Rio Grande Herald (Rio Grande City, Tex.), Vol. 35, No. 74, Ed. 1 Thursday, February 12, 1981 Page: 1 of 12
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* * * * RIO GRANDE * * * *
E R A L
March 15 Deadline
Set For Summer
Manuel A. Arredorido, Texas Department
of Human Resources Regional Ad-
ministrator, reminds interested parties that
In order to participate in the Summer Food
Service Program for children, the food
service management companies must be
registered with the Texas Department of
Arredorido says the deadline for sub-
mitting an application for registration is
March 15, 1981. Organizations that have
participated in the Texas program in the
last two (2) years will be mailed Application
for Registration forms automatically.
Others interested should contact Mr. Wayne
Kuykendall, Texas Department of Human
Resources, Food Services Division, P.O.
Box 2960, Austin, Texas 78769. or call (512)
835-0440, extension 2243.
At a special meeting of the Starr County
Hospital District held Jan. 26, F rancisco
Garza, Chairman of the Board resigned
effective immediately due to pressing
business. With regrets the resignation was
Garza had been Chairman of the Board of
the Starr County Hospital District since 1975
and was the only Chairman of the Hospital
District since its opening in 1975.
Upon recommendation Lino Perez, Jr. of
Rio Grande City was appointed to fill the
unexpired term of Mr. Garza. In other
action the Board reviewed the visiting
policies of the Hospital District and
established that visitation periods for
patients were to be followed with the hours
of; 10:30 a.m -9 p.m. with the exception of
those patients in the Special Care unit those
patients will be permitted One (1) visitor at
a time for a five (5) minute period per hour.
In other action the Board reviewed the
contract of the Administrator William B.
Starr County Awarded
$2,214,000 HUD Grant
Starr County Judge Bias Chapa and the Precinct No. 4; Rodrigo Palacios,
County Commissioners were informed by representing County Precinct No. 2; Mrs.
U.S. Senator Lloyd Bentsen last week of Minnie G. Villarreal, representing County
having been awarded a $2,214,000 Non- Precinct No. 1; Mickey Longoria,
Metro Comprehensive Community representing the County Judge; Mrs. Helen
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Development Block Grant administered by
<). F. Guffey R eeeives Certificate
Guffey Honored For Services
Chief O.F Guffey attended a meeting at from which Chief Guffey received his 25
Texas A&M College January 10 in College year award; the Industrial; and the
Station. While there he was presented with Spanish-speaking fire school, which Chief
twenty-five year certificate by Cheif
Henry D. Smith.
The purpose of the meeting was to make
plans for the annual Texas Fireman's
Training School which is held each year in
Chief Guffey has been an instructor on fire
extinguishers for seventeen years and has
served the past eight years as Assistant
Texas A&M now has one of the largest and
finest Fire Schools in the world. The field
consists of 60 acres of projects, including a
refinery fire, ship fire, gasoline storage fire,
and a three story apartment building fire.
Texas A&M lias three Fire Fighting
schools during the summer, the Municipal
Guffey assisted in organizing some
fourteen years ago and of which he has been
an instructor and interpreter for the past
The awards meeting was held at A&M in
January with approximately 300 instructors
attending. Chief Guffey was presented his
25 year Instructor's Certificate by Chief
Henry D. Smith, who is Chief of the Texas
A&M Fireman's Training School.
There were 2,897 persons who registered
for the municipal school in 1980 and 546
persons who attended the Spanish School in
1980. There were 801 cities represented at
the municipal school and 139 cities
represented at the Spanish school.
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Abie-Bodied Face Food Stamp
Cutoff; Must Seek Employment
WASHINGTON — Able-bodied food stamp register for work to be called in to their state
recipients must active? < Veil for jobs or employment service-now identified as the
be dropped from the program under new job search in many states-for an interview
rules announced by the U.S. Departments of and job classification.
Agriculture and Labor
the Department of Housing Urban
Javier D. Margo, Starr County's Federal
Program Coordinator, stated that this grant
would be a three year program calling for
$738,000 per year.
The overall breakdown provides for
$876,000 for street improvements, $438,000
for utility adjustments, $400,000 for land and
park development, $125,000 for water plant
improvements, and $375,000 for a housing
Margo said that the implementation of
this project would be in the following target
area: South of First (Main) Street from the
water plant west to Garcia street; certain
areas north of fifth street.
In October, the Commissioners Court
named a Citizens Advisory Committee to
assist the Commissioners Court, the
Federal Program Coordinator, and Con-
solidated Engineers (Consultant for the
County) in preparing the grant application.
