Hondo Anvil Herald (Hondo, Tex.), Vol. 109, No. 10, Ed. 1 Thursday, March 9, 1995 Page: 1 of 20
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A Texas Press Association Sweepstakes Award-Winning Newspaper
HONDO ANVIL HER
Volume 109, Number 10
Thursday, March 9,1995
0232 9912 2
Southwest Hicro Fubl
El Paso TX
Published In Hondo, Texas
^MlKRME to be resold
Our 109 th Year
Medina County's Leading Newspaper
t wo Sections, 20 Pages
Cattlewomen to meet
South Texas Cattlewomen will
hold their monthly meeting Thurs-
day,March 16,10a.m.,at the Chuck
Wagon Cafe in Cotuila. Members
and visitors are welcome to attend.
Class of ’85 reunion
It's almost time for the HHS class
of '85 to hold a 10-year reunion.
Anyone interested in helping plan a
reunion, please call Mary Mangold
at 426-3081 (work) or 985-3007
A Project Graduation meeting for
students and parents will be held
Monday, March 13, at the Hondo
High School Library, 7:30 p.m.
VFW meeting set
Hondo VFW Post 3891 will hold
its monthly meeting Tuesday, Mar.
14,7:30 p.m. at the Post home. Re-
freshments will be served. For infor-
mation, call Jr. Vice Cmdr Richard
The Medina County Association
for the Handicapped will hold a rum-
mage sale Saturday, Mar. 11, to raise
funds for the "Picnic in the Park"
which is tentatively set for June 11
in Lytle. The rummage sale will be
from 7 a.m. to noon at Collector's
Comer, Hwy. 281 (Teel) in Devine.
Donations for the sale are being ac-
cepted by Virginia Alexander 665-
5592 or Pete Pedroza 741-3237.
pet registration Saturday
The City of Hondo will sponsor a
pet rabies vaccination and registra-
tion clinic Saturday at Hondo Fire
Station No. 2. See story inside for
Aggie Open Saturday
The 6th Annual Aggie Open golf
tournament will tee off Saturday af-
ternoon at the Hondo Golf Course.
Sponsored by the Medina County
Texas A&M Hometown Club, the
tourney will raise scholarship funds.
To&mament fee is $25. Registration
begins at noon, with a 1:30 tee time.
Tennis, track dot schedule
Hondo will play host to tennis and
track meets over the weekend.
-The Hondo High School tennis
tourney begins today (Thursday) and
lasts through Saturday at the high
school and city courts.
The junior high track meet is Friday
afternoon, and the 15th Annual Owl
Relays will be held Saturday, begin-
ning at 9 a.m.
Last LL signup Saturday
The last chance to sign up for the
1995 Hondo Little League Baseball
and Softball season is this Saturday.
Tryouts will be held from 8 until
noon at the Hondo Little League
Park, Ave. U at 28th Street. Liule
League officials will be on hand to
register players who have not yet
Caregivers to meet
. A Caregiver’s Support Group has
organized and will meet every third
Tuesday of each month at the Hondo
Nutrition Center, 7:00 p.m. The next
meeting will be Match 21. For in-
formation, call 426-3087 between 9
a.m. and 4 p.m.
• Station to go
off air during
Mr. Jim Withers, President of Five
Points Broadcasting, Incv which
owns radio station KRME-AM in
Hondo, announced Wednesday that
he has entered into an agreement to
sell the station. Withers, who pur-
chased the station from Radio Med-
ina, Inc., last year, will take the station
off the air this week, pending approval
of the transaction by the Federal Com-
Withers said of the pending sale,
"Although the station has been very
well received in the area, and I've
certaily enjoyed getting to know the
community, my personal circum-
stances have made it necessary to sell
it at this time.
"The prospective new owners are
eager to move to the area and devote
full-time attention to building KRME
into a full service local radio station.
All in all, I think it is a good thing for
Hondo and Medina County. I wish the
new owners the best of luck."
The sale is pending to U.S. 90 West
Communications, Inc. On the board of
directors are Tim L. Walker, Stacey
K. Walker, and Ron D. Cole.
Tim Walker and Ron Cole are both
long-time broadcast engineers in the
San Antonio area. Walker is now liv-
ing in Dallas, and is working for an all
sports station in the Metroplex.
"After a year in Dallas, I'm ex-
tremely excited to be returning to
South Texas," Walker said.
Cole will be instrumental in the
design of the computerized produc-
tion and weather system, according to
Walker, who will be general manager.
