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2008-07-29 12:00:57

By David Tewes, Victoria Advocate, Texas Jul. 29--There was no fanfare Monday when the commissioners court approved plans to seek bids to replace water and sewer lines at Victoria's airport. But County Judge Don Pozzi said it was a step in preparing for growth at the Victoria Regional Airport. "All of those lines out there are very, very old," he said. "We've had considerable problems with them over the last several years." The Victoria Regional Airport Commission agreed Thursday to...

2008-07-25 15:00:50

By David Tewes, Victoria Advocate, Texas Jul. 25--Victoria's air traffic controllers are ready to take on the dual role of guiding aircraft near the airport while keeping an eye on the weather. The six controllers have received federal certification in both areas in preparation for taking control of the local airspace next month. "Those are very important steps that had to happen for the tower to be fully operational," Airport Manager Larry Blackwell said. Jack Lill, air traffic...

2008-07-15 06:00:44

By David Tewes, Victoria Advocate, Texas Jul. 15--A three-county effort to get grant money to study damaging and prolonged flooding on the Guadalupe River drew support Monday. "I believe this fresh look into this will be refreshing," said community activist Kenneth Schustereit. "Thousands upon thousands of acres down there are fallow today." Schustereit, speaking during a commissioners court meeting, blamed the fallow land on extended flooding that deposits silt and makes otherwise...

2008-07-14 06:00:00

By David Tewes, Victoria Advocate, Texas Jul. 14--The cause of prolonged, damaging floods on the Guadalupe River has sparked heated debates for years. But Victoria County is heading up a three-county effort to get grant funding it hopes will provide answers that will end the debate and provide a solution. "This will be one of the most important studies we do," said Wayne Dierlam, a Victoria County commissioner. Other counties participating are Refugio and Calhoun. Landowners have...


Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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