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MRMC to celebrate 60th anniversary Mission Regional Medical Center celebrates its 60th anniversary Aug. 15. Read the Full Story
Palmview High School hosts Operation Lone Star Operation Lone Star returned to South Texas this week, bringing with it free health care services for children and adults alike. Read the Full Story
DPS aims to deter crime on river Armed with six .30-caliber machine guns, each capable of producing 1,000 rounds of ammunition a minute, the Texas Department of Public Safety’s patrol boats are meant to be threatening. Read the Full Story
Texas Syndicate gang member killed in La Joya shootout LA JOYA—After a three-hour shootout Tuesday evening, La Joya Police Chief Geovani Hernandez said a minimum of 500 rounds came from the residence at the intersection of Leo Avenue and 9 1/2 Street in La Joya. Read the Full Story

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County to hold election on hospital district

Hidalgo-County-SealThe Hidalgo County Commissioners Court called for an election Nov. 4 for voters to decide on the proposed new Hidalgo County Hospital District.

State Sen. Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa addressed the court Tuesday before the vote to call the election, reminding them that without the proposed hospital district, the county might be responsible for all of its indigent care costs, at a price higher than the proposed hospital district.

Last year, Hidalgo County paid $8 million to the government for indigent health care. The money was then multiplied by a figure so that more money than was paid out came back to help Hidalgo County meet high costs of indigent care.

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MCISD Board president resigns

20140813 MCISD Board-Meeting JB 4310Mission School Board President Sonia Treviño resigned from the board Wednesday night after serving nearly seven years. She was just three months into her term as president of the board.

In an interview just after she announced her resignation, Treviño said she decided to step down because her sister had applied for an administrative position with the school district.

“A family member has an opportunity to put her name in the hat, and family comes first with me. I’d like for her to have the opportunity without me being influential in any way, shape or form to the process,” she said. “That’s what I would expect of any board member, because there’s going to be the perception that she’s going to get it because her sister is there (on the board).”

Read more: MCISD Board president resigns

 

City sanitation department in transition; public should leave trash cans in alley, by curb

20140815 MISSION Sanitation-trucksMission city leaders believe taking over residential trash service will mean the end of broken garbage cans, skipped pick ups and cans thrown in the middle of the street.

The city is set to take over trash service Sept. 8, but sanitation trucks already are hitting the streets as Mission prepares to take over residential trash pick up from BFI Services.

Other than better service, City Manager Martin Garza said residents shouldn’t expect much to change. The city plans to mirror the routes BFI already has mapped out each week.

Read more: City sanitation department in transition; public should leave trash cans in alley, by curb

 

Council holds public hearing on tax rate

City-of-Mission-logoThe Mission City Council held a public hearing on the proposed 2014 tax rate and unanimously approved the rate, 1 cent lower than the current rate at a Monday meeting.

The proposed rate is $0.5188 per $100 valuation. It includes $0.1076 for debt and $0.4112 for maintenance and operation. The estimated tax levy based on the proposed tax rate will create revenues of $15, 107,149, a decrease of $349,433 from the 2013 tax levy of $15,398,343.

The council voted unanimously for the tax rate decrease.

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Bentsen-RGV Sate Park celebrates bats

20140815 Mexican-Free-Tailed-BatCome out after dark and celebrate bats at Bentsen-RGV State Park on Saturday, Aug. 23, as park naturalists take park guests on a guided walk to look and listen for nocturnal wildlife during the Creatures of the Night excursion. From 8 to 10 p.m., they will seek to shatter myths and misconceptions of the often misunderstood nocturnal creatures, such as the Mexican free-tailed bat (shown), while explaining their habits and the role they play in the natural ecosystem as pollinators and seed dispersers. Participants should bring drinking water, insect repellent and a camera. Advance reservations are needed. Call 584-9156 to reserve a spot. The park is located at the southernmost end of Bentsen Palm Drive in Mission.

 

Mission business owner a finalist in H-E-B contest

20140813 MISSION H-E-B-Quest-for-the-Best 2716Mission resident Pilar Gonzalez learned to make a variety of dips from her aunt two decades ago.

