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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...

2008-07-10 06:00:00

For a fast-moving water system, the Edwards Aquifer provides plenty of water when the rain falls. But in times of drought, the health of humans and endangered species hangs in the balance. That's why those with the Edwards Aquifer Recovery Implementation program have been working the past six months with a sense of urgency to devise a water management solution, program director Robert Gulley of San Antonio said. Stakeholders and federal and state agencies entered a memorandum of agreement...

2008-06-30 18:02:40

By BJ Lewis, Victoria Advocate, Texas Jun. 30--Classic rock of the future is what Rod Black calls the sound that he and fellow members of Jet Black Stare will bring to the Riverside Convention Center. Also playing the Thursday show will be Endeverafter with Shinedown headlining the show. Opening for the show is a challenge Black and the band welcome every night. "We know we're the opening act, we try to not run over time, we have 30 minutes and we play with our heart and soul," Black...

2008-06-30 06:02:23

By Tara Bozick, Victoria Advocate, Texas Jun. 30--GREEN LAKE --A floating green mass threatened to block the passage of the delta landowner's boat down river. "Here's another blockage," Gene Colville said, pointing at the 120 feet of growth spreading across the Guadalupe River from both banks. "We'll just try to ease and push our way through it." The driver slowed the boat as it pushed through the tangled water hyacinth --a South American native invading Texas' waters. "This would...

2008-06-20 06:00:28

By Christina Burke, Victoria Advocate, Texas Jun. 20--GOLIAD --A Rockport man is wanted in connection with a copper theft ring operating in Goliad County. Alton Todd Lockaby, 21, listed as the county sheriff's department's most wanted man, is on the run, Sheriff Robert De La Garza said. He is wanted in connection with organized crime for burglary and theft of thousands of dollars' worth of copper, brass and other valuable metals. The thefts occurred over a period of many months...

2008-06-18 06:00:10

By Victoria Advocate, Texas Jun. 18--The Victoria Bach Festival returns June 15-20 and tickets are now on sale for performances throughout the week. The line-up includes classical guitarist Paul Galbraith, Grammy-winning vocalist Cynthia Clawson, violin concertos by Bach and Vivaldi, and Eric Clapton songs performed on the harpsichord by artistic director Craig Hella Johnson, according to a Bach Festival news release. The festival culminates with a performance of Giuseppe Verdi's...

2008-06-14 18:00:00

By Allison Miles, Victoria Advocate, Texas Jun. 14--More than half of area residents surveyed favor a proposed nuclear energy plant coming to Victoria County, according to a Nuclear Energy for Texans poll. The organization, a group dedicated to raising awareness about nuclear energy's benefits, found 52 percent of the 601 respondents favored a build in the area. In December, Exelon Nuclear selected Victoria County as the primary site for a proposed nuclear plant. The company is...

2008-03-11 06:00:25

By Victoria Advocate, Texas Mar. 11--A 38-year-old Brazoria County man is dead in what police are calling an accidental drowning Saturday in Port O'Connor. Michael Robert Chaney and two friends were visiting at Sunday Beach on the day of the incident. Plans were to fish that night, B.B. Browning, Calhoun County sheriff, said. "They anchored their boat off the shore in knee-deep water in case the tide went out," he said. At about 8:15 p.m., the sheriff's office dispatch got a call...

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2007-09-06 06:10:00

By Tara Bozick, Victoria Advocate, Texas One way to reduce the amount of plastic in our landfills might be to reuse plastic bottles, but that option carries its own health concerns. Some are concerned a reused bottle may leach chemicals into the water. Any risk at this point is theoretical, said Dr. Martin Lorin, pediatrician at Texas Children's Hospital in Houston and professor of pediatrics for Baylor College of Medicine. Because humans have not been tested or researched in this area, no...

2007-01-28 21:00:27

By Barry Halvorson, Victoria Advocate, Texas Jan. 28--EAST BERNARD -- After years of dealing with twin daughters with cancer and associated financial problems, Monica Kubena is still bowled over at living a life most people would call normal. "Never in a million years did I think it could be this way," she said. "I still can't get totally comfortable with normal and there is still the anxiety that something might happen. A year ago we were in dire straits both in terms of money and...


Word of the Day
callithump
  • A somewhat riotous parade, accompanied with the blowing of tin horns, and other discordant noises; also, a burlesque serenade; a charivari.
'Callithump' is a back-formation of 'callithumpian,' a 'fanciful formation' according to the Oxford English Dictionary. However, the English Dialect Dictionary, says 'Gallithumpians' is a Dorset and Devon word from the 1790s that refers to 'a society of radical social reformers' or 'noisy disturbers of elections and meetings.'
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