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Sheriff candidates sound off in forum The fate of the office for the top law enforcement officer in Hidalgo County could lie in the hands of 53 people. Read the Full Story
Minors stir immigrant debate Bishop Mark Seitz, of El Paso, emphasized the violence unaccompanied minors flooding the Rio Grande Valley are trying to escape in their home countries in written testimony to the Homeland Security Committee. Read the Full Story
Salinas vows lower taxes The council chamber was packed as Mission Mayor Norberto “Beto” Salinas took the oath of office for another four years as leader of the city. Read the Full Story
Salinas wins another 4 years Mayor Norberto “Beto” Salinas had tough words for his opponent after winning the runoff election Saturday with 57 percent of the vote. Read the Full Story

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Mayor loses battle for commercial zone

City-of-Mission-logoMission City Council rejected a proposed zone change in the Melba Carter Subdivision on Monday that would have changed property use from residential to commercial over protests from Mayor Norberto “Beto” Salinas.

The proposed business involved a site where storage units, commercial trucks and trailers could be left for periods of time in the subdivision, which sits between Conway Avenue and the Mission Industrial Park south of Expressway 83.

“Some members of the council just do not understand,” Salinas said, “That one business would have provided up to 20 jobs for Mission residents.”

Read more: Mayor loses battle for commercial zone


Work on Bryan Rd to create detour

20140718 detour-signConstruction Bryan will reroute traffic today through Monday, July 21.

According to a news release, a street cut will be made on Bryan Road north of Business 83, and vehicles will be diverted west along Ash Street, north on Pecan Street and then east on Oak Street back to Bryan Road.

For more information, contact the city of Mission planning department at 580-8672.

Read more: Work on Bryan Rd to create detour


H-E-B plus! store offers larger selection, donates to local non-profits

20140711 HEB Sharyland-ribbon-cutting AF  9021MISSION—Visitors to the H-E-B plus! on Shary Road took tours last week to see the multiple additions made to the existing facility.

Bob Tellez, director of retail operations for the Upper Valley, said customers could expect many upgrades and more items offered at the store. Areas offering more products include: the Flaming Bird Café, dairy department, the bakery, the entertainment department, lady’s apparel and the wine section.

Mayor Norberto “Beto” Salinas, City Manager Martin Garza and the Greater Mission Chamber of Commerce President/CEO George Myers were just a few of the city officials who were present for a ribbon cutting.

Read more: H-E-B plus! store offers larger selection, donates to local non-profits


Most agree on protecting children in immigration debate

20140718 BP-PatrolAs unaccompanied children from Central America continue to flock to the United States, most people on both side of the debate on what to do with them seem to agree on one thing–the children need to be protected.

In a vigil at Sacred Heart Church in McAllen, young adults who came to the United States illegally as youths, pleaded the plight of the children, saying their lives had been turned into a political game.

Cristina Jimenez, co-founder of United We Dream, which organized the vigil, came to the United States at the age of 13 with her family as they fled political turmoil in Ecuador.

Read more: Most agree on protecting children in immigration debate


County Health Department denies immigrants bringing many diseases

Hidalgo-County-SealEddie Olivarez, health and human services chief administrative officer for Hidalgo County, denied reports that many immigrants are bringing communicable diseases such as measles and swine flu into the United States at a Tuesday meeting.

“There have been less than 10 cases of chicken pox and no cases of measles found among the immigrants processed at the McAllen immigration center,” said Olivarez, in spite of reports to the contrary by the media. “There are cases of lice and scabies people have picked up during their long walks. But those are minor problems and not life threatening. People do not need to fear some epidemic disease will start at the center and spread throughout the community.”

According to Olivarez, the doctors, nurses and nurse practitioners that are working at the center are checking people as they come in and vaccinating them against communicable diseases. But most medical care was related to cuts, sprains and bruises the people acquired walking to get to the Valley. He said the medical problems being faced are not as large as some in the media have portrayed them.

Read more: County Health Department denies immigrants bringing many diseases


Mission Chamber has new vision

20140708 Mission-Chamber-staff-photos AF  8956MISSION—The Greater Mission Chamber of Commerce is working in a different direction on a new vision, according to President and CEO George Myers, adding that the chamber has new programs it’s getting ready to roll out to the community.

