Written by Julie Silva Friday, 06 December 2013 09:47
Ivan Gonzalez, of Dallas, is spending the holidays with his brother’s family and he said their tradition every year is to shop for a tree the day after Thanksgiving.
The one they picked out was about seven feet tall.
“It’s big. It looks full,” Gonzalez said. “We told them to open it up, and it looks like it’s completely full from top to bottom.”
When picking a tree, buyers are encouraged to look at the strength of the limbs to hold ornaments, make sure it’s all green and brush the limbs with their hands to see if any needles fall.
Volunteers with Boy Scouts Troop No. 83 said Thanksgiving and the day after are usually strong days for sales of trees. For the past 10 years, the Boy Scouts have sold trees at a site along Shary Road to benefit the organization.
Friday, 06 December 2013 09:46
State Rep. Oscar Longoria, D-La Joya, officially filed as a candidate for re-election in Texas House District 35, which encompasses parts of Hidalgo and Cameron Counties.
“It is a tremendous honor to serve the people of District 35 in the Texas House of Representatives,” Longoria said. “I’m honored and humbled that the people of Hidalgo and Cameron counties have elected me once before and my hope is that I have earned their trust for another term.”
During the 83rd Legislative Session, Rep. Longoria was appointed to the House Appropriations Committee, where he serves on the sub-committee for Articles I, IV, and V, and as vice chairman of the Budget Transparency and Reform sub-committee. He is also an appointed member of the Investments & Financial Services Committee.
Written by Kathy Olivarez Friday, 06 December 2013 09:40
In light of recent evacuations at the Hidalgo County Courthouse, emergency procedures were critiqued at the Tuesday meeting of Commissioners Court.
On Friday, Nov. 22, the courthouse was closed for almost two hours when there was a major power outage in the area leaving the courthouse and surrounding area in darkness. Employees who work in locations without light and air conditioning were told to leave and come back later when it was determined the problem would not be fixed quickly.
The following Monday the heat at the courthouse was turned on after a long period of time. Dust on coils caused a burning smell and smoke was reported coming from vents on the second floor. Again employees were told to vacate the building by the sheriff’s department, which is in charge of evacuations. They returned two and a half hours later after the fire department determined there was no fire. The smoke and burning smell was coming from the dust burning off the dirty coils.
In both cases employees waited outside until they were told the problem could not be fixed until a certain time and they should leave or leave and come back later.
Friday, 06 December 2013 09:33
BROWNSVILLE— The Rio Grande Valley Border Patrol Sector’s Combined Enforcement Unit addressed more than 80 commercial truck drivers Nov. 29 as part of an initiative called “Texas Hold ’Em.”
The initiative is a collaborative effort between the Border Patrol and the Texas Department of Public Safety that aims to reduce the trafficking of contraband in commercial vehicles such astractor-trailers, buses and freight carriers by using existing state laws to revoke the commercial driver’s license of a person convicted of a smuggling-related offense.
According to the Texas Transportation code, a person who holds a CDL is disqualified from driving a commercial vehicle for life if convicted of using any motor vehicle during the commission of a felony.
At the request of a Brownsville trucking company, Border Patrol agents educated drivers on the dangers associated with transporting contraband as well as the consequences of a smuggling conviction.
Friday, 06 December 2013 09:25
MISSION—Six Mission High School choir students recently took part in the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) Region/Pre-Area performances. They are, from left to right: Oscar Salinas, Carolina Gonzalez, Frankie Chaires, Joel Guerrero, Samantha Sanchez and Xavier Alonzo.
Of these six students, five have qualified to compete in the TMEA Area auditions in January that will be held at Rockport-Fulton High School. Those students are: Oscar Salinas, Carolina Gonzalez, Frankie Chaires, Samantha Sanchez and Xavier Alonzo. If they place in the top ten in their respective sections at the Area auditions, they will become members of the TMEA All-State Choir.
Written by Luciano Guerra Friday, 06 December 2013 09:20
Winning may not be everything, but when it comes to basketball, Veterans Memorial High School (VMHS) head coaches Rafael Cantu, Jr. and Romeo De La Garza, Jr. have certainly turned winning into a long-standing tradition. With both the Lady Patriots and the Patriots boys having made the playoffs nine out of the 11 years the school has been in existence, it has almost become a foregone conclusion that both VMHS teams will qualify for post-season play year-in and year-out.
