Years ago for Sunday, Mar 11, 2012

March 8, 2012 at midnight
Updated March 7, 2012 at 9:08 p.m.


Mar. 11 - Miss Rose Craven, Victoria's popular and up-to-date milliner, is holding her opening today. She has on display a grand array of the season's most stylish hats, including many important models, which are proving a source of great admiration to the fair sex who are thronging her store today.

Mar. 15 - County Attorney R.L. Daniel and City Attorney J.L. Dupree have notified the moving picture theatre managers of Victoria to have no more shows on Sundays. The picture men are undecided yet whether they will obey the order or not. It has met with widespread disapproval, and is looked upon generally as an unjust discrimination and utterly uncalled for. Many citizens declare that if the Sunday law, with all its unjust and extreme restrictions, is to be enforced, for which they see absolutely no necessity in Victoria, it should be enforced without fear or favor.

Mar. 16 - The moving picture managers have decided to keep their theatres open on Sundays, regardless of the orders of the county and city attorney to the contrary. The ticket windows, however, will be closed, but a free will offering will be received. With the theatres conducted in this manner, the attorney advising the managers holds that the law will not be violated.

Mar. 17 - The managers of the Victoria Moving Picture Theatres at the last moment yesterday decided to obey the orders of the County Attorney Daniel and City Attorney Dupree against Sunday opening. The county attorney is said to have warned operator Otis Billings of the Princess Theatre that the operators and musicians of the theatres as well as the managers would be arrested for conducting public amusement on Sunday if the show ran, whether an admission price was charged or not. Mr. Daniel's alleged threat largely influenced the managers in their decision, although they should not have paid any heed to it.


Mar. 14 - Boasting a six-foot, nine-inch center to control the tipoff and a pair of sharpshooting youths to pour the leather into the basket, Coach Howard Johnson's Jacksonville Junior Jaguars here Saturday night defeated the Victoria Junior College, 46 to 27, to retain their championship of the Texas Junior College Conference.

Mar. 17 - The glee clubs of the Victoria Public Schools, boasting some 250 voices, will sing "The King Eternal," Easter Cantata, at Smith-Fischer Hall on Friday night of this week. The group attracted more than 1,000 people to their Christmas program in December. This number is expected to be doubled for Friday night's concert.


Mar. 11 - Linda Hanselka, 12-year-old 4-H Club girl, did it again Saturday, exhibiting the grand champion steer of the Victoria County 4-H and FFA Livestock Show for the second straight year. Her repeat performance occurred on a day on which the show broke all previous records for opening-day attendance and gave certain indication of setting a new mark for the three-day event sponsored by the Victoria Junior Chamber of Commerce. The pretty, blonde Linda, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Victor Hanselka of Victoria, won with her 943-pound Hereford calf, "Husky."


Mar. 12 - The Western Corp. of North America Wednesday entered a guilty plea in Victoria County Court-at-Law to seven of nine counts the oilfield service company had engaged in deceptive business practices by supplying substandard cement for casing oil and gas wells.

Rip Collins, attorney for Western, answered guilty to seven of nine counts in an agreed order before Court-at-Law Judge Jerry Garrett.

Western paid $5,000 in fines and $25,000 in restitution to the Attorney General's office to cover costs of investigation.

With admission of guilt, the Attorney General's office agreed that similar charges pending in Jackson, Fayette and Wharton counties will not be prosecuted.

Mar. 13 - The morning began like any typical March day at the nearby South Texas Nuclear Project, but the scene quickly changed shortly after 7:30 a.m. when tremors of an earthquake were reported.

It was the start of a mock disaster drill - not the real thing.

A second tremor supposedly shook the ground where STNP's twin reactors are located, triggering an automatic shutdown of the combined 2,500-megawatt nuclear plant.

The drill, which lasted until 3:20 p.m., went well according to Steven Leggett, a spokesman for Central Power and Light Co., one of the partners in the $5.49 billion project.

The test was conducted by Houston Lighting and Power Co., project manager. It was the final scheduled mock disaster until April 8 when a graded drill will be staged by the Federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

In the mock disaster, those conducting Wednesday's drill reported a radiation leak, to see how personnel at the plant site and support personnel outside the plant would react.

What was reported was detection of 7 milligrams radiation - about one-half the amount generated during a normal X-ray.



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