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Written by Andrielle Figueroa Friday, 20 December 2013 11:32
LA JOYA—Claudia Portales, a mother of five daughters, said her only wish for Christmas was for her children to be happy. She carried her 1-year-old on her side and he held tightly onto a peppermint candy cane.
Only a few minutes before, Portales was hanging her children’s clothes out to dry on a wire fence that bordered her burgundy home—made from plywood and pieced together on cement blocks.
There was no chance of gifts or a real holiday in the Portales home before they received a Christmas surprise Wednesday. La Joya High School National Honor Society students arrived on a school bus and marched up her driveway, gifts in hand, wearing antlers and Santa Claus hats.
Written by Julie Silva Friday, 20 December 2013 11:28
Families happily lined 5 Mile Road, sitting on bleachers and curbs, ready for the action, as Alton city officials lined up floats down the road. The sirens of emergency vehicles announced the procession, which city leaders boasted included 50 percent more entries than last year.
Seated in a float made to look like a train car (“City of Alton named after the Alton Railroad” a banner states), Miss Alton 2014 in a blue sequined evening gown waved to the crowd. Dancers from Domingo Treviño Middle School with pom poms at their sides led the way for the Husky band behind Miss Alton.
Written by Andrielle Figueroa Friday, 20 December 2013 11:30
Student Rene Diaz Jr. collapsed on Oct. 31 during basketball practice, according to Craig Verley, public information officer.
“They had a student that morning collapse in the gym and was unresponsive,” Verley said. “He is actually sitting with us in this room this evening, due in part to the actions of these individuals here.”
The staff members that were recognized included: Rogers Brown, Hosea Henderson III, Everardo Castellano Jr., Robert Aparicio, Janelle Hernandez and Elizabeth Ponce. Students who assisted were Jose Garcia, Jesus Cuellar, Caleb Oviedo and Adrian Cerda.
Written by Julie Silva Friday, 20 December 2013 11:25
Primera Baptist Church has been hosting Christmas performances for years, decades even, but this year it literally starts with a bang—a drummer’s solo leading into a rendition of the “Little Drummer Boy.”
Pastor Eli Sanchez said the goal is to have a Christmas party, not another program.
“We wanted to make it fun, but we also wanted to have a message,” he said.
Church leaders recruited talent from across the congregation, and the result is heavy on percussion with three drummers who dominate the party, an adult choir and dancing children. The entire church is represented well, Sanchez said, which reflects their stance that church is for everyone.
Written by Luciano Guerra Friday, 20 December 2013 11:21
Juarez-Lincoln High School state medalist Danae Sanchez credits her teammates for the championship trophy the school earned last weekend. Defeating every school they faced at the Team Dual District Wrestling meet, the Lady Huskies claimed the girls championship for the fourth time in five years.
But Sanchez certainly led the way for her team. With an 11-0 record so far this year, Sanchez is once again displaying the dominance she became known for in both the 148 lb. and 165 lb. weight classes last year.
“Last year was a pretty good year for me,” said Sanchez. “I won the district championship, the regional championship and I missed the state championship by one point.”
Written by Luciano Guerra Friday, 20 December 2013 11:20
In last weekend's District 16-5A Team Dual Championship wrestling competition, Juarez-Lincoln High School emerged as the only school to qualify both boys and girls teams for the championship match. The girls emerged as district champs, while the boys took second place, falling to Nikki Rowe in the final match.
In what is traditionally an individual sport, team dual wrestling is as much a team sport as football, basketball, baseball and soccer. While the matches do pit individual wrestlers against each other, the points each wrestler earns are credited to his or her team and are tallied to determine the winner of each team vs team matchup.
In the boys tournament the LJJL Huskies came as close to bringing home the championship trophy as they could. After wrestling their way to the championship match, they took Nikki Rowe High School to overtime in the final match of the day before falling three points short.
Friday, 20 December 2013 11:08
HARLINGEN – Valley youth ages 7 to 16 years will perform alongside the Moscow Ballet company of 40 professionals in the “Great Russian Nutcracker” at the Municipal Auditorium in Harlingen on Saturday, Dec. 28, at 3 p.m.
The performance is part of the Moscow Ballet’s “Dance with Us” program which has sent soloists Svetlana Todinova, Natalia Miroshnyk, Carolina Siscanu and Ekaterina Uksusnikova to audition young local dancers for roles that are exclusive to children and work with them in rehearsal. Rio Grande Valley Arts Studio, the host dance studio, continued rehearsals until the dress rehearsal which is on stage with the full company.
The 2013 production includes 200 all new, hand-embellished costumes designed by Shakespearean expert Arthur Oliver and created in St Petersburg’s oldest theatrical costume shop. For groups of ten or more, call 800-320-1733. For tickets go to www.nutcracker.com.
Friday, 13 December 2013 07:00
Rich Bellert, well known for his humorous cowboy poetry, will once again act as emcee. Bellert the pre-show featuring the Our Lady of Guadalupe School choir will start at 12:30 p.m.
