Hondo Anvil Herald (Hondo, Tex.), Vol. 102, No. 3, Ed. 1 Thursday, January 21, 1988 Page: 1 of 22
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Volume 102, Number 3
Thursday, January 21, 1988
Published In Hondo, Texas
Medina County’s Leading Newspaper
Two Sections, IS l*a<;es
FOCUS ON HONDO... Past Chamber of
Commerce President Karen O'Neill and Man-
ager Diane Schillers look over an advance
copy • of Update magazine, a publication of
Southwestern Hell Telephone Company.
Hondo is one of four towns visited by the
magazine's stall Iasi summer in preparation
for the article. The article highlights some
of the best qualities of life in onr small
town. More copies of the magazine are
expected to be rtoailable at the Chamber of
Commerce oft ice best week. I here will be a
limited supply of the magazines, but the
Chamber plans to make extra photocopies of
the article. (Photo bv Frances Proctor)
Parsons presents JDC report
Medina Count)1 Juvenile Deten-
tion Center Director Jeff Parsons
presented Commissioners Monday
with his first report on the
operation- of the county detention
The center presently has an
agreement to house children horn
Uvalde, Real, Val -Veide, Kinney,
Edwards, Terrell, Dimmit, Mave-
rick, Zavala and Atascosa counties,
"Since the center opened on Nov.
12, 1987, we have housed children
for Medina, Uvalde, Zavala, Val
V*rde, and Kinney counties," he
"Twelve out of-county detainees
have resulted in $6,345 worth ot
revenue, either already collected or
within accounts receivable," Par-
sons reported. "Medina County has
detained six children resulting in
the savings of $1,800," over pre-
vious costs foi detaining children
At the close of December, five
children were still being housed for
other counties, he said.
Parsons also told the court that
Immigration and Naturalization Ser-
vice has shown interest in possibly
utilizing the facility. If the center
meets their requirements, it is
anticipated that the center will
house some of the children detained
Included in his report, Parsons
cited some issues concerning stand
ards requirements which he feels
need attention, including height of
ceilings (which fall two inches
short of minimum standards and
The Hondo Radar Station has
supplied the following weather
information toy this 'past week...
lack ot an alternate powetWwfce id
operate lights, ventilation and com-
munications systems, and to open
rate electronic doors in the event
regular power is interrupted.
Parsons also said standards re-
quire a minimum of two stall mem
hers on duty' dining waking hours
and that stall salanes should he
comparable with prevailing?, salaries
m the public and private sector loi
"Ours is the only center in Texas
that o|ierates with one stall shifts,"
he told commissioners.
Detention facility personnel cur-
rently work 12-hour shifts and are
paid $3.52 per hour.
"By working 12-hour shifts it is
possible to have 24-hour coverage
seven days-a-week, but with only
one stall memhef pet .shill, aid
"The center has. had UuiJien
detained all but six days of fix-
operation," he said
IBs recommendations,dot mam
raining standards and pioto. imp. the
safely and security of the cental
included having, a subsiuniul mnn
her of trained pail lime stall ot
appioximately 12 pcisons available
to be called in as needed; opening
the center to female detainees, ilms
making it possible lo hire female
stall; and bringing the full time
staffs wages up to $5 per hour
Parsons also suggested that the
center could benefit from a volun-
See Vi: 11 XI laX, /'age 2
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Thu., Jan. 14
Fri., Jan. 15
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Mon., Jan. 18
Tue., Jan. 19
I TRYING TO KF.F.P WARM... when an "Arctic blast" swings
into tow/i is not the easiest thing to do, especially if you're
prone to spending the greater part of your time in tree
branches. These two sparrows were busy Huffing feathersj
as they dung to swaying branches Wednesday in the wake!
: of a front that cleared the gray skies of days just passed!
with its gusty winds.
Bow ing to the request of a dele-
gation of Medina County citizens
who support pari-mutuel wagering
on horse races in the county, Coni-
misiCpers Court Monday agreed to
place the- issue on the Nov. 8
The court had instructed County
Attorney Hunter Schuehle and
County Clerk Anna Vap de Walle
to research the matter last week
after a group of Castroville area
residents asked that the question be
placed on an upcoming ballot.
Schuehle quoted Texas statutes
which give Commissioners a
choice "of placing such an item on
the ballot at the court's discretion or
of ordering an election on the next
.uniform election day following
presentation to the couit of a
properly -executed petition.
'The county attorney said lie had
been told last week by the secretary
of state's office in Austin that the
question could he put on a ballot
this year only on a uniform election
day in May or August, but that
subsequent information ftom the
office had changed that opinion.
Uniform election’ dates, he
explained, are designated as the third
Saturday in January, the first Satur-
day in May, the second Saturday in
August and the first Tuesday after
the first Monday in November.
Schuehle said the revisedopinion
ftom the secretary of states office
came about.after it was determined
that the matter would affect county
government.since the county would
stand to gain.revenue from approval
i if the issue.
Calling a special election, eithet
by a court vote or alter the proper
number of signatures had been
collected on petitions, .would cost
the county about $.10,000, 'accord-
ing' to Van de Walle.
County Judge Donald Campsey
asked the group’s spokesperson. Dr.
Woodrow Sharp, how he felt about
having the issue, placed on the
Anytime would be tine,"
answered Sharp. I think it would
be belter in November."
