congressman represents this district and will use
the informal meeting to discuss measures affecting residents being
considered in the nation’s capitol.
School board meets Thurs.
Cuero’s School Board will meet in regular session Thursday at 7
p.m. at the administration building.
Among the items on their agenda is a discussion of the district’s
plans and goals. The board will also consider the purchase of a 72
passenger bus, the proposed DeWitt County Appraisal District
budget, and the teacher appraisal calendar.
The agenda also includes the approval for the superintendent and
assistant superintendent to borrow money from the depository
bank for short term loans.
Pecan Field Day Sept. 29
A Pecan Disease Field Day will be held Tuesday, Sept. 29, begin-
ning at 1:30 at the Williams Pecan Farm in Concrete.
It will be sponsored by the DeWitt, Gonzales and La/aca County
Pecan Committees. Extension specialists include Dr. George
McEachern and Dr. Jerral Johnson.
The schedule includes varieties and zinc management, identifica-
tion of pecan diseases, fungicides, spray coverage, and spray
Verdict confuses court
District Judge Frank Crain will hear questions this week concern-
ing a jury verdict late Friday involving a Corpus Christi oilman and
a Houston bank.
The jury ruled in favor of Corpus* Hilbur Mason over MBank of
Houston granting him $2.77 million in damages. But the jury also
ruled that Mason had released the bank from its obligations to him.
Attorneys in the case said the confusion resulted from approx-
imately 24 special issues the jury was asked to decide.
Although the jury found in favor of Mason, one of the special
issues released the bank from paying any damages.
The case involved loans made by the bank to a drilling company
of which Mason was a stockholder.
Cuero man arrested
Victoria County law officers arrested a Cuero man Friday inside
a residence located near the Upper Mission Valley Road. '
Adam Hernandez, 29, was arrested after being held at gunpoint
by the one of the occupants of the residence, Harold Ray.
Apparently Hernandez kicked in the front door of the residence
but was caught by Ray and held at gunpoint untill officers arrived.
He was placed under a $25,000 bond on burglary of a habitation
charge. i ■ _’_.
Transit officials are offering
bus service as the only mode of
transportion to the Mass.
The pope will celebrate an out-
door Mass beginning at 11 a.m.
Gates will open at 4:30 a.m. at
the site, a 150-acre field in the
Westover Hills area on the west
side of San Antonio.
Shuttle bus service provided by
San Antonio’s transit authority,
will begin at 5 a.m. and run
throughout the day. Those plann-
ing to attend the Mass should
drive to one of the 10 pick-up
locations in San Antonio for the
They should be prepared to
walk up to one mile from the bus
to the gate. A special round-trip
bus token can be purchased for
$3 at any Texas H.E.B. grocery
Three major city streets will be
closed to private vehicles for the
event: Callahan Road from US
90 to Commerce Street; Com-
merce Street from Callahan Road
to Military Drive West; and
Military Drive West from Com-
merce Street to Potranco Road.
In addition to city street
closures, two state routes will be
closed to private vehicles. Texas
151 will be closed from Loop 410
to Loop 1604 to private vehicles.
Also, Potranco Road (FM 1957)
will be closed between Loop 1604
and Culebra Road.
It was a busy Labor Day
weekend for the Cuero Police
Department as officers in-
vestigated accidents and
Sometime Friday night or early
Saturday, Bohman Clinic was
Located at 106 W. Reuss, the
burglar or burglars broke a side
glass door to gain entrance. The
offices and desks were ransacked.
Police report the only items
known taken included a stereo
and hand-held recorders. Other
items may be reported after an in-
ventory is completed.
Officers are still investigating a
one car accident that occurred
A car crashed into the Jewel
Box Mini Warehouses in the 100
block of East Park sometime
after 8:30 p.m. No driver was
found at the scene.
Police are also investigating a
four vehicle accident which oc-
curred at 9:42 p.m. in the 300
(Please see Police, page A3)
Jamaica King and Queen
Highlight of the Jamaica Bazaar at Our Lady events. Bishop Charles Grahmann of Victoria,
of Guadalupe Catholic Church September 6 directly behind the throne, crowned the two
was the coronation of the King and Queen of winners. Others on the stage are former royal-
the Jamaica. Seated on the wrought iron ty, candidates and Father Daniel Giorgi.
peacock throne are King Ricky Varela, Jr. and Royalty wore impressive robes, heavily bead
Queen Yvette Villarreal. Candidates raised sd and encrusted with jewels. Ricky is the son
money for the church by having garage sales, of Cindy and Ricky Varela and Yvette is the
barbecues, bake sales, dances and other daughter of Vincent and Mary Villarreal.
More arrests stem from escape
Two more arrests have resulted
from an escape attempt from
DeWitt County Jail recently.
Janie Sepeda, 56, of Yorktown
was arrested last week a charged
with hindering the apprehension
of her son, Anto.nio M. Sepeda,
after his Aug. 25 escape.
She was taken into custody
when she went to visit her son
who had been found at her home
following the escape attempt.
Sheriff’s deputies said Ms.
Sepeda was arrested because
authorities believe she made her
home available to her son follow
ing his escape and failed to report
his whereabouts to authorities.
Also arrested was a juvenile
female from Yorktown. She was
charge with hindering apprehen-
sion and turned dver to juvenile
Sepeda, 21. escaped from /!
ficers while being escorted back
to jail from the exercise pen near
He was being held on charges
of attempted capital murdei of a
police officer and other charges.
After his capture he was charged
with felony escape.
Masonic blood drive Saturday
Cuero Masonic Lodge No. 409
is sponsoring a blood drive to aid
DeWitt County in meeting its
, need for the supply of blood its
citizens are using. Anyone who
donates blood for other organiza-
tional blood drives can come to
the Masonic Temple and
designate that their own
organization receive credit for the
unit of blood donated.
If you have never donated
before come out and try it. Dur-
ing the screening process you will
ha\e a Tree biood pressure check.
The blood drive will be held
Saturday Sept. 12, 1987 from 2 to
4 p.m. There is a need for type O
positive blood right now.
Ruby Begonia races again
Cuero’s racing taam will ba leaving for tha
Great Gobbler Gallop In Worthington, Min-
nesota September 18-21. Members of the hard-
working (???) team training Ruby Begonia are
left to right: Billy White, Albert Jahnaen, Butch
Prause and Jan Roberta. Holding bronzed
Ruby Begonia, the pride of Cuero. Is Butch.
Ruby Intends to gobble up Worthington’s
Paycheck and show him her tall feathers dur-
ing King Turkey Day In Worthington. Ruby and
Paycheck will make their appearance again
for the second heat of the Great Gobbler Relay
during Turkey Feat In Cuero, October 3-4.
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