2012 marred by deaths from vehicle wrecks
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• Stripes purchased the remainder of the former Refugio Middle School.

• EOG receives its first sand shipment from Wisconsin for use in fracking at the Eagle Ford Shale play.

• Southcross announces it will construct a second plant in Refugio County.

• Three Refugio Bobat football players, Travis Quintanilla, Lynx Hawthorne and Donald Trevino were named MaxPreps All-Americans.

• Former Refugio resident Christine Paredes Naranjo, 88, was murdered in her home in Corpus Christi by teens who robbed Naranjo.


• Woodsboro takes down its oldest water tower.

• Refugio Bobcats order State Championship rings with 41 stones representing a perfect season of 41 wins by the entire football program.

• Local pilot and former airport manager, Hans Vandervlugt, 75, was killed in a Colorado plane crash.

• Bobcat All-State and All-American wide receiver Lynx Hawthorne was named the Class 2A Player of the Year by Lone Star Gridiron and by Dave Campbell’s Texas Football Magazine.


• Local dentist Dr. J. Tim Rainey and a team of dental hygienists take dental treatment to the under-served residents of Belize.

• Bobcats Cory Brown, Donald Trevino and Justin Padilla signed letters of intent to attend Sul Ross University in Alpine on football scholarships.

• Refugio hosts its second Texas Independence Wine Classic in Heritage Park.

• The town of Woodsboro announces its first drop in arsenic levels since installing a water filtering system.

• Kodye Neel, 12, won her third grand championship steer at the Refugio County Livestock show.

• Ruben Ortiz, 37, of Refugio suffered broken ribs and a bruised lung and was trapped for an hour and 30 minutes following a wreck in the TxDOT dump truck he was driving.


• Teens throw homemade incendiary device near a Refugio home, scaring the neighborhood residents who believed shots were being fired.

• Woodsboro hires coach Wade Miller as its new athletic director.

• Timothy Gloria, of Refugio was selected as Corpus Christi ISD’s Elementary Teacher of the Year.

• Lady Eagle Kasie Fierova qualified to compete at state in golf for the fourth straight year. This year the Lady Eagle golf team qualified as well.

• Refugio athletes Megan Shaw, Logan Myers and Marcus Thompson qualify to compete at the state track meet.

• The Refugio County Press won 10 awards in the South Texas Press Association’s annual contest.


The grand jury indicted three Mexican Mafia members for attempted murder. The three were charged with allegedly beating a 27-year-old man and leaving him for dead.

• Max Garcia, 42, of Woodsboro was flown by air ambulance to Corpus Christi after the foreman of grain operations lost his leg in an auger at the Woodsboro Co-Op.

• Heather Belle Solansky received a service puppy that will help the 8-year-old control her juvenile type 1 diabetes.

• Former Police Chief Chris Brock’s trial begins in Victoria for misappropriation of confiscated drug money.

• The Refugio County Press wins the sweepstakes award from the Texas Gulf Coast Press Association.

• Former Police Chief Chris Brock pleaded guilty and was sentenced to three years in prison for misusing confiscated drug forfeiture money.


The newest water well in Woodsboro was shut down after every solution suggested by the town’s engineers failed to work.

• Brandi Irene Odom, 37, of Corpus Christi, was killed at the slough just south of Bayside in a fiery head-on collision with a tow truck.

• The county announced three dialysis patients would be dropped from the county transportation service at the end of September.

• Late notices to remind Refugio water customers to pay their bills will no longer be sent.


Timoteo Rivera, 43, of Gregory was killed in a mowing accident on Suntide Road just south of Refugio.

• Zachary Edwards, 30 of Refugio was charged with DWI following a fiery head-on collision on FM2678 with a semi cab and trailer the flipped on its side, caught fire and trapped the driver who suffered burns. His passenger cut him loose from his seat belt.


• Maricela Hernandez of Refugio was crowned queen of the 53rd annual Feria de las Flores.

• Adolfo Garza of Corpus Christi suffered severe burns after the 18-wheeler sand truck he was driving crashed through a bridge and plunged over the side before bursting into flames on Hwy. 202.

• Elaine Henning of Refugio was appointed county treasurer following the retirement of Louise Null Aduddell.

• Morris Donald “Bubba” Clawson, 46, of Bayside died of head stroke after he was found lying on a road at Mission River Oaks.

• Arsenic levels were reported up in Woodsboro, exceeding the state guidelines for municipal water supplies.

• Cederic Justice, 27 of Houston was killed in a one-vehicle accident on U.S.77 after he is believed to have fallen asleep.

• The town of Bayside was under federal investigation after a load of concrete was dumped over the bluff to control erosion; however, the concrete did not comply with the rules set by the Army Corps of Engineers.

• The Dennis M. O’Connor Public Library celebrated its 50th anniversary.

• Shanna Niemann of Refugio was named manager of the Groundwater Conservation District.


• A case of road rage was blamed for the death of Leon Dale Buff, a 51-year-old Corpus Christi man on U.S.77.

• Joe Arredondo III was hired as Refugio County’s new economic development director.

• One to three million gallons of water were accidentally drained from the water tower and flowed into the Mission River during the Labor Day weekend.

• Navy Petty Officer Pablo Lara participated in 9-11 ceremonies aboard a ship forged of steel from the World Trade Center.

• Gabriel Whittaker, 37, of Tivoli was at large for several days before he turned himself in after he destroyed his family home.


• The Refugio Sheriff’s Department recovered $133,140 in suspected drug money stashed in an 18-wheeler hauling frozen hog fat to Mexico.

• The town of Bayside completed a $50,000 Community Development Block Grant under the Texas Disaster Recovery Program for shoreline erosion control.

• Former coach Gerald Hesseltine of Refugio retired after 39-years in business as a State Farm agent.

• Just under 700 people attended the annual health fair at Refugio Memorial Hospital.

• Roxanna Leal, 24 of Beeville was killed and David Noel Leal, 22, was in critical condition following a one vehicle rollover on FM 2441.

• Phillips Darrel Chilton, 52, of Refugio was killed in a motorcycle crash on Hwy. 202.

• Housing was deemed the top priority by Joe Arredondo II, the director of the economic development foundation.

• The Woodsboro Eagles ended a 24-year state-playoff drought by winning the bi-district and area championship.

• Defending state champions, the No. 1 ranked Refugio Bobcats is defeated by East Bernard 54-23. East Bernard went on to win the state championship.

• Celestina Hinojosa, 70, of Woodsboro was seriously injured in a three-vehicle crash on U.S. 77.

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