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Mission seeks dog lovers

20140905 MISSION Animal-adoptions 3221Mission city employees said the biggest reason dogs aren’t adopted out of the kennels is the requirement to have those pets spayed and neutered.

Last month, the city started featuring a pet of the week, a dog they deemed friendly and adoptable, to raise community awareness about dogs picked up by animal control. Dogs can be adopted free, but the new pet owners must show proof that they’ve taken care of vaccines and spaying/neutering within 30 days.

Rusty was a friendly 6-month-old lab and the first featured pet of the week. City Manager Martin Garza said the city received 50 calls on the puppy, but nobody would commit to adoption.

Read more: Mission seeks dog lovers


MCISD Trustee Faces Theft Charges

20140922 Patty-BazalduaIrma Patricia "Patty" Bazaldua, vice president of the Mission CISD school board, was arrested Monday afternoon.

According to a Mission Police spokesman, Bazaldua has been charged with two counts of theft and two counts of forgery.

Bazaldua, an entrepreneur, was elected to office in 2008.

Mission Consolidated Independent School District  released a statement Monday night emphasizing that Patricia Bazaldua is not an employee of the district.

Read more: MCISD Trustee Faces Theft Charges


Eagles drop to 1-3 with 2-0 loss to Bobcats

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 LEG9744-2cIn a game that was scheduled to kickoff at 7:30 last night but didn’t get underway until 9 due to thunderstorms in the Edinburg area, it seemed as if the Edinburg Bobcats’ and the Mission Eagles’ offenses never received the memo about the game having actually started. That’s because the only points either team managed to put up on the scoreboard came as a result of the Bobcats’ special teams – a first quarter blocked punt that went out of the back of the end zone for a safety.

With the Bobcats coming into the game with a 0-3 record and the Eagles at 1-2 both teams were looking to finish up non-district play on a positive note. However both teams struggled to put any offense together and both committed costly penalties and critical turnovers so neither team looked as if they’re quite ready for next week’s district opening games.

Mission quarterback Jesus Cuellar saw his first action since Week No. 1 when he went out with an injury. Cuellar completed 14 of 28 passes for 132 yards on the night. David Flores led the Eagles in both rushing and receiving yards with 46 yards rushing on 15 carries and seven receptions for 81 yards.

Read more: Eagles drop to 1-3 with 2-0 loss to Bobcats


MCISD remembers the 21

20140919 ALTON Bus-memorial 3499Ciro Ochoa Jr. still can remember the face of every parent he saw in the aftermath of a bus accident that killed 21 students on a September morning 25 years ago.

After a temporary morgue had been set up to identify the bodies of students killed, Ochoa, then-vice president of Mission Consolidated Independent School District Board, sat in a back room of a community center with two lists of names as one-by-one parents came in to find out if their children were alive or dead. Also in the room were the chief of police, the mayor and a member of the clergy.

Read more: MCISD remembers the 21


New Mission Collegiate High School under construction

20140910 Mission-Collegiate-High-School-Construction CV 8885Mission CISD students attending Mission Collegiate High School will have a brand new campus next year. Construction on the new campus, located behind Alton Memorial Jr. High and Cavazos Elementary on Los Ebanos Road, began this summer and buildings are now beginning to take shape.

Since initiating the Collegiate High School with a freshman class of 125 students in 2012, the school’s classrooms have consisted of portable buildings located at Mission High School. Each year, a new freshman class with another 125 students is added and presently 321 students attend the school, representing 9th, 10th and 11th grades. When the new campus opens next fall, total enrollment is expected to be about 450 students, and will include 9th through 12th grades.

The new buildings are designed to accommodate approximately 600 students.

Read more: New Mission Collegiate High School under construction


Republican hopes to turn county

20140919 Al-PerezWith 30 years of experience in law enforcement, Al Perez believes the “R” next to his name on the November ballot shouldn’t dissuade voters from supporting him in the race to be Hidalgo County’s next sheriff.

