Rio Grande Herald (Rio Grande City, Tex.), Vol. 81, No. 14, Ed. 1 Thursday, April 15, 1993 Page: 1 of 8
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Published weekly in Rio Grande City, Texas every Thursday by The Rio Grande Publishing Co.
Vol. 81, No. 14, Thursday , April 15,1993
Court hears of possible
Rio Odyssey of the Mind teams achieved outstanding results at the Texas State
Tournament in Lubbock on April 3 as three local teams placed in the state's top ten.
There were 279 teams representing every part of the state at the competition. From
this field, 13 teams will advance to the next level of competition. (RGCCISD
Rio O.M. excels with three
teams in top ten of state
by Mary Rodriguez
Rio Grande City Odyssey of the
Mind Teams competed at the Texas
State Tournament on April 3 at
Texas Tech University in Lubbock.
There were 279 teams representing
every part of the state at the compe-
tition from which only thirteen
teams advance to the next level of
Odyssey of the Mind is an ex-
tracurricular program currently oper-
ating in over 3,000 schools in the
country. It is a creative problem-
solving activity that operates on the
belief that the mind, like the body,
can be trained through exercise and
practice to reach its fullest poten-
Rio schools competed effectively
in long-term, style, and sponta-
neous categories and captured the
Ringgold Elementary tean
members for the "Old Man and the
Sea" are Anastasia Rodriguez,
Aaron Saenz, Elias Vasquez,
Melissa Flores, Rene Fuentes,
Melissa Andrade, and Diana
Aguilar, coached by Rosa Vela and
Elias Saenz, fourth place.
Ringgold Intermediate team
members for "Folk Tales" arc
Severino Garcia, Audra Gonzalez,
Raudel Rodriguez, Michelle Falcon,
James Falcon, Mario Lara, and
Danny Ozuna, coached by L. T.
Guzman, sixth place.
Ringgold Intermediate team
members for the "Old Man and the
Sea" arc Brenda Gutierrez, Claudia
Trevino, Iris Duran Mary Cantu,
Bobby Lopez, Abel Gonzalez, and
Edgar Hernandez, coached by Mary
Rodriguez, tenth place.
Ringgold Elementary team
members for "Dinosaurs" are
Debbie Amador, Bettina Garza,
Roel Guerra, Judy Villarreal,
Mitchell Juarez, Romeo Ozuna, and
Melissa Cerda, coached by Rosa
Vela and Elias Saenz, thirteenth
place and an OMer Award for cre-
North Grammar team ". 'nbers
for "Folk Tales" are Homero
Carrcra, Rafael Carrcra, Guillermo
Ochoa, Jorge J. Pena, Rudy Lucra,
Melissa Garcia, and Ariana de la
Garza, coached by Mindy Garza and
Lctty Gonzalez, eighteenth place.
Judge rejects magistrate's
opinion in Garcia lawsuit
A federal judge in Corpus Christi
has rejected the recommendation of
a U.S. magistrate and ruled that the
lawsuit of Rio Grande City CISD
Personnel Manager Gilberto Garcia
against the school district and six of
its present and former trustees
should proceed further in the federal
Garcia's attorney, Mark Robinctt,
told The Rio Grande Herald on
Wednesday, April 7, "The judge
decided against the magistrate's
recommendation and against the
school district's motion for
Robinett indicated that he had
been informed earlier that day of the
ruling by U.S. District Judge
Hayden Head of Corpus Christi.
In a mid-March ruling, U.S.
Magistrate William Mallett
recommended that a summary
judgment be granted in the school
district's favor, which would result
in the lawsuit's dismissal.
Robinctt commented on Monday,
"We're pleased, but we're not
Garcia candidate for
Thclma Andrade Garcia, lifelong
resident of Rio Grande City and a
businesswoman associated with her
husband in the operation of a carpct
and flooring enterprise, has
announced her candidacy in the May
1 elections for Board of Directors of
the Starr County Water Control and
Improvement District No. 2.