Bellert has lined up four acts of Winter Texan entertainers to perform. In between performances, Bellert will recite poetry and members of the Greater Mission Chamber of Commerce will give away door prizes. Refreshments will be served but there is no meal at the fall event.
Written by Andrielle Figueroa Friday, 13 December 2013 07:00
The story starts with a dark-skinned Virgen de Guadalupe who appeared to Juan Diego as a sign for a new church to be built. The tale includes the blooming of Castilian Roses in the middle of December, where the Mission Historical Museum found the name for their most recent exhibit.
The museum is showcasing artwork from artists across the Valley who use photography, acrylic paints and mixed media to tell the story of the Virgen De Guadalupe.
Castilian Roses in December will run at the museum through the month, ending on Dec. 28.
In the exhibit, community members can see artwork of the Virgen De Guadalupe depicted in different versions, including her image sewn into a shawl, only drawn from tiny lines of pen ink and out of string and small painted boxes.
Written by Julie Silva Friday, 13 December 2013 07:00
Children bundled up, many wrapped in blankets on top of warm jackets, waited in line to see Santa. Adults warmed their hands on coffee and hot chocolate, and enjoyed performances by the Juan Diego Academy Liturgical Society, Veterans Memorial High School folklorico and more.
“I didn’t get a reindeer, but I got a reindog,” said Father Roy Snipes, of Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, as he took the microphone to offer a prayer before the ceremony. Bandito, Snipes’ dog often at his side in public events, wore a Santa outfit.
“It’s a Christmassy night in the old neighborhood,” Snipes said.
Friday, 13 December 2013 07:00
Mission area schoolchildren are learning more than reading, writing and arithmetic. During the Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons, they are also learning the value of giving and helping those less fortunate.
Every school campus in the Mission Consolidated Independent School District has identified some way of helping the needy. For Thanksgiving, many of the campuses conducted food drives, donating thousands of food items to the Food Bank of the RGV or to the Mission Food Pantry. Others provided Thanksgiving baskets or meals for families in need, said Craig Verley. MCISD director of Public Relations.
Mission High School and Veterans Memorial High School participated in a food drive for the Mission Food Pantry, donating over 2,000 food items. The Pantry also benefitted from food drives by Sharyland schools, including John H. Shary Jr. High and B.L. Gray Jr. High. Some day cares are even teaching valuable lessons about sharing and giving; Apple Tree Day Care donated 125 items.
Written by Kathy Olivarez Friday, 13 December 2013 07:00
It may take years to obtain the funding to fix flooding around Peñitas, a project that was supposed to be completed by the International Water and Boundary Commission when the levee system was repaired.
Godfrey Garza, manager of Hidalgo County Drainage District No. 1, told the Commissioners Court in a Dec. 10 meeting he had met with Commissioner Edward Drusina of the International Water and Boundary Commission on the problems with the Peñitas pump station that were part of the project to fix the levees in Hidalgo County several years ago. Repairs that were not made there were supposed to be funded with the $260 million upgrade to the levee system. Because the repairs were not made, much of Hidalgo County is still likely to face heavy flooding in the event of a hurricane.
Drusina took responsibility for the error, which occurred because a subcontractor did not do the preliminary job to specifications and the contractor in charge refused to complete the job. As a result, when all the other levees in Hidalgo County were repaired, the area around Penitas was never completed.
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Patriots and Lady Patriots tip off new season
Winning may not be everything, but when it comes to basketball, Veterans Memorial High School (VMHS) head coaches Rafael Cantu, Jr. and Romeo De La Garza, Jr. have certainly turned winning into a long-standing tradition. With both the Lady Patriots and the Patriots boys having made the playoffs...Read More...
Rattlers face Madison today in regional playoffs
The Sharyland Rattlers’ football season is looking remarkably similar to last year’s. 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...Read More...
Landez proves key to Sharyland Win
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...Read More...
Sheriff’s office asks for help in shooting
More than a month after a 28-year-year old man was shot and killed, the Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office released a statement asking for help solving the case.
“Investigators have developed several theories, but have no solid leads or evidence to support their validity,” a news release from the county states.
Eleazar Padilla Jr., 28, was shot Nov. 2 in the 5300 block of Coyote Circle, outside of Mission. He was taken to McAllen Regional Hospital, which called in law enforcement. On Nov. 14, Padilla died from his injuries.
MHS choir students advance to area auditions for All-State Choir
MISSION—Six Mission High School choir students recently took part in the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) Region/Pre-Area performances. They are, from left to right: Oscar Salinas, Carolina Gonzalez, Frankie Chaires, Joel Guerrero, Samantha Sanchez and Xavier Alonzo. Of these six students, five have qualified to compete in the TMEA Area auditions in January that will be held at Rockport-Fulton High School. Those students are: Oscar Salinas, Carolina Gonzalez, Frankie Chaires,...Read More...
Freedom Life Church gives the extra mile
Members of Freedom Life Church dug into their own pockets to provide 250 strangers with free gas Saturday morning at Leