The Rio Grande Herald (Rio Grande City, Tex.), Vol. 79, No. 16, Ed. 1 Thursday, March 2, 1989 Page: 1 of 12
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HE RIO GRANDE HERALD
Published weekly in Rio Grand* 1 ity, Texas, every Thursday by The Rio Grande Publishing Co.
No. 79, No. 16, Thursday, March 2, 1989
Lori Peterson, center, was crowned County Fair Queen in Sunday night's Fair
Pageant. Standing to the left are third runnerup Tanya Villarreal and first runnerup
Melissa "Missy" Gonzalez. On the right are second runnerup Patsy Ozuna and fourth
runnerup Cindy Barrera.
Ramirez Confirmed To
UT Board Of Regents
Dr. Mario E. Ramirez of Roma
was unanimously confirmed 30-0
$ Thursday by the Texas Senate to
serve on the University of Texas
System Board of Regents.
Ramirez was officially confirmed
Thursday afternoon by the State
Senate. On Tuesday, Feb. 21, his
nomination was approved 6-0 by
the Senate Nominations
Dr. Ramirez commented, "I'm
™ overwhelmed at the magnitude of
the UT System, but I welcome the
challenge. I plan to use this
opportunity to work the UT health
care system and medical education."
Ramirez, noting that the UT
system has four medical schools,
commented, "I hope we can recruit
people from throughout Texas into
A medical schools."
™ Ramirez commented, "I'm very
grateful to the Governor for this
appointment." He noted that he had
visited with Governor Clements for
about 30 minutes after the Senate
He said, "1 had a very good visit
with the governor. 1 know that he
shares the same desires of all
regents to maintain a world-class
university and to make Texas a
leader in higher education."
Dr. Ramirez stressed, "I'm
confident that the Legislature
realizes the importance of
education. It may be the only way
for Texas to regain its economic
Ramirez was scheduled to be
sworn in to the UT System Board
of Regents on Tuesday evening,
Feb. 28 at 6 p.m. at the McAllen
Country Club. The occasion was
the UT Exes annual banquet.
The oath was to be administered
by Ramirez's son. State District
Judge Mario E. Ramirez, Jr., and
by U.S. District Judge Ricardo
Hinojosa, originally a native of Rio
Court Extends Delinquent Tax
Contract Three Years
At their special meeting Tuesday,
the County Commissioners voted
to renew their contract for
collection of delinquent taxes with
an Austin law firm for an additional
After some discussion, the court
voted to approve a three-year
k contract with the Austin law firm
of Heard, Goggan, Blair and
County Judge J.M. Martinez, Jr.,
led off discussion by saying, "Mrs.
Saenz (the Tax Assessor Collector)
is not happy with paragraph 3; she
would like to see it changed."
Martinez added, "The only other
thing I don't like is the three-year
| contract." He staled his preference
that the contract be renewed on a
Lupe Zamarippa, representing the
law firm, said, "We feel that if we
have a three-year contract, we can
devote more resources to Stan-
County. We want to complete our
commitment to do the delinquent
| He added, "We're doing a lot
better in collections than the
previous law firm, but we don't
have the assurance that we will be
here next year."
He said that the firm's work had
resulted in some 30 judgments the
past week valued at $76,000, with
the resulting sales of property to
take place in May.
| Precincl Four Commissioner
Reynaldo "Moreno" Alaniz, "I read
somewhere that you nad never filed
suits prior to this year." Zamarippa
replied, "That is incorrect. We have
made court appearances in 150
Tax Assessor-Collector Maria
Ofclia Saenz asked, "What about
recompiling the records? We just
have the years 1984 through 1987.
We don't have a full record of
delinquent taxes bccausc the rolls
Juan Lopez, center, the manager of the H.E.B. store In Rio
Grande City, Is pictured above presenting a $1000
donation by H.E.B. Food Stores to Starr County Fair
Association Vice-President Roy Cantu, right. The
donation Is Intended to aid the Youth F"alr through the
Building Fund of the F'air Association. Standing on the
left Is Fair Association President Dr. Roberto S. Margo.
Lori Peterson Crowned
County Fair Queen
Dr. Mario E. Ramirez
Ramirez said it is his
understanding that nine senators
made speeches on the floor of the
Texas Senate urging his
Lori Lyn Peterson of Rio Grande
City was crowned 1989 County
Youth Fair Queen at Sunday night'.';
pageant that marked the beginning
of this year's County Youth Fair.
In three other divisions, the
following girls were crowned as
Princess: Petite Princess (kinder
thru second grade)- Kimberly Ann
Guillen; Preteen Princess (third thru
fifth grade)- Carli Jean Lopez; Teen
Princess (sixth thru eighth grade)-
Becky Garza; County Fair Queen
(high school)- Lori Lyn Peterson.
A total of 83 girls competed in
the pageant's four divisions.
Lori Lyn Peterson, the County
Fair Queen, is the 17-year-old
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James
Peterson of Rio Grande City.
She has been active in many
extracurricular events, including
being a member of the Mighty
Rattler Band. She presently serves
as the Rio High 1988-89 Drum
Major. She served as the Band
President in 1987-88.
Lori has been an active Student
Council member for the past three
years. She served as Vice-President
of the Rio Grande City High
School Student Council in
1987-88. Lori is presently serving
as the District XVI Student Council
Lori ir currently Vice-President
for the National Honor Society at
Rio High School.
As a 4-H member, she has
received many prestigious honors.
She is serving on the Texas 4-H
Council, as well as th • County 4-H
Council. She has won various State
4-H Roundup Projects, including
this past summer, where she and
her partner, Jesse Guerre, won first
place in the 10-15 Onion.
