Hondo Anvil Herald (Hondo, Tex.), Vol. 106, No. 5, Ed. 1 Thursday, January 30, 1992 Page: 1 of 28
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HONDO ANVIL I
Volume 106, Number 5
Thursday, January 30,1992
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Our 106th Year
Published In Hondo, Texas
Medina County's Leading Newspaper
Two Section. 2ft Pages
donations go over the top
"We're over the top!"
That is the cry this week on the
fund for the Hondo Senior Citizen/
Community Activty Center.
"We have gone over the $30,000
we promised the Hondo City Coun-
cil," said Community Center Presi-
dent Bumis Lawrence.
"Counting a $3,000 pledge from
Universal-Rundle (the money will
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ing weather information for this past week:
Wed., Jan. 22
Thu., Jan. 23
Fri., Jan. 24
Sat, Jan. 25
Sun., Jan. 26
Mon., Jan. 27
Tue., Jan. 28
Total rain for past week: 2.14 in.
Total rain for January: 3.43 in.
Total rain for 1992:3.43 in.
Rainy daya in 1992:11
Avg. high temp, for the week: 61*
Avg. low temp, for the week: 41.3*
High temp, for 1992:71s on Jan. 22
Low temp, for 1992:27* on Jan. 16
Rain in 1991, thru Jan. 28:2.13 in.
Rain in 1990, thru Jan. 28:0.76 in.
be forthcoming in March or April),
more than $500 due from the Junior
Service League's efforts at Christ-
mas in God's Country, and a gener-
ous $1,088 check from Mr. and Mrs.
George Clark of Hondo, the fund
now stands $210 above the promised
Lawrence said that Clark called
him Friday and asked how much
money was needed to reach the goal.
"Well, right now," the board presi-
dent said, "we need $1,088 to reach
"How do you intend to raise it?"
Clark wanted to know.
"Oh, I don't know really," Law-
rence answered. "We have a few
people we can call."
"Ill tell you how you can reach
that goal," Clark said. "If you will
come by the house I’ll write you a
check for the amount" Sv
Almost simultaneously, checks
came in from Gaye Bippert and Mr.
and Mrs. Ray Cortez. "These put us
over the top," Lawrence said.
He added: "We are not going to
actively seek additional money at
this time," the president said. "How-
ever, if anyone wishes to make a con-
tribution to be a part of this worth-
while effort we want them to know
all funds over the $30,000 figure will
be placed in a special fund to go
toward the expansion of the Center
when we get to that point."
Thepresidew laid alto, "On behalf can be proud.
of our Chamber's Senior Friendly
Committee (which started this effort)
the Community Center Board, the
City Council and the citizens of
Hondo, I want to express thanks for
the outstanding support this drive
received. Everyone has been great."
The wheels have already begun
turning on expansion plans. At a
January 21 meeting Architect Jerry
Mendenhall presented the board a
preliminary drawing of how the
building can be expanded.
Those present at the meeting were
told to write down what they wished
to see in the expanded facility and
turn it in to the Chamber of Com-
merce office by February 4. Once
everything is in there will be a work
-shop session to compile this mate-
rial in one coordinated effort This
will then be given to Mendenhall
who will make a finished drawing
and give an estimated cost
"Once this is accomplished,"
Lawrence said, "we will begin to
make applications to every founda-
tion which gives money for this type
of project At this time we have no
timetable on when we will have a
completed Community Center, but
when we get a little further along, we
will definitely set a scheduled time.
We will make no promises on any-
thing, but we will assure the public
we will make every effort to come up
with a center facility of which they
ltfs stock show time!
The 1992 Medina County Junior Livestock Show gets underway
Thursday (today) at the County Fair Grounds. Approximately 480 4-H
and FFA entries are expected. Hondo FFA members, Bev Lindemann,
Kevin Sample and Neil Lessing check the weight of a lamb in prepara-
tion for the event. See stock show ads and schedule on pages 8 and
SMWatch for,complete show results in next week's paper.
for stock show
. Students in area schools will have
a day off from classes this Friday
because of the Medina County Jun-
ior Livestock Show.
Hondo students will be dismissed
early on Thursday, with bells ring-
ing in the early afternoon.
Medina County has been awarded
federal funds for Emergency Food,
A local board made up of the
County Judge, a Ministerial Alli-
ance representative, and a represen-
tative from the City of Hondo will
determine how die funds awarded to
Medina County are to be distributed
among the emergency food and shel-
ter programs run by local service
organizations in the area. The local
board is responsible feu- recommend-
ing agencies to receive these funds
and any additonal funds available
under this program.
Under the terms of the grant, or-
ganizations chosen to receive funds
must: (1) be non-profit; (2) have an
accounting system and conduct an
annual audit; (3) practice nondis-
crimination; (4) have demonstrated
the capability to deliver emergency
food and/or shelter programs; and (S)
if they are a private voluntary or-
ganization, they should have a vol-
Copies of the guidelines and appli-
cations are available at Energy and
Housing Assistance Office in the
Aging and Nutrition Building lo-
cated at 808B Harper, Hondo, Texas.
Applications are to be mailed to the
above address to the attention of the
Chairman, Medina County FEMA
Deadline for submission of re-
quests is 5 p.m. on Friday, February
NEW OFFICER... Kenneth
Murphy was introduced to Hondo
City Council members Tuesday
by Police Chief Joe Aynesworth.
The 25-year-old officer is a No-
vember graduate of the AACOG
Law Enforcement Academy.
