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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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VMHS tops RGV Sports Hall of Fame awards nominations

20131115 Volleyball CedarPark vs VMHS lg-21Sometimes 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 so hard to come by that they are among the most highly coveted awards that any South Texas high school sports program, team or individual athlete can receive.

So what makes the RGV Sports Hall of Fame awards among the most exclusive of all local high school varsity sports awards? It’s actually two things. First, each of their awards includes all sports, and second, they are Valleywide. As a result each nominee is selected from, and each winner has to beat out, athletes or teams from all sports from all across the Valley.

Read more: VMHS tops RGV Sports Hall of Fame awards nominations

 

Clinton Elementary wins Ronald McDonald House Charities pull tab challenge

20140530 LJISD Clinton Elem Ronald McDonald AF  8059PEÑITAS—William J. Clinton Elementary Principal Martin Muñoz said his students are focused on helping their community as well as promoting a green lifestyle.  


The Green Club spearheaded a pull-tab campaign at the campus, a project sponsored through the Ronald McDonald House Charities for the Rio Grande Valley. The students, with the help of the district and their community, managed to raise nearly a ton of can pull-tabs.


The campaign enlists the help of elementary schools from all over the Valley to collect pull-tabs from cans that will be recycled for donations. Families who stay in the Ronald McDonald House are asked for a $10 donation fee, but when payment can’t be made, the proceeds from the pull tabs are used to house the families.

Read more: Clinton Elementary wins Ronald McDonald House Charities pull tab challenge

 

Jim Brunson: Beto has my support

20140307 Beto-SalinasI am doing something I rarely do – endorsing a candidate. I do so now because I have serious concerns about the candidate who is attempting to unseat Mission Mayor Norberto “Beto” Salinas.

I urge all our readers to support Beto Salinas in the run-off election because he has proven time and time again to be a valuable advocate and leader for the City of Mission. His accomplishments as mayor over the past 16 years are many and varied.

The pattern he has established is one of setting specific goals, then using his leadership skills, business and finance acumen and determination to achieve those goals. He has served as an elected official for many, many years -- first as Hidalgo County Pct. 3 Commissioner, from 1981-1992, then as mayor of Mission since 1998.

Read more: Jim Brunson: Beto has my support

 

RGV seeing more border activity

20140121 Area Homeland-Security 0775Peñitas saw 35 drug seizures from December through February, according to Police Chief Roel Bermea. In April, that number increased 97 and May saw 171 seizures.

“I really don’t know what’s going on,” Bermea said. “We do what we have to do. I guess Border Patrol has seen an increase themselves.”

Before an aerostat, a helium-filled balloon with infrared cameras meant to deter illegal activity in the area, went up last year, Bermea said the city had been averaging between 60 and 90 a month.

La Joya Police Chief Geovani Hernandez echoed Bermea’s observations, estimating a 300-400 percent increase in recent activity. He pointed to three minor pursuits involving La Joya officers on Saturday as an example.

Read more: RGV seeing more border activity

 

Palmhurst breaks ground on shopping center

20140604 Palmhurst-ground-breaking DR  0011PALMHURST—The City of Palmhurst is welcoming a new development, Palmhurst Village Center, adjacent to the new H-E-B property on Mile 3 Road.

The center will sit on 90,000 square feet at a cost of more than $20 million, and it will be separated into three separate pad sites.

Citizens will soon be able to enjoy a number of stores that have committed to spots in the center, including: Ross, Rue 21, CATO, Shoe Show, AT&T wireless, WB Liquors and Aqua Dental.

The city held a groundbreaking celebration Wednesday and welcomed Walter G. Busby, a partner of Turner Busby Development. Busby said the company is housed in San Antonio and the Palmhurst project is its first in the Rio Grande Valley.

Read more: Palmhurst breaks ground on shopping center

 

Early voting starts Monday in mayor race

20140131 voteEarly voting starts Monday in the runoff election between Mayor Norberto “Beto” Salinas and challenger Jaime Gutierrez.

Salinas, a rancher and businessman, has served as mayor of Mission for 16 years, and before that he served as a Hidalgo County commissioner.

Gutierrez, a local businessman who owns a car dealership, says it’s time for change. Originally from Los Angeles, Gutierrez moved to Mission 12 years ago because he really liked the city.

Still, he sees two Missions: the north side and south side.

Read more: Early voting starts Monday in mayor race

 

La Joya PD kept busy in chases

20140606 La-Joya-Drug-BustOfficers in La Joya were involved in three chases over the weekend and seized about 1,400 pounds of marijuana in the process.

Sheriff Geovani Hernandez said it started Saturday when an officer noticed what appeared to be a utility truck. When he looked closer, the officer saw a domestic extension cord hanging off the back when normally utility trucks use commercial cords.

