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2009-09-17 11:34:00

Victoria Advocate Reports on Global Construction WASHINGTON, Sept. 17 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- An American construction company has begun a massive construction project in Cogo, Equatorial Guinea reported the Victoria Advocate Wednesday. The Advocate, Texas' second oldest newspaper, reported Wednesday morning that the Victoria-based Roth Construction is set to build the "presidential library and conference center for President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo." According to the Advocate,...

2008-08-06 12:00:26

By Tara Bozick, Victoria Advocate, Texas Aug. 6--A nuclear plant wouldn't come to town without the assurance of a water supply, Exelon Nuclear staffers said. But that didn't stop residents from asking who would pay in the event of a worst-case scenario drought. Exelon met with business owners, community leaders and residents Tuesday morning at the Victoria Partnership meeting at 700 Main Center because of concerns there wasn't enough water for the project. "The issue always has...

2008-07-29 18:00:43

By Rubi Reyes, Victoria Advocate, Texas Jul. 29--Substitute teacher Roxanne Torres is getting a little help in her quest to become a teacher. The University of Houston-Victoria recently received a $492,672 grant that will help teacher's aides and long-term substitutes, like Torres, become teachers. The three-year grant from the Greater Texas Foundation will fund UHV's Access to Success program. The program provides scholarships, tuition and books to area school district employees...

2008-07-29 12:01:18

By David Tewes, Victoria Advocate, Texas Jul. 29--Victoria County could be involved in a power struggle by the end of the year. But officials said it's a struggle that will only benefit the taxpayers by cutting the county's cost for electricity to power county buildings. "There is no doubt in my mind we will be able to save money," County Judge Don Pozzi said. "I can't give you a figure until I see what the rate is." The commissioners court voted in May to begin withdrawing from the...

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...

2008-07-22 18:00:55

By Victoria Advocate, Texas Jul. 22--With an update due at 4 p.m. by the National Weather Service but in advance of the Tropical Storm Dolly Gov. Rick Perry has issued a disaster declaration for 14 South Texas counties according to a news release. The counties are: Aransas, Bexar, Brooks, Calhoun, Cameron, Hidalgo, Jim Wells, Kenedy, Kleberg, Nueces, Refugio, San Patricio, Victoria and Willacy. The declaration allows the state to send emergency resources to the areas in the storm's path....

2008-07-22 06:00:27

By Tara Bozick, Victoria Advocate, Texas Jul. 22--REFUGIO --The 3,400-acre ranch never received this much attention. University students, high school interns and researchers spent months staking out various plants and wildlife habitat at Fennessey Ranch in anticipation of a cutting-edge hyperspectral flyover on Thursday. Brien O'Connor Dunn's ranch comprises the most biodiversity in the Crossroads area because of a conservation easement on the property. So, that site and others in the...

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 12:00:07

By Jim Bishop, Victoria Advocate, Texas Jul. 13--Ah, how skillful grows the hand that obeyeth love's command! ...And he who followeth love's behest far excelleth all the rest. I have to go back a long way to recall the first time I met Dr. Michael DeBakey. It was in the halls of The Methodist Hospital in the wee hours of the morning. It was more than 40 years ago, and I was a thoroughly intimidated young reporter of 23 or so, standing as I was in the presence of perhaps the most...


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conjunto
  • A style of popular dance music originating along the border between Texas and Mexico, characterized by the use of accordion, drums, and 12-string bass guitar and traditionally based on polka, waltz, and bolero rhythms.
The word 'conjunto' comes through Spanish, from Latin coniūnctus, past participle of coniungere, to join together; see conjoin