The Pharr Press (Pharr, Tex.), Vol. 49, No. 29, Ed. 1 Thursday, August 13, 1981 Page: 1 of 14
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o!49 No. 29 Thursday August 13,1981
US PS 429-660
“The number of students that will be coming into the PSJA school
district is on the increase,” said Irma Director of Research
Developement and Pupil Accounting for the PSJA district.
The increase expected will near 500 students in the district. For the
1981 school year. ‘The total number of students last year totaled 14,335.
Ihis year's projection has been anticipated to be 14,791, said fi-za.
At PSJA High School, projections for each grade level are as follows:
10th grade, 919 students; 11th grade, 838 students; 12th grade, 693
students. The projected total for the number of students at ehe High
School level is 2,450.
At PSJA Ninth, the projected number of students is 1,061. At Austin
Jr* High at the 7th grade level, the projected total is 617; 8th grade; 600
students for a total of 1,217. LB. J. Jr. High is close to Austin Jr. High in
its projected totals. For the 7 th grade level (X)5 students are expected.
For the 8th grade level, 628 students are expected.
Buell Elementary School in Pharr expected to have the smallest
number of students. The projected total in each grade is as follows:
K,55; 1st. grade, 65; 2nd. grade, 66; 3rd grade,64; for a school total of
250 students for the 1981-82 school year.
Ford Elementary School in Pharr is expected to have the most
students in the PSJA District. The projected totals are as follows:
K,140; 1st grade,. 163; 2nd grade, 154; 3rd grade, 161; 4th grade, 159;
5th grade, 164; 6th grade, 162; for a total of 1103 students for the
1981-1982 school year.
Other schools student totals projected throughout the district are as
follows: Bowie School in Al^mo, 412; Franklin School in Alamo, 490;
Farias School in Aiamp 630; Clover School in San Juan, 534; Sorensen
School in San Juan, 358; Dowdyns School in San Juan, 578; Longoria
JLiuol k Pharr, 482; Ford School'in Pharr, 1103; fifcsa Pena School in
San Juan, 982; Carnahan School in Pharr, 386; Nappe* School in Pharr,
589; Whitney School in Pharr, 585; Palmer Elementary School in Pharr,
©5; Buckner School in Pharr, 756.
The projected total of all students within the school district is 14,791.
Last years number totaled 14,335.
“We know that these numbers are close, but we still expect that there
will be more students in the district than what is projected, “said frza.
P0r®?s newt0the districfc t0see her ^ her office of call
7^-55171or information on getting their children into the schools.
El numero de estudiantes de
PSJA va a subir por 500, segun a
Irma Garza, directora de condado
en PSJA El ano pasado 14,335
estudiantes asistieron a PSJA.
Este ano se proyecta 14,791. Garza
quiso recordar a los padres que
tienen estudiantes nuevos del
distrito que pasaran a su oficina or
que lamaran a 787-5517 para
asergurar la entrada a la escuela.
In an effort to involve more people in law enforcement, the Pharr
Police Department is continuing its program for a Police Reserve
Pharr Police Chief Patrick Dalager said the reserve program had
Seined certification from the state. He said a minimum of four or five
more people were needed before the department could begin the first
reserve program training.
In order to qualify the person needs to meet the Mowing
-Be a citizen of the United States.
-Be at least 21 years with a birth certificate;
-Be a resident of Pharr, employed M-time within Pharr, and-or
employed by the dty or the dependent or blood relative of an employee
of the dty.
-Be willing to perform 12 hours of volunteer service each month and
attend one 3-hour training session each month with the Pharr Police
-Be a high school graduate
-Satisfactory completion of the Pharr Police Officer’s Entrance
-Not having been convicted of a felony, criminal or civil rights offenses
After^ completion of the selective process, reserve applicants will
attend 70 hours of police reserve state certification training and 20
hours of Pharr Police training.
