Rio Grande Herald (Rio Grande City, Tex.), Vol. 36, No. 15, Ed. 1 Thursday, January 21, 1982 Page: 1 of 10
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, Inside Today's
Capital Highlight* P.6
Around Town I\2
San Isidro News P.6
Doing More P.8
"Time is the wisest counsel-
or of ?ll." Pericles
Thursday, January 21, 1982
Manuel P. Guillen Receives Outstanding Citizen Award
STOLEN GUNS RECOVERED Nine stolen guns were recently recovered when
Starr County Sheriff's Department made arrests for burglaries in the amount of
$4,000. I^alo Saenz, Dutch Piper and Lupe Marquez (1 to r) of the Sheriff's Depart-
ment worked together to solve the case, and display the result of their combined ef-
Solve Three Burglaries
Manuel P. Guillen was honored Saturday
night as Outstanding Citizen of the Year at
the annual Chamber of Commerce Awards
The presentation was made by Kodolfo
Cantu, president of the First National Bank
of Rio Grande Citv.
Leticia Trevino garnered honors as
Outstanding Student of the year and
received her award from Mandy Pena.
Outgoing Chamber president, Mickey
Longoria gave the President's award to the
Garden Club for its year round efforts to
promote beautification of the community.
Mrs. Rodolfo Resendez received the award
on behalf of the Garden Club.
Guillen is a Senior vice-president with the
First National Bank of Rio Grande City. He
has been involved in banking for 36 years.
Prior to becoming associated with the
National Bank, he had worked with the First
Guillen is a lifelong resident of Rio
Grande City. He was born and reared here,
the son of the late Mr. and Mrs.
Manuel T. Guillen.
A graduate of RGC High School, Guillen is
a veteran of World War II. His Army service
took him to Okinawa during the war.
He is married to Jane B. Guillen, and the
couple has one son, Steven Michael, and one
Guillen has always been community
oriented in his activities. He is president of
the Rotary Club and has served as finance
secretary for over 30 years, for the Knights
A prime interest for Guillen is youth
activities and he has been an a active
supporter of the Youth Fair, and associate
of the Rio Grande livestock Show in Mer-
cedes, and has served as a 4-H Adult leader.
Guillen has served as March of Dimes
chairman, assisted the Salvation Army and
Ms o been t "tiv ;n the Soil Conservation
program. Ht h .. consistently helped
Starr County Sheriff's Department in-
vestigators have recovered over $4,000
worth of stolen goods involved in three
recent buglaries and arrested one adult and
detained two juveniles in connection with
Arrested Monday and charged with theft
was Jose Luis Rivera, of 408 N. Texas.
Rivera was arraigned before Juctice of the
Peace Arnoldo Gonzalez Jr., who set bond at
One of the juveniles was charged with
burglary and the other youngster was
charged with theft.
According to the Sheriff's Department
report, Rivera allegedly bought nine rifles,
valued at $3,500, from the juveniles. A home
stereo, valued at $250, and a gold chain
necklace, valued at $550, were also among
Sheriff's Department investigators
Hilario Saenz Jr., Guadalupe Marquez and
Dutch Piper teamed to solve the burgalries,
all of which occured within a one month
lieriod and a three mile radius.
1' another case Monday, Sheriff's
Deputies arrested two juveniles and an
adult and charged them with attempted
burglary of a building.
At cording to the sheriff's Department
report, the trio was apprehended at about 10
p.m while attempting to break into
Nicomedes Pena and Sons store.
The two juvenile, were released to heir
Krasmo Garza was arraigned on ic
attempted burglary charge before justice of
the ' ace F.T. Howard, who set bond at
Nineteen persons were charged with a
variety of offenses over the three-day
weekend period, according to the Sheriff's
report. Sheriff's Deputies accounted for 13
of the weekend arrests, with Department of
Public Safety officers arresting four per-
sons and the Roma Police Department
Among the arrests were 11 public in-
toxication charges, five DWI charges and
four speeding charges.
Cancer Societ\ Seeks Volunteers
The transportation program of the
American Cancer Society looking for
volunteers, using their own cars, to provide
transportation to and from treatment
centers for cancer patients who otherwise
would not be able to receive needed care.
Mam cancer patients cannot afford
i oniiiierical transportation or do not have
family or friends to transport them to
treatment centers. This could be disastrous
for the cancer patient to miss treatments.
Call the American Cancer Society, at 682-
8320, and for information about the local
chapter of the American Cancer Society.
There will be a transportation training in
Harlingen, at the First Presbyterian
Church, Blume Hall (next to parking lot),
402 K. Jackson, Jan. 30. 9am -3:30 pm.
GARZA ANNOUNCES - Leonel Garza,
SFC (Ret.) off 100 VAlle St. in Rio Grande
City, who is currently Internal Auditor for
the Starr County Auditor's Office, lias an-
nounced that he will file as a candidate for
the County Treasurer's Office in the May
Democratic primary. Garza seeks the post
now held by J I). Villarreal. Garza, 52, is a
newcomer to the political arena, but cites
encouragement of friends and associates as
instrumental in making the decision to run.
