Years ago for Sunday, Jun 17, 2012

June 14, 2012 at 1:14 a.m.


June 20 - The foundation is being laid for the Victoria Confederate Monument at the southeast corner of the Public Square; permission to erect the monument was granted by the City Council at its last meeting by unanimous vote.

June 21 - The Sunset will run a special train from Victoria to Sutherland Springs next Monday, June 24, on account of the Masonic installation. The train will leave Victoria at 8 a.m. and on return leave Sutherland Springs at 8 p.m. The round trip fare will be $1.50.

June 23 - The Victoria firemen have decided not to compete in the races to be held on July 4 during the celebration of the Yoakum Fire Department, as the prizes offered are too small. The prizes consist of $10 in cash and a lot of merchandise to be donated by the merchants.


June 17 - Victorians are warned to be on the alert for counterfeit money, which may appear in this vicinity following reports issued to the effect that a party of six, three men and three women, traveling in a new Chevrolet coach with a Mexico license plate, had left San Antonio and headed this way.

June 20 - Two raids in the city late Friday by the sheriff's department netted 25 gallons of corn and rye whiskey, 150 gallons of rye mash, one 20-gallon still and 26 stalks of marihuana.

June 23 - Work will resume immediately on installing safety lights at the railroad crossing on Rio Grande Street. The light standards will each be moved over a few feet in order to leave clearings for sidewalks in the event they are needed in the future.


June 19 - Visitors from 107 cities, 19 states, and a foreign country signed the guest register in its first nine days at the Victoria Zoo, City Council was told Monday by City Manager John Lee. Lee said the foreign visitor was from Germany. "I'm shocked at the response," the city manager told councilmen. "I didn't dream we'd get that many visitors in just nine days. Lots of the visitors made comments in the register besides just signing their names. They called for more vending machines and candy machines and said we ought to get an elephant, a tiger, a leopard and a deer fawn." Lee reported that a deer fawn was born at the zoo Monday.

June 20 - The Six Flags Monument on DeLeon Plaza will begin flying its ensigns in reverse order Wednesday, but the issue is still in doubt. The flags will be flown with the Stars and Stripes at the viewer's left on the monument, instead of at the right, pending a high-level decision from Washington clarifying Public Law 829 as passed by the 77th Congress, also known as the Flag Code. When the monument was dedicated by Gov. Price Daniel on April 14, the flags of Spain, France, Mexico, the Republic of Texas, the Confederacy and the United States were hoisted in that order beginning at the viewer's left, which was also the chronological order in which those flags were raised successively in Texas. Since then, City Manager John Lee has been confronted by a controversy among interested groups as to the proper order in which the flags should be flown.


June 18 - The continued flooding of the Texas Zoo is causing additional problems for the already financially strapped facility.

South Texas Zoological Society board of directors were updated on the zoo's current financial status Wednesday at its regular meeting. Although it is too early to determine the exact monetary damage to the zoo due to the flood, the directors were trying to be realistic by talking in the tens of thousands dollars needed.

Prior to discussing the problems, the board toured the zoo to get an idea of the effects of the flood. Water was still standing in the dry moat areas where the wildcats, raccoons, foxes, badgers and bears are exhibited. Water is still standing in the back service area and in areas on the zoo grounds and exhibits.

Pumping will resume Thursday and will continue until the water is out of the zoo, said Jackie Mead, zoo executive director.

June 22 - Legislators stymied in their first effort to pass a state budget return to town Monday, and apparently the only thing that has changed at the Texas Capitol is the weather is hotter.

"Very little has changed except that now our circumstances are even more urgent," Lt. Gov. Bill Hobby recently advised business and education leaders.

When the 140-day legislative session ended June 1 without a 1988-89 budget, it was the first time since 1961 that lawmakers had failed to pass a spending plan in regular session.

Various spending proposals surfaced, along with suggestions for taxes to cover increased costs, but the Legislature never got close to an agreement.

Gov. Bill Clements called lawmakers back for a quickie special session on civil judicial reform, then set Monday to renew work on state finances.

State Comptroller Bob Bullock projects that state spending in 1988-89 will run about $5.5 billion higher than expected state income. Add to that a $1 billion deficit left from the current budget year, and lawmakers face a deficit of $6.5 billion.



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