Harry Falls, Jr., speaks at meeting of Justice of the Peace, Oct 1974
JPs Complete Meeting Here Judges from throughout West Texas opened their 15th annual convention of the West Texas Justices of the Peace Friday afternoon at the Ramada Inn for two days of meeting which were highlighted Saturday night. With the conclusion of registration at 2:30 p.m. Friday the visiting judges were led by association president Charles S. Smith who called the convention to order. An address by association board member, Judge Frank Torres, welcoming the group to Del Rio, was followed by welcoming addresses delivered by Mayor Dr. Alfredo Gutierrez Jr. and County Judge Sergio Gonzalez Jr. The speakers for Friday's session were Hilary B. Doran Jr., State Representative, 70th Legislative District; Col. Harry Falls Jr., 47th Flying Training Wing commander of Laughlin Air Force Base; and Police Chief J.R. Kbog. Following the day's business, the judges and their wives toured Amistad Dam and visited Ciudad Acuna, Mexico, for an 8 p 0 m. ; "Night in Old Mexico" at La Macarena Restaurant. Highlighting Saturday's activities was the presentation of guest speaker Jerry Handy, assistant U.S. attorney, in charge of the Criminal Division, Western District of Texas, during a 7:30 p.m. banquet. Prior to the presentation of the main speaker for the evening, the group of some 70 persons was addressed by Joe Milner, Chief of the Texas Department of Public Safety. The visitors wives were treated to a gem and style show Saturday by Wood Jewelers and the Fashion Circuit, while the husbands applauded talks by 63rd Judicial District Court Judge George M. Thurmond; District Attorney John F. Pettit, Ron Champion, Miss Dee Dee Schueler, Judge John M. Forbes, Tom Bullington and Ira C. Scott. Shortly before the banquet Saturday,, the Red Carpet Committee of the Del Rio Chamber of Commerce, hosted the visitors to a Border Buttermilk" reception. Master of Ceremonies for the banquet was Peace Justice Roger Cerny, who turned the program over to Judge Smith for the closing remarks closing out activities Saturday night.