He is a 1949 graduate of Rio Grande City
High School Upon graduation, he was
drafted in to the armed forces, where he
completed 24 years Garza served in tours of
Germany, Korea, Thailand, Okinawa and
Viet Nam. He is a recipient of two com-
mendation medals, served as instructor at
the Military Quartermaster School in Fort
Lee, Virginia and obtained his degree in
Military Science there during his last tour ot
duty. In Rio Grande City, Garza served as
ROTC instructor at the high school. He
obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in
business administration during this time
and also worked in the import export
Garza is active in the lion's Club, VFW,
Beef Syndicate, and Knights of Columbus
where he holds a 4th degree. He has also
been active in Little League, Quarterback
Club and Immaculate Conception P.T.O.
Garza is the son of the late Cruz Garza, Sr.
and Guadalupe Rodriguez Garza of l,os
Villarreales. He is the third son of a family
of thirteen children. He is married to the
former Felicia Garza daughter of the late
Fileinon Garza, Sr. and Guadalupe T. Garza
of Rio Grande City I'hey have three sons,
I>eo, Jr. Luis, and I .auro Guadalupe. "To the
many wonderful people who have offered
help and encouragement . my most sincere
thanks for helping me make a desision to b<
a candidate, 1 will try to communicate with
each and even voter of ;>tarr County, and
ask for their support for it is the voting
people who make the last decision", Garza
promote youth and agricultural activities
throughout the county. He is also a member
of the Immaculate Conception Catholic
Guillen said he was "surprised and
honored" to receive the award, and thanked
Rodolfo Cantu for making "a wonderful
presentation." He also expressed thanks to
the Chamber for selecting him for the honor,
as well as the community for making it
Leticia is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
Arturo Trevino, Jr. of Rio Grande City. She
is a senior at RGC High School, where she is
an A Honor Roll student and member of the
National Honor Society. I^eticia has played
the clarinet in the band for four years. She
is the band president and Drum Major for
the band this year.
I^eticia has won eight medals in ensemble
competition, has been a member of the All-
Valley band for four years and a member of
the Area Band for the last two years. She
Bentsen To Speak
At Friday Lunch
State Senator IJoyd Bentsen, who has
formally announced his candidacy for re-
election, will be the featured speaker at a
"Businessman's Lunch" at 12 noon this
Friday at the Robert E. Lee Room of the
Fort Ringgold Motor Inn. The lunch is a
joint meeting of the RGC Chamber of
Commerce, The Starr County Industrial
Foundation and the Rotary Club.
Sen. Bentsen will be met at the Starr
County airport by a delegation composed of
Sam F. Vale, president of the Industrial P.
Guillen, president of the Rotary Club; Starr
County Judge Bias Chapa and County
Commissioners Jose Maria (Chema)
Alvarez and Norberto (Robe) Montalvo.
Bentsen is expected to discuss the roll of
the private sector in shaping the economy,
as well as his views on the type of economic
strategies needed to encourage healthy
growth and continued prosperity in the
Texas-Mexico border areas. The public is
invited to attend, and a buffet lunch will be
was selected to direct all the Valley Bands
at Pigskin Jubilee this Fall.
Leticia has been a class officer
throughout high school and has also be en a
member of the student council. She is a
member of the Drama Club and the debate
team. I/eticia plans to attend the University
of Texas at Austin and pursue a career in
the field of medicine.
The President's award in an award that is
made annually by the president of the
Chamber of Commerce, at his discretion to
the individual or group whom he feels has
done an outstanding job or made a special
effort to benefit the Chamber or the com;
munity. Longoria's presentation em-
phasized the effort on the part of the Garden
Club to beautify the community through
projects such as the Yard of the Month and
promotion of landscaping.
Manuel I'. Guillen
In September of 1981, Valley Home Health
Agency began offering nursing services for
homebound residents of Starr County. Now
these services are being expanded with the
addition of a well equipped office for
physical therapy located at 109-B North
Britton Avenue in Rio Grande City.
Licensed Physical Therapist, Rebecca
Villarreal, a graduate of Texas Women's
University, began seeing patients on Jan
16. Treatments are given on Saturdays and
occasionally on late afternoon weekdays in
the office and in the residence for those who
arc are home-bound because of disability.
Some conditions which can often be
helped by therapy include muscular spraias
and strains, back pain, arthritis, com-
plications from diabetes such as ulcers and
amputations, and disabilities caused by
Equipment available for in treatment
includes whirlpool, ultrasound, weights,
paraffin bath, and hot pack unit.
Persons of any age may be eligible for
therapy, but all care is given only under the
direction of a qualified physician. Billing is
made to Medicare when applicable,
otherwise fees are determined by a sliding
Referrals can be made to Sr. Jackie
I-aVie, RN at 4874618. An answer phone is
available to leave messages when Sr. Jackie
is out of the office. She will return all class.
