Del Rio News Herald from Del Rio, Texas on April 22, 1971 · Page 1
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Del Rio News Herald from Del Rio, Texas · Page 1

Del Rio, Texas
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Thursday, April 22, 1971
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DEL Rio NEWS-HERALD f r • r T F,? f re •7 r 7 r 44th YEAR NUMBER 29 Phone 77$-3531 DEL RIO, TEXAS 78840, THURSDAY AFTERNOON, April 22,1971 lOcCOPY TWELVE PAGES TODAY Drink Vote Set Here on May 18 County Attorney Notified Huge Cinco de Mayo Celebration Planned NARCOTICS FORUM-Hartsell H. Haws of Texas Education Service Center Region 15 at San Angelo conducts a narcotics forum for 135 students at Del Rio High School Wednesday. The former football coach told the students that bridging the communication gap between youth and ad alts will help solve many problems, including drug abuse. IN FORUM A T DEL RIO HIGH Students Discuss Ways To Solve Drug Problem "Drugs are only a symptom of a much greater problem: this problem being just a general feeling of mistrust and hatred toward anything that is ^different. The use of drugs is just one form of rebellion," said Hartsell H. Haws of the Texas Education Service Center, Region 15, in San Angelo. Haws, a former football coach who has devoted the past year to visiting high schools in the state, presented a narcotics forum at the Del Rio High School Wednesday, with 135 students attending. Opening the forum with a puzzle concerning names of various types of narcotics, Haws discussed the problems involved with the illegal use of narcotics, and the effects they have on the individual, as well as his peers and family. Following a general discussion of narcotics, the program turned to the subject of good leadership. The students were given a list of qualities necessary for good leadership, and were asked to list them according to their , order of importance.. Most of the students listed being cooperative as the most important quality a good leader could have. Dedication was listed as the second most important quality. Others listed were ambition, efficiency, fairness, honesty, intelligence, understanding and resourcefulness. It was the general consensus of the students that good leaders must be willing to listen to everyone's problems and act in a maliner that would best solve these problems. From good leadership the subject evolved to decisions that individuals make and how they may be changed by group peer pressures. According to Haws, group pressure causes many people to change their opinions regarding things when they initially had very strong feelings backing their decisions. He said, "Many people decide, after being pressured by peer groups, that they do not really believe what is being said, but that they will "go along" with it simply because they don't want their friends jumping on them." He added, "Many times tremendous pressure is applied to force an individual to change his mind and go along with the : crowd, even if the crowd is committing an illegal act, and the pressure becomes so great that the individual actually breaks down and changes his mind." The real strength of group pressure demonstrates why people do things and tell things "like it is not" rather than "like it is," according to Haws. Haws pointed out that in a group of five people, if there is one dissenter, his decision will be swayed by the group pressure at least 50 per cent of the time; whereas, if there are six in a group, with two against four, the two allies will be pressured into changing their opinions only 30 per cent of the time. To demonstrate further the Amistad Report Amistad elevation this morning was still unchanged at 1063.71. Depth of the water at Amistad Dam was 163.71 feet and water storage amounted to 1,099,606 acre feet. Water surface measured 26,756 acres. Downstream release was 1,100 second feet. power of group pressure, the students, were given a problem regarding the "right or wrong" way to handle a certain problem, and were asked to come up with a unanimous decision in groups of ten, as to how the problem should be handled. Haws then "planted" a dissenter in each group, with the instruction that he should disagree with the other nine students regardless of what position they took. Follo.wing lengthy discussions among the groups, the students were asked to report on their decisions, and -in most of the groups, the "planted" dissenter had given in to group pressure even though he had been instructed to disagree with their decisions. Climaxing the three-hour forum, students were invited to discuss their problems and complaints regarding school, their parents, and the world in general. Many students spoke out for and against the problems involved with dress code rules in schools, the war in Vietnam, drug abuse, closed campuses and rules in general, that they as students are required to follow. The students stated that the most important and most frustrating problem they have lies in communication. Haws pointed out that everyone, adults and youth alike, "must look at all the facts and not just take the ones that appeal to them. They must keep an open line of communication for truth to ever develop." He added that many times the lines of communication are dosed by anger, leaving no outlet for true feelings. He stressed that awareness is the one thing that helps solve problems; but added that "awareness is a two-way street" between youth and adults, and that youth, as well as adults, must learn to listen with open minds. Haws said he believed that once the communication gap between youth and adults is