Hondo Anvil Herald (Hondo, Tex.), Vol. 103, No. 43, Ed. 1 Thursday, October 26, 1989 Page: 1 of 26
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HONDO ANVIL H
Volume 103, Number 43
Thursday, October 26,1989
Our 103rd Y
Published In Hondo, Texas
Medina County's Leading Newspaper
Hondo City Council turned down,
for the third time, a request from the
Medina County Public Employees
Union for an across-the-board pay
increase for city employees.
The action, taken at Tuesday
night's council meeting, came after
several city employees, backed by
their spokesperson Chavel Lopez,
pleaded for a 6% pay increase.
Some 30 visitors were present for
"We believe we are doing the
jobs we are classified to do," said
Pete Morales. "There are doubts
that some workers are not doing
their jobs, but I believe they would
improve" if given a raise.
Lopez contended that a pay in-
crease, given out of compassion,
would boost the local economy as
well as the morale of city employ-
ees and would encourage them to
work harder. He said he believes the
merit evaluation system by which
some employees received raises re-
cently is unfair to most workers.
Councilman John Villa pointed
out that city employees received a
4% cost of living increase in Janu-
ary and that council would be look-
ing at the cost of living index again
There was some discussion as to
whether or not employees knew
they were going to be evaluated.
City Manager Mike Rhea said he
told all department heads that merit
raises would be given upon comple-
tion of an evaluation process and
left it up to them to get the word to
"Evaluations should be used to
better the work force, not to give
raises," said Lopez.
"These guys deserve a raise," said
Jesus Rodriguez. "Don't do an injus-
tice to social and economic devel-
opment for these guys. A vote 'no'
will be a black eye for the City of
After several exchanges between
See COUNCIL, Page 2
Water district election
Court urges citizens to vote for district in absentee, Nov. 7 balloting
PHOTO BY FRANCES GUINN
TAKING A DRUG FREE STAND... Third graders at Meyer School
assisted as teacher Sandy Ross tied red ribbons to the roof of the
covered walkway in front of the school. The, ribbons signify obser-
vance of the Drug Free America Week campaign. Hondo campuses
are having special observances each day and Wednesday was
'wear red' day. Students also distributed red ribbons around town
early Wednesday morning.
Council refuses to give
Medina County citizens will be
asked to vote Nov. 7 in an election
which could have dramatic impact
on their lives.
Possibly the most important issue
ever to face citizens of Medina
County is the establishment of a wa-
ter district in the county to protect
and properly manage our ground
water resources, according to Pet. 4
Commissioner Henry Briscoe.
Absentee balloting began last
Wednesday, but there has been very
little activity and commissioners are
concerned that citizens may not be
aware of the serious consequences
that could lie behind defeat of the
Commissioners also stressed that
votes cast within the city limits of
each community in the county will
be counted separately, therefore a
city could vote itself out of the dis-
Employees of Hondo businesses
are encouraged to get into the spirit
and into their Halloween costumes
Tuesday, Oct. 31, when the Hondo
Chamber of Commerce will again
sponsor the annual Halloween Cos-
The contest is open to employees
of all Hondo businesses.
To enter call the chamber office,
426-3037, Monday, Oct. 31, or-no
later than 9 a m Tuesday morning.
Judging will begin at 9 a.m. and
entries cannot be accepted after that
Band boosters to meet
The Hondo Band Boosters will
hold a meeting tonight (Thursday) at
7 p.m. in the High School Band Hall.
HS choir, actors
to stage "Phantom"
The Hondo High School choir and
theatre arts group will conduct a
noontime performance of Andrew
Lloyd Webber's "Phantom of the
Opera" on Halloween.
The performance, known as the
"Hondo Howl," will begin at 12:15
p.m., Tues., Oct. 31, in the HHS
Everyone is invited.
trict With all communities in the
district dependent upon -the Edwards
aquifer for at least part of their wa-
ter supply, commissioners urge all
citizens to give ratification of the
district serious thought.
Last January 21 Medina and
Uvalde county citizens voted in spe-
cial elections to withdraw from the
Edwards Underground Water Dis-
trict and later petitioned their re-
spective commissioners' courts to
establish local water districts.
Citizens of the two western coun-
ties in the Edwards District felt their
right to(use of aquifer water was not
being treated fairly in a proposed
Regional Water Plan drawn up by a
County commissioners voted to
form the Medina County Water
Conservation District in July and
temporary directors, Oliver Martin
of Hondo. Aniceto Colunga of
Quihi and Thomas Boehme of Cas-
troville were sworn-in July 31.
Mary Howard of Devine took the
oath of office a few days later.
The item was placed on the Nov.
7 election ballot, along with the pro-
posed constitutional amendments.
If the district is approved by vot-
ers in November, another election
will be held in January at which
time a new elected board will re-
place the temporary board.
Hondo to host 24 bands in contest
UIL DISTRICT 11
MARCHING BAND CONTEST
Sat., Oct. 28, at Barry Fi^ld
School Class a
Announcement of Class A results: 2:30
Class A A
* Johnson City
Announcement of AA results: 5:00
Announcement of AAA results: 8:15
The fall air will resonate Saturday
as the UIL District 11 Marching Band
Contest returns to Hondo's Barry
Beginning with Class A bands at 1
p.m., and concluding with the Big
Blue Band at 8 p.m., music lovers
may indulge themselves in seven
hours of great sounds and intense
Two bands from each of the three
classifications represented will earn
the right, based on judges' decisions,
to advance to the regional competi-
tion, on Sat., Nov. 4 at Calallen High
School in Corpus Christi.