Garcia elaborated on her decision
to seek election to the Board of
Directors of the Starr County
WCID No. 2, which currently
services the residents of Rio Grande
City proper and surrounding
neighborhoods either directly or
through contract with adjoining
rural water supply corporations.
Garcia said, '"flic growth of our
communities, coupled with the ever
increasing pressures on our water
supply, whether it be through
demand for service or through the
effects of pollution of our water
source, the Rio Grande River, is of
grave concern to me as a resident of
Rio Grande City, a parent of young
children and a businesswoman
interested in attracting more
businesses to our communities.
Thelma A- Garcia
"We all know that an adequate
water supply and distribution
system is probably one of the most
important factors that any business
interested in relocating to an area
looks at. We must make sure that
we are prepared to meet those needs
in a safe and economical way. I
(See WATKR. Pane 3)
ecstatic...This ruling doesn't mean
that we win the case; it just means
that we will be heard."
Austin attorney John Judge, who
represents the RGCCISD on the
matter, told The Herald, I he
magistrate did recommend a
summary judgment, but Judge Head
has not followed that
Judge emphasized, "We have filed
a motion asking that Judge Head
reconsider his decision. Unless
Judge Head changes his thinking,
we're headed for a trial at an
Robinctt noted, "The judge will
have to rule on the school districts
Robinctt added, "The key is
getting a chance to tell our story. It
(Judge Head's decision) means that
we'll have our day in court. We feel
good about our chances once we
have our day in court."
About the lawsuit's future course,
Robincttc commented, "There is
always an opportunity for both
parties to sit down and work things
Judge, the school district's
attorney, commented, "I feel that
the magistrate evaluated it (the
lawsuit) properly. We've always
believed that the case is of no
Judge insisted, "His complaint, if
anything, is based on a private
personnel matter, rather than a
public issue of genuine concern. I
can't sec what injury he suffered."
Judge declared that "the case was
reassigned to Judge Head because
Judge Hinojosa (of McAllen)
Head's ruling reads as follows:
"On March 12, 1993, the United
Slates Magistrate Judge filed his
Memorandum and Recommendation
(See JUDGE, Page 3)
By KENNETH ROBERTS
At their regular monthly meeting
Monday, the County
Commissioners focused on benefits
for Starr County that may result
from President Clinton's economic
stimulus proposal, especially in the
area of highway construction.
Federal Program Coordinator
Javier Margo told the court, "Part
of the stimulus bill already put into
action is that the state will receive
through HUD almost $48 million
for non-entitlements. Our region is
expecting to receive $2 million,
which will add $287,000 to the
figure already mentioned (for the
paving grant currently pending from
Margo had noted earlier, "We
submitted another application (for
paving) for $288,922. There's
likely to be an added amount."
Margo noted that with the
additional $287,(XX), "we will need
to amend (the current application.)
We're about to receive the contract.
There's a very important meeting
tomorrow in Zapata that all of you
are encouraged to attend."
Margo noted that most of the
Clinton stimulus package,
including highway construction
projects, is currentiy being blocked
by a Republican filibuster in the
Margo, noting that he has
corresponded with Highway
Department District Engineer Jack
Trammell of Pharr, indicated that
"the state wants us to come up with
a number of items .that could be
funded under the stimulus bill.
We're talking about a very large
Some of the funding possibilities
under the stimulus package, said
Margo, are overlay of U.S. 83 and
building a left-turn lane from Rio
Grande City to Garccno, widening
of Spur 200 in Rorna (from U.S.
83 to the International Bridge),
widening and reconstruction of FM
649 from U.S. 83 to El Sauz and
reconstruction of a bridge, widening
of FM 649 from El Sauz to the
junction of State Highway 16, and
widening of the road from U.S. 83
to la Grulla.
County Judge J.M. Martinez, Jr.,
commented, "I think a continuation
of FM 490 from McCook and
Rincon to Roma should be looked
at. That could help with truck
Precinct One Commissioner Jose
Maria "Chema" Alvarez advocated,
"I think work on an Eisenhauer
Road extension to Fairgrounds
Road and Airport Road is in order."
