Years ago for Sunday, Apr 14, 2013
April 17 - Fine progress is being made in the construction of the road between Victoria and Bloomington. The road has been graded and graveled to within four miles of Bloomington, with the exception of a few small gaps, and will probably be completed within two months. The contracting firm, which is the Kelso Estate of Galveston, will reconstruct three miles of the Nursery road, three-fourths of a mile of the Hanselman road, and one-fourth mile of the Telferner road after it completes the Bloomington road.
April 18 - It will probably be a month before Martin O'Connor will be able to be about again. He sustained a fracture of his right leg just above the ankle several days ago in a runaway on his ranch near Inari. Mr. O'Connor was riding in a buggy with John Kay of Refugio, when the horses became frightened, and he suffered the injury in jumping from the vehicle after losing control of the animals.
April 16 - Victoria merchants who accept checks from strangers again are urged by sheriff R.A. Rogan to place the auto license number of this person on the check. In the event the check is worthless, the officers will have a clue to work on. Incidentally, the local sheriff's department and other county officials are to be highly commended for the prompt action they have been taking on the distribution of "hot" checks.
April 14 - Victoria County has gained population substantially from the 1960 census through April, 1962, the University of Texas Bureau of Business Research said Saturday in reporting that Texas population had increased 2 percent since the last federal check. The county's population as of April 1, 1962, was listed as 48,748 persons, up 2.4 percent since 1960.
April 15 - Two Victorians have been installed as officers of the 5th District of the Texas Congress of Parents and Teachers, which held its 51st annual conference in San Antonio Wednesday. They are Mrs. R.R. Riggs, secretary, and Mrs. Edmund Wesley, vice-president. Also attending from Victoria were Mr. and Mrs. Cloyd Hamilton, Mrs. J.W. Marrs, Mrs. Raymond Hill, Mrs. John Stormont, Mrs. Grady Yarbrough, Mrs. D.N, Gregory, Mrs. Alvin Boyd, Ray McDaniel, Mrs. Hubert Liford, Mrs. Argyle McLachlan, Mrs. Lawrence Stange, Mrs. Allen Butler, Mrs. Ross Lovel, Mrs. Werner Dentler, Mrs. Floyd Billstein and Oscar Phillips.
April 19 - Three University of Houston-Victoria faculty members have been appointed to serve on special committees for the Texas Academic Skills program.
Named by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to TASP committees were Dr. Marsha Grace, Dr. Don Smith and Mary Stafford.
The TASP testing program will replace other screening tests currently used to determine if students admitted to public higher education institutions in Texas have the reading, writing and mathematical skills necessary for success in college-level coursework. The testing program will be implemented in 1989.
Dr. Grace, assistant professor of education, is representing UHV on the Test Development Advisory Committee, which is providing advice and assistance in developing the TASP test.
Smith, dean for academic affairs, was selected to serve on the Faculty Development Committee, which will identify faculty development models to train and support college faculty teaching developmental courses.
Ms. Stafford, education teacher-in-residence, has been named to serve on the Special Committee on English as a Second Language, which will be responsible for providing policy recommendations regarding students taking English as a Second Language to the coordinating board during the development and implementation phase of TASP.
April 20 - "You can talk about mortality till you're blue in the face, but one of the biggest influences in the life of a teenager is peer pressure."
So said Steve Blumenthal, a consultant with Security Associates International of Houston, discussing substance abuse problems which may occur at and around Victoria schools.
Blumenthal, whose company handles drug dogs brought onto VISD school campuses, discussed problems related to substance abuse during a meeting of school bus drivers and lunchroom monitors Tuesday.
Students are under a lot of pressure and are greatly influenced by peer pressure," he said. "They are influenced by what their friends do and say."
He said that a high percentage of the stuff sold on the street is misrepresented.
"The biggest danger is people never really know what they're getting," he said.
He said kids who become addicted to drugs "usually wind up at the bottom rung."
"When drugs and alcohol are used together, it's that much more of a crap shoot," he said.
Blumenthal said that bus drivers and lunchroom monitors, who may see the students once or twice a day, should be on the alert for possible changes of mood or abnormal behavior patterns which might serve as a signal.