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Top city officials step down Hondo city manager, Natalia police chief accept new postions

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Spring cleaning

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MVEMS deal in limbo The morning after tornadoes hit southeastern Medina County, the full extent of the damage was felt. Faith Tabernacle Full Gospel Church’s worship building, shown above, was not only completely destroyed by the storm, but it was also carried yards away from where it once stood. (Photo by Alicia Ramirez)

Devastation in Devine 30 structures destroyed by tornadoes Monday night Alicia Ramirez Staff Writer While Monday night’s storms left the majority of Medina County with minimal wind damage and slight flooding, the southeastern

portion of the county was hit with not one, but two tornadoes causing damage to an approximate 30 structures and leaving nearly 10 injured with five sent to area hospitals.

The first tornado that touched down a little before 8 p.m. on Monday night made landfall just south of the Devine Municipal Airport then traveled down FM 2200 to SH 173 where

it traveled to FM 1343. In the process of reaching FM 1343, the tornado took off shingles to entire roofs to See "Texas," Page 2

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Local watering hole, church among buildings destroyed Continued from Page 1 demolishing buildings in one fell swoop. “We had bad weather come in and I thought it was just some high winds and stuff and the next thing I know the electricity kept going on and off and then it went off and the high winds started and we had all of our doors open and then I heard the back door kept slamming back and forth,” said Marilyn Banks owner of Charlie’s Ice House. “I went to go close it and I couldn’t get it closed, so I got behind it and tried to push it in and it was throwing me back and forth and I finally got it closed and if I hadn’t, there would probably be more damage.” Charlie’s was full of customers when the tornado took the roof of the building off, scattering it across the highway well into the field adjacent to the building and knocking electrical lines down in the process, but the icehouse was not the only building in the path of destruction.

The Faith Tabernacle Full Gospel Church worship building and office building were both demolished by the storm with the worship building carried from its base across the field where it settled along the fence line of the property. “It sounded like a freight train coming through, but we’re blessed of God because he preserved our lives,” said Lou Mellene, owner of the property. “We were in the mobile home and the home behind us was totally destroyed and our church and office were totally destroyed and our mobile home was right in the middle of it. Mobile homes usually in a tornado will either explode or collapse in and God performed a miracle and knocked my front window out and sucked that back door off to let the wind blow through my house. It just rocked and rolled like a rollercoaster ride, but my home is still standing.” A few doors down from where the church

Moments after being confirmed as the newest full time officer of the Natalia Police Department on Monday night, Officer Aaron Garcia was joined by Officer Gerry Rogers in the waiting room of city hall as sirens blared down SH 132 in search of a reported tornado before leaving for the scene themselves. (Photo by Alicia Ramirez)

When the tornado came to Charlie’s Ice House, owner Marilyn Banks just thought it was really strong winds, but soon found out she could not get the back door shut. While the storm took off the roof and scattered it around the area, none of the patrons of the icehouse were injured including Banks. (Photo by Alicia Ramirez) whose small congregation is made up of people on fixed-incomes was the home where Josie Juarez’s 15-year-old daughter Jessi waited out the storm with her dog. “I was in Natalia and as soon as she called me, my pastor handed me my bible and told me to go and I sat on the phone with her the entire time and I noticed the funnel clouds, but there was no way I was going to tell her because it would freak her out, so

I told her to go in the bathroom and stay in there and just stay on the phone and pray with me and God will protect you and there’s not a scratch on her,” said Juarez. “[My first thought was that] the house was all gone and I just wanted my baby. As soon as I got out I just started screaming for her and then I heard her in the bathroom and I pulled her out and didn’t even notice that she had the dog with her until I got back home an hour later.”

At Faith Tabernacle Full Gospel Church even though the worship building did not survive the tornado that started on FM 2200 and went up SH 173, a bible did survive intact along with various cassettes and even a few chairs that were shoved up against the ceiling of the structure. (Photo by Alicia Ramirez)

While there are many stories of destruction that came from this storm, there are also stories of gratitude, hope and cooperation that helped those whose homes were damaged make it through such as the three men in their car who drove up to Faith Tabernacle Church bringing tacos and a smile as the damage was surveyed or the number of people who came to help Banks clean up the mess created at Charlie’s Ice House. “The sheriff ’s office had to put on extra dispatchers and we had Department of Public Safety and Border Patrol and Parks and Wildlife and Frio County and Bandera County and I’m probably forgetting a bunch,” said Sheriff Randy Brown. “I don’t think we even put out a call, they just knew and they came.” As for the second reported tornado, it began north of Natalia and ran up to IH-35 over to the Pearson area and hit a house on Jarratt Road, according to Brown. No fatalities were reported and Brown said those who were taken to the

hospital should be fine with the worst injury sustained by a motorcyclist who was caught in the path of the storm and was believed to have suffered a broken leg. While the city of Devine was still on standby Tuesday night during the council meeting, the rest of the county breathed a sigh of relief that the worst of it was over. “We got very, very lucky in Hondo,” said Director of Public Works and Aviation in Hondo Tim Fousse. “It could have come through a densely populated area like Hondo and we could have been in real trouble, but we were fortunate this time.” “I consider all of us lucky,” said Banks. “Last night could have been really bad because we had a lot of people in here, but it was just amazing and we are all very lucky.” “We got by this time and we were fortunate,” said La Coste City Administrator George Salzman. “Flooding is typical but there was no damage. Other than some debris and limbs in the road, there was no significant damage.”

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Hondo city manager resigns; will take Cibolo position City will seek new manager for first time in close to nine years Alicia Ramirez Staff Writer After nearly nine years with the city of Hondo, Hondo City Manager Robert Herrera tendered his letter of resignation last week after being offered the city manager position in Cibolo last week. “It’s an opportunity that I am looking forward to going to,” said Herrera. “It’s a very nice community, a growing community. They were looking for someone with my background in growth and economic development and working in a very diversified community and I am excited

about that opportunity.” After accepting the job on Wednesday, Herrera notified the council members and staff Thursday morning submitting his letter of resignation with an effective date of April 20 so he can start in Cibolo on May 1. “We are not very happy about that, but we were just fortunate that we had him for as long as we had him and now we start the process of looking for a new city manager,” said Mayor James Danner. “The normal process is to go through a recruiting period and do our advertising and start accumulating candidates. I look for it to last a good while because I don’t think that we’re going to rush into anything.” Herrera had previously applied for the city manager position in Harlingen

and made it to the finals that our administration has before being cut from the put forth and I think with running. Since he received this new council and the the offer from Cibolo, staff being as good as it is Herrera had to take himself that if I were to leave, it out of the running for the would be nice to leave on the upswing. city manager I think that position in kind of League City, bridged the Texas as gap why at well. this point I “It’s not was seeking that I’m an additionunhappy al opportuhere in nity.” Hondo,” Danner Herrera said. hopes that “Things in the good Hondo are position going in a that Herrera very good HERRERA is leaving direction and the city of everything in my mind is very posi- Hondo in will help them tive. The fact is that we’re with filling the position in going to have a new coun- the coming months. “I don’t think we’ve ever cil on board and I think they’re going to share the been postured better than same goals and objectives we are right now to go out

and get a new city manager compared to where we were two or three years ago and we’ve got a good council coming on,” said Danner. “If it had to happen, it’s not the worst time.” Herrera said that he chose to apply in Cibolo since a good part of his career was spent in San Marcos before coming to Hondo and he grew attached to that part of Texas, while still being in the general area of San Antonio. “I will have to establish a residence in Cibolo, so we will probably be weighing the options of selling the home or leasing the home, but I will be purchasing a home since I am required to establish residence in Cibolo,” he said. “My family and I have thoroughly enjoyed being part of the Hondo community. The citizens here have embraced

us and welcomed us and I have always labeled Hondo as a “Can Do” community and I believe that.” While Herrera still has a few weeks left before his departure to Cibolo, the process for finding a new city manager is already being put together for discussion and action at upcoming city council meetings. “In all likelihood we will identify an interim city manager either in-house or from a consulting firm and then we’ll go through the interviewing and that type of thing,” said Danner. “We really regret losing him, but if he feels that this is best for him and his family, then that’s sure fine with us, but again we’re very happy that we were able to have him for that period of time that we had him as our manager and we wish him the best.”

Natalia police chief resigns to accept state investigator job City council names interdiction officer as interim police chief Alicia Ramirez Staff Writer After 13 months with the city, the council accepted Natalia Police Chief Alfred Ortiz’s letter of resignation and an interim chief was named at Monday night’s

meeting. “After a long search, we all went through a lot 13 months ago and I really do believe with all of my heart and I sincerely believe that you walked into a situation that was a big hornets nest created by a lot of reasons and you took a department that was in disarray and that needed leadership and needed some direction and I think that you have done an outstanding job in the

ORTIZ 13 months that you were

here,” said Natalia Mayor Ruby Vera. “I don’t think we accomplished everything that we set out to accomplish, but you certainly have left a roadmap for whoever comes in.” Ortiz’s resignation will be effective March 31 so he can begin his new job as a senior investigator for the state of Texas in an undisclosed department on April 2 in Austin. “I really hadn’t prepared

to say a speech, but I would like to certainly thank each and every one of you as well as the citizens of our community for all of the support that you have given me and my department and I will forever be grateful,” said Ortiz fighting back tears. “I will certainly keep you all in my prayers.” After an executive session with Ortiz, the council appointed Drug Interdiction Officer Wayne

Morgan the interim chief of police, of which Morgan accepted and also appointed City Administrator Beth Leonesio to begin the search for a permanent chief of police. “We’re going to miss him big time,” said Leonesio. “He has been amazing, but I don’t blame him. He got one heck of a job offer from the state and it had nothing to do with anything going on here.”

