Hondo Anvil Herald (Hondo, Tex.), Vol. 108, No. 21, Ed. 1 Thursday, May 26, 1994 Page: 1 of 18
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M County’s Leading News;.
Tlic Hondo Hermann Sons School
of Dance will have its Recital Satur-
day, May 28, 7 p.m., at the Hondo
High School Activities Center.
Medina VFW Post 3891, Hondo,
will havcits regular meeting June 14,
7:30 p.m. at the Post home on the
airbase, according to Cmdr. Lee
Buddy Poppy sale
On Saturday, May 28,membersof
die local VFW Post 3891 will be
selling "Buddy Poppies" in Hondo.
All donations will be appreciated
and money collected will be used for
The Hondo Anvil Herald, along
with all local government offices,
banks, and many other busniesses,
will be closed Mon., May 30, in ob-
servance of Memorial Day.
The newspaper's advertising dead-
lines will remain the same (noon
Tuesday), but we request that any-
one running an ad in the June 2 issue
please try to get in touch with us
Thursday or Friday of this week.
Due to the Memorial
Day holiday Monday,
will meet Tuesday,
May 31, according to
County Judge Butch
The Hondo Radar Station reports the follow-
ing weather information for the past week:
Wed., May 18
Thu., May 19
Fri., May 20
Sat., May 21
Sun., May 22
Mon., May 23
Tuc., May 24
Total rain for past week: 0.00 in.
total rain for May: 2.84 in.
Total rain for 1994: 13.96 in.
Rainy days in 1994: 32
Avg. high temp, for the week: 84.1°
Avg. low temp, for the week: 61°
High temp, for 1994: 92°, on April 26
1a>w temp, for 1994: 18°, on Jan. 8
Rain in 1993 thru May 24: 9.91 in.
Rain in 1992, thru May 24: 20.81 in.
auctions, 18 Pages
Ceremony slated for
new District Attorney
Local attorney Tony Hackebeil, re-
cently appointed District Attorney for
the 38th Judical District, will take a
ceremonial oath of office during a
reception scheduled for 9:30 a m. on
Friday, May 27,1994. The Honorable
Mickey Pennington, District Judge,
will administer the oath in the District
Courtroom, Medina County Court-
house. Refreshments will be served
following the ceremony and the publ ic
is invited to attend.
Hackebeil has been performing the
duties of District Attorney since his
appointment by Governor Ann Richards on March 24th following the
resignation of RogelioMunoz. Hackebeil has been formally nominated by
the Democratic party chairs of Medina, Uvalde, and Real Counties to appear
on the November ballot.
A Hondo native, Hackebeil is the first Medina County lawyer to serve as
District Attorney in over 40 years. He 1 ives near Hondo with his wife Teresa
(Tschirhart) and their three children - Jess, Gabriel, and Max.
Hospital rated tops in state
, Healthy budget, positive outlook prove it
set Monday at park
Medina Community Hospital
Administrator Ernie Parisi painted a
rosy picture for Commissioners
Monday in presenting the hospital's
budgci to the Court.
"The hospital is in the best finan-
cial condition it has ever been," said
Parisi, pointing out that it has be-
come a model facility in the state.
"It is visited almost weekly by
other health care entities in the state,
he said They want to know how and
why and what we're doing."
The system works, he said, pri-
marily because it is a city-county
cooperative arrangement. "Without
the support, we wouldn’t be here."
He added that the Board of Manag-
ers’ willingness to take risks has
made much of the progress possible.
Medina Community was the first
in the state to operate clinics under
the Rural Health Care Clinic Act.
Texas is now a leader in clinic
operations. As of December there
were 159 in the state, he said, and that
figure is now about 212. Nationwide
there w ere 470 in 1989 and at the end
of 199' there w ere in excess of 1100.
"There w ere moments of nervous-
ness as to whether the concept would
work," Judge Butch Campsey re-
called. "The only negative comment
1 have heard is that getting in to see
the doctors is difficult."
"The more we provide, the more
people want," Parisi said. He said
that when the clinics began 7,000 to
8,000 were being seen in the clinic
operations. "That total is now in ex-
cess of 30,000 per year,” he said.
