Rio Grande Herald (Rio Grande City, Tex.), Vol. 88, No. 8, Ed. 1 Thursday, February 22, 2001 Page: 4 of 6
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Villarreal later commented to The
Rio Grande Herald, "This will be
something wondrous that will
encompass all areas of student life
and life in general in Rio Grande
Guerra indicates that the
undertaking will include
supervision of such activities as
technology, recreation, arts, and
music, to name a few. She added,
"These centers can sponsor Odyssey
of the Mind teams."
"Each center will ultimately be
provided with 30 computers, with
10 to be provided each year," stated
Guerra. "Financial counseling and
adult literacy will be among the
community components, as will
parental counseling and preventive
Guerra continued, "Our 'heritage'
component will focus on culture.
We hope to restore the Lee House
and set up a historical museum.
The 'land' component will
emphasize the importance of
agriculture economically and in
"Among supportive entities arc
Region One, the Texas Agricultural
Extension Service and the Texas
Historical Commission," she
stated. "There are possibilities for
funding after three years. We hope
to utilize other resources in town."
After Guerra concluded her
presentation, Escobar commented,
"Mrs. Guerra has done a tremendous
job for the district," and suggested
that the utilization of a grant writer
would prove helpful.
After some discussion, the
trustees renewed for two years the
delinquent tax collection contract
between the RGCCISD and the
collection firm of Linebarger,
Heard, Goggan, Blair, Graham,
Pena & Sampson, pending approval
of legal counsel.
Attorney Cynthia G. Schammel
indicated, "This covers the period
from September 1998 through Dec.
31, 2000. Eighteen mailings have
been carried out during the period.
We currently have 317 suits
pending for $2,843,000." She added
that 108 judgments were levied for
"Collections are moving along
well. You've already met the TEA
goal for this year." She noted that
total collections over the 28-month
period were 52,468,706.
Villarreal commented, "1 believe
this is the earliest we've met the
TEA goal. Typically, the TEA goal
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is met in April or May or even
later." Schammel stated, "Your
currents are a little higher this
Villarreal later explained to The
Herald, "The state requires a
maximum tax target to assure a
district full funding. This has
already been met with seven
months to go in the fiscal year."
Schammel said, "It's basically
the same contract as two years
ago." The trustees then
unanimously voted to renew the
contract for two years, pending
review and approval by legal
Following their executive
session, the trustees voted to name
Lourdes G. Martinez as the
district's new Chief Financial
Representatives of the Rio
Grande Wilderness Society gave a
presentation concerning the
educational value of the Chachalaca
Refuge, Wilderness Society
President Jim Seedcn declared, "We
believe the Chachalaca Refuge will
be an excellent resource for both
elementary and secondary classes.
We've listed a number of activities
that will be appropriate there."
Wilderness Society Vice
President Benito Trevino, Jr.,
indicated, "Among the recent
undertakings is installation of mile
markers and painting of benches in
an environmentally friendly brown.
Eventually, we'd like to install a
greenhouse. For that to happen,
grant money will almost certainly
"I think they can get their own
liability insurance, and we can pay
the part of the premium for their
taking care of the property,"
suggested Villarreal. "This will be a
great asset in attracting tourists."
Trevino noted, "The trail is almost
two miles long."
The trustees approved payment of
dues to the South Texas
Association of Schools for the
2000-2001 school year. Smith
noted that the RGCCISD
contribution will be $2446.14, or
31 cents per ADA. The
superintendent explained, "They're
instrumental in trying to change
the lease purchase law so part of the
high school can be paid for by the
state as old debt."
The trustees granted permission
to advertise for bids for six to eight
new buses as part of the acquisition
plan. Smith indicated, "This is a
continuation of the plan approved
HIP IMPLANTS RECALLED
Have you or anyone in your family had a painful hip
Second replacement Surgeries may be required!!! On
December 8. 2000, a major manufacturer of artificial joints
recalled its hip socket implants because they were sold with
an oily residue that results in painful loosening of the im-
plant. Severe groin pain and inability to bear weight result. If
you are one of the 17,500 persons who received one of these
defective hip implants, you may be entitled to a CASH
For more information, call.
RAMIREZ & GARZA, L.L.P.
