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Palmview Lobos going for 3-0

20140905 Football PHS-vs-PSJA-Southwest mdlc 003American novelist Norman Mailer once said, “It’s not the sentiments of men which make history, it’s their actions.”

Making history is what the La Joya Palmview Lobos football team will be looking to do tonight at Joe R. Sanchez Stadium in Rio Grande City (RGC). Whether they achieve that goal will come down to their actions on the field as they face off against the RGC Rattlers. Never before in Palmview High School (PHS) history has a Lobos’ varsity football team opened its season with a 3-0 record. With a Week 1 win over Brownsville Lopez and a Week 2 win over Pharr San-Juan Alamo Southwest (PSJASW),  Coach Mage Requenez’s Lobos could also be the first PHS football team ever to win three games in a row.

Immediately after pulling out their come-from-behind victory against PSJASW last Friday  Requenez shared what opening the season with back-to-back wins means.

Read more: Palmview Lobos going for 3-0


Technicality delays zone change

City-of-Mission-logoA technicality thwarted an effort to change a residential subdivision into a light industrial zone at Monday's Mission City Council meeting.

Attorney Mario Rodriguez, representing several residents of the Melba Carter Subdivision, which is east of Conway Avenue and north of Trinity Road, told the council during a public hearing that the notice sent to residents did not match the item that was presented to and approved by the planning and zoning commission. The notice sent to residents was missing a line in the legal description of the property.

After meeting in closed session with the council, City Attorney David Guerra asked the city not to take any action because of the “discrepancy in the property description.

Read more: Technicality delays zone change


Sheriff’s office makes arrest in 2012 shootings

20140912 MISSION Homicide-arrest Jose-Carlos-MartinezThe Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office made an arrest this week in a homicide that occurred in 2012 in rural Mission.

On Nov. 18, 2012, deputies responded to a shooting in the 3100 block or West 5 Mile Line Road. When deputies arrived at the scene, they observed multiple victims with gunshot wounds. The victims were later identified as: Casto De Los Santos, 52; Ramiro Rodriguez , 40; Aurora De La Pena, 19; a 13-year-old boy, and a 12-year-old boy.

The victims were transported to hospitals for immediate medical treatment; however, De Los Santos and Rodriguez died due to their injuries.

Read more: Sheriff’s office makes arrest in 2012 shootings


Democrat endorses Republican Tijerina in 92nd District Judge race

20140912 COUNTY Ortiz-endorses-TijerinaHidalgo County Democrat Rey Ortiz has endorsed 92nd District Judge Jaime Tijerina, a republican, in his campaign to remain on the bench.

Ortiz, who ran for the democratic nomination to the post in the March primaries, lost to Luis Singleterry. In his letter of endorsement, Ortiz states he’s known Tijerina, of Mission, for 20 years and Ortiz notes Tijerina’s service through the U.S. Army Reserves.

“We have come a long way, but we have much more to accomplish,” Ortiz states. “Restoring public trust and integrity to our judicial system is critical to our mission to accomplish that goal. Judge Tijerina is the public servant who will be a fair judge, who will serve the public well and who will uphold the law.”

Read more: Democrat endorses Republican Tijerina in 92nd District Judge race


Kids can ‘Fall into Art’ at UVAL

20140912 Jessica-MonroeJessica Monroe will lead a series of children’s art classes, “Fall into Art,” beginning Oct. 11 at the Upper Valley Art League, 921 E. 12th in Mission.  Geared for ages 7 to 10 years, it runs for six weeks on Saturdays from 1:30 to 3 p.m., ending Nov. 15.

Monroe began teaching children’s art classes at UVAL in 1998 until 2001 when she left to attend Southwestern University where she earned her bachelor’s in studio art.  After graduating, she returned to the Valley and taught art at Med High in Mercedes and Juan Diego Academy in Mission.

During the summer, she studied at New York University and the School of the Art Institute in Chicago.  She now spends most of her time in the studio.  Her painting are mostly inspired by philosophy and nature.

Read more: Kids can ‘Fall into Art’ at UVAL



20140906 Berta Filut WebBerta Hilda 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 Award.

She was a member of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Mission and was in charge of altar decorations for all holidays and served on the church’s finance committee. She was a member of Holy Rosary Catholic Church Society and the Catholic Daughters of America.



Pioneer perseveres, defeats Pace in home debut

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20140905 Pioneer v Pace Footbal Small dy 010 2It’s not how many times you fall down, but how many times you get up after falling down that matters.
Sharyland Pioneer embodied that saying on Friday when they overcame four fumbles and an interception to defeat Brownsville Pace 14-7 in their inaugural home opener at Richard Thompson Stadium.
“Wins don’t come easy, I don’t care if it’s the Dallas Cowboys or the University of Texas Longhorns, so I’ll take it,” Pioneer first-year head coach Jason Wheeler said. “We turned the ball over a lot, we’re our own worst enemy on offense. We’re moving the ball good, but the turnovers really hurt us and a lot of penalties. We’ve got to correct that.”
“When we play a better football team, we’re going to be in trouble and dig ourselves into a hole,” added Wheeler. “The good thing is that we’re playing great defense right now and when you do that, it keeps you in the game.”

