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Congressman Ruben Hinojosa plans visits to Refugio, Woodsboro

By JR Ortega
Oct. 19, 2010 at 5:19 a.m.

U.S. Rep. Ruben Hinojosa

IF YOU GO WHAT: U.S. Rep. Ruben Hinojosa's stop in Refugio

WHERE: Refugio County Chamber of Commerce, 301 N. Alamo St.

WHEN: 3 - 3:45 p.m. Friday

FOR MORE INFO: call the Refugio County Chamber of Commerce at 361-526-2835

REFUGIO - U.S. Rep. Ruben Hinojosa will make stops in Refugio and Woodsboro on Friday.

While in Refugio, Hinojosa will announce two USDA grants and present a $100,000-housing-preservation grant and a $60,000-rural-development grant for a brush truck for the Refugio Volunteer Fire Department, according to the congressman's itinerary.

Also on the Friday, the congressman will stop in Woodsboro to attend a Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills recognition ceremony and tour the Woodsboro community center and shelter monolithic dome, which was funded late last year by the Department of Human Services.

"It's surprising to me and it's encouraging that he knows what's going on and his staff is aware of the good things going on throughout the district," said Steven Self, Woodsboro school district superintendent. "It's good to be recognized even when you're in a small place."

Hinojosa is also expected conduct the coin toss at the Woodsboro Eagles' game against the Benavides Eagles.

"I think it gives them a view into the real world of politics and governance," Self said about his students. "They have the opportunity to see him at work."

Lenny Anzaldua, president of the Refugio County Chamber of Commerce, said he is excited to see the congressman.

"It shows that he takes Refugio seriously," Anzaldua said.

The city will soon get the brush truck. The city plans to use the housing grant to fix about 35 homes beginning in December, Anzaldua said.

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