Nursing home cleared
of deficiency problems
Heritage Manor Care Center was
cleared Wednesday of every defi-
ciency noted in a Jan. 3-10 inspec-
tion according to Administrator
Andrea Jones. The Center had until
Sunday to correct more than 20 pages
of health-care violations uncovered
by Texas Department of Health in-
"We have been working very
hard," said Jones. "It is most impor-
tant to me that we give quality care to
the residents here and I feel like we
have accomplished that." -------
The Center had been issued a 23- corrected,
day termination notice after the TDH
investigation "found numerous defi-
ciencies posing an immediate threat
to patient health and safety," an ar-
ticle in the San Antonio Express News
quoted Texas Department of Health
spokeswoman Jeanoyce Wilson
Wednesday morning. She also said
"If they don't correct the problems,
we will terminate their Medicare
Jones, administrator of the Hondo
facility since Jan. 2, said all deficien-
cies noted have been corrected. She
said the inspection came about be-
cause of an initial complaint regard-
ing a specific resident. This com
plaint, she said, was made known to
her on Jan. 6 and was immediately
Ironically, the Center had passed
the state OBRA inspection in Sep-
tember with only three minor "Level
B" violations noted. They were
cleared in a follow-up inspection.
Council agrees to late hours permits
Hondo bars may soon be able to
stay open later hours, following ac-
tion taken by City Council Tuesday.
Upon the 4-0 vote, with Council-
man Eric Torres abstaining, an ordi-
nance will be drawn up granting late
hour permits for on-premise con-
sumption of alcoholic beverages. It
will be read at the next Council meet-
ing and then acted upon.
About lObar owners and interested
persons supported spokesman Mark
Britsch in seeking the permit
Britsch, who owns Country Roads,
pointed out that "people will drink,
regardless" of whether or not they can
remain at a bar to drink. "If we close
at 12 and they still want tadrink, they
will leave early and go to a conven-
ience store and buy a six-pack or a
case. Then they go some place or
drive around and drink. If they stayed
at any bar in town, we could keep an
eye on them," he said.
He also pointed out that Bandera,
Pearsall, Carrizo Springs, and Crystal
City, as well as Medina County, allow
City Manager Mike Rhea said he
spoke with aTexas Alcohol Beverage
Commission agent earlier.
He said just because the city grants
approval does not mean that every bar
will stay open later hours. The license
for a late hour permit, which must be
purchased by each bar owner in addi-
tion to the regular license, costs $ 150.
Rhea added that convenience
stores and restaurants cannot obtain
the late permit, but that approving a
late hour permit would allow private
parties to continue serving alcohol
legally until 2 a.m.
After four years the city would be
allowed to charge each bar a license
fee half the cost of its state license for
the iate hour permit.
Alcohol would be allowed to be
served on-premises only and could
not be carried out of the bar.
A bar with a late-hour permit
would be able to close at any he ar but
would not be able to sell alcohol later
than 2 a.m.
In other business, the Council gave
approval to an amended contract with
Hondo Golf Course operators Brett
Hutto and Bemie Yanity. Changes in
the wording of two articles in the
contract were suggested at the last
Council also agreed to the possible
sale of city property regarding plat-
ted, but unused or undeveloped,
streets-or alleys in the area of Ave. S
and R and in Colonies West Subdivi-
sion. The city will get a local ap-
praiser to detemine the value of the
property and then see if the adjacent
property owners would like to pur-
This Friday, January 31, is the final
day to pay county, city, and school
taxes before they go delinquent.
Effective on Mon., Feb. 3, all late
tax payments will be charged interest
beginning with 1% for February. The
rate climbs for each month tthe taxes
City taxes in Hondo may be paid at
the Hondo Municipal Building, at
1600 Avenue M. Medina County
taxes may be paid at the county tax
office, at Avenue K and 15th St. The
school tax office is in the Hondo ISD
Administration Building, at 2608
Taxes wlfl be considered paid on
time if tney are postmarked Jan. 31.
Friday is a school holiday for stu-
dents, but Hondo ISD Tax Assessor-
Collector Verlie Nietenhoefer will be
in her office all day.
Suits pending against CEDs
Across the state, many of the larger
taxpayers have paid their school taxes
under protest because of the state-
impost! County Education Districts.
Those central tax authorities took
effect last summer, with taxes being
divided among all the school districts
in a county.
"Some of the larger taxpayers have
sued their CEDs," said Hondo ISD
Superintendent N.E. "Bud" Woolls,
from a conference he vv^as attending in
Austin. "If the courts declare the
CEDs unconstitutional, then they feel
that's the only way they could get their
"In the event that the court comes
up with an unconstitutional ruling,
the consensus here in Austin is that all
taxpayers would receive a refund, and
not just the larger businesses."
Supt. Woolls feels that if the Texas
Supreme Court does rule CEDs un-
constitional, then "All the schools in
the state wou'l have to close. We're
talking about a loss of $5 billion.”
He says that the high court may
decide to rule the taxing system for
1991-92 unconstitutional, but may
still allow it to go through this year,
simply because of the chaos a reversal
would cause. Then for next year, a
new system would have to be devised.
Business counselor to visit
Attention, local area small busi-
Could your business use a "shot in
Could your employees use some
advice on how they may improve
their performance on the job?
Could they use a boost in motiva-
Would your employees benefit^
from a group workshop or individual
counseling session to learn new tech-
niques or discuss other issues they
deal with on the job?
Counseling is available to any lo-
cal businesttowners at their location.
Deborah Schueneman, a small
business development specialist
from the UTS A Small Business De-
velopment .Center, is available for
whole business workshops or indi-
vidual counseling, whether you have
a problem, have a question about how
you can operate more efficiently or
would like to motivate and encourage
See COUNSELOR. Pate 2
JOB WELL DONE... At Tuesday’s City Council meeting Police Chief
Joe Aynesworth read a letter of commendation and certificate of
appreciation which Mayor Tony Hardt presented to Officer Wesley
Beck for his work in apprehending two woukJ-be robbers at the GasGo
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