“When I first came on board, the chamber had some issues,” Myers said. “It had gotten certainly much, much better with my predecessor Matt Ruszczak. He came in and did some real dramatic changes here.”

With new staff additions and responsibility changes, Myers said he believes his current team is one of the best formed by the chamber.

Read more: Mission Chamber has new vision


Super Circus Heroes fly in RGV

20140711 Circus-advanceBrothers Johan and Jonathan Caro each found their partners more than a decade ago, and they all contribute in a daring performance as part of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents Super Circus Heroes.

The two brothers grew up as part of the Lopez Family troupe in Monterrey, Mexico, practicing acts on the high wire and motorcycles for five hours a day. As they grew older, they toured Latin America with their family as part of the fourth generation to work in the circus.

Jonathan was the first to fall in love. It was in 2002 in Mexico, and Maria was performing a high-wire act with her family at the same circus.

Not long afterward, Johan spotted Erika in the audience in Mexico. She’s now described as the “daring beauty who stands fearlessly inside the Globe of Steel” as the two brothers on motorcycles speed within inches of her.

Read more: Super Circus Heroes fly in RGV


County seeks to eliminate concern over immigrant diseases

Hidalgo-County-SealThere is no danger to the public from the diseases being brought into Hidalgo County by the wave of immigrants coming from Central America, Bobby Villarreal told the Hidalgo County Commissioners Court on Tuesday.

Villarreal, the county’s economic development director, said Hidalgo County has seen minimal diseases among the immigrants, and Border Patrol is having people screened for illnesses in McAllen before they were being released to go other places.

Villarreal did say additional emergency funding was needed to help the local government officials meet the influx of people coming to Hidalgo County, which has been recorded at more than 1,000 per day.

Read more: County seeks to eliminate concern over immigrant diseases


Peñitas Public Library hosts artist Pedro Reyna

20140708 Penitas-Public-Library-Art-exhibition AF  8971PEÑITAS—Pedro Reyna said he started drawing as a child in the third grade. He would practice creating shapes when making doodles of Mickey Mouse and Superman. Now, Reyna has his artwork displayed at the Peñitas Public Library for the month of July in part with its summer program.

The 59-year-old gave a presentation to children at the library last week and instructed them how to draw specific features and how texture is added. Reyna said he hopes to instill a love for art in the children of the Peñitas community.

“They (students) were very curious to find out how some pieces were done,” Reyna said. “It’s a nice exhibition for any artist that wants to see it and get inspired.”

Read more: Peñitas Public Library hosts artist Pedro Reyna


Princesses and Divas fulfills many dreams

20140627 MISSION Princesses-and-Divas 2149Tucked into a retail center at the corner of State Highway 495 and Taylor Road, Princesses and Divas not only fulfills Paul and Jessica Mason’s dream of owning a business, it also helps the couple put young high school graduates to work.

“It was a magical dream come true because being in the military myself and coming from a low migrant background, it’s a dream to able to come and teach not just in the classroom, but be able to create something that you can continue on giving in the community,” Paul Mason said at a ribbon cutting last month.

The Masons, who teach at Cantu Jr. High School for Mission CISD, said they were approached by former students looking for jobs to help them pay for college.

Read more: Princesses and Divas fulfills many dreams


Robotics summer youth camp to be held in McAllen in July

20140711 Robotics-ReynosoNASA Engineer, Heriberto Reynoso, started building robots at a young age at home. The Brownsville native launched his way into working on robotic projects for NASA through programs involved with the exploration of Mars.

This summer, he is hosting his Robotics Summer Camp in McAllen for children ages 11-15. The five day camp is slated for July 14 -18 and comes with a price tag of $398.

Students will learn about mechanical and electrical engineering concepts, how to design in 3-D and build robots in a group environment. On the last day parents are invited to see the robots that were made and participate in activities.

Read more: Robotics summer youth camp to be held in McAllen in July


Valley celebrates 4th of July

2040704 FireworkThousands of Valley residents will be celebrating America’s 238th birthday this weekend by firing up the grill, going on picnics, setting off fireworks and/or attending parties. Countless others will be gathering up the kids, loading them up in their cars and heading out to one or more of the public celebrations being held within a short driving distance from pretty much any Valley neighborhood.

