The Rio Grande Herald (Rio Grande City, Tex.), No. 27, Ed. 1 Thursday, April 30, 1987 Page: 10 of 16
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KID (.KANDt HURAI.D KIO GRANDE UTV. TEXAS
THI RSDAV, APRIL 30. IV87 PACE 10
In Meet Of Champs
Loses Two Games
The Rio Grande City track team
competed in the Meet of Champs in
Donna this past weekend, as three
of their number tuned up for
regional competition in San Antonio
Coach Candelario Carranza
commented, "It was more or less a
tuneup for the regional meet in San
Antonio. We looked good in the
sprint relay. Everybody's fit and
ready to go for regional."
The sprint-relay foursome of
Bobby Garcia, Juan Benitez,
Russell Clarke, and Jorge Garcia
finished fifth with a time of 44.47.
Russell Clarke finished fifth in
the high jump with his achieve-
ment of 5 feet, 10 inches. Bobby
Garcia came in fourth in the long
jump with his performance of 20
feet, 9>'2 inches.
The 1600-meter relay foursome of
Rafael Lopez, Refugio Barron,
Charlie Carrera, and Chuy Ramos
finished seventh. Silvano Rios
finished seventh in the finals of the
800-meters. while Charlie Carrera
also qualified for the finals in that
Rafael Lopez qualified for the
finals of the 400-meters after
running a 53.49 in the prelims.
Rene Ozuna also competed in the
discus and the shotput for the
This Friday and Saturday, three
Rattlers will be competing in the
5-A regional track and field com-
petition in San Antonio. They are
Bobby Garcia in the long jump,
Javier Pena in the 300-hurdles, and
Russell Clarke in the high jump.
Carranza strongly praised the
system's track coaches, starting
with Junior High Coach Demencio
Bazan and his assistants, Rolando
Mancha and Juan Salazar.
He praised freshman coaches
Tavo Trevino and Jon Craig
Torgeson, J.V. coaches Darrell
Earhart and Louis Walker, and
varsity assistant coach Pat Saenz.
He commented, "Overall, all of the
coaches have done an excellent
The Rio Grande City Rattlers lost
their "makeup game" to Laredo
Nixon on the road last Thursday,
and were defeated at home by
Mission the following day.
On Thursday, the Laredo Nixon
Mustangs defeated the Rattlers 7-1.
The Rattlers outhit Nixon 6 to 2,
but were ultimately done in by the
10 bases on balls they allowed, and
leaving too many runners on base
That assessment was made by
Coach Frank Balli, who said,
"Giving up the walks killed us."
The Rattlers scored their lone
run in the third inning on a blast
over the fence by Bobby Garcia.
His homer was the first hit over the
fence by a Rattler all season.
Garcia went 2 for 3 for the game,
as did Lalo Guerra. Bobby Garcia
started the game on the mound for
the Rattlers, and Lalo Guerra
pitched the last three frames.
For the game, the Rattlers were
charged with three errors. The
Mustangs scored two runs in the
second, three in the third, one in
the fourth, and one in the sixth.
The Mustangs coaxed five of the
walks in the second and third
innings, when they scored both of
their runs. They pounded out one
base hit in each inning.
On Friday, the Rattlers were
defeated 11-0 at home by the
Mission Eagles in a five-inning
game. Coach Balli said, "They
(Mission) just hit the ball well...We
left a lot of people on base. We hit
the ball right at the glove."
The Eagles pounded out nine hits
in just five innings, and coaxed
seven walks from Rattler pitching.
The big blow for the Eagles came
in the first inning, when Amando
Martinez hammered a three-run
In the bottom of the first, the
Rattlers loaded the bases with one
out after a Tony Garcia double, but
were unable to bring any runners
In the five innings of play, Rio
hammered out five hits. Lalo
Guerra again paced the attack by
going 2 for 3.
Aaron Garcia started for the
Rattlers, and Andres Chaves re-
lieved him in the first inning and
pitched the rest of the way.
Both the Eagles and Rattlers
made two errors in Friday's game.
This Friday, the Rattlers will go
on the road to play the Laredo
United Longhorns. Next Tuesday,
they will be visited by the Edin-
Eligilibity F or
To be eligible for hospice care
under Medicare, a patient must be
eligible for Medicare hospital in-
surance, Jose J. Trevino, Social
Security manager in McAllen, said
In addition, the patient's physi-
cian and the medical director of
the hospice must certify that the
patient is terminally ill, and the
patients must sign a statement
indicating that he or she is
cnoosing hospice care instead of
the standard Medicare benelits.
Of course, the agency or organi-
zation providing the hospice serv-
ices must have been certified by
Medicare, Mr. Trevino said
Additional information about
Medicare-certified hospice pro-
grams can be obtained at the
Social Security office, located at
320 N. Main.
The telephone number is 686-3757.
The cork center was not added to the
offical major-league baseball until 1910.
Miller Barber, one of the big-money
winners on the PGA Senior Tour, at-
tended the University of Arkansas and
was a business major.
When Tommy Bolt won the 1958 U.S.
