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Brady Zunker graduates from UTSA
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Brady Zunker
Brady Zunker
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Brady Zunker, son of Sharon and Albert Zunker Jr. of Falls City, graduated from The University of Texas at San Antonio on December 18, 2014. As a member of the UTSA Honors College, Zunker was able to complete a rigorous academic program that allowed him to graduate from two colleges- The College of Education and Human Development and the Honors College. He earned a bachelor of science in kinesiology, with specialization in athletic medicine, graduating magna cum laude. While at UTSA, Zunker earned recognition for his academic performance by being appointed to the President’s List, the Dean’s List, and the Honor Roll multiple times. In addition, he was a member of university’s Pre-Occupational Therapy Society, Catholic Student Association, and was named a Rising Roadrunner. As a undergraduate, he also studied abroad in Rome, Italy and Beijing, China with the Honors College. Zunker plans on continuing his education at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas. While attending UTMB, Zunker will complete the Master’s of Occupational Therapy program, the #1 occupational therapy program in Texas. Upon completing the master’s program, Zunker plans on working as a licensed pediatric occupational therapist.
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Cruz 4th at state powerlifting meet
by Charles Sullivan
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Bianca Cruz strains under the weight of 230 pounds in the squat at last weekend’s state powerlifting meet in Corpus Christi.
Bianca Cruz strains under the weight of 230 pounds in the squat at last weekend’s state powerlifting meet in Corpus Christi.
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CORPUS CHRISTI – Bianca Cruz made the most of her second trip to the state powerlifting competition. The Lady Pirate senior finished fourth in the 105-pound class, Saturday at the annual Texas High School Women’s Powerlifting Association meet in Corpus Christi. Three other Lady Pirates also competed at the state meet, including Elizabeth Alfaro, Alexis Navarrette and Analyssa Gonzales. “The state meet was an amazing display from all of the girls,” said Lady Pirate coach Maria Villarreal. “It is important to know that to place in the top 10 is a high accomplishment for most lifters. The elite place in the top five. They were able to adjust to the tough judging, and place higher than they were ranked entering the meet. “I was very proud of the girls’ accomplishments and hard work at the meet and throughout the season.” Cruz, whose career also includes four trips to the regional meet, had a total lift of 635 pounds. Her individual lifts were 230 in the squat, 120 in the bench press and 285 in the dead lift. “Bianca was able to jump from eighth place after the bench to tie for third, only falling to fourth because she weighed a few more ounces than her competition,” Villarreal said. Cruz and third-place winner Lily Aguilar of Natalia had the same total lift, but Aguilar was awarded third because she was 1.2 pounds lighter than Cruz. Competing in the 97-pound class, Navarrette placed 11th with a total of 490 pounds. She lifted 170 in the squat, 95 in the bench press and 225 in the dead lift. “Alexis was ranked 20th going into the meet and finished in the 11th spot,” Villarreal said. “She left it all out on the platform.” Alfaro was 15th in the 132-pound division, with a three-lift total of 700 pounds. Her individual lifts were 250 in the squat, 140 in the bench press and 310 in the dead lift. Gonzales was 16th in the 165-pound category, lifting 750 pounds. She had 315 in the squat, 160 in the bench press and 275 in the dead lift. Cruz was also selected to the Academic Elite All-State team, and Navarrette achieved second-team status. This was the first year for the academic awards.
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Sheriff corrects jail standard infractions
by Tim Delaney
Mar 30, 2015 | 477 views | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend | print
REFUGIO – The Refugio County Jail was listed in non-compliance with the Texas Commission on Jail Standards after a surprise inspection on March 12. Phillip Bosquez, the TCJS inspector, found four points of non compliance including the following: – A maximum custody inmate was being housed with multiple minimum custody inmates in the same living area. – A haphazard amount of jail inmate assessments. Some were incomplete, one was not done as required upon incarceration. After an inmate’s initial assessment, more assessments have to be done every 90 days, and some were seven days to 60 days past due. – No proof of an inspection by a fire official, which is required at least annually by jail standards. – And the kitchen had not been inspected since January 2014. Standards require a yearly inspection, so this was past due. Sheriff Robert Bolcik said all of the points have been addressed. “I have sent them (TCJS) a letter showing them we have complied. (The inspector) will be back in 60 days, and we’ll show him all our new reclassification system and trained officers,” Bolcik said. Bolcik said John Ray Bustos, 29, was sent back to prison and probably is in the Garza Unit at Beeville. Bolcik said he had put his trust in Chief Jailer George Hernandez, who was terminated on Feb. 27, to take care of the jail and run things to standards accordingly. But Bustos had shared living spaces with minimum classified inmates and had been misclassified as a trusty. Bolcik said he didn’t question Hernandez when Hernandez requested Bustos come back from prison to Refugio on a work program although Bustos had been arrested in Calhoun County in fall 2011. Bustos was convicted of a beating of a 27-year-old Victoria man who was left brain dead. Bolcik said Hernandez had favoritism toward Bustos and let him do many things against jail standards, including taking him to lunch in Corpus Christi on a trip to buy supplies, which led to an investigation that ended up with the termination of Hernandez and demotion of the jail lieutenant Arturo Rodriguez. But Bolcik said he wasn’t thinking about how Bustos was classified when Hernandez told him Bustos was a good worker and should come back to Refugio from prison. So Bolcik wrote a letter requesting that Bustos return. “I should have looked over it more carefully before I requested him back,” Bolcik said. “This is the first time I’ve been through (a jail inspection). A lot of it is making sure paperwork is done,” he said. Bolcik said he has started a training program for jail staff on reclassification of inmates. Bolcik said a fire inspection had been done by the fire marshal, but the jail never got the letter back from the fire marshal. Bolcik has it now. Also, the kitchen has been inspected, as well. “All of this stuff has been put in order,” he said.
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Leal
Mar 30, 2015 | 94 views | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend | print
MATHIS - Guadalupe Leal, 68, died March 26, 2015. He was born Jan. 20, 1947 in Mathis to Espirion and Clautilde Leal. He was preceded in death by his wife, Janie; a daughter, Laura Leal; and a son, Guadalupe Leal, Jr. He is survived by a daughter, Lisa Leal of Mathis; two sons, Gerald Leal of Mathis and Gabriel Leal of Corpus Christi; four sisters, Oralia Benavidez, Elia Leal, and Sylvia Ramirez, all of Mathis, and Eva Gonzales of Orange Grove; and 12 grandchildren. A rosary will be recited Tuesday, March 31, at 7 p. m. at Dobie Funeral Home chapel. Funeral Mass will be celebrated Wednesday, April 1, at 10 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Burial in Descanso Eterno No. 2 Cemetery will follow. Dobie Funeral Home
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