Rio Grande Herald (Rio Grande City, Tex.), Vol. 91, No. 32, Ed. 1 Thursday, August 5, 2004 Page: 4 of 6
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The Rio Grande Herald-Thursday, August 5, 2004, Page 4
Cornyn marks 75th anniversary of Texas
Municipal Fire Training School
U.S. Sen. John Cornyn marked
the 75th anniversary of the Texas
Municipal Fire Training School in
College Station on Sunday, July
25. highlighting the important role
firefighters play as first responders
on the front lines of homeland
"I'm committed to ensuring that
Texas firefighters remain well
trained and equipped as they stand
ready to protect our homes and
families," Cornyn said. "The safety
of our cities and towns is among
my highest priorities, and the men
arid women who protect our
hometowns need more support than
The Municipal Fire Training
School, one of the largest
firefighter training programs in the
United States, is conducted by the
Texas Engineering Extension
Service (TEEX). A member of The
Texas A&M University System,
TEEX has established itself as a
worldwide leader in the delivery of
training, technical assistance and
technology transfer services.
Sen. Cornyn held roundtables
with first responders across the state
over the past year, including in
Houston, Dallas. Sherman, Waco,
Lubbock, Midland-Odessa and
Beaumont, to discuss local
emergency preparedness as part of
an ongoing effort to address the
security needs in Texas hometowns.
The first responder roundtables
provided communities the
opportunity to express their needs
and concerns directly to Sen.
The Texas Municipal Fire
Training School was established in
1930 and hosts nearly 3000
firefighters and instructors from
across Texas and throughout the
country, providing integral training
for emergency responders to ensure
the safety and protection of citizens
and critical infrastructure.
The Department of Homeland
Security administers the Assistance
to firefighters Grant Program to
help local fire departments purchase
and maintain modern fire fighting
equipment, develop fire prevention
and safety programs, and to provide
them the proper training for the
new and evolving facets of their job
as first responders. Sen. Cornyn has
helped more than 40 fire
departments across Texas take
advantage of the federal funding and
receive millions of dollars in
Below are examples of federal
funding through the Firefighters
* Operations and
Firefighter Safety Program.
Includes training, equipment,
personal protective equipment,
wellness and fitness, and
modifications to fire stations and
* Fire Prevention Program.
Includes public education and
awareness a tivities, fire code
enforcement activities, fire
inspector certifications and other
activities, purchase and installation
of smoke alarms and fire
suppression systems, wildland
mitigation, and arson prevention
and detection activities.
* Firefighting Vehicles
Acquisition Program. Includes
pumpers, brush trucks,
tankers/tenders, rescue vehicles,
ambulances, quints, aerials, foam
units, and fireboats.
Votantes del Ccndado Estrella:
ATENCION, ATENCI6N: Si
tus Autoridades Locales no han
actuado con justicia y te sientes
victima de la actitud de dichos
funcionarios; ...unete al comitd
"Pro-Seguridad Personal, Progreso
y Restauracion del Pueblo
La enfermedad es contagiosa!!
Y por lo mismo la situaci6n
Escribe y toma parte del mismo
Comit6, establecido en Roma,
Texas para apoyo de tus derechos
civiles y personales sobre c6djigos
vigentes de la ley superior. De 6sta
manera busquemos el camino de la
justicia y la igualdad de derechos
que dejaran atr&s la discriminacibn.
Juntos encontraremos el camino
ideal de la justicia., "Gente unida
nunca sera vencida."
Ya Basta de "Fraudes y
Chuecuras!" Para que se hacen
garras en campafta abierta y
ridicula,? A resumidas cuentas
comen en el mismo plato y del
mismo pastel, Por algo se pelea el
MESA DERECTIVA: "Comity
Pro-Seguridad Personal, Progreso y
Restauracion del Pueblo
When traveling, carry your
medication in its original bottles
to help avoid security questions.
NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING TO DISCUSS
- BUDGET AND PROPOSED TAX RATE
The Rio Grande City C.l.S.D. will hold a public meeting at 6:30 PM, August 17, 2004 in the MPC of the Rio
Grande City C1SD Administration Building, Fort Ringgold, Rio Grande City, Texas.
The Purpose of this meeting is to discuss the school district's budget that will determine the tax rate that
will be adopted. Public participation in the discussion is invited.
The tax rate that is ultimately adopted at this meeting or at a separate meeting at a later date may not exceed the
proposed rate shown below unless the district publishes a revised notice containing the same information and
comparisons set out below and holds another public meeting to discuss the revised notice.
Comparison of Proposed Rates with Last Year's Rates
Maintenance Interest &
& Operations Sinking Funds*
Local Revenue State Revenue
Per Student Per Student
Last Year's Rate $1.500000
R^te to Maintain Same $1.416291
Level of Maintenance &
Operations Revenue &
Pay Debt Service
Proposed Rate $1.450000
* The Interest & Sinking Fund tax revenue is used to pay for bonded indebtedness on construction, equipment,
or both. The bonds, and the tax rate necessary to pay those bonds, were approved by the voters of this district.
