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Welcome back to Wednesday, Victoria Advocate readers. We've had a busy week. Unfortunately, this week has seen too much sadness and tragedy. The Crossroads has welcomed home a soldier killed in Afghanistan and seen a few fatalities this week. Thankfully, there has also been a lot of positive news this week. We have a lot of topics to discuss and editorials to plan. We hope you'll join our discussion.

Come join the Victoria Advocate Editorial Board in the Victoria Advocate newsroom conference room at 1:30 p.m. every Wednesday to discuss the events of the previous week. If you can't come to the meeting in person, feel free to log on and watch our live webcast and comment in the online chat box. We look forward to seeing you there.

This week's headlines:

· Victoria County fire marshal advising for burn ban

· Victoria County officials spend more than quarter-million on justice of the peace office

· Heroes are coming to Warrior's Weekend VIII

· Community encouraged to wear college T-shirts on GenTX Day

· Crossroads now lacks death penalty defense attorneys

· Pepper's case spotlights gaps in mental-health care

· Cuero students, teachers use iPads in classrooms

· Farmer prepares to plant 200K olive trees near Victoria

· Phone scammers target the Crossroads

· Hurricane conference covers all bases in case of emergency