Hernandez said when the officer pulled behind the truck, the driver made an illegal U-turn and headed west on U.S. 83 toward Sullivan City. He ended up driving the truck into the river, Hernandez said.

Read more: La Joya PD kept busy in chases

   

County considers new minimum wage for low-level employees

Hidalgo-County-SealHidalgo County Commissioners Court is considering a request made by President Barack Obama to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 for anyone earning less than that amount.

The minimum wage received by county employees is $7.25 an hour. While the county employs between 3,800 and 4,000 employees, only 2.5 percent, or 85, earn less than the $10.10 recommended by President Obama for minimum wage. The court was told it would take about $137,000 to bring those 85 personnel up to the minimum wage proposed by the President.

Commissioner Hector “Tito” Palacios said the county might have to streamline and cut down on a few employees, but he thought “raising salaries for those earning less that $10.10 could be done.” He added the funds might have to come from cutting back on the number of employees the county has.

Read more: County considers new minimum wage for low-level employees

   

Mission to sell three seized properties

City-of-Mission-logoMission City Council agreed to sell three seized properties at its Tuesday meeting at the request of Police Chief Robert Dominguez.

Dominguez said the properties and all buildings on them were awarded to the City of Mission after a drug case. They included Lot 89 Shary Palms Subdivision III; 0.529 acres out of 20 acres of Lot eight, block four; Lot one, block five and lot one, block 17 John Closner Subdivision.

Also Tuesday, at the request of the police chief a speed limit of 45 miles per hour on Taylor Road was approved for the southbound lane. The area with the new speed limit extends from Expressway 83 to the northernmost limits of the city. Because Taylor Road is the dividing line between Mission and McAllen, the City of McAllen already approved the 45-mile per hour speed limit for the northbound lanes.

Read more: Mission to sell three seized properties

   

Chris Rocha named Pitcher of the Year

20140510 Baseball Palmvew vs PSJA lg-67The 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 reached by any team in any sport at Palmview High School.

As the Lobos’ ace on the mound, Chris Rocha had as much to do with Palmview’s unprecedented success as anybody. The fact that he was recently named District 30-5A’s Pitcher of the Year is a testament to the fact that he is the best in the district bar none.

Selected as the district’s Coach of the Year himself, Garcia had high praises to sing of his star pitcher both on and off the mound.

“Chris is a great kid and a great leader,” said Garcia. “He is one of the best pitchers in the Valley, if not the best. He proved himself worthy of the selection by the other coaches in the district simply by the fact that he was a threat to win every time he took the mound. As a result I knew that he was going to get something big.”

Read more: Chris Rocha named Pitcher of the Year

   

‘Summer Nights’ returns to MOSTHistory

20140606 MOSTHistoryEDINBURG – The Museum of South Texas History will host their fourth annual Summer Nights at the Museum to be held at 7 p.m. on June 12, July 10 and Aug. 7. During the three night series adventure the museum’s signature exhibition, Rio Grande Legacy, will come to life section by section, providing three different adventures through time.

Each Summer Night program follows a schedule of events that will promptly kick off at 7 p.m. with a puppet show — popcorn included – to tie into the spotlighted exhibition section. Guests should arrive early to get their snack before show time.

Following the puppet show, children will receive a game card to begin playing “Find Me if You Can,” a quest to find the character, artifact or image that inspired the puppet characters. Once completed, the game card can be entered into a drawing for a prize to be awarded at the end of each night. If the children play the game each month, they will not only have three chances to win but also a chance to win a grand prize at the conclusion of Summer Nights.

Read more: ‘Summer Nights’ returns to MOSTHistory

   

Retaliation alleged in flurry of lawsuits

20140530 lawHidalgo County Pct. 3 Commissioner Joe Flores has filed his own lawsuit after he was called out in yet another case alleging he is pulling the political strings of western Hidalgo County.

Flores’ suit was filed May 8 against former State Rep. Kino Flores; Ruth Villarreal, a former insurance provider for La Joya Independent School District; and Arnold Ochoa, a former La Joya ISD trustee and former city of Palmview employee.

Also named in his suit is Javier Peña, the attorney who filed separate suits on behalf of Villarreal and Ochoa.

Read more: Retaliation alleged in flurry of lawsuits

   

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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...

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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...

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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.”

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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,”...

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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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OBIT-Iris Aida De La Rosa

MISSION – Iris Aida De La Rosa, 75, passed away on Sunday, July 20, 2014 at Mission Regional Medical Center.

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OBIT-Rosa Maria Guerrero Villarreal

MISSION/CORPUS CHRISTI - Rosa Maria Guerrero Villarreal, 55, passed away on Saturday, July 19, 2014, at her home in Corpus Christi.

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DEATH NOTICE-Alejandro Alanis

LA JOYA - Alejandro Alanis, 77, passed away on Sunday, July 20, 2014, at Mission Regional Medical Center. Services will be held later in Mexico.

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