Margo stated the committee played an
extremely important role in formalizing this
The Committee, in conjunction with the
Commissioners Court, called for two public
hearings on Oct. 23 and 24, to discuss the
needs and priorities of all the areas of the
Members of the committee were Ruben
Saenz-Chairman, representing County
Gonzalez, representing County Precinct No.
3; and Alex Gabert as County Attorney.
After the two hearings, the committee made
their recommendations to the Com-
missioners Court and those recom-
mendations were accepted and used in the
County Judge Bias Chapa said, "I believe
this project will help to improve the quality
of life for the people in the target area of Rio
Grande City. We know the majority of our
residents in Starr County are at or below the
poverty level and I only hope and pray that
we can continue in acquiring grants for all
the areas in our county in order to eleviate
our economic situation."
"As County Judge, I am extremely
grateful to HUD for having awarded this
grant to our County. I am also grateful to
the Citizens Participation Committee. Mr-
Javier D. Margo, Federal Program Coor-
dinator, and all who assisted us in acquiring
this grant," Judge Chapa said.
RGC Gridder Signed
By A&I Javalinas
The Advisory Committees of the ESAA
Bilingual and Title VII Bilingual Programs
of the Rio Grande City Consolidated In-
dependent School District will hold their
monthly meeting on Monday, February 16,
1981 at 7 30 P.M., at the Multi-Purpose
Immediately fol nving the meeting there
will be a presentation given by Richard
Santos entitled Historia de Musica
All committee members are urged to
attend and the public is invited.
"Under the new regulations, people who
fail to look for a job on their own or who
don't report for the interviews at their state
employment office will find their households
dropped from the food stamp program for
two months," said Assistant Secretary of
Agriculture Carol Tucker Foreman.
State job service agencies will continue to
refer registrants to potential employers, but
now food stamp job seekers will also have to
supplement this service with their own
eight-week job search.
The new rules will establish as a standard
that work registrants contact up to 24
WESLACO—High school seniors desiring
KINGSVILLE — Three outstanding prep
players, including one from Rio Grande
High School, are the latest signees an-
nounced for the Texas A&I University
The signees are Abel Rodriguez, 6-0, 228-
pound guard from Rio Grande City High
School; Oscar Garcia, 6-0, 175-pound run-
ning back at Harlingen High School; and
Mark Meyer, 6-2,230-pound defeasive tackle
at Marine Military Academy in
Rodriguez has been All-District 16-AAAA
for three years, has been All-South Texas
two years and was on the All-Valley team
twice. He is president of the 4-H Club at Rio
Grande City High School and has held that
position two years. He is a member of the
Rio Grande City Future Farmers of
America parliamentary procedure team.
Garcia has been coached by Ruben
Elizarde and is the son of Mr. and Mrs.
Louis Garcia of Harlingen. Meyer has been
coached at MMA by Jim Morton and is the
son of Mr. and Mrs. Ed Tomchak of Garden
City, Kan. And Rodriguez has been coached
by Alex Leal and is the son of Mr. and Mrs.
Lazaro Rodriguez of Rio Grande City.
Garciahas been All-District 28-AAAAA for
three years, was All-Valley in 1978 and 1979,
and was on the All-South Texas team in 1978.
He rushed for over, 2,000 yards in his three
seasons and had 40 touchdowns.
Meyer led MMA in tackles last year with
80 and had 11 quarterback sacks. He was
named the most valuable defensive lineman
with the club, was a captain and has been a
track participant for four years. He also
holds two boxing letters.
Meyer was named to the Texas Football
magazine's Prep School All-Star team last
School Lunch Guidelines Revised
The Rio Grande City Consolidated In-
dependent School District is announcing
that recently enacted Federal legislation
to apply for a scholarship being offered by has revised the income eligibility standards
the Hidalgo-Starr A&M Club are advised to and procedures for school lunches, ac-
INCOME POVERTY GUIDELINES
JAN 1, SEPT. 30
do so as soon as possible
"The deadline is approaching when we
will need to make a decision," explained
cording to Dr. A. E. Garcia, Superintendent
Schools participating the National School
Those who are exempt from the work potential employers within the eight week
registration requirement are primarily the period, and also report back twice to their
elderly and disabled, those already employment counselors on progress made,
working, those respoasible for the care of Foreman said. Requirements for each
dependents or those already subject to work person's job search will depend on their
requirements under the unemployment individual circumstances and the
insurance or work incentive programs. availability of jobs in the community, as
The rules also require recipients who assessed by the job service counselor.
j.D. Selman, Jr., scholarship committee Lunch, Breakfast and Special Milk
chairman. The recipient will be presented Programs shall use the revised standards
during the traditional Aggie Muster ob- and procedures to determine a child's
servance Apr. 21 at the La Posada in eligibility of some children for free and
McAUen, he said. reduced-price meals.
