The Rio Grande Herald (Rio Grande City, Tex.), No. 3, Ed. 1 Thursday, November 26, 1987 Page: 1 of 10
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THE RIO GRANDE HERALD
Serving Starr County For Five Decades
Published in Rio Grande City, Texas, Every Thursday By The Rio Grande Publishing Co.
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NO. 3 THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 26, 1987 FIFTEEN CENTS
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The top five in the Miss Starr County pageant are pictured above from left to
right: fourth runnerup, Audra Gonzalez; second runnerup, Kori Waller; Little
Miss Starr County, Jo Elda Alvarez; first runnerup, Melissa Flores; third
runnerup, Amy Vera.
Winners Crowned In
Little Miss Starr Pageant
Jo Elda Alvarez was crowned
Little Miss Starr County for 1988 in
the annual pageant that was held
' Saturday night at the Rio Grande
City High School Auditorium.
The winner is the daughter of
Mr. and Mrs. Tony Alvarez.
The contest featured numerous
contestants in three divisions:
Little Miss, ages 5-7; Tiny Miss,
ages 3-4; and Baby Miss, ages 1-2.
The runnerups in the Little Miss
category were as follows: first
runnerup- Melissa Flores; second
runnerup- Kori Waller; third
runnerup- Amy Vera; fourth
runnerup- Audra Gonzalez.
The Tiny Miss winner was
Annette Moreno, the daughter of
Mr and Mrs. Amadeo Moreno.
The Tiny Miss runnerups were:
first runnerup- Rose Marie
Rodriguez; second runnerup-
Eunice Perez; third runnerup-
Julia F. Cano; fourth runnerup-
Juvina Lee Perez.
Trooper Garza Assigned
To RGC Highway Patrol
Garza, 22, graduated from the
Department of Public Safety
training academy and has been
assigned to the Highway Patrol
Service in Rio Grande City.
Trooper Garza was one of 83
cadets recently commissioned as
In County Food Show
A total of 36 Starr County 4-H'ers
participated in the County Food
Show in San Isidro on Sunday, Nov
Serving as chairman for this
year's show was council member
' Roxanne Alaniz.
There were five persons that
(See PICTURE, Page 2)
served as judges for this year's
The winners from the county
competition will be traveling to
Falfurrias for the district competi
tion on Saturday. Dec 5.
Starr County Food Show winners
for 1987 are:
Drop Into 30's
The Rio Grande City area
a experienced its coldest tempera
^ tures of the season Friday morning
as the temperature dipped to 37
SCS District Conservationist
Silvestre Gonzalez noted that "it
was around 36 or 37 here in town,
and in the north part of the county
I'm very happy that it didn't get
down real low "
The low Friday morning temper-
atures came after a cold front first
A hit the area late Wednesday
Gonzalez said. "The forage really
has stopped growing already , what
we'll be getting from now on is
w inter weeds and forbs "
JUNIORS: Breads and Cereals,
Maritza Montalvo; Fruits and
Vegetables. Marc Montalvo; Meat,
Dina Trevino; Nutritious Snacks,
Junior alternates chosen were:
Breads and Cereals, Paulino
Garza; Fruits and Vegetables,
Nadia Salinas; Meat, Kathy Garza;
Nutritious Snacks, Guy Peterson.
SENIORS: Breads and Cereals,
Lori Peterson; Fruits and Vegeta-
bles, Marcelo Montalvo; Meat,
Melissa Ann Gonzalez; Nutritious
Snacks, Mirosalva Requenez.
Seniors chosen as alternates
were Breads and Cereals, Ricky
Lopez Meat, Jesse Guerra;
Nutritious Snacks, Arnold
state troopers in graduation cere-
monies in Austin Trooper Garza is
a native of Pharr and assumes his
new duties immediately.
Colonel Leo Gossett, DPS direc-
tor, said he is proud of the new
troopers and looks forward to their
service with the Department.
