Years ago for Sunday, Jul 08, 2012

July 5, 2012 at 2:05 a.m.


The month of July 1912 is missing from Victoria Advocate files. Events of 100 years ago will resume with the Aug. 1 issue.


July 8 - Led by State L-Man G.F. Cox, Deputy Sheriffs W.F. Crawford and Ernst Weaver and Special agent J.B. Piper this morning seized a 75-gallon still and considerable equipment on a farm about five miles southeast of the city on the Mission Valley road.

July 11 - Preparations are already under way for one of the largest dinners and entertainments ever held in this city under the auspices of the Catholic Daughters of America. A large and enthusiastic group met Friday evening at the home of the grand regent, Mrs. R.J. Carpenter, to arrange plans. Rev. Thomas A. Coleman was chosen general chairman and the various committees were formed.


July 9 - Three-quarters of the way through their fiscal year and halfway through 1962, city officials this week took a look at the records and reflected at week's end that steady, healthy growth still marks the city's economy - for both official and unofficial Victoria. Building expenditures, one of the significant factors in the local economy, indicated an increase of a quarter of a million dollars for 1962 as compared with the first six months of 1961. "There are indications that the same trend will continue for the remainder of the year - or at least the better part of it," Building Inspector A.E. Haschke stated.

July 12 - A proposed $2 million school bond issue, if approved, will require no tax increase for at least two years, and possibly none then, trustees of Victoria Independent School District were told Tuesday. Fred W. Sandhop, tax assessor-collector, made the report to trustees as they prepared to engage a financial adviser for the bond program, scheduled to be voted on Nov. 8. Sandhop said normal growth of property valuation in the district will provide sufficient funds to meet annual bond requirements for at least two years. He cited a new $15 million power plant being built by Central Power and Light Co., an expansion of the DuPont facilities and an REA power station complex as major additions to the tax roll.


July 8 - As efforts to shape what could be the largest tax bill in Texas history spilled from committee rooms to the Capitol lawn Tuesday, Gov. Bill Clements raised the prospect of another special session on the budget crisis.

Clements said this goal of holding 1988-89 tax increases to $2.9 billion "is not standing up too well" as senators considered a House-passed increase nearly double his bottom line.

With the Legislature's 30-day special session half gone, the Senate Subcommittee on Tax Policy opened hearings on the House tax package that would raise approximately $5.2 billion.

At the same time, a House-Senate conference committee began adjusting differences in two-year state budgets adopted by those bodies. The Senate appropriations bill would spend more than $39.5 billion and the House about $38.4 billion.

Outside, within hearing distance of Clements, some 3,000 demonstrators urged lawmakers to pass a tax increase.

Noting that the state's economy remains shaky, Clements said, "Under these circumstances, I think a lot of the Legislature, both in the House and Senate, are having some second thoughts about these increases in spending."

July 10 - Consultants from universities, regional service centers and publishers may train up to 50 Victoria intermediate and high school teachers this fall on a newly adopted sex education curriculum.

What those consultants will discover is widely divergent opinions among health educators in Victoria about the suitability of the curriculum, including a seventh-grade segment known as "sex respect" material, and the fairness of the decision-making process that led to the curriculum's adoption.

Two longtime health teachers, Cathleen Tutt, formerly of Stroman High and now of Patti Welder Intermediate, and Billy Baker of Victoria High, wrote a letter to the editor of The Advocate disavowing the curriculum as a product of the five-school sex education committee on which they served.

The letter published Wednesday raised questions about how the curriculum was determined, and whether teachers were deliberately excluded from the decision-making process at certain stages of the board-ordered curriculum study.

"It wasn't our product," said Mrs. Tutt, a health and physical education teacher who now teaches physical education classes to boys at Patti Welder Intermediate. "I knew it (the survey to parents) was not the one we wrote."

Mrs. Tutt said she and Mrs. Baker, a high school biology and health teacher, were given no knowledge of certain committee meetings by Jim Elliott, committee chairman, during early June.

Referring to the letter-to-the-editor from the two teachers, Superintendent Larry Vaughn said, "We have very specific policies about how to air their differences. The Victoria Advocate is not one of them."



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