Hello, Advocate readers. We had a good Editorial Board meeting Wednesday and we've got a full lineup for the coming week. Here's a quick outline of what we'll be covering:
Friday – TxDOT now covered by state Move Over/Slow Down law: Drivers will have to move over or slow down when approaching Texas Department of Transportation workers stopped with overhead lights flashing blue or amber. We're surprised TxDOT workers weren't included in the initial version of this law. But now that they are, we want to remind drivers to be safe and give workers plenty of room while on the road.
Saturday – Thumbs If you have any thumbs-up or thumbs-down submissions, please send them in by noon Friday if you want them to be in Saturday's Advocate.
Sunday – VISD says changes in leadership will improve ratings: The Victoria school district was among the 6.5 percent of Texas school districts and charter schools that did not meet state standards. VISD came so close to meeting state standards and we are looking forward to seeing what kind of progress the latest changes will bring.
Monday – Dallas editorial on Mexican cartel
Tuesday – Church ends 70-year program of religious service: Our Lady of Sorrows Church in Victoria summoned the religious sisters to Victoria almost 70 years ago. There was a need for Spanish-speaking personnel in the church and a need for additional religious education in the Hispanic communities. But a few weeks shy of the sisters' 70th anniversary of service, Our Lady of Sorrows decided not to renew the program.
Wednesday – County Clerk looks to digitize archives: Victoria County Clerk Robert Cortez presented his plan for archive management during Monday afternoon's commissioners court budget workshop. To fund the plan, which would digitize public records dating back to the early 1800's, Cortez proposed a $5 flat fee charged for filing specific documents. This program could turn into much more than a way to preserve historic county documents. We hope it can also become a tool for those who want to request open records.
Thursday – Prep for first day of school: VISD's convocation gets its employees "Fired Up" with inspirational speaker Aric Bostick. We're excited that school is coming up and we want to encourage both students and teachers to give it their all this year.
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