The winning tradition at VMHS continued for both teams last year as Cantu’s Lady Patriots not only qualified for the playoffs but went undefeated in district play and won the outright district championship, while De La Garza’s boys compiled an 11-3 district record (26-9 overall) and finished second to Roma in District 32-4A.
While last year’s regular season success did not carry into the post season as the Lady Patriots, who fell to Laredo Cigarroa by three points, and the Patriots boys, who came up short against a Corpus Christi Miller team that made it as far as the state championship game the year before, were both eliminated in the bi-district round of the state playoffs. Even so, both teams did succeed in continuing the winning tradition that has become synonymous with VMHS basketball.
Friday, 06 December 2013 09:09
The public is invited to The University of Texas-Pan American to celebrate the sounds of Christmas in an oompah-terrific way this year at the annual RGV TubaChristmas concert scheduled for Sunday, Dec. 8, at 2 p.m. at the UTPA Fieldhouse.
Taking center stage at TubaChristmas, which is free to the public, will be instruments in the tuba family, including sousaphone, baritones and euphoniums played by musicians ages 8 to 80. With many of the horns decorated for the Christmas season, concert goers will enjoy traditional holiday favorites—from “Silent Night” to “Jingle Bells.”
This year's special guest artist for the concert is Dr. Jerry Young, professor emeritus of music at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and president of the International Tuba Euphonium Association.
"TubaChristmas is a music concert held in cities worldwide that celebrates those who play, teach and compose music for instruments in the tuba family," explained Dr. Scott Roeder, UTPA assistant professor of music, who co-coordinates the annual event with Jim Egger, head band director at McAllen High School.
Rattlers face Madison today in regional playoffs
The Sharyland Rattlers’ football season is looking remarkably similar to last year’s. In both 2012 and 2013, Sharyland won the District 30-5A football championship by going undefeated and outscoring their opponents by more than four to one. In 2012 and 2013, Sharyland opened...Read More...
Landez proves key to Sharyland Win
He may be the Sharyland’s Renaissance Man - the player who can do everything. During the Rattler’s 23-20 second playoff round win over Harlingen last Saturday afternoon, Sean Landez proved he could do it all on both sides of the ball. Though he achieved national...Read More...
Rattlers vs Cardinals - Clash of the titans
In what’s shaping up to be an epic battle between two of the Valley’s 5A powerhouses, the 11-0 Sharyland Rattlers and the 10-1 Harlingen Cardinals will be taking to the gridiron tonight at Boggus Stadium in Harlingen in the UIL Region IV area round playoff game. This clash of...Read More...
Freedom Life Church gives the extra mile
Members of Freedom Life Church dug into their own pockets to provide 250 strangers with free gas Saturday morning at Leo’s gas station at the corner of W. Griffin Parkway and Inspiration Road. Dozens donned scarves, beanies and coats to deliver $5 gas vouchers to unsuspecting drivers...Read More...
City of Mission shares the blessing
A caravan of Mission fire trucks, police units and other vehicles slowly made its way into a trailer park off Mile 2 and Trosper roads. Each vehicle was loaded down with boxes of turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and vegetables, almost everything families would need to put together a Thanksgiving...Read More...
La Joya ISD addresses reading skills
La Joya ISD board members heard reports Tuesday reading assessments given to kindergarten, first- and second-grade students at the beginning of the year. As part of the Texas Education Code, the assessments must be done at the beginning, middle and end of the year and the results must be shared with the La Joya Independent School District Board of Trustees. The tests assess skills like chronological awareness, reading comprehension and accuracy. In La Joya, the majority of students are in the dual language program and took Tejas Lee, which tests them in Spanish. Most of those students had difficulty...Read More...
LA FERIA – Harry Haruo Shimotsu, 93, passed away at his home on Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013/ Born in Hidalgo, Mr. Shimotsu was the last surviving member of the six children of Uichi and Takako Shimotsu. He was born into a farming family and was involved in farming his entire life. He served his country from 1945-46 in WWII in the U.S. Army infantry in Germany. When he returned to the Rio Grande Valley, he purchased 72 acres of farmland and increased his holdings to 3,500 acres...Read More...
OBIT-Isaura G. Macias
MISSION - Isaura G. Macias, 94, passed away on Monday, Dec. 2, 2013 at Mission Regional Medical Center.Read More...
DEATH NOTICE-Clara Boyd
MISSION – A memorial service for Clara Boyd will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013, at 3 p.m. at Ric Brown Family Funeral Home in Mission.Read More...
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