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Former Port Lavaca mayor, businessman dies

Crews battle residential fire

No one was injured in a house fire Wednesday, March 30, on VFW Road that took more than three hours to extinguish.“The investigation into the fire is still ongoing,” said Port Lavaca Fire Department Capt. Boyd Staloch. The fire started in the garage, and “everything was confined right there,” said Staloch. “Our concern was to make sure everyone was out and safe.”Homeowner Josh Hahn said he was getting ready to work the night shift when his dog seemed to want to go outside. That’s when he noticed smoke in the garage that billowed out when he opened the door.

City adds to trash services

Expanded residential brush pickup will be offered beginning May 1 by Republic Services for the city of Port Lavaca. This will also entail a $2 increase per customer, which will be reflected in the June bill. The Port Lavaca City Council approved the date during its March 28 special meeting and workshop after approving the five-year contract extension at its Jan. 10 meeting by a 4-2 vote. Councilman Ken Barr made a motion to go with option 4, which was seconded by Councilman Jerry Smith. The vote was 4-2, with Barr, Smith, Councilwoman Rosie Padron, and Councilman Jim Ward voting for it and Councilmen Tim Dent and Allen Tippit voting against it.

Former Port Lavaca mayor, businessman dies

A Port Lavaca mayor and successful businessman passed away on March 28 at the age of 89. Ken Lester’s first job for the city of Port Lavaca was as its director of Public Works from 1962 until 1970. In 1970, he joined Kinchen Construction Co. as a co-owner and its manager, a company he would later acquire, re-name Lester Contracting, and run as its president until 1998. Lester was also a charter member of the Noon Day Lions Club and raised three sons in Port Lavaca with his wife, Mildred. He also will be remembered for serving two terms on the Port Lavaca City Council and two terms as the mayor from 1978 to 1990. His many contributions include helping the development of the Bauer Community Center, the relocation and refurbishment of the Halfmoon Reef Lighthouse, and the development of Fishing Pier Park and the Port Lavaca Bayfront.

Young chefs compete at J-R Elementary

The prep was completed; the dishes were prepared to represent the chef’s favorite movie or book and were poised for delivery to the judges at the annual Future Chef National Challenge Thursday, March 31, at Jackson-Roosevelt Elementary School. The culinary competition featured such things as Gray Stuff from “Beauty and the Beast,” Cloudy with a Chance of Air-Fried Meatballs, Star Wars Blue Milk, and Harry’s Hogwart’s Sorting Hats. After two hours of cooking, the chefs turned their creations over to the judges. Taking first was Beth Boone, Travis Middle School, who cooked with Calhoun County Child Nutrition staff member Veronica Acosta; the second was Madden Guevara, Port O’Connor, who cooked with CCISD Child Nutrition staff member Ruby Castellano; third place was Caleb Escobar, Jackson-Roosevelt Elementary, who cooked with CCISD Child Nutrition staff member Diana Torres.