Rio Grande Herald (Rio Grande City, Tex.), Vol. 81, No. 8, Ed. 1 Thursday, February 25, 1993 Page: 1 of 10
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Rattler Guy Peterson is pictured above handling the basketball near the basket in
the season finale at home against the PSJA Bears. Standing just at the left of
Peterson is guard Ramiro Lopez. Three other Rattlers are poised for action under the
basket. The Rattlers played well against the Bears, but came out on the short end of
a 63-62 score in overtime. (RGCCISI) Photo).
Fair Association wild game
dinner termed success
The Starr County Fair
Association held their annual Wild
Game Fund Raising Dinner
Saturday night at the Fairgrounds in
Rio Grande City, with organizers
terming the event a resounding
Fair Association Treasurer Omar
Gar/,a indicated that $3500 was
raised for the Fair Association
during Saturday night's dinner
Fair Association President Dr.
A clinic will be held in Roma
Saturday morning, Feb. 27 to give
pet owners the opportunity to have
their pets, especially dogs and cats,
vaccinated against the deadly rabies
The clinic will take place from
10 a.m. to 12 noon on Saturday in
front of Ramirez Firestone in
Veterinarian Dr. Roberto S.
Margo stressed the importance of
all pet owners in the Roma area
bringing their pets to be vaccinated
at this clinic, especially in view of
the epidemic thai has resulted in 98
confirmed cases of rabies and one
human fatality in Starr County
since September 1988.
Roberto S. Margo added that uie
attendance at the dinner Saturday
night was higher than in previous
years. He commented, "Everybody
seems to be really up for the Fair."
At Saturday night's dinner,
Margo told the audience, "This
dinner and the whole Youth Fair
enterprise would not be successful
without your help."
The Fair Assoc;ation President
noted that six new directors have
been added to the Fair Association
Bo aid of Director.-;. He indicated,
"This is a transitional year, with
many new members playing an
increasingly vital part."
Fair Association Vice-President
Roy Cantu commented, "The Fair
Association has been special to me
and all of us from the beginning.
Our goal is to build for the future
to help the youth of Starr County."
Omar Garza told The Rio Grande
Herald, "I consider it (the fundraiser)
very successful. This was one of
the better fundraisers we've had. We
had a real good crowd. People are
obviously very enthusiastic about
the Fair. Money is still coming
Garza added, "This is a
transitional year because of the
added divisions in the show where
young kids can bring in some very
young animals, such as calves.
Some people were willing to
volunteer their time to make this
Tissa Peterson named 1993
County Fair Parade Marshal
The Starr County Fair
Association is proud to announce
that Tissa Peterson has been named
to preside as Grand Marshall of the
1993 Starr County Fair Parade on
Saturday morning, March 6, at
10:00 a.m. The theme for the
parade, which will begin at the
Starr County Courthouse and
proceed down Main Street into Fort
Ringgold, is "The Starr County
Fair -An Educational Experience."
"The selection of a theme
focusing on education is a fitting
one for this year with the local
emphasis that is being placed on
excellence in education," stated
Peterson, an educator who has
taught the children of the Rio
Grande City CISD for fourteen
Mrs. Peterson is a Chapter 1
Resource teacher with the
RGCCISD, serving the students of
Immaculate Conception School.
She also serves a dual role as a
Public Information Officer for the
Tissa, who believes that
) volunteerism is what makes
America the great country it is and
that a person gets out of a
community what they put into it,
has done volunteer work through
First Baptist Church of Rio Grande
City, Stair Grande 4-H Club, Starr
County 4-H Council, and Starr
County 4-H Adult Leaders, the Boy
Scouts, Immaculate Conception
School, the Rio Grande City High
School Class of '93, and the Boys'
She is past president of the
Florence J. Scott Study Club and
president-elect of Texas Preceptor
Coyote proven rabid
on outskirts of Roma
The continuing rabies epidemic
in Stair County took another grave
turn last week as a coyote roaming
in the northern outskirts of Roma
was confirmed to have been a carrier
of the deadly virus.
Veterinarian Dr. Roberto S.
Margo indicated that the incident
took place early on the morning of
Tuesday, Feb. 16, with state
authorities providing confirmation
on Thursday, Feb. 18 that the
coyote had indeed been rabid.
Margo said, "This coyote got
into a lady's back yard. The dogs
were barking. She (the owner of the
house) didn't know how long the
coyote was there. She's not sure
whether the dogs were exposed."
Margo declared that according to
all indications, no humans were
exposed to rabies in this particular
incident. The episode look place in
a residential area on the northern
outskirts of Roma.
There have been six confirmed
cases of rabies in Starr County in
1993 alone, and 98 confirmed cases
and one human fatality since the
outbreak began in September 1988.
An El Sauz woman died in August
1991 after having been exposed to
the virus, apparently through the
saliva of a family pet.
Margo termed this latest
occurrence of rabies especially
worrisome since there has not been
a confirmed case of the virus in the
Roma vicinity in well over two
years. There were more than a dozen
confirmed cases in the Roma area
within a few months ' " • 990.
In view of this late t ci < Margo
said that a vaccinal n ,nic is
scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 27
between 10 a.m. and 12 noon in
front of Ramirez Firestone in
Margo emphasized, "Owning a
pet is a major responsibility. This
problem is going to be with us a
long time, so every pet needs to be
vaccinated. I'm convinced that this
virus will be in the coyote
population for many years to
The veterinarian stated, "If people
are going to own pets, they need to
take the responsibility of having
them vaccinated against rabies."
