Years ago for Sunday, Mar 10, 2013
March 12 - The stock ordinance which received its first reading by the council Monday night is the best little thing that has happened lately. It was most fitting just at this stage of that game. It requires cows and other animals taken to and from pasture to be led, instead of driven, on sidewalks.
March 14 - Tom O'Connor is building a new gin at Greta, a station on the Brownsville railroad near Refugio. Martin O'Connor is erecting a new ginnery, store building, 40 x 80, and a two-story hotel, 12 rooms, at Maudlowe, a station near Austwell, Refugio County. Architects Hull and Praeger have drawn plans and specifications for all these buildings, and bids will be opened in 10 days.
March 16 - The longer one lives, the more he learns. What do you think of this? A few days ago the editor received by parcel post two pounds of butter. One of the Advocate force received, through a local tailor, a suit of clothes, which came by mail from Chicago. We note that in Indiana a baby was sent by parcel post. One thing is certain, Uncle Sam's paternalism is instituting some strange innovations.
March 15 - Actual commencement of the paving program scheduled here looms within the very near future with indication that the City Council will pass an ordinance at council meeting next Monday in which is contained a description of all properties to be effected together with the actual cost of paving to the property holder.
March 16 - Donations continued to swell the park fund being raised here for the construction of a new baseball plant at the new St. Joseph High School property in the northern portion of the city. The fund now is short only about $150.
March 10 - This issue of The Victoria Advocate, "The Victoria Story," is the second largest ever published in the newspaper's 117-year history. It contains 154 pages telling the story of Victoria's progress in the field of industry, water projects, community organizations, churches, women's activities, sports, city and county government, schools, medical facilities, business and county communities. The largest issue was printed in 12 sections and band-gathered into one edition of The Advocate. It was the "Get Acquainted" edition of July 20, 1952, which contained 166 pages. Third largest was the Advocate's 88th Anniversary edition published in 1934 that contained 132 pages.
March 11 - Climax of the 17th annual Victoria County 4-H and FFA Livestock show will be at 7:30 this evening with start of the auction of market-ready animals in the new show building at the Jaycee hall showgrounds. Rewards for long hours of feeding, grooming, training and showing will be provided for the young exhibitors by buyers cooperating with the sponsor, Victoria Junior Chamber of Commerce. To be offered, by members of Victoria County 4-H clubs and of Future Farmers of America Chapters at Victoria, Bloomington and Industrial Consolidated High Schools, will be 14 beef calves, 64 lambs and 32 barrows. No breeding stock will be sold.
March 13 - Eighteen Brownies of Troop 200, Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church, received St. Agnes Award medals recently. They were Ginger Ann Duke, Lori Annette Fealy, Linda Sue Flores, Elaine Galvan, Elaine Garza, Patricia Ellen Geoghan, Barbara Ann Gobar, Janice Jurica, Barbara Jean Laza, Mary Martha Meier, Sandra Kay Mueller, Suzanne Murphy, Juanita Marie Ozuna, Cynthia Ann Polasek, Patricia Sattler, Deborah Ann Taggert, Sharon Lee Ulman and Cecilia Ann Williams. The awards were presented by the Rev. Eustace A. Hermes, pastor.
March 10 - State Sen. Ken Armbrister said Wednesday the chances of getting a prison located in Victoria County are good if the residents want it.
However, there is apparently no local effort under way to wrap up such a deal with the Texas Department of Corrections, even though it could mean a boost for the economy.
Armbrister said the TDC takes into consideration a number of factors before deciding where to locate one of its facilities. He said among the top priorities are such things as the availability of transportation and proximity to other prisons.
"I think we'd be great for that because of the highway system we've got," Armbrister said. "We've also go the facilities, the land and that type of thing."
But he noted several counties within his senatorial district are interested in trying to get a prison located within their jurisdictions. They include Karnes, Caldwell and Lee counties.
The interest in prisons has been spurred by the state's effort to increase its capacity to handle prisoners so it will be in compliance with the law. Armbrister said Texas will need 19,500 more beds by 1990 to facilitate that effort.
March 11 - In the highest governmental circles where the nation's policies and attitudes toward education are shaped, testing of students has taken on a new importance.
In the 1990s, students testing may be the critical factor determining the level of teacher pay.
That message, relayed to Victoria teachers Thursday afternoon by a professional director of a major state teachers' organization, could be circulating on the floor of the Texas Legislature as early as January 1989.
"Some enormously profound changes," would result within public education in Texas, said Dr. Lloyd Tate, director of professional excellence for Texas Classroom Teachers Association.
"It could be the most explosive issue in the last two years," he predicted.
Tate said the legislators next January may be looking at a House study on the concept and feasibility of developing a system of performance-based funding for public education.
Such a system would, in effect, financially reward the school districts with high achievement and punish other districts with low achievement.
March 12 - The State Board of Education voted Saturday to require high school geology textbooks to include the theory of evolution by name, the first time Texas has given such a mandate.
"It's a matter of not skirting issues, but facing them head-on," said Education Commissioner W.N. Kirby.
"It's a matter of being more honest, more open and more truthful" about what textbooks contain, he said. "If we're teaching evolution, we ought to say that we are teaching evolution."
Without objection, the board voted to approve a textbook proclamation for the 1990-91 school year that includes a requirement for high school geology textbooks to specifically mention the theory of evolution.
The proclamation is the guideline used by publishers in writing textbooks to be considered for use in Texas.
Controversy has surrounded the teaching of evolution theory in schools, with objections posed by those who say it conflicts with religious beliefs concerning the creation of the world.
Until 1984, the state had guidelines restricting the discussion of evolution theory in textbooks.
March 15 - The Victoria County Commissioners Court on a 3-2 vote Monday got back into the coyote eradication business, but members of the court gave no assurances that it will continue the program in 1989.
The county, which dropped out of the trapper program at the end of 1987, will pay $900 a month into the Texas Cooperative Trapping Fund for services of a trapper during March, April and May and October, November and December.
The trapper program is part of a master project agreement between the U.S. Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Texas Animal Damage Conrol Association, the Texas Agricultural Extension Service, Texas Rodent and Predactory Animal Control Service and Texas A&m University.
Precinct 2 Commissioners Jerry Nobles, Rex Easley and John Hammack voted to amend the county's 1988 budget after testimony presented at a recent public hearing indicated the county's coyote population represents a nuisance.
Easley said there have been reports of numerous sheep and calf losses due to coyotes. Nobles said that coyotes have been reported in many sections of the county.
Precinct 1 Commissioner Nick Hinojosa, who with County Judge Norman D. Jones voted against the proposal, said he can't see how one trapper can make much of a difference.