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WHARTON — When John Medrano was a student at Stephen F. Austin Elementary School in Wharton in the early 1950s, his music teacher took note of his singing voice and encouraged him to perform “(How Much Is) That Doggie in the Window” at a school assembly.

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Tropical Storm Nicholas, which briefly became a Category 1 hurricane before making landfall near Sargent, left most of Matagorda County without power Tuesday morning.

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EL CAMPO — Seven months after the last movie played at El Campo’s Showplace 3, ending the family-owned theater’s 37-year run, the Couey family stood in the dusty former lobby. A lone microphone still dangled from the ticket window, but the concessions stand, which served up popcorn to thousa…

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The second round of COVID-19 vaccines by Pfizer have been announced in Wharton County, according to a news release from the Wharton County Office of Emergency Management.

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Due to the winter storm warning forecasted for Tuesday night, we have decided to print an early edition for Wednesday, Feb. 17th. We just received word that as of now, U.S. 77 and I-37 going into Corpus Christi, where we print the Victoria Advocate, has been reopened to traffic. Unless this …

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DeWitt, Lavaca and Wharton counties enacted burn bans on Monday as dry conditions persist in the Victoria region. All Crossroads counties except Goliad and Jackson currently have burn bans in place, according to the Texas A&M Forest Service.

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NOTE: Hours may have changed because of the pandemic. Please call before going to the library of your choice.

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Crossroads counties confirmed two additional deaths and dozens of new COVID-19 cases Monday, although multiple counties reported no new cases.

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Markers spaced 6 feet apart have graced the floor of Weaver’s Austin Street Market, a family-owned grocery store in Port Lavaca, since March. When case numbers were low in Calhoun County, some customers asked when they’d be removing the markers.

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Victoria County health officials reported another single-day record number of COVID-19 cases Wednesday.

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