Applications forms and further in- new Income Poverty Guidelines also
formation can be obtained from high school remove the hardship provisions previously
counselors or by contacting Selman at the allowed, and place a standard deduction
Research and Extension Center, 2401 E. int0 the new scales. Therefore, in deter-
$5,700 - 8,350
13.320 - 20,250
16,370 - 25,000
Hwy. 83, Weslaco.
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"The greatest of faults, I should say, is to be conscious
of none." Thomas Carlyle
Medical Director Named
For Retama Manor
ROMA DAIRY QUEEN FIRE—A fire in the kitchen area of the Dairy Queen In
Roma was quickly put out, although an automatic sprinkler system apparently
malfunctioned While fairly extensive in i he kitchen, damage was ma inly restricted to
the area in which the fire began Rio Gi ande City Volunteer Fire Department units
responded to the fire alarm Mot. ny morning. No injuries were reported (Herald
HOUSTON, Texas ... National Living
Centers, Inc., the parent company of
Retama Manor Nursing Home in Rio
Grande City, has announced the ap-
pointment of G. Juarez Reyna, M.D., as
Executive Medical Director.
The position is Reyna's first corporate
role; however, his experience in medicine is
extensive. Since 1977, Reyna has served the
Texas Department of Health as chief of the
Long Term Care Unit in the Corpus Christi
region. He also served the Department of
Public Welfare from 1974 to 1977.
Reyna has practiced medicine since 1942,
when he completed an internship at the
General Hospital of Mexico City and the-
requirements of the professional
examination. Since then, he has had private
practices in Mexico, Kansas City, and
This vast experience provides a solid
background for the many duties Reyna will
perform for National Living Centers. "We
feel that Dr. Reyna's expertise and
knowledge will contribute greatly to the
delivery of quality care to the residents of
our facilities," said Demeris Smith,
president of National living Centers, Inc.
Reyna will actively participate in the
further development of continuing
education programs for all corporate
consultants. In addition, he will act as the
company's liason to the medical community
and related professionals at state agencies.
He will serve as a general consultant on
"I am pleased that National Living
Centers has provided our facilty with a
The Rev James L. Gebhart of Rio Grande
City was presented the highest award given
by the Boy Scout Councils for distinguished
service to youth.
Gebhart was presented the Silver
Beaver Award" at the Rio Grande Council,
Boy Scouts of America Annual Recognition
and Awards Banquet held Saturday at the
Elks Ix>dge in Harlingen.
Over 200 Volunteers and Adult Scouters
were present at the banquet.
physician consultant. His geriatric ex-
perience will directly benefit all our
mining a child's eligibility, a school shall
compare the family's income to the
guidelines without allowing any hardship
The new law requires that each ap-
plication be examined and determination
made regarding eligibility for free and
reduced-price meals, based upon the new
The Rio Grande City Consolidated In-
residents, our employees, and our dependent School District will review and
professional staff," said Mrs. Addlespurger, applications on file in accordance with the
Regional Vice-President & administrator new guidelines, and will re-determine
Miss Edelmira Resendez. eligibility, according to Dr. A E. Garcia.
The family of each child whose eligibility
for program benefits is reduced or ter-
minated shall receive written advanced
notice of the reduction in benefits at least 10
days prior to the date of the reduction.
The charge for reduced lunches is $.10 and
for reduced-price breakfast it is also $ io
The full price charge for lunch is $.45 for
grades K-6 and $.50 for grades 7-12. The full
price charge for breakfast is $.25
If family income has changed since ap-
plications were filed at the beginning of the
school year, and parents or guardians wish
to re-apply, they may contact the school for
an application form.
NEW HOUSE OF RAPHAEi OPENS — Rio Grande City
Chamber of Commerce members held a ribbon cutting ceremony
to highlight grand opening activities for the new House of Raphael
restaurant, now located at 602 W. Main in what used to be the old
Catfish Inn building. Beautifully remodeled, the new House of
Raphael features a large meeting-banquet room as well as a
separate dining room. Mr and Mrs. Raphael Trevino, owners, say
outdoor service in a special patio area is another new featured
service planned to start this spring as the restaurant goes into its
eleventh year of business Pictured above, lett to right, at the
ribbon cutting are O.F Guffey; George Boyle; Mrs. Dorothy An-
derson; Raphael Trevino, owner; Stefan Trevino; Mrs. Maria
Elena Trevino, owner; Jesse Salazar; Yvonne Trevino; B.
Gutierrez; Mickey Longoria, president of the Chamber of Com-
merce; Ricardo Gutierrez; and Noe Sanchez. Not pictured were
Yvette Trevino, who was ill, and her brother Luis, who stayed with
her (Herald Photo)
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