bridged, many problems, including wide-spread drug abuse, can be more easily solved. The State of Texas has directed county officials in Val Verde County to call an election for May 18 on the newly enacted, local option, liquor by the drink law. County Attorney Carl Pendergrass said this morning that the order was contained in a letter received by him today. He said that he will present a petition to the Commissioners Court Monday morning so that the election may be called. Pendergrass said that notice must be given the voters at least 20 days prior to the election. This means that the court must approve it before the 28th of this month. The new law, signed by Governor Preston Smith Wednesday will allow local elections to determine if a county wishes to legalize the sale of mixed drinks within the county. Dry areas within the county are excluded from the election. Passage of the open saloon legislation will permit a saloon, after obtaining the proper permit, to serve mixed drinks over the bar or liquor in mini-bottles. Club operators will be required to purchase a special licnese and pay a fee of $4,500 initially and a $500 annual renewal fee. The initial $4,500 fee may be prorated and paid over a period of time. Cities and counties may also require the operator to pay a local licensing fee of up to $250. Commissioners Court, may if it wishes, add other items to the May 18 ballot, but it has not been indicated if they have any additional elective items to be added. Del Rio, which has a reputation for doing things in a big way, will out-Mexico Mexico in the celebration of Cinco de Mayo this year. The Mexican national holiday observed on May 5 will be expanded into a week-long celebration, according to plans announced by the Civic Affairs Committee of the Del Rio Chamber of Commerce. Tom Sullivan is chairman. The festivities will be launched with a night time parade on Saturday, May 1, with Al Yanelli as chairman. On Sunday, May 2, a charriada, or Mexican-style rodeo, will be held, with Dr. L.C. Salinas as chairman. Monday night, May 3, will be devoted to a style show featuring Cinco de Mayo Queen contestants. queen Around Town By IMA JO FLEETWOOO DAUGHTERS of the American Revolution will meet Monday at 4 p.m. in Holiday Inn with Mrs. E.E. Townserid and Mrs. T.P. Cook as hostesses. PIANO PUPILS of Mrs. Herman Wehner will be presented in recital Sunday afternoon at 3 o'clock in the House of Friendship of the First United Methodist Church. The recital is open to the public. BOOTHS are located around the walks at Brown Plaza during celebrations and plans have been made for them to be set up May 4 and 5. Most of them have been taken but a few remain and any club or civic organization, church or PTA or any individual may reserve a booth by calling Adolf Maldonado at his barber shop on Cantu Street. A fee is charged for the booths by the Plaza Brown committee. TONIGHT Sacred Heart Academy will present a music recital by its pupils in the Parish Hall. The recital will begin tonight at 7:30 o'clock. Solo selections, duets and trios will be included in tonight's presentation of the pupils. JUAN JIMENEZ was voted best actor and Humberto Garcia made the All Star Cast at the one-act play competition in Kingsville, when four schools competed in the regional contest. San Felipe High School presented scenes from The Cave Dwellers, with Jimenez and Garcia in the cast. The play placed second. Director is Eloy Barrera. May 4 and May 5 will be celebrated at Brown Plaza with the traditional booths and music. Mrs. John M. Jones Jr. will be chairman for this "Evenings in Old Mexico." May 6, Mrs. Alfredo Gutierrez, wife of Del Rio's mayor will present a tea in honor or the contestants. The queen coronation pageant will be held at Wildcat Stadium on Friday, May 7, with Mrs. Lewis Owens and Miss Lourene Jarrett in charge. Following the pageant, the Queen's Ball will be held at the Del Rio Civic Center, with Marcus Villareal in charge. Cince do Mayo, or the Fifth of May, is one of the two major annual patriotic holidays, celebrated not only in Mexico but by persons of Mexican ancestry in the United States, particularly in the Southwest. It celebrates Mexico's victory at the Battle of Guadalupe, near Puebla on May 5, 1862. A force of 2,000 Mexicans routed an invading French army of 6,000, which was bent on placing MaximilMn, on the Mexican ' throne. George Gregg, manager of the Del Rio Chamber of Commerce, said that funds derived from the Cinco de Mayo celebration will go toward the restoration of Greenwood Park, the plaza in downtown Del Rio which was originally built as a memorial to World War I heroes. Retardation Center Sought for Del Rio Head Start WorkshopSet Spying Sleuths See Suspects in Action The suspicions of a couple of detectives, aroused by several "hippie-types" who were camped in a. state roadside park on Highway 90 East Wednesday night, resulted in five arrests and the recovery of a quantity of liquor, cigarettes and food stolen from the San Felipe Country Club. Detective Lt. Herman Schafef of the Del Rio Police of burglary at the San Felipe Country Club located across the highway from the park. Schafer said three of the out-of-town campers and the two juveniles crossed the highway to the country club and returned a short time later carrying a bag. The detectives watched as they made another trip to the country club and returned with more Department said this mommtp merchandise. . After , observing ''that detectives maintained the series of trips Into and out surveillance - on several' "hippie-type" persons who had spent a considerable amount of time in