The Rio Grande Herald (Rio Grande City, Tex.), Vol. 80, No. 26, Ed. 1 Thursday, May 24, 1990 Page: 1 of 8
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THE RIO GRANDE HERALD
Published week)/ In Rio Grande City, Ttui, every Thursday by The Rl<* Grande Publishing Co.
Vol. 80, No. 26, Thursday, May 24, 1990
I he lop len honor students for 1989-1990 at Roma High School are pictured
above. I he top five students, pictured above from left to right in the front row, are
\nledictorian Rebecca Garcia, saiutatorian La/aro Abrego, third ranking student
Ivonne E. Garcia, fourth ranking student Herlinda Garza, and fifth ranking student
Claudia Barrera. Pictured above from left to right in the back row are the students
ranked sixth through tenth: F.duardo Ramirez, JoAnn Barrera, Jesus A. Saenz, Jr.,
lose Manuel Garcia, and Claudia Infante.
R(JC Trustees Discuss
Portable Building Bids
At their special meeting on
Thursday. May 17, the Rio Grande
ity C1SD hoard ol trustees locused
in the bids lor 18 portable
buildings within die district.
Architect Luis I !}•"• , i indicated.
We asked the contractor (with the
ow luti), A&M Construction
ompany (of Mercedes), to have
epre.sentalives here " A
leprcsenlative ol the firm said, "We
have committed some jobs to local
ubcontraciors, in case wc get the
Hoard President Rafael Carrera
said. We need some commitments
Irom > d j before we award the
contracl A rcprcseniative of the
firm willi the low bid said, "To this
point, we have talked with
Boiicgas o\ liie electric; we have
ontacted several lumberyards as
>vell as caipeiuers, painters, and
I auro I I ope/, owner ol T riple
L Furniture in Rio Grande City,
said, "1, as the owner ol a furniture
store, was never contacted as lar as
bidding lor carpeting and flooring
was concerned." He asked. Are you
going to compare among us, or
between us and the Valley
Figueroa said, "We want you to
know that this is available and
competitive lor you. This has to be
a competitive process.'
Carrera said, "I'm not ready yet.
We need to have a commitment
first. We're flexible and will work
at it." The firm's representative
rcsjxmded, "Someone will have to
provide a list. We need some more
input from the people in this area,
to know who they (the potential
Lopez asked, "Is one ol the lirst
requirements to try to get local
people .' He added. We can help in
a lot ol areas. 1 in willing to bid
Trustee Noc R "Dickie"
Woman's Body Found
In Brushy Area
I he body ill ,i voting woman, as
\ol unidentified who had been shot
to death was lound Tuesday
morning in ,i brush) area in the
western p.irt ol Rio Grande City.
Sheriff (telle falcon said, "The
body was lound at 10:20 a.m.
Tuesday I he bod) had been there
lor a number ol days. It was in a
decomposed state. All the evidence
indieati that the body was dumped
The sherill said late Tuesday
afternoon that the voting woniafT
u.is piobablv between 20 and 30
\i ars ol agi He indicated that she
had been shot in the head
The body was found
approximately 3(H) yards south of
U.S. Highway 83 and about 100
yards away Irom die narrow paved
road that is Old U.S. 83. The body,
indicated Falcon, was found next to
a dirt road in a brushy area.
The sheriff said Tuesday
afternoon that an autopsy on the
victim was performed by Dr Ruben
Santos of Mc Allen.
Falcon added that the identity of the
woman remained undetermined as of
late Tuesday afternoon.
two More Rabies Cases
Confirmed In Roma
Court Authorizes Application For
Possible Jail Infrastructure
Gonzalez said, I think we should
wait Superintendent Dr. Lcobardo
Cano said, We want this project
completed as soon as possible. It
has always been the board's
commitment to help the taxpayers
of this community through a
Figueroa said. I think this list
needs to be settled by Monday
Carrera stressed, Well work
together on this till next
Wednesday. All we want is to have
something left in the community.
Concerning the site work at the
Hinojosa Elementary School cast of
Rio Grande City, engineer Eloy
Vera said, "We did meet with
people from the Las Lomas
community. By Monday, we should
be hooked up (with the w;iier
Cano said. We have heard that
before." Vera responded, I his
situation with S &R (the contractor
from McAllcn) should not delay us
with the ovciall work. For a while,
these people (S & R) were
producing, but slacked off again.
