Written by Julie Silva Friday, 29 November 2013 10:02
Dozens donned scarves, beanies and coats to deliver $5 gas vouchers to unsuspecting drivers pulling into the station. Some volunteered to wash windshields as drivers pumped gas. Even after the group cheered as the last gas voucher was handed out just after noon, teens continued to wash windshields of incoming vehicles.
“We just really wanted to show them that we love our community; we love our area,” said Penny Cruz, associate pastor at the church under Eliud and Cathy Garcia, senior pastors. “We love people, and it’s been so awesome looking at the people’s faces like, ‘Why are you doing this?’ Because, just because we have a heart for the people.”
Written by Julie Silva Friday, 29 November 2013 10:00
A caravan of Mission fire trucks, police units and other vehicles slowly made its way into a trailer park off Mile 2 and Trosper roads. Each vehicle was loaded down with boxes of turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and vegetables, almost everything families would need to put together a Thanksgiving Day meal.
Residents stood outside their homes—most of them old RVs that had been immobile years ago—braving the 40-degree temperatures and light rain. Fifty families in the small community had one more thing to be grateful for as they broke bread Thursday.
It’s a Thanksgiving tradition for the Mission Police Department that goes back at least a decade, and this year several city departments got involved. Even Mayor Norbeto Salinas was a part of the convoy that parked along the dirt road that winds through the trailer park.
“We feel that we needed to do something like this for these types of families, getting to some of the most poorest people that we have,” Salinas said.
Written by Julie Silva Friday, 29 November 2013 09:58
La Joya ISD board members heard reports Tuesday reading assessments given to kindergarten, first- and second-grade students at the beginning of the year.
As part of the Texas Education Code, the assessments must be done at the beginning, middle and end of the year and the results must be shared with the La Joya Independent School District Board of Trustees.
The tests assess skills like chronological awareness, reading comprehension and accuracy. In La Joya, the majority of students are in the dual language program and took Tejas Lee, which tests them in Spanish. Most of those students had difficulty with reading comprehension.
Written by Luciano Guerra Friday, 29 November 2013 09:56
In both 2012 and 2013, Sharyland won the District 30-5A football championship by going undefeated and outscoring their opponents by more than four to one.
In 2012 and 2013, Sharyland opened the playoffs with a relatively easy bi-district win against Laredo United in Laredo.
In 2012, Sharyland played the Harlingen Cardinals in the area round of the playoffs during a rainstorm and won, 42-2. In 2013, the Rattlers defeated the Harlingen Cardinals in the area round, 23-20.
Now, Sharyland faces the same San Antonio Madison team at the same stadium – Corpus Christi’s Buccaneer Stadium – in the regional round of the state playoffs. But this time Sharyland head coach Ron Adame is hoping for a different outcome in today’s 2 p.m. matchup against the Madison Mavericks. Last year, the Mavericks handed Adame the only loss of his head coaching career and ended the Rattlers’ otherwise perfect season by a final score of 40-13.
Written by Craig Verley Friday, 29 November 2013 09:52
Sets are under construction, props gathered, costumes tailored, and rehearsals underway for the most ambitious undertaking yet for the Veterans Memorial High School (VMHS) Harlequins Drama Club. For two weekends in December, the curtain will go up on their production of “Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.”
Performances of the musical thriller will take place the first two weekends on Dec. 5, 6 and 7 and 12, 13 and 14 at the VMHS Theater, located at 700 E. Two Mile Road.
Advanced tickets will be sold Monday throughThursday, beginning on Dec. 2 at 4:30 p.m. at the theater or during traditional office hours at the VMHS front office. All performances will begin at 7 p.m. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. Student tickets will cost $5. Adult tickets will cost $10.
The musical thriller is set in 19th century England and tells the story of Benjamin Barker, aka Sweeney Todd. After being released from prison, the falsely accused man opens a barber shop above the pie shop of Ms. Lovett. The two team up in a plot for revenge against those who have done them wrong and hurt loved ones.
Written by Kathy Olivarez Friday, 29 November 2013 09:47
A public hearing on proposed health care funding for the Hidalgo County Health Care Funding District was held during the Tuesday, Nov. 26, meeting of the Hidalgo County Commissioners. Unfortunately, Health and Human Services Director Eddie Olivarez said the final figures had not yet been handed down by the state so there was not a final amount to tell commissioners. The amount levied by the state will affect the amount of money for indigent care that Hidalgo, Cameron and Webb Counties, the three poorest counties in the state will receive for indigent care.
