Rio Grande Herald (Rio Grande City, Tex.), Vol. 36, No. 44, Ed. 1 Thursday, August 19, 1982 Page: 1 of 8
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GED Test Date Set
The R.G.C. GED testing center will ad-
minister the GED Test at 8 a.m. Aug. 21, at
the Rio Grande High School.
Persons taking the test must be 17 years of
age or older and must have a picture
Adults who have been or are now enrolled
in GED classes or CETA APL GED classes
are encouraged to come in and complete
their GED Tests.
For further information call: P.A.
Gohzalez at 487-4566 , 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tax Assistance Available
Assistance with State taxes will be
provided Aug. 20 by a representative from
the state comptroller's office.
The representative will be at the Starr
County courthouse in Rio Grande City from
9 a.m. to 12 noon and from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. to
answer questions and provide assistance.
No. 44 Thursday, August 19, 1982
Dr. A.E. Garcia, Superintendent, Rio
Grande City Consolidated Independent
School District, announces that regular
classes for students will begin at 8:30 a.m.
Registration for Kindergarten students
not pre-registered in May 1982, will take
place on that day at the respective schools.
Parents are urged to bring proof of birth
and student immunization record. To be
eligible for Kindergarten the student must
be five (5) years old and his birthday must
be before Sept. 1.
Parents are also reminded that third
grade students who attended Roque Guerra,
Jr., Elementary or North Grammar
Elementary schools will enroll as fourth
graders in these schools Aug. 23.
The report from the Texas Department of
Public Safety reveals a total of 106 tickets
issued for various traffic violations over the
According to DPS Trooper I, Dagoberto
Pena, most of the tickets were for speeding,
with 34 tickets issued and 18 warnings given.
Ticketing was also high for no motor
vehicle liability insurance, with 24 tickets
given on this violation.
There were 17 tickets issued for no
driver's license and eight tickets were
issued for driving while intoxicated.
An accident was investigated Aug. 10 on
KM 2360 one mile north of US Hwv. 83. The
driver of the vehicle was Robert B. Solis and
minor injuries were sustained. No traffic
charges were filed, but two arrests were
made for public intoxication. The incident
was investigated by Troopers R. Munsell
and K. Garcia.
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NEW ADVERTISING MGR. - Diane Marie DeBouver, 25, will be the advertising
manager of the Rio Grande Herald effective Thursday. Miss DeBouver replaces
Dora Barrera Mathis, who has been advertising manager and general manager of the
Rio Grande Herald. The general manager's position will be filled by Bette Anne
Clemoas, the present editor of the Herald. Miss DeBouver comes to the Herald from
the Edinburg Daily Review where she has been an advertising saleswoman for the
last year. Prior to joining the Review, Miss DeBouver worked with the Texas
Rehabilitation Commission and the Hidalgo County district attorney. Miss DeBouver
is the daughter of Noel DeBouver and Juanita Martinez DeBouver. She grew up in
Edinburg and was graduated from the Edinburg High School with a GED diploma.
She has one daughter, Alice, who is nine. Miss DeBouver will relocate to Rio Grande
City this week.
Jose S. Lopez, Traffic Manager for the
Naval Air Station and Corpus Christi Army
Depot, has been selected as the navy
recipient for the Military Traffic
Management Command (MTMC) annual
award "For Excellence in Traffic
Management." The Commander, MTMC,
will present the award to Lopez at the
National Defense Transportation
Association Forum to be held in Denver,
Colorado Sept. 26-28. This is the second
award for Lopez The first he received in
Ixipez was born in Rio Grande City and
was graduated from high school in 1951. He
entered civil service at NAS Corpus Christi
in July, 1955. Drafted into the Army in 1956,
he served his tour of duty in the Panama
Upon release from active duty in 1958, he
was reinstated into civil service at NAS
Corpus Christi. As an employee of the
Navy, Ixjpez has attended the Naval School
of Transportation Management and Del
Lopez's sustained effort and ability have
earned him seven outstanding performance
ratings and one sustained superior per-
formance rating as well as letters for out-
Jose S. Isopez
standing performance from the following
Commands: Department of the Navy,
Headquarters, Naval Systems Command,
Washington, D.C.; Department of the Army
Headquarters, U.S. Army Aviation Com-
mand, St. Ixjuis, Mo.; Corpus Christi Army
Depot, Corpus Christi; and Corpus Christi
Army Depot, cost reduction program
certificate of achievement.