509 NORTH SAN ANTONIO STREET
RIO GRANDE CITY, TEXAS 78582
RIO GRANDE OEFICE (956) 487-7594
"It will be a lease purchase,"
explained Accounting Supervisor
and then Interim Chief Financial
Officer Alfredo Vela. "It will be
$60,000 to 580,000 per bus over a
five-year period. This could be
incorporated into the 21st Century
Plan. The 21st Century Plan
involves outright purchase. We're
recommending seven to eight lease
purchase, and seven purchased on a
cash basis. The seven purchased on
a cash basis would be through the
21st Century Grant."
The trustees received a report on
the UT-Pan American Gear Up
Grant for Ringgold Middle School.
Josie Guerra declared, "We were
notified on Feb. 7 that we had been
awarded this grant. This is part of a
consortium with UT-PA and 23
schools. This is a five-year
Smith indicated, "This is
complimentary to, but slightly
different from the Grulla Middle
School Gear-Up Project. This helps
establish a Career Counseling
Center at Ringgold Middle School.
This will spill over to help train
teachers. This is supposed to
significantly increase the potential
of low-income students in post-
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Performances will be presented
dailv with stage entertainment b>
local groups and a D.J The wall
climbing event will again be
featured on the fairgrounds, and
families will enjov attending the
carnival throughout the weekend
"Iman" will pla> for a concert
on Friday night, and "Leonard \
Los Magnificos" will pla\ on
Sundav's special events will
include an ecumenical service, the
annual Starr Count> Fair Cookoff
and the Parade of Champions and
Auction in the afternoon at 3:00
Parade entries ma> pre-register
b\ calling Tissa Peterson at 487-
2151. Leave a message as to the
t>pe of entr\ (floats, vehicle
marching group) to be entered
Plan to pa\ $10 per vehicle or float
the morning of the parade For
more information, call the Chamber
of C ommerce
Winning floats will be featured
in the Parade of Champions on
Sundav and winners in the youth
float dmsion will be presented
with checks for $100. $75. $50. and
$25 for first, second, third, and
fourth place, as well as a rosette
ribbon to displax during the parade
Seventy-three percent of the
public think it is very important
for Congress to increase heart
Public Meeting Notice
The Texas Department of Transportation, Transit Advisory Panel will
hold a meeting to discuss the distribution of the FY 2001 Section 5310
Program allocation. The meeting will be held as follows:
February 26, 2001 - 10:00 a.m.
TxDOT District Office, Conference Center
600 West Expressway S3
All persons and agency representatives interested in helping us iden-
tify, plan and coordinate public transportation particularly public trans-
portation for the elderly and disabled population are encouraged to at-
tend. For more information contact Gracie Cantu at (956) 702-6147 or
RGC High 2000-2001 Boys Track Team
Members of the Rio Grande City High School 2000-2001 Boys Track Team are pictured above. From left
to right in the first row are George Gonzalez, David Porras, Oscar Vasquez, Lupito Zurita, Carlos Gutierrez
and Victor Sustaila. In the second row arc Eric Smith, A1 Pena, Eloy Garza, Noc Rodriguez, Hcctor Lopez
and Bruno Acevedo.
First Baptist-RGC schedules
blood drive this Sunday
A blood drive will take place at
the First Baptist Church
Fellowship Hall on Sunday, Feb.
25 from 12 noon to 4 p.m.
Those wishing to donate blood
must remember to bring their ID.
There is no need to skip any meals.
First Baptist Church is located on
West Highway 83 in Rio Grande
City. Anyone seeking more
information should call 487-2438.
A blood donor must be 17 years
of age or older for whole blood
donation. Parental permission for
minors is required iri some states.
Donors must be ages 17 through 79
for aphcresis. A donor must weigh
at least 50 pounds.
Donors must show identification
containing legal name and one of
the following: Date of birth, Social
Security number, United Blood
Services assigned donor number,
Donation frequency must be at
least eight weeks between whole
blood donations or at least three
days between platelet, aphcresis
An individual must not donate if
he or she:
* Have cold or flu symptoms on
day of donation or do not feel well.
* Have taken oral antibiotics in
the last three days.
* Have had hepatitis after the age
of 11 years.
* Have hepatitis or close contact
with a person who has had clinical
hepatitis within the past 12
* Have a history of cancer in the
past 10 years (except some skin or
in situ cancers).
* Have had a tattoo, car or skin
piercing, acupuncture, accidental
necdlcstick or come in contact with
someone else's blood in the past 12
months. Ear or skin piercing and
acupuncture procedures performed
using single use, sterile or properly
heat sterilized equipment are
* Have taken (snorted) cocaine
through the nose in the last 12
* Have received a blood
transfusion in the last 12 months.