We (the school district) have
contacted our attorney. As Tor citing
anyone, we should wait until
Vera said, "1 warned them that we
will take legal action against them
it this is not completed b\ next
The trustees voted to renew the
contract for collection of delinquent
taxes with the Austin law firm ol
Calame, Linebarger, and Graham.
This law lirm has a branch office
in Fd in burg.
Juan Pcna, a Rio Grande City
native speaking for the linn, told
the trustees, I am now a partner in
this firm I his is partly due to your
vote of confidence.
By KENNETH ROBERTS
At their special meeting Monday,
the County Commissioners voted
to approve a resolution authorizing
the county to apply for a grant from
the Economic Development
Administration to develop the
infrastructure at the prospective
private detention facility, should
such a project become a reality.
The commissioners approved a
motion, required for the application,
authorizing the County Judge to
secure a bank letter guaranteeing the
county's share for a matching grant
by EDA for the Detention Center
Federal Program Coordinator
Javier Margo told the court, "This
resolution must be part of our
application. Wc are applying to
EDA for a grant of $1,513,000; of
which 80 percent will be funded by
Margo said, "We have already
been invited to submit an
application. The deadline is 5 p.m.
Thursday (May 24). We will be m
Austin to make a presentation at 9
a.m. that day."
Margo added, "We're saying that
the 20 percent will be picked up by
N-Group (the Houston investment
firm carrying out the project).
N-Group has agreed to pick this up
as part of this project. We will still
be able to pull out at a later time il
we want to."
County Judge J.M. Martinez, Jr
said, This (the grant application) is
lor water, sewage, and gas to the
(prospective) Detention Center."
Precinct Two Commissioner
Amando Pena asked, "Have wc
asked permission of the District
Judge?" Margo replied, "This is in
the process of being done."
County Attorney Romero Molina
said, "I'm not sure wc could have
the authority to borrow from a
bank, but wc can issue certificates
Margo said, "This can be passed
subject to Judge Garcia's app oval
This letter of approval from the
bank was procedure carried out with
Precinct One Commissioner Jose
Maria "Chema" Alvarez contended.
"1 think we're jumping into this too
soon. Wc should wait for Judge
Garcia's approval. Otherwise, we're
in contempt of court as
Commissioner Pcna said."
Pena asked, "Is it in the contract
that they (N-Group) arc picking up
the 20 percent?" Judge Martinez
said, "We cannot (now) commit
N-Group to the 20 percent since
there is no contract." Auditor Jose
Guadalupe Villarreal said, "I think
wc need permission from Judge
The commissioners then passed
the resolution, subject to the
approval of the District Judge and
County Attorney, and substituting
the words "County's Capital
Improvement Fund" Tor "F'rst
National Bank Commissioners
Pena and Reynaldo "Moreno"
Alaniz favored the motion, with
Commissioner Alvarez voting m
Concerning the need lor a gas
chamber at the dog pound, Alvarez
said, "Everything is complete at the
dog pound, except Tor the chamber."
Alvarez added, "The price of a
chamber would be S4f>2(). This
would be 30 cubic feet, or 36 by
51, and 49 inches thick.
Pcna said, "I don't agree with
this, unless Chema has the money.
You can built anything; maybe wc
(See JAIL, Page 3)
Rabies Clinics Scheduled
A number of clinics to
vaccinate pets against rabies
will be held throughout the
county this coming week.
The schedule is as follows:
FRIDAY, MAY 25- Los
Arrieros (located north of
Roma), J & C Drive In, 6 to
SATURDAY, MAY 26-
Roma, in front of Ramirez
Firestone, 11 a.m. to noon.
MONDAY, MAY 28- Rio
Grande City, La Colonia Los
I'revinos. J <!t A Grocery, 6
to 7 p.m.
I UKSDAY, MAY 29- Rio
Fence located east ol Rio
Grande City, <> to 7 p.m.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 30-
Rio Grande ( ity, Hobby
Joe's on North Avasolo
Street, <> to 7 p.m.