The training will be conducted from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m
Tuesday-1 hursday for seven weeks. There will be two Sundays for
pistoi and shotf^m qualification. SeeRESERVE FORCE, page 7A
—— RESUMEN—-*—— -----
En un esfuerzo por interesar a la gente en el trabajo policial, el
departamento de Policia de Pharr continuara su programa de Polidas de
Reserva. De acuerdo al jefe P. Dalager, el programa ya redbio
certificadon oel estado. Se necesitan unas ciatro o cinco personas para
que eomienze el entrenamiento. Para mas information sobre los
requisites necesanos para participar en este programa, llame al
teniente Bazan al telefono 787 8546.
Alamo library rewards
BY CHRIS FLORES
The Alamo library in.con junct-
ion with the Alamo Bank of
Texas sponsored a reading
contest for children between the
ages of 9-12 who attended the
Winners of the contest were
announced on Friday, August 7,
at the library. John Northcutt,
president of the Alamo Bank
presented awards to the readers
who won in the contest, and also
presented certificates to these
readers who participated.
Top winner in the contest was
Shana Dimitris from Alamo.
This young lady was in the 7-9
year old division. She won top
honors in the contest by reading
131 books during the contest.
Second and third place in that
division were Ei-ika Saenz, and
Gilbert Villareal IE, respectiv-
In the 10-12 year old division,
1st place in the reading contest
went to Ana Belia Salinas who
read 37 books. Marcie De Avila
explains that the reason her
total was smaller than Dimitris
was that she read longer length
novels as compared to short
stories that the other divisoned
group was reading. This clarifys
the 131 bodes read by the top
division earlier stated.
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Pictured with J din Northcutt, President of the Alamo Bank
d Texas is Ana Belia Salinas, 1st place winner in the 10-12year
divi sion of the Alamo Library reading contest
The seven to nine year old division winners were given
party and awards at the Alamo Library in Alamo. Pictured
are winners of the reading contest left to right back row'
IVfanca De Avila, Libraiy coordinator, and John Northcutt
President of the Alamo Library. Bottom row, left to right
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Second place in the competition
went to Jose Manuel Mdina Jr.,
who read 11 books, and third
place went to Rudy Alaniz, who
read 10 bodes.
The Alamo Bank of Texas, who
sponsored the reading program
donated $100 dollars, which was
used to buy supplies for the
J/T Awards assembly every
person received tokens for their
First, second, and third place
winner recived gifts and prizes
for their outstanding efforts.
Other changes within the
library include the change of
hours at the library. The new
hours will be decided within the
first week of school in the PSJA
The neighborhood youth pro-
gram employee for the Alamo
Library, Anna Luisa Garcia, had
her final day at work the day
that the library awards assem-
bly was held.
The Alamo Library Board
consists of James Williams,
president; Irma Trevino, vice
president; Leonila Caballero,
secretary; Marcia de Avila,’
library coordinator; Idolilna
Vela, Marcia Garza, Gild Guerra,
Irma Ramirez, Delia Munoz,
New zoning proposed
The Planning and Zoning staff and committee are currently working
on a complete rezoning code for Pharr.
The Planning and Zoning (P&Z) staff and committee have handed the
study and recommendations to consultants who will be presenting the
first draft within the next several weeks.
Oscar Cuellar, director of P&Z, said the proposed planning and zoning
reorganization should make the development processes easier for the
developer to understand complete and easier for the city to apply.
Cuellar said one proposed change will have parking requirements,
sign requirements and zoning procedures listed in each section. Before
each different section was found in different requirement was found in
separate sections scattered throughout the book.
When copies of requirements are requested under the existing
system it is often necessary to copy many pages from different sections
of the book.
Under the reorganized system all information pertaining to one
zoning class will be found together.
Another proposed part could reduce greatly the number of
conditional-use permits in the city’s planning procedure. By increasing
the number of zoning classifications, Cuellar said what is now governed
by conditional-use permits may be included in regular requirements.
Thte would cut down on four to five weeks of processing through the
P&Z Committee necessary to obtain a conditional-use permit. Cuellar
said that would reduce the cost of smaller developments in Pharr.
The existing zoning is channeled through six catagories: Rrl
(Single-family residential); Rr2 (Duplex); Rr3 (Apartments); C
(Commercial); MH (mobile Home); and M (Industrial).
