The Rio Grande Herald (Rio Grande City, Tex.), Vol. 80, No. 35, Ed. 1 Thursday, July 26, 1990 Page: 1 of 10
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300 E. Main St.
Rio Grande City
Specials Pg. to
THE RIO GIUNDE HERALD
Published owMf • Wo CrMdt City. T«u every Thunday by The Rio Grande Publlthinf Co.
Vol. 80, No. 35, Thursday, July 26, 1990
Two men charged in
shooting plead guilty
Special to The Herald
SAN DIEGO, Texas - Two
men accused of shooting two Starr
County deputies and injuring an
elderly Roma woman have entered
guilty pleas in 229th District Court
before Judge Ricardo Garcia.
Rodolfo Garza, 26, of Mission
and Eduardo Espinosa Castellano
of Mexico, pleaded guilty to
attempted capital murder charges
approximately 30 minutes before
jury selection for their trial was
scheduled to begin, according to
Duval County District Attorney
A s part of a pi ca barga i n, Garza
received a 60 year prison sentence
while Espinosa received 40 years.
The district attorney reported
since it was found in both cases that
the men used deadly weapons,
Garza and Espinosa will have to
serve at least one-third of their
sentences before they arc eligible
The two men were accused in
the April 3 shootout in which
officers Xavier Garza and Luis
Cavazos were wounded as they
attempted to slop die vehicle in
which the suspccLs were riding.
The incident occurred in Roma
as Deputy Garza tried to stop a
vehicle occupied by two men
allegedly involved in a shooting at
a house cast of Roma, according to
Starr County Sheriff Gene Falcon.
As the deputy chased the car
through downtown Roma, the
suspect's car struck another car,
which collided with a parked
As the deputy chased the car
through downtown Roma, the
suspect's car struck another car,
which collided with a parked
Margarita Trevino, 70, of
Roma was pinned between the
parked vehicle and a building.
One suspect got out of the car
and exchanged gunfire with Garza
and shot the deputy four times.
Off-duty Deputy Cavazos
witness the shooting from a nearby
business and chased the suspect
on foot, the sheriff said. He, too,
Both suspects were armed
with ,38-calliber handguns.
Rodolfo Garza suffered three
gunshot wounds in the abdomen
and one to his leg, while Cavazos
suffered two gunshot wounds, one
in his abdomen and one to his leg.
Mrs. Trevino susiained a
broken shoulder, bruises and
Union Water Supply Board Rehires
Two Employees Fired by Manager
By BRAI) NIBERT
At their meeting last week, Union
Water Supply Corporation directors
stripped away many of the duties of
its general manager and rehired two
employees the manager had fired.
Rehired were former general
manager Gilberto Saenz Jr. and
Branch Jones, brother of Board
President DcWitt M. Jones Jr.
In other action, the board hired
legal counsel, agreed to consider a
land purchase, and located a long-lost
Saenz was "reinstated for the
amount of lime he wants to work" and
was given the okay to take a leave of
absence for the amount of time he
chooses at a time of his choice.
The motion to reinstate Saenz,
made by Vice-President Manuel H.
Guerra, lurthcr states Saenz will be
paid during his leave of absence and
for the entire month of July.
As to why he should be paid for
the month of July, during which he
has been terminated, Gucrra said "He-
was wrongfully terminated."
Board member Cynthia
Montalvo voted against the
reinstatement of Saenz.
Jones, who left his job at U VVSC
in November 1988, and was ruled
against by the Texas Employment
Commission in December 1988, was
reinstated in his job with his former
In making the motion to reinstate
Jones, Gucrra said, "because of his
number of years with Union Water
Supply Corporation, he will be given
hack his seniority and will be given a
three-year contract to be drafted b>
lhe board attorney. I le will be paid at
a salary of SI per hour during the first
year of his contract."
The board will later decide his
second and third-year salary.
Jones' contract will state an
agreement he will not sue the water
"If you want to sue former board
members, do it," said Gucrra. "We
want work from you ... not lawsuits."
Board President Jones stepped
out of executive session during the
discussion concerning his brother and
abstained from the vote. Montalvo
alsoabstaincd from the vote "because
ol nepotism" which she said was
influencing the motion.
Constable Garza guarded the
building while board members met
in executive session for nearly an
hour-and-a-half. Board member
Garcia instructed the law officer to
keep everyone outside the fence.
Among the action the board took
to limit General Manager Erasmo
Lopez's powers were to remove the
corporation phone at his home,
removed his name as contact person
for when the office's alarm system is
activated, required him to punch a
timecard, and took away his power to
assign use of corporation vehicles.
- Calling it a cost-cutting move,
'directors decided to discontinue the.
phone line at the manager's home
which is used for after hours
emergency calls. A call-forwarding
feature is being added to the office
phone so that emergency calN can be
transferred to the manager's personal
phone line after hours.