MTMC annual award is given in
recognition of the outstanding civilian or
enlisted member whose performance has
exemplified the image of the working level
of the DOD Traffic Managers.
Selection is based on years of Federal
Service, years of experience in Tran-
sportation, Education and Professional and
Technical Applications. Community In-
volvement, Professional Achievements and
awards received. The Department of the
Navy, Naval Systems Command
Washington, D.C. selects the Navy award
In addition to his professional ac-
complishments, Lopez is actively involved
in church activities having served as church
secretary treasurer for ten years and
assisted with Royal Rangers Youth
Programs. At present he is serving as a
church deacon and superintendent of the
Junior Sunday School.
Lopez is the son of Sevenano Lopez, Sr.
He and his wife, the former Velia Cabello,
reside in Corpus Christi, Texas.
New Teachers Welcomed
Sheriffs Dept. Reports
Arrests Made, Indictments Handed Down
Investigators from the Starr Co. Sheriff's
Dept. arrested two men Aug. 14 on charges
of theft. Erasmo Garza, 17, and Luis Carlos
Acevedo, also 17, were detained for
allegedly stealing $140 from a local woman.
Both men were released on personal
recognizance bonds by J.P. Francis T.
Howard, according to the Sheriff's Dept.
Efrain Duran, 28, of Starr Co., turned
himself in Aug. 16 to the Sheriff's Dept.
According to the Dept., Duran was true
billed by the Starr County Grand jury on
charges of theft. He was later released after
positng a ,000 surety bond.
Indictments handed down by the Grand
Jury Aug. 13 included Jose Isidoro
Tanguma, forgery; Roberto Navarro, theft;
Servando Ramos, injury to elderly woman;
Lorenzo Colorado Blanco, possession of
marijuana; Miguel Castillo, burglary; Joel
Cisneros, theft; Jaime C'isneros, theft;
l>auro Guerra, theft; Roel Angel Molina
Guajardo, possession of marijuana and
Norma C. Tanguma, forgery. The in-
dictments were handed down in the 229th
Judicial District Court.
Arrested on bench warrants by the
Sheriff's Dept. this past week were Zenon
Garza, Jr., Esteban Garcia Jr., Jose Luis
Castillo, Manuel Raul Castillo. All of these
persons have been released on bond.
According to the Sheriff's Dept., there
were nine rests over the weekend for public
The RGCCISD welcomes 39 new teachers
to its ranks this school year. Many of the
new employees are first time teachers,
while others have experience with other
school districts. A few have taught in the
RGCCISD before and are returning after
time away from this area.
Among the new teachers are Delia Diaz of
I-a Grulla, a PAU graduate who is a first
time teacher of high school English; Linda
I,ee Garza, of Roma, a PAU graduate who is
a first time elementary school teacher at
Roque Guerra elementary; Ofilia Solis a
PAU graduate who comes from Pharr to
teach at Roque Guerra Elementary; Olga
G. Gonzalez, mov ing here from Fremont,
Ohio to teach English at Ringgold Jr. High.
She is a graduate of PAU, actend^d Findlay
college and is an area nativt
Other new teachers are Piamantina
Bazan of Garciajville, an A&I graduate and
first time teacher of math at Ringgold Jr.
High; Maria Elia Ramos of Rio Grande
City a PAU graduate and first time
history teacher at Ringgold Jr. High; Maida
Mascorro of Roma, a graduate of California
State University who also attended the
University of Texas, physical education at
Ringgold Jr. High; Maria N'elda Gonzalez of
Roque Guerra elementarv.