"We still don’t have enough capacity
to see everybody. It's a very positive
thing. We went from three physi-
cians in 1990 to eight physicians in-
cluding three physician's assistants
and a nurse practitioner.
"We have not had to come to you
for help since 1990," he said. Gross
revenue in 1990 was S4.5 million.
Gross revenue is now S12.6 million,
tripling since 1990.
The hospital operates on a 75%
outpatient basis, with inpatient cen-
sus increasing by 10% since last
year, he explained.
"We're having to adjust to
growth," he said. "In fact, we have
moved past our planning stages in
He said the payroll alone has in-
creased from $15 million in 1990 to
aprojectcd $4 million for the upcom-
ing budget year.
Every penny earned goes back
into the institution, employees,
equipment and facilities, he added.
"How much have costs increased
to the patient?" asked Commissioner
"ATi average of 8%," Parisi an-
swered. "Everything is relative, but
based on inflation, about 8%." The
cost of suppl ies and pharmaceuticals
are passed along automatically as
supplies come in, he said.
Jenkins said he had heard com-
plaints about doctors not keeping
appointments until three or four
"You can't do any better in San
Antonio," Commissioner Louis
Ehlinger said. "Appointments don’t
mean a thing to doctors, just to you."
"I have heard nothing but good
things," said Commissioner Stanley
The court accepted the budget and
will look it over before taking any
action at the next meeting.
Ceremonies will be held at the Me-
morial Park, downtown Hondo,
Monday, May 30,at 10a.m. to Honor
the Sacrifice of more than 1,163,000
dead from all of America's wars.
The local observance will be
hosted this year by Veterans of For-
eign Wars Post No. 3891, members
of Hal Jones and Aguinaldo Pruncda
American Legion posts will partici-
pate in the ceremony.
Milton Renkcn, Senior Vice Com-
mander, and Clyde "Bud” Johnson,
Service Officer, will emcee the pro-
A Color Guard will present the
Flag, Post Commanders will lay the
wreath, V.F.W. Firing Squad will
give a 21-gun salute, and laps will be
played by two Hondo High School
Everyone is invited to come out
and pause and observe Memorial
Day, especially members of all posts
and active military people. Bring
your own lawn chair.
Hwy 90 flags up
The Hondo Lions Club flags along
Highway 90 have been raised and
will continue to fly all summer thru
Labor Day Weekend.
ready to pay
Doldcdina County residents want
improved roads enough to be willing
to pay for them?
That is the question County
Commissioners arc asking.
Roads are taking a beating: there
are more subdivisions, more people
on the roads, more people in the
county, normal wear and tear over
the years, weather conditions and the
fact most.roads in the county have
not been re-surfaced in many years
all add up to deteriorating roadways.
Commisisoncrs want to hear con-
structive ideas, comments and sug-
gestions. The topic will be on
Tuesday's court agenda, also.
Public comment invited for annual
hearing on Edwards Aquifer
The Texas Natural Resource Con-
servation Commission will hear
public comment on water quality
issues for the Edwards Aquifer in
Medina, Uvalde and Kinney coun-
ties at a hearing in Hondo.
The hearing will be at 7:30 p.m.,
Thursday, June 2, in Hondo in the
district courtroom on the second
floor of the Medina County Court-
house, 1100 16th St.
TNRCC representatives will ex-
plain the agency's water quality pro-
tection requirements for develop-
ment over the aquifer's recharge and
transition zones at the hearing. They
also will disc-uss recent changes for
reviewing plans for water pollution
abatement, sewage collection sys-
tems and petroleum storage tanks. In
addition, a new technical guidance
manual designed to help applicants
comply with rules will be summa-
For more information, phone He-
len Stovall, at (512) 239-0578.
MEDF board elects officers
Grand jury indicts
former city librarian
Edna M. Ibarra, former Hondo city
librarian, was indicted by the Medina
county grand jury on a charge of theft
ol more than $20,000 and less then
$100,00 from library funds. She was
arraigned on May 23rd, and is pres-
ently out on $10,000 bond.
No date has yet been set for her
In a called meeting held May 16,
members of the Hondo/D'Hanis
Medina Economic Development
Foundation Board of Directors
elected James Tomcy II to head the
group as chairman. Aniceto Colunga
will serve as vice chairman.