Today, its possible Gonzalez’s dips could be sold in H-E-B stores across the state through the H-E-B Primo Picks Quest for the Texas Best contest. Gonzalez is one of 25 finalists. She and one other Rio Grande Valley business owner were chosen from 600 entries.

A grand prize winner will be named a “Texas Best” Primo Pick, and three others will win cash and an opportunity to be sold at H-E-B stores.

“I keep pinching myself,” Gonzalez said, adding that she was so excited, “I don’t sleep anymore.”

And she doesn’t expect to get much sleep if she’s named a winner. To get to this point in the competition, candidates had to submit a business plan on how they would meet the demand of each H-E-B. Gonzalez said the winners have 30 days to negotiate with H-E-B and a year to grow into the demand.

Read more: Mission business owner a finalist in H-E-B contest

 

Mission CISD hosts Back-to-School Bash

20140808 MCISD Back To School lg-37It was an event 12 months in the making.

Mission Consolidated Independent School District’s first ever Back to School Bash was an unequivocal success as thousands of Mission, Alton and Palmhurst residents took advantage of the free backpacks and free or reduced cost services being provided to MCISD students Friday at Mission High School’s V.F. Neuhaus gymnasium. According to the school district, 2,000 backpacks were handed out to students.

As the doors opened at 6 p.m. and the first of the hundreds of families lined up outside Neuhaus gym streamed in, volunteers from the school district, local businesses, civic organizations and neighboring towns began handing out backpacks filled with school supplies to any and all MCISD students in attendance absolutely free of charge.

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Requenez returns to lead Lobos

20140805 PHS Football Key Players lg-01Just 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 Margarito “Mage” Requenez as the team’s interim head football coach. Upon the completion of the season Requenez had “interim” removed from his title and he became only the second head football coach in Palmview High School (PHS) history.

Determined to make the most of his first head coaching opportunity, Requenez has been working hard to bring the PHS football program up to the standard he and the Lobos’ fans can take pride in. Coming off a 1-9 season, Requenez knew he’d have his work cut out for him but he saw the first step in this process as getting more students to come out for the football team. That’s because as a general rule, the more players on a team the better the pool of talent the coach has to choose from.

“We have had the luxury of having more kids out here than we’ve had before,” explained Requenez. “As a result we haven’t had to split the kids when it’s time for them to go to either the offense or the defense. That has maximized the time allotted on both sides of the ball and that’s a very big plus. We had an average of 60-plus players in the weight room each day during the summer and we can tell that it’s paying off already.”

Read more: Requenez returns to lead Lobos

   

UTRGV president visits STC’s Nursing & Allied Health Campus

20140808 Bailey-visits-STCGuy Bailey, president of UT Rio alley was welcomed by Shirley A. Reed, president of South Texas College and administrators at the STC Nursing & Allied Health Campus in McAllen on July 29.

During the visit, Bailey had the opportunity to speak to current STC Dual Enrollment Medical Science Academy (DEMSA) students and an alumna currently doing research with Yale University.  They are all prime examples of the quality education and bright futures South Texas College provides for students pursuing careers in the medical field.

DEMSA students Tania Vargas and Marco Cruz were both interested and eager to hear about UTRGV and their possible future prospects with the medical school. As a student at McAllen High School, Vargas has plans to attend a medical school in Texas and pursue a degree in anesthesiology. Cruz is a student at Sharyland High School, and his goals consist of obtaining a bachelor’s in biology and then pursuing a doctorate degree to eventually practice psychiatry in the Rio Grande Valley.

Read more: UTRGV president visits STC’s Nursing & Allied Health Campus

   

Mission celebrates 20th National Night Out

20140805 Mission-National-Night-Out KO 6029Mission celebrated its 20th National Night Out on Tuesday at Leo Peña Placita in downtown Mission by passing out school supplies to children and offering a full range of local entertainment for those present to enjoy.

Mission Crime Stoppers and the Mission Police Department sponsored the annual event.