Rosa Maria Briones of Rio Grande City
will have her first teaching assignment at
Ringgold elementary. She is a graduate of
St. Mary's University. Veronica Salinas
comes to Rio Grande City from Southwest
Texas State District. She has a BS from
Southwest Texas State University and a
Masters in Education from Stephen F.
Austin State University. She will teach at
Roque Guerra Elementary. Her husband,
Garcia, Zarate Attend Washington Hearings
Emphasizing that the education of alien
students is an issue of national scope,
Congressman Kika de la Garza today
testified before a House education sub-
committee on behalf of his bill to help local
SSI Regulations Now
Permit Funeral Plots
The Department of Health and Human
Services has policy and written new
regulations so that aged, blind and disabled
persons who purchase burial plots ;ftid
burial contracts do not risk losing their
Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
In addition to SSI, the changes will affect
Medicaid beneficiaries in the 34 states
where Medicaid coverage is automatically
extended to SSI recipients.
"We think it is unfair to penalize low-
income elderly and disabled people who
have provided for their own burial ex-
penses, by making them give up their burial
plots or contracts in order to remain eligible
for SSI and Medicaid benefits," HHS
Secretary Richard Schweiker said in an-
nouncing the change, which will replace
regulations in effect since the beginning of
the SSI program in 1974.
SSI is an $8.2 billion federal program
providing cash assistance to nearly 3.7
million low-income elderly, blind or
disabled persons. Medicaid is a state-run
program for medical assistance to low-
income persons which is funded in part by
the federal government.
Under 1972 law, SSI benefits can be
provided only to persons with resources of
$1,500 or less i$2,250 for couples). Certain
specified necessities of living, like homes
and clothing, are not counted when com-
puting a person's "resources." But under
the current SSI regulations, burial plots and
contracts have been counted as "resour-
ces." This can cause a person's "resour-
ces" to exceed the limit, thus disqualifying
the individual from SSI and in some in-
stances, Medicaid assistance.
The issue of whether burial plots should be
considered "resources" in determunng
eligibility for SSI and Medicaid received
national public on recently through the case
of a Charlottesville, Va. woman whose
burial certificate placed her over the $1,500
limit on assets contained in Virginia's
Medicaid eligibility rules.
In 15 states, including Virginia, Medicaid
eligibility is not given automatically to SSI
recipients, and their rules on burial plots
and contracts can be more restrictive than
"Although HHS has no authority to
change the medicaid rules in those 15 states
which determine their Medicaid eligibility
rules separately from SSI, I hope that, by
changing federal SSI eligibility rules, we
will encourage those states to follow our
example and make the same change in their
own state Medicaid rules," Schweiker
"I do not want there to be a federal
requirement on the books that counts burial
plots and burial contracts as 'resources' in
determining eligibility for assistance to
aged, blind and disabled Americans, the
majority of whom are over 65," said Sch-
Schweiker said he expects the proposed
new regulations to be ready for first
publication within about two weeks.
school districts defray the costs of educating
Joining de la Garza in support of his bill
were Texas Lt. Gov. Bill Hobby, Atty.
General Mark White, and Texas Education
Agency Commissioner Raymon 1.. Bvnum.
Also at the hearing were Dr. Arvin Blorrie of
the Colorado Department of Education and
Mr. Charles Cooke of the California State
Department of Education.
Two Rio Grande City School District of-
ficials were present at the hearing to
demonstrate their support of the de la Garza
bill—Supt. Tony Garcia and F.G. Zarate
"The problem of educating alien students
and bringing them into American society is
of such great significance to all of us that the
cost of dealing with it should be shared by-
all, " de la Garza said. "We must be
willing to invest our resources to bring all
immigrant groups into the mainstream.'
De la Garza pointed out that the burden of
educating alien students is being thrust
upon the school districts least able to afford
it. In Texas the state does not provide as
instance to school districts for school
buildings; funds for construction or portable
buildings come solely from local property
"In the high poverty Brownsville area,
1980 Census figures show 39.29 percent of the
population being under age 18 compared to
28.1 percent nationwide," de la Garza said.