Besides keeping the vaccination
of their pets up to date on an annual
basis, residents need to humanely
dispose of unwanted animals and
completely avoid strange animals,
Garza noted, "We're going to
have two evening rodeos this year,
on Friday and Saturday evenings.
We're probably going to have a
record number of concession
He indicated that the additional
board members have been installed
"to get a wider cross-section of the
community involved. These new
people have been a big help in
advancing the Fair."
Various groups from throughout
Starr County prepared wild game
dishes such as deer venison, deer
chili, quail, fried fish, rabbit, wild
hog meat, and cowboy bread.
Leaders of the Fair Association
gave hearty thanks to the cookoff
teams for their help in making the
dinner a success.
The cooking teams participating
in the dinner were: (1) Los
Com padres cookoff team; (2)
Alvarez and Alvarez; (3) Rio S ince
Menders; (4) Eloy Garza and his
team; (5) Starr County Bass Club;
(6) Starr Banking Center cooking
The Fair Association Board of
Directors is comprised of the
following individuals: Dr. Roberto
S. Margo, President; Roy Cantu,
Vice-President; Fernando Pena,
Secretary; Omar Garza, Treasurer;
James Peterson, 4-H and FFA
(See DINNER, Page 7)
McAllen resident succumbs
in head-on collision
A 37-year-old McAllen resident
was killed Thursday in a head-on
collision east of Rio Grande City
that resulted in critical injuries to
two other persons.
The mishap occurred at 11:58
a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 18 on U.S.
Highway 83 approximately 7.8
miles east of Rio Grande City.
ioel Avendano, 37, of McAiien
was pronounced dead at the scene by
Justice of the Peace Dewitt Jones.
Avendano was the second traffic
fatality victim of 1993. in Stan-
Also suffering serious injuries in
the accident were Oscar Hernandez,
29, of McAllen and Richard
Agniaga, the driver of the 1978
Buick that collided with the white
Ford van driven by Avendano.
Hernandez was a passenger in the
van driven by Avendano.
A Department of Public Safety
(DPS) trooper indicated that
Avendano sustained massive
internal injuries, while both
Hernandez and Agniaga suffered
extensive internal injuries and
several broken bones.
The trooper stated that as of
Tuesday afternoon, Hernandez
remained hospitalized in critical
condition in Brownsville while
Agniaga was still listed in critical
condition at Mission Hospital.
The trooper indicated that a
pickup-R.V. trailer was traveling
eastbound on U.S. 83, with a
brown Buick driven by Agniaga
traveling just behind the
pickup-R.V. A white Ford van
driven by Avendano was traveling
The trooper stated that the brown
Buick was attempting to pass thr ,
pickup-R.V. While '.he 3.nck wa$
attempting to get back into the
eastbound lane, the car sideswiped
the pickup-R.V, the patrolman said
After sideswiping the pickup, the
Buick then veered back to the left
into the westbound lane where it
struck the van headon, indicated the
RGCCISD to observe
Public Schools Week
Iota Chi Chapter of Beta Sigma
Phi. Both of these organizations
arc dedicated to education and
Tissa is a graduate of H.M.
King High School and Texas A&I
College in Kingsville. She and
husband James, a farm manager for
Starr Produce Company, have three
children. James Kent is a
policeman in Corpus Christi, Lori
(See MARSHAL, Page 7)
The Rio Grande City CISD will
be observing Texas Public Schools
Week from Monday, March 1
through Friday, March 5.
The following proclamation was
recently approved by the Rio
Grande City CISD board of
"WHEREAS, Texas public
schools are an important and
integral part of our society; and
"WHEREAS, the students of
today arc the leaders of tomorrow:
"WHEREAS, education is a focal
point for our state and nation; and
"WHEREAS, we need to
continue to support a strong
educational system which allows all
children to have the opportunity to
be the real winners in our nation's
"WHEREAS, a joint effort must
be made by parents, schools, and
the community to work together
toward a common commitment for
quality education or all children;
"THEREFORE, BE IT
RESOLVED that we, the Board of
Trustees, make a commitment to
public education and to the future of
our school district and urge all
citizens to join in this commitment
by visiting their local public
schools during Texas Public
Schools Week, March 1-5, 1993,
and by donating their time and
talents throughout the year to make
the public schools even better."
Iexas Governor Ann Richards
pi claimed Texas Public Schools
Week from March 1-5. The
governor's proclamation reads as
"At no time in our history has
there been a greater need for a
strong public education system.
The stability and growth of the
Texas economy demands a strong
work force. Global events and
technological ad\ancements demand
that schools reach beyond average
standards to confront these
"As communities, we need to
unite, raise the expectations of
schools and of students, and
together see these standards
through. If we commit to
improving our schools, Texas can
(See SCHOOLS, Page 2)
County Fair Pageant
The annual Starr County Fair
Pageant will take place this
Saturday at 6 p.m. at the Rio
Grande City High School
Auditorium, with winners to be
crowned in four divisions.
The 1992 County Fair Queen,
Rebecca Irene Garza, will crown her
successor at Saturday night's
The contestants will be from one
of the following four categories:
PETITE FAIR PRINCESS, kinder
through second grade; PRETF.F.N
PRINCESS, third through fifth
grade; TEEN PRINCESS, sixth
through eighth grade; COUNTY
FAIR QUEEN, high school.
The top five places for each
category will be awarded trophies.
The County Fair Queen will preside
over this year's County Fair
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 6.
Rebecca Irene Garza, the >992 Starr County fair
Queen, will crown her successor t the 1<W3 County
Fair scheduled Saturday, Feb. 27 at ft p.m. at the Rio
(irande 'City High School Auditorium.
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