Rio Grande Herald (Rio Grande City, Tex.), Vol. 83, No. 5, Ed. 1 Thursday, February 1, 1996 Page: 1 of 8
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Published weekly in Rio Grande City, Texas every Thursday by The Rio Grande Publishing Co.
VOL. 83, NO. 05 THURSDAY, JANUARYS!, 1996
WILD GAME DINNKR SET- The 1996 Starr County Fair will officially kick off
with the annual Wild Game Dinner Fundraiser on Saturday, Feb. 17 at the Starr
County Fair Pavilion. The event was rescheduled because of expected cold weather
this Saturday. Over a dozen cooking teams will be preparing a wide variety of wild
game, as well as charro beans and pan de campo. Festivities will begin at 6:30, and
dinner will be served at 8 p.m. The public is invited to attend and help make the
fundraiser a success. Donations will be accepted. Shown are 1995 guest speaker and
members of the Fair Association Hoard during last year's event.
Many cooks to help at Fair
Association wild game dinner
Over a dozen cooking teams are
busy making preparations for the
M annual Wild Game Fundraising
Dinner, which officially kicks off
the Starr County Fair.
This Saturday, February 3, at
6:30, the festivities will begin at
the Starr County Fair Pavilion.
Dinner will be served at 8:00 p.m.
Musical entertainment for the
evening will be provided by Grupo
a Zcntencia, featuring lead singer
Melinda Mejia. The public is
invited to attend, and donations will
Sponsoring the Los Compadres
Cooking Team is local attorney
Jose Luis Garza. Preparing deer
sausage and ferrel hog will be
Willie and Maruca Gonzalez, Ruben
and Elina Villarreal, Ruben and Ana
Saenz, and Armando Saenz, Jr.
▼ Cooking the fried quail
sponsored by Texas State Bank will
be 1). D Saldana, Diana Saldana,
and D. D. Saldana, Jr.
Sheriff Gene Falcon and his wife
Cindy will be cooking the ostrich
and eland sponsored by the Starr
County Sheriff 's Department.
Local attorney Jesus M. Alvarez
will sponsor rabbit, cooked by
Gilberto Ramirez, Eduardo Salinas
III, Antonio "Tony" Alvarez, and
Kenny Anderson; as well as chicken
fried venison steak, cooked by
Sabino Alvarez, Jesus M. Alvarez,
Hector Ortega, and Olegario
I.B.C., along with Heriberto
Silva and Eloy Garza, will sponsor
venison chili meat, cooked by Eloy
Garza; deer shish-ka-bobs, cooked
by Heriberto Silva; and venison
sausage stew, cooked by Lino
TAAS tutoring being
offered after school
The Rio Grande City school
district is offering free after-school
♦ TAAS tutoring for all RGCCISD
students in grades 3-5.
'Hie tutoring will be offered three
days a week until March 14 at the
McDonald's in Rio Grande City,
4290 East U.S. 83.
Here is the schedule.
La Union Elementary (5-5:45
f Roque Guerra Elementary (6-6:45
Grulla Elementary (5-5:45 p.m.)
North Grammar Elementary (6-
Hinojo'.a Elementary (5-5:45
Ringgold Elementary (6-6:45
For more information, please call
Mrs. Josie Guerra at 716-6739.
Sheriff Falcon announces
candidacy for re-election
q Sheriff Eugenio "Gene" Falcon,
Jr., has announced that he is a
candidate for re-election to a fifth
term in the March 12, 1996
Falcon declared, "I look forward
to making Starr County a better
place to live in, a task I was elected
Falcon and his wife Cynthia have
four daughters- Michclle, Melissa,
9 Melanie and Marccla.
Falcon, a graduate of the DPS
Academy with a Master certificate,
points to his 22 years of law
enforcement experience. He has
earned 1900 hours of law
enforcement training through the
Texas Commission on Law
^ Falcon is an active member of
the National Sheriffs Association.
He has previously served on the
Board of Directors of the Sheriffs
Association of Texas. He is a
member of the Texas Police
Association, the South Texas
Police Advisory Board, the Board of
Directors of 911-South Texas and
the Police Advisor Board at the
Laredo Jr. College Police Academy.
At the local level. Falcon is
involved with the creation of the
Boys and Girls Club of Starr
County. He has helped create the
Sheriffs Department Explorers and
the Sheriff's Posse. He has
supported the Starr County Youth
Fair for many years.
