Rio Grande Herald (Rio Grande City, Tex.), Vol. 21, No. 48, Ed. 1 Thursday, December 7, 1972 Page: 1 of 24
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Vol. XXXI No. 48 Thursday, December 7, 1972
Rio Grande City, Texas
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It seems like a life time but, it was actually just a cou-
ple of years ago that a young man in this community was
charged with several charges from furnishing drugs to a
minor to statutory rape. To date that young man has not
come to trial.
We don't want to sound like we're crying for blood, but it
seems funny that some of our run-of-the-mill DWI's get
to trial before persons like this young man.
He laid around in the Starr County jail and finally got a
change of venue because of publicity, but he still has not
An Assistant District Attorney from Bexar County told
me recently that cases like this one come up almost week-
ly in Bexar County and that every drug case is tried within
Perhaps our local district attorney can turn the wheels of
justice and clear his docket every once in a while.
* * * * *
Ever wonder what ever happened to the case involvong
the two young local girls that were killed and dumped in
We have, and have been told that it's still pending . . .
perhaps with the new sheriff, the case will not remain
This will be Alex Gabert's last meeting as he steps out
of the school trustee post to take over duties of County
Gabert has done many things for the school and while we
did not agree with many of his directions, we commend
him for the many good steps he has taken for the school.
Perhaps one of Gabert's greatest efforts for the school
district was the seeking and acquiring of funds for the re-
construction of the burned auditorium, and of course, the
rehiring of Superintendent S.P. Cowan.
Now, the school board must decide who will fill out Ga-
bert's unexpired term.
Our only hope is that the board will choose an honest,
independent thinking, concerned resident of the district.
Please don't fill the vacancy with a 'Yes-Man' like the
water district did recently.
Local merchants are carrying "Shop Locally" slogans
in their ads from now on. The slogans are geared to make
local residents aware that most of the items that one
drives over. 100 miles to buy can be had right here in our
Shop locally, save a buck, save your car and help this
community grow ....
The Rio Grande City Independent School District has re-
ceived the accounting books that were requested by the U.
S. Federal Grand Jury earlier this year.
The books were requested by the Jury earlier this year
in connection with an investigation into federal programs
and their operation.
U.S. District Attorney Anthony J.P. Farris told the Her-
ald earlier this week that five more people will be called
before the grand jury's next meeting.
"We have returned the books because we completed that
facet of our investigation," Farris said.
The school district must now play catch-up according to
Jorge I. Guerra, district business manager. Many reports
and bills have not been done or paid because of the books
being with the federal jury.
"We want people to be a little more patient with us as
we mail their checks for services to the school as we com-
plete our catching-up," Guerra said.
You know many times we take the Rio Grande City Vol-
unteer Fire Department for granted .... but they are
there to serve when they are needed and unfortunately we
only call on them when we are in a bind.
We want to take this opportunity to commend the fire-
men of this community for the fine work they have pro-
See TELL, Page 4
Federal cul-back may
jeopardize local funds
Texas may lose half its pre-
vious federal allocation for aid
in building sewage treatment
plants, Gordon Fulcher, State
Water Quality Board chairman,
Fulcher said the cut could
"pull the rig out from under a
lot of Texas cities, many of
them little ones, and they are
going to suffer as a result."
The TWQB chairman pointed
to information from the
Environmental P rotecti on
Agency released Tuesday to
the eifect that Texas' share of
federal funding will drop from
$106.3 million to $55.42 million
for sewage treatment plant
construction in 1973. Federal
grants pay up to 75 per cent of
treatment plant costs under the
Texas is authorized to contract
for $83.1 million under the for-
mula under the new law for
fiscal 1974, Fulcher said.
"There is some possibility
that additional funds may be
released by EPA to any state.,
from funds available to other
states which are not used in
full, though this certainly is not
anything on which we could de-
pend," Fulcher stated. "When
you realize that Texas has ap-
proximately $150 million worth
of work ready to go now, it is
easy to see that the grant mon-
ies available to the state are
more than a little inadequate."
