Del Rio News Herald from Del Rio, Texas on April 20, 1971 · Page 9
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Del Rio News Herald from Del Rio, Texas · Page 9

Del Rio, Texas
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Tuesday, April 20, 1971
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{ Officials to Take Flying Look at Drought Areas DEL'RIO (TEXAS) NEWS-HERALD, Tuesday, April 20, 1971-9 TICKETS AVAILABLE AUSTIN (AP) - A drought area inspection team carrying lull weight of the White House and the Texas Governor's office will take a look at some of the state's drought-ravaged counties Wednesday. After the flying tour, with briefings from local and state officials, the federal officials, headed by Secretary of Agriculture Clifford Hardin, will make recommendations to President Nixon on Texas', request for drought relief. Gov. PrestonSmlth has asked the federal government to ease the pressure in 160 counties where lack of rain has caused a financial crisis to many ranch* ers and farmers. The party flying to San An* tonio from Washington also will include Sen. John Tower R-Tqx., Gen George Lincoln, Director of the Office of Emergency Preparedness, Rep. Bob Price R- Tex.,and members of the White House staff. The Texas party led by Smith will include State Agriculture Commissioner John White, Lt. Gov. Ben Barnes, and the 10- member Joint legislative drought relief coordinating committee headed by Sen. Wayne Connal-, ly, Floresville. A tentative schedule released Mondayby Smith's office called for Secretary Hardin's plane to arrive at Kelly Air Force Base at 9 a.m. Wednesday. After a briefing by state and OEP officials the party was scheduled to depart at 11 a.m. on a helicopter tour. The route of the South Texas helicopter tour had not been decided late Monday'but it was expected to be in the general direction of Alice, returning to Kelly AFB about noon. Secretary Hardin and the party were scheduled to arrive at Amarillo Air Force Base about 1:15 p.m. There was to be a briefing by local officials, then adeparture at 2:30 p.m. for Altus, Okla, Ranger JC Choir Concert Wednesday Eagle Pass to Ask Renewal Assistance HERE WEDNESDAY-Jeanne Carrol! and her orchestra will be in Del Rio Wednesday night to play for a dance at the Elks L.odge for members and guests. The movie actress and her group who play out of Las Vegas, Nev., under management of Tommy Allan, have informed Elks that they plan to arrive in Del RrO^flfound 7:30 p.m. Wednesday to play for the dance and show which begins at 9 p.m. EAGLE PASS-The City of Eagle Pass in a special City Council meeting Monday, voted to apply to the Department or Housing and Urban Development for a renewal assistance grant amounting to $150,242.25 to conduct a study of the city and determine a target area for an urban renewal program. The interum study will cost $200,323, the balance coming from Model Cities supplemental funds. City Manager Charles Brazil said today that the city may take up to three years to conduct the interum study, but he indicated that it would probably take less than a year. The money is provided by HUD with "no strings attached" to determine if the city wants to go ahead with urban renewal. "Should we decide after the study that we do not want urban renewal, we do not have to refund the money," Brazil said. In order to begin an urban renewal program, the city must first pass a referendum, but the vote is not required until after the interum study is completed, according to a HUD spokesman. Brazil indicated this morning that the city is anxious to go ahead and call for the referendum and get the program underway. "We are loosing money by not getting started," he said, indicating that city fathers will probably begin a crash program to complete the interum study and get into urban renewal. In the resolution calling for the assistance grant, the council excluded three Dallas Picking New Mayor Today DALLAS (AE)~ Dallas elected a new mayor today, choosing in a runoff between a general contractor and a publicity consultant. Avery Mays, the contractor, and Wes Wise were locked in a runoff vote following voting April 6. Mayor Erik Jonsson is retiring after seven years in office. Wise is an independent. Mays is running under the Citizens Charter Association banner. In the April 6 election, Mays led with 34,453 votes while Wise garnered 29,839. Other vote was distributed among five other candidates. subdivisions in the city, school property and the Ft. Duncan Park, from the target area. The subdivisions are already improved and the schools and Ft. Duncan have received a treasure of Model Cities money over the past two years for improvements. Mayor Arturo Flores was vacationing in Europe and not present at the Monday meeting, but he indicated in a regular meeting last week that he is in favor of the program. He stated that he was against it several years ago, but had changed his mind and would now support a move to bring urban renewal into the city. As explained by an Urban Renewal representative last week, the city can receive threerto-one matching funds for its own expenditures for improvements over the past three years. Eagle Pass, with expenditures already mounting into the millions of dollars from the Model Cities projects, is expected to benefit by nearly $10 million additonally through Urban Renewal. Two Del Rio musicians are included in the Ranger Junior College stage band and college choir which will present a concert in Del Rio at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the auditorium pf the Del Rio Junior High School on Griner Street. Miss Mendez is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Mendez of 816 W. 5th St. The parents of Sergio Mireles are Mr. and Mrs. Fred Mireles. A charge of $1 for adults and 50 cents for students will be made to help defray local expenses of the musical group. Tickets are available from Mrs. Cecil Adams, from Mr. and Mrs. Mendez and from Mr. and Mrs. Mireles. They will also be available at the door of the auditorium . Wednesday night. The two groups of the college make numerous trips to area schools and participate in many community activities in Ranger. The music department of the college is a member of the Texas Association of Schools of Music and offers the. core requirements for music majors. The courses offered are selected with care to meet requirements of the state's senior colleges and financial aid available to band and choir students. Appeals Court Rejects Compulsory Food Program MI? \JJ t~\T3 T T? A XTH / 1 T1 \ 1 . - . _ NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A federal appeals court has reversed an order for the U.S. Department of Agriculture to immediately establish a surplus food distribution program «<in every Texas area that has no food stamp program " The U.S. FifthCircuitCourtof Appeals remanded the case to U.S. District Court for the NorthernDistrict of Texas with instructions to dismiss the case, Annie BellJay and others had filed the suit as a class action seeking to force the agriculture department to set up either the surplus C ommodity Distribution Program or the Food Stamp Program in all areas of Texas "regardless of the failure of state or local government officials to request such institution or to agree to administer it and pay for its administration." In the suit, plaintiffs said they lived in counties In which neither food program had been established and that it was needed. AMALIATUERO Movie Star MR.MARABU From Colombia DUETO AGUILA y SOL From Mexico City Apr 24 til May 2 Presents 2 FLOOR SHOWS NIGHTLY - 9:30 p.m. & 12:30 a.m. THEATRE, RESTAURANT • BAR Dancing Music from 5 p.m. til 2 a.m. FRIDAY THRU SUN. COVER CHARGE $1 PER PERSON FOR TWO FLOOR SHOWS COMBO COLONIAL LOS ARABES BAND MONDAY - THRU - THURSDAY Cover Charge 50 c per person (U.S.) COMBO COLONIAL & LOSARABESBAND CARLOS MO RETTI, M.C! From Mexico City Ritchie Takes, Seat On Eagle Pass Board EAGLE PASS-Charlie Ritchie, backed by a solid majority .of school trustees who have campaigned for him and argued in his behalf for nearly two months, took the oath of office as a school trustee Monday night and was seated, despite an alleged violation of state nepotism laws. Ritchie's seating was shifted from the bottom of a nine point agenda to the first order of business by board president John Lettinuch, a staunch Ritchie supporter who contended that it was "the will of the electorate." Strong opposition was offered to the move by trustees Enrique Jimenez, who last week was ousted as board president by the Ritchie forces and Mrs. Gloria Bewley, newly-elected trustee who was sitting on her first board meeting since being elected. Both stated that Ritchie's presence on the board constituted a violation of the state law. In response to a question- from Jimenez, "on what legal I grounds do you intend to seat I him?", Lettinuch presented a I certified statement, signed by himself, testifying to a telephone conversation between himself and C.E. Ollison, legal counselor for the Texas Education Agency. The statement said, in effect, that he state nepotism law does lot exist to keep only elected jeople from serving but rather o keep their relatives from »ing employed by the district. School board attorney David lume, who has contended all .he while that the seating of Ritchie would be illegal, dmitted 'that he did not agree 'th Ollison's opinion and said hat, "I'm in the position of Tilt Utter Critter Sap.. . being over-ruled." Hume told the board that "we should put the TEA on notice that this board is operating by authority of an opinion handed down by a member of the staff of the Texas Education Agency." Charlie Ritchie formerly served as president of the Eagle Pass school board but resigned last October so that his nephew, Michael Ritchie, could be employed as a migrant teacher in the system. Charlie Ritchie then filed for re-election to his own vacancy in March and was re-elected by an overwhelming majority on April 3. With the former board still in control at its first meeting, Ritchie was denied his seat and all other newly elected trustees were seated. The seating of the new trustees turned the controls over to a four-man Ritchie task force who promptly called a second meeting Tuesday and seated him. It has not been stated definitely what effect Tuesday night's action will have on the contract renewal of Michael Ritchie. ' He is presently teaching under a contract which will expire on June 30. The previous board of trustees had offered him a new contract, but indications are now, than should he be recontracted, a definite state of nepotism will exist,] : DAVID HUME . School Attorney CHARLIE RITCHIE ... Seated SUPPORT TRASH ROUND-UP WEEK APRIL 26- MAY 1 TEXAS HIGHWAY DEPARTMENT.. SEARS Chain Link Fence Sale 59* rt . 4 Ft. Ht. Gates and Terminal Post Extra Free Estimates Call John Duncan, Alfonso Guerra Tele. 775-7521 SALES AND SERVICE NCR -n ADDING MACHINES CUCUUTIRS EkclronftPrintm / Alto AyiiNbk AMISTAD OFFICE EQUIPMENT 211 South Main 175-8322 • You'll be alive to pay the fine, Congratulations. Congratulations for a traffic ticket? Think about it. A traffic ticket may cost a few dollars. An accident could cost more. Far more than money. Traffic accidents drivers. Because careful driving obviously is the best way to avoid accidents. Or tickets. /And remember, the officer who writes out•thejJcket is only trying to make the road safer. For took the lives of more^than 56,000 Americans last year. everybody. As new car dealers/we're naturally concerned with cars.'.'i ' - ' './' • ' So, if you get-a ticket, don't feel bad. You might even b© grateful. '• And as members of the community, we're concerned National Automobile Dealers ASSOCJatJOn • abOUt WOUld like all drivers tO be Careful Olliqfai organization ot America 1 * franchlied new car and IrucV dealer* • Wa»hlngton, O.C. ' ' • ' ' ,' . \ •'• - - • ' / One in a series presented by N.A.D.A., this newspaper, and the new car dealers of our community. f} I \-l • r

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