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THE RIO GRANDE HERALD
Published weekly In Rio Grande City, Texas, every Thursday by The Rk^Grande Publishing Co.
Vol. 80, No. 11, Thursday, February 1,1990
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The winners of awards at the recent Rio Grande City High Football Banquet are
pictured above. From leit to right in the front row are Eddie Medelez, Co-Defensive
Lineman of I lie Year; liasilio Acevedo, Best Offensive Back; Javier Cucllar, Best
Offensive Lineman; Head Coach Jorge Luis I'ena; Faustino Benavides, Heart and
Hustle Award; and liernie An/.aldua, Best Receiver. In the hack row are Richard
Ouellette, Best Linebacker; Frankie Villanueva, Best Defensive Back; Robert Gar/a,
Most Improved Player; Zenaido Magallanes, Co-Defensive Lineman of the Year; and
quarterback R.J. Ramirez, Most Valuable Player.
Workshop Held On Title III
Funding For Freeze
An informal workshop was held enrolling the people and placing
Wednesday morning, Jan. 24, at the
• County Courthouse to brief county
government and business sector
leaders on the extent of aid available
to help persons economically
injured by the pre-Christmas freeze.
Virginia Meyers, director of*
■ neyu )rv ■■ h!; iti: So :th Te.\.is
Private Industry Council, told The
Rio Grande Herald, "We were
^ discussing that the Texas
* Employment Commission will be
the ones to verify the participants'
Meyers added, Applications for
Disaster Unemployment Assistance
arc being taken by the TEC at the
two-centers. The Texas Department
of Commerce contracted with the
TEC to do the intake work."
m Meyers indicated, "As soon as
applications arc vciil'ied, ITPA will
be placing the persons in various
work sites. We will handle
them at the work sites."
She said, "We're talking about
placing one per family. That will
enable us to help more households.
We were there to brief the
committee. Mr. Horacio Acevedo,
our Executive Director, did the
Meyers pointed out, "We're
talking about 380 slots at S3.35 per
hour at 40 hours per week, for
approximately six weeks."
Meyers stressed in conclusion,
"The Department of Labor mandates
that the jobs have to be in the
public sector or private non-profit
sector They even mandate that
these jobs have to have come about
due to the Irec/.c, which would
involve (such things as) cleanup
work or replanting. Everything has
to be freeze-related."
Federal Program Coordinator
Javier Margo told the Herald,
"There were supposed to be 180
positions for 10 weeks under the
Title III program, which was a drop
in the bucket considering the 5000
persons economically displaced by
Margo continued. The
commissioners suggested more than
360 positions fc>! >ive weekj. liiis •
will come to S386,0(X), thi ; ■ not
even scratching the surface of the
needs. There are close to 3000
unemployed in Precinct Three
Margo stressed, "We originally
requested 26 weeks. We requested
1000 positions. The resolution
passed by the Commissioners
Court called for a minimum of
1000 positions. In my opinion,
more people were severely affected
this time than in 1983."
Margo said in conclusion, "We
are requesting additional funds under
(See FUNDING, Page 5)
Diaz Appointed To
Criminal Justice Board
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Pete Diaz, Jr., of Rio Grande
City has been appointed to the
Texas Board of Criminal Justice lor
a one-year term ending on Feb. 1,
Gov. Bill Clements announced
the appointment of Diaz on Friday,
Diaz, 62, is the owner of the Fort
Ringgold Motor Inn in Rio Grande
City. He is a nationally known
businessman who is the founder of
the Valley Mart Grocery Store
Diaz has served as an advisor to
the School of Business
Administration at Pan American
University in Edinburg, and as a
Pele Dia*, Jr., of K o Grande City is pictured above
being sworn in Tuesday afternoon to a one-year term on
the Texas Board of Criminal Justice. 229th District
Court Jwdge Ricardo Garcia conducted the sweariag-ia.
Diaz was appointed to the position by Gov. Bill
Workshop Held On Phase II
Of Jail Project
The County Commissioners held
an informal workshop on Monday
morning to discuss the need to
move ahead on construction of
Phase II of the Starr County
Sheriff Gene Falcon, in stressing
the heavy workload currently faced
by the Sheriff's Department,
indicated, "A total of 2330 tickets
were given in 1989. From Dec. 15
to Jan I, more than 400 tickets
Falcon added, "Traffic problems
arc everywhere. We need additional
people We need to put some
people in the Los Saenz and
Escobares areas, plus the area west.
This morning, we had 98 federal
prisoners, plus 42 local prisoners."
Precinct One Commissioner Jose
Maria "Chema" Alvarez
commented, "We need someone
from Los Villarreales to Garceno.
Perhaps it could be arranged in our
(the commissioners') budgets."
The sheriff said, 'The people in
Gruila arc very satisfied with the
job that is being done there."
In suggesting a way to lessen
traffic problems. County Judge
J.M. Martinez, Jr., said, "We
should start to work on the idea of a
bypass." Engineer Eloy Vera
indicated that this idea had fizzled
out close to a decade ago.
•Precinct Four Commissioner
Reynaldo "Moreno" Alamz said.
"We need to approach the Highway
Commission in Austin when 'hey
meet." He argued that Highway
Dcp; tneni offi. ;als in the Valley
are. giving short shrift to the serious
highway safety problems in Starr
Martinez said, "We need to get
together and dccide what we want
(in the way of highway projects)
and the priority in which we want
it." Alvarez said, "Our state
representative and state senator need
to go to bat for us. You'd be
surprised at what they can do."
