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San Benito News (Newspaper) - September 24, 1972, San Benito, Texas Valley extends warm Welcome to president see belated photos Page to by i win Harvey enthusiastic Valley crowds ditched party lines Friday As they welcomed the nation s chief executive for the first time since 1957 president Nixon and his party which included sen John Tower sen Lloyd Bentsen and Valley congressman Kika de la Garza made their first and longest Valley Stop on the Rio Grande City school Campus a it was like a dream come True a said Donald Demarch student f anal president who is probably one of the few teenagers in the nation Given the privilege of introducing the presided a the did t forget his Promise a the presidents South Texas visit was a direct result of a Quot Long shot planned by the student Council in 197 some 30 students raised funds and made a trip to the nations capital where the president received them in the Hose Garden at the White House he told them that if a he Opportunity Ever presented itself he would return their visit and a few Days agr they were notified that the president would proceed on to Rio Grande City after his visit to Laredo thousands saw and heard president Nixon it Rio Grande City and the majority of the crowd was made up of students and teachers except for a few dignitaries in the presidents party most of the crowd admitted inside the building where he made his address were High school students speaking amut 20 minutes. The president admonished the students to respect their parents heir teachers and their nation he also stressed heavily Cha this nation offers ample of port Unity to ail minority group and cited several examples of outstanding mexican americans in High government offices included was Carlos con de Sar. Benito native who is continued on Page \2 president Nixon displays a cheery smile with handshake As he walked along the route from his helicopter to the Multi service Center at Rio Grande City. At extreme left is sen. Lloyd Bentsen and at right or Mario e. Ramirez Starr county judge staff photo by Harvey vote machines Are moved Cameron county voting machines which for years have been stored in in old National guard building in san Benito have been moved to Browns Ville county clerk Harrison Diltz said officials from the Secretary of slate inspected the old warehouse and recommended move to a Brick building where temperature and humidity can he controlled to be ultimately would have caused serious repair problems in the old building he said the machines now Are stored in a Brick building across the Street from the county court House River victim unidentified the body of a drowning victim retrieved from the Rio Grande River late Friday still was unidentified saturday officials said the body of a male estimated to be at iut 40 years old was found about 8 15 p in near los indies officials speculated the victim was a mexican citizen budget hearing for City slated for october 18 City commissioners have int a Public hearing on the new budget for 7 30 oct 18 the exact total has not men revealed since members of the commission still arc holding work sessions to round out requests from each depart men the Date was set at wednesday night s regular commission meeting. In other action the com Mission approved retaining de Turner of Harlingen Foi their annual City audit at a com of $1,600 the same firm was Given a contract to audit the Industrial a Ark account for $800 the commission approved installation of a Mobile Telephone in superintendent of Public works ear and approved Sale of the car Ming driven by the City utilities superintendent to the utilities Board for $2,100 the officials also approved Purchase of a new electric typewriter for City offices one member mayor pro Tern Lupe Aguirre was out of town attending Carlos cond a it ceremonies in Houston a amp a plans to proceed All the Stock of the proposed Cameron county savings amp Man association has been subscribed and directors will meet at 8 p in. Monday to proceed with plans for filing a formal charter application officials said saturday to my eting will be held in in Community building Texas mail probe asked by senator president honors Kika on birthday no one was More surprised than the honoree himself when president Nixon departed from his text and schedule to Salute the valleys own . Rep. Kika de la Garza. Almost immediately after he had been introduced by the student Council president in Rio Grande City the president turned recognized Cong de la Garza and extended congratulations on Friday being his 45th birthday. And in his Honor. In a going to play Happy birthday a a the president announced. Then he stepped Down from the platform walked to the Back of the auditorium seated himself at a piano and played the traditional birthday tune through twice. Ile had the honoree accompany him on the walk and students around them joined in singing a Happy birthday Kikau. Sen Lloyd Bentsen in noun cod today that i has requested a full St ale investigation into the Post a i service in Texas by t he general accounting office i Arn disturbed amut to deterioration of mail service in Texas particularly in Rural areas Bentsen said judge a b Sansom of Leakey Texas for example tells me that from in Akey to Uvalde is slower than it was in 1884. When stagecoaches were roiling i have received Many similar complaints about slow delivery the senator today also revealed results of an informal preliminary Survey of special delivery service that was taken but his office this summer in the preliminary test senator Bentsen a office mailed More than 200 first class letters from Washington to Points throughout Texas at the same time special delivery letters were mailed from Austin to the same recipients lest results showed that 45 6 percent of the first class letters arrived at the same time or before those sent special delivery Bentsen noting that Post master general Klassen has admitted that special delivery service is a really a disgrace sail it a was disturbing to see that almost half the time the postal service provides no faster service for patrons who pay extra for it a senator Bentsen explained that the jag inquiry will provide factual information on the effect that changes in mail processing and other Cost reduction actions have had on mail service in Texas a i certainly favor cutting the waste out of All government programs but the cuts in our postal system seem to have gone so deep that service has deteriorated seriously a a the senator said Kiwan ians set installation san Benito Kiwas club will hold its annual installation and ladies night tuesday at the Community building the banquet will begin at 7 p i according to Bill Moreno outgoing president. Charles Kennedy Heads the slate of Nev officers As president Bent sen has asked Trie a it to end investigators into two of the 36 major postal service areas in Texas to Ira e the flow of mail by reviewing All for Tinct documents and by in Ter Viewig postal employees. A Many of whom have expressed concern to my office amut deter i< Ion of mad scr ice he said the senat explained that he is considering legislation to Amend the postal Helot m act of 197 i and Ming postal Ericc up to Par and Thea