A ihotion by Com David Fitz
Simon, seconded by Com. Henry
S,infos', was approved, placing the.
local option on paii mutuel betting
on the general election ballot.
The vote was unanimous, but
Worn, Henry Btis’coe said he had
ic'sei v atioiis about the action,
calling it .i v.eiy sensitive and
"I will .support, this iii view of
die tact that by doing so we can
designate the date m place it on the
hallo), said Briscoe,, in ruder.to
save the count v nionev.
"By doing this, said i n - Simon
we aie allow ing the cil: • "is. m
make the decision "
continues three weeks
Pointing to the importance ol
recognizing and remembering the
pioneer farm and ranch families in.
Texas, Senator Bill Sims and Repre-
sentative Eldon Edge are inviting
long-time farming families to par-
ticipate in the Texas Department of
Agriculture's 1988 Family Land
I leritage Program.
Registration for the program,
wInch recognizes families who have
had land in agricultural production
for 100 years or more, is now open
pind will extend through July 15,
To date, 46 properties in Medina
County have qualified for the Fam-
ily Land Heritage Program and this
year we hope, to identify mapy
more. Since the program was estab-
lished in 1974 to honor pioneering
families, 2,090 such families have
The basic requirements of the pro-
gum include continuous agricul-
tural production on the farm or
laugh for 100 years, land ownership
within the family, complete opera-
tion or supervision of the farm/
ranch production by family mem-
bers who are Texas residents, and a
size of at least 10 acres with a min-
imum income (if $50 from farm or
ranch products. If the farm or ranch
is smaller than 10 acres, sales must
total $250 per year.
These families are living, produc-
tive symbols of our family farm
unit. We celebrate their past achieve-
ments, and acknowledge the impor-
tance that such family farms hold
See FARM l-AMll.ES; Pape 2
1 hero .tic several impoiumt dates
coming up loi Medina Unqinty
volets. piiv'i lo the .March 5
i.as! date loi voters lo iegi.ster.
will lie Feb 7, but county olliees
ate closed on weekends, so voters
will have until 5 pin; on Friday,
l eh. 5, lo register ai the County
lav Assessor-Collector's office,
1 102 15th Street.
The.olliee is-open from 8 a.in
until 5 p i.ii each day of the week.
Person's who wish lo apply to
cast their ballots by mail must
notify the .County Clerk, in writing
ot on the proper form. Forms rt'itty
he obtained at the Clerk s olliee.
A w mien request must be in the
hum ol. a letter which includes the
voters nanie as it appears on the
voter legistration certificate, the
eci Oiri. ate. ■ number, and voting
precinct.. It must also include the
reason lor voting by mail and the
addiess lo which the ballot should
Mailed requests should be receiv-
ed in the Clerk's oil ice by March 1.
Mailing addiess is 1506 Ave. M,
1 h mdo 7 S S () 1
Ballots will be mailed out as
soon as they are available.
The County Clerk's office is
open from X a.m. to 12 noon and 1
to 5 p.m. each weekday.
Avg. high temp, for the week: 65.3
Avg. low temp, for die week: 4 1.7
High temp, for 1988: 78 on Jan. 17
Lx)\v temp, for 1988: 22, on
Jan. 10 and 11
Total rain for past week: 0.0*) in.
Total rain for January: 0.36 inches
Number of days in 1988 with
measurable rainfall; 3
Total rain for 1988: 0.36 inches
Rain recorded in 1987, thru
Jan. 19: 0.43 inches
Rain recorded in 1986, thru
Jan. 19: 0.7(> inches
For most of county...
Retail sales keep climbing
(Jverall, Medina County commun-
ities have received larger sales tax
refunds this January than they
received during the corresponding
month a year ago.
Overall, .communities in the
county received payments totalling
$34,037.43, a 26.31 percent in-
crease over last January's payments
Hondo's $18,040.85 check had
the largest iin.dea.se in the county,
67.57% over the $10,765.97 pay-
ment, of a year ago.
Receiving the second greatest
increase, 60*180%, was N,it.ilia with
a $931.06 check. Last year the city
Devine's refund of $8,990.60
showed a 7.08% intrea.se over last
year's $8,396,01 check.
Two communities, Castroville
and LaCoste, received smaller
checks in January 1988 than in
1987. . '
Castroville's $5,486.43 refund
check was down 15.61 % below last
January's figure of $6,501.36.'
A decrease of 16.51% was
recorded in the $588.49 check re-
ceived by die city of LaCpste. Fast
year's check total was $704.90.
PATRIOTIC ST'.RNKT... 'Members ol the Hondo Kiwanis
(lull, Jeff Parsons, left, and Jerry Smith, remove the
American Hag from, a downtown business at dusk Monday.
Businesses who subscribe lo the service offered by the
organization have American and Texas flags ^put up on
mornings of Federal holidays and taken down in the
evenings by members of the dub. The Hags are currently
put tip at more than 50 Jbusinesses throughout town. (Photo
In Frances Proctor) .
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Hondo Anvil Herald (Hondo, Tex.), Vol. 102, No. 3, Ed. 1 Thursday, January 21, 1988, newspaper, January 21, 1988; Hondo, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth818459/m1/1/: accessed October 18, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Hondo Public Library.