Victoria native Natasha Verma just turned 18, but come August, she'll be walking through the halls of Columbia University in New York as a graduate student.
Caleb Jentsch's life can be told through his favorite Scripture, Nahum 1:7.
I'm sure there were a lot of other thoughts that should have been running through my head at that moment. Thoughts that probably would have been a lot more appropriate. But that's the thing about thoughts.
A surprising high note punctuated the exhausting rundown of flaws with the state's standardized testing system at the Victoria school board meeting Thursday night.
Timothy Hubbell has earned the rank of Eagle Scout.
For those of you in the office pool who picked "divorced within two years," prepare to kiss your money goodbye.
Seventh-graders at Austwell-Tivoli Junior High School were writing vocabulary words in their Texas history class when they came across a term that struck them: boycott.
If they were groggy, it was hard to tell.
So, you go to the grocery store for milk, bread, eggs ... maybe some cookies to go with the milk - oh, and wouldn't some chips and salsa be really great? You take your groceries home, put them away, and eventually eat them all. When they are gone, you are left with a bunch of packaging. Almost everything comes in a package, and almost all of those packages are recyclable.
One week has passed since Danny Linden popped the question to fiancée Lauren Cotter.
Gary Branfman will never forget the day Victoria's only Jewish temple was defaced. Three vandals - two adults and a minor - painted Nazi swastikas, "Heil Hitler," and "(Expletive) the Jews" across the historic Main Street building in black spray paint.
Crossroads couple approach current world record for longest marriage with 76 years
Alvin Koenning was born months after the Titanic sank.
Trinity purchases 90 iPads as cost-effective learning tool
Not a single textbook was open in history class Monday morning, but eighth-graders at Trinity Episcopal School were still busy learning.
Parents see many benefits, how students relate to others
Little research supports that home learners will become socially stunted, proponents say.
Topic: Standardized testing
Even at 15, Colter Keathley's leadership skills are obvious.
Texans could be zooming even faster across the state thanks to a bill proposed by state Rep. Gary Elkins, but some people aren't for it.
Ferrell Vick may look like a typical 11-year-old, but on Saturday he's out for blood.
Next time you're stuck at a red light waiting to drop off a sullen teenager at school, consider yourself lucky you're not in China.
Middle-schooler fights for garment of days gone by
Before heading off to school, Joey Ochoa stuffs a neatly folded polyester cape in his backpack.
'Kissing sailor' in famous photo will also be on hand
From heroes to helicopters, bombers to biplanes, the 2011 Wings of Freedom Living History Tour will bring the past to life the first four days in April at the Victoria Regional Airport.
Following in the footsteps of their organization's founder, students in the Poirrier Art Academy continue a legacy of using their artistic talents to give back to their community.
It's been 42 years, and former Victoria County Commissioner Wayne Dierlam can still remember the exact date and hour he married his bride, Evelyn Dierlam.
Cervical cancer survivor talks about beating disease 12 years ago
Bridgitt Heinold never imagined facing a decision quite like the one she was forced to face 12 years ago.
Well, a new year is almost upon us and with a new year comes the requisite New Year's resolution. Almost everyone makes them, but - let's be honest - hardly anyone keeps them.
Few Victorians know that Hank Williams once was scheduled to perform a show in Victoria, exactly two weeks before he died late on New Year's Eve 1952 in the back seat of his car while traveling on a cold, snowy highway in the hinterlands of West Virginia.
BAYSIDE - A Monarch butterfly calmly swayed in 11-year-old Shelby Rodgers palm. Its sticky black feet clung to her skin as it tilted sideways, its wing dotted with a confetti-sized marker used to track its flight to Mexico.
When Judy Gillespie dug a horse therapy brochure out of the trash 21 years ago, she couldn't have anticipated the journey it would take her and her family on - not to mention countless kids and their families that discarded paper would reach.