The target startup date is Mon., May
KRME-AM broadcasts on 1460
kilohertz, and was originally put on
the air in 1970.
goes to Hondo
Filming begins on hit movie's sequel March 27
By Alan Nichols
Anvil Herald Staff Writer
Hollywood is coming to Hondo to
film Ace Ventura Goes to Africa, the
sequel to Ace Ventura, Pet Detec-
tive, a Morgan Creek production
starring Jim Carrey.
The filming will take place on
ranchland in the Hondo area, and the
movie company is looking for 300
local people to appear in the movie
If you are interested in launching
your career on the silver screen,
send a picture of yourself to the
Hondo Area Chamber of Com-
merce, 1600 Avenue M, Hondo,
Texas 78861 or drop it off at Elmo
Be sure to include your height,
weight, age and telephone number
on the back of the picture. Any
photo showing your face will do.
The filming will take place March
as possible. The job pays $5 an hour
for the first eight hours each day and
time and a half for any overtime.
Most of the extras will only work
one day for approximately 12 hours
beginning at 6 a.m. Breakfast and
lunch will be provided.
"There will also be stuff to snack
on all during the day," said Casting
Director Tina Kerr.
Kerr said she wants all different
age groups, but she needs more
adults than children. <
"Mainly I want people between
ages 17 and 90, but I will need some
children, too," Kerr said. "We also
need both genders and all ethnic
Kerr said she is looking for tourist
types, which means just about any-
body. She will notify chosen candi-
dates about what to wear and when
and where to report for filming.
Kerr and Co-Casting Director
Amy Canton-Ford have worked on
several other projects, including
The Sanshee, Sleepless in Seattle
PHOTO BY ALAN NICHOLS
CLOSE CALL... Don Peterson, an employee at the Torres Unit, was
involved in a train collision Monday afternoon. The accident, which
occured on CR 541 (Richter Lane), is the second at that location since
the Torres Unit opened. Peterson was taken to Medina Community
Hospital, where he was treated and released.
Reserve tickets for Battle of the Bands
must be purchased by Mar. 15
A special block of 300 reserved
tickets on the 40-45 yard line has
been set aside for Hondo Band fans
at the Battle of the Bands Festival
Thursday, April 27, at Alamo Sta-
dium. The Owl Band's feature per-
formance is scheduled at 7:40 p.m.
These reserve seat tickets must be
paid for no later than March 15, so
anyone interested in sitting in the
''Hondo block" must purchase tick-
ets immediately. If these tickets are
$old by the 15th, a few more seats
may be made available in the same
area for Hondo.
All reserve seats are $4. To pur-
chase tickets, come by the band hall
between 9 and 10 a.m. or 2:30 and
4:30 p.m., or see Mrs. Curtis at the
high school office between 8 a.m.
and 4 p.m. Be sure we get yourname
and phone number so you can be
contacted when the tickets come in,
said Band Director Kenneth Ersch.
There will be general admission
seats available for $3 and students
can get in for $1, but these seats are
not in the Hondo block.
"We would really like to have our
supporters together in one block,”
said Ersch, adding that it boosts die
band's spirits to have a big group of
supporters all in one place. He hopes
so many people will want to attend
that he'll get to ask for more seats.
Ersch suggests that everyone plan
to arrive early because qf traffic. An
estimated 20,000 to 25,000 people
are expected to attend.
The hlondo Police Depart-
ment is pleased to introduce
"Prince," a four-month-old
German Shepherd. Officer
Wesley Beck, Prince's trainer/
handler, was chosen by Chief
Marvin Ivy from among
several interested police
officers. Prince was pur-
chased through a grant from
the State of Texas to Tarrant
County Junior College.
Originally, training was not to
begin until June, but Hondo
moved up on the grant list
when another agency couldn't
supply an officer for training
He is not an aggressive dog
and will be used primarily to
locate drugs in vehicles and
schools. Prince and Officer
Beck had their first day of
training 10 days ago. The
handsome puppy, whose
\ pedigree is written in German,
goes on patrol with Officer
Beck and they will be con-
stant companions as training
continues. Within a couple of
months both are expected to
be certified and busy looking
for illegal drugs. Beck, who
has been a police officer
since 1977, said until he got
Prince, his work had become
just a job, "but now it's fun
again." photo by Frances guinn
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Anvil Herald weather observer Gerry
Bridges reports the following information
for the past week:
Wed., Mar. 1
Thu., Mar. 2
Fri., Mar. 3
Sat., Mar. 4
Sun., Mar. 5
Mon., Mar. 6
Tue., Mar. 7
HISD board backs
Tout rain for the week: 1.05 in.
Total rain for March: 1.05 in.
