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THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2005
LAREDO MORNING TIMES | 5A
SALVATION DONATION
SCourtesy photo
Salvation Army of Laredo volunteers show off some of the thousands of items that were donated during the group’s Hurricane
Katrina Relief Drive at H-E-B stores last weekend. Left to right are: Salvation Army Maj. Raymundo Reyes, Glafiro Benavides, Salvation Army Maj. Nancy Reyes, Laura Torres, Rafael Salinas, Margarito Benavides, Luis Martin Del Campo and Veronica Cantu.The
drive raised more than 20 tons in canned goods and nonperishable items for the evacuees taking refuge in San Antonio. Volunteers also collected $7,000 in monetary donations, which also will go toward the hurricane victims.
Britney
Spears
has baby
boy
ASSOCIATED PRESS
NEW YORK — Britney Spears
has given birth to a baby boy, Us
Weekly reported.
The baby was born Wednesday by Caesarean section at the
Santa Monica UCLA Medical
Center in California, the magazine said. No other details were
available.
A call to Spears’ publicist by
The Associated Press wasn’t immediately returned.
It is the first child for the 23year-old pop star and her husband, Kevin Federline. Federline,
27, has two children with ex-girlfriend Shar Jackson.
Photo by Joe Cavaretta | AP
Britney Spears appears as a presenter during the Billbaord Awards at the MGM Grand
Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev., in this file photo. Spears gave birth to a baby boy
Wednesday.
El Pescador to host grito event
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
As Mexican nationals gather
’round the Zocalo in Mexico City
tonight for the traditional Grito
de Dolores given by President Vicente Fox, Laredoans will have
the chance to get in on the fun at
Mariscos El Pescador.
The restaurant at 207 Shiloh is
having its 2nd annual Grito de
Dolores Celebration from 7 p.m.
to 11 p.m., culminating with the
live broadcast of Fox’s Grito on
two jumbo screens.
There will be plenty of musical entertainment through the
night, beginning with Los Hermanos Requena, an acoustic duet
who will take the stage at 7 p.m.
Also performing will be Mariachi
Los Arrieros, scheduled to take
the stage at 8:25 p.m., and Mariachi Popular, set to perform at 10
p.m.
Also taking part in the festivities will be the Ballet Folklorico
from Texas A&M International
University under the direction of
Gabriela Mendoza and the Ballet
Folklorico of Laredo Community
College.
Master of ceremonies for the
event will be Noe Flores, who will
be doing his popular impersonation of Cantinflas. Flores has
traveled throughout Mexico and
the interior of the United States
appearing in such shows as Siempre en Domingo and the Johnny
Canales Show.
For more information, call the
restaurant at (956) 795-8207 or
Joe Martinez, marketing director,
at (956) 791-6388.
Webb County holds firm on tax rate
By JULIE DAFFERN
LAREDO MORNING TIMES
The public will have the
chance to comment today on
Webb County’s proposed property tax rate, which has not changed
from last year.
The rate will remain at 43.8
cents per $100 of appraised value.
County officials expect almost
$3 million in additional revenue
next year because of increased
appraisal values and new construction. Last year the county
raised $39,579,834.
County Auditor Leo Flores
was quick to point out that the
major part of the additional revenues is because of the new construction and not the increased
appraisal values, at the county’s
first tax hearing held last week.
At the first hearing held last
week, only one area resident
showed up to express his opinion.
Anthony Pederson asked the
court to “scale down the tax just a
little bit” in light of the increased
expected revenue.
County Judge Louis Bruni recommended that Pederson take a
look at the proposed budget and
send him a memo highlighting
areas that he views as waste.
“Most people in Laredo don’t
realize what we do with such a
small budget,” Bruni said. “We have
not had to raise taxes. I think this
court is doing the honorable thing.”
County Tax Assessor-Collector Patricia Barrera added, “I believe county government is one of
the most frugal of all governments.”
The hearing will be held at the
Webb County Courthouse, 1000
Houston St., at 1 p.m.
(Julie Daffern can be reached
at 728-2538 or [email protected])
Appraisal district to present 2006 budget
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The Webb County Appraisal
District will present a 2006 proposed budget at its meeting today.
The meeting will take place
at 4:30 p.m. in the district’s
boardroom, located at 3302 Clark
Blvd.
Also scheduled for Monday’s
meeting are presentations on the
2005 election of the Board of Di-
rectors and tax code changes enacted by the 79th legislative session.
The board will also go into executive session to discuss some
salaries for staff members.
St. Aug taking donations for Katrina victims
SPECIAL TO THE TIME
St. Augustine Elementary
School is accepting donations for
victims of Hurricane Katrina
through Sept. 23.
Among the items that are
needed are: new or gently used
clothing in good condition; shoes;
school supplies; kitchen, bed and
bath items; furniture; nonperishable food; and bottled water.
Cash donations will also be accepted.
The items will be packed in a
trailer that will be taken to the
Austin area to be delivered directly to the people affected by
the disaster.
For more information, call
Alma Romero at (956) 763-4491
or Adriana Zapata at (956) 7175860.