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Regional Teacher of the Year goes to MCISD Humble beginnings have helped educator Jesus Razo, 38, strive for excellence. That excellence is now being recognized. Read the Full Story
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

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Businesses win through Ruby Red Ventures

20140819 MISSION Ruby-Red-Ventures 2989Parking will expand at Jitterz Coffee Bar after owners received a $10,000 grant through Mission’s Ruby Red Venture program.

It was one of five grants adding up to $50,000 announced by the Mission Economic Development Corporation at Tuesday’s meeting. Through the program, the corporation hands out up to $100,000 annually in two rounds to encourage entrepreneurial ventures.

Since the program started, the city has handed out $182,000 to local business owners. In this round, grants went both to new entrepreneurs as well as established businesses in Mission.

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Citrus leaders plan disease response

20140822 AREA Citrus-greening 0077WESLACO–Citrus growers must be proactive to save the $150 million Rio Grande Valley industry as a deadly disease continues to spread in the region, representatives of Texas Citrus Mutual emphasized at a news conference Wednesday.

Florida recently reported 80 percent of its trees are infected with citrus greening, threatening the $9 billion industry in the state.

Meanwhile, Ray Prewett, president of Texas Citrus Mutual said in the last few days, 130 newly infected trees have been identified, most in one or two groves. That brings the total confirmed infected trees to nearly 640.

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Mission School Board reorganized

20140822 Patricia-OCana-OlivarezAfter accepting the resignation of school board President Sonia Trevino last Wednesday, the Mission CISD board of trustees elected new board officers. Patricia O’cana-Olivarez was named board president, Patty Bazaldua, vice president, and J.C. Avila, secretary.

In addition, Veronica Rodriguez-Mendoza was appointed to fill the board vacancy created by Trevino’s resignation. Mendoza was immediately sworn in and took her place on the board.

Trevino stepped down from the board so her sister, Leticia Ybarra, could be hired by the district in a newly-created position as Coordinator for Physical Education and Health. Following the reorganization of the board, Ybarra was approved for the new position in a 7-0 vote.

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MRMC unveils ‘journey wall’

20140815 MRMC 60th-Anniversary 2896Pillars of Mission Regional Medical Center as well as the hospital’s history are commemorated on a “journey wall” unveiled Friday in honor of the nonprofit’s 60th anniversary.

Javier Iruegas, CEO of the hospital, said he expects the hospital to add to the wall in the coming years.

“These individuals were key to what we call courage … to help us reach that milestone in our most recent history, and for that courage and for saddling up in spite of what was happening at the time to go out and go to Washington and try to help secure funding for us,” Iruegas said.

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City works to balance business, beautification

City-of-Mission-logoA move to allow more signs along the Mission highway was met with protest from local government watchdog Virginia Townsend at a recent city workshop.

As Planning Director Daniel Tijerina went over proposed changes to the city’s sign ordinance, which would allow more billboards along U.S. 83, Townsend tapped him on the shoulder and asked if she could speak.

“How does having more signs enhance our community? What is good about having more? What is pretty about it? Why do we want to make it less stringent than what we have?” Townsend asked. “I certainly don’t think there’s anything great about allowing more signs.”

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Bryan Elementary student drop-off changes to improve traffic safety

20140822 MCISDL Bryan-Drop-off-changes-2014Parents of Bryan Elementary School students are being alerted to changes in the traffic patterns for students at the school beginning this year. The change is occurring because of the increased traffic along Bryan Road due to the construction of the new WalMart neighborhood grocery store on the property just south of the school.

Beginning Monday, Aug. 25, access to Bryan Elementary School and Elm Street from Bryan Road will be limited during school drop off and pick up times. Elm Street will be closed at Bryan Road from 6:30 to 8:30 a.m. and again from 2 to 4:30 p.m. each school day. All access to the school during these times will be made by approaching the school on Elm Street from the east coming from Stewart Rd. and then exiting back on Elm Street in the same direction towards Stewart.

The decision to make these changes was made during a meeting between Mission Consolidated Independent School District administration and the Mission Police Department.

Read more: Bryan Elementary student drop-off changes to improve traffic safety

 

County studies $18 million deficit budget

Hidalgo-County-SealHidalgo County Commissioners Court held a special workshop Tuesday to continue studying a projected $18 million budget deficit.

Last week the budget deficit was listed as $12 million; however, changes in figures showed the deficit at $18 million in the second workshop.

Still county leaders think they can cut that shortfall down to $5 million, and Budget Manager Sergio Cruz presented several ways of reducing the proposed budget, which included cutting countywide operating expenditures $5,991,560, and a reduction in work force of four percent, saving $3,155,449.

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Huskies activating ‘beast mode’

20140816 LJJL Football Key Players lg-02 COLORLa Joya Juarez-Lincoln head football coach Tomas Garcia is ready to release the beast on his team’s District 30-6A opponents. After taking over a 2-8 Huskies’ team against 4A competition and turning it into a 5-5 5A team two years ago, Garcia saw his Huskies take a step backwards last year as they ended the season with only four wins against six losses.

So what will it take for the Huskies to take a step forward this year? How can the team have a winning season and secure a spot in the playoffs for the first time in school history? Garcia believes that having his team activate “Beast Mode” is the answer.

“Beast mode is something that my defensive coordinator came up with,” explained Garcia. “It’s the same thing that the Seattle Seahawks used and we liked what it meant as far as going all-out from the very beginning of the game. We want to play fast and finish strong, but at the same time we want to start off strong and that’s what being in beast mode is all about.”

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2014 Hawk Watch begins next month

20140822 HawkJoin Bentsen State Park naturalists and volunteers as they spot and count thousands of migrating raptors during the annual Hawk Watch. It takes place at the Hawk Tower, Thursdays through Sundays in September and every day in October from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. both months.

Birds of prey are indicators of environmental well-being and Bentsen’s annual Hawk Watch program contributes to HawkCount – a long-term study monitoring raptor population trends and the largest standardized raptor migration count network in the world. HawkCount is a project of Hawk Migration Association of North America.

Participation offers an opportunity to learn more about the migration and field identification of birds of prey. Novice and beginning hawk watchers can practice their raptor identification skills with the help of naturalists on Fridays from 10 a.m. to noon at the Hawk Tower.

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OPINION: State Capital Highlights: Grand jury indicts governor on 2 counts

20140822 Rick-Perry-MugshotAUSTIN — A Travis County grand jury on Aug. 15 indicted Gov. Rick Perry on two felony counts: abuse of official capacity and coercion of a public servant.


Count I alleges Perry, on or about June 14, 2013, intended to harm Rosemary Lehmberg, Travis County district attorney and chief of the state’s Public Integrity Unit, by intentionally or knowingly misusing public property in withholding funding approved by the Texas Legislature for the operation of the Public Integrity Unit. 


Count II alleges Perry by means of coercion and in his official capacity as a public servant threatened to veto legislation funding the Public Integrity Unit unless Lehmberg resigned as district attorney. 


Read more: OPINION: State Capital Highlights: Grand jury indicts governor on 2 counts

   

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).”

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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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Texas Syndicate gang member killed in La Joya shootout

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. Mayor Jose A. “Fito” Salinas stood feet away from a La Joya Police Department vehicle that had a...

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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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OBIT-Mariano Manrique

MISSION - Mariano Manrique, 99, passed away on Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014, at Mission Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

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OBIT-Olga Rivera Morales

MISSION - Olga Rivera Morales, 70, passed away Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, at Amara Hospice in Edinburg.

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OBIT-Maria Luisa Peña

MISSION – Maria Luisa Peña, 75, passed away on Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, at McAllen Heart Hospital.

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