Rio Grande Herald (Rio Grande City, Tex.), Vol. 84, No. 9, Ed. 1 Thursday, February 27, 1997 Page: 1 of 10
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Published weekly in Rio Grande City, Texas every Thursday by The Rio Grande Publishing Co.
VOL. 84, NO. 9 THURSDAY. FEBRUARY 27,1997
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I he annua! Wild Game fundraising dinner held this past Saturday night to benefit
the Starr County Fair Association Building Fund has been evaluated as an
outstanding success by Fair Association officials. The efforts of the volunteer
cooking teams received special praise. Fair officials said that the quality of the food
served and the social fellowship were both exceptional.
• Fair Association terms wild
game dinner strong success
Officials of the Starr County Fair
Association have evaluated Saturday
night's Wild Game Dinner as an
outstanding success in terms of
(both turnout and funds raised to
benefit the Association's Building
The dinner featured a wide variety
of prepared game dishes, including
fish, deer, rabbit, ferrel hog, quail
ant' dove. Monies raised by the
cvL.it wcin toward payment oi uie
Building Fund debt and
improvements to the Fairgrounds.
Fair Association President James
Peterson commented Tuesday night,
"The Fair social was a great
success. We thank all the people
that participated in this fundraising.
project for the Fair, including the
volunteers that cooked the meals
and Nene Lopez and his committee
that helped organize the event."
Peterson indicated that several
uiousuna Uoliais wcic ictiscu at u e
event and noted that "there are still
candidacy for Congress
Carlos Uresti, a native San
Antonian, has announced his
candidacy for the 28th
Congressional District seat left
vacant by the recent death of
Congressman Frank Tejeda.
Uresti is a candidate in the special
election that will be held March 15,
Uresti was born on Sept. 12,
1963. His mother was born in
Natalia, Texas, and his father was
born in Zapata.
Two weeks after turning 18,
Carlos enlisted as a Private in the
U.S. Marine Corps Reserves.
During the summer, Carlos attended
boot camp in San Diego,
California, where he was
meritoriously promoted to Private
In 1984, Carlos married Yolanda
Acuna. They have two boys,
Michael and Carlos, who attend
school on the south side of San
In 1985, Carlos received his
Bachelor of Arts degree from St.
Mary's University along with a
teaching certificate. On the day of
his graduation, he was
commissioned as a second
lieutenant in the Marine Corps.
Uresti later reported to Camp
Pendleton, California and was
promoted to First Lieutenant.
Because of his superior performance
as a Marine, he was was awarded
the Naval Achievement Medal upon
returning from a one-year
deployment at sea and the Mojave
Desert. Within two years, he was
selected for promotion to the rank
of captain and later honorably
discharged from the Marine Corps.
Carlos then returned to St.
Mary's to earn his law degree. After
passing the bar, he worked for the
Law Offices of Nicolas & Barrera
(See URESTI, Page 8)
pledges that haven't come in."
He emphasized, "All the
volunteer cooks furnished their own
food and did an outstanding job oi
Peterson concluded, "We're
looking forward to a very sue cess fu
Fair." The peak of the 1997 fair
will be the weekend of March 7-9.
At the dinner Saturday night
Peterson introduced the members ol
the i-air Association uoard ol
Directors and thanked the cooking
teams and the supporters of the Fair
for working hard to make the event
Fair Association Treasurer Omar
Garza indicated that this year's event
matched what was raised at the
19% Wild Game Dinner. He noted,
"There will always be others that
will contribute after the event."
Garza commented, "The dinner
was very successful. We had a very
big crowd. Everyone seemed to
enjoy themselves. Everyone
enjoyed the food and enjoyed
socializing with each other."
Garza concluded, "We thank Mr.
Nene Lopez, who volunteered to be
chairman of the dinner."
The list of sponsors of
(See DINNER, Page 8)
1997 Fair Pageant
set for Sunday night
Winners will be crowned in four
division at the 1997 Starr County
Fair Pageant, scheduled to begin
Sunday, March 2 at 6 p.m. at the
Starr County Fairgrounds.
The 1996 County Fair Queen,
Amanda Narro, will crown her
successor at Sunday night's
The contestants will compete in
the following four categories:
PETITE FAIR PRINCESS,
pre-kinder through second grade;
PRETEEN PRINCESS, third
IBC plans social
to celebrate Fair
The second annual Starr County
Fair Association reception honoring
volunteers and sponsors of the fair
0 will be held on Wednesday, March
5. Sponsors for the event are The
International Bank of Commerce of
Rio Grande City and Roma.
The reception will be held at
6:30 p.m. on the patio of the bank
on Highway 83 in Rio Grande City
and will feature a meal of came
"Cooperation from the entire
9 community is what makes the fair
the success that it is," stated Roy
Cantu, IBC senior vice president.
'and it is our wish to recognize this
and to express our appreciation for
the efforts of the volunteers."
All those individuals who serve
on committees, serve as judges,
make contributions, and otherwise
support the Starr County Fair
through their volunteerism or
financial support arc invited to
attend, along with their spouses.
Recognition will be given to the
1997 Starr County Fair Parade
Marshalls, Omar and Ninfa Garza,
as well as to the ll>97 Starr County
Fair Queen, who will be crowned
this Sunday, March 2.
through fifth grade; TEEN
PRINCESS, sixth through eighth
grade; COUNTY FAIR QUEEN,
high school student.
The top five places in each
category will be awarded trophies.