Board President Jones is now.
the person that w ill be contacted when
the office alarm system is activated
Board Secretary-Treasurer Line Perez
will be listed as the alternate contact
it was also decided that Lopez
should be required to punch a
timecard. Lopez said he has been
maintaining a log and diary, prior to
the timecard requirement.
Jones said the manager should
be staying in the oil ice instead ol
running errands. He also claimed
office duties were not being done. A
charge which Lopez denies.
It was decided the manager, like
all other employees, will punch the
time clock from 8-12 and 1-5.
Board member SusicGarcia used
the opportunity to add thatemployccs
should not be staying in the office
during lunch. She accused one
employee, who was not present of
staying in the office during the lunch
The proceedings prompted one
observer to remark it appears the
corporation is becoming a "first class
Concerning use of the
corporation's trucks, the board voted
to permit only the person on call
drive home a corporation vehicle. It
was also decided to rotate the person
on call on a weekly basis.
Assignment of the trucks and
employees schedules was a duty
pre\ lously assigned to the manager
under policy approved by the
coqxtralion's previous board.
Board President Jones led the
opposition to Lopez having use of a
'T.rasmo (Lopez.) doesn't need
a true k Jones said. "It is my opinion
he should be staying here in the
See N VI KR SUPPLY, page 2.
JTPA Student Participants
Attend Career Day Program
A Career Day for 398 Stan-
County students participating in the
Job Training Partnership Act (JTPA)
program was hosted Friday at Rio
Cirande City High School.
Twenty-two representatives of
businesses, vocational schools,
universities, law enforcement
agencies and the armed forces, gave
presentations to the students on career
opportunities in their field of expertise.
Guest speakers at the program
which kickcd-off the day's activities
were Silvcrio A. Pena of Region 1
Education Service Center and Paul
Rodriguez, president and chief
executive officer of NCNB Bank in
Master of Ceremonies was Julia
Laurel of San Isidro. Presentation ol
Colors was made by Hcraldo
Villarreal and Juan J. Gonzalez of
Rio Grande City. The "Star Spangled
Banner" was performed by Gus Pena,
Santiago Duran and Joe Lopez of the
R.G.C. High School Band. Pledge of
Allegiance was recited by Elisa Solis
of La Grulla, and the Invocation was
led by Margot Garcia of Rio Grande
'I he JTPA summer program has
two basic components: classroom
training which includes home
economics, building maintenance,
math and English remediation, auto
mechanics, and horticulture; and
work experience programs where
students get hands-on training in such
areas as teacher aides, police
dispatchers, maintenance, and office
Among the award recipients
from Rio Grande City were: San
Juanita Leal, Mireya Barrcra,
Veronica Valdcz, Rosa Lautano,
Rachel Garza, Nancy Bazan, Maria
L. Trevino, Robert Florcs, Juan
Garcia, Homcro Con trcras, Armando
Martinez, LuisG. Bazan, Sabas Solis
Ramiro Diaz Jr., Manuel Ozuna and
Award winners from Roma
included: Nellie Ramirez, Maricruz
Cisncros, Rosila Garcia, Claudia
Cantu, Mayra Barrcra, Bcncdictor
Diaz, Victor Garza, Jose Z. Garcia
ill, Jose Estrada, Armando Rivera,
Olbcin Ramos and Jose H. Soto.
San Isidro honorccs included.
Javier Garcia, Veronica Ruiz.
Elizabeth Saenz, Roel Pantoja,
Gregorio Garcia, Leonor Macal arid
Javier Crispin Jr.
Special Program Presentations
were made by Marissa Sandoval,
home economics, La Grulla; Olbein
Ramos, typing, Roma; Gilberto
Hinoiosa II I. business office services,
Rio Grande City; Marisol Gucrra,
business administration, Rio Grande
City; Mary Jane Gonzalez,
salesmanship, RioGrandc City; Jose
Z.Garcia III, basic computers, Roma.
Also, Leonardo Cruz,
horticulture, San Isidro; Luis Bazan,
auto mechanics, Rio Grande City;
Raul Bcnavidcz, building
maintenance, Rio Grande City;
Raqucl Cantu, general construction,
Roma; Robert Flores, English
remediation, Rio Grande City; Jose
Z. Garcia, math remediation. Roma;
and Nancy Vela, welding, Roma.
Closing remarks were deli vercd
by Noc L. Sanchez, vocational
administrator and Adolfo Pena,
Atthc Awards Assembly teacher
See JTPA, page 3.
Hector Torres Garcia of Mexico was found guilty and given the death penalty for his
part in the murder of a young Kdinburg boy during a convenience store robbery in
northern Hidalgo County. The verdict was handed down Wednesday in Edinburg.