* Have had malaria within the
last three years or traveled to a
malaria risk area within the last 12
* Arc or have been pregnant in
the past six weeks.
* Have been treated for syphilis
of gonorrhea in the past 12 months.
* Have used a needle to inject
nonprescription drugs (including
* Are at risk for HIV exposure,
the virus which causcs AIDS.
Donors also should bring a
complete list of medications that
they have taken in the past month.
The needles arc not painful as all
donors feel is a pinch. Many people
donate three to six times a year. An
individual can safely donate blood
every eight weeks.
Sterile needles and equipment arc
used for every donation. The needles
and blood bags are disposable so
that no one can get AIDS or any
other virus by donating.
Less than five percent of the Rio
Grande Valley population chooses
to donate blood. This causes a
constant shortage in our area. New
donors arc ALWAYS needed
bccause the usage of blood and
blood components is ALWAYS
Before an individual donates, his
or her medical history is reviewed
to make sure he or she is qualified.
A mini-physical is given that
includes a check of temperature,
pulse, blood pressure, and blood
On average, people have about 8-
12 pints of blood in their system.
A little less than a pint is all that's
donated. Your body replaces the
volume within 48 hours! Cell
volume takes about four to six
Blood must be on hand when
needed. If you wait for an
emergency, it may be too late since
typing, testing, and processing the
blood takes at least six to eight
Each individual donor DOES
make a difference. Each pint of
blood is separated into components.
Your ONE pint will help up to
Pageant looking for
Mrs. Rio Grande
The Mrs. Texas America Pageant
has issued a call for Rio Grande
City to find a candidate to compete
for the title of Mrs. Texas America
The Mrs. Texas America Pageant
will take placc July 6, 7 and 8,
2001, at the Doubletree Post Oak
Hotel in Houston. The contestants
will compctc in Evening Gown,
Swimsuit and Personal Interview.
Mrs. Texas America 2001 will go
on to participate in the nationally-
televised Mrs. America Pageant to
be held in Honolulu, Hawaii in
Bonnie Productions, prixluccrs of
Mrs. Texas, Mrs. Arizona and Mrs.
Utah America Pageants, has
experienced significant success in
the pageant industry. Mrs. Utah
1999, Starla Stanley, was crowned
Mrs. America 1999 and went on 'o
Is Looking for Workers!
We need workers to help us process peas
& corn in June through September in
Minnesota. Good wages - overtime over
40 houn per week. Single housing
available for employees only,
Me at least 16 mrs old,
Glencoe & .Montgonim, Minn.
Esta Buscando Trabajadores!
Necesitamos gente que nos ayude a procesar
el chicharo y elole de Junio hasta Septiembre
en Minnesota. Buenos sueldos -
se paga tiempo extra despues de
40 horas/semana. Solamente alojamiento
individual para ios trabajadores. Dehe tener
por lo menos 16 aiios deedad.
Venga y Visitenos.
Come and Talk To Us In McAllen!!
Thursday, March 1, 2001 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Holiday Inn Express
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER
win the Mrs. World crown.
Now in its 25th year, the Mrs.
America program has only one
purpose: to celebrate the beauty of
America's married women. Mrs.
Texas contestants do not necessarily
fit any particular mold. They
represent an incredible variety of
backgrounds, lifestyles and personal
interests. Contestants range in age
from 18 to 72 years.
Women interested in competing
for the title of Mrs. Texas 2(X)1 arc
encouraged to contact Bonnie
Productions at (480) 563-4216, or
visit their website at
RGC Little League
Registration for Rio Grande City
Little League baseball is underway
Children must be five years old
by Aug. 1, 2001 in order to register
Registration will take placc on
Saturday, Feb. 24 at Wal-Mart and
Peter Piper Pizza from 12 noon to
Through Wednesday, Feb. 28,
registration is possible at Grande
Rutane from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each
The entry fee is $20.00, with
515.00 required for each additional
child (son/daughter only). The
registration deadline is March 5,
with NO EXCEPIIONS.
Anyone seeking more
information should call 487-5956.
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Roberts, Kenneth. Rio Grande Herald (Rio Grande City, Tex.), Vol. 88, No. 8, Ed. 1 Thursday, February 22, 2001, newspaper, February 22, 2001; Edinburg, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth195808/m1/4/: accessed January 23, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Rio Grande City Public Library.