The County Fair Queen will preside
over this year's County Fair
activities and will earn the right to
represent the Starr County Fair in
the Texas Citrus Fiesta the
The winners will be selected by a
panel of judges. All contestants
will be expected to represent their
sponsors and the pageant at the
County Fair Parade on Saturday,
All contestants will be cxpccted
to attend a rehearsal at the pageant
site on Wednesday, Feb. 26 starting
at 5 p.m. Numbers for order of
presentation will be drawn by
participants at the rehearsal.
Contestants MUST report by
5:30 p.m. the evening of the
pageant Upon arrival, a contestant
must check in with the director of
the pageant to receive her number.
Admission the night of the
pageant will be $1 for children
under 12 and S2.00 for adults 12
and over. EVERYONE EXCEPr
CONTESTANTS MUST PAY,
even parents and sponsors.
(See PAGEANT, Page 8)
City officials laud
RGC Police Dept.
By KENNETH ROBERTS
The leaders of the Rio Grande
ity government have pronounced
themselves pleased with the
progress of the Police Deparunent
after 18 months of operation.
Mayor Baldemar Garza
commented to The Rio Grande
ferald Tuesday night, "I think the
Department is doing very well.
They have done a good job of
improving the traffic situation in
town. Patrolling in town has been
'ramatically increased. For the 18
onths we've had the Police
department, I feel it's come a long
The mayor added, "Overall, the
lepartment is very good and
owing a lot of professionalism in
heir work. Their work continues to
Police Chief Guadalupe Marquez
declared, "I feel we're doing pretty
well with the funds that are
available...The officers have been
working consistently. I feel like our
coverage of the city has been very
good...I definitely feel that the
Department's work has been
essential in cutting down on crime
within the city."
Marquez noted, "There are 18
officers and one reserve officer, not
counting myself. Total personnel in
the Police Department is 25."
Alderman Fred Margo emphasized
to The Herald last week, "I'm happy
with where the Police Department
is after 18 months. There's always
room for improvement, but I'm
happy with how the Department
has progressed. We're a few officers
short of what the ideal situation
would be, but we have to be
conscious of what the city can
Margo commented that the
aldermen take special pride the
Police Department's performance in
four areas. He stated, "The curfe w
has been very successful, due in
large part to the enforcement by the
Police Department. Their work has
gone a long way in decreasing
juvenile crime and variduiism."
Secondly, Margo commented v..
"a fulltime juvenile officer, Eli
Gonzalez, has done a good job
dealing with juvenile prob ■ ni
Margo said the third area of
outstanding success is the a< d
"the Police Chief started a in .
Patrol. We have two very ;ie
officers, Lonnie Smith and Ramon
Salinas, that help with the Bike
Patrol. They are two of our better
The alderman added,
response to their efforts by
community has been very g
(See POLICE, Page 8)
RGC schools plan Public
Schools Week Open Houses
Fhere are no limits on learning in
Texas, and students, parents,
teachers and communities across the
a ate will join together to celebrate
:ring Texas Public Schools Week
from March 3-7.
I blic school students in Rio
Uraiide City will be among more
than three million students across
the state celebrating the annual
This year's theme is "No Limits On
Learning," and it is designed to
celebrate the array of educational
opportunities available to students
attending Texas public schools.
As part of the week-long festivities,
local schools will distribute special
invitations to parents and area
residents to visit classrooms and
observe the educational.
"Of course, the community is
always welcome in our schools,"
said Ramon Hinojosa, Rio Grande
City Consolidated Independent
School District superintendent "but
this week is especially exciting
because our students have planned
many special activities emphasizing
Texas Public Schools Week."
More than 40 years ago, Texas
Public Schools Week was
established by the Masonic Lodges
of Texas to recognize contributions
made by the state's free system of
education. Each year, the event has
grown and has become an integral
part of the curriculum and the
activities planned in Texas
classrooms for a lull week.
"Texas Public Schools Week is a
celebration in which everyone —
parents, grandparents, families and
the community-at-large — can
participate," Mr. Hinojosa said.
"We encourage the community to
visit our schools throughout the
school yu..," he said. "Texas Public
Schools Week is an especially
exciting time for visitors because so
many events are planned just for
Rio Grande City CISD schools will
have Open House for its residents.
"Each year we plan Texas Public
Schools Week as a celehr • i
which everyone in the . « r
may take part" Mr. Hinojosa a
"Texas Public Schools
provides our district wi;!
opportunity to showcase tht
quality education our stud, a
receiving each day
schools. We invite the c> nr
to visit schools to see lirst-har
there are "No Limits On Ley
for students in the Rio Gram!'
school district ."
Here is the schedule f the
(See SCHOOLS, Page 1)
candidacy for Congress
Mike Pacheco, a 40-year-old
Harlandale ISD School Board
member, has filed as a candidate for
the U.S. House of Representatives
28th Congressional District.
This is the seat left vacant after
the death of Congressman Frank
Mr. Pacheco has an 11-year
history of service to the private and
public schools. Mr. Pacheco has
served on the Archdiocese of San
Antonio School Board and the Saint
Leo Catholic School Board of
Trustees. Presently, he serves on
the Harlandale ISD School Board as
secretary of the board.
Mr. Pacheco expressed his
intentions to follow Congressman
(See PACHECO, Page 8)
The grand opening for Subway in Rio Grande City was held Friday aiiern
the auspices of the Rio Grande City Chamber of Commerce. Owner Rus ,
is pictured above cutting the ribbon. Manager Rudy Garza is standing just
and to the left of Gonzalez. The restaurant specializes in both cold ano hut
submarine sandwiches. Subway offers catering for organizational meetings and
both party platters and party subs.
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