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Community unites in Relay for Life Some ran, wearing headphones to help pass the time, huffing and puffing around Tom Landry Stadium in Mission on Saturday morning. Read the Full Story
Forgotten Friends works to save dogs Eight black puppies piled onto each other for naptime Friday morning in cage in a back room at Smith Ranch Kennels in Los Fresnos. Read the Full Story
Howling Trails: La Joya ISD drops $5 million on golf course Martin Valley Ranch Golf Course soon will be Howling Trails Golf Course as La Joya ISD is expected to close on purchasing the property this week at a $5 million price tag. Read the Full Story
Palmhurst approves cameras for PD Every officer in Palmhurst will soon have video footage of every call to which he responds. Tuesday night, the city commission agreed to spend more than $22,000 on point-of-view cameras that each officer will wear on a pair of glasses or on his collar. Read the Full Story

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Mission CISD looks at raising taxes

MCISDlogoThe tax rate at Mission CISD might be raised anywhere from 5.5 and 13 cents to help make ends meet as the district faces a $3.2 million shortfall this current fiscal year.

Committee members discussed the shortfall and possible tax increase during a recent finance committee meeting when budget personnel estimated an even bigger shortfall next year if the tax rate is not increased.

In 2011, voters approved a tax ratification election that did not change the overall tax rate, but bumped up the district’s maintenance and operations tax rate from $1.04 to $1.17 and lowered the district’s debt service rate by 13 cents. Before and after the tax ratification election, the overall tax rate remained the same at $1.30.

Read more: Mission CISD looks at raising taxes

 

Precinct No. 4 gets new constable

20140411 Commisisoners-CourtAtanacio “J.R.” Gaitan was named the new constable for Hidalgo Country Precinct No. 4 during the April 8 meeting of the Hidalgo County Commissioners Court.

Gaitan replaces Eddie Guerra, who was named interim sheriff in the previous meeting. After being selected Gaitan, posted the required $1,500 bond and returned at the end of the meeting with Judge Rudy Delgado, who officially swore him in as Constable of Precinct No. 4.

Meanwhile, in order to save money, the court agreed to refinance bonds as presented by Cris Vela, financial advisor with First Southwest. Bonds refinanced were Limited Tax Refunding Bonds Series 2014A and Limited Tax Refunding Bonds, Taxable Series 2014B.

Read more: Precinct No. 4 gets new constable

 

New Chief Patrol Agent takes reins of Rio Grande Valley Sector

20140411 Chief-Kevin-OaksEDINBURG—Kevin W. Oaks has been appointed as the new chief patrol agent of the Rio Grande Valley Sector. Oaks officially entered on duty in his new position Sunday and replaces Chief Patrol Agent Rosendo Hinojosa, who retired in January.

Oaks most recently served as the Operations Division Chief, Office of Border Patrol in Washington, D.C. His distinguished career in the Border Patrol has included a variety of supervisory, managerial, and leadership positions, including chief patrol agent of the Buffalo Sector and Commander of the Border Patrol Tactical Unit. He has served 29 years with the Border Patrol and a total of 33 years with the federal government, including his service in the U.S. Marine Corps.

As chief patrol agent of RGV Sector, Oaks will manage more than 3,000 Border Patrol agents and have oversight of nine Border Patrol stations, three traffic checkpoints and an intelligence office.

Read more: New Chief Patrol Agent takes reins of Rio Grande Valley Sector

 

Future of Palmview at stake in upcoming election

20140411 Palmview-Leadership-CandidatesPALMVIEW–It’s four against four in the fight for the future of their city as the May election looms and two informal political parties take shape.

Palmview Leadership is a group of businessman who believe they can get the city’s finances under control while improving the city. None have run for office before.

“The city should be running like business,” said Joe Chapa, the slate’s mayoral candidate. “It takes businessmen to run a business. The other four individuals running for office are not businessman. We are businessmen. You cannot earn $10 and spend $20.”

Meanwhile, Palmview Proud includes two men who’ve already served on the city’s board of aldermen as well as two others who grew up in the area and have helped out in previous elections. They plan to focus on the Boys and Girls Club, infrastructure, public safety and economic development.

Read more: Future of Palmview at stake in upcoming election

 

Election contests head to court

20140411 Election-contestA hearing on a plea to jurisdiction that could dismiss the election contest filed by Rey Ortiz, candidate for 92nd District Court, and Marla Cuellar, candidate for County Court-at-Law No. 8, is scheduled for today.

Attorneys for Omar Maldonado, who won the race for County Court-at-Law No. 8, and Luis Singleterry, who came out on top in the 92nd District Court race, filed motions for a plea to jurisdiction asking that the case be dismissed.

