Years ago for Sunday, Jun 08, 2014

1914

June 10 - It will not be many days now until we will have a complete stretch of gravel road from Victoria to Port Lavaca. The road now, as we all know, is completed as far as the Victoria County line. The Calhoun County section is completed with the exception of about 3 and one-half miles.

June 13 - The construction work on the new 200-foot cement levee on the Urban farm has been started and is progressing nicely. This levee is being built near the pump station, and the outlet covers a big territory that suffers in case of the overflows. This will be a pleasing bit of news to the property owners in the territory this outlet controls.

1939

June 12 - The Armstrong School of Dance presented its annual dance review at the Uptown Theatre. A fast and colorful interlude of song and dance, it was well received by an enthusiastic audience.

June 14 - Today, the mercury climbed to the highest point of the year - 103, according to Charles C. Zirjacks, acting U.S. weatherman, making this the hottest day of the summer so far.

1964

June 8 - Six students of Victoria High School, all girls, will compete in the All-Texas solo singing contest Monday on the campus of the University of Texas in Austin. They are Becky Hill, Pat Harris, Nancy Cheverton, Gail Gerrard, Erna Ellison and Sharon McCray.

1989

June 9 - Victoria College instructors Claude and Geraldine Talley, who had been confined to their quarters in Beijing, China, were safe in Tokyo on Thursday morning, their daughter, Kathleen Buckert, of Victoria, said.

Details of the Talleys' departure from Beijing were unknown.

Mrs. Buckert said her father called his father, Claude Talley Sr., of San Antonio, early Thursday morning from Tokyo. The senior Talley then called Mrs. Buckert to relay the information of her parents' arrival in Tokyo.

They had gone to Beijing for an adult education seminar sponsored by the University of Northern Illinois and became caught in the turmoil Saturday associated with the government troops' storming of pro-democracy demonstrators in Tiananmen Square.

The square is approximately a quarter-mile from where the Talleys were staying at a dormitory at the Second Educational University of Beijing.

Talley witnessed shootings, his daughter said.

The Talleys had been confined to quarters and kept under tight security at the dorm by American Embassy guards.

Mrs. Buckert said the couple is expected to fly to Los Angeles Sunday then to San Antonio, where they will pick up their car and return to Victoria early next week.

June 11 - Conversion of the Victoria Independent School District's 82-bus fleet from gasoline and diesel fuels to compressed natural gas could produce long-term savings according to Carl R. Kirst, director of transportation.

"It's the up-front cost that concerns me," he said.

That cost - $2,300 to $2,400 to convert each of the district's 29 diesel powered buses to CNG and about $1,000 apiece to modify 53 buses equipped with gasoline engines to the alternate fuel - would amount to $122,600.

CNG costs approximately 20 to 30 percent less than gasoline or diesel.

Kirst said, "Making the switch would do more than simply quitting paying foreigners for fuel we have under our own turf."

Cleaner-burning fuel would result in longer life for engine and reduced maintenance costs, he said.

Kirst said it would probably take three to five years to recover the conversion cost in fuel cost savings, but after that, it could result in substantial reduction in fleet operation costs.

The VISD fleet during the 1988-89 school year traveled 593,000 miles - an average of nearly 3,300 miles a day.