Hondo Anvil Herald (Hondo, Tex.), Vol. 105, No. 24, Ed. 1 Thursday, June 13, 1991 Page: 2 of 26
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Eye exams offered
Eye Center representa-
tives will be at the following places
when commodities are distributed
this month: Coal Mine, Catholic
Chinch, June 18,9-11 ajn.; Hondo,
Firehouse, June 19,8 a.m.12 noon;
Devine, Nutrition Center, June 20,
8 a.m. - 12 noon; Castroville, ^
County Office, June 21, 8-11 a.m.; X-
and LaCoste, City Office, June 21,
They will offer free eye exams
for Senior Citizens. They invite
you to come by and say hello. They
will assist you, if you need their
help, said a local spokesperson.
Citizens concerned about crime
Plants & Designs
Behind Stop *N Shop on Hwy. 90 Hondo, Texas 426-5971
Father’s Day Sale!
Great gift ideas for Pop:
Gift baskets Blooming flowers Vegetable plants
Herbs Custom designed Hanging baskets
Assorted plants arrangements Trees & shrubs
Specially blended fertilizer
Free advice from exf. ert horticulturist. Lynne Mcllraith.
A* Opm Cities to
Mayor Tony Hardt, Hondo City Commissioners,
Chamber of Commerce President Thomas C. Wooten, Diane
Schlffers, and other Citizens of Hondo
Congratulations! You most definitely have done it. You have
broken ground and have planted seeds as a "new beginning for
a lasting partnership." And most importantly you have
demonstrated a strong sense of commitment and responsibility
to improve the economic quality of life in Hondo, evidenced by
the collaboration exhibited at the groundbreaking ceremony
for the TDCJ Riben M. Torres Unit on June 6,1991.
Everything was in place for the groundbreaking: dedication of
the facility to the citizens of Hondo by Mayor Hardt; the
commemorative shovels; the well-chosen words pf the day; the
music performed by Keith Lutz; and the fine
hospitality - Hondo style. You certaintiy gave it your best.
Thank you for including us. It was an honor for us to have
been part of your "celebration." Buena suerte, and God's
blessings In all of your endeavors.
Families op Maria F. Torres,
Rent Torn*, <t Reynaldo Tor?**
RIBBON CUTTING CEREMO-
NIES... were held recently at the
D'Hanis Chevron station as the
Hondo Area Chamber of Com-
merce welcomed the station's
new owner, Frank Sandoval, as a
member. Chamber and MEDF
directors and Hondo Mayor Tony
Hardt were on hand to bring good
wishes for the new business ven-
planned for 1992
Plans for a 1992 children's voter
education project have been an-
nounced by John Hannah, Jr.,
Texas Secretary of State. Governor
Ann Richards endorsed this project,
which is designed to teach our chil-
dren the importance of participat-
ing in the democratic process; fa-
miliarize them with the mechanics
of the electoral and legislative
processes; and promote voter par-
ticipation at an early age through
Students will receive actual in-
struction in the mechanics of voting
through mock elections conducted
by teachers and community volun-
Training and instructional mate-
rial, including age-appropriate
story books and computer pro-
grams for inclusion in die existing
Texas school curriculum, are being
developed, and will be piloted in
various regions of the state in the
fall of 1992.
THANK YOU SPONSORS
for making the groundbreaking for the
Ruben M. Torres Unit
a memorable event
Medina Coenty AbstractCo., /no.
(froff and Rathe, CPA
Joel IFinller Motor*
Community Rational Band
State, Farm Insurance
Clamde Schuehle Realty
Dorothy s Flower Slop
Hermann Son s Steal House
/Cniplts of Columbus
Charles Rothe andAssoc,
(fary Aerospace, /no.
(joodiny Oil, /no.
Hondo Area Chomier of Commerce
Mr. and Mrs. Joe Aynesworth
Mr. and Mrs. /juadalupe Pimentel
Thanks also to all the other people who helped in
any way on the event including former city council
members Keith Lutz and Judith Glasscock
Mayor Tony Hardt
Hondo City Council
Eric Torres - T.A. Lopez - John E. Villa
iz - Arturo Barrientes
A group of Hondo citizens who
said they are concerned about the
recent increase in burglaries, van-
dalism and assaults in Hondo asked
City Council May 28 what can be
done to change the trend. The ques-
tion brought about an almost two-
hour discussion on the topic.
"We are trying to figure out a
way the community could work to-
gether to identify whatever is
threatening our safety," said Bebe
Barden, who along with Bob
Heyen, acted as spokesmen for the
businessmen and residents.
"The crime wave is very
cyclant," said Mayor Tony Hardt
A few years ago, he said, the wave
reached a similar peak. At that time
the police department initiated sev-
eral crime prevention workshops
and the trend seemed to die down
for a while. "Now we are getting
hit again," he said.
Some questions were directed at
Police Chief Joe Aynesworth (ab-
breviated answers are given here).
• Why does it take so long to in-
vestigate a crime? Since January
156 cases have been referred to the
department's two investigators, in-
cluding burglaries, drug and sex
cases, felony DWIs,... everything
that is taken to court eventually.
• Can we get curfews enforced
again? Curfews are still actively
• Where is the breakdown (if the
police are actively and continually
out looking for criminals)? Crimi-
nals sentenced to TDCJ actually
serve only l/6th to l/8th of the time
in prison due to various reasons
and are soon back on the streets.
Most of the local incidents are per-
petrated by local people.