From there, bands will compete for
the right to go onto the state contest in
Austin on Mon., Nov. 13.
"We'd like as big a turnout as we
can get," said Owl band director
Chuck Young. "Admission is free,
and there'll certainty~he plenty -of
entertainment. This is a tough district
with a lot of good bands."
. Judges for the contest include-Ger-
ald Babbitt of Hays Consolidated
High School, Jim Vanlandingham of
Poe Middle School in San Antonio,
and Jerry Purvis of Huffman High
All during the contest, the Hondo
Owl Band Boosters will operate the
Barry Field concession stand.
HHS Counselor Frank Perkins w ill
serve as the public address announcer
and Hondo band students and parents
will serve as monitors.
clock ill ]
Daylight Savings Time ends
at 2 a.m. Sunday.
to tour Haunted House,
have candy x-rayed
Medina Community Hospital will
host their third annual Haunted
House and Halloween safety pro-
gram Tuesday, Oct. 31, in conjunc-
tion with the Hondo Police Depart-
ment. The Haunted House will be
open 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. for children
ages 12 and under.
"We want to do everything we
can to assure your child's safety this
Halloween,” said MCH marketing
director Janet Selle.
After children have been trick-or-
treating, MCH will x-ray the treats to
screen out any metal objects which
may have been placed in the candy.
While their candy is being x-rayed,
children can walk through the
Haunted House and also visit with
McGruff, the crime dbg.
McGruff will also have important
safety information for the children.
Free cokes and extra treats will be
Flag D'Anne Johnson concen-
trates on the routine during
halftime activities Friday night.
Alsatian delegation to visit D'Hanis
Fifty-one Alsatians from France,
including the mayors of Oberentzen
find Niederentzen, sister cities of
D'Hanis, will arrive at 12:30 p.m.
Monday, Oct. 30, at San Antonio's
International airport for a three-day
The European delegation will be
headed by Lucien Bilger, mayor of
Niederentzen, and Antoine Gross,
mayor of Oberentzen.
It was from those two villages and
surrounding areas of then Alsace-
Lorraine that many of the pioneer
settlers of Medina county emigrated
in the 1840s.
D'Hanis were united as Sister Cities in
formal ceremonies in Alsace on July
14, 1978. The following year Mayor
Bilger and then mayor of Oberentzen,
Josef Gutleben brought a contingent
of Alsatians to D'Hanis for a visit and
After arrival Monday at the airport,
the group will be given a brief "wind-
shield" tour of downtown San Anto-
nio and then taken to Lone Star Brew-
ery for a reception headed by Helen
Dutmer, mayor pro-tem of San Anto-
In charge of arrangements there
will be Adreinne and Jerome
Weynand, who will serve as master of
From Lone Star, the guests will be
bused to the market area in downtown
San Antonio for a brief tour and then
transported to D'Hanis for a 6 p.m.
reception and dinner hosted by the
D'Hanis Lions Club and other partici-
pating citizens of D'Hanis.
The reception will include welcom-
ing remarks by Oliver Reinhart, Joe
Fillinger, Lions Club president Rich-
ard Rothe and Gene Suehs, president
of the Castro Colonies Heritage Assn.
The reception also will be en-
hanced by Halloween-type entertain-
ment staged by D'Hanis school chil-
dren, the high school drum and bugle
corps, and the music of Tony Koch
A miniature windmill, gift of Med-
ina County citizens, will be presented
to the two mayors who will take it
back to their cities, there to install it on
a special place known as
The park-like area is located on the
boundary line between the two cities
and is dedicated to the memory of the
Alsatians who left for Texas in the
1840s and 1850s.
L ..fore the evening is ended, guests
will be turned over to families in
D'Hanis, Castroville and San Anto-
nio, who will be hosts for the next
three days of tours and sightseeing.
At 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 31, the
Hondo Chamber of Commerce will
offer a reception in City Hall. After a
brief tour the guests will be shown the
Medina County museum by Lillian
Schweers and then taken to Hondo
Air Base rodeo arena for a barbecue
and rodeo exhibition staged by
Tommy Wilson, Bobby Moos and
The 5:.t0 p.m. barbecue, catered by
Bill Miller is open to the public. Res-
ervations at $4 each can be made by
contacting Tommy Rothe at Commu-
nity National Bank.
On Wednesday, Nov. 1, the Cas-
troville Chamber of Commerce will
be hosts Tor a 10 a.m. reception in
Landmark Inn. That will be followed
by a walking tour of the city con-
ducted by Gene Suehs. The afternoon
will be free for host families to show
guests additional places of interest.
The Europeans will depart San
Antonio Airport at 8:20 a.m. Thurs-
day, Nov. 2, on US Airlines.
The Hondo Radar Station has sup-
plied tht following weather informa-
tion for this past week:
High Low Rain
Wed., Oct. 18
Thu., Oct. 19
Fri., Oct. 20
Sat., Oct. 21
Sun., Oct. 22
Mon., Oct. 23
Tue., Oct. 24
Avg. high temp, for the week: 77.6
Avg. low temp, for the week: 48.1
High temp, for 1989: 104 on May 25
Low temp, for 1989: 21 on Feb. 6
Total rain for past week: 0.00 in.
Total rain for Oct.: 0.48 in.
Number of days in 1989 with
Pleasurable rainfall: 42
Total rain for 1989: 11.19 inches
Rain in 1988; thru Oct. 24: 11.31 in.
Rain in 1987, thru Oct. 24: 36.55 in.
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