Years ago for Sunday, May 19, 2013

May 16, 2013 at 12:16 a.m.


May 20 - Frank N. Fossati and daughter, Miss Josephine, left this morning for Galveston, where they will take passage on the Steamship Cassel for Europe. They will spend about four months abroad, confining their tour principally to points in Italy, Mr. Fossati's native land. Miss Marie Munch, of this city, will also sail for Europe on the Cassel.


May 22 - Residents and property owners in the East Rio Grande Boulevard area and immediate vicinity have taken it into their own hands to seek a remedy for the drainage problem in that section, according to petitions handed the city, county and State Highway Department. After each heavy rain the area is inundated to several feet in places and drainage is so bad that for a week or longer water is left standing over wide areas.

May 24 - V.T. Kallus has been selected by the Board of Trustees as vocational agricultural instructor at Patti Welder High School for next year, according to an announcement made today by Porter S. Garner, superintendent of schools.


May 21 - City Attorney Robert J. Seerden shifted from that post to Corporation Court judge during Monday's City Council meeting. He replaces Phillip Tibeletti, who was not present at the meeting but later told a reporter in a telephone conversation that his resignation was due to the press of private business. City manager John Lee announced he will appoint Argyle McLachlan to the vacated City Attorney post effective Tuesday. Also during the one-hour session the council voted that "an ordinance be drawn up" changing the time of council meetings from 5 o'clock Monday afternoon to 7:30 p.m. each first and third Monday evening in order to be more convenient for "taxpayers" who might want to attend.

May 23 - The unusual circumstances of a scholastic tie score - even when carried to the third decimal place - will leave Victoria College with two valedictorians and no salutatorian for the institution's 38th annual commencement exercises at 8 p.m. Friday in Baptist Temple. When final grade point averages were figured Thursday, both Carolyn Patricia Liford and Ronald M. Sawey emerged with marks of 2.903, a situation which Dean John W. Stormont said could only result in their being named co-valedictorians. Miss Liford, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Hubert Liford of Victoria, is a secondary education major, editor of the Pirate yearbook and a member of the Methodist Student Movement, German Club and the Texas Student Education Association. She plans to attend the University of Texas. Sawey, son of Mr. and Mrs. M.T. Sawey of Victoria, is a math major who was selected as one of the sophomore class favorites and who is a member of the Science Club, college Forum and Association of College Christians. He plans to attend the University of Texas also.


May 19 - The head of the city's engineering department said there really is no veil of mystery surrounding the way in which speed limits are set in Victoria.

"It's real simple, what we do," Director of Engineering Edward Menville said. "We use an accepted procedure for determining what the appropriate speed limit should be."

He said city officials start out by using a radar gun to check the speeds of 100 vehicles at a selected location. Menville said the speeds may be checked for vehicles traveling in both directions or for those traveling in just one direction.

The number of vehicles checked is totaled and a cumulative percentage for each speed measured is calculated. The speeds and percentages are then graphed.

Menville said the speed limit is then determined by looking at the graph to find the speed corresponding to the 85 percentile level. In other words, 85 percent of the drivers were traveling at that speed or less, while 15 percent would be driving in excess of that level.

Menville said setting the speed limit very much below the 85 percentile level amounts to creating a speed trap.

May 25 - Edith Barnhart, head of the science department at Victoria High School, was named Victoria's Teacher of the Year Thursday.

Ms. Barnhart, a 24-year veteran of the Victoria High faculty, won congratulations and praise at the Victoria school trustees' session Thursday in a crowded Education Center board room.

Known as a mentor to aspiring scientists and a coach for Academic Decathlon teams and other science-oriented academic projects, Ms. Barnhart was chosen for her professional development, civic service, teaching philosophy and her service to education.



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