The line waiting for the school supplies stretched from east to west on the south side of the placita with hundreds in line. Diane Hernandez, a volunteer with Mission Crime Stoppers, said there were approximately 1500 bags of school supplies for children. The bags contained a spiral notebook, folders, erasers, pencils, colors and other items children would need for school when they return later in the month.

Read more: Mission celebrates 20th National Night Out

   

Mission CISD proposes three-cent tax increase

MCISDlogoThe Mission CISD Board of Trustees rejected a proposal Wednesday night to increase the district’s tax rate by 5.5 cents as suggested by Superintendent Ricardo Lopez. Instead, the board is considering a 3-cent tax rate increase.

The superintendent recommended the 5.5-cent tax hike this year, followed by a series of 2-cent tax hikes each year until the Interest and Sinking (I&S) Fund tax rate reaches 26 cents.

The district is facing a $5 million shortfall in debt service for 2014-15 unless the budget is reduced or taxes are increased, or a combination of the two.

Read more: Mission CISD proposes three-cent tax increase

   

Districts face different challenges

20140808 School-BudgetIt’s no secret La Joya ISD is home to some of the most low-income children in the area. Many of the district’s 29,000 students come from homes in the colonias, some without indoor showers.

La Joya Independent School District includes the types of neighborhoods that attract church groups from nearby and afar during the summer and over Spring Break hoping a week of good deeds will mean something to families struggling to make ends meet in the rural western portion of Hidalgo County. Every Christmas, the more blessed of district’s own students come together and campaign to raise presents for their poorer classmates, picking a day to board buses and spread out across the area to deliver their holiday goodies.

Statewide, La Joya ISD ranked in the bottom 20 of Texas’ 1,000 school districts when it came to wealth per weighted average daily attendance, a method the state used to measure the amount of wealth per student using property values, according to the Texas Education Agency. In 2011, the amount of wealth per student in La Joya ISD was $55,569. That was down $6,000 from the year before. In comparison, Mission Consolidated ISD was listed at $79,504 and Sharyland ISD was $192,957.

Read more: Districts face different challenges

   

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MCISD top 10 sports achievements of the year

MCISD top 10 sports achievements of the year

Athletically speaking, the 2013-14 school year was one to remember for both Mission high schools. With an individual state championship, team district, bi-district and area championships, and one team holding the No. 1 state ranking for over 12 weeks, Veterans Memorial High School (VMHS) and Mission High School (MHS) teams and athletes achieved excellence in a wide variety of sports. With the Patriots and the Eagles competing in the same district for the second year in a row, the two schools’ teams oftentimes found themselves going head-to-head for district titles or playoff berths. In some...

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VMHS tops RGV Sports Hall of Fame awards nominations

VMHS tops RGV Sports Hall of Fame awards nominations

Sometimes it seems as if sports awards are a dime a dozen. Some organizations and associations out there give out sports awards almost as if they’re handing out candy to the neighborhood kids at Halloween. While oversaturation may have caused some sports awards to lose their luster, that is certainly not the case when it comes to the annual Rio Grande Valley Sports Hall of Fame awards. Their awards, and to a somewhat lesser degree their nominations, are...

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Chris Rocha named Pitcher of the Year

Chris Rocha named Pitcher of the Year

The La Joya Palmview Lobos baseball team had a season to remember. With their first district, bi-district and area championships, Coach Manuel “Ricky” Garcia’s boys attained heights never before...

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Mayor loses battle for commercial zone

Mayor loses battle for commercial zone

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Work on Bryan Rd to create detour

Work on Bryan Rd to create detour

Construction 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.

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

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

MISSION—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...

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OBIT-Elvira C. Muñoz

MISSION - Elvira C. Muñoz, 84, passed away on Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014, at Mission Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

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DEATH NOTICE-Esmeralda Campos

MISSION - Esmeralda Campos, 43, passed away on Friday, Aug. 15, 2014, at McAllen Medical Center.

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DEATH NOTICE-Valerie Sue Lightsey

MISSION - Valerie Sue Lightsey, 72, passed away on Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014, at LifeCare Hospital in McAllen.

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