Senate Bill 1623 works with a fee on hospitals rather than residents, which is the basis for the revenue that the counties will receive based on the fiscal year 2010. Olivarez said that the final figure was not yet ready but Hidalgo County would receive 2.7 to 3.5 percent of all funds set aside for indigent care throughout the state. Revenues for membership hospitals would be $1.2 billion and there would be up to 120 days to collect the revenues after the numbers are finalized. The percentage collected by the county would be multiplied by $1.50 for every dollar. For every $1 put into the pot, the county will receive $2.50.
Written by Doug Young Monday, 25 November 2013 08:19
He may be the Sharyland’s Renaissance Man - the player who can do everything. During the Rattler’s 23-20 second playoff round win over Harlingen last Saturday afternoon, Sean Landez proved he could do it all on both sides of the ball.
Though he achieved national attention a year ago with his 109.9 yard touchdown run, Landez’ game last Saturday against Harlingen proved to be the bigger of the two achievements. He scored twice – once on a 30 yard pass from Lance Madden in the first quarter, then again with the game winning 21 yard pass reception from Brandon Garza late in the fourth quarter.
When Harlingen was about to score in the fourth, the Cardinals fumbled, but when the stack was sorted out, it was Landez hoisting the ball high in the air. While playing at free safety, Landez administered some solid hits that shook the ball loose from Harlingen receivers and he saved a sure touchdown in the third quarter by getting a bit of finger on the ball to knock it away. Just to be sure, Landez added in long punt returns to set up the offense in good field position.
Rattlers vs Cardinals - Clash of the titans
In what’s shaping up to be an epic battle between two of the Valley’s 5A powerhouses, the 11-0 Sharyland Rattlers and the 10-1 Harlingen Cardinals will be taking to the gridiron tonight at Boggus Stadium in Harlingen in the UIL Region IV area round playoff game. This clash of...Read More...
Rattlers Win Bi-District
With a swarming defense that kept Laredo United South bottled up, the Sharyland Rattlers met the Panthers on their home turf and came away with a convincing 42-13 win. The two scores United South posted on the board came late in the game when head coach Ron Adame sat out his regulars. “We keep playing defense the way we did tonight, we got a chance to win any football game we play in” said Adame, giving credit to both his athletes...Read More...
Gilpin, Patriots ready to achieve something special
Coach David Gilpin is expecting something special this year. Something that has not only eluded him as a head coach but every Veterans Memorial High School football team that has ever taken to the gridiron – a second round playoff win. Breaking into the third round of the state playoffs has been one of Gilpin’s goals long before his quarterback took his first snap from center this season – a goal that he is determined to see his...Read More...
Community members become Principals for a day
MISSION—At 7:30 a.m., Principal Orlando Farias can be found enjoying his first cup of coffee, and standing at the entrance of Mission Collegiate High School greeting his students every morning. Mission Collegiate HS is known for its size of 225 students and rigorous curriculum. Farias said the idea that the top students in the district are attending his campus is a misunderstanding, but he said by the time the students graduate, they will be. Through the annual Principal for a Day Mission CISD event, members of the community had the opportunity to shadow a principal for half a school day to...Read More...
Palmview takes hard look at finances
PALMVIEW—Entering into the tightest part of the year, city leaders hope to save enough money at the end of the fiscal year to put away for a rainy day. “I want to be part of a group, of a team, of a city that’s going to have a fund balance,” Palmview’s Mayor Pro Tem Ricardo Villarreal said Monday night as city leaders discussed finances. “Even if we start at $3,000 this year in the black, please help us do that.” City Manager Ramon Segovia only was named to the position last month, but he’s working with the finance director to streamline procedures, implementing a new purchase...Read More...
La Joya High School graduates receive migrant award
LA JOYA—Before leaving for college—one in Boston, the other in Austin—twin brothers Jesus and Julian Gonzalez had never been apart for more than a few days. When they graduated from La Joya High School in May, Jesus was honored as valedictorian while Julian took the title of salutatorian. High honors for brothers who grew up in a primarily Spanish-speaking household. Now the two will share another recognition as they have been named Exemplary Migrant Students...Read More...
OBIT-Isaura G. Macias
MISSION - Isaura G. Macias, 94, passed away on Monday, Dec. 2, 2013 at Mission Regional Medical Center.Read More...
DEATH NOTICE-Clara Boyd
MISSION – A memorial service for Clara Boyd will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013, at 3 p.m. at Ric Brown Family Funeral Home in Mission.Read More...
DEATH NOTICE-Billie Jean Vandever
MISSION - Billie Jean Vandever, 84, passed away on Monday, Dec. 2, 2013, at Doctors Hospital in Edinburg.Read More...
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