The Public Utility Commission of Texas
Jan. 14 voted to drop a $4 million annual
service penalty it levied against General
Telephone Company of the Southwest in
August 1980, citing significant im-
provements in service made by the com-
pany since that time.
E.L. Langley, president of General
Telephone, said the company is extremely
pleased at the commission's actions which
recognized the efforts of employees and the
company's multimillion-dollar service
I am sure I speak for the entire General
Telephone of the Southwest family when I
sa> our feeling is one of elation and
gratitude, of course, that our service im-
provements have been recognized so the
penalty could be lifted We certainly hope to
never again be in a position to have a ser-
vice penalty imposed on the company. It
was a sobering and embarrassing
U omen's Softball Organizes trfrisorv ( om m iiiees Meet
Sylvia Garza reminds that Women's
Softball League time is almost here and
potential participants should begin to
The season starts March 15 for interested
women in Rio Grande City, Roma, La
Grulla, San Isidro, Garciasville and all the
Persons should contact Sylvia or Bibi
Rivera at 487-5538 or Bernice Warren at 487-
3691 for Additional information.
Miss I alenline I'ageant Sel
The first annual Miss Valentine Pageant
will be held at 7 p.m. Feb. 12 at the High
School Auditorium. The pageant is being
sponsored by the senior class
Entry forms may be obtained at the high
school office or a t Mrs. Laurel's classroom.
There is a $20 entry fee, and no sponsor is
Girls will compete in sports attire and
evening wear. Deadline for registration is
12 noon, Feb. 5. For more information,
contact L.T. Guzman at 487-3412.
The Advisory committees of the Title VII
Bilingual Program and the Bilingual
Education Desegregation Support Program
of the RGCCISD will meet at 2:45 p.m Jan.
26 at the Title I bilingual office..
All committee members are asked to
attend and the general public is invited.
I ax llelp irailable
Tax help will be available Friday when a
representative of the Office of the State
Comptroller of Public Accounts will visit
Rio Grande City.
He will be available from 9 a.m. to 12 noon
and from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. at the Starr County
Courthouse, to answer questions and render
assistance with state tax problems.
lioails lo He Improved
The State Department of Highways and
Public Transportation received seven bids
for the improvement of approximately 125
miles of highways in six South Texas
counties. Various highways in Starr,
Cameron, Hidalgo, Duval, Webb, and
Willacy counties will receive an application
of asphalt and rock aggregate to promote a
waterproof pavement and increase skid
Wagner & Sons Paving Company, Inc.
submitted the apparent low bid of
SI IK liei reu s
The South Texas Development Council
meets today at 10 a.m. in the Zapata
The agenda includes review of an
amedment to a state plan for vocational
rehabilitation services, a proposal by the
Community Action Council of South Texas
for administration of a local initiative
program and other projects within the
The public is invited to attend.
Funeral Held For Robert Martin
BROWNSVILLE Funeral services
were held here Monday for retired Brown-
sville football coach and administrator
Robert L. "Bob" Martin who died Friday
afternoon at Valley Community Hospital.
Martin, who was 65, was born in Rio
Grande City and reportedly still has
relatives in Starr County.
A'ter moving to San Antonio during his
early school years, Martin was an all-state
center at Brackenridge High School in 1933.
He was graduated from San Marcos State
Teachers College in 1938, and later earned a
masters degree at San Marcos.
A prominent high school coach in Texas,
Martin's high school head coaching record
was 101 victories against just 43 losses and
Dallas Cowboys head coach Tom Landry
was quarterback of the Mission High School
team, that Martin coached to 20 wins in 21
games, winning two district championships
in 1940 and 1941. Landry was named to the
all-state team in 1940
Martin coached at Eagle Pass in 1942 and
1943, |x)sting a record identical to his
Mission efforts. Martin had a 20-1 record
and two district championships at Eagle
Pass before moving to Brownsville.
He coached at Brownsville High School
from 1944 to 1953. During his ten years at
Brownsville, Martin posted a 61-41-1 record,
and again won two district championships.
Martin was credited with taking an in-
terest in "my boys," as he called his
"He took a very personal interest in me as
well as all of the other athletes under his
leadership," I*indry said. I think he had a
great influence in shaping my standards in
the direction that I eventually went as a
The list of players coached by Martin
The list of players coached by Martin
includes: 1-undry; Kika de la Garza. U.S.
Representative; A1 Ward, New York Jets
general manager; A1 Cisneros, Port of
Brownsville Director; Albert Besteiro,
Texas Southmost College President;
ionzaloGarcia. Pace High School assistant
principal, and W.M. Stevenson, Brownsville
Chamber of Commerce president
TROOPER RETURNS Department of
Public Safety Trooper Raymond Munsell, a
native of Rio Grande City, has transferred
to Starr County effective Jan. 15 Munsell is
a graduate of RGC High School and Pan
American University He holds a degree in
Criminal Justice and completed training at
the DPS Academy in Austin. Trooper
Munsell says he is "glad to be home."
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