Perez said he retired from the sheriff’s office in June with a vision of what the department could be free of corruption, focused on public safety. He wants to put more deputies on patrol and restore accountability internally.

The former sergeant is the Republican nominee for the office, which was vacated by Lupe Treviño earlier this year, shortly before Treviño pleaded guilty to money laundering. The Hidalgo County Commissioners Court took applications for interim sheriff before appointing then-Pct. 4 Constable Eddie Guerra to the open position in April. Guerra was later chosen by the Hidalgo County Democratic Party as its nominee for the November election.

Read more: Republican hopes to turn county


Juárez-Lincoln faces Economedes in final non-district contest

20140912-VMHS-v-J-L-Football dy-068Although the triage unit put three players back on the field, the body count continued to mount after La Joya Juárez-Lincoln lost to Mission Veterans Memorial 48-6 on Sept. 12 at a waterlogged Pack Stadium.

“That’s the nature of the beast, that’s football,” Juárez-Lincoln head coach Tomás García said. “We’ve been very fortunate the last two years where our injuries were scattered, but this year we were hit in the first three games.”

With another three players lost to injury for this week, the Huskies (0-3) prepare to face their last non-district contest on Friday when they host Edinburg Economedes (1-2) at 7:30 p.m. in Week 4 at Pack Stadium in La Joya.

Read more: Juárez-Lincoln faces Economedes in final non-district contest


Lady Patriots sweep tenacious Lady Rattlers

20140916 Volleyball Sharyland vs VMHS lg-61Last year’s No. 1 ranked 4A volleyball team in the state for 12 weeks in a row had their hands full Tuesday night as they opened their district schedule at home against Sharyland High School (SHS). In the first district volleyball game between the two schools since 2003, the Lady Patriots emerged victorious over first-year head coach Raul Castillo and the Lady Rattlers in straight sets: 25-19, 25-20 and 25-14.

The opening of Sharyland Pioneer High School and the University Interscholastic League’s most recent realignment has resulted in SHS and Veterans Memorial High School (VMHS) being members of the same district for the first time since the 2002 and 2003 seasons. In 2002 the teams split their two district games ,while in 2003 the Lady Patriots swept both games.

Knowing her girls had just survived a stiff challenge by a surprisingly tenacious Lady Rattlers team Tuesday night, Coach Diana Lerma expressed how impressed she was by their level of play.

Read more: Lady Patriots sweep tenacious Lady Rattlers


County confirms West Nile virus fatality

Hidalgo-County-SealEDINBURG – Authorities have confirmed an 83-year-old Donna man died last week of the West Nile virus, and a 92-year-old Pharr area man has been hospitalized with what is expected to be the second local case of West Nile.

The Hidalgo County death is the third West Nile virus fatality in Texas this year.

West Nile virus is a mosquito-borne illness. People more than 50 years old and those with weakened immune systems are the most vulnerable; however, all residents are urged to take precautions when working or playing outdoors.

Read more: County confirms West Nile virus fatality


Decisions, decisions: Fundraiser combats hunger

20140919 emptybowls2014The seemingly endless line of empty bowls accentuates the challenge faced by individuals and families across the Rio Grande Valley each day—hunger. The annual Empty Bowls Luncheon & Silent Auction to benefit the Food Bank Rio Grande Valley will be held from 11 a.m. to 1:30 pm on Tuesday, Sept. 23, at the Pharr Events Center, 3000 N. Cage. One of the more popular fundraisers, guests sample food prepared by local restaurants after choosing a bowl, which they take home as a reminder. Tickets are on pre-sale now at for $25. Tickets will be $30 at the door. For more information, contact Philip Farias at 904-4513 or by email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Mission Veterans overcomes Juárez-Lincoln, stormy weather

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20140912 VMHS v J-L Football Small dy 009 2LA JOYA – The rains came early and often, and so did the touchdowns for Mission Veterans Memorial on a soggy Friday at Pack Stadium en route to a 48-6 victory over La Joya Juárez-Lincoln to notch their second victory of the season.