It's rare, but from time to time, I'll actually do some research for this column. I know! Crazy, right? It's almost like I'm a real journalist.
BY JENNIFER PREYSSA few days ago, I experienced a moment of self-enlightenment that will likely remain with me for a long while.
Ty and Lynette Zeller of Victoria are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Lacie Renee Zeller of Victoria, to Casey Jerome Hinson of Houston, son of Jerome Hinson of Seabrook, and Susan Hinson of Friendswood.
Elias Rodriguez is your typical 10-year-old boy. Shy at first, he'll fidget nervously while sitting on the couch. If you ask him a question, he'll glance over at his mom first for reassurance.
Local actor finishes last season of football show
Parting is such sweet sorrow for 12-year-old Victoria resident Charlie Quary, who recently finished filming the fifth and final season of NBC's critically acclaimed football television drama "Friday Night Lights."
Kristin Rojas, 23, a second- year medical student and Victoria native, spent part of her summer 11 floors in the air in Bucaramanga, Colombia, operating on patients.
University of Houston-Victoria education major Katie Rangel checks 10-year-old Darius Guillory’s fraction bingo card before announcing him the winner of the game.
Last week, Aaron Escalante had a very good reason to catch the latest episode of MTV's "The Real World: New Orleans."
Chad Ganaway hummed to background music as the 14-minute picture slideshow he created played on his TV screen Sunday.
One writes poetry. The other plays guitar.
SHINER - It's the middle of the summer, and St. Paul High School graduates Michael, Brandon and Justin Pesek are still going to school.
Owner of Rock N' Blues Academy enlightens guitar students worldwide
With his guitar in hand, Sean Christiansen strummed a soulful sound.
Welcome to the new and improved Advocast at VictoriaAdvocate.com.
WHARTON - For the first time in the history of the Federal Pell Grant, students who have used all of their Pell Grant eligibility in the fall and spring semesters can receive additional grant funding for summer school.
REFUGIO - You can make wine out of almost anything - coffee, tomatoes, jalapenos.
Mom earns associate's degree while raising kids, working
Raising four children while going to school full time and having a job hasn't always been easy for Amber New.
EDMOND, Okla. (AP) - A 12-year-old Oklahoma boy has become an Internet sensation with a video of his performance of the Lady Gaga song "Paparazzi."
VIDEO: The Advocate follows Bayside Historical Society members on a video tour of the Aransas Pass Light Station.
This column was first printed in "Heritage" Volume 1, 2010.
CUERO - When Cuero High School senior Nick Gamez was younger, his grandfather used to test his math skills.
Re-enactment educates public on area's history
GOLIAD - Lancers on horseback menaced as cannons blasted in an open field Saturday in Goliad.
1. St. Patrick is one of the most famous Irishmen of all time. The only thing is, he's not actually Irish. He was born in Britain and was kidnapped as a teenager by Irish brigands who brought him to the Emerald Isle, according to the National Geographic Web site. He served in bondage for six years before escaping, and then 14 years later he returned to spread the Christian faith throughout Ireland.
The 15 months up to July 3, saw record-breaking drought conditions for our area. Total rainfall was 18.16 inches, 34 percent of our normal rainfall, 7.06 inches below the previous record - 1918's drought.
DeTar displays inflatable exhibit tour at Victoria Mall
Braiden Letsinger, his mother and little sister circulated through the human heart, Wednesday.
Dr. Bernard A. Harris Jr. became the first African-American to walk in space in 1995.
Camp that teaches all about re-enacting coming to Goliad's Presidio La Bahia
Texas is full of history. Each year, hundreds of people pay tribute to that history by re-enacting it all across the state.
Jan. 14: Our editorial board will host a live question and answer session with Wayne Dierlam.
Editor, the Advocate:
84-year-old Port Lavaca native recalls arrowhead hunting days
PORT LAVACA - Charles Husak can still remember how cold his bare feet made that three-mile trek to his school near Olivia in the 1930s.