The other girls finishing in the
Top Five of the Queen's
competition are as follows:
First runnerup- Melissa Ann
Gonzalez, daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
Arnoldo Gonzalez, Jr., of Rio
Grande City; Second runnerup-
Patsy Ozuna, daughter of Mrs.
Lillia Ozuna of Rio Grande City;
Third runnerup- Tanya Lei
Villarreal, daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
Tomas E. Villarreal of Rio Grande
City; and Fourth runnerup- Cynthia
Belinda Barrera, daughter of Mr. and
Mrs. Pedro Barrera, Jr., of Roma.
The winner in the Teen division
was Becky Garza, daughter of Mr.
and Mrs. Joe B. Garza of San
Isidro. Rounding out the Top Five
were: First runnerup- Lorie Ann
Rodriguez, daughter of Mr. and
Mrs. Alfredo Rodriguez of Rio
Grande City; Second runnerup- Tara
Ann Reyes, daughter of Mrs.
Alberto Reyes of San Isidro; Third
runnerup- Neida Eliza Lopez,
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Enrique
Lopez of Rio Grande City; and
Fourth runnerup- Kimberlie Eileen
Gillespie, daughter of Ken and
Yolanda Gillespie of Rio Grande
The winner in the Pre-Teen
Division was Carli Jean Lopez, the
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Carlos
Lopez of San Isidro.
Rounding out the Top Five in
this division were: First runnerup-
Blanca Yvonne Juarez, daughter of
Mr. and Mrs. Jose Angel Juarez;
Second runnerup- Barbara Lec
Flores, daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
(See QUEEN, Page 5)
County Fair Peak
The 1989 Starr County Youth
Fair was launched this past weekend
with the crowning of the Fair
Queen and three Princesses, but the
most important events are scheduled
for Friday and Saturday.
On Tuesday, Educational Posters
were admitted and judged, and
clothing entries were admitted and
judged on Wednesday.
The schedule of events for this
Friday and Saturday is located inside
this issue of The Rio Grande
On Friday, the Fair will be
highlighted by the judging of most
livestock entries, and the admission
and judging of baking entries.
Saturday's activities will be
hignlighted by the County Fan
Parade in the morning and the
Parade of Champions at 2:30 in the
This year's Fair will involve
many new features. On Saturday, a
rose contest will be held for the
first time, with judging to take
place from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
Dr. Roberto S. Margo, President
of the Fair Association, said,
"Everything seems to be in more
organized fashion than ever before.
We'll have more entertainment, for
both adults and youth, than ever
Margo stressed, "I'm very
confident that our Starr County
citizens will turn out to support
this special event, just as they have
so many times before. We certainly
do appreciate all their support If it
wasn't for the public's support and
generosity, this success would not
have been possible."
Margo commented that Fair
Association Vice-President Roy
Cantu has been a catalyst behind
the expansion activities of the past
Margo noted that a new
amphitheater has been built in the
last couple of months. This new
facility will ha\e seating for up to
250 people. He said, "The
amphitheater in the bacK oi the
Fairgrounds has a stage and two
Margo added, "There is a roof to
cover the stage of the amphitheater.
There will also be a piano and
microphones in the amphitheater."
Several outside groups will be
coming from outside of Starr
County to provide musical
Margo said, "For Winter Texans,
there will be a horseshoe pitching
contest, and square dancing and
clogger dancing." He said that quite
a few Winter Texans from the
(See FAIR. Page 5)
RGCCISD To Observe
Public Schools Week
are not consolidated." Alfredo
Padilla of the firm said, "The rolls
are in the process of being
consolidated for all tax years."
Martinez said, "You promised
earlier that you would hire from
three to six local people." Padilla
responded, "We're hiring the
(See CONTRACT, Page 2)
to j r™
The Rio Grande City CISD,
along with 1100 other public
school districts in the state, will be
observing Texas Public Schools
Week on March 6-10.
Rio Grande City CISD
Superintendent Dr. A.E. Garcia
said, "This school district has
experienced a tremendous growth in
students in the past five years, from
5365 students in 1984 to over 6700
students in 1989, an increase of
over 1300 students.
"Due to this increase in
enrollment, our remodeling and
building programs, as well as the
continuous recruitment of teachers
There will be an annual meeting
of the Union Water Supply
Corporation membership on
Tuesday, March 14 at 7 p.m. at the
El Cenizo Community Center in
All members are urged to be
present since this will be a very
important and informative meeting
concerning the upcoming April 1
Board of Directors election in which
three members will be elected.
Also at the annual meeting, the
operation, management, future
planning, membership capacity, and
financial status of the corporation
will be discussed.
All members arc strongly urged
to attend this annual meeting.
to comply with the mandate set by
the Texas Legislature of the 22-1
student/teacher ratio, have been top
priorities," Garcia said.
The superintendent added, "At the
present time, an extensive
remodeling of our school cafeterias
is underway, and a new elementary
school in the Santa Cruz area, the
John and Olive Hinojosa
Elementary School, will have
groundbreaking ceremonies in the
Garcia commented, "The goal of
this school district has been to
strive for educational excellence
while meeting the challenge of our
student grow th. We can be sure that
this school district will provide the
education that our children will need
to become useful citizens and
leaders of tomorrow."
All interested persons arc invited
(See SCHOOLS, Page 10)
The first anniversary celebration for Mata's
Construction Flooring Company and Lumber Yard in Rio
Grande City was held Saturday. Among the individuals
pictured above are Mata's Construction owners, Jose
Manuel Mata, Cecilia Mata, and F>equiel Mata, and
manager Roel Garza.
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