“The proposed zoning will be tied into more detailed land use,”
“There will be close to 300 changes.” He said public hearings will be
held and letters will be sent to all property holders in Pharr that the
staff can encounter.
‘ We want all the people to know what is going on,” Cuellar said.
—RESUMES ■■■' See P&Z, page 7A
El comite de planamiento y de
zonas esta trabajando con la ciudad
de Pharr para desarrollar un nuevo
plan de zonas para Pharr. Oscar
Cuellar, director del P?Z dijo que el
proyecto tiene su meta el facilitar
del proceso de desarrollo en Pharr.
Se estan proponiendo el cambio de
los sies zonas que existen ahora, a
nuevo plan de once zonas. Dento de
dos semanas la primera presentac-
ion del proyecto se efectuara.
Public hearing on
charter Aug. 7
There will be a public
hearing workshop to gather
public imput about the pro-
posed Pharr City Charter
revision at the Pharr Civic
Center at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug
The Charter Committee and
the city commission believe it is
important they receive public
imput Members of the com-
mittee will be present with the
Such admendments to the
Charter as staggered election
of commissioners, raising the
number of rommissioners from
four to six, making the city
manager type government part
of the charter and strengthen-
ing of the city development
committee will be discussed.
For a look at the proposed
admendments to the Charter
stop by Gty Hall. If you have
comments; the PRESS wel-
comes letters to the editor.
Archives Alert to
be Aug. 22 &29
Two sessions of “Archives Alert” to copy and preserve historical
pictures and documents of the Pharr area will be held at the Pharr
Kiwanis Club building August 22 and 29th (Saturdays). Hours will be 9
am to 5 p.m.
Those who have historical documents of any kind may bring them on
either of the dates and wait for them to be copied. Be prepared to
identify each document by name, date, place, etc. Documents especially
wanted are old pictures of street scenes prior to 1920, first schools,
churches and other historic structures, political leaders, machinery. If
you are in doubt, bring it anyway.
Anyone who has a large number of documents to submit should call
787-2523, or 787-1983, for an appointment in order to conserve time.
Especially wanted for Pharr is old street scenes like those of the old
hotel, the first City Hall Hdh. (Pharr Drug), the park, depot, the first
water tower, the first elevator, the first PSJA H. S., grammer schools.
The Hidalgo County Historical Society is the sponsor of these sessions
over the county. The purpose is to gather valuable historical
information about the early history of this area so that it will be
available quickly for those who need such information, Dr. RE Norton,
Those in charge of the Pharr project are Lloyd H.giover, Mrs. Anna
Mae Kelly, George Gause, David Sigle and Tome Washington.
To defray costs of film, chemicals, copying contributions are being
sought. The Security State Bank of Pharr has offered to match other
local donations for the expenses of these sessions.
Dos cesiones de “Archives
Alert”, un servido para copiar y
conservar photos y documentos del
area de Pharr, se haran en el club
de Kiwanis 22 y 29 de Agosto de 9
a-m. hasta 5 a.m Elios que tengan
tal documentos y photos, los
pueden traer con la informadon
que coresponda. Lamese a 787-2523
o787-1983 para informacion.
budgets sent to
city for approval
The Pharr Board of Gty Development approved budgets of $67,000
for the Chamber of Commerce and $58,000for the Industrial Foundation
from funds that came under the committee’s distribution.
The Chamber of Commerce received $45,000 from the Hotel-Motel
Occupancy Tax and $22,000 from the general fund.
The Industrial Foundation’s $58TOO was an increase from $34,899.88
of last year.
Both budgets will be submitted to the dty commission August 18 for ap
. The budget committee composed of Don Westlake, Alton Mooere, Jr.,
Dot Rober, Oscar bhzalez, and Jack Cronkhite reported the increases
given averaged about 15-16 percent, an increase Westlake said the
committee felt would be more in keeping with the city’s process.
After receiving legal approval, the committee decided to allot $7,600
for Chamber building expenses.
Larry Huesser, committee member, question the budget
subcommittee about the dissaperance of an “International Activities
Westlake explained the budgeting sub-oommittee felt it should go
under the occupancy tax allotment but that the $400 budgeted last year
was not specifically listed this year.