Total rain for 1995: 2.00 in.
Rainy days in 1995: 5
Avg. high temp, for the week: 56.1°
Avg. low temp, for the week: 47.4°
High temp, for 1995: 84°, on Feb. 10 & 23
Low temp, for 1995: 30°, on Jan. 31
Rain in 1994, thm Mar. 7: 4.00 in.
Rain in 1993, thru Mar. 7: 2.93 in.
The Hondo Board of Education
recently passed a resolution sup-
porting the protection of the Texas
Teacher RetirementSystem. In 1993
the stale legislature authorized the
transfer of funds from the Teacher
Retirement System (TRS) to the
State Employee Retirement System
(ERS) at the expense of TRS mem-
"The School Board passed a reso-
lution demanding that the state im-
prove the system, not partially fund
or borrow from it,” said Hondo
School District Superintendent
Newell E. Wo&Tis.
TRS wifi suffer a $9 million loss
through the 1993 legislation which
will cause the transfer of funds to
ERS. At the same lime the Legisla-
tive Budget Board is considering
lowering the state's contribution to
TRS from 7.31% to 6%‘.
A comparison of the TRS and the
ERS shows many disparities. The
TRS retirement multiplier is 2%,
while the ERS retirement multiplier
is 2.25 %. TRS members are not
See RETIREMENT ', PageII
Wurzbach named Eagle Scout
The rank of Eagle Scout, the high-
est rank given in Boy Scouting, was
bestowed on Gregory Wurzbach at
an Eagle Scout of Honor held at St.
Paul Lutheran Church in Hondo on
Saturday, March 4,1995. Greg is the
son of Clark and Carol Wurzbach
and is a senior at Hondo High School.
The impressive "Voice of the
Eagle" Ceremony was opened by
Assistant Senior Patrol Leader, Mi-
chael Castafieda and Troop 370
Color Guard. Frank Perkins, Scout
Committee Chairman for Troop 370,
acted as Master of Ceremonies. He
welcomed everyone and recognized
all Eagle Scouts presenu both youth
and adult. Rev. Gary Lange, Pastor of
St. Paul's Lutheran Church, offered
Mike Castafieda, Assistant Scout
Master, was the majestic voice of the
Eagle. Scqut Master Dennis Mann
and retired Scout Master Gerald
Adamietz reviewed the requirements
Adamietz shared Greg's Scouting
and Personal History.
E. L. "Buck" Barrow, Assistant
Director Commisssioner of the Bro-
ken Arrow District, administered the
Eagle Pledge to Greg, after which
Greg escorted his parents to the front.
Mr. Adamietz presented Greg's
mother with the Eagle Badge which
she pinned on the new Eagle Scout.
Greg's Father was then presented the
Eagle Neckerchief and tie slide
which he placed around Greg's neck.
Greg gave his mother a silver Eagle
pin to wear over her heart and his
father an Eagle Dad's tie tac in recog-
nition of their encouragement and
Eagle Scout Greg Wurzbach and parents, Carol and Claik Wurzbach
support on his trail to Eagle.
Miss Cynthia Kepler, Music/
Youth Director of First United Meth-
odist Church, Hondo, and a family
friend, then performed beautiful ren-
dition of "Wind Beneath My Wings"
by Larry Henley and Jeff Silbar.
Letters of Congratulations from
the President of the United States Bill
Clinton and Hillary Rodham Clin- (
ton; George W. Bush, Governor of
the State of Texas; Henry Bonilla,
Member of Congress; Kay Bailey
Hutchinson, United States Senator;
and Phil Gramm, United States Sena-
tor, were read by Mr. Perkins.
Mr. Adamietz, assited by Dennis
Mann and Frank Perkins, presented
Greg with a "Trail to Eagle" Plaque,
a gift from Troop 370; an Eagle Jie
tac; a certificate of recognition from
the National Society of the Sons of
the American Revolution; a certifi-
cate of special congressional recog-
nition from the Congress of the
United States of America; and a
framed, cross-stitched picture of the
Eagle Badge from His parents which
was made by his mother.
Larry Oefinger, Eagle Scout and
General Manager of Medina Electric
Coop in Hondo, administered to
Greg an inspiring arid meaningful
Eagle challenge and charge.
Rev. Kent Kinard, Pastor of First
United Methodist Church, and fam-
ily friend, gave a very moving vocal
rendition of "On Eagles Wings" by
Michael Joncas. This song is based
on Psalm 91. He then delivered "An
Eagle's Prayer" which he wrote for
his own son's Eagle Scout Ceremony
See EAGLE SCOUT, Page 5
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