“Not a single voter has been identified as casting an improper vote (or that such improper vote was in favor of Contestee),” Maldonado’s motion states. “Nothing in the pleadings affirmatively indicate that anything improper occurred in this race.”

Read more: Election contests head to court

 

Run, Rattlers, run!

20140405 Track Meet 305A District lg-10At the soon-to-be renamed Rattler Stadium in Sharyland, the Rattlers and Lady Rattlers track teams both captured 30-5A district titles Saturday. The Rattlers breezed to a 54-point win over runner-up Edinburg Vela and the Lady Rattlers pulled off an impressive 98-point win over their closest challengers, the Palmview Lady Lobos.

Sean Landez led the way for the Sharyland boys as he won individual district championships in the long jump and in the 400 Meter Dash. Landez also ran the opening leg in the 4 x 100 Meter Relay and the anchor leg in the 4 x 400 Meter Relay which the Rattlers also won.

Running three races without much time to rest in between is not easy to do. Nonetheless, Landez managed to not only win, or contribute to wins in, all three races, but he also crossed the finish line in record time in one of those events.

Read more: Run, Rattlers, run!

 

‘Working Hands’ exhibit opens at Conner Museum

20140411 Working-Hands-ImageprintKINGSVILLE — The John E. Conner Museum at Texas A&M University-Kingsville will showcase three Texas industries in the exhibit “Working Hands: An Exhibition of Photographs by Rick Williams.” The exhibit opened this week and ends Friday, May 23.

The exhibit was organized by Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

In “Working Hands,” Williams captures images of workers and work places in three diverse industries that constitute the three pillars of the Texas economy: ranching, oil and technology. The 40 finely-detailed photographs, along with supplementary print and video resources, contribute to an understanding of the workers who reshaped the landscape from boundless prairie to ranches, farms, towns and cities.

Read more: ‘Working Hands’ exhibit opens at Conner Museum

   

2 challenge Salinas for Mission mayor title

20140404 Mayor-Candidates-for-webAfter 16 years at the helm of the City of Mission, Mayor Norberto “Beto” Salinas has said he’s not ready to quit just yet.

But two Mission residents both say it’s time for change and unity in the city. Dr. John Robert Guerra and businessman Jaime Gutierrez are opposing Salinas in his bid for re-election.

“I truly believe we have to renew,” Gutierrez said. “Whatever doesn’t renew, it stays in the same place. It’s time to open scenarios for new generations. This generation is not here to divide. We’re not here to break down what has been done; it’s to take it to another level.”

“We want to be able to treat everybody fairly and equally,” Guerra said of his own bid for the seat. “I’d like to have a city government that is of the people, by the people, for the people. His (Salinas’s) poster says ‘one mission,’ instead of ‘our mission.’”

Read more: 2 challenge Salinas for Mission mayor title

   

Hidalgo County appoints new sheriff

20140404 Eddie Guerra Appointed Sheriff KO 7162Eddie Guerra, constable of Pct. 4, was named interim sheriff Wednesday after Hidalgo County Commissioners Court accepted Lupe Treviño’s resignation.

Guerra, one of 12 who applied for the position, will serve in the post until a special election in November. In the meantime, county precinct chairs from both parties will make nominations for candidates to face off in November. Guerra said he hoped to be one of them.

“If I don’t, I’m out of a job,” he said.

Guerra planned to meet with the command staff Thursday afternoon.

“We’re going to start restoring accountability back in the sheriff’s office,” he said. “We’re going to start holding the deputies accountable for their actions from now on. We’re not going to make any excuses. My work begins now.”

Read more: Hidalgo County appoints new sheriff

   

Mission hires San Juan city manager for deputy position

City-of-Mission-logoSan Juan Deputy City Manager J.J. Rodriguez will take over as Mission’s deputy city manager April 9.

“One of the things that stood out for Mr. Rodriguez is his experience—the fact that he worked at an organization that is very similar to us as far as population, size, growth,” said Mission City Manager Martin Garza.

Rodriguez served as city manager of Edinburg before moving to San Juan in 2010. Overall, Garza said, Rodriguez spent 22 years with Edinburg, and that tells him Rodriguez will be committed to the organization. He began as an intern in the Edinburg planning department and worked his way up to deputy city planner before he was named to the post of city manager.

Read more: Mission hires San Juan city manager for deputy position

   

Mission CISD committee hears construction updates

MCISDlogoMISSION—Members of the Mission CISD Facilities Committee discussed the status of upcoming and pending projects for the district on Wednesday evening. 