Deal between IRS, Medina Valley EMS still on hold Alicia Ramirez Staff Writer Medina Valley EMS is still in limbo with the Internal Revenue Service after the deal to sell the assets in exchange for the liens to be released was taken from the table during the check exchange earlier this month. “There’s no change yet from before,” said MVEMS Board

President Ray Jagge. “We’re still waiting to send them some other paperwork and we’re working on it as hard as we can. There’s just more paperwork that they’re requesting such as official written appraisals of all of the equipment and that’s where it stands.” Jagge said that the tax accountant is handling the issue and that he currently does not know why

the IRS reneged on the offer after the MVEMS board had already sold its assets to ESD 1 and ESD 4. “We’re working to try to get it back online and back on track,” he said. “[ESD 4 taking back the money] didn’t cause any of the problem, but of course it’s going to cause a problem because there’s less money to give to the

IRS, but still we have those assets and they’re ours again, so we’re waiting on the appraisal of those assets and all of the others in a written format to hand to the IRS and that’s where it stands right now.” Jagge hoped to have the details of the plan worked out with the IRS late last week, but is now looking toward the latter part of

this week for the deal to be done, but said that everything is still very much up in the air.

Correction The AACOG Roadshow in Hondo will be Thursday, March 22 not Tuesday as stated in the article on Page 8 of last week’s issue stated. The Times regrets this error.

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Judge orders apology in MVISD lawsuit aftermath

District 53 State Representative Harvey Hilderbran stopped by Hermann Sons Steakhouse to meet, greet and have lunch with local officials from the area that he will now be representing due to redistricting at the state level. (Photo by Alicia Ramirez)

EAA to hold public hearing March 27 in Castroville Alicia Ramirez Staff Writer The Edwards Aquifer Authority has begun the task of redistricting for the 15 single-member districts that represent the seven counties that are a part of the EAA jurisdiction and will be holding public hearings in the coming weeks. “Right now, we’re taking out the conceptual redistricting plan of how we see it based purely on the census data for public hearing and based on that, it looks like we will have some changes in Bexar County and we will also probably have some modifications in Comal County and Hays County,” said EAA Assistant General Manager Roland Ruiz. “It seems like the population shifts there have been more dramatic than they have to the west in Medina and Uvalde Counties.” Ruiz said that currently the maps do not change anything in Medina County, but that could change once the final voting districts are given to the EAA for mapping purposes. “We try to avoid splitting those precincts between directors because it makes it easier to hold elections, so right now it looks like there’s going to be

minimal changes in our western counties such as Uvalde and Medina counties,” he said. “That’s subject to change based on county election precincts once they’re finalized and that whole process has been slowed down because of the legal challenges to the redistricting maps and such [at the state], but once we get those files from the counties and integrate them into our mapping system, we’ll have a better idea.” A public hearing will be held in Uvalde on March 15 at the Agrilife and Research Extension Center at 6 p.m. and another will be held in Castroville at the Braden Keller Community Center March 27 at 6 p.m. to discuss the maps and to hear suggestions made by the community on the proposed maps. “[O]ur goal is to satisfy the intent of the legislature when they first drew the EAA Directors’ districts in 1996 and the intent back then was to maintain so many minority opportunity districts across the region, so that’s what we’re striving to achieve is to maintain those minority opportunity districts…and try to equalize the population within the rest of the districts,” said

Ruiz. “We’ll have these public hearings, come back to our board most likely in April with a final redistricting plan and with the board’s approval we will have something that we can submit to the Department of Justice for pre-clearance.” Pending pre-clearance by the DOJ, the maps will be put into effect for the November election of the board with the filing period beginning in late August according to Ruiz.

Alicia Ramirez Staff Writer Less than two months after the Medina Valley ISD lawsuit case was settled between the district and the Schultz family, another order came down from Judge Fred Biery to enforce the agreement and redress recent alleged violations by Superintendent James Stansberry and Band Director Keith Riley. Some of the alleged violations were reported hours after the settlement was finalized when Stansberry gave an interview to a San Antonio news outlet and stated that the lawsuit was a “witch hunt” and mistakenly said that the lawsuit would ban teachers from wearing crosses, according to the order. The district responded that Stansberryís comments were not against the Schultz family, but against the long and arduous lawsuit that had just transpired, to which the plaintiffs pointed out that the suit and the plaintiffs are inextricably intertwined. While Stansberry’s comments were televised, Riley’s

alleged discretions came in the form of Facebook posts in which he stated “[d]on’t get me started on the lies and false accusations your friend [referring to Corwyn Schultz] made over last years[‘] issues,” according to the order filed by Biery. Riley also allegedly “liked” a comment from a recent graduate that stated that a disclaimer after “a prayer that says: no atheists or anti-religious activists were harmed in the recitation of this prayer.” As for Riley, he invoked truth as a defense for the first comment and further stated that liking a comment intended as a joke was not an affirmative statement, nor was it a disparaging one. “Like a good cook, the Court has purposely let this latest matter dished up to the Court simmer for several weeks,” Biery stated in the order. “The reason for delay was to see if further allegations were to be made once the emotions of the moments and media attention following the settlement agreement had subsided. The Court has not been made aware of any.

Silence is golden.” While Biery stated that he did not expect the two parties to hold hands and sing “Kumbaya” around a campfire beside the Medina River, he did order that Stansberry and Riley issue a certified apology to the plaintiffs and that the plaintiffs accept and deliver the apology to the court by March 1 or Riley and Stansberry will be held in contempt of the court order. “Finally, the Court reminds the parties of the Fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution, which provides in part that ‘no person shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself,’” Biery finished. “While it is invoked for criminal prosecutions, its underlying premise is instructive for Homo sapien relationships in general: Trouble does not come from words unspoken, particularly in this age of e-mails, tweets, cameras and recorders.” The district had no comment to make on the matter other than it is moving forward.

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Hondo beats coverage deadline Alicia Ramirez Staff Writer The Hondo City Council approved the Flood Damage Prevention Model ordinance at last Monday’s meeting after it was revealed that a failure to do so before March 15 would result in the suspension of the National Flood Insurance Program for the city. The city had spoken about the ordinance in a workshop in November and never took action on it aside from the city making the recommendation to add a one-foot freeboard to structures. “The city recommended that we add a one-foot freeboard to the ordinance to codify some added protections for the structure and for the safety of the residents in times of flooding,” said Flood Plain Specialist and Code Compliance Supervisor Gilbert Contreras. “In this current ordinance, we have taken out the one-foot freeboard and the only difference that you see now is that there

is a $500 fine for people who violate the ordinance and we’re also incorporating the April 3, 2012 date for when the new flood maps and the flood insurance study will be implemented.” Since the city received the call imploring them to adopt the ordinance, the freeboard issue was taken out and the same dynamics as the previous ordinance were put back in place. “A homebuilder…will still have to meet the current requirements in the city, but no additional requirements,” said City Manager Robert Herrera. “That makes this model ordinance perhaps easier to adopt and if the council wants to come back for us to revisit the additional request somewhere in between, we can do that, but in order for us to get this moving forward, staff does recommend adopting the ordinance without the increase in the freeboard be accepted.” The maps themselves only changed slightly due to the

fact that no additional flood studies were completed to generate the maps as they were shown. “They took the 1974 starting point and the 1978 ending point and all they did with those maps was take aerial photographs and draw the lines and digitize them so you can zoom in to a closer level,” said Director of Public Works and Aviation Tim Fousse. “And any of the projects completed in the community for the past 35 years within the community have not been studied or determined to have an impact on that map.” One change that was implemented was that the rest of Kollman Oaks was added to the map along with the portion that was already in place when they were last mapped. The council unanimously approved the ordinance to prevent the suspension of the city from the NFIP, which would have affected 68 homes in the city of Hondo with a coverage amount of $9.8 million.

