Hondo Anvil Herald (Hondo, Tex.), Vol. 110, No. 34, Ed. 1 Thursday, August 22, 1996 Page: 1 of 32
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A Texas Press Association Sweepstakes Award-Winning Newspaper
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Volume 110, Number 34
Thursday, August 22,1996
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Our 110th Yeai
Published In Hondo, Texas
Medina County's Leading Newspaper
Two Sections, 24 Pages
Council opens way
for new HEB location
i/eieste scnueme ot Hondo was named the 1996 Medina County Fair Queen Saturday evening. Mem-
bers of the new court (pictured from left) are Lynne Wilson ,1 st runner-up; Crystal Gunn, princess; Celeste
Schuehle, queen; Mollie Wilson, duchess; and Emily Rothe, Miss Congeniality. Parents of the new court
members are Tommy and Madalyne Wilson of D'Hanis (who have two daughters in the court), Tim and
Linda Gunn of Devine, Clyde and Charlene Schuehle of Hondo, and Tom and Marcy Rothe of Hondo.
1st grade orientation
Meyer Elementary will have par-
ent orientation meetings for each re-
spective grade. First grade parents
will have orientation Monday, Aug.
26, at 7 p.m. See story inside .for
other grade schedules.
Yearbooks are in
The 1996 Hondo High School
yearbooks have arrived and are avail-
able in Mrs. Peters' room (Rm. 4).
Students may pick yearbooks up any
schoolday after 3:30 p.m..
Hermann Sons Dance
Hondo Hermann Sons Dance will
hoM a Parent Orientation meeting at
McDowell Jr. High cafeteria Tues-
day, Aug. 27,7 p.m.
GED testing will be held Saturday,
Aug. 24, at McDowell School. For
information, call 426-2261.
Women's softball teams are being
recruited for the fall league which
will be starting up soon. If interested,
call Eva at 426-4339.
Nutrition Center movie day
Monday is "Movie Day” at the
Senior Nutrition Center in Hondo.
On Aug. 26, the movie will be about
The Hondo Area Chamber of
Commerce has a stack of discount
tickets for Six Flags-Fiesta Texas in
San Antonio. They are free! Stop by
and get some.
Area farmers are participating in
a Farmer's Market each Friday. The
Market is h :ld at the Hondo Railroad
Loading C xk on 18th Street from 9
a.m. until ;old out.
With two citizens expressing con-
cern about the serenity of the remain-
ing neighborhood at the Monday
public hearing, City Council opened
the way for the proposed location of
a new HEB store in Hondo.
Council members voted unani-
mously to change zoning in the
southern half of the two-block area
from residential to commercial.
, '* The Planning and Zoning Com-
mission had recommended the
change from residential to commer-
cial zoning, following its public hear-
ing on the subject earlier in the
Greg Baldasarri did not speak
against the change, but voiced con-
cern that the homes across the street
would lose the privacy which they
have enjoyed. He asked that the de-
signers take positive steps to protect
privacy and preserve the character
of the neighborhood. He suggested
a wall or landscape screening along
20th Street to muffle some of the traf-
fic noise and lighting, in a letter,
Irene Hoadley expressed similar con-
A letter supporting the location
was submitted by the Hondo Area
Chamber of Commerce.
Eric Moede, representing HEB;
Mark Johnson, project engineer; and
Wayne Giesler, traffic consultant,
answered questions and spoke on be-
half of HEB.
Moede gave the following com-
parisoapf the current HEB store and
the proposed new location;
PHOTOS BY FRANCES GUINN
Ryan Kevin Gonzales had a great time taking turns with Jacob
Contreras (not pictured) in the dunking booth at the Hondo Volunteer
Fire Company's annual Street Dance and Carnival Saturday. Music
by disc jockey Steven "Mr. T-Bone" Avila provided party atmosphere
as hundreds of people lurned out to enjoy the variety of entertain-
ment and the evening breeze.
Comine next week
Inez Beauty Shop has served
Hondo's ladies for 50 years
Anvil Herald weather observer Gerry
Bridges reports the following information for
the past week;
Wed., Aug. 14
Unirs., Aug. 15
FH., Aug. 16
Sat., Aug. 17
Sun., Aug. 18
Mon., Aug. 19
Tiles., Aug. 20
Total rain for past week: 0.00 in.
Total rain for August: Trace
Total rain for 1996:7.31 in.
Rainy days in 1996; 13
Avg. high temp, for the week: 99.7*
Avg. low temp, for the week: 73.8*
High temp, for 1996:106°, on Aug. 3 & 4
Low temp, for 1996: 18°. on Feb. 4
Rain in 1993, thru Aug. 20: 21.25 in.
