Hondo Anvil Herald (Hondo, Tex.), Vol. 98, No. 49, Ed. 1 Thursday, December 6, 1984 Page: 1 of 26
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Serving Medina County for 98 years
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Volume 98 — Issue iVo. 49
December 6,1984 Hondo, Texas 78861 USPS 249-280
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Christmas on Main Street.
Shop Hondo Saturday!
AUTUMN... Leaves hate this time of
year, because it means they have to
fall off their trees, shrivel up. and
then get raked into ignoble piles. For
the rest of us during the season of
drizzly cold fronts, it% time to break
out the blankets and hot chocolate,
unless of course the temperature
soars to 75 degrees on a sunny
afternoon (this is south Texas, you
know), and maybe take time out to
ponder just how it is that Mother
Nature can make even something as
simple as a dead leaf so amazingly
School still getting tougher
By Doug Johnson
After a second six-week grading
period under the new state education
reforms, Hondo High School students
are finding out that things are still
tough all the way around, and it
doesn’t get any easier as you go
In fact, it gets tougher beginning
January 1. According to HHS
Principal Charles Carlson, that’s
when the new requirement takes
effect stating that those who don’t
pass all their classes may not
participate in extracurricular activi-
‘The students are kind of getting
used to the new grading system,"
Carlson said, but they haven’t seen
anything yet. That (new require-
ment) is going to shock a lot of them.”
For the second sue weeks, seven
students made the Principal’s Honor
Roll by earning all As. That
represents a gain of three over the
first she weeks, but remains less than
in previous years, when grades were
figured on a curve.
A total of 53 made the Honor Roll
(all As and Bs) - only two fewer than
last time, and the difference corre-
sponds almost exactly with the
number of students who moved up to
the higher list.
As for the lower end of the grade
scale, 15 seniors, 24 juniors, 56
sophomores and 88 freshmen failed at
By Barbara Berger Wilson
HONDO’S FIRST ANNUAL CHRISTMAS ON MAIN STREET
... is set for Saturday, and if you want in on some fun as well
as Christmas bargains, plan to be there. More than 30 of Hondo’s
outstanding merchants are participating in the program to bring
and keep shoppers in Hondo.
The Chamber of Commerce is backing the program and has
advertised in several area papers to bring shoppers to town.
Hondo’s merchants have a large selection of merchandise and
many at valuable discounts. You will want to shop their ads in the
Anvil Herald, as well as shop to see what other values are in store!
HAVE YOU DECORATED YET?
... Hondo's Young Homemakers will be judging decorations on
Hondo businesses this Saturday, but if you are a homeowner you
have until December 15 to get your decorations ready.
The Homemak ~rs will judge residences on December 15 and 16 in
three categories: religious, creative and fantasy. A Grand
Champion will be named overall, while first and second places will
be named in each category. Ribbons will be awarded to the winners.
COMMISSIONER HENRY BRISCOE
. . . , in a conversation with me last week, relayed some
information which I feel would be of interest to others in the
county, since his subject was the cost of County government.
The Commissioner cited a publication of the Texas Advisory
Commission on Intergovernmental Relations which says that
Medina County is one of 35 of the state’s 254 counties which have a
high tax burden, with a low ability to pay on the part of its citizens.
He also said that Medina County has been in the top twenty of
county tax rates with our present rate of 50 cents on a 6100
Briscoe also pointed out several areas in the budget which he
feels are extravagant, and still another area where the county may
be getting ready to open a can of worms.
At this time, the county is considering adding health insurance
as a benefit for its employees - certainly well intentioned. However,
Commissioner Briscoe points to the rapidly advancing cost of such
All such insurance companies require about 75 percent
participation, as well as a certain level of participation by families.
As Briscoe points out, many of the county’s employees are already
covered by their spouses’ policies and the county would be forced to
In the first year alone, he says, the cost to the county taxpayers
would be almost $66,000. The real kick comes through an escalation
clause of about 14 percent annually.This could add up to $111,471 by
the fifth year, and, he says, nearly a quarter of a million dollars of
taxpayers money by the 10th year!
If this is true, and I have no reason to doubt Mr. Briscoe, the
other commissioners had better look long and hard before they take
He also points to the road and bridge funds, which this year
among the four precincts, had beginning balances of $421,898.