With the assistance of Precinct 2 Commissioner Larry Sittre, the city of Castroville began repairs on some of its most disheveled streets. Recently, crews were seen renovating Mexico Street near the London Street intersection. (Photo by James LaCombe)

Hondo chamber director gives final presentation

Owner Hasu Bhakta and Lytle Mayor Mark Bowen, center, cut the ribbon at the ceremonial grand opening of the Best Western Plus in Lytle on Friday, March 9. Bhakta presented a $2,500 check, on behalf of Best Western, to the city of Lytle for park improvements at the ceremony. (Photo by Andrew Tolan)

Alicia Ramirez Staff Writer Wade Smith made one final presentation to the Hondo City Council as Executive Director of the Hondo Area Chamber of Commerce before handing the reins over to newly selected director Erica Blythe. Smith gave the council a rundown of the chamber’s work to administratively run and promote the South Texas Regional Training Center as an educational facility as well as a conference center. “We hired Shawna Walton who has done a fantastic job of going out and getting training at Southwest Texas Junior College so if someone wants to know about financial aid or what classes are offered, she’s able to answer that as a generalist or get that information,” said Smith. “We also provide janitorial services at large for the facility.” As well as providing mana-

gerial services for the STRTC, the chamber is also involved in multiple events throughout the year such as the Cowboy Country Roundup, Christmas in God’s Country, Hondo Army Airfield Fly-In, NAMGIS Premier Roping and the Wild Game Festival. With all of the programs and general expenses including advertising, the chamber’s expenditures from last year to date have been $81,406 with revenues of $86,250 and a starting balance of $23,704 leaving the chamber with an ending balance as of March 8 of $28,547. Since opening, the facility has operated as a training center for local law enforcement agencies from around the area including a class on law practices earlier this year that was attended by law enforcement agents from Bexar County, Medina County and the State Troopers.

“[The Texas Municipal League] also bring safety programs to municipalities and they have fallen in love with this particular training facility and are in the process of trying to work out a contractual agreement with the city to use the facility for future training,” said City Manager Robert Herrera. “We think this is going to be a really nice move for public safety for all of the cities in this region.” With the presentation of the chamber’s activity in the past year complete, Chamber President Glenn Klaus formally introduced Blythe to the council. “We had at least three really qualified applicants and over the hiring process, we realized that there was one person who had the experience, the expertise and the vision to take the chamber to the next level,” said Klaus. “She shared almost word for word the ideas and vision

that the members of the executive board had expressed.” Blythe took her place at the podium, addressing those on the dais letting them know a little bit about her and her background living in Yancey and working in the land development sector. “When I saw this position advertised, I was really excited about it because Hondo has been a community that I have always known from the time that I grew up in Uvalde and Knippa,” she said. “I have seen the cohesiveness of the community where they stand out in all of the different activities and there are a lot of people who are good, solid people in the community who want to help in the community…and want to see their community grow but still maintain the small town integrity and I am very excited to be able to be a part of that and start moving the city of Hondo forward.”

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Obituaries BATES “Coach” Dean Bates, 67, died suddenly on March 18, 2012 at his home in Devine, TX. Coach Bates was born June 1, 1944 in Hamilton, TX to James and Anna Lee Bates. He was raised in Wink, TX and was a 1962 graduate of Wink High School where he earned AllState honors in football and basketball. Upon graduation he accepted a scholarship to play basketball at McMurry College. He later transferred to Eastern New Mexico University where he continued to compete collegiately in both football and baseball. It was during this time he married his childhood sweetheart, Beverly K. Wilson, on December 20, 1964. Upon graduation from ENMU in 1967, he began his coaching career in Wink, followed by coaching stints in Devine, Brady, Kermit, Port Isabel and Floydada. He accepted his first head coaching assignment in 1991 at Floydada High School where his team finished undefeated in his inaugural season. In 1994, he returned to Devine High School as head coach and Athletic Director where his teams went a combined 66-42-1 and was named Coach of the Year in 1995 by the Southwest Texas Sportswriters. When Coach Bates resigned in 2004, he resigned as the winningest coach in school history. He finished his successful career as Athletic Director of Pleasanton High School from 2004 until his retirement in 2011. Coach Bates will always be remembered for his love of Christ, his zest of life and his love for his family, players, and coaches. Those who played for him experienced a relationship and extended far beyond the field of play and he genuinely loved each and every one of them. His legacy is evident in the lives of the young men and women he inspired through his teaching and his coaching as his life was equally enriched by these relationships. “Papa” will be missed by all….but never forgotten. Coach Bates is preceded in death by his parents, James and Anna Lee Bates; brother, James Bates, Jr.; granddaughter, Karah Northcutt Brooks July 18, 2010. He is survived by his wife Beverly K. Bates of Devine; son, Corey Bates and wife Tana of Sherman; daughter, Kellye Northcutt and husband Kevin of Midland; sister-in-law Nema WestMoland of Knox City; brother-in-law, Rickey WestMoland of Corpus Christi; niece, Debbie Yates and husband Burt of Caldwell and their children Zach and Barrett Yates; niece, Jamie Murrell and husband Todd of Leander; nephew, Kyle Bates and wife Rachel of Mansfield and their children Destini, Sarah, and Andrew; sister, Emily Bradberry and husband Johnny of Weatherford; grandsons, Colton Northcutt of Lubbock, Bryson and Brennan Bates of Sherman; grandson-in-law, James Randall Brooks of Midland; great-grandson, Madden Kellye Brooks of Midland. Visitation was held Tuesday, March 20, 2012 at the Hurley Funeral Home in Devine from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. Funeral service was held at 10 a.m., Wednesday, March 21, 2012 at the First Baptist Church in Devine. Interment was held at 11am Friday, March 23, 2012 at the Resthaven Cemetery in Midland, TX.

In lieu of flowers the family has requested memorials can be made to the Dean Bates Scholarship Fund @ Security State Bank in Devine. MCFARLAND Bette Jane McFarland, of Lytle, Texas was born on June 12, 1923 in Bakersfield, CA and died March 16, 2012 at the age of 88. Beloved wife, mother, grandmother and friend, Bette Jane Keith graduated from Taft High School in Taft, CA. In 1941, she met a young Army Air Corps student pilot from Texas stationed at Hemet Field near Taft, Jack McFarland. Following his return from distinguished service in the war in Europe, they were married in Long Beach, CA in 1944. This was the beginning of Mrs. McFarland’s life as the wife of a career Air Force pilot and their travels around the world. In 1960, following Jack’s retirement from the Air Force, they moved to Lytle. There she was actively involved with church, community and the activities of her young daughters. She is preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, Jack. Also by her parents, John and Frances Keith, and by her sister Norma Lawrence. She is survived by four daughters: Fran Greve (JP), Bonnie Jones, Marilyn McFarland and Patti Gardner (Tony). Bette has eight grandchildren: David McFarland, Carrie Jones Lee (Simon), Ben Jones (Natalie), Suzanne Jones, John Pat Greve (Faith), Michael Greve (Wendy), Brian Greve (Rachael) and Jack Matthew Gardner. She also has 11 great-grandchildren. There will be no visitation at the funeral home prior to the service. Graveside services will be held at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, March 22, 2012 at Lytle Masonic Cemetery in Lytle, Texas, with Interment to follow immediately. Family has requested memorials may be made in her memory to the Lytle Masonic Cemetery Association, P.O. Box 562, Lytle, Texas 78052. PEREZ Amador Luna Perez was born Jan. 12, 1935 and went to be with the Lord on Saturday, March 17, 2012. Amador was born and raised in Devine, Texas. He was one of 10 children born to the late Magdaleno and Juana Luna Perez and was the beloved husband of Georgia Salinas Perez for 48 years. Amador will forever be remembered by his brothers Roberto, Andres, Rogelio, David, Ruben, Magdaleno Jr., Steve, the late Pablo Perez, loving sister Irene Perez Reyna, brother-in-law Pablo Salinas, sons and daughters-in-law: Ernest and Willa Perez, Billy and Rebekah Knox, and Richard and Sherry Knox. He is also survived by his treasured grandchildren:

Bradley and Andrea Perez, Amanda, William and Graham Knox, Brandi (Richard) Hinton, Staci and Rikki Knox, one great-grandson Tres Hilton, along with countless other family and friends who were blessed to know him. Amador loved to fish, cook, play the guitar and harmonica, being with his family and being active and devoted to his church. Amador touched the lives of many people with his smile and generosity. Family and friends are invited to attend a visitation service on Wednesday, March 21, 2012 from 2 p.m. until 9 p.m., with a Prayer service starting at 7 p.m. A Christian Funeral Service will be held at 10 a.m., Thursday, March 22, 2012 in the Chapel of the Hurley Funeral Home in Devine, with burial to follow in Evergreen Cemetery. PERSYN Lorine Stein Boehme Persyn, 93, of Castroville, passed away March 16, 2012 in Castroville. Lorine was born May 21, 1918 in Medina County, TX to Jacob ìJackî and Alvina Lieber Stein. She was a member of St. Louis Catholic Church, St. Annís Society, Farm Bureau, and the Belgian-American Club. She is preceded in death by her parents and her first husband, Armin Emil Boehme; second husband, George F. Persyn; son, Anthony Boehme; infant daughter, Inell Boehme; brothers, Henry, Louis, Walter, Richard, Woodrow, Julius, and Alton Stein; sisters, Thelma Rihn Haass and Alma Bippert. Survivors include her children and their spouses, Virgil and Nora Fay Boehme, Emil Boehme and his companion Rosie Villarreal, Mary Louise and Billy Echtle, all of Castroville; daughter-in-law, Alice Ray Boehme of La Coste; sister-in-law Theresa Stein; eight grandchildren; 17 great grandchildren; one great great granddaughter and another one on the way; numerous nieces and nephews; step children & their spouses, George G. and Jeannine Persyn, Steve and Elaine Persyn, Eugene and Karen Persyn, John and Karen Persyn, Thomas Persyn, Deborah and Joey Weiblen, Suzanne and David Turk; step-grandchildren; step-great grandchildren. Visitation was Monday, March 19, 2012 from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. with the Rosary at 7 p.m. at the Tondre-Guinn Funeral Home. Funeral Mass was Tuesday, March 20, 2012 at 10 a.m. at St. Louis Catholic Church. Interment followed the Mass at Zion Lutheran Cemetery. Memorials may be made in her memory to the donorís choice. You may view the obituary, sign the guest book and leave a tribute at Obituaries continued on page 9