The Patriots improved to 2-1 with the triumph over the Huskies, who dropped to 0-3, and is still in search of its first victory of the young season.

While both teams were nursing injuries and battling a steady rain for much of the game, both squads struggled in the early going with Mission Veterans taking a slim 7-0 first-quarter lead with 6:41 remaining on an 8-yard TD run by Patriots quarterback Santos Villarreal.

Read more: Mission Veterans overcomes Juárez-Lincoln, stormy weather


Coyotes’ mistakes lead to 59-7 loss

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20140911 Football LaJoya Vela MDThe La Joya Coyotes dropped to 1-2 in non-district play tonight as a result of their 59-7 loss to the Edinburg Vela Sabercats. Turnovers and costly penalties were the Coyotes' downfall as Coach George Espinoza's squad dug themselves into a hole that they could not climb out of.

After Vela scored on their first possession of the game, an Isaiah Calderon return to the Sabercats two yard line on the on the ensuing kickoff went to waste when a missed hand-off between La Joya quarterback Julio Garcia and one of his running backs fell to the ground and was picked up and run back for a 97-yard touchdown by a Vela defender.

Unfortunately for La Joya, that play was a sign of things to come as the only points they'd put on the board all night was a 4-yard run by Calderon late in the second quarter and the point after by Jorge Munoz.

Read more: Coyotes’ mistakes lead to 59-7 loss


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Coyotes ready to howl

Coyotes ready to howl

At first glance, the La Joya Coyotes had an extremely disappointing 2013 season. With their only win being a non-district 64-0 thrashing of Brownsville Porter, the Coyotes went on to lose eight...


Huskies activating ‘beast mode’

Huskies activating ‘beast mode’

La Joya Juarez-Lincoln head football coach Tomas Garcia is ready to release the beast on his team’s District 30-6A opponents. After taking over a 2-8 Huskies’ team against 4A...


Requenez returns to lead Lobos

Requenez returns to lead Lobos

Just two games into last year’s Palmview Lobos’ football district schedule the La Joya Independent School District’s (LJISD’s) Athletic Office announced the reassignment of head coach Manuel Flores and named...



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Funeral Services Planned for Berta Olivarez Filut

Funeral Services Planned for Berta Olivarez Filut

Berta Hilda “Bert” Olivarez Filut, 59, passed away on Friday, September 5, 2014, at her home in Mission following a lengthy illness. Mrs. Filut was the executive director of Texas Citrus Fiesta for 19 years and was the owner of B&B Flowers and BP Feed Store. Active in the community, she received the Woman of the Year award for her broad volunteer efforts. While a member of the Lion’s Club, she served as secretary and received the Jack Welch Fellow Award and the Melvin Jones Fellow...


Residents split on Taylor expansion

Residents split on Taylor expansion

Residents on Taylor Street are split on a joint effort to expand the roadway to five lanes. Dozens of residents showed up at a public forum at Romulo Martinez Elementary School to learn more about the project, which requires cooperation from the cities of Mission, McAllen and Palmhurst as well as...


Students return to school

Students return to school

There were tears from both students and parents Monday as schools in the area welcomed them in for the first day of class. La Joya Independent School District is one of few districts in the area to offer full-time pre-kindergarten programs, and some of the youngest students at Camarena Elementary weren’t quite ready for their parents to leave. The first day of the school is the only morning parents are allowed on campus to visit their children’s classrooms before school, and Principal...



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DEATH NOTICE-Emma Elysa Garza

MISSION - Emma Elyse Garza passed away on Friday, Sept. 19, 2014, at Rio Grande Regional Hospital in McAllen.


DEATH NOTICE-Howard L. Reese

MISSION - Howard L. Reese, 84, passed away on Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014, at Mission Regional Medical Center.


DEATH NOTICE-Allen Dale Thornton

MISSION - Allen Dale Thornton, 80, passed away on Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014, at Mission Regional Medical Center.


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