Falcon indicated that under his
administration, the following
divisions and programs have been
created within the Sheriff's
Department: Auto Theft Task
Force, Starr County Detention
Center, Violent Crime/Warrants
Division, Narcotics Task Force,
Juvenile Division, 911 Emergency
RGCHS TAAS scores
show moderate increase
Fried pork, sponsored by GTE,
will be cooked by Leonel Lopez,
Marcelo Carrera, Lisandro Garcia,
Joel Garza, Eddie Casares, Willie
Ramos, Rene Salinas, and Juan
Cooks for the HEB fish fry will
be Unit Manager Amado Olivarez,
Store Manager Johnny Castaneda.
Margarita Sepulvcda, Dolly
Villarreal, Ociel Guerra, Luciano
Cantu, J. R. Villarreal, Sergio
Ramirez. Marie Lopez, and Gracie
Pan de campo will be prepared
by Daniel Garza, Mauricio Garza,
Manuel Falcon, and David Falcon
A culinary surprise is being
planned by sponsor Dr. Mario
Jimenez, along with co-chefs Ricky
Hinojosa and Omar Hinojosa.
Bass in a variety of ways will be
sponsored by the Bass Club, with
Jose Luis Rivera, George Cabasos,
Don Lang, Bias Chapa, Jr., Gus
Escobar, and Audeneio Garza doing
Dannenbaum Engineering Corp
of Weslaeo will sponsor the charro
beans with venison sausage,
prepared by Mike Vasquez, Sergio
Vasquez, and Mike Lopez.
Starr County EMS will
prepare wild turkey nuggets
Cooks are Noel Garcia, Charlie
Delgado, Jorge Gonzalez, and Joel
Nilgai will be sponsored by Rio
Fence and Waste Disposal Doing
the cooking will be Freddy Lopez,
Leo Lopez, Pablo Trevino, and
The exit level TAAS test scores
for October 1995 at Rio Grande
City High School were announced
and evaluated at the Jan. 16 meeting
of the Rio Grande City CISD board
of trustees, with officials and
trustees noting there were moderate
improvements in most categories.
Lcticia Villarreal, Director of
Guidance and Counseling, told The
Rio Grande Herald late last week,
"It is evident that we are testing
fewer students every year during the
October testing. This means that
we're passing more students in the
10th and 11th grades in the March
Villarreal emphasized, "Teachers,
administrators and students are
making a diligent effort to bring
about passage of the TAAS test and
this improvement is shown in these
scores. Our ultimate goal is to see
every senior class member meet the
graduation requirements and realize
maximum success for our
Villarreal told the trustees that in
October 1995, 36 sophomores were
tested in Writing and 11 passed for
a passing percentage of 31 percent.
Thirteen of 40 sophomores, or 33
percent, passed Reading, and four of
39, or 10 percent, passed Math.
Villarreal noted that these
particular students "took the test
previously as sophomores. These
students are second year
In the 11th grade, 30 of 118
students tested in Writing, or 25
percent, achieved mastery in
October 1995. Thirty nine of 152
students tested in Reading, or 26
percent, achieved mastery of that
test. Thirty eight of 194 students
tested in Math passed that lest for a
mastery percentage of 20 percent.
In the 12th grade, 13 of 50
students tested in Writing, or 26
percent, passed that test. Sixteen of
85 seniors tested in Reading, or 19
percent, achieved mastery, and 31 of
100 seniors tested in Math, or 31
Friday, Feb. 2
Immaculate Conception School
in Rio Grande City will be
presenting "A Cultural Evening At
The Convent" on Friday, Feb. 2
from / p.m. to 9 p.m.
The event will take place at the
Immaculate Conception Parish
Hall. Admission is free and
everyone is welcomed.
Works of Art, Oral Reading, and
English/Spanish Choral Recitations
will be bestowed by ICS students
as part of Catholic Schools Week.
A spaghetti dinner plate will be
sold at S3 per plate. Anyone
seeking further information about
the event should call 487-2558.
percent, achieved mastery.
In comparing scores in October
1995 with those in October 1994,
Villarreal indicated that mastery of
Math by 11 th graders increased
from 13 percent in October 1994 to
20 percent in October 1995.
Mastery in Reading increased from
25 percent to 26 percent, but
mastery of Writing declined from
33 percent to 25 percenL
In the 12th grade, mastery of
Writing was 26 percent in both
October 1994 and October 1995.
