Mission CISD Board extends superintendent contractMISSION—The Mission CISD Board agreed to extend the contract of Superintendent Ricardo Lopez for one...14 February 2014Read More...
LJISD Board approves two-year contract extension for superintendentThe La Joya Independent School District Board of Trustees unanimously approved a two-year contract extension...14 February 2014Read More...
Written by Julie Silva Tuesday, 04 March 2014 18:49
When early voting results were released after polls closed at 7 p.m., Rodriguez had a lead in the race for Hidalgo County District Attorney with 63 percent of the votes to Rene Guerra's 37 percent.
Four years ago, 30,576 people cast a ballot during early voting, compared to 37,674 this year.
Other early voting results were:
Tuesday, 04 March 2014 10:58
McALLEN – The International Museum of Art and Science (IMAS) invites the public to the opening reception for an exhibition featuring the Hermes Music Foundation Art Collection. It includes works by international masters Enrique Mondragon and Carlos Aguilar.
It kicks off with an opening reception on Thursday, March 6, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Cardenas Gallery, where the collection will be on display through June 8. Featuring an array of oil paintings and sculptures by Mondragon and Aguilar, the works highlight influences that inspire both artists including art, culture, spirituality and artistic representations of persons, animal, life and nature.
Praised by colleagues as a painter of light and color, Mondragon is a master of impressionism, having begun his art education at age 14 at the famed Escuela Nacional de Pintura, Escultura y Grabado (ENPEG) or "La Esmeralda” in Mexico City. It was there that the Italian Maestro Antonio Bologna taught him the art of the blade, an application technique via spatula that he still uses to this day in his oil paintings.
Tuesday, 04 March 2014 10:51
BROWNSVILLE – The Friends of the Laguna Wildlife Refuge and Gladys Porter Zoo invite the public to Ocelot Soiree, an intimate evening with an ocelot, on Friday, March 7, 2014 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Gladys Porter Zoo. The soiree is planned in conjunction with the Ocelot Conservation Day at the zoo on March 8 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Soiree attendees will enjoy beverages and hors d’oeuvres, world music by Adrian Foncerrada, a private show by Sihil, the Cincinnati Zoo’s ocelot, an ocelot-inspired auction and an ocelot update by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologist.
Tickets for the soiree are $50 per person. Proceeds will help the Friends of Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to raise money for education and conservation efforts to ensure the long-term survival of ocelots in the Rio Grande Valley.
Tuesday, 04 March 2014 10:50
EDINBURG – The University of Texas-Pan American invites potential graduate students to their annual Graduate Fair from 5 to 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 6, at the Community Engagement and Student Success Building, 1407 E. Freddy Gonzalez Drive.
UTPA offers 55 master’s degrees, three doctoral and two cooperative doctoral programs. Participants will speak directly with faculty and receive assistance from professional admissions and financial aid counselors who will assist with admissions applications, financial aid and scholarship funding.
Participants are encouraged to register online www.utpa.edu/gradschool for a chance to win a $200 scholarship toward their graduate studies.
Written by Mendi Brunson Friday, 28 February 2014 07:00
South Texas Voter Fraud—Part 4
Up to now, this series has only skimmed the surface of the cogs turning the wheel of voter fraud in South Texas. The convoluted layers require multiple elements to survive and for the machine to move forward.
The root begins with the official procedures for the conduct of elections in Texas governed by the Texas Election Code. The election laws can be broken into two main parts—those which are procedural only and have no legal consequence and those which do have legal consequence. Any consequence may be defined as a misdemeanor or a felony within the Election Code, depending on the degree of severity it interferes with the individual’s right to vote. But, both parts still have direct and irretrievable effect on an election’s outcome if the procedures are not administered properly.
Practices could best be described by the too often heard exclamation, “But that’s the way it’s always been done!” Because it’s always been done that way doesn’t mean it’s correct or legal. How far did that argument get you with your mother? Then they cry, “Discrimination!” if someone else—with correct knowledge—cries, “Foul!” Last time anyone checked, the laws applied to everyone.