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Beauty of a small town business Editor, I suppose we all like to get on the road to head 15 to 25 miles east to megalopolis. There is a variety of reasons we might do that; visit a friend, go to a movie, try a different restaurant, shop at a big box store, walk through the mall, and on and on the reasons go. Of course those trips to megalopolis come at a price we may not fully realize. The IRS estimates it cost the average automobile operator 55.5 cents a mile to drive that Dear vehicle when you figure in all the cost. That means an average 40 mile round trip into megalopolis cost you $22.20. You pay that regardless of whether you purchase anything or not. So if you happened to drive out of town to save 10 cents on a gallon of gas and purchase 20 gallons, the cost per gallon just went up a bit over a $1 a gallon for you. Spending a dollar to save 10 cents doesn’t figure out in my favor. That applies to anything you can get from shops in Castroville. If you shop here you also can park within 25 feet or so of the door instead of in a mega-parking lot that takes several minutes to go from your car to the door and then you get to wander from aisle to aisle to find a few things you want and wait behind six customers waiting to checkout. Great way to spend an hour for

something you could get done in 10 minutes here. If you happen to be uncomfortable on the highways and driving in megalopolis, you can easily drive or walk to many of our shops and do so in safety. If you walk, you will certainly be greeted by people along the way that know your name. Try that at a megastore. What else benefits us all when you shop here? The local businesses give endlessly to school fund raisers and worthy activities of all types and they pay a lot of sales tax which help keep your personal taxes down. I like that. Think about this too, if businesses in town Editor were making such a huge profit why aren’t there people from all over Texas clamoring to open a business here? Each business has its own financial situation to take into consideration and that may be unique to that specific town. The prices they charge must take those factors and competition into consideration. The playing field isn’t level everywhere just because you may want it to be. The bottom line is that the more the local businesses prosper the better it is for Castroville and the great folks that live here. Now, if we just had a theater. Robert Lee Castroville

state legislature as to why the bluebonnet should be the official state flower. When he rose to the podium to suggest the bluebonnet, someone on the floor called out, "What the devil is a bluebonnet?" After one of the worst droughts and wildfire seasons in Texasí One explanation was given comparing the bluebonnet to the sunhistory, a sign of renewal is springing up along Texas highways. It is bonnets worn by Texas women in the pioneer days to protect their the State Flower of Texas: the bluebonnet. faces from the sun. Another called the bluebonnet by its Spanish For decades, poets, authors and artists of all kinds have been nickname el conejo or the rabbit because of its resemblance to the drawn to the bright blue flower, which typically makes its debut for tail of a cottontail rabbit. a few weeks each Spring, decorating the Texas landscape in a sea of After the legislators were shown a painting of the blue flower, blue. It is believed that the first to observe and write about the blue- the bluebonnet stole the show. A resolution making the bluebonnet, bonnet were European naturalists who traveled to Texas, then part specifically the Lupinus subcarnosus, the official state flower of Texas of Mexico, in the early 1800s to collect and document specimens of was signed by then-Governor Joseph D. Sayers on March 7, 1901. new plants and animals. The debate did not end there, however. Different groups argued The first of these was 20-year-old Jean Louis Berlandier, a that the Lupinus subcarnosus was not the most attractive of the Franco-Swiss botanical explorer who was sent to bluebonnet family. They claimed another species, Mexico by his professor to serve as the botanist for the Lupinus texensis, was bolder, more beautiful and Senator the Mexican Boundary Commission, which was should be named the official flower. For the next 70 John Cornyn tasked with establishing the border between Mexico years, this debate would ensue. Finally, in 1971, thenand the U.S. While traveling from Ciudad de Bexar Governor Preston Smith signed a resolution designat(San Antonio) toward Nacogdoches, his company ing both species of the bluebonnet as the official state camped overnight by the Salado Creek. It was here that Berlandier flower, along with “any other variety of bluebonnet not heretofore first described the bluebonnet in his journal: "The fields, strewn recorded." As it turns out, three other species have been discovered. with flowers, were yet only a small thing compared with what we saw The 70-year debate did prove one thing: Texans are passionate in the upper regions of Texas. A lupine, verbena, delphinium, some about bluebonnets. Over the years, this flower has been a source lilies, and a great many evening primroses contrasted with the tender of inspiration for many. In Tales of Old-Time Texas, Texas historian green of the grasses, from which sprang flowers of various colors." and author J. Frank Dobie wrote, 'Every dauber in the country tries Berlandier called the bluebonnet a 'lupine,' which is a genus his hand at painting it, and bluebonnet chromos are as plentiful as that includes mostly perennials and stems from the Latin lupinus, cowboy figures on pulp magazine covers.' or wolf. Lupines were classified as such because many were believed Towns across Texas have developed wildflower tours and festo rob the soil of its nourishment, much like wolves rob shepherds tivals to showcase their bluebonnets as the best and most colorful of their sheep. In fact, the bluebonnet is not predatory in nature and in the state. Every April, thousands of visitors flock to the hisactually has the opposite effect, nourishing the soil through nitrogen toric cotton town of Chappell Hill for the official Texas Bluebonnet nodules on its roots. Festival,complete with bluebonnet contests and crafts. Over the next several decades, the blue lupine continued to I hope this spring we can all pause to enjoy the beauty of our draw attention as a new specimen for naturalists and a beautiful state's flower in any of its five forms. Indeed, the bluebonnet runs sight for weary travelers. In 1901, State Representative John M. wild throughout Texas and deep in our state's history. Green, of Cuero, Texas, made a compelling argument before the

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Spring cleaning in Hondo Citywide effort will begin next Tuesday. Alicia Ramirez Staff Writer The annual citywide cleanup in Hondo will begin next Tuesday, March 27, and will continue through March 31 for residents wanting to clear out items that cannot simply be thrown away. “It’s just our annual spring cleanup that we’ve done in the past and we allow people to put out 4 cubic yards of materials and we also collect tires and televisions at that time,” said Director of Public Works and

Aviation Tim Fousse. “It’s just an effort to keep our community clean.” Items must be placed curbside for pick up by March 26 for pick up to begin at 7 a.m. for the entire city both north and south of Highway 90 and each house will be allowed to place four cubic yards of furniture, appliances, bulk waste and remodeling debris along with television sets and up to 10 tires, which must be placed in a separate pile. All appliances with refrigerant must be drained and tagged by a licensed technician before being put on the curb for pick up. Chemicals, batteries, used motor oil, hazardous materials,

brush, yard waste and leaves, construction materials including waste concrete and items placed in alleys or vacant lots will not be picked up and may become a code or ordinance violation. “It’s an effort to make sure that we don’t have a lot of waste materials hanging around in the neighborhoods and stuff like that,” said Fousse. “It gives us an opportunity to clean up our town and allow people to get rid of debris they normally can’t throw away in the garbage can.” For more information, contact John Benavides at 830426-4460 or Lisa Hernandez at 830-426-3616.

Brady's Bloomin' Barn in Rio Medina held a ribbon cutting Saturday. (Photo by James LaCombe)

$250,000 coming to Lytle from CPS Andrew Tolan Staff Writer Lytle City Secretary Josie Campa announced, near the end of the Lytle City Council March 12 regular meeting, that the city has roughly $250,000 in funds coming from CPS that the city can use in virtually any capacity. When Campa contacted a CPS representative regarding the city’s need for additional street lighting, she was informed the city had available monies in a set-aside CED fund the city had yet to tap in to. The representative was quick to tamper expectations, delivering disappointing news regarding the prospect of using these monies, stating that the company is going to eliminate this program within the calen-

dar year. The CED fund, created from an additional 1 percent customers paid on their monthly bill to the electrical company, helped cities with aid for lighting projects. Campa’s tone quickly changed, as she delivered the better part of her announcement. “After this year, they have already agreed that the 250,000 of those dollars left will be returned to the city,” she said. The money won’t be refunded in a lump sum; it will be allocated over a three-year period, but the city stands to add a little over $80,000 a year to its general fund. “He did caution us and said he would like to see some infrastructure in the way of electric stuff, but it will be totally up to

council on how we spend that (money),” said Campa. Campa said the additional funds can help the city move forward with plans to build a sports complex, which would intertwine lighting infrastructure with one of the city’s goals. Councilman Kevin Keith asked if any of the money could be used to bring additional power in to the park in advance of the Frenchie Burke Festival. Campa said they are looking at tackling that project by September, but it does not seem feasible to have that project completed in advance of the Frenchie Burke Festival. The first allocation of these monies would likely be received at the start of the next fiscal year.