"The median value of owner occupied
housing in the U.S. is about $47,200 while
Brownsville's median is $28,500, and
Brownsville homes contain a larger number
of people than the U.S. average. No wonder
our school districts are wondering where the
tax base will come from to educate these
H.R. 2954, the Alien Education Impact Aid
Act, would provide $450 per year per alien
child enrolled in local school districts that
could be used to deliver basic educational
services. Special impact assistance in the
amopunt of $750 per child in the first year of
the program and $500 and $350 in successive
years wouid be prov ided to school districts
with more than 500 alien students enrolled
or over 5 percent of the student body
The special impact aid funds would be
used for acquiring additional classroom
space and other purposes, de la Garza said.
Jesus Salinas will teach physical education
at the high school. He holds a BS from A&I
and has teaching experience at Ben Bolt.
Ricardo Esparza of Roma will be teaching
agriculture classes at the high school. He is
a graduate of A&I. Charles Wayne Potter
comes to Rio Grande City from the El Paso
School District. He will be teaching English
at Grulla Jr. High. His wife, Agnes T.
Potter will teach at Grulla Elementary.
Ralph Perez, of Pearsall, a graduate of
A&I will teach physical education and
health at the high school.
Yoianda Gloria Duarte of Bishop, a
graduate of A&I will teach at North
Granunar elementary This is her first
teaching assignment. Also teaching for the
first time will be Frank Garza of Bishop, an
A&I graduate. He will teach art at the High
Other new teachers are Yvonne M. Rex,
Rio Grande City, PAU graduate, high school
English; Celinda Saenz, San Antonio, In-
carnate Word graduate, high school
Homemaking; Benjamin Escobar, Rio
Grande City, A&I. physical education at
Ringgold Jr. High, Rolando Gonzalez, Rio
Grande City, A&I graduate, Science at
Ringgold Jr High; Marie Linda Yuma,
Kingsville, A&I graduate, first year teacher
of English at Ringgold Jr High; Leonardo
Villarreal. San Diego, Tx., A&I graduate,
physical education and health at Ringgold
More new teachers are Alma Dora Bazan,
Garciasville, cum laude graduate of PAU,
Special Education teacher at Ringgold Jr.
High; Melba Casanova Alejos, San Antonio,
(See TEACHERS Page 3)
PAU Receives Grant
To Aid Bilingual Teachers
Pan American University has received a
grant of $103,000 to provide student financial
aid to teachers and students pursuing
training in bilingual education and the
teaching of English as a second language.
The grant from the U.S. Department of
Education will help the university address
the shortage of certified bilingual teachers
in Texas, said Dr. Jerry Pulley
Pan American produces more than 30
percent of the certified bilingual teachers
graduated each year by the 40 state and
private universities in Texas that have
bilingual education programs, Pulley said.
"The university's Spanish English
speaking population allows it to continue its
growth as the largest supplier of bilingually
endorsed teachers in Texas," he said
Employee recruiters from school districts
from throughout the United States single out
Pan American as a prime recruiting school
for bilingually certified elementary
teachers, he said.
Thirteen stipends are available this fall
for elementary education majors minoring
in bilingual education and 20 awards are
available for degreed teachers seeking
master's degrees with a speciality m
Additional awards will be available for
the 1983 sunmier term for degreed teachers
seeking further training in teaching English
as a second language. Some awards will
also be available for teachers aides pur-
suing degrees in elementary bilingual
Persons interested in applying for the
awards should contact the Pan American
University School of Education's Bilingual
Bicultural Education Program at 381-3463.
SHOWING OFF AWARDS-Roma High School Student Council Safety Chairman for
1982-83, Orlando Garza and past chairman, Cecilia Esparza proudly display the
awards captured by Roma students at the 24th Annual National Student Safety
Program Conference which took place last month at Niagara Falls, N Y. (Related
Story on P 3.)
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