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Multiple Palmview voters at one address raises concerns

20140131 votePALMVIEW–Eighteen people are registered to vote at a one-bedroom home at 205 Minvera St. in Palmview according to a list of registered voters released by Hidalgo County.

Meanwhile, eight people are registered to vote at 403 Palma Vista Drive, the furniture store where Albino Villarreal is registered to vote. Villarreal said he should be the only one registered at the store. He previously has indicated he sleeps at the store for security purposes.

Villarreal is one of four members of the Palmview Leadership slate of candidates in the May 10 city election. His opponent, Ricky Villarreal, has questioned Albino’s residency status, even taking the issue to court, but it was dismissed.

Two women named Claudia Villarreal are registered to vote from the business, but Albino Villarreal said he did not recognize the name. However, both Albino Villarreal’s wife and daughter are named Claudia. Other people registered at the store are Alisha Monik Camacho, Abigail Alexis Flores, Marissa Flores, Manuel Galvan and Leonardo Garza.

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Mission celebrates Arbor Day

20140425 National-Butterfly-Center-Arbor-Day SD 0187MISSION—Students were elbow-deep in potting soil early Friday morning at Midkiff Elementary. Giggling and pointing out bugs in the lawn, all grade levels participated in planting flowers on the campus borders.

Principal Dora A. Villalobos said the campus has participated in planting flowers for the last 11 years on Arbor Day.

“This is a program that has been going since Midkiff’s inception. Mr. Midkiff had a love for planting and keeping the earth full of trees,” Villalobos said. “Now it really has expanded. It is full force as far as the degree of the amount of plants.”

This year, the City of Palmhurst donated 25 oak trees to the campus. Councilmen Ruben De Leon and Robert A. Salinas were present to plant the first tree.

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Volunteers needed for Stamp Out Hunger drive

PHARR – Volunteers are needed for the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive this Saturday, May 10. Those interested would be assigned to post offices during the event to help with crowd control, collecting donated products and unloading boxes or bins.

The Food Bank of the Rio Grande Valley is partnering with the National Association of Letter Carriers, the Campbell’s Soup Company and the U.S. Postal Service for the drive.

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CBP to deploy two additional aerostats in Rio Grande Valley

20131219 Penitas Border-Patrol-Aerostat 0569 featureU.S. Customs and Border Protection has completed the operational utility evaluation of three aerostats that were deployed in the Rio Grande Valley Border Patrol Sector in November 2013, and is planning to deploy two additional aerostats this June.

The aerostats have been very effective for the Border Patrol, both as a deterrence and as a means of spotting illegal activity. Additionally, the aerostats have helped agents save immigrant lives in remote and inhospitable areas.

The aerostats were acquired from the Department of Defense as they are no longer needed by the military in Iraq and Afghanistan, but have significant benefits to the protection of the United States when deployed in a homeland security situation. The significant advantages of using excess military equipment include economic benefits and, in partnership with DOD, quality training in its use and maintenance.

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Palmview slates face off

20140426 Palmview Political Forum lg-05 featureCandidates for the Palmview City Council questioned whether the city should be run like a business at a political forum hosted Saturday, April 26, by Progress Times.

“We are here for our community. Businessmen are here to make a profit,” said Arlando Nacianceno, who is running for Place 1 on the Palmview Proud slate.

“The city’s not a business; business is not a city” added Jerry Perez, mayor candidate for Palmview Proud. “The city is public services.”

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Soldier ‘gave us an inheritance’

20140426 PFC Diego Montoya Dedication lg-09There’s a peace that radiates from Rosie Peña Guerra when she talks about her son, Pfc. Diego Montoya, who died in Afghanistan in 2010.

That peace doesn’t waver when she talks about how her twin sons, David and Mark Guerra, didn’t have to be prodded to serve their country. David is in the Navy, and currently serving in the Mediterranean and Mark is in Army training in Georgia.

“It’s times like these that you come so close and even closer to the Lord than you have ever been before,” Peña Guerra said. “It’s built my faith. I stand on God and His word. I realize that my kids are only borrowed for a moment, but that’s who I depend on to get me through difficult times to be able to have peace and to be able to have rest and come through the grief and mourning.”

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Mission Lions host Mud Volleyball

20130608 Mud Volleyball Tourney lg-05Let the games begin!

Mud volleyball games, that is.

The Mission Lions Club is hosting the Second Annual Mud Volleyball Tournament this Saturday, beginning at 9 a.m. City of Alton crews have already begun preparing the mud pits for the event featuring good, clean family fun. It will be staged on Conway Avenue across the street from the Alton City Hall.

Some 48 teams are expected to participate in the all-day event, including a re-match of last year’s face-off between Mission Police and Mission Fire Department. Mission High School and Veterans Memorial High School will both be fielding teams, as well.

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La Joya works to revitalize business by offering USDA loan

city-of-la-joyaLA JOYA—Mayor Jose A. “Fito” Salinas and the La Joya Economic Development Board of Directors are working together to stimulate economic growth in the business community of La Joya.

As part of their many efforts, the EDC is offering the Revolving Loan Fund Program funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The Revolving Loan Fund Program was established to assist small businesses to access low interest loans to help with the expansion of a current business or to start a new business.

The minimum loan amount is $10,000 and the maximum is $150,000. These loans may be used for working capital, start-up cost, construction, repair and renovation, purchase of property and purchase of equipment.

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