• What can we do to protect our
homes and businesses? There are a
lot of things individuals can do to
protect themselves, but there is
nothing anyone can do that will to-
tally solve the problem. He sug-
gested that Neighborhood and
Business Watch programs be re-
' vived. Such programs helped bring
crime totals down a few yegs ago.
Abo, the police department's col-
umn Crime Prevention Tips, pub-
lished weekly in this paper, gives
ideas on how residents can protect
• What can the police department
do to protect us? The department is
currently doing security checks,
foot patrols downtown, drive-bys,
stakeouts, and various other tilings
to try to deter criminal activity. It is
not possible to have a policeman
everywhere, all the time.
• Is there any pattern to places
bing hit? No.
• What percentage of activity is
being by done by local people and
out of town? Almost all are local.
Aynesworth said most of the
items that have been stolen recently
have not been marked for identifi-
cation. If property is recovered, it
must be cleariy identifiable. Busi-
ness people and homeowners must
be willing to maintain documenta-
tion on serial numbers and to mark
property so that if an item is recov-
ered, it can be returned to the
People must also be willing to
file charges and complaints. Hav-
ing a rock, a broken window and a
suspicious person nearby will not
allow a case to be taken to court
"1 must deal with the letter of die
law," said the chief. "If I don't have
somebody to state 'I saw that indi-
vidual throw that ...'. I have evi-
Spend a Day at the Races
with South Texas CattleWomen
South Texas CattleWomen have
planned a fashion show and day-at-
the-races on Saturday, June 15, at
Bandera Downs as their 1991 fun-
Beef for Father's Day will be
promoted with drawings held dur-
ing the day for 12 $25 Beef Certifi-
cates redeemable at any grocery
store for any cut of beef you wish.
Simply register as you enter the
gate. No chances will be sold: this
Tickets, limited to the seating
available in the Lower Jockey
Gub, are being s> Id by members.
This includes valet parking, admis-
sion to the air-conditioned Club,
a $10 food and beverage voucher
and an official program. TV race
monitors and betting booths are lo-
cated in the club.
An informal style show will be-
gin at 11:30 a.m. with stores from
Uvalde, Hondo and Bandera pro-
viding fashions. The four models
will include the current Miss
Uvalde, a former Miss Uvalde,
Texas/Oklahoma Junior Miss, and
a Miss Mohair finalist.
Contact Maureen Bell in Pearsall
if interested in purchasing tickets,
334-3722. Lindy House of Bates-
ville and Jeanne Evans of Bandera
are the CattleWomen in charge of
dence, I have a list of names of
people seen in the area, but I have
no one I can charge."
• In the case of juveniles, can you
file against their parents? Those ju-
veniles we catch and can charge for
their actions are sent to the Juvenile
Detention Center or to the state
center. If a person wants to recoup
damages, it is a civil matter and
that person must take it to court. ’
• Why don't you have the officers
spend more time patroling neigh-
borhoods and residential areas and
less time on Hwy. 90? We have 10
square miles to cover. Everybody
has a right to have officers drive
by. If more time is spent in neigh-
borhoods, business people ask why
more time isn’t spent in the down-
• What about more officers?
What we need is more people who
are willing to stand up and say 1
saw him'. We answer family distur-
bances and public intoxication calls
all the time. Sometimes we arrest a
person, but the other person (com-
plainant) does not want to file a
complaint (so the person arrested is
• Why can't investigators work
day and night shifts? They do.
"Everybody is looking for an-
swers, somebody to blame,” said
former Councilman Keith Lutz,
who was in the audience. "We are
responsible for our own community
-- not only our own property, but
also our neighbors'. The biggest
thing we can do is public educa-
"Would you be in favor of get-
ting our Neighborhood Watch and
Business Watch programs reorgan-
ized?" Mayor Hardt asked the au-
dience. He asked Chief Aynes-
worth to make preparations and to
notify businesses and the public
when meetings are set up.
Leticia Ortiz on
Texas A & I
Leticia Ortiz of D'Hanis has been
named to the dean's list at Texas
A&I University for the spring 1991
semester. To be on die dean's list, a
student must have a 3.65 grade
point average for a minimum of 15
Rick Burrell, also of D'Hanis,
has been named to the honor roll at
Texas A&I University for the
spring 1991 semester. Students on
the honor roll must have a 3.5
St. John's prepares for festival
Members of St. John's Catholic
Church are preparing for their an-
nual Parish Festival, Sunday, June
23, at Hondo City Park.
The events will begin with a field
mass at 10 a.m. in the park fol-
lowed by a barbecue dinner with all
the trimmings. Serving hours will
be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Also
available will be barbecue sand-
wiches and tamales.
Entertainment featuring the Her-
mann Son's dancers, followed by
Leslie Biasing singing and your fa-
vorite tunes played by Keith Lutz
and his band will begin about 1
"Come and enjoy a day of food,
fun and entertainment," is the in-
vitation offered by the parishioners.
The Older Texans of Medina
County have a quilt they will be
giving away Labor Day Weekend.
If you would like to purchase a
ticket, contact any OTM member.
Marguerite Bendele, reporter
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Wrangler dress jeans
Sale price $1795 Reg.$21-
Large selection of Father's Day gifts
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Hwy. 90 & Ave. W Hondo 426-3772
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Hondo Anvil Herald (Hondo, Tex.), Vol. 105, No. 24, Ed. 1 Thursday, June 13, 1991, newspaper, June 13, 1991; Hondo, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth817865/m1/2/: accessed November 14, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Hondo Public Library.