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Health dept. gives businesses high marks

The City of Kingsville health department released its Nov. 2020 restaurant inspection numbers, and the local businesses and restaurants came through with flying colors. No business got below a 'B' score, and many had perfect 100 percent scores.

Emilio Garcia, the city health department director, was pleased with the scores.

"We normally don't have real bad issues or scores here in Kingsville," Garcia said. "If there is a local problem, we point it out and the local businesses get right on it and make the corrections or improvements. All of the scores in Kingsville are very good."

The local health department recently reviewed 31 stores and businesses from Nov. 2 through Nov. 13, and the lowest score given was a solid 85. Most of the scores were in the 90's, and a number of businesses scored a perfect 100. Those businesses were: Bray's Smoke House, Memorial Middle School, Kingsville Jubilee School, Santa Gertrudis School, TAMUK-catering, TAMUK Starbucks, TAMUK Subway, Gigi Nutrition Club, Murphy USA, Blue Ribbon Deli, TAMUK Chick-Fil-A, Academy High School and Harrel School.

Scores are from 1-100, with point deductions from 1 to 3 points on a myriad of factors outlined by the Texas Department of Health Services. A score below 70 is considered failing.

Riviera ISD sets goals

Trying to figure out what the Superintendent's goals should be for the rest of the school year dominated most of the agenda at Monday night's regular meeting of the Riviera Intermediate School District.

Superintendent Karen Unterbrink started the discussion with the Board about five possible goals for the year and sought input from the Board

members in attendance. While most of the Board was in agreement about what the goals should be, there was ample discussion on how to measure the achievement of those goals and the timeline on which they should be accomplished.

The five goals agreed upon are: Making sure all the Texas Education Association, UIL and Center for Disease control guidelines, mandates and protections are in place and monitored for all students, staff and faculty; Continue to upgrade facilities while operating within budgetary constraints; dissolve the waste water facility and connect to the regular sewer line; maximize the growth opportunities for new students through transfers or local agreements with other districts; and continue to monitor and improve student achievement and school progress and close any achievement gaps.

The board agreed with the goals, but almost all asked how to put measurement language into the goals for the superintendent so they could adequately review when Superintendent comes up for her annual performance review in February. Board members DeAnna Hamblin and Teresa May both felt a performance review could not be done without having measurement standards in place.

After a lot of discussion, an updated list with measurement language will be given to the Board at its December meeting, which has been moved from Dec. 21 to Thursday, Dec. 17.

The Board also named its officers for the coming year, with Burt Bull being renamed as Board President, Billy Colston III named as Vice President. and Pete Guevara being named Secretary.

Chick-fil-A definitely coming to Kingsville

The Kingsville Chamber of Commerce announces that they have successfully recruited Chick-fil-A to Kingsville last Thursday.

"Chick-fil-A is the restaurant that has been the most requested for us to recruit," said Manny Salazar, President/CEO of the Kingsville Chamber of Commerce.

"The process for recruiting this store took roughly five years but it was absolutely worth it to bring this great eatery to town. I hope that the community is as excited as we are for this new restaurant."

The store will be located at the northwest corner of General Cavazos Blvd and Highway 77 and construction is expected to begin in late 2020.

The restaurant will employ more than 60 people and anticipates sales of $4 million to $5 million annually. Kingsville's location will be one of the more

than 2,600 Chick-fil-A locations in the world.

"We have made a real push over the past several years to make Kingsville a more attractive location for both tourists, winter Texans and people traveling to and from the Rio Grande Valley," Salazar said.

"This store in addition to McDonald's, Whataburger, Chili's, IHOP, a Tesla Supercharging station and a few great hotels makes this high profile corner in Kingsville a prime location for travelers."

Kingsville loses a beloved icon in Dave Morris

It was a life well lived.

On Thursday, Nov. 5, 2020 one of the iconic figures of Kingsville passed away.

Davis 'Dave' Morris, one of the founders of King Barber Shop and a leader in the congregation of King Star First Baptist Church, passed away unexpectedly.

He was 80 years old.

Everyone who knew Dave liked him. He never met a stranger, and some say he never met a stranger he didn't like. His infectious smile, heart-felt laugh and ability to listen and dispense advice were legendary in the town where he grew up. From Tio Kleberg to NFL Football Hall of Famer Darrell Green, almost anyone and everyone in the town of Kingsville was graced and touched by his presence.

"My dad absolutely had the ability to connect with people and build relationships," said his son Marvin after Dave was laid to rest on Monday. "His smile put everyone at ease, and a chance encounter or conversation with him could change someone's day for the better."

"He was a very kind individual who gave everything he had to everybody he met," said his daughter Tammy Brackens who now lives in Dallas. "He always gave a 110 percent to everyone. He was very giving.

"If he had money in his pocket and someone needed something, he would give everything he had. And he did it with a smile. Always a smile."

While Dave was known for his wonderful smile and wonderful wit, he meant more to Kingsville than just his interpersonal relationships.

"I think my dad represented the deep-rooted values of this community," said Marvin. "When Kingsville was first founded, a lot of different ethnic cultures came together in this town to work together--often very harmoniously.

My dad was raised in that sense of blending and understanding of the differences in cultures and lifestyles, and he absorbed those lessons in both life and from his parents.

"When King Barber Shop opened in 1967, every type of person and culture came into that Barber Shop. My Dad and his partners were wonderful conductors of keeping everyone at the Barber Shop happy, engaged and comfortable. He understood the diversity of the community. He lived it."

"He had a servant's heart in that he lived to serve his community and his friends and neighbors with all his heart," said Tammy. Tammy describes her dad as very genuine. "I never knew how much until after I moved away and saw him make friends in a blink of an eye in Dal


After his passing, Marvin said "people who had barely known him or knew of him we're calling to offer condolences or express regret at not having met him."

Dave, along with his wife Willie Marie Morris who died in 1994, were loving parents who devoted time for their children and to those in the community.

"He was always at my games and events, and never missed one of my events," Tammy said. Tammy cherishes knowing that she could always go to him for advice or guidance.

"I remember my mom and dad pulling me aside when I was in high school," recalled Marvin. "He sat me down and told me he was 100 percent behind me if I wanted to go away to go to college, but if I wanted to stay around Kingsville he was 100 percent behind that too. He told me he just wanted me to be happy. I'll never forget that conversation."

There was a public viewing on Saturday, Nov. 14 and, due to Covid-19 a limited attendance service on Sunday, Nov. 15th.

Davis "Dave" Morris was interred at Chamberlain Cemetery on Monday, Nov. 16, 2020.

In honor of Dave's selfless giving to many in the community, Marvin and Tammy invite everyone to "Pay-It-Forward" on Dec. 13th, the date Dave would have turned 81-years old. On this date, everyone who participates is encouraged to provide a random act of kindness to a stranger, friend, or family member with a smile. This is what Dave Morris did every day of his life without expecting anything in return.