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Lytle council hopes new lights will bolster park security Andrew Tolan Staff Writer To bolster security and the nighttime appeal of John Lott Municipal Park, the Lytle City Council unanimously approved, at its March 12 meeting, a $19,000 bid for additional lighting at the park. Councilmember Kevin Keith, who also serves as

park liaison, has stressed the need for additional lighting at the park. In advance of the meeting and per direction of the council, Keith received a quote for the cost of adding lighting to the park. He came to the council on March 12 with a bid of $19,000 to retrofit the existing poles at the park, to add

a new pole with four lights near the concession stand and to add an additional security light. It was also noted by Keith that there was an oversight on the dugout; Keith received a bid of $1,500 to replace the tin on the top of the dugout. “It’s cheaper if we do them all at once,” said

Keith. City Secretary Josie Campa proceeded to go over the financial nuances of accomplishing this infrastructure improvement. She said with the $2,500 the city received from Best Western for park improvements at its March 9 grand opening, the $5,000 saved from calling off the election

due to all candidates running unopposed, the remaining monies in the slush fund not used for the park’s fencing improvements, as well as hotel/motel tax money, the city has the necessary funding to pay for the $20,500 in total cost. Mayor Mark Bowen said, with these additions in place, the park will look

a lot better and the city can turn its attention to adding new playground equipment and creating a new entrance to the park going forward. A motion was made by Councilman Ward Sanders to approve the improvements to John Lott Park, the motion was seconded by Councilman Ruble Farmer and unanimously approved.

Some vehicles banned from parking on Hondo public streets Alicia Ramirez Staff Writer After discussing the traffic and vehicles ordinance in a workshop during last Monday’s council meeting, the council voted to approve the changes to the ordinance that prohibits commercial vehicles, buses, recreational vehicles, tow-

able recreational vehicles, pole trailers and trailers to park on any public street unless the vehicle is parked to actively load or unload passengers, freight or merchandise. “Everyone was very receptive and said they would comply with whatever ordinance we choose

to move forward with and that’s where we’re at right now,” said Police Chief Johnny Martinez who talked to drivers of these vehicles as well as the trucking companies. While the city would not be giving those with trucks a place to park that is city owned, the trucking

companies have agreed to house trucks on their property and Martinez mentioned that many of the drivers had space on their private property to place their trucks for a limited amount of time, if necessary. “If it passes then you are going to work with

Hondo downtown board tabled again Alicia Ramirez Staff Writer The Hondo City Council once again discussed the Downtown Advisory Board and once again tabled the item until the representatives from the businesses can have a chance to speak on the issue and what they feel would suit the community best, including a possible name change to the Hondo Business Advisory Board. “I think it was discussed [at the last meeting] that they would not just be owners, but could also be managers of the businesses, so I would recommend city of Hondo business owners or their representatives can serve on the committee,” said Mayor James Danner. “And…I don’t think we should pin it down to holding meetings at least once a month, I think that the board should designate meeting dates and location.” While Danner had simple procedural as well as semantic issues with the ordinance,

"My concern is that we're going to take this thing and water it down to a citywide project and we're going to lose some of the teeth if what we're trying to accomplish is to resurrect some of our plans." Councilman Keith Lutz councilman Keith Lutz felt that the intent of the board was the biggest issue at this juncture. “What is the intention of having the name change and beyond that I’m looking at a small scope of work here and I’m wondering…what’s the intention here,” Lutz said. The name change was in part due to input from the business community at the last discussion of the item to allow more businesses to be a part of the community and not just the businesses located in the central downtown area. “As far as the intention, they need to address things that they feel need to be addressed that the council is involved in,” said Danner.

“The council is not involved in retail situations or anything, but we’re involved in the infrastructure and that type of thing and the building facilities and that’s what we intend for this committee [to provide input for].” The ordinance, as it was phrased, would allow the board to make recommendations for the beautification, enhancement and revitalization of the central business district in downtown Hondo. “If you’re going to go out and try to get grant funds… and grants are very specific to downtown projects,” said Lutz. “My concern is that we’re going to take this thing and water it down to a citywide project and we’re going

to lose some of the teeth if what we’re trying to accomplish is resurrect some of our plans.” Danner felt that this ordinance would simply widen the membership and not water down the intent of the board to help revitalize Hondo while allowing all business owners to have an input on what kinds of projects should be completed. The council voted to table the ordinance until a future meeting when the business community can be present to make comments on the ordinance and the membership issues that the council was discussing. “All I’m trying to do is make sure that we’re accomplishing whatever we’re setting out to accomplish,” said Lutz. “I’d just like to see us table it and have the group come up and make a presentation before we make the decision on it to make sure that we are giving them the right ordinance and the right tool.”

people who are inside the city limits and ask them to relocate without issuing a citation for a period of time and then after that you are going to have to enforce the rules,” said City Manager Robert Herrera to Martinez who confirmed that is how the ordinance would be enacted.

The ordinance will need to be advertised for at least a month before Martinez and the Hondo Police Department can begin to actively enforce it. “I think that it’s an ordinance that needs to be there,” said councilman Clyde Haak.

Obituary SOLIS Laura Mascorro Solis Gomez, 90, of Castroville, passed away on March 16, 2012 in Castroville. She was born on Dec. 17, 1921 in Rio Medina to the late Vicente and Dolores Flores Mascorro. Laura is preceded in death by her husband, Apolonio Solis, Sr.; sons, Mario Solis, Abram Solis, Ruben Solis, and Juan "Johnny Joe" Solis; daughters, Esperanza Solis, and Dorothy Solis; sisters, Alvina ìMinnieî Montoya, and Genoveva Martinez; brothers, Salvador Mascorro, and Frank Mascorro. Survivors include her husband, Eduardo Gomez; children, Gloria and Camillo Rodriguez, Alicia Ybarra, Martha Moreno, Ernestina and Robert Vidalez, Maria and Conrado Valderrama, Carlos Solis, Apolonio ìPaulî and Lilley Solis, Jr., David and Olivia Guel, Gary Gomez, and Gene Gomez; 40 grandchildren; 25 great grandchildren; 10 great great grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives. Visitation was on Sunday, March 18, 2012 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Tondre-Guinn Funeral Home with a Rosary at 7 p.m. Mass of Resurrection was on Monday, March 19, 2012 at 10 a.m. at St. Louis Catholic Church, Castroville. Interment followed at St. Louis Catholic Cemetery in Castroville. You may view the obituary, sign the guest book and leave a tribute at

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Hondo water increase expected to be slight for most users Alicia Ramirez Staff Writer The Hondo City Council approved the ordinance raising the water use rates for the upcoming year to cover the cost of the Edwards Aquifer Authority aquifer management fee increase that was recently handed down.

“Before you we have the ordinance that codifies the actual discussion that we had, the fairly in depth and fairly good discussion on water rates during a workshop in February,” said Director of Public Works and Aviation Tim Fousse. “What we are presenting to you is exactly what was pre-

sented to you that night.” In the newly adopted ordinance, the flat rate fee will increase from $9.20 for the first 2,000 gallons for residential users to $11.50 with the commercial increase going from $10.28 to $15.00 for the first 2,000 gallons. Fousse said that the

increase percentage goes from 15 percent at the lower levels of water usage to a steeper increase for those who use more water. “So people that use a lot of water at their homes [will face a bigger increase],” he said. “The net change for someone who uses 5,000 to 6,000 gallons will be 22.5

percent which will be about a $3 increase in their bill.” During the workshop, Fousse said that this current increase would allow the city to function without another increase up to an EAA fee of $104 per acre-foot of water. The ordinance was adopted by the council unanimously and was made effec-

tive as of March 12 when it was voted on. “As it was presented last time, this still keeps us considerably lower than the surrounding communities as far as water rates are concerned,” said Mayor James Danner. “But it does hopefully take care of the initial EAA increase.”

Middle-schoolers charged with conspiracy to commit murder Alicia Ramirez Staff Writer After being overheard in the hallway talking about shooting up Medina Valley Middle School, three MVMS students were arrested and charged with conspiracy to commit murder before the sheriff ’s department took them to the juvenile facility in Jourdanton last Thursday, according to Sheriff Randy Brown.