That is a lot of money for a cushion!
And starting January 1, the county will get an extra $5 for every
car registered in the county. This “optional” fee was offered by the
Legislature recently and the County latched onto it as a way to
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least one class and must participate in
the tutorial programs, held for 25
minutes each session on Mondays,
Tuesdays and Wednesdays Total for
the school was 183 receiving at least
one failing grade - an increase of two
over last time, with numbers drop-
ping slightly for seniors and sopho-
mores, and rising for freshmen and
Tutoring sessions were 30 minutes
(during the lunch period) last time,
which Carlson said did not leave
enough time to get everybody
through the cafeteria line.
“We were pressured too much," he
said, but the extra five minutes to
eat smoothed everything out
Carlson noted also that, “we have >
some kids going to the tutorials who
aren’t failing,” those on the letter
grade borderline who realize they
may be only a six weeks away And
the number of parents coming in for
conferences remains higher than it
ever was in previous years
Exams more important
There’s a reason for all the new
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Those who shop here in Hondo this
Saturday, December 8 are in for a
real treat - the first ever Christmas
on Main Street celebration.
Sponsored by more than 30 of this
town’s finest merchants through the
Chamber of Commerce, The Best
Christmas Party in Texas” is planned
throughout the city from 10 a m to 8
There will be a wide variety of
attractions, as resident and visiting
shoppers alike can ejoy music by
carolers, fiddlers and one local family,
see skit performances and a family
movie, visit food booths, and watch as
the town goes all out to deck itself out
in Christmas spirit.
Children will look forward the the
appearance of Santa Claus himself,
who will arrive at City Hall by
firetruck at 5:30 p.m. to listen to any
and every young Christmas wish.
Hondo National Bank and Gill
Savings will each hold open houses in
the morning (see schedule), while the
Medina County Reveleers will give
downtown the first of several
performances scheduled throughout
the day and all over town.
The Hondo Sesquicentennial Com-
mittee will hold a bake sale, and the
Four Seasons Nursing Home will
have its Christmas Bazaar, featuring
arts and crafts Both events will be at
City Hall, along with the Junior
Service League, which will be taking
tamale orders Other food booths and
arts and crafts will also be featured
The Rave Theatre will be screening
three separate showings of “Pete's
Dragon”, a Walt Disney movie for
children of all ages at H, l and 3.
The Ken Heyen Family Band will
display their musical talents at
several locations around town, ending
with a 4 p m. performance downtown.
Afternoon music (Christmas and
other themes) will also fill the air
courtesy of a host of fiddlers, and
groups/rf Campfire carolers, who will
also perform a skit entitled The
Christ nas Hex”.
A Christmas decorating contest for
local businesses begins at 4 p.m,
sponsored by the Young Home-
Many merchants are planning to
stay open until 8 p.m Saturday for
shopping convenience and many will
have in-store specials Some will have
free drawings for prizes
A schedule of events appears on
Chamber of Commerce
selects officers, directors
The Hondo Chamber of Commerce
elected its new officers and intro-
duced its new directors at the regular
meeting held Tuesday noon.
Elected President for 1984-85 was
Steve Hackebeil. Vice-President is
Charles Carlson, and Lillian Porter
was selected Treasurer
Outgoing President Clyde Parsons
said, “It has been a challenge and a
pleasure to work with the present
group," adding that he felt that the
Chamber had made a lot of progress
during the past year
New directors are Lillian Porter.
Carol Long, James Meyer and Mike
In other business, it was noted that
the Wild Game Dinner held Deopm-
to benefit Crisis Center
The Community Friendship Tree,
established last year by the Commun-
ity National Bank in Hondo, will this
y.cif benefit the Medina County-
Women's Crisis Center
Since it was established in 1984, the
crisis center has helped 20 women
and 33 children, who averaged a five
to seven day stay
The purpose of the center is to
attempt to reduce family violence
through education and to help make
the community aware of the service
The Center provides safe shelter.
food and clothing if needed, and
assistance for victims whether
through crisis intervention or coun-
The Women's Crisis Center is
currently run by Misty Morris and
Community Bank's Friendship
Tree was established in 1983 to help
worthy causes, particularly during
the holiday season. Donations to the
Shelter may be made to: Community
Friendship Tree. Community Nation-
al Bank. Hondo. Texas 7888!