Ihe individuals that played vital parts in the Rio Grande City High School
All-Sports banquet Saturday night. Irom left to right are Judy Pena, llermelinda
Myrna Bazan, guest speaker Isaiah Robertson, Faustino Benavidez, Jr.,
Lcobardo Cano, and Athletic Director Ramiro Villegas. (See
A y a I a,
storv below lor more details).
Robertson Speaks, Rattler Athletes
Honored At All-Sports Banquet
By KENNETH ROBERTS
Rio Grande City Rattler athletes
in sports other than football were
honored in Saturday nights annual
All Sports Banquet, which also
featured a hard hitting speech by
former standout NI L linebacker
Isaiah Robertson, who is currently
Two more rabies cases have been
confirmed in Roma this past week,
bringing the 199(1 countywidc total
to 24 cases and 57 since the
outbreak began in September 1988
On the positive side. Veterinarian
|)i Roberto S Margo indicated that
the county (vople are doing a gixnf
iob ol picking up the strays We've
gotten a good turnout at the
v:iu in.il ion clinics People are now
realizing how dangerous the
situation is Were getting very
good response from people in
Margo noted that 180 persons
turned out in Roma this past
Saturday morning to have their pels
vaccinated, with 115 individuals
bringing their pets to Friday night s
clinic at Rio Fence east of Rio
One ol the rabies cases in Roma
w as confirmed last Thursday and the
other was confirmed Tuesday
Police Chief Romeo Alvarez said
that both dogs were family pets that
were found behaving abnormally in
the area north ol Roma High
Alvarez said. There is no
evidence that any humans wi*re
exposed to rabies by the two dogs.
These two dogs were not
Former Longtime County
Clerk Hinojosa Succumbs
Jose S Hinojosa, 74, who served
as Starr County Clerk for 33 years,
died Monday, May 14 at Starr
County Memorial Hospital
Hinojosa, a resident of Rio
Grande Cily. served in the Army
during World War If
Hinojosa served as Starr Count)
Clerk lor 34 years from 1949 to
1983 He was also a longtime
rancher in Starr County
Hinojosa is survived by one son,
Jose O Hinojosa. His wife, Olga
H Hinojosa, preceded him in death
on Jan. 3, 1965.
Funeral services were held on
Wednesday, May 16 at 10 a.m. at
Immaculate Conception Church in
Rio Grande Cily Burial followed at
the cily cemetery.
Pallbearers were Miguel
Hinojosa, Hon Ricardo Hinojosa.
Dr. Tom as Hinojosa, Ray T
Margo, Jr., Dr Roberto S. Margo,
and Carlos A. Garza
a fervent crusader against drug
All the athletes who won various
All-District honors were recognized.
Among the athletes honored were
Rosa Ramirez, district champion in
the triple lump and lirsl learn
All-District in volleyball; Ana
Solis, lirst team All-District in
volleyball; Maribel Bazan, sccond
team All District in volleyball and
sccond leani All-District in girls
basketball; and Judy Pcna,
Honorable Mention All-District in
Winning a multitude ol honors
was Myrna Bazan, the Most
Valuable Player for District 31-5A
in volleyball and first team
All District in both volleyball and
girls basketball She received lirst
team All Valley honors in
Il was noted that Rosa Ramirez
set five school records for the girls
track program. Also, Mvrna Bazan
and Rosa Ramirez will play (or the
West team in the All-Star
volleyball game in McAllcn in
Il was noted that senior Jaime
Garza represented the varsity boys
basketball team on the All District
lust team Garza averaged 15
rebounds a game lo lead the district
in that category, and was a close
second in scoring with an average
of 20 points per game in district
Rattler seniors J P. Baldcras and
Hector Juarez received Honorable
Mention All-District basketball
A highlight ol the banquet held at
the Multipurpose Center was the
speech given by Isaiah Robertson,
former NFL All Pro linebacker for
the Los Angeles Rams who is
director of the House of
Isaiah/Athletes for Drug Free
In introducing the speaker,
Fauslino Benavidez, Jr.. noted lhat
Robertson won sweeping
All-America honors his senior year
at Southern I nivcrsity Robertson
vs.is the 10th player selected in the
(See BANQUET, Page 7)
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