Open in Tulsa the temperature was 95
John Brodie, a member of the PGrt
Senior Tour, was formerly a star
quarterback for the San Francisco
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Rio Grande City
A major change in big-league Roberto de Vicenzo, a member of the
baseball occurred in 1893 when round American PGA Senior Tour, resides in
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Candidates for a mock city election held in Mrs. Sylvia
G. C'anales' second grade classroom at Roma Elementary,
as part of their Social Studies lessons, are shown above:
In the back row, from left to right are Nelson Moya,
Llysel Cantu, and Arturo Gutierrez. In the front row are
the winners of the election: Commissioner, Martin L.
Perez; Mayor, Jerry Escobar; and Commissioner Yesenia
Arnold Palmer was in 24 champion-
ship playoffs during his long career on
the regular PGA Tour. He won 14 and
Although the Giants, both in New
York and San Francisco, played in the
World Series 15 times, they never won
a seven-game series. They lost three.
The American League has gone
without a 20-game winner only four
times. It happened in 1955, 1960, 1981
As part ol their Social Studies
lessons, Mrs. Sylvia G. Canales'
second grade class at Roma
Elementary School recently studied
the process of voting in an election.
Step by step, the students studied
the election procedures and saw
the techniques of how a candidate
is nominated, the campaign, the
speeches, the issues, how a can-
didate attempts to make himself
popular, and most importantly,
why voting is important to all
The students then held a mock
city election campaign, where two
students were chosen to run
against each other for mayor, and
four students ran against each
other for the two commissioners'
Llysel Cantu and Jerry Escobar
were chosen to run for the mayor's
position. Yesenia Alaniz, Martin L.
Perez, Arturo Gutierrez, and
Nelson Moya were the candidates
for the two city commissioner
During the election campaign,
which was held for a whole week,
volunteers rooting for their favorite
candidates helped out in different
The excitement built rapidly as
students appeared with posters and
banners, which were placed outside
their classroom and on trees.
Campaign tags were made at home
by some students and distributed
among the other students. Speeches
were made by each candidate
telling what each would do if
On Election Day, each student
voter received his ballot. The voter
took his ballot to a screened
compartment in the classroom and
marked it with the candidate of his
choice. Then, the ballot was folded
and deposited in a ballot box
After everyone had voted, the
ballots were counted and the
results were as follows: Jerry
Escobar as mayor and Yesenia
Alaniz and Martin L. Perez as the
two city commissioners.
Rio Native Awarded
Army Achievement Medal
Spec. 4 Arthur N. Valverde, son
of Arturo H. Valverde of 1202
Northeast St. in Rio Grande City,
and Velma B. Potiff of 208 Fairlane
Drive, in Gray, Louisiana, has been
decorated with the Army Achieve-
ment Medal in West Germany.
The Achievement Medal is a
warded to soldiers for meritorious
service, acts of courage, or othei
Valverde is an indirect-fire ir
fantryman with the 77th Armor.
He is a 1985 graduate of Rk
Grande City High School.
Texas Has 3.5 Million
Acres In CRP
COLLEGE STATION- -Texas
farmers have tentatively con-
tracted another 1,183.176 acres into
the government's Conservation
Reserve Program during the latest
signup period, bringing the state's
total in the national program to
about 2.3 million acres
Almost 19.5 million acres have
been put into the program across
the nation, points out Dr. B.L.
Harris, soils specialist with the
Texas Agricultural Extension Serv-
ice, The Texas A&M University
Bids accepted for the latest
signup period averaged $51.17 per
acre nationally and $39.70 in Texas.
Accepted bid prices are paid on an
annual basic and cannot exceed
$50,000 per farmer per year, notes
Texas had the largest number of
acres accepted into the program
among all the states, including
47,251 acres of corn, for which land
owners received a $2 per bushel
The CRP was created by the 1985
farm >ill to take highly erodible
cropland out of production to
reduce soil erosion while at the
same time reducing the production
of surplus farm commodities
Harris points out.
Farmers with qualifying
cropland, as determined by the Soil
Conservation Service, can submit
bids on their cropland during
specified signup periods at theii
Agricutural Stabilization and Con
servation Service office If the bids-
are accepted, the land must tx
kept out of production for at least
10 years and must be planted to a
permanent cover crop, such as
grass or trees Half the cost ol
establishing the cover crop is paic
by the government.
Some 45 million acres have been
targeted for the program over a
five-year period which began with
the first signup in the spring of
1986 Some 11.5 million of these
acres have been targeted in Texas,
according to Harris.
The next signup period will be
July 20-31, 1987 Farmers interested
in learning more details about the
CRP and about the type of land
that is eligible should contact local
offices of the Agricultural
Stabilization and Conservation
Service or the Soil Conservation
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For many types of appliances,
including hot water heaters, refrig
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model compares to similar models
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sales representatives are more
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other energy conservation op
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Roberts, Kenneth. The Rio Grande Herald (Rio Grande City, Tex.), No. 27, Ed. 1 Thursday, April 30, 1987, newspaper, April 30, 1987; Edinburg, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth195078/m1/10/: accessed June 20, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Rio Grande City Public Library.