Concert planned for Dec. 11
The Annual Christmas Concert by
the Community Chorus is planned for
Tuesday, December 11 at the First
The members of the chorus invite
area residents to attend the concert
which will begin at 7:30 p.m.
Ministers from the local churches
will participate in the Community
Christmas service which will include
music, scripture readings and poems
The Children's Chorus will also
present a medley of Christmas song
The choirs are directed by Dr. Nell
Nixon with Mrs. Madis Keath at the
organ and Mrs. Dell Adkins at the
piano St. Paul Lutheran Church will
host a reception of refreshments and
fellowship following the concert in
Members of the Community Chorus
Teresa Hackebeil. Lorine Hacke-
beil, Annette Milam Ginny Winkler.
Dora Mae Faseler, Lisa Rothe, Judy
Lewis, Ecey Renken, Jackie W inkier,
Milton Renken, John Boon.
Also, Rommel Nester, Charlbtte
Lutz, Elizabeth Smith. Carolyn Muen-
nink, Susan Fielden, Mary Alice
HARD HITTING... is a part of the
game of football, and during their 24-0
win over the Port Isabel Tarpons in
Kingsville last Friday the Medina
Valley Panthers put on a Crunch
Clinic. On a late-fourth-quarter run
by MV's Michael Kempf. Tarpon
defensive end Carlos Rivera (prone)
was shaken up. Pat Zinsmeister (42)
looks on as trainers were on their way
out to see to Rivera, who eventually
got up and walked off the field
ber 1 served 306 plates and was
considered a great success
Director Carol Long suggested that
the Chamber sponsor a calendar of
events for the Texas Sesquioenten-
nial year (1986).
Industrial Coordinator Burnis
Lawrence gave a report on the
industrial advisory committee, of
people he has talked to recently, and
what projects he is working on
Entertainment for the 1985 Cham-
ber Banquet (scheduled tentatively
for Marcn 4) will be Tony and Teresa
The Chamber nominated three
people, Steve Mueller. Kathy Britsch.
and Joe Haegelin, to serve on the
countywide Crime Prevention Pro-
gram Board Mayor A D Patterson
will select one of the nominees to be
Executive Secretary Diane Schif-
fers reported on the upcoming event
Christmas on Main Street (Saturday),
for which the Chamber is assisting
with advertising and organization.
The meeting was attended by John
Melton, who was the 1983 President
of the local Retail Merchants Associ-
ation Melton asked the Chamber to
take over sponsorship of t he orgamza-
tion. to make it an arm of the
Chamber, and name a director
Members agreed to the proposal, to*
take pffect after January 1985
The Chamber's next meeting
which falls on Tuesday. January 1.
was changed to Thursday. January
Eckhart, Amy Gray Mary Lou
Cameron, Claudia Long, Joe Nixon,
Also, Madis Keath, Nell Nixon, Dell
Adkins. Ora Rutherford, Grace
Britsch. Aileen Bracks. Helen Witte.
Frances Lynch, Shelley Lynch.
Robert Faseler. Gale Long, John
And, Jan Been. Ella Mumrrie. Tony
Hackebeil. David Lynch, Boh Peden.
Ann Peden. Clyde Fase!-r. Billie
Powell, Maida Modgling. and James
Richter, who is not able to be with us
in person, but who is certainly with us
Tickets for the Medina Valley -
Columbus quarterfinal match-up will
be sold ini the Hondo Superinten-
dent's office this Thursday
Supt N E Woolls said that Hondo
has a block of about 100 tickets for the
game to be played at 8 p m. Friday in
Adult tickets sell for $4 and
students for $2 All tickets will be $5
at the gate
Qj the weather...|
The Hondo Radar Station nas
supplied the following weather in-
formation for this past week:
Wed . Nov 28
Thu, Nov 29
Fri., Nov 30
Sat., Dec 1
Sun., Dec 2
Mon., Dec. 3
Tue.. Dec. 4
Mean high temp, for the week: 65 1
Mean low temp, for the week: 39 1
High temp, for 1984: 105 on April 20
Low temp, for 1984: 18 on Jan 19
Total rain for Dec.: 0 30 inches
Total rain for 1984. 19 40 inches
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