"These men and women were
given an extensive 18-week course
concentrating on the re-
sponsibilities of DPS troopers,"
Gossett said. "They have been well
trained to uphold the laws of this
state in routine as well as difficult
ind dangerous law enforcement
"A Texas trooper is required to
perform a number of different
tasks in addition to traffic law
enforcement. The trooper will
assist in narcotics arrests and
ather felony cases as well as
manhunts and disaster situations,"
The DPS training course included
instruction in traffic law,criminal
law. arrest procedures,accident
investigation, and numerous other
law enforcement related topics.
The Texas Animal Damage Con-
trol Service, in conjunction with the
Starr County Agricultural
Extension Service, will hold a
meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 2 in
Rio Grande City to discuss the
predator situation and initiate a
predator control program
The meeting will be held at
Rene's Smoke House at 207 North
San Antonio in Rio Grande City and
will start at 6:30 pm
Garry Kraatz, troubleshooter,
and Martin Mendoza. District
Supervisor with the Texas Animal
Damage Control Service, will be
present to discuss predator control
and answer any questions
Domestic livestock, wildlife,
fruits and vegetables, and row
UT President, Campbell
Speak At Banquet
The Baby Miss winner was Janie
Villegas, the daughter of Mr and
Mrs. Jaime Villegas.
The Baby Miss runnerups were:
first runnerup- Alyssa Yvonne
Rodriguez; second runnerup- Jen-
nifer Lee Ann Garza; third
runnerup- Patricia Margot Garcia;
fourth runnerup- Priscilla Marie
The Little Miss Starr County
pageant, as always, was sponsored
and carried out by the Rio Grande
City Lions Club.
Students from Starr County and
deep South Texas with records of
outstanding academic achievement
heard words of encouragement
from former University of Texas
football great Earl Campbell and
UT President William Cunningham
at a banquet of UT exes in Roma
Due to chilly temperatures, the
banquet was held at the Roma
High School gymnasium, rather
than the VistaRoma ranch of Dr.
Mario Ramirez, as had been
Students present at the banquet
were noted academic achievers
from Rio Grande City, Roma, and
San Isidro High Schools, and also
Hebbronville, Zapata, and La Joya.
The banquet was held by UT
ex-students in honor of area high
school students that have been high
UT President William Cun-
ningham told the students, "We
recognize our privileges and re-
sponsibilities to the people of South
Texas." He noted that the first
Hispanic student that enrolled at
UT (in 1888) was Manuel Garcia, a
native of Rio Grande City.
He stressed to the students, "I
would encourage you to continue
your education beyond high school.
Recognize the incredible value of a
Cunningham pointed out that the
average salary of workers lacking
high school diplomas is approxi-
mately $13,000, while the average
for workers who graduated from
high school is about $17,000.
Cunningham went on to stress
that the average salary for a
worker with a B.A. degree is
around $21,000, while the average
for a worker with five or more
years of college education is
Cunningham said, "Pursue an
education for reasons beyond a
paycheck and provision, because
you have an innate curiosity about
the world. Open your mind to
diverse viewpoints; venture beyond
that which is visible and known I
wish for you the excitement of
The UT president emphasized,
"You have superb role models and
people around you who care." He
indicated that this would hold true
in college education as well.
Cunningham concluded by re-
calling the remarks of Ramirez at
the UT commencement exercises
in 1985, and added, "I will come (to
Starr County) anytime my friend
Mario invites me."
In introducing Campbell,
Ramirez said that the former
Longhorn football great Earl
Campbell "brought outstanding
honors to his state and university ."
He noted that Campbell, in a poll
taken a few years ago among UT
alumni, had been named the
greatest athlete that the school has
Campbell, the 1977 Heisrnan
Trophy winner for Texas, then
spoke to the students. Campbell
rushed for over 4400 yards for the
'Horns, and made the All-Pro
teams of the NFL numerous times
because of his brilliant play at
tailback for the Houston Oilers.
Campbell, originally from Tyler,
currently serves as the Special
Assistant to the Vice-President for
Student Affairs at UT
Campbell noted that he was one
of a family of 11, seven boys and
four girls. He stressed, "I was the
first to go to college.. I didn't make
a lot of A's and B's, but I sure tried
Campbell said, "You have to do
everything in your power (in
college) to make a good effort. The
class of 1974 (at John Tyler High
School) had more people graduate
from UT than any other."