Friday, 28 February 2014 07:00
After more than four years of dedicated service, Ramirez has announced her candidacy for re-election for Mission City Council Place 1.
“It has been an honor serving my community and working diligently with Mayor Beto Salinas, and the rest of the council, to spur economic growth for Mission,” Ramirez said. “Although much has been accomplished in this short term, there is still more progress to be achieved.”
Ramirez was born and raised in Mission and has dedicated more than 26 years of her career as an educator to the Mission Consolidated Independent School District. Mission not only has impacted her life, but it has left a lasting imprint on her children; all four of Ramirez’s children have decided to raise their families in Mission (Celestino “Tino” Ramirez Jr., married to Melanie Ruiz; Anita Ramirez, married to Eduardo Rivera; Sylvia Ramirez married to Abiel Flores; Hector Ramirez married to Samantha Salinas).
Written by Julie Silva Friday, 28 February 2014 07:00
He started out playing baseball and basketball for La Joya High School before earning scholarships to pay his way through Texas Southmost College and the Pan American University.
Now the athletic director of La Joya Independent School District, Garza said he leads a different type of team, but a team nonetheless.
“Above all, our team has a big impact on the greater team of the district, which is working for overall academic success,” Garza said. “Athletics, fine arts and UIL academics— we’re the No. 1 dropout prevention programs.”
Garza will be honored during the Texas High School Athletic Directors Association state conference, March 1-5, as Athletic Administrator of the Year for Region VII. This is only the second year for the awards, which honor one athletic director from each of the association’s eight regions. Region VII stretches from west of the Laredo area down through the Rio Grande Valley and north past Corpus Christi.
Written by Luciano Guerra Friday, 28 February 2014 07:00
For Mission High Lady Eagles softball coach Iris Iglesias, coaching is more than a profession, it’s a way of life. However, after 35 years of coaching – all at Mission High School – Iglesias is planning to retire at the end of this school year.
Not only has Iglesias been the Lady Eagles’ head softball coach since 1995, she actually introduced the sport to Mission High School that very year.
A 2012 inductee into the Rio Grande Valley Sports Hall of Fame, Iglesias has a career softball record of 328-168, with five district championships, nine bi-district championships and three area championships. In 1996, Iglesias led Mission to the regional quarterfinals while her 2000 squad advanced to the state’s Sweet 16.
While this may be her last year as coach, Iglesias is by no means throwing in the towel just yet. After winning district and bi-district championships last year, she’s as committed to winning this year as she’s ever been.
“The success we had last year was with a senior-laden group,” explained Iglesias. “Eight seniors, six of which were starters, are all gone but we do have something to build on this year. We have our pitcher Gabby (Gabriela Castillo) and catcher Sara (Stubbs) back, so they will be our main battery around whom we will build this year’s team.”
Friday, 28 February 2014 07:00
McALLEN – The South Texas Rolleristas, the Rio Grande Valley’s first and original flat track derby league, will be kicking off their 2014 season this Saturday, March 1. This bout will be an exhibition match featuring the new skaters for this season.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the action starts at 7 p.m. at the DeLeon Sports Park Pavilion, 4201 N. 29th Street.
The exhibition allows new skaters to experience the action before the interleague bouts begin next month. The themed bout, “The Night of the Rolling Dead,” pits the Walkers team against the Survivors. Fans are encouraged to dress in their favorite zombie costume.
As always, there will be suicide seating available for a premium price allowing fans to get up close and personal with their favorite Rolleristas.
Presale tickets are available at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/577587. The team is also selling season passes for $25 per person which are available from any team member.
Written by Kathy Olivarez Friday, 28 February 2014 07:00
The Hidalgo County Drainage District questioned where the $100 million from the 2006 bond issue was spent during a meeting on Tuesday, prior to the commissioners court meeting.
Commissioners were told there was $4 million left in the budget.
Once again, county leaders discussed problems at the Peñitas Pumphouse and why it was not repaired during the 2006 bond issue. Godfrey Garza, director of the drainage district, said the wall of the levee at Peñitas needed to be raised to the level of the other levee walls. He added many people think there is a hole in it.
