Tuesday, August 2, 2016

This Day In August: Laredo Stories

August 1994 Dr. Zekow passed away.
August 1, 2014 Councilman Jorge Vera turns himself in to police 
August 1, 2013 south Laredo library named after Sophie Christen McKendrick, Francisco Ochoa, and Fernando A. Salinas (Branch Library)

August 1, 1913 J.C. Martin born.
August 2, 2017 KGNS streams on FB the demolition of McDonald's on San Bernardo.
August 3, 1983 Unemployment rate in Laredo: 27.2 percent (peso devaluation)
August 3, 2011 Name and logo unveiled for new baseball team: Laredo Lemurs.
August 3, 2016 Zaffirini family settles land/trust dispute with cousins. Keep large portion of property in north Laredo. 
August 4, 2014 City council lines up for drug test, except Jorge Vera
August 5, 2014 “Vera pa’ fuera” campaign in full gear.
August 5, 2021 Chic Fil-A on San Dario opened. Location on McPherson/Hillside closed. 
August 6, 2015 LISD hosts ribbon-cutting event for new VMT Magnet School across from Nixon H.S.  
August 7, 1978  Happy Birthday Sammy 'The House' Ramirez!  Local DJ. 
August 8, 1964 Rene y Rene appear on American Bandstand.
August 8, 2017 Chano Aldrete starts petition to change Bartlett Ave. back to 2 northbound lanes.  
August 9, 1980 Hurricane Allen reaches TX coast. Laredo hit with high winds and rain.
August 9, 2000 Bishop James Tamayo assigned to Diocese of Laredo.
August 9, 1968 Joe and Cristina Kirkpatrick were married. (Kirkpatrick Leather Co./Kelly's Western Wear) 
August 9, 2020 Last day that Sears is open at Mall del Norte. 
August 10, 1977 Mall del Norte opens
August 11, 1883 City council named Capt. Edward R. Tarver as first school superintendent (of free schools).
August 11, 1964 "A Hard Day's Night" movie released. Vintage pic of crowd outside Plaza Theater
August 12, 2015 Fernando Pinon returns to Laredo to speak about his new book, “Searching for America in the Streets of Laredo.”
August 12, 2016 Bertha Lailson passes away.  Was owner of La Mexicana Restaurant. 
August 13, 2015 Rick Flores announces bid for sheriff.
August 13, 2018 Webb County lowered property tax rate by 0.27 of a cent per $100.
August 14, 2018 City of Laredo lowered property tax rate by 0.3 of a cent. 
August 14, 2010 Broncos announce signing Jose Canseco
August 14 Happy birthday Luis Uranga, el reportero urbano. 
August 15, 2015 Riverdrive Mall demolition is in progress. (blog post)
August 15, 2020 Defund The Wall message painted on Victoria St. (street blocked off day before)
August 16, 1996 Tin Cup movie released. (photo: LAREDO PROUD sticker in scene)
August 17, 2015 Stand-alone emergency department opens in south Laredo, Jaime Zapata Hwy.
August 17, 2011 YouTube video: Gateway to Mexico No More.
August 17, 2016 Appeals court rules Laredo's plastic bag ban is unenforceable. 
August 18, 2014 Jorge Vera returns to city hall. He won’t resign.
August 18, 2015 Johnny Amaya trial begins.
August 18, 2015 Eduardo Garza ordered by Fourth Court of Appeals to pay VIDA’s court fees.  (mandate document)
August 19, 2014 Auditor Leo Flores dumps ice water on John Galo for ALS fundraiser. (photo)
August 20, 2020 Former Commissioner Jaime Canales sentenced to 15 months in prison for taking bribes.
August 21, 1933 H.B. Zachry was born in Laredo (died June 2020)
August 21, 2013 Johnny Amaya resigned as Webb water utilities manager.
August 21, 2015 (ground-breaking of Bartlett Ave. extension, from Jacaman Drive)
August 23, 2013 San Miguel Pool opens in north Laredo.
August 23, 2015 Taco Palenque opens on Saunders. We now have 7 TPs.
August 23, 2017 Mailman is stabbed, on his route along 600 block of San Pedro.
August 24, 1935 Marcel Notzon II born on this day. 
August 24, 1989 downtown building dedicated to Solomon Casseb Jr.
August 24, 2015 New school year for LISD begins. New Nixon HS buildings and VMT open.
August 24, 2013 Gringo Barrio plays Stubb’s BBQ.
August 24, 1998 Capt. Richard D. Hale found inside his car w gunshot wound to the chest.
August 24, 2013 Mike Montemayor talks to Tim Gutierrez about water treatment plant. (video on YouTube: Mike Montemayor talks water treatment)
August 24, 2015 Commissioners vote to demolish court annex. Insurance provider no longer covering building. Emergency status for building.
August 24, 2015 Raul Perales passes away. Former publisher of Laredo News.
August 24, 2016 City Secretary announced the disqualification of George Altgelt for city council due to an incomplete application.
August 25, 1916 John B. Alexander born.
August 25, 2017 City of Laredo takes in evacuees from coastal area due to Hurricane Harvey. Haynes Rec. Center, as well as Tarver and Cigarroa centers. 
August 29, 1909 Dedication of Holy Redeemer Church
August 29, 2011 Abe Martinez sentenced to 5 years.
August 29, 1995 Memorial MS student Elizabeth Rivera shot by 12 year old on campus.
August 29, 2010 LMC E.R. promises 30-minute wait time (photo)
August 29, 2015 Three women run over along Jacaman Rd. while jogging. Driver may have been texting. 
August 30, 2013 St. Peters Memorial School unveils new name of mascot, Crusaders.
August 30, 2010 La Barbie captured by Mexican officials

August 30, 2014 Laredo police fire nearly 100 rounds, kill man at truck stop
August 31, 2017 Rumors of gasoline shortage (Hurrican Harvey) cause a run at gas stations. Station at Lafayette and San Francisco has sign: $9.99 per gallon. 

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