Read more: Pioneer perseveres, defeats Pace in home debut


Villarreal leads Lobos to second consecutive win

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Palmview PSJA SW1sJust two games into the 2014 season the Palmview Lobos have already doubled their win total from last year. After going 1-9 in 2013 the Lobos have opened 2014 with back-to-back wins over Brownsville Lopez last week and PSJA SW tonight to open the season at 2-0 for the first time since 2011.

While the final score was in the Lobos’ favor, the Javelinas opened the scoring on their very first play from scrimmage with an 81 yard touchdown pass that left the Lobos’ faithful stunned. However Palmview bounced back on their first drive which went 80 yards and was capped off with a 51 yard touchdown pass from sophomore quarterback Andrew Puentes to senior wide receiver Rolando Ramos.

While their initial score was through the air, it was the Lobos’ running game that led Palmview to victory; in particular the running of senior running back Freddy Villarreal who carried the ball 37 times for 273 yards, three touchdowns and two two-point conversions. Jose Bernal contributed to Palmview’s impressive running attack as he carried the ball 14 times for 142 yards and one touchdown for the Lobos.

Read more: Villarreal leads Lobos to second consecutive win


Schools earn special recognition

20140905 school raise-handsNo longer are Texas schools designated as “exemplary” or “recognized”; under the state’s new rating system, top performing schools are listed as high-performing and high-progress.

Few campuses in the western portion of Hidalgo County earned either honor. Those that did are called Reward Schools.

A school is designated as high performing based on its reading and math performance. Graduation rates also are considered at Title I high schools. Schools are identified as high progress if they are in the top 25 percent in annual improvement or in the top 25 percent of the campuses that have shown the ability to close performance gaps.

Read more: Schools earn special recognition


Skeet and Trap Club offers education, competition and fellowship

20140816 Mission Skeet Trap Club lg-07When it comes to hitting the mark on recreational and competitive shooting, hunter education and good fellowship, the Mission Skeet and Trap Club is on target. Located half a mile south of Expressway 83 on Conway Avenue in Mission, the club features a skeet, trap and sporting clays range, a pistol range and a 3-D archery range.

Formerly known as the McAllen Gun Club, the club is a nonprofit organization offering three types of memberships and three associate memberships to all qualified individuals. Membership types include; Member, Member – Senior Citizen, Junior Member, Associate Member – Pistol, Associate Member – Archery and Associate Member – Winter Texan. Member and Member – Senior Citizen memberships include full club privileges and voting rights. Annual dues range from a high of $200 for members to a low of $50 for Winter Texans. National Rifle Association membership is required prior to becoming a member of the club.

“The gun club originally started in McAllen in the 1960s,” said Lester Tisdale, club board member and handgun director. “In 1988 the club made a deal with the city of Mission to lease part of the sanitary landfill, where we are located now, since nothing else could be done there. We are a private, nonprofit 501c4 organization so anything we make we have to put back into the facilities at the club whether it be machinery, buildings, salaries or anything needed to make the club work.”

Read more: Skeet and Trap Club offers education, competition and fellowship


Mission CISD raises tax rate 3 cents

20140905 generic-schoolMission teachers will receive raises and equity adjustments ranging from $1500 to $3000 plus a 2.5 percent from midpoint pay bonus just before Christmas. Meanwhile, taxpayers will see their school taxes go up next year, and every year for the next three years if school administrators get their way.

The pay raises/adjustments for all Mission CISD employees will cost $3.75 million and the bonuses will run an additional $2.6 million.

In the Aug. 6 meeting of the Mission CISD Board of Trustees, Superintendent of Schools Ricardo Lopez pushed for a 5.5-cent tax increase this year, followed by a series of tax hikes each year until a total of 13 cents is added to the I&S tax levy. However, board members Sonia Trevino and Patty Bazaldua reined in the superintendent, instructing the staff to come back with a budget based on a 3-cent tax increase.

Read more: Mission CISD raises tax rate 3 cents


La Joya ISD to take $50 million from fund balance to balance budget

2014 LJIS LOGOLa Joya ISD will spend nearly $50 million more than it brings in next year in a budget presented last week.

“Remember, we did undertake an aggressive approach to technology for our schools,” Alfredo Vela, assistant superintendent of finance told La Joya Independent School District Board of Trustees at a public hearing on the budget.

He also acknowledged a $2,400 salary boost for teachers and a 4 percent raise for other professionals in the district. Technical and maintenance workers will get a $1.25 per hour raise.

Read more: La Joya ISD to take $50 million from fund balance to balance budget


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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’

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Requenez returns to lead Lobos

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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

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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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OBIT-Rockson Omar Flores

MISSION - Baby Rockson Omar Flores, 17 days old, passed away on Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014, at Texas Children's Hospital in Houston.


DEATH NOTICE-Iker Gonzalez

MISSION - Iker Gonzalez, age 2, passed away on Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014, at Mission Regional Medical Center.


DEATH NOTICE-Scarlett Vasquez

MISSION – A funeral service for Scarlett Vasquez will be held on Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014, at 9 a.m. at Ric Brown Family Funeral Home in Mission. Burial will follow at Garden of Angels Cemetery in Abram.


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