With municipalities, churches and private businesses from McAllen to South Padre Island putting on Fourth of July celebrations, there will be plenty for Valley residents to do this weekend. Parades, eating contests, concerts, cook-offs and the ever-popular and awe-inspiring fireworks displays are just some of the activities that will be available for Valley residents to attend or participate in this Friday and Saturday.

The fact that admission to most of these events is free of charge makes this one weekend that even the most budget conscious Valley resident will want to know what, when and where the action is going to be.

Read more: Valley celebrates 4th of July


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Lady Patriots’ Alexandria Gonzalez honored

Lady Patriots’ Alexandria Gonzalez honored

With only 15 girls from across the state being selected, the Texas Girls Coaches Association’s (TGCA’s) Track and Field All-Star Team is a very select group. That’s 15 girls from all the 4A and 5A schools in the Lone Star State. Of this year’s honorees only one is from the Rio Grande Valley – Veterans Memorial High School’s Alexandria Gonzalez. Having been nominated by the Lady Patriots head track coach Kathy Howell, Gonzalez met all the criteria...


Felipe Valencia takes gold at state

Felipe Valencia takes gold at state

Palmview High’s Felipe Valencia set a new gold standard at the UIL State Track and Field Meet in Austin last week. For the second year in a row, Valencia earned a gold medal in the state 5A shot put competition. As the defending gold medal winner in the event, Valencia is now the only two-time track and field state champion in La Joya Independent School District history. Prior to his winning the gold last year, it had been 45 years since then La Joya High...


Guillermo Galvan named best in state

Guillermo Galvan named best in state

As a two-event UIL State Track and Field qualifier, Veterans Memorial’s Guillermo Galvan earned the right to compete at the state meet last weekend in both the shot put and the discus. He won regional championships in both events at the Region IV-4A meet. Having never qualified for the state meet before, Galvan had no expectations of taking the gold in either event. “Going into the state meet my goal was never to be a state champion,” said Galvan. “I...



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Mission runoff election is Saturday

Mission runoff election is Saturday

Mission Mayor Norberto “Beto” Salinas was confident heading into Election Day that he’d keep his title once votes are counted Saturday evening. He faces local businessman Jaime Gutierrez in a runoff; the only race on the ballot. After Salinas narrowly missed clinching his seat without a runoff in May, he said he hadn’t changed his campaign strategy. He’s depending on voters who have kept him in office more than 16 years to hit the polls. “I think they started going out again to vote,” Salinas said. “I’m very happy to see that they responded to the campaign.”


Conway Baptist welcomes new pastors

Conway Baptist welcomes new pastors

The members of Conway Avenue Baptist Church in Mission have recently welcomed three new pastors to their church family, according to Senior Pastor Johnny Mora. Joining the staff are Joe Ramey, associate pastor; Frank San Martin, youth pastor; and Chris Rangel, music pastor. They officially began their new assignments in April. “We are excited to introduce to our community three new ministers God has brought to our way. These godly men come with a vigor to love God and love our community. We, as a church, have made it a goal to help the families in our community find hope in a broken world,”...


Dr. Kenneth White funeral services held Friday

Dr. Kenneth White funeral services held Friday

Leaving a legacy that was larger than life, Dr. Kenneth E. White, superintendent emeritus of the Mission CISD, peacefully passed away in his sleep Sunday, June 8, at his home in Grapevine. Services are scheduled for Friday, June 13, at 10 a.m. at Palm Valley Church in Mission. Burial will follow at Valley Memorial Gardens under the direction of Ric Brown Family Funeral Home. Dr. White served Mission Consolidated Independent School District as its superintendent for 23 years, longer than any other individual. He was granted the emeritus status by the school board at the time of his retirement...



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DEATH NOTICE-Donald Francis Laymon

MISSION - Donald Francis Laymon, 82, passed away on Thursday, July 10, 2014, at Amara Hospice in Edinburg. His cremains were entombed on July 17 at Rio Grande Valley State Veterans Cemetery in Mission.


DEATH NOTICE-Eva Maria Zamora-Zarmiento

MISSION – A funeral service for Eva Maria Zamora-Zarmiento will be held on Thursday, July 17, 2014, at 12 p.m. at Nueva Vida in Mission. Burial will follow at San Jose Cemetery in Mission.


OBIT-Myrna L. Probasco

MISSION - Myrna L. Probasco, 72, passed away on Saturday, July 12, 2014, at Lifecare Hospital in McAllen.


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