Colunga and Tomey were also
appointed to seve as the board's rep-
resentatives on the Countywidc
MEDF board. They will replace
Ernie Parisi and Chip Macon who
New members to the Hondo/
D'Hanis MEDF board arc Jim Dan-
ner of Hondo National Bank, Bccca
Carskadden of Medina Community
Hospital, Betty Mund of D'Hanis Ice
House and Cecil Alkission Ford, and
Jeff Hayes, a local area fanner.
The board also includes Tomey,
Colunga and Greg Baldasarri.
The new board voted to hold regu-
lar meetings at 6:30 p.m. on the first
Wednesday of each even-numbered
month. The next meeting will be at
6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 1, in
the Hondo city Municipal Building.
Countywide MEDF members
meet at 7 p.m. on the first Tuesday of
each month. The next meeting is
scheduled for Tuesday, June 7, at
Brilschs' Restaurant in Castroville.
When MEDF went countywidc, it
encompased three district, all
marked by school district lines.
These include the Hondo/D'Hanis
District, Castrovillc/LaCosle Dis-
trict, and Dcvinc/Natalia District.
The three districts are separate and
distinct, with each being governed by
a seven member board comprised of
people living in the specific districts.
Intentions arc for the boards to
determine economic development
goals for their specific district and to
develop a strategic plan by which to
achieve those goals.
The county wide board serves as an
umbrella board to help the other
boards do all they propose to do, and
at the same time carry out specific
functions of a countywide scope.
One of the countywide board's
actions was to have printed a four-
color countywidc brochure detailing
each district in pictures and words.
Top of the class in Hondo, D’Hanis
Daughter of Bob k Jill Kelley
Hondo Salutatorian D'Hanis Valedictorian D'Hanis Salutatorian
William Patrick Cynthia C. Dasna I.
Bernsen Harrison Huesser
Son of Ralph k Donna Bernsen m Daughter of Daughter of
and Kay Bernsen Mr. k Mrs. Ray Harbison Mr. k Mrs. Larry Huesser
Memorial Day symbolizes
bravery, freedom, unity
By Judith Zaffirini
State Senator, District 21
Francis Scott Key ended The Star
Spangled Banner with the words,
"Oh say does that star spangled ban-
ner yet wave, over the land of the free
and the home of the brave?"
It is appropriate on Memorial Day
to recall that our flag still wStas
because our brave compatriots were
willing to pay the ultimate sacrifice
in their nation's defense. These lines
about freedom and bravery in our
national anthem reflect our nation's
beliefs and encourage our soldiers in
their struggles. Our country's red,
white and blue banner periodically
changed in form, but continuously
symbolized Americans’ bravery,
freedom and unity.
Memorial Day is the only Ameri-
can holiday to originate directly from
the Civil War, but from it we can
draw lessons that apply to other wars.
On this holiday we not only should
honor the brave sacrifices of those
who died for the United States, but
also reflect on the significance of
forgiveness and reunification.
Throughout the world many na-
tions experience political ruptures,
yet we arc grateful this Memorial
Day for the unity that binds our na-
tion. This spirit of union dates from
our War of Independence when the
"Liberty Song" stirred the colonies
with the words, "Then join hand in
hand, brave Americans all! By unit-
ing we stand, by dividing we fall."
The same spirit initiated the tradi-
tion now observed as Memorial Day.
In Columbus, Miss., shortly after the
Civil War, friends and family mem-
bers of slain Confederate soldiers
decided also to decorate the graves o
Union soldiers buried alongside their
The Confederate families' com
passion was the seed that became a
day of healing and of remembrance.
In 1948 President Harry Truman pro-
claimed Memorial Day a national
holiday to be commemorated annu-
ally on May 30. Two years later
Congress also declared it to be a day
of prayer for permanent peace. In
1969 congress changed the officia
Memorial Day holiday to the last
Monday in May, effective 1971.
In 1994 we are at peace and free
because hundreds of thousands of
brave Americans sacrificed their
lives in this century's wars. Of these
soldiers, more than 2,000 were from
Senatorial District 21: 379 died in
World War I; 1,806, World War II;
141, Korean conflict; 479, Vietnam
War; and four, Persian Gulf. Our
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