“That’s not true,” Garza said. “The walls were never raised when the levee walls were raised. The International Water Boundary Commission had taken on that project but did not have money to do the necessary work. Garza previously expressed fear that in a hurricane situation, the lower walls at Peñitas could cause flooding along the levee through south Mission including Cimarron, McAllen, and portions of Pharr and into San Juan if the issue is not addressed. There is a four-to-five foot difference in the level of the walls.
Written by Julie Silva Friday, 28 February 2014 07:00
This year, Cabrera said she thinks the political campaign season is responsible for a drop in sponsorship in the eighth annual festival.
Even so, children from surrounding communities lined up in front of the plastic mechanical bull couched on an inflatable bouncer as parents watched. Another ride spun kids in a sphere and bouncey houses lined the way. Meanwhile, inside the Granjeño Community Center, acts like the Lipan Apache Tribe and Winter Texans Melody and Alan performed while residents of the community and surrounding area enjoyed barbecue and a cold drink.
“We tried to make do with the little bit we had, especially to keep it free for the kids,” Cabrera said. “We just sit down, relax and have a good time.”
It’s important a small community like Granjeño stay united, the mayor said, and that’s why they host events throughout the year, like the annual Thanksgiving lunch and Christmas play.
Friday, 28 February 2014 07:00
At about 2:20 a.m. in the 17000 block of Washington Palm, a 39-year-old woman said the men came in with a hand gun and demanded money. They took her purse and cell phone and took off in a Lincoln Navigator, states the news release.
Deputies responded to the report and saw the vehicle at 3 Mile Line and Western Road. After a short pursuit, the vehicle stopped at 5 Mile Line and Brushline Road and its occupants bailed out, running into the brush.
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Rattlers to face Longhorns in hoops playoffs
In a season filled with challenges, such as the loss of head coach David Keith due to health issues, the Sharyland Rattlers basketball team has risen to the occasion putting together a 14-2 record and qualifying for the state playoffs. With...Read More...
Lady Rattler divers advance to state
Wrestlers ready to rumble at state
Soft-spoken and weighing in at less than 100 pounds, it’s hard to picture Leslie Oliva as a wrestler, let alone a regional champ. The sophomore at Lincoln-Juarez High School had never been involved in sports before...Read More...
La Joya ISD first-grader dies Thursday in house fire
A 7-year-old girl died Thursday night in a house fire, and several of her family members were taken to area and a San Antonio hospital after trying to save her. Hidalgo County Sheriff Lupe Treviño said a preliminary investigation indicates a fuse in the breaker box sparked the fire, which spread throughout the home on Bentsen Palm Drive north or Mile 3 Road....Read More...
Mission CISD Board extends superintendent contract
MISSION—The Mission CISD Board agreed to extend the contract of Superintendent Ricardo Lopez for one year at the regular meeting held Wednesday evening. Lopez was approved for hire with MCISD in July 2013. Hailing from El Paso, the superintendent has almost 20 years of experience working in education. Board Secretary Patty Bazaldua recommended in a motion of the approval for legal counsel to create the new contract for the extension in accordance with the superintendent’s evaluation. The final amendments to Lopez’s compensation also needed to be applied by legal counsel to create...Read More...
LJISD Board approves two-year contract extension for superintendent
OBIT-Martin Diaz Jr.
MISSION - Martin Diaz Jr., 85, passed away on Tuesday, March 4, 2014 at Mission Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.Read More...
DEATH NOTICE-Canuto Adame
MISSION - Canuto Adame, 59, passed away on Monday, March 3, 2014, at Mission Regional Medical Center. A funeral service will be held on Thursday, March 6, at 2 p.m. at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Mission. Burial will follow at San Jose Cemetery in Mission.Read More...
DEATH NOTICE-Alicia Aguayo
LA JOYA – A funeral service for Alicia Aguayo will be held on Thursday, March 6, 2014, at 1 p.m. at Primera Iglesia Bautista in La Joya. Burial will follow at La Joya Cemetery.Read More...
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