Years ago for Sunday, Mar 30, 2014
March 30 - R.N. Stephens, of Oklahoma, son of W.B. Stephens, formerly on the editorial staff of the San Antonio Express, has succeeded Leopold Morris as editor of the Advocate. Mr. Stephens began his duties today as editor. He is an able writer and an excellent young gentleman, and any favors shown him will be appreciated by the management. Mr. Morris has served as editor of the Advocate for nearly 14 years and resigned the editorship to devote his entire time to his campaign for governor.
March 31 - The ladies of the Victoria Civic Association wish to notify the people of Victoria that they will send a committee composed of four ladies out to examine the yards of Victoria in the near future. Those who have not already done so best take this warning to clean up their yards at once. Not only should the frontyards be cleaned but the backyards as well.
April 2 - A gentleman from Fordtran was in Victoria yesterday and told of a peculiar freak of lightning that happened to the Fordtran school building Tuesday. During an electrical storm, lightning struck the flue, ran down the stove pipe into the school room and knocked out the corner foundation of the building. Though the incident happened at noon recess, the children were all in the building to keep out of the rain, and it is considered very fortunate that other than receiving a slight shock, none of them were injured.
April 4 - Two Brothers Restaurant is the name of the new eating place that was recently established on East Constitution Street opposite the Fire Station. The place is new, neat and clean, and short orders will be served at all hours. The operators of this place are experienced in their line and say they will give to the public the best eatables the market affords.
April 5 - The general election held here Tuesday, at which time all city officials seeking re-election and those nominated for first terms at the Independent Party primary election held in February were voted on, was a listless affair, mustering only 117 voters to the polls.
For going through the entire year of 1938 without a single traffic fatality, the city of Victoria has been placed upon the honor roll of the National Traffic Safety Contest, it has been learned here.
April 1 - Gail Depine, a sophomore medical technology major at Victoria College and the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Depine, was crowned Western Sweetheart on Tuesday evening during the kickoff party preceding Western Days on the college campus. She will reign over the various special campus activities this week, which end with a western dance Friday evening in the Student Union. Other sweetheart nominees were Barbara Clark, Martha Pekar, Sharon Dischinger, Judith Harris and Mary Beth Kilgore.
April 3 - Joe Smith's blue ribbon beard lasted only a short time after he won the Western Days beard growing contest at Victoria College on Thursday evening. Barber Charles Placker was called in immediately after the contest to publicly amputate the sophomore's lush growth of chin bristles.
March 30 - A monitoring station has been set up in Victoria by the Texas Air Control Board to measure ozone levels for the next year.
Tom Palmer of the TACB office in Corpus Christi said the tests will be conducted at the request of the Environmental Protection Agency.
He said the request is related to a study done 10 years or more ago in which ozone levels were found to exceed federal standards. The results were measured by stations at Victoria's Riverside Park and in Bloomington.
But Palmer said those tests aren't necessarily conclusive.
"That was using information from instruments that are no longer used," he explained. "As you know, things have come a long way since then."
Palmer said his office will be checking Victoria's air to determine if the amount of ozone exceeds the threshold established by the EPA. He said consistent readings of 0.12 parts per million or higher would be in excess of the federal standard.
March 31 - Victoria College ranks as one of the state's least expensive junior colleges to attend, according to data from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.
In fact, only five of the 49 public junior colleges in Texas charge less for tuition and fees than does Victoria College.
And another area junior college, Bee County College in Beeville, is even less expensive to attend than is Victoria College.
Current charges for a full-time, in-district Victoria College student per 15 semester credit hours are $165.
That's about 29 percent below the state junior college average cost of $233 for tuition and fees.
Victoria College President Dr. Roland Bing said the college keeps its tuition and fees low by running an economical operation.
"We try to (operate economically), so that everybody who wants to go to college can," Bing said.
In a ranking of Texas junior colleges, with the most expensive ranked No. 1 and least expensive ranked No. 49, Victoria College ranks in a tie with Tarrant County Junior College in Fort Worth and Kilgore College in Kilgore for the 42nd, 43rd and 44th spots.
Bee County College, where tuition and fees for the current year are just $150, ranks No. 47 on the list.