Federal allocations to states
have been based on population,
but now they will be based on
"water pollution control needs
in the context of a responsible
fiscal policy," Fulcher stated.
The TWQB chairman said
states which have moved
ahead aggressively with well-
developed programs for water
pollution control should get con-
sideration in allocations.
"I cannot see any measure of
fairness in cuttin appropria-
tions to Texas just when we are
so near the solution to a great
many of our problems," Ful-
Since federal funds have not
been a appropriated, Fulcher
said, construction must be
funded 100 per cent by local
governments or by the state
and local governments jointly,
with reimbursement to be
sought when federal money be-
"Construction of new and im-
proved sewage treatment plants
is so important to Texas that I
can't in any way underestimate
how much we need to move on,"
said Fulcher. "This means
more to the quality of the water
in our streams and lakes than
any other one thing."
Roma school head
under peace bond
Roma School District Super-
intendent Clearance Shelton was
placed under a $500 peace bond
by Justice of the Peace B.S.
Lopez after an incident at the
Roma High School gym.
Shelton, an educator for some
35 years faced JP Lopez Mon-
day morning for what the plain-
tiff Attorney Arnulfo Guerra
termed "a threat to his life
The incident occurred last
Thursday night after the
Brownsville Roma basketball
game. Guerra filed a comp-
laint with County Attorney John-
ny Pope III after Shelton alle-
gedly hit Guerra from behind
while leave the gym that even-
Guerra took the stand Mon-
day morning and told the court
that he and his wife were leav-
ing the gym after the game look-
ing for their young daughter
when he suddenly felt someone
hit him from behind causing to
stumble forward. He told the
court that when he looked back
he realized that the attack had
come from Shelton who was
immediately behind him.
"I asked him why he had done
it and he told me, what was I
going to do about it," Guerra
Guerra told the court that Shel-
ton then "squared-off" in a
fighting position as if daring
him to fight him (Shelton) but
Guerra refused demanding to
know why Shelton had pushed or
attacked him in the first place.
Guerra told the court that he
felt the attack was in his opin-
ion an effort to provoke him
into a public affray which would
ruin him. Guerra explained that
he was presently on probation
for a conviction on income tax
and was on probation for three
"I feel that had I gotten into
a fight with Mr. Shelton that I
would endanger my life and pro-
fession as this would be a direct
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Jaycees initiate first
RGC basketball tourney
"I feel that we have had a very productive year and this is one
way of closing the year with something extremely beneficial to
our youth and community "... with this J.D. Villarreal, presi-
dent of the Rio Grande City Jaycees announced that the Rio Grande
City Jaycees will host the first basketball tournament in Rio Gran-
de City's history.
The Rio Grande City Jaycee Basketball Tournament will be held
this Friday and Saturday with some ten teams participating in the
Preliminaries in the three division (Seventh, Eighth and Ninth
grades) will start at 10:30 a.m. Friday morning with finals in the
three divisions on Saturday at (5 p.m.
Trophies will be awarded to the first, second and consolation win-
ner in each division. Teams participating include, McAUen's Lin-
coln Jr. High both the Gold and Purple teams, Mercedes, Mission,
White and Maroon teams, Falfurrias, Jefferson and Rio Grande
City Red nd White teams.
The public is invited ;uid urged to support this project as the fu-
ture of the tournament will be determined by community support.
Ve want everyone to attend and help out not only local teams but
the tntir tournament," Villarreal said.
f!tournament '-nil be held at Rattler Gym.
Public meeting tonight 7:30
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Trejo, Raul. Rio Grande Herald (Rio Grande City, Tex.), Vol. 21, No. 48, Ed. 1 Thursday, December 7, 1972, newspaper, December 7, 1972; (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth194384/m1/1/: accessed July 25, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Rio Grande City Public Library.