Monthly Archives: July 2016

Historical Marker Unveiled at Hilltop Community Center

County Judge Lloyd Neal, Nueces County Historical Commission’s Anita Eisenhower and County Commissioner Mike Pusley pose by the new historical marker outside the Hilltop Community Center.

County Judge Lloyd Neal, Nueces County Historical Commission’s Anita Eisenhower and County Commissioner Mike Pusley pose by the new historical marker outside the Hilltop Community Center.

One of the big public health efforts in Corpus Christi received long deserved recognition recently when a historical marker at the Hilltop Community Center for the building’s service as a Tuberculosis Sanitarium from 1953 until 1972.

“This was a wonderful story of how a group of community volunteers helped create a place of hope and healing for those afflicted with this terrible disease,” said Commissioner Mike Pusley, who spoke at the event along with County Judge Loyd Neal and Nueces County Historical Commission president Anita Eisenhauer.

The marker tells the story of the sanatorium on the plaque.

“The Hilltop Tuberculosis Sanatorium was the answer to Corpus Christi and Nueces County residents in need of a dedicated treatment facility for tuberculosis, known as consumption …  In the early 1930s, Mrs. Fannie Weil Alexander, the Red Cross Chairman of Nueces County, and a group of interested women from the American Association of University Women (AAUW) inaugurated tuberculin testing among the city’s school children, established the Nueces County Tuberculosis Association and convinced the city to hire a public health nurse.

Rep. Vela Secures Grants for Rio Grande Valley Colleges

picpicFormer Corpus Christi attorney and current U.S. Rep. Filemon Vela (D-TX-34), announced via press release Monday the U.S. Department of Education awarded $1.8 million in education grants to six South Texas Colleges.

The Talent Search Program grants will be provided to two University of Texas Rio Grande Valley campuses, Texas A&M University-Kingsville, two Coastal Bend College campuses and Texas State Technical College.  “These federal grants will give thousands of high school students from disadvantaged backgrounds access to much-needed resources and higher education opportunities,” Vela states in the release. “It is imperative that we do all we can to ensure students have access to a good education, and I applaud these universities for their commitment to help students from all economic backgrounds earn a college degree.”