(Special to The Herald.)
Back-to-School Time Nears
Advanced Honors Program added
School to begin 15 minutes earlier
B\ BRAI) NIBERT
Back to School is just
around the corner and Rio
Grande City I.S.I), trustees have
begun preparations by making
a minor schedule change,
approving new student policy
and hiring new faculty.
The first change students and
parents are likely to notice is that
school will start 15 minutes earlier.
Although a lew campuses began
starting class at 8:15 a.m. last year,
the rest ol the district w ill now follow
suit. Teachers w ill now have to report
to campus at S a.m.
The extra tune will be used for
more time for language ans. follow ing
requests from teachers who felt they
did not have enough time to cover all
the essential elements, according to
Supt. Leonardo Cano
Cano explained that teachers
need more time to prepare students to
be competitive on the TEAMS tests
()t her changes this year include a
re\ ised student handbook lor the hieli
school and junior high campuses.
The primary revision to the
handbooks is the addition of criteria
for an honors program, mandated by
the stale, w Inch w ill allow high school
students to graduate under the
"Advanced Honors Plan "
Students who complete the
requirements w ill have a seal on their
transcript indicating they completed
the Advance Honors Plan. Their
diploma will remain the same, but
I he > will also be honored by being
able to w ear an honor's stoll as part of
the graduation regalia.
I ast \ ear's ninth graders will be
the lirst district students able to
graduate under the Adv anced Honors
Tw o changes, brought on by the
ever-changing suiteol young people's
fashion, were made in the district's
"Skorts." as they are called by
district administrators, w ill be banned
as well as the w earing ol an "excessive
amount ol jewelry
Skorts fall between the
definitions of skirts and shorts The\
areclosertoskirtsin length, but have
separate leg openings like shorts
The high school and junior high
school principals were commended
for their work in putting together the
new handbooks, which will be
distributed with the opening ol the
new school year.
Following an executive session
the following resignations were
accepted: Clifford E. Burrow, Lostra
Bumiw, Karen S. Carstcnsen, Joe\
A. Guzman Jr., Gracicla Gonzalez,
Carol Manici-Fathcrce, Scott
Frampton. Edw ard J MessbargerJr
Susan Schmidt Perez, Jesus Sanchez
Jr, and Mary Ann Whittcn
The follwing applicants, some
still pending TEA or ACP approv al
were also accepted: Maximo Flores.
Clarissa G. Flores, Lcticia Canales.
Iris M. Gar/a, Maria Mirtha
Mendoza, Sylvia Celcdon, Gary
Kenneth Hargcns. Patricia Dona.
Judy K. Park, Susanna Valle, Lilia
Ramirez, Rolando Rosas, Fernando
Gomez, James McGuirc, Olga CI
Montalvo, Belia Solis and Yamil R
Summer Band Practice
(lets Underway August 1
The band staff and the
1990-91 band officers would
like to welcome back all the
band members for another
exciting and successful year
The band officers have been
working hard to prepare for
an organized and fun month
This year summer band
for the incoming freshmen
will begin on Wednesday,
August 1 from 6 to ^ p.m. at
the Rio Grande City High
School Band Hall. On
Thursday August 2 and
lriday, August 3, the
schedule v\ ill be N to 10 a.m.
and 6 to 9 p.m.
On Monday. August 6.
1990 summer band for
freshmen, will begin. All
band members will report to
the Rio Grande City High
School Band Hall from 6 to 9
p.m. As usual a bus will be
provided for band members
living in the La Grulla,
Victoria area as well as for
members living on 755
For the month of August,
officers have planned
activities such as Green
Night. Cap Night, Mark
Night. Colors Night and
Bandana Night. We
encourage all band members
to participate in all activities
so that you can show all your
All band members
should try to wear
comfortable clothing and a
cap so that you can work
hard Working hard together
we can keep up the strong
tradition and make this year
the best ever.
B\ the Herald Staff
Despite a drop in sales tax
collections, the Rio Cirande City
School District is anticipating a
budget surplus i>l S3(X),(XX) in its
share of state revenue.
Superintendent Leobardo Cano
explained that the economic
slowdown caused by the ongoing
drought and last winter's freeze is the
root ol the sales lax collection
The district has collected only
S2 s million of its tax base of over S3,
million. Cano said it w ill be the end
ol August before the district knows
exactly what its collection rate will
be. K lore the accounts arc turned
over lor collection.
It was estimated thcdistrictcould
eollec i 90 percent ol its taxes, but so
tar that figure is only at 86 to 87
I he state revenue increase was
r ih/ed because ol the district's
impro\cmcnt in average daily
attendance in I e bruary ovcrOctober,
when the initial figure lor planning
purposes was calculated.
See lit l)(iF. I. paye 2.
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