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Ousley: Look at the man, not the party

Hidalgo County sheriff candidate Vince Ousley is asking voters to look the person, not the party.

He wants voters to educate themselves and stop following the pack. In the perfect world, Ousley said, candidates for each political party would represent their respective party well. But he pointed at corruption recently uncovered by former sheriff Lupe Treviño and said it's not a perfect world.

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Hiring Our Heroes aims at veterans

Veterans have the opportunity to fine tune their interviewing skills and clean up their resume with a job fair hosted by the University of Phoenix McAllen campus.

On Oct. 15, the university, partnered with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce foundation Hiring Our Heroes, will hold an employment workshop and hiring fair.

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JP Ochoa abruptly resigns

Ismael “Melo” Ochoa, justice of the peace for Pct. 3, Place 2, submitted a letter of resignation to Hidalgo County Judge Ramon Garcia at around 2 p.m. Friday.

It was effective immediately. The short letter did not give a reason for the sudden resignation. Ochoa ran unopposed for reelection to the office in the March primaries. He also did not have a Republican opponent in the November election.

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MissionPink boosts breast cancer awareness

Imelda Martinez was bald for a year while she underwent chemotherapy, but she refused to let her breast cancer diagnosis stop her from living.

“Sometimes I wouldn’t wear my scarf. I’d put on the biggest pair of earrings I had and the highest stilettos, and I danced all night,” Martinez told the thousands who showed up for the sixth annual MissionPink 5K Walk/Run.

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RGV RAS to aid hunt for missing people

A Brownsville man wanted on outstanding warrants for sexual assault and kidnapping fled to Mexico with his 5-year-old daughter through the Anzalduas Bridge two months ago.

The Department of Public Safety wasn’t able to issue an Amber Alert until well after Miguel Angel Flores had disappeared into Mexico, and local law enforcement agencies hope a movement to create a regional alert system will give officers the time they need to find missing people before they cross into Mexico.

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Monday last day for voter registration

everal items on the November ballot will affect residents locally and countywide, and Monday is the deadline to register to vote.

Not only are key statewide seats, like the governor’s and lieutenant governor’s offices, up for grabs, but the Hidalgo County Sheriff will be on the ballot as well as the 92nd District Court judge bench. Three trustees on La Joya Independent School District Board are up for reelection and all have opposition.

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County considers financing options for capital needs, courthouse

Hidalgo County Commissioners Court heard a report from Estrada-Hinojosa for financing capital improvement needs for the County for 2015 and looked at possible financing for the proposed new courthouse at its Tuesday meeting.

The firm of Estrada-Hinojosa told the court refinancing outstanding loans at lower interest rates and freeing cash on hand would give the county $32 million to do needed projects. By using certifications of obligation series 2014 for long-term assets, the county could get up $22 million for projects. By refinancing the 2014 tax notes for vehicles, road, parks and community center, another $6 million could be freed. The county could also get an additional $4 million to have as cash on hand by freeing $4 million of the $4.8 million the county received in a lawsuit for repairs to the county jail.

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STC tax rate hike opponents rally for rollback election

Hidalgo County watchdogs vowed to take action when the South Texas College board followed through with plans to increase the tax rate Tuesday night.

The approved tax rate is 18.5 cents per $100 property valuation–that’s a 3.5-cent increase, which would increase property tax revenue by 26 percent. The figure opponents seem most focused on is the 26 percent.

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