Mastery of Reading declined from
21 percent to 19 percent, but
mastery of Math increased from 18
percent to 31 percent.
There was significant
improvement from 1994 to 1995 in
the number of seniors still pending
passage of the TAAS tests.
After the October 1995 testing,
37 seniors stili needed to pass the
Writing test, compared to 54
seniors after the October 1994
testing. After the October 1995
testing, 69 seniors had still needed
to pass Reading, compared to 87
seniors in 1994 who had not yet
mastered that test. In 1995, 69
seniors had not met the minimum
requirements on the Mathematics
test, compared to 97 seniors in
Villarreal noted that 35 seniors
met minimum expectations on all
three tests taken in October 1995,
compared to 31 seniors in October
Villarreal indicated that 60
(See INCREASE, Page 8)
Probe continues into
alleged arson episode
The Rio Grande City Police
Department is continuing its
investigation into a house fire
Saturday evening in Rio Grande
City that was evidently caused by
The fire began at the residence of
Maria Del Carmen Pena at 708 N.
Gomez in Rio Grande City at
approximately 7:45 p.m. Saturday.
Police Chief Guadalupe Marquez.
said, "They called that one of the
rooms was on fire. The Fire
Department and Police Department
both responded. Most of the damage
was in one room. The room
damaged was in the back of the
Marquez stated, "Apparently
some liquid was poured and the fire
started that way. We're not sure
what kind of liquid it was. No one
was injured. The room itself had
very serious fire damage. The Fire
Department did a good job of
containing the fire."
The police chief emphasized on
Tuesday morning, "The
investigation is continuing. We
seem to have leads on a possible
suspect right now, but no warrants
have yet been issued."
Assistant Fire Chief Ricardo
Torres declared, "The fire started in
one of the bedrooms. There was fire
damage in that room and in another
room. There was smoke damage
over the rest of the house."
Torres noted that "for a brief
(See ARSON, Page 8)
RMS to begin TAAS
Ringgold Middle School will
soon begin the Saturday tutorials to
prepare eighth grade students fcr '.he
TAAS Writing test.
The dale for the TAAS Writing
test is March 5, 1996. The tutorials
will begin on Saturday, Feb. 3
from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. The
tutorials will take place for five
The goals of the tutorials is to
provide students with the writing
skills needed to write an essay. The
students will be reviewing the
techniques and concepts in
mechanics and language expression.
They will also be practicing test
taking skills and writing on a
different topic each week in
preparation for the TAAS Writing
Buses will be on the regular
routes in order to pick up and
deliver bus students.
The tutorials for Math and
Reading will begin on Feb. 6,
1996. The tutorials will be held on
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
These will be after school tutorials
for seventh and eighth graders. The
time for these tutorials will be from
3:45 to 4:45 p.m.
The dales for the Math, Reading,
Social Studies and Science TAAS
tests will be from April 30 to May
3, 1996. The emphasis will be to
prepare students with the skills
needed to succeed in Reading and
Regular bus routes will run for
the rural routes. Mr. Alfredo Garcia,
Principal at Ringgold Middle
School, will be sending letters to
the parents of all seventh and eighth
grade students, urging parents to
volunteer their services as well as
send their children to the tutorials.
Phone System, Crime Prevcniion,
Neighborhood Watch Programs,
Child ID Section, Traffic Safety
Step Program (Speeding), Scat Belt
Enforcement STEP, McGruff
Crime Fighting Dog Program,
transportation of federal inmates by
Starr County Sheriffs Department
Detention Officers, Firearms
Training Facility, TDD Phone
System-Calling for the Deaf,
expansion of Starr County
Detention Center, Sheriffs Dept.
Search and Rescue Diving Team,
Explorers Post No. 2057, acquiring
Deputy Friendly for local safety
presentations, assisting the newly
created Rio Grande City P.D, and
Fire Dept., and establishing safety
shelter at the training center.
The Starr County Sheriff's
Department Auto Theft Task Force
is part of the South Texas Auto
(See FALCON, Page 8)
Starr County Sheriff Eugenio "Gene" Falcon, Jr., has announced that he is a
candidate for re-election to a fifth term in the March 12, 1996 Democratic Primary.
Falcon is pictured above with his wife Cynthia and their four daughters.
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