Al Moore asked the committee to request a more comprehensive
budget breakdown from the Chamber next year.
“I would like to propose that the Chamber present a complete budget
with percentages listed,” Moore said.
Cronkhite agreed that a breakdown as to how money was spent the
year before and how the money would be spent this year was a common
Westlake said he thought that requirement might be presumptious as
the Chamber’s fiscal year didn’t end in time for a complete budget
Reyes Vela, dty manager, asked if the Chamber couldn’t be put on the
same fiscal year schedule as the dty.
‘Tm sure we could change the bylaws to do that," Don Rober said.
The Industrial Foundation budget was listed in six catagories:
Personnel costs, $30,024; Fringe benefits (FICA, TEC, Insurance)
$3,130; Car Allowance-travel $4,800; Promotion $11,200; Administration
supplies $5,840; Office Equipment $3,004.
The Chamber’s city allotment included partial contributions to
salaries and auto expenses and to office supplies and utilities. It also
induded $287 for Inter-American Council dues and meetings fees; $500
for Beautification; $250 for the Miss Pharr Pageant and $200 for the
Miss Pharr budget; $500 for Christmas decorations.
Of the $45,000 occupancy tax total, $6,185 went to Administrative and
general expenses for the Chamber; $8,304 to auto expense, office
supplies, travel expenses and utilities; $10,250 to tourist development;
$1,500 for brochures; $9,211 to advertising; $1,550 to Winter Texan
activities; $7,600 to building expense and $400 for an annual promotional
The remained of the Chamber’s funding comes from dues from
La Mesa de Desarrollo de la ciudad de Pharr aprobo el presupuesto de
$67,000 para la Camara de Comercio y $58,000 para la Fundacion
Industrial Los fondos reribidos provienen del comite de distribucion.
El dinero concedido a ambas organizadones sera usado en necesidades
Classifieds, page 6B
PRESS viewpoints, page 2A
Special Back-To-School section,
Minta’s column, page 7A
Gess Who, page 7A
Dorothy column, page 8A
One hot afternoon last week a
local woman looked at her gas
gage and judged she had enough
gas to grt from Edinburg to
Pharr. So she started out the
back way. Halfway the inevit-
able happened and she ran out of
gas. Being far from nowhere she
started walking. Three miles
and a lot of sweat later she
arrived at a convenience store.
She walked back and started off.
Before she could get to a gas
station her car ran out again.
She repeated the process and
finally arrived sweaty and tired
to her Pharr destination.
Moral: A fancy, air-condit-
ioned car doesn’t have any value
on a hot afternoon if it doesn't
Comings & goings
The Pharr Swimming Pod
will be open regular hours
through Sunday Aug. 16. After
that date the pool will open only
on weekends through the
remainder of August
Public Hearing on Pharr
Charter revision at Civic Center
Tuesday, Aug. 18 at 7 p.m.
Volunteers needed for the
Muscular Dystrophy Assoc.
Telethon. Call 687-7271 for
Bureau of Census reps will be
in the PSJA area August 17-21
to get stats on unemployment.
A Health Ginic to make
parents aware of needs of
children will be at La Plaza in
McAllen Saturday, Aug. 22.
Through August 22 there will
be a Cecilia Cardman’s water-
ml or painting display at the
Wednesday, Aug. 19 at 1 p.m.
there will be a western movie for
the youth at the Pharr Library.
GED tests will be administ-
ered August 17-19 at the PSJA
High School Lihraiy at 5 p.m.
The PSJA Gass of 1962 needs
addresses of classmates for the
Homecoming activities of this
fell. Lode in this issue of the
PI®SS for names.
PSJA school registration gets
underway August 19. Look in
this issue of the PRESS for
The Hargill Catholic Church
will hold their annual Bazaar
Saturday, Aug. 22 from noon to
Communicable Disease Report
from Hidalgo County Health
Department: Shigella - 2;
Influenza & Flu-Like Illness - 24;
Strep, Sore Throat, inch Scarlet
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