“The deputy assigned to the school received information about several young men [talking about] shooting up the school, which we responded to and from the investigation, we detained three juveniles,” said Brown. “There was no evidence on them but there was a shotgun, a rifle and a glock found at the home of one of the boys.” While Brown said that there was access to the

weapons to carry out their discussions, he said that he could not comment on whether the intent to go through with the plans was there. “We want to make sure that our community is aware that all threats, allegations, rumors and reports are taken seriously,” said Assistant Superintendent Chris Martinez. “At the same time, simply because they are reported does not

mean that action occurred to where the entire community is informed.” In this case, Martinez felt that the threats were a manifestation of one of the boy’s anger and frustration with a parent’s illness and not a direct threat against any of the student body. “Despite what may be heard around the community, we want to make sure that this is not a case of a student making threats

towards other students, but rather the case of a student who was in a very difficult place and was crying out for personal assistance,” said Martinez. “We believe that this was a case of a student in extreme crisis, not a student making threats against the community.” Whether or not the threats were legitimate, Brown was happy that the sheriff ’s office was involved before something did hap-

pen. “You read about these things and see them on T.V. all the time and whether the intent is to carry it out or not, you can’t talk about that and you never want to make an example out of anybody, but this cannot be tolerated in today’s environment,” he said. “There is too much violence in schools and across the nation.”

Lytle council sets citywide redistricting plan without major changes Andrew Tolan Staff Writer In order to keep districts within a federally mandated population boundary, the Lytle City Council unanimously approved a redistricting plan at its March 12 regular council meeting that will be sent to the Department of Justice for preclearance. Rolando Rios, who has spent 40 years working as an attorney with a specialization in redistricting law and voting rights, presented the redistricting plan to the council. The plan keeps districts within similar physical boundaries with minor adjustments made to keep the districts within a mandated top to bottom deviation percentage. Federal law dictates that single member districts must remain within a 10 percent top to bottom deviation. Given the 2010 U.S. Census figures, Lytle’s

population totaled 2,492. The population analysis of existing districts showed a 50.61 percent deviation within lines drawn following a similar redistricting process after the 2000 U.S. Census figures were released. Deviation figures are calculated by taking the median population figure and ensuring the population figures of the individual districts, taking into account the most overpopulated district and the least populated district, arent a combined 10 percent away from the median number. In Lytle’s case, the median population total is 498 and with the previous figures, District 5 was overpopulated by 146 individuals and District 4 was under-populated by 106 individuals, creating that 50.61 percent deviation. The redistricting plan, as drawn by Rios, keeps council members in their

elected districts, while equalizing the population totals. District 5 now contains 512 individuals, whereas District 4, which was under-populated by 106, now contains 501 persons. The plan also places an emphasis on the federal voting rights acts by drawing districts that don’t discriminate against minority groups. The redistricting plan will now be sent to the Department of Justice, which has two months to approve the plan. The schedule for getting the plan implemented would be hurried, if not for the fact that all of the Lytle City Council ran unopposed, which meant a cancelation of the local municipal election on May 12, 2012. The one area of concern through the redistricting process was the exclusion of Lakeshore Estates from the 2010 U.S. Census totals,

which meant an under-reporting of Lytle’s totals. This plan does not solve that conundrum. “Quite frankly, there are some problems with the census, because every time they do a census, and they have been doing census since the 1800s, they miss people,” said Rios. “Usually, the people that are missed are minorities or poor whites in rural areas and there is going to be some litigation on that. The reason that is important is for every one person that is missed, the county and the local government lose federal and state monies…they have missed tens of thousands of people and a lot of that is money that could be coming down to this part of the state.” Rios said federal law requires redistricting to be done based on census data that is reported, unless the city does its own census, which is extremely pricey.

“I am going to be pushing the census bureau to change the lines…and I am trying to focus them on getting this done for us,” said Rios. City Secretary Josie Campa said the 43 annexed homes and the roughly 100 persons residing in those homes in Lakeshore Estates are in the city of Lytle and taxpayers in that area will be allowed to vote in any

subsequent city elections. Rios said the city has the option of further redistricting at a later date if Lakeshore Estates is added to the population totals. A motion to approve the redistricting plan was made by Councilman Ruble Farmer, seconded by Councilman Ward Sanders and unanimously approved.

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Volunteers at the Zion Lutheran Church's community garden work as they would also receive a helping hand from the Junior Friends of the Castroville Public Library. (Photo by James LaCombe)

March 22, 2012 Medina Valley Times Page 13

Meet the Medina County

Republican Candidates

Candidates, their families, precinct chairs, and other Republican leaders gathered to draw for places on the upcoming Republican ballot. Candidates were introduced and given an opportunity to address the crowd of over 50 people. Republican Primary candidates are standing left-to-right Constable Pct. 2 candidate Jim Przybylski, State Senate candidate Mike Berlanga, Constable Pct. 4 candidate Jose Pedroza, Sheriff candidate Doug Christian, Sheriff Randy Brown, Constable Pct. 1 Don Berger, County Commissoner Pct. 1 Richard Saathoff, District Attorney candidate Tony Hackebeil, Constable Pct. 4 candidate T.J. Richardson, Constable Pct. 2 candidate Steve Gilliam, Constable Pct. 3 Stephen Duffy, District Attorney Danny Kindred, and sitting left-to-right Tax-Assessor candidate Melissa Hartmann-Lutz, District Judge Camile DuBose and County Attorney Kim Havel. Those not pictured are State Representative Harvey Hilderbran, State Representative candidate Cary Wise, County Commissioner Pct. 3 David Lynch, Constable Pct. 2 candidate “V” Garza, and Constable Pct 3 candidate Mark Garrison. The candidates are excited to finally have May 29 as a firm primary date. Early voting will be from May 14-May 26. (Courtesy Photo)

Tractor pull fundraiser coming up The Fourth Annual Antique Tractor Pull will be held in Devine to benefit the Jason Loessberg Memorial Scholarship Program. In 2001 this scholarship was organized in memory of Jason Loessberg to carry on his legacy of a hardworking, well respected young man that loved to farm and work on trucks. To date, 39 scholarships have been awarded to young men and women. The tractor pull will be held at the Mello Tractor Pull facility, located at CR 7713 and FM 173, one mile south of IH 35-S in Devine. Friday, April 13, will be a practice pull starting at 6 p.m. Tractors must have been in production prior to 1960 to compete. The public is

cordially invited to enjoy the pulls under a covered seating facility. There will be a suggested donation of $1 per person at the gate on Friday and Saturday. Concessions will be available on the grounds. Saturday, April 14, the official tractor pull will begin around 10 a.m. Signups for pullers will begin at 8:30 a.m. with a fee of $20 per hook. Weight classes will range from 2,600 to 13,600 pounds. All makes and models will compete, come out and support your favorite tractor and puller. At noon on Saturday, a sausage plate with potato salad, pinto beans, pickles, onions, and French bread will be served for a $6 donation. No advance tickets necessary.

This pull will benefit scholarships open to high school seniors of Medina Valley High School and Devine High School, as well as seniors participating in the Tri County Pullers Association. Students pursuing a career in agriculture or mechanics may apply. Grade point average is not a considering factor, only the desire to further their education. We wish to give special thanks to our daughter Lindsey and Greg Stephens, our family and friends, the Carroll Keller family and the Anthony Mello family for their support. We hope you will come and join us for some great family fun. You may contact Ellen Loessberg at 830-985-3989 for more information.

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Start spring cleaning with your most dreaded task Sandra Kunkel County Extension Agent Spring may not be in the air quite yet, but there’s little doubt that the air around your home is ready for a solid spring cleaning right now. But don’t fret. If you break it down into some manageable tasks, spring cleaning can be a rewarding way to spend a weekend afternoon. The best places to concentrate on first are the ones that annoy you the most. These little (or big) annoyances can cause as much mental clutter as they do physical. Take a look around your home, and pay attention to the inner dialogue that happens when you find yourself frustrated with specific areas. Then create a detailed list of what needs to be done. For example, rather than simply saying “clean home office,” break it into manageable steps that are each doable in short spurts of time. You’ll be amazed at what you can get done with small bursts of attention. Then, bite the bullet, the

best place to get started is the “to do” item on your list that you’re dreading the most. You can go about your day feeling a huge sense of relief and satisfaction knowing you’ve accomplished a chore you’ve been putting off. It’s very freeing. Another get-inspired tip? Some really energizing music helps to get you motivated as well. So throw on your favorite playlist and get to work. Now let’s tackle some of the biggest messes: Spring Cleaning Challenge #1: Cupboards that run the risk of item-avalanche when opened. Allot 15 minutes per cupboard; 30 minutes for a pantry. The Solution: Unless you’re stocking up for the end of days, there’s no real need to have 500 cans of kidney beans. More likely than not, the lack of organization in your pantry or kitchen cupboards causes you to “forget” what items you have on hand and double up when grocery shopping. The same goes for that burgeoning Tupperware collection that