Mission High School 

ERO Architects gave an update on the planning for the Mission High School Phase III project. Manuel Hinojosa with ERO Architects stated they have spent multiple hours with the MHS principal, staff and facilities administration to detail the specific needs.  

“What happens now is a lot of testing of what we put together starts to be put into play,” Hinojosa said. “We have met with the cafeteria department, nursing department and special education department.” 

Hinojosa said the company also has met with city officials and brought in consultants to follow guidelines. He added by the next board meeting in May they would have plans ready for board approval.

Read more: Mission CISD committee hears construction updates

   

Seven Big 6 soccer teams advance

20140327-Sharyland-v-Laredo-LBJ-Boys-Playoff-Soccer dy-043With nine of the 12 Big 6 schools’ soccer teams qualifying for the post season, Mission, La Joya and Sharyland high schools were certainly well represented in the state playoffs. Both of the Sharyland, Mission High School, Veterans Memorial and Juarez-Lincoln teams extended their seasons into the playoffs this year as did the Palmview High School (PHS) boys’ team.

Of those teams, all but the Juarez-Lincoln girls and the Veterans Memorial (VMHS) boys teams emerged victorious from their first or second round playoff games and will be playing in either the 5A area or the 4A sectional round this week.

Last Thursday night, the Sharyland (SHS) girls defeated Laredo LBJ, 5-0, and the boys defeated LBJ, 1-0, to advance to the area round. In Friday’s 5A bi-district action the Juarez-Lincoln boys defeated Laredo Alexander, 7-2, and the PHS boys defeated Del Rio, 2-1, to both advance to the area round as well.

Read more: Seven Big 6 soccer teams advance

   

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Big 6 well represented in soccer playoffs

Big 6 well represented in soccer playoffs

Five out of the “Big 6” boys soccer teams, along with four of the girls sides, advanced to the high school soccer playoffs that kicked off on Monday and conclude with the UIL state tournament on April 17-19 at Georgetown. The battle for supremacy in the boys District 30-5A...

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MHS and VMHS soccer teams playoff bound

MHS and VMHS soccer teams playoff bound

Four for four. All four soccer teams from Mission High School (MHS) and the Veterans Memorial High School (VMHS) have finished their District 61-4A schedule and all four teams are heading to the playoffs – boys and girls. With the old and politically incorrect adage of ladies first in mind, here is a breakdown of how the Lady...

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Juarez-Lincoln Huskies are for real

Juarez-Lincoln Huskies are for real

Surprise! That’s what the La Joya Juarez-Lincoln (LJJL) Huskies boys soccer team did to their District 30-5A opponents last year. They caught them by surprise. They not only compiled an impressive 15-1 record in their inaugural 5A...

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MCISD, city study pool improvements

MCISD, city study pool improvements

MISSION—The Mission CISD Board of Trustees discussed the use of the North Side Swimming Pool at the March regular board meeting. Issues with heating, drainage and filtration maintenance have left the facility inoperable for student practice. The board discussed and agreed on a memorandum of understanding with the city of Mission to conduct a feasibility study to correct issues. “Just to let the community know that we do have a contract with the city of Mission, as far as the swimming pool is concerned, for 50 years,” said trustee James E. Olivarez.

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AMJH teacher a finalist for H-E-B Excellence in Education

AMJH teacher a finalist for H-E-B Excellence in Education

Alton Memorial Jr. High School Math teacher Rosbel Peña had a surprise visit this morning by representatives from H-E-B. He is one of six South Texas educators to be named as a finalist for a 2014 H-E-B Excellence in Education Award, spotlighting him as one of the best educators in Texas. The H-E-B program is the largest monetary awards...

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Peñitas bids for city hall over budget

Peñitas bids for city hall over budget

All five bids Peñitas received to construct a new city hall and police station were over the city's $3 million budget. The lowest bid, from Highmark Construction, was about $4.3 million, and the highest, from Foremost Construction, was $5.2 million. Other bids came from J Con Construction, Texas Descon and Col Air Inc., and ranged from $4.4 million to $5 million. City Secretary Ana Valdez said the city would look at rebidding the project. In July, the city announced a $3 million loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for rural development to replace the city's deteriorating city hall...

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OBIT-Kevin Boehmer

MISSION - Kevin Boehmer, 56, passed away March 5, 2014, at Mission Regional Medical Center.

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OBIT-Abel Garza

LA JOYA - Abel Garza, Jr., 71, passed away on Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at his home in La Joya.

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DEATH NOTICE-Cecilio Jose Chapa

MISSION - Cecilio Jose Chapa, 82, passed away on Tuesday, April 8, 2014, at Amara Hospice in Edinburg.

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