the state park bn Highway 90 IE. During the surveillance the detectives watched as they were joined by two local juvenile boys and the of the . country club the detectives summpnded a patrol car to the scene, arrested the crew and recovered the merchandise. group began a "pack-rat" type This morning Schafer met with the country club manager, Robert Smith, and was furnished a list of the missing items from the club. The list furnished by Smith matched the items recovered from the burglars. Smith's report also stated that the intruders had apparently broken into the locked liquor cabinet and taken five bottles of various brands. From the frozen food vault they took fish, cheese and margarine. From other areas of the club they removed a box of cigars, 22 packages of cigarettes, and six cans of canned goods. / Three adults ajid the two 1 juveniles were arrested when uniformed officers'pulled up to their campsite where the stolen food and beverages were sitting on the table. Information on retardates and those in need of mental health care in Val Verde County will be compiled as the first step toward applying for a proposed Retardation and Mental Health Center in Del Rio capable of serving other counties. Surveys were authorized by a planning committee in session Wednesday afternoon in the Community Action Agency office. The center considered by the committee would provide basic services in the beginning including diagnosis, evaluation, treatment, consultation and education. At the Wednesday meeting were members of the planning committee, Cecil Gutierrez, planner and evaluator for the CAP; Dr. Robert Cuellar, physician who holds mental retardation clinics here in addition to his own practice; Dr. Alfredo Gutierrez, mayor of the City of Del Rio; County Judge Sergio Gonzalez; Mrs. Billje Matthews*, president of the* Del Rio Area Association for Retarded Children; and Mrs. Sharon Flippen, CAP director. • Members of the committee not present for the meeting were George Gregg, executive vice-president of the Del Rio Chamber of Commerce, and Richard Thomas, executive director of the Middle Rio Grande Council of Governments. He was represented by Ray Rodriguez. 1 . Mrs. Flippen was named chairman of the committee. Weather DEL RIO AND VICINITY: Fair through Friday; windy this afternoon, cooler tonight and Friday. Low tonight in the mid- 5 Os ; maximum temperature Friday in the low 80s. Winds from the southeast at 5 to 15 miles per hour shifting to the northwest at 10 to 20 miles per hour and gusty. Maximum temperature Wednesday, 86; minimum 52. Minimum temperature this morning, 64. Time of sunset, 7:14 p.m.; time of sunrise, 6:09 a.m. She pointed out that mental health centers are widely separated in Texas and that Del Rio is far from any of them. One is located at El Paso and no other along the Rio Grande from there to Brownsville. Such a center is located at Corpus Christ! with Del Rio patients in need of help as retardates or help for mental disturbances having to travel to San Antonio or farther. With a center here, service could be offered to other counties, she explained. Cecil Gutierrez reported there are 750 known retardates here but, based on the figure of 3 to 5 per cent of the population, additional retardates and those mentally disturbed would be 1,384. The surveys will be made to determine more accurately the numbers. No funds are available for conducting the surveys and Mrs. Flippen said volunteers willing to contribute their time to the project are asked to call her as soon as possible. Mrs. Fli'ppen stressed the importance of launching the survey immediately so preliminary plans for the center could be laid and an application be made for assistance. • Arrangements have been made for a Head Start workshop to be conducted in Del Rio on May 26-27, Donato Rodriguez, director of the Head Start program for the San Felipe Independent School District, announced today. Rodriguez said the workshop will be conducted by personnel of the Regional Office of the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare in Dallas, Texas Tech University in Lubbock; and Texas Southern University in Houston. Specialists from all three institutions will be here to take part. Rodriguez said that personnel involved in the Head Start programs in the Del Rio, Comstock, Brackettville, Uvalde, Eagle Pass and other school districts of the area will be invited to take part, with the San Felipe Independent School District as host for the meeting. Community Action Agency f ersonnel from the CAAs in his area — those headquartered in Del Rio and Brackettville — will be invited. Parents of Head Start youngsters as well as any person interested in . the program will be welcome to sit in on the sessions, Rodriguez said. Some 50 to 60 persons are expected to take part in the two-day workshop. PLANNING COMMITTEE-A .proposed Retardation and Mental Health Center for Del Rio was discussed by members of the planning committee Wednesday afternoon in the Community Action Agency office. Left to right, members of the committee include Mrs. Billie Matthews, president of the Del Rio Area Association for Retarded Children; Dr. Robert Cuellar, Dr. Alfredo Gutierrez, mayor of the city; Cecil Gutierrez; planner and evaluator for trie C/VP; County Judge Sergio Gonzalez, Mrs. Sharon Rippen, director of the CAP, and Ray Rodriguez of the Middle Rio Grande Council of Governments. Other members, not present; are George Gregg, executive vice-president of the 7 De\ Rio Chamber of Commerce, and Richard Thomas of the MRGDC. (News-Herald Photo) r

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