Remember when: Fifty years ago: Local girl held captive in Bolivia

10 years ago

Thursday, Aug. 4, 2011

Program could mean tripling of aquifer fees – During a meeting held Monday at the Willie De Leon Civic Center, representatives from two water agencies explained that usage fees for industrial and municipal permit holders could go up in order to fund a $20 million habitat conservation plan. The plan, which was developed to protect endangered species and spring flows at Comal and San Marcos springs, is being recommended to EAA by the Edwards Aquifer Recovery Implementation Program, and would triple current fees, from $39 per acre-foot to $116.

Sunday, Aug. 7, 2011

Skip jury duty, see the sheriff – The majority of county residents summoned for jury service fail to appear before District Judge Camile DuBose on the appointed day; soon, instead of receiving a letter in the mail, those jurors will receive a same-day visit from Sheriff Charles Mendeke or a deputy. DuBose, who presides over the 38th judicial district, said out of 350 people who are mailed summons approximately 75 county residents arrive at the appointed time.

50 years ago

Thursday, Aug. 5, 1971

Local girl held captive in Bolivia – Miss Marguerite Fly, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Sterling Fly, is one of the Methodist Church mission group recently held captive for three days by militant Bolivian peasants. The 30 hostages were freed Sunday night after the Bolivian government agreed to listen to the peasants’ demands. The State Department has informed the Flys that Marguerite and all of the others are all right. They were originally scheduled to leave La Paz, the capital of Bolivia, this coming Friday, Aug. 6, and apparently that schedule still will be followed. Marguerite was with a Methodist youth group led by Rev. Ben Welch of San Benito, engaged in study and work projects in Bolivia. The group left Brownsville June 29. The peasants occupied a 4,800 acre estate belonging to a former government official in the Yapacani Area, 75 miles north of the city of Santa Cru. They had threatened to hold the hostages indefinitely unless the government agreed not to oust them from the occupied estate which they sought to convert into a cooperative farm.

A&M Research Center to open building bids – After more than four years of work, the reality of a Texas A&M University Research and Extension Center for Uvalde is almost here. Uvalde Area Development Foundation Inc. President Tyler Russell advises that advertisement for bids for the main buildings have been published with the bid opening slated for Aug. 24. Trustees are expected to meet on Aug. 26 when the contract will be given. Formal ground breaking at the site on Garner Field Road has been set for Tuesday, Sept. 14, at 2 p.m., Russell said.

Sunday, Aug. 8, 1971

Library users numbers up over last year – El Progreso Memorial Library Board held its regular monthly meeting Monday evening, Aug. 2, in the conference room of the library. Mrs. Olga Zamora, acting assistant librarian, reported that there were 5,518 borrowers of the library during the month of July as compared to 3,046 during the same month last year. Mrs. Zamora stated that Mr. and Mrs. B. B. Treadwell had given to the library all issues of Life magazine dating back to the beginning of the publication. Bunyan Price, fiscal officer, mentioned the fact that any pledges of clubs and individuals which are overdue will be most welcome at this time.