The sheriff contended, "If we can
put a satellite unit in each precinct,
that would be a positive
development. We need to start
paying these people (Sheriff's
Department deputies) more; we're
losing people constantly."
Alvarez commented, "You cannot
compare the work done by a deputy
with that done by a secretary."
On the subject of the jail.
Martinez said, "The sheriff has told
us we've got to move on with
Phase II. The consensus is that it
should be done by local people. "
Phase II of the project will
involve the construction of
administrative space at the
Falcon indicated, "What will be
costly m Phase II are single cells?
The U.S. Marshal is looking into
the chance for some funds for Phase
(See JAIL, Page 5)
Range! Discusses State
Issues At Reception
State Rep. Irma Rangel of
Kingsville expressed her opinions
on pressing state government issues
such as financing of public
education at a reception at the Fort
Ringgold Motor Inn in Rio Grande
City Friday night.
Rangel faces one Democratic
primary opponent, Melchor
Hawkins of Falfurrias, in her bid
for reelection to an eighth term to
the Texas Legislature.
Rangel contended that financially
poorer school districts have been
coming out on the short end under
the current financing system. She
said, "Two plans have been brought
forth. A lot of things are going to
be considered at the special session.
There may be some consolidation
of school districts."
Rangel suggested, "A final
decision could wait until 1991,
because of the seriousness of the
Concerning the election of state
judges, Rangel said, "(U.S.) Judge
Filemon Vela said that the at-large
system was diluting the vote of
South Texans for the 13th Court of
Appeals in Corpus Christi." She
noted that this order is currently
She added, "(U.S.) Judge Bunton
(of Midland) said that nine counties
in Texas had to elect judges in
single-member districts, saying that
some people's votes were diluted.
The Legislature will have to draw
the lines The 5th Court of Appeals
in New Orleans has stayed the
order, but they expect a solution
before 199 i. ' 1
Range! stressed, "We have to
udy these plans and hear
(See RANGEL, Page 5)
County Fair Pageant
Rules And Regulations
member of the board of directors of
St. Mary's University in San
Diaz has also served as vice
president and member of the Rio
Grande Valley Chamber of
Commerce, a member of the Rio
Grande Valley Boy Scouts Council
and director of the Texas Retail
Diaz told The Rio Grande Herald,
"I really appreciate the Governor (or
giving me a position like this. I
will try to do justice to the honor
the Governor has bestowed upon
Diaz commented, "1 want to
know the duties of the board
members and what our objectives
are. We oversee the matters of
prisons, paroles, probations, etc
This is a new board created to
consolidate all of the boards
Diaz stressed, "There are some
very big problems that this board
has to deal with, including lack of
prison space and prison financing."
Diaz noted that he is the only
resident of the Valley serving on
the board, which is comprised of
nine members He added, "I was
informed of this appointment on
Friday, Jan 19 I still have to be
confirmed by the Texas Senate The
evaluation took a couple of
Diaz noted, I have my first
meeting (in Austin) on Monday,
Diaz was officially sworn in to
the position by District Judge
Ricardo Garcia on Tuesday
The annual Starr County Fair
Pageant is scheduled to take place
on Sunday. Feb 25 at 6 p.m. at the
Rio Grande City High School
Contestants in the pageant will
in one of the following
categories: PETITE FAIR
PRINCESS- Kinder thru 2nd grade;
PR! IT.EN PRINCESS- 3rd thru
5th grade; TEEN PRINCESS- 6th
thru Sth grade; COUNTY FAIR
QUEEN- High School.
A contestant must be a resident
of Starr County and must be single
at the time of the pageant. The top
five places for each category will be
awarded trophies. The County Fair
Queen will preside over the current
year's County Fair activities.
An entry form provided by the
Starr County 4-H Council must be
submitted by each sponsor to enter
their contestant in the show. This
form must be signed by the
contestant, parents or guardian and
sponsor. Entry forms must be filed
by Monday, Feb. 19 with the Starr
County 4-H Council c/o Yolanda
S. Morado, County Extension
Office, Rio Grande City.
Each sponsor must submit entry
by Feb. 19 with the S20 entry fee
Cash, cashier's check or money
orders or business checks will be
accepted. A sponsor may be an
individual, parents, business or
The winners will be selected by a
panel of judges and they must
represent their sponsors and pageant
at the County Fair Parade on
Saturday, March 3. Each contestant
and/or sponsor will be responsible
to acquire a vehicle and posters to
take part in the County Fair Parade
on Saturday, March 3.
One costume is required lor the
entire pageant. The costume must
be Western and can consist of jeans
and a western shirt of whatever
western attire is desired. The
costume need not be elaborate or
Each contestant must check in
with the Directors the day of the
pageant to receive their number. All
contestants will be required to
attend a rehearsal at the Rio Grande
Cily High School Auditorium on
Wednesday, Feb. 21.
All scores and decisions arc final.
(See PAGEANT, Pace 3)
The grand opening for New image store was held on Friday morning In Rio Grande
City. The new store offers an extensive line of purses, jewelry, casual wear and
perfumes. Owner Elma Barrera is pictured above cutting the ribbon. Leonel "Nene"
Lopez, the President of tbt Rio Graadt City ChartMP «T Commerce, ffltde a brief
speech extending best wishes to the new baslaess.
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