Rain in 1994, thru Aug. 20:18.68 in.
Inez Beauty Shop, a work-at-home
venture begun 50 years ago by Nine
Howard and Inez Short, is still go-
ing strong in Hondo.
"My mother's identical twin, Nina,
came and opened the shop while my
mother went to beauty school," said
Sue Ann Graff, who purchased the
shop from her mother six years ago.
Nina had been a beautician three
or four years and knew it would take
time to build up a clientele, so she
moved in with her sister and opened
the shop while Inez, recently di-
vorced and with a family to raise,
went to beauty school.
They closed off the home's living
room and dining room for the shop,
leaving a door to the kitchen.
"It was handy for mother to be able
to keep an eye on us, cook and wait
on her customers," said Sue Ann.
Later, the state instituted new rules
and the door had to be closed.
After Inez graduated, Nina moved
back to her home.
"Mother said it was the most
frightening day of her life - the first
day without her sister there," said
Sue Ann. But with her clientele al-
ready built up, she began serving cus-
tomers who would remain with her
‘ all their lives. Sue Ann said it is re-
ally difficult when they lose such
long-time customers and friends.
Identical twins Nina Howard and Inez Short colaborated In opening
Inez Beauty Shop 50 years ago.
Several Hondo beauticians got
their start at Inez Beauty Shop.
Flossie Leinweber, Kay Finger, and
Patsy Ufbrich were names that came
to mind immediately. There were nu-
merous others, she added.
*The snoj> has reared its share of
family members for three genera-
tions. Sue Ann has been there 25
years, her sister Thelma Evelyn
worked there, as did Nina's daugh-
ter, Wanda Kay, and Sue Ann's
daughter, Janet, has been there about
12 years. OUie Gonzales, who has
worked in the shop 17 or 18 years,
is considered part of the family.
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Moede said three lots on the north-
east comer of the two-block area are
not included in the new development.
He presented a preliminary draw-
ing of the proposed site, indicating
that the plans are to locate the build-
ing on the southwest comer (Ave. G
and 20th St.) and having the loading
area at Hwy. 90 and Ave. G to mini-
mize noise in the neighborhood.
He also said that the new store will
have a compactor for refuse, instead
of the current dumpster system,
which would cut down on smells and
odor. A baler for cardboard will also
be part of the new facility.
As many mature trees in the area
as possible will be preserved, he said.
On Sept. 3 Planning and Zoning
and the council will review HEB's
request to close the two alleys and*
Ave. F between 19th and 20th streets.
Board proposes tax hike
to fight Sierra Club lawsuit
The Medina County Groundwa-
ter District held a public hearing
on a proposed tax increase Tues-
day night at the county courthouse.
Board President Fred Wells and
District Manager Luanna Buckner
explained that the proposed in-
crease from .96 cents to 3 cents per
$100 property value was needed
to raise funds for the legal expens-
es necessary to fight the Sierra
Club lawsuit filed against the City
of Hondo and many others in the
About 20 citizens showed up at
the courthouse to discuss and
query the board about the proposed
three-fold increase. There were no
outright objections to the tax in-
crease and nobody seemed to
doubt the pressing need tc fight the
Sierra Club. Concerns, however,
were raised pertaining to how long
the increase would remain in place.
“At some point in time we’ll either
lose or win the lawsuit and the tax
should revert back to one cent per
thousand,” Wells told the fo am.
Buckner, responding to a sug-
gestion that the board mandate an
automatic return to the existing tax
rate, explained that the board was
not permitted by law to bind future
boards to any standing policy. Fu-
ture boards, Buckner said, should
not have their hands tied and their
decision making should be free
from the influence any previous
South Texas drought
information forum set Monday
Representative Tracy O. King, D-
Uvalde; Senator Judith Zaffirini, D-
Laredo; and Senator Frank Madia,
D-San Antonio, along with repre-
sentatives of 13 state and federal
agencies, will meet on two separate
occasions to conduct a public hear-
ing to provide information about
state and federal drought relief pro-
grams and to solicit public testimony
Both hearings will be on Monday,
The first hearing is scheduled in
Uvalde at 10a.m. in the Civic Center
Reading Room, 300 East Main St
The second hearing is scheduled
in Pearsall at 3 p.m. in the Public
Library Meeting Room, 200 East
"I encourage all the residents,
fanners, ranchers, agribusiness per-
sons and local government officials
to attend and participate in this fo-
rum," said Rep. Tracy O. King. "Our
purpose is not only to inform the
public but to inform ourselves so that
we may be better prepared as we
address this issue during the 75th
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