Years ago for Sunday, Feb 10, 2013

Feb. 7, 2013 at midnight
Updated Feb. 6, 2013 at 8:07 p.m.


Feb. 14 - The Victoria Civic Association is offering four prizes for compositions on "How Best We Entice the Mocking Bird, Red Bird and Other Song Birds to Come Back to Our Home Trees to Build, Live and Sing." The contest is open to school children of Victoria County between the ages of 12 and 16 years, inclusive. The prizes will be $5, $2.50, $1.50 and $1 in cash.

Feb. 16 - School Superintendent Page has added an agricultural and horticultural department to the Victoria Public Schools. Every day about 50 to 75 pupils with their hoes go to the lot near his home (which he has plowed and prepared expressly for this purpose) and work the soil. Each child drew his allotted space to cultivate. The object is to teach them how to plant and cultivate a garden. A medal will be awarded for the best plot. Much emulation exists among the participating students.


Feb. 11 - Construction of the new warehouse for the State Highway Department, located near the poor farm on the Victoria-Hallettsville highway, is now underway with occupancy of the new building slated within the near future.


Feb. 12 - Nine Nazareth Academy students have been initiated as members of the National Honor Society on the basis of several qualifications including an average scholastic record of 85 or better. They are Glenda Williams, Margaret Yeary, Sandra Zatopek and Shirley Kruppa, juniors, and Alice Briones, Patty Seger, Judy Hensley, Diana Talafuse and Charlotte Brown, sophomores.

Feb. 13 - Before approximately 1,700 basketball fans, Coach Jack Cook's Victoria Stingarees whipped the Carroll Tigers, 42-30, to win the North Zone championship in District 14-AAAA here last night. Mike Moses again sparked the Victoria attack, dropping in 18 points. Chet Cook scored 11. Clifton Huebner hit four field goals, Charles Heger teamed with Cook in providing great defensive play under the backboard, and Fidel Padilla was a splendid and valuable courtman.

Feb. 15 - The Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority board of directors last Thursday in a meeting at New Braunfels reelected Frank G. Guittard, Victoria attorney, as board chairman for his fourth consecutive year by unanimous vote.


Feb. 10 - With 10,000 to 12,000 budgeted positions for nurses in Texas unfilled, Victoria College and the Job Training Partnership Act have launched a recruitment drive in an attempt to put a small dent in the nursing shortage.

"While there is a shortage of nurses, the quality of care is not being jeopardized," emphasized Marilyn Morris, director of the Associate Degree Registered Nursing Program at Victoria College.

"There are a number of budgeted positions that are going unfilled right here in Victoria," she said.

She pointed out that nursing has traditionally been dominated by women, although many men have entered the career field.

"Since women's lib, women are entering other professions," she said.

Each fall, the Victoria College nursing school inducts 60 students in the two-year associate's degree program.

Robb Overby, Texas Employment Commission JTPA placement officer, said a recruitment program is under way looking for qualified candidates for the nursing school.

If candidates qualify for JTPA, the program will pick up the entire cost - tuition, books and fees. The student must maintain a minimum 2.0 grade point average to stay in the program.

Feb. 16 - Those who don't strap themselves and their children in next time they take a drive through the city had better be prepared to pay the price.

On a split vote Monday, the Victoria City Council agreed to accept a $25,058 grant from the state for a program aimed at getting tough with those not complying with safety restraint laws.

The money will come from the Texas Department of Highways and Public Transportation, which will reimburse the city for 100 percent of its costs up to the contract amount.

Council Member Delton Ashley made the motion to accept the funding, and Mayor Pro Tem Joe Pena seconded it.

It passed 4-2, with members Gary Breech and Jo Anne Martin voting against the measure. Mayor John Blackaller did not vote, but Pena, Ashley, Steve Jones and Harold Cobler voted for it.

Breech and Mrs. Martin said the grant is a waste of money and could be better spent in other, more critical areas of law enforcement.

"This is the most asinine thing I've ever seen," Breech said. "I can't believe we're going to pay our off-duty officers to write tickets to people who don't buckle their seat belts."

Breech added it upsets him to see the state has enough extra money for this type of program when police departments really need cash for such things as drug prevention.

Mrs. Martin supported Breech and said she thought the state was having problems keeping its budget in the black, yet it has money for this type of program.

Police Chief Jeryl Talley successfully defended the program, saying officers can't enforce some laws and neglect others. But he said there are other factors to consider as well.

"We're not just talking about fatalities; we're talking about injuries," he said. "Injuries impact on you and me through higher premiums due to losses."



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