Rio Grande Herald (Rio Grande City, Tex.), Vol. 21, No. 29, Ed. 1 Thursday, July 20, 1972 Page: 1 of 20
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SERVING STARR COUNTY FOR SO YEARS
TPA AWARD WINNING NEWSPAPER
Vol. XXI 29 Thursday
July 20, 1 f>72
Itio (>rnnde City, Texas
Court battles always cost money, hip: money and
sometimes they even cost friendships . ..in this par-
ticular one, they cost a commissioner's court post
. . . the loser was J.M. Longoria.
Despite all the one-sided rulings by Judge (?) O.P.
Carrillo, Hector Lozano was declared the winner in
the race for commissioner from precinct three . . .
When we first endorsed Lozano we told you that Lo-
zano was change and we did not discount the fact that
Lozano was being groomed for the post by the now
fractured party, but that Lozano was change ... he is
young, has fresh ideas and he'll even get on the gra-
ders to do some of the streets .. . work is no stranger
to Lozano . . . being dragged into court to prove
something the people already know is not his bag . . .
he's a winner and the people know it.
I have always contended that Longoria was destined
to the pasture where all the retired twenty-year plus
politicians are destined to go. Longoria did not feel he
was ready and armed with his attorney he went to
court to fight the "corrupt, voting fraud, scheme" that
had defeated him . . . funny old Longoria used to win
with the absentee ballot which he now contended was
polluted with people that were illegal voters.
Well, people of precinct three . . . you have a new
commissioner and he will serve you well . . . just do
one thing . . . remind yourself not to keep him twenty
years . . . they get sour after a while . . . age brings
that "I want to serve the people" attitude down and
the "What's in it for me" attitude sets in ... .
The Ortiz* need help . . .
The Armando Ortiz family had their home com-
pletely destroyed by fire. Their home and belongings
were completely destroyed and several persons are
taking up .collections to help this family.
Mr. and Mrs. Ortiz have three children, three boys,
one and a half, three and a half and five years old.
Anyone wishing to make a contribution, either fi-
nancial clothing or food, may call 487-3430, 487-
3731 or 487-3759, or may deliver the goods to the post
office in Garciasville.
Judge(?) Carrillo, 'enselTo la oreja', in his rulings
during the Longoria versus Lozano election contest.
Many little things made a difference in the way the
trial was conducted. Ramey would ask for a recess
and he'd get two or three days, Pope would ask for a
recess while witnesses drove from McAllen to Rio
Grande City, and Carrillo would gripe about the attor-
ney not being ready. After the judge (?) left the bench
he'd huddle in his office with Ramey and Longoria for
hours . . .
You'd think he would learn from the fact that the
faction which he hopes to promote is dying and that
his actions are not in the best interest of the people
. . . but then what would Carrillo know about the best
interest of the people . . . maybe that racket the fed-
erals are making in his home county will make a
believer out of him.
High School Band Director Henry Rodriguez tells us
that he has turned in his resignation from the position
with the local district.
Rodriguez, who came here from Weslaco's Mary
Hoege Junior High, took the band to an unprecedented
first place ratings in UIL competition and PigskinJu-
bilee competition. Many of his students were selected
to the all-state band. Under Rodriguez and David Sil-
va the beginners program was established and the Ju-
nior High participated in UIL and well as Pigskin com-
See TELL, Page G
NEW AUDITORIUM — School Trustees HebertoBarrera and Alex W. Gabert stand proudly
at the entrance of the burned-out auditorium which was destroyed by fire some years ago.
Barrera and Gabert along with Superintendent of School S.P. Cowan have actively sought
funds for the reconstruction of the auditorium. Tuesday the two trustees and the Herald
were advised that the Economic Development Agency had just approved some $240,000.00
for it's reconstruction. Construction is to begin immediately and local labor will be used
in it's reconstr otion. Gabert said "We have a lot of people to thank for their help in
making this thing come throue' and I am sure that the people and students of Rio Grande
City will deeply appreciate this auditorium when it is completed. (Herald Photo by Raul
'Duke Of Duval'
Federal Grand J ury
After hearing more than eight
hours of testimony Tuesday, a
federal grand jury was to re-
convene today for an apparent
probe in connection with
George "Duke of Duval" Parr,
a veteran South Texas political
Although federal attorneys
declined to comment on the
case, the investigation
evidently has been under way
Court papers indicate it in-
volves Parr, longtime political
boss of Duval County (San
Diego), and at least two other
persons, Lou Powell of San
Grulla Mayor Hector Lozano
was finally declared the winner
of the commissioners post from
Lozano had won the primary
elections May 6 but his oppo-
nent incumbent J.M. Longoria
filed an election contest claim-
ing that some of the people that
voted in the election were not
Lozano had originally won
with 319 votes in precinct eight,
177 in precinct nine and 194
absentee votes. Longoria polled
295 in eight, 224 in nine and 121
in the absentee. Lozano had 690
to Longoria's 640. In the re-
count, Lozano ended upwithtwo
more making it 692 and Lon-
goria picked up one vote for
Nine days of trial with Glenn
Ramey representing Longoria
and John Pope III representing
Lozano the judge O.P. Carrillo
threw out some 71 votes. Of the
votes ditched, four did not vote
for anyone, 44 were Lozano's
and 23 were Longoria's.
Lozano was declared the win-
ner with 648 votes to Longoria's
Diego and Bryan Taylor.
One witness appearing Tues-
day was identified as Laura
Taylor, sister of Bryan Taylor,
school superintendent at San
Sources said she was granted
immunity before the grand
jury. Federal attorneys would
not discuss the matter since
grand jury proceedings are se-
As Tuesday's session drew to
a close, two cardboard
boxes, apparently containing
documents related to the inves-
tigation, were brought into the
grand jury room.
In an interview Tuesday, a
lawyer representing two of the
grand jury witnesses disputed a
claim the government made at
a court hearing last week.
Asst. U.S. Atty, John Clark
successfully argued at the hear-
ing that the government needed
the records held by the First
State Bank of San Diego, Texm
Clark said the government
originally tried to obtain
Benavides, Tex., school dis-
tricts and the Duval County
Conservation and Reclamation
See DUKE, Page 7
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Trejo, Raul. Rio Grande Herald (Rio Grande City, Tex.), Vol. 21, No. 29, Ed. 1 Thursday, July 20, 1972, newspaper, July 20, 1972; (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth194364/m1/1/: accessed February 20, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Rio Grande City Public Library.