Comparison of Proposed Levy with Last Year's Levy on Average Residence
Average Market Value of Residence
Average Taxable Value of Residence
Last Years Rate Versus Proposed Rate per $100 Value
Taxes Due on Average Residence
Increase (Decrease) in Taxes
Under state law, the dollar amount of school taxes imposed on the residence homestead of a person 65
years of age or older or of the surviving spouse of such a person, if the surviving spouse was 55 years of
age or older when the person died, may not be increased above the amount paid in the first year after the
person turned 65, regardless of change in tax rate or property value.
Notice of Rollback Rate: The highest tax rate the district can adopt before requiring voter approval at
an election is $1.803675. This election will be automatically held if the district adopts a rate in excess of
the rollback rate of $1.803675.
I he follow ing estimated balances will remain at the end of the current fiscal year and are not encumbered with
or bv a corresponding debt obligation, less estimated funds necessary for operating the district before receipt of
the first state aid payment:
Maintenance and Operations Fund Balance
Interest & Sinking Fund Balance(s)
LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Encabezado por lideres de la
misma comunidad para el apoyo de
tus derechos civiles y personales.
Lider Presidente: Belgica Barrera
Ar^balo, Sub-Presidente: Sigifredo
Galindo Pdrez, Tesorera: Cobeida
Barrera Guerra de Martinez, Primer
Vocal: Santos Ramirez de
Longoria, Secretarla: Tomacita
Rodriguez de Flores
Escribe o habla ya 6sto es
Unete a nuestro comity, Juntos
podemos hacer mucho!
Sigifredo Galindo P6rez
P.O. Box 2108
Roma, TX. 78584
Roque Guerra TAKS Rally features Grupo Iman
Roque Guerra Jr. Elementary School recently had a TAKS pep rally to encourage the third, louith and tilth
graders to perform well on their assessments. At the rally, Grupo Iman pcrtormed some ot t. •! hit songs lor
the students and also spoke to students about the importance ol doing their best in school. Pictured with
Grupo Iman are the Roque Guerra Jr. Elemetnary Dazzlers, who also performed for the students at the pep
rally. (RGCCISD photo).
Beef checkoff teaches foreign
buyers kevs to marketing U.S. cuts
The U.S. beef industry fortified
its hold on international markets by
introducing dynamic new
merchandising techniques to foreign
buyers at the beef checkoff-funded
Vision 20/20 seminar June 24-28
Vision 20/20 drew 58 foreign
buyers representing 43 individual
companies from Mexico, Central
and South America and the
Caribbean. The program, which
was hosted by the U.S. Meat
Export Federation and the Texas
Beef Council, showed foreign
participants how to more effectively
market U.S. beef in their home
countries. The seminar drew foreign
executives from beef importing
companies, beef distributors and
retail supermarkets throughout the
Fifteen U.S. beef suppliers also
participated in the checkoff
A key takeaway of the seminar
was showing the foreign
participants how to benefit from the
marketing potential of new
innovative beef cuts developed by
the beef checkoff program. Tb
include single muscle cuts like the
chuck's Flat Iron and Beef Shou
Tender in addition to soon-to-be-
released products from the round.
1 ne foreign buyers also focused
on learning new beef merchandising
developments in the United States.
An array of industry experts told the
buyers that these concepts include
value-added branded beef products
and better nutrition education for
The participants also received
updates on how U.S. cattle trends
will affect their future buying
decisions. These updates included
the industry focus on beef quality
programs, fluctuations in the cattle
inventory, the impact of new
innovative products on cattle prices,
and management changes to keep
BSE out of the U.S. cow herd.
Industry speakers from Texas
included Dr. Richard Forgason of
Hungerford. TBC chairman; Nolan
Ryan of Round Rock, TBC
director; and Jim McAdams of
Adkins, National Cattlemen's Beef
"Checkoff programs like Vision
20/20 show foreign buyers that we
are dedicated to generating quality,
innovative beef products for
consumers everywhere," Forgason
said. "This program helps foreign
buyers source U.S. beef products
efficiently while they also learn to
be competitive marketers in their
This was the third Vision 20/20
funded by the beef checkoff program
and hosted in Texas by USMEF and
TBC. Previous programs held in
1998 in College Station and in
2001 in Fort Worth have been rated
by foreign buyers as among the
most valuable educational programs
sponsored by the U.S. beef
Get Ready To Save
Texas shoppers get a break
from state and local sales taxes
on August 6,7, and 8-the state's
sixth annual tax holiday.
Lay-away plans can be used
again this year to take advantage
of the sales tax holiday.
The law exempts most clothing
and footwear priced under
$ 100 from sales and use taxes,
which could save shoppers
about $8 on every $ 100 they
For more information, go to:
SOURCES: Texas Comptroller Carole Keeton Strayhorn.
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Roberts, Kenneth. Rio Grande Herald (Rio Grande City, Tex.), Vol. 91, No. 32, Ed. 1 Thursday, August 5, 2004, newspaper, August 5, 2004; Edinburg, Texas. (https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth196280/m1/4/: accessed April 19, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Rio Grande City Public Library.