Alvarez insisted, "It seems like
the commissioners should be better
informed about these matters before
they come to the court." Martinez
suggested, "We should study this
and make any desired revisions on
Precinct Three Commissioner
Eloy Garza noted that expansion of
Pipeline Road is on the list and
contended that early completion of
this project is essential.
Margo noted, "This stimulus bill
is still being debated (in die U.S.
Senate)." Martinez emphasized,
"This list is not in order of priority.
We need to look at the welfare of
the county as a whole."
About the current paving project,
Engineer Eloy Vera said, "The
contractor has about completed the
work in Commissioner Pena's
precinct. Later this week, work
should shift to Commissioner
Alvarez's and Commiss.oner
On another project, Margo said,
"We expect to receive the contract
on the colonia project signed by the
state very soon. After diis happens,
we will need to have a
A motion was passed that any
leftover funds from the project be
allocated to extending water lines to
the residential areas at the north end
(See STIMULUS, Page 7)
Probe continues into
Rancho Nuevo murders
The Sheriffs Department, with
the assistance of die Roma Police
Department, is continuing to probe
the circumstances involved in the
murders of a 28-year-old man and a
15-year-old youth in the Rancho
Nuevo area late on the evening of
Tuesday, April 6.
Leonel Tamez Rios, 28; and
Daniel Alaniz, 15, were found shot
to death shortly after 10:30 a.m.
outside of Tamez's residence in the
Rancho Nuevo area, located
between Los Saenz and Escobares.
Chief Deputy Rey Guerra
indicated Tuesday, "So far, we've
spoken to neighbors and family
I he body of Alaniz was found
behind the apartment, said Guerra,
while Tamez's body was found in
front of the apartment.
Guerra said that Tamez "died at
the location where he was shot.
Apparently, the boy didn't die
instantly; he walked a short distance
from where he was shot before
collapsing." He declared that the
most likely time of the shooting
was some time close to 10:30 p.m.
Guerra indicated that Tamez was
struck in the chest by one shotgun
blast and sustained multiple
handgun bullets to the head. He
stated that the handgun shots could
have come from some type of
revolver possible .38 calibcr ot
Guerra declared that Alaniz
(See MURDERS, Page 3)
First National acquires
First Fed era!-Alice
The First National Bank of South
Texas has agreed to purchase the
fixed assets and deposits of the First
Federal Savings Bank branch in
Alice, according to an
announcement by Fredrick Erck,
chairman and president of First
Erck is also chairman of Texas
Bancshares, Inc., the bank holding
company that owns First National
Bank of South Texas and The Bank
of South Texas. Texas Bancshares
is headquartered in San Antonio,
while First National has banking
offices in Rio Grande City and San
"Alice is our hometown and
where we began in die banking
business," said Erck, "and we have
wanted to return for a long time."
Erck was chairman of The Bank of
South Texas in Alice, which
merged into First City Bank in
1982. That was the same year that
First Federal Savings came to Alice
with the merger of Security Federal
Savings into their bank.
First Federal's Alice bank had
deposits of over $32 million at the
end of 1992. It is the only First
Federal branch outside of the San
Antonio market. The transfer of
assets to First National is awaiting
regulatory approval, which is
expected in early June.
James L. Eakin, president of The
(See ACQUIRES, Page 3)
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SPEECH CONTEST WINNERS—Rio Grande City High School English Department
Head Tinita Trevino congratulates Diana Medina and Felipe Alvarez for winning first
and second place respectively in the annual Voice of Democracy Speech Contest.
Shown at right is Mr. Roberto Elizondo, psychology/sociology teacher, h« judged
the local contest. Also in the top four were Jake Margo, Jr., and Ricardo Solis.
Diana delivered her winning patriotic speech at a schoolwide assembly in the fail
honoring teachers and others who are veterans. Her taped speech went on to Distr .
and earned second place honors out of twenty-two competitors. Noe Ofi.aiez.
commander of Henry Clay Davis VFW Post no. 8526, which sponsors the local
contest, congratulated the participants and announced that Miss Medina will receive
at $250 scholarship from the Post for her accomplishments.
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