my Ary is intended to provide information for this i Urmosi Lampasas firm Low housing unit bidder san Benito housing authority Board members have approved a Low bid of $538,680 for modernization of two local projects from r l Cuyler of a impalas subject to approval of the housing and Urban development Agency bids were opened thursday afternoon on the big project which will Cost More than $750,000 ultimately this w ill be the first time such a major overhaul has men Green Cotton Weevil threat late plow up of Cotton stalks has produced scattered Green Cotton providing a food source for Weevils destined for diapause according to Roy d Parker Tri county Extension entomologist after emerging from infested squares of mils adult Weevils require a one to three week feeding period to accumulate fat reserves necessary for Winter survival As of sep Temmer 7, Mil Weevils in the Brownsville area averaged 5, 450 fat acre and about 75 per cent of these exhibited characteristics of diapause next season Many growers will to applying insecticide treat merits Early for Weevil control which could have been eliminated if proper cultural and chemical control measures had been taken during the 1972 growing season we can now predict that growers will have tin same Mil Weevil problem in 1973 As Many had in 1972 the proper thing to do now is to destroy any remaining or regrowth Cotton undertaken of that units since their construction Al funds for the remodelling will be provided by a Federal Grant next Low id was from Bartex inc of Dallas at $398,600 other two bids submitted were from b k Vav of Temple for $642 too and Holzem construction of Edinburg at $628,800 officials at the bid opening said the Low bid was Well within the specifications and estimates which had men prepared both Buena Vida wit 30 units and Resaca gardens with too units will be completely refurbish Ltd inside and out appliances will be replaced More Community meeting space will to provided arid numerous other improvements a planned at Eai to Rojee t mail probe letter delayed Washington i it \ slowdown in mail Dele or in Washington has caused a tilled do Lav of a it congressional me St ligation into slowdowns in mail delivers in Texas. Senator i Lovd Bentsen said Loda thai it look the i s postal service four Days recently to deliver a letter on his Senate stationery Only id blocks from his Washington office to the general accounting office building the letter contained a r request by i he senator for the Gao to investigate a deterioration of mail service in Texas. A i believe i can safely predict the area of the country Well investigate when we finish with Texas a Bentsen said. Cheering crowd greets president Nixon As he drives along Fence line in front of the main terminal budding in Harlingen the nation s chief executive was on the ground Only about to minutes As he paused while transferring from hts helicopter which brought him from Rio Grande City to air Force i which took him on to san Antonio. Qty gears Way for new Homes Mobile blood Bank planned for san Benito plans Are under Way to set up a Mobile blood donation unit in san Benito according to Jose a Guerra in District director of blood services located in Harlingen Guerra reported Friday morning that the area a blood Ink is currently holding its own but that shortages of blood Mav reach a critical level in in near future Guerra also stated that should such a condition arise surgeries would probably m halted and Only a top priority emergency cases could be handled Quot by area hospitals and doctors Hie Volunteer donor must m i Ween 18 25 years of age individuals Between 18 21 Are regarded As minors and Mast have parental permission unless married or in the armed forces anyone who has had hepatitis malaria or is currently using a drug under a doctor s care is disqualified overseas veterans who have been in Southeast Asta within the kist three years Are also ineligible to donate blood those individuals who donate mood will receive the blood donors insurance free of charge what this me ans is that the donor or imme Diate Mem mrs of his or her family will receive blood free of charge if they enter blood services program donors will also be eligible for blood should a crisis arise where As other people might not be Able to obtain the needed blood plan Gro is meet a joint meeting of the planning and zoning com Mission and the citizens advisory committee has been scheduled for 7 30 thurs Day at the City Hall City commissioners paved the Way for construction of 68 be w Homes wednesday night by approving preliminary plats of two subdivisions the subdivision being planned by or John Welty near fits mine on North Sam Houlton will contain about 36 townhouses Type units it will have its own recreational areas common landscaping and maintenance facilities and will fee known As Resaca Vista tile units Are expected to in owned and occupied by retired and Semi re tired professional men arid their families North Gate subdivision to to constructed on Lovett Road just outside the City limits off 77, will have 16 dwellings in the first unit on which construction is main eng and 16 in the second unit it is being de a it lop Ltd by Chuck Weekley and Wayne French average lot i a will to 160 x 125 feet although it is out of the City limits the developers Are Ine eng All building code standards their plans were approved by the City and next will m taken to county com missioners for their approvals both projects will m supplied City water and sewer service on a contract basis City commissioners however tabled approval of paving two streets in the Vicinity of Cash and Mcculloch which would open the Way for construction of the new Villa san Benito an $800,000 apartment project it would contain 60 units some of which would be available to Low and medium income families under the title 236 rent subsidy program. Com Dan Chapa said that he was concerned if the City okayed the paving estimated to Cost about $12,000, other developers might want City paving also mayor Pete Adams pointed out that he Felt approval was justified because the project would provide badly needed rental housing and that the streets to be paved would irregular c Ity streets timing in the expressway frontage Road with Sam Houston and would or used by other residents of that part of the City com Ignacio Trevino said the housing is so badly needed he was in favor of immediate approval the matter had been discussed some two months ago but com Cesar Gonzalez said the matter should in studied further a motion to that effect was made with the suggestion that one of the owners m on hand at the next meeting to explain the project mayor Adams said it might to possible to get property owner participation for those and other streets in the area Villa san Benito would contain 60 apartments with 12 one bedroom units 24 with two and 24 with three. General partner is Valcon construction co of Mcallen with he Pratt of Corpus it Kristi and Clayton w. Kirk of san Benito As the other partners. Cancer unit meet the mid Cameron county unit of the american l Ancer society will hold a meeting of the Board of directors wednesday sept 27 at 3 . In the Frank Roberts cafeteria

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