Campbell recalled, "My family
expected a lot of me." Of the
future, he said. "I'm not that
concerned about what my two boys
do in sports," but with how they
strive to achieve academically. He
emphasized that academic success
"takes a lot of want to."
Campbell concluded, "I have had
one full day of feeling at home in
South Texas. Go to school any-
where you want, but give UT a
good hard look."
In his remarks introducing Dr.
Cunningham, Ramirez said, "The
counties here are unique. Our
forebearers have been here for
over two centuries, under all the
Ramirez noted that "a doctor
friend" had told him that Starr
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Directors Talk About
Possible EMS District
At their regular monthly meeting
Wednesday night, the Board of
Directors of the Starr County
Hospital District discussed the
possibility of creating an Emer-
gency Medical Services District
The discussion came in the wake
of the statewide passage of a
constitutional amendment allowing
counties to create such districts
Administrator Thalia Munoz
noted that such districts could levy
a tax of three cents per $100
valuation. The conclusion reached
at the meeting was that a petition
needs to be drawn up, signed by 100
persons, and presented to the
County Judge and the Commission-
Munoz said that a three-cent
levy, based on 100 percent collec-
tion, would produce revenue of
$172,000. Based on 86 percent
collection, the revenue raised
would be approximately $146,000,
Munoz said, "Our (the am-
bulance service's) actual cost of
operation during the past year has
She expressed her opinion that an
EMS district by itself "would be
the best way to operate...This
would give the funds needed for
replacement, repair and mainte-
nance of vehicles, or possibly
expansion of service."
The members of the board did
not reach agreement concerning
when elections for hospital director
positions should be held, after 1988
Munoz suggested that the elections
might wind up taking place in
January, in conjunction w; .h the
Rio Grande City CISD.
In the past, the Hospital Board
elections have been in April. The
Texas Legslature, however,
enacted a law during its August
special session that ruled out any
April elections in the state, with the
exception of a very few metropoli-
tan areas along the Gulf Coest.
The board discussed quality
assurance issues, as mandated by
Medicare Munoz noted that, as in
October, "we discussed the patient
census and death rate."
At the start of the meeting, the
oath of office was administered to
Maria Lilia G. Trevino of San
Isidro, the new board member
representing Precinct Four
At the conclusion of the meeting,
the directors voted to okay $3275 08
in board-approved charity.
3 Persons Arrested
In Pot Seizure
Three persons were arrested just
west of Rio Grande City Thursday
afternoon in a raid that resulted in
the seizure of approximately 100
pounds of marijuana.
The raid was carried out by a
total of 10 officers of the Sheriff's
Department, DPS Narcotics, and
U.S. Border Patrol.
Sheriff Gene Falcon indicated
that approximately $2000 was
seized in the raid, which occurred
at 5 p.m. Thursday at a mobile
home park just west of Rio Grande
Jose Alberto Islas, Angel Adame
Guerrero, and Ramon Lopez Lopez,
all Mexican nationals, were
charged with possession of mari-
juana They were later arraigned
before Justice of the Peace Hector
"Ivo" Perez, who set bond at
$100,000 for Islas and $50,000 each
for Guerrero and Lo;vz All three
remain incarcerated in lieu of
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crops constitute valuable economic
resources in South Texas upon
which producers depend for yearly
Fruit and vegetable producers
have experienced losses annually
due to coyotes, bobcats, feral hogs,
Livestock producers have been
losing domestic livestock, as well
as livestock, to predators such as
coyotes and bobcats.
Livestock producers who have
been experiencing livestock losses
due to predators are invited and
urged to attend
Anyone seeking more informa
tion should call Agriculture
Extension Agent Enrique Perez at
The grand opening for Mel Mar Gift Shop in Rio Grande City was held Friday.
Rio Chamber of Commerce President Gigi Gutierrez is cutting the ribbon. To her
right is the store's owner, Mary Lou Trevino.
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