topples over every time you open the cupboard. Time for a fix. Start with the biggest problem cupboard. Pull all items onto a nearby counter and organize by category (either foods or utility/purpose). In the pantry, if you have more than your required monthly or weekly allotment (do you really have plans to cook something this week with those lima beans?), place extras into a pile to donate to your local food bank. If it’s a Tupperware dilemma, organize by storage sizes. Do you have multiples of the same size that go unused? If they’re in good condition, donate to your local thrift store. Spring Cleaning Challenge #2: Growing piles, disorganized papers and unpaid bills. Allot 30 minutes to an hour for cleanup, no more. The Solution: Piles. They start with the best of intentions, but oh how quickly they go from “strategic placement” to “where in the world did I put that?” dilemmas. Nip it in the bud. Where do you most commonly drop your mail? Purchase a mail organizer to place directly in that area; either get a counter top option or one to attach to your wall

or side of cabinetry. Immediately upon walking in the door, get into the habit of sorting the mail: catalogs/ magazines to read, personal mail and bills (and, of course, have a recycle bin nearby for the immediate toss-aways). Label each slot -- chances are, as long as you see an envelope in the “bills” or “important papers” sections, you’ll never be late on a payment or miss an appointment again. For extra organization, add a small calendar with attached marker nearby; when a bill or appointment reminder comes in the mail, mark the appointment or due date on the calendar in red, then file the notification away in its designated slot. It takes a few extra seconds, but it ensures the days of buried bills and forgotten appointments are long gone. Have a pile that needs tackling now? Lay it all out on your dining table and sort according to the categories on your new organizer. Be sure to have a recycling bin nearby for the inevitable junk mail. Spring Cleaning Challenge #3: Drawers that don’t close properly due to overstuffing. Allot 20 minutes to clean a drawer. The Solution:

Chances are good that you have a junk drawer (or two) that could use some attention. Commonly junk drawers become what they are because we need a quick place to cram the miscellaneous, leading to a space chocked full of random items that are rarely accessed. So dump the junk -lay it all out on your dining table and sort everything into small piles. Immediately toss anything you “forgot was in there” and that you don’t need. Use an old ice-cube tray to sort and store small items like paper clips, rubber bands, tacks, etc. Whatever doesn’t fit can be thrown out. Who needs 500 paperclips anyway? File away any important papers in a home office accordion file, and group other items together either with a paperclip or rubber band, or place them into a labeled envelope (“stamps and address labels”) for easy reference. Spring Cleaning Challenge #4: Overburdened and under-organized linen closet. Allot one hour; two if it’s been awhile since you last tackled this dreaded task. The Solution: We all do it. You buy a new sheet set and cram the old ones into the linen closet. The old sets pile on top of the

older and oldest until suddenly you have a collection of linens resembling a decade’s highlight reel. Empty it out. Throw every item from the closet into a laundry basket and dump it out onto your bed (you’ll likely need to make a few trips). First, sort by item: flat and fitted sheets, pillowcases, towels. Then sort by needs and bed size: kids’ room, guest room, master. Using a permanent felt marker, write a single-letter notation on each tag for easy reference. For instance, write T/F/Q/K for quick size reference (saves you the hassle of unfolding and folding) or write family member initials. Finally, go through each individual pile: Any items that have stains or holes should immediately get tossed. A bit too worn but still in good condition? Unless you’d be willing to put it to use now, toss it into a “donate” pile B chances are even your seasonal items will be replaced with new ones when the next season rolls around. To stay organized, place each stack into its own individual storage box or basket, labeled for quick reference. That way, when you go to change bedding next round, you can just pull out that specific basket and leave the rest of the closet intact.

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Hondo council approves tax zone Alicia Ramirez Staff Writer After holding a workshop last month over the creation of a tax increment reinvestment zone, the Hondo City Council approved a nonbinding resolution affirming support of the zone. The resolution stated that it was resolved on the basis that the zone was created to help privately finance the cost of public improvements needed to promote growth and redevelopment, encourage jobs and further stated that the TIRZ is not a “windfall to developers, not a tax abatement or rebate of taxes, not a freezing of tax rates, not a mechanism of skirting city regulatory processes or ordinances, not a tax increased and not an obligation of the city’s general fund.” The TIRZ would use private dollars to improve public infrastructure with the idea that the taxes collected from the incremental increase in property value would go back into the zone. “All this is doing tonight is continuing [the process] of setting the TIRZ up,” said Mayor James Danner. During the discussion, councilman Clyde Haak voiced his concerns that the public would be on the hook for the public infrastructure that would be put in place while the companies reaped the benefits, but councilman Keith Lutz explained that these were improvements that the public money could not afford at the current time. “What it’s saying is that if a private developer puts in a public road, a public water system or a public sewer system, then they are eligible to be reimbursed by the incremental increase from that tax as generated,” said City Manager Robert Herrera.

Louvers expected to stop courthouse leaks Alicia Ramirez Staff Writer Commissioners voted to approve a nearly $5,000 expenditure to alleviate the leaking from the vents installed on the roof of the building to vent the attic that has caused water to flow through the walls of the courthouse. “We are told by everybody who goes up to repair the roof for leaks that there is a strong likelihood that water is coming in through those openings,” said County Judge Jim Barden. “I don’t know if we originally had some protection in there, but right at the moment there are only half a dozen that have any protection over the ends of them and the rest of them are just open so there’s a belief that the water is coming in through there and moving through the courthouse.” In Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace Glenn Klaus’ office, the vent is directly above where water leaks in through the ceiling and in the district clerk’s office, water accumulates in a light fixture before dripping onto the carpet below. Both are believed to be from the vents on the roof. “This was recommended and I have reviewed this with the engineers from Klotz Associates and we’ll have a louver designed and fitted and installed in those current openings so the water will slide down and drain off instead of going into the building,” said Barden. “That will require about 27 fixtures to be fitted atop the courthouse with a cherry picker or other such thing.” The court approved the proposal from Zinsmeyer Mechanical and Welding out of Castroville for the design, fitting and installation at a cost of $4,500 plus another $300 to paint the louvers.

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BOOKING REPORT Bookings for the week of March 5 through March 12. Inmates are listed in alphabetical order. 03/10/12 Darci Lynn Achterberg, 28, was booked on a charge of forgery of prescription. 03/08/12 Donald Wayne Brown, 54, was booked on a charge of mandelivered CS, <1G. 03/12/12 Jeremy Benito Carranza, 28, was booked on a charge of possession of marijuana, <2 oz. 03/09/12 Steven James Constante, 26, was booked on a charge of public intoxication. 03/08/12 Brandon Andrews Coyle, 26, was booked on a charge of public intoxication. 03/11/12 Jason Adam Fulton, 28, was booked on a charge of public intoxication. 03/12/12 Jennifer Garcia, 35, was booked on a charge of driving w/ license invalid w/previous conviction and suspension w/o financial responsibility. 03/06/12 Humberto Reyes Gausin, 25, was booked on charges of parole violation/2 charges of failure to appear/driving w/ license invalid w/previous conviction and suspension w/o financial responsibility/driving while intoxicated/affidaint surety/evading arrest and detention. 03/09/12 Ramiro Felix Gonzales, 29, was booked on a bench warrant/capital murder by terror. 03/09/12 Hector Rivas Gutierrez, 25, was booked on charges of possession of marijuana, <2 oz/criminal nonsupport. 03/11/12 Fabian Lee Hernandez, 24, was booked on 2 charges of evading arrest and detention/resisting arrest, search or transport/failure to appear/evading arrest and detention/ motion to withdraw/surety

evading arrest/criminal trespass. 03/09/12 Jason Phillip Hernandez, 32, was booked on charges of driving while intoxicated/driving w/ license invalid. 03/06/12 Andrew Charles Hurd, 26, was booked on a charge of driving w/license invalid w/ previous conviction and suspension w/o financial responsibility. 03/06/12 Matthew Scott Kievit, 18, was booked on a charge of possession of marijuana, <2 oz. 03/07/12 Devin Matthew Mainez, 20, was booked on a charge of evading arrest and detention. 03/06/12 Justin Lance Martin, 26, was booked on a charge of possession of CS, <1G. 03/11/12 Steven Martinez, 32, was booked on a charge of driving while intoxicated. 03/09/12 Alberto Navarro, 37, was booked on charges of reckless driving/public intoxication. 03/07/12 Daniel Perez, Jr., 20, was booked on a bench warrant/burglary of habitation/TDCJ detainer. 03/11/12 Ruben Romero Rivera, 28, was booked on a charge of driving while intoxicated. 03/08/12 Josefa Gonzales Rodriguez, 62, was booked on a charge of driving while intoxicated, 3rd or more. 03/07/12 Abel Chawn Sanchez, 29, was booked on charges of assault causing bodily injury/family violence/2 charges of failure to appear/bond forfeiture/2 charges of assault on a public servant. 03/08/12 Lonnie Ray

Selman, Jr., 39, was booked on a charge of theft by check. 03/09/12 Juan Jose Soriano, Jr., 28, was booked on a charge of driving w/ license invalid w/previous conviction and suspension w/o financial responsibility. 03/10/12 Tanner Mitchell Suttles, 18, was booked on a chare of driving under the influence of alcohol. 03/11/12 Joseph David Topper, 23, was booked on a chare of possession of CS, <200G. 03/12/12 Sonia Esparza Torres, 30, was booked on 3 charges of theft by check, <$500. 03/11/12 Raymond Andres Valdez, 28, was booked on a charge of public intoxication. 03/11/12 Roy R. Valdez, 18, was booked on a charge of public intoxication. 03/12/12 Venessa Alvarado Valdez, 42, was booked on a charge of possession of marijuana, <2 oz. 03/07/12 Jose Javier Villafranca, 42, was booked on a charge of assault causing bodily injury/family violence/interference w/ emergency call. 03/07/12 Lacey Jean Wallendorff, 26, was booked on a charge of DWI. 03/06/12 Warren Travis Watson, 50, was booked on a charge of public intoxication. 03/11/12 Candace Tashina Zepeda, 30, was booked on a charge of theft of property, < $500.


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current affairs Call us to add your calendar event. (830) 931-9698 WOODMEN OF THE WORLD LODGE #406 The lodge meets the third Thursday in Lytle at Topis Restaurant at 7 p.m. The next meeting will be March 15. All members are urged to attend. For more information call 830772-3325. HONDO CITY COUNCIL The council meets the second and fourth Monday in the council chambers at 1600 Avenue M in Hondo. The next meeting will be March 26. For more information, call the city hall office at 830-426-3378. NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS A narcotics anonymous support group meets every Thursday in Natalia at 7 p.m. at the First Baptist Church. For more information, call 210865-6769. KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS The Knights of Columbus meet the third Monday at 7 p.m. at St. John Bosco Parish Hall in Natalia. The next meeting will be March 19. For more information, contact David Estes at 830-709-0336. NATALIA CITY COUNCIL The council meets the third Monday at 7 p.m. in the council chambers. The next meeting will be March 19. For more information call Beth Leonesio at 830-663-2926. EAST MEDINA SPECIAL UTILITY DISTRICT The district meets the third Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the main office located on FM 471 between La Coste and Natalia. The next meeting will be March 20. For more information, call the office at 830709-3879. DEVINE CITY COUNCIL The council meets the third Tuesday at 6 p.m. at the city hall, located at 303 Teel in Devine. The next meeting will be March 20. For more information, call 830-663-2804

COFFEE 'N CONVERSATION The Medina County Democrats will be holding "Coffee 'n Conversation" meetings every Friday at 10 a.m. at El Charro Restaurant in Hondo. DEVINE CHAPTER OF OES The chapter meets the third Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at the Masonic Lodge located at 612 Moore Street. For more information call Jeanine Guinn at 830-741-5836 or Worthy Matron Fran Taylor at 830663-2257. ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS The support group meets Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8 p.m. It is held at the Braden Keller Center in Castroville. If you think you have a drinking problem, there is a place to go. BOOT SCOOTIN' LINE DANCING Boot Scootin' to Good Health Line Dancing sponsored by Methodist Healthcare is held on Tuesdays at 1 p.m. at the Braden Keller Community Center in Castroville. Classes are free, however, donations for class expenses are accepted. For more information call 9313459 FOOD PANTRY MINISTRY OF DEVINE The pantry, located at the VFW building, 207 W. Hondo Street in Devine, is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. for residents of Devine. For more information call 663-9228. FRIENDSHIP ART CLUB The Friendship Art Club welcomes all area artists to its weekly activities on Tuesdays at 9:30 am. The group meets to paint together and enjoy camaraderie in the fellowship hall of the Church of Christ in Lytle. On the second Tuesday of each month the club holds a business meeting and enjoys a guest artist presentation followed by a covered-dish luncheon and

painting together. The next meeting will be March 13. For further info, contact Jane Brown at 210-415-2546. LYTLE BOY SCOUTS The Lytle Boy Scouts of America meet Mondays at 7 p.m. in the Lytle United Methodist Church. For more information call Jeff Parker at 772-3537 LYTLE TRINITY BAPTIST CHURCH LIBRARY The library is available to the public at the Trinity Baptist Church in Lytle at no charge. The library contains fiction, Christian books and popular videos. Hours of operation are: Tuesdays from 9:30 a.m. to noon and before and after church services on Wednesdays and Sundays. Jean Smith oversees the library. For more information call 830-772-4267 LYTLE VFD The Lytle Volunteer Fire Department meets Tuesdays at 7 p.m. at the firehouse. NATALIA CHESS CLUB The Natalia Chess Club meets every Tuesday, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. All ages and levels are welcome. If you have a chess set, you may bring it. If not, there will be some provided. Playing chess is great and fun way to exercise your brain. For more information call the Natalia librarian at 210-2131990. MARKET TRAIL DAYS Held every second Saturday of the month at Houston Square from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., the next Market Trail Day will be held April 14. Browse the handiwork of local craftsmen and their wares. Booths typically feature arts and crafts, plants, food and beverages, clothing, woodwork, needle-craft, jewelry, and more. Booths are available for a small fee, and admission and parking are free to the public. All proceeds raised from booth sales go to benefit the Medina

Valley EMS, Southwest Family Life Center, Medina County Food Pantry, Medina County Child Care Board, youth awareness programs, scholarships, scouts and various other community projects. For more information, contact Lydia Ruiz at 210-3282659 or Eddie Dehnel at 830741-2313. BLUEBONNET FESTIVAL The bluebonnets are blooming at the Shooting Star Museum. March 17 marks the opening of the 11th Annual Bluebonnet Walk at the museum. The fields surrounding the museum afford visitors the opportunity to walk in the bluebonnet flowers or take a ride in a vintage automobile. The museum is free and open to visitors with food and beverage available during the day. The event is every Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and runs from March 17 through the end of April. The museum is located six miles south of Castroville, off FM 1343. Call 210-386-6038 for driving directions.

LYTLE AWANA Awana is Sundays from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Lytle First Baptist Church. Ages four years to high school are welcome. For more information, call 830709-2202. SNAP'S MOBILE CLINIC The Spay-Neuter Assistance Program’s mobile clinic will be in Devine at the Alco parking lot on Wednesday, April 4. LA COSTE GARDEN CLUB SCHOLARSHIP The La Coste Garden Club is taking applications for their scholarship. You must be a graduating senior with some ties to the La Coste community—by having a La Coste address or a La Coste telephone number. If you are interested, please call 830-985-3766. DIABETES NUTRITION CLASSES Learn to control your dia-

betes through good nutrition. Sign up now for classes to be held in Hondo at First United Methodist Church. The classes will be held on March 19 and March 26. Each class starts at 1:30 p.m. and lasts about two and a half hours. For more information or to sign up, call the Medina County Extension Office at 830-741-6180 or Theresa Standadge at 830-4265532. Registration is free to the first 15 to pre-register. HERMANN SONS CEMETERY WORKDAY MacDona Hermann Sons Cemetery has a long history with graves dating back to September, 1893. For over a hundred years, various volunteers have kept the cemetery as a serene and peaceful resting place for our relatives and friends. Hermann Sons Lodge #198 in MacDona has scheduled a workday at the Hermann Sons Cemetery for April 21, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. We’re asking for volunteers to come and bring chainsaws, rakes, and any other tools necessary to remove trees, clean grounds and repair fence. Barbecued hamburgers and drinks will be served. Please bring folding chairs for lunch. If you have questions or would like to volunteer, call Frank Koehler at 210-622-9354. AARP MEETING The April 5 AARP meeting will be held at St. Paul Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall in Hondo. FOOD FAIR Society of St. Vincent de Paul, St. John BoscoSt. Andrew’s- Immaculate Conception will conduct a Food Fair Distribution on Wednesday April 11,2012 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and will distribute food and food products to help qualified families in need. Distribution will be set as St. John Bosco Hall at 500 5th St., Natalia, Texas. Register for the food fair on Wednesday, March 14 and March 28, 2012 from 5-7 p.m. at the St. Vincent de Paul

building, 405 5th St., Natalia, Texas. You may also register at the city of Natalia at 2078 Hwy 132 N., Natalia, Texas from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information about the San Antonio Food Bank, visit SIT AND STRETCH EXERCISE PROGRAM Wesley Nurse Health Ministries, a Mission of the Methodist Healthcare Ministries, is offering “Sit and Stretch,” A chair exercise program targeted to improve flexibility, strength, and balance on Mondays and Thursdays at 10 a.m at the Devine First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, and on Tuesdays at 8:45 a.m. at Lytle First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall. Classes are free of charge and open to the community. Please contact Melissa D. Sagemuehl, RN/Wesley Nurse, for any additional information at 830-663-6108. LYTLE ANIMAL CONTROL SPRING YARD SALE The City of Lytle Animal Care and Control will be hosting its Annual Spring Yard Sale on Saturday, March 24, starting at 8 a.m. The sale will feature furniture, baby clothes, housewares, electronics and more. All proceeds go to the Animal Medical Care Fund and the Spay/Neuter Fund. For more information, call 830709-3832. LYTLE METHODIST CHURCH YARD SALE The Lytle United Methodist Church will be holding a community yard sale on June 2 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the church parking lot. Spaces are free, and the church is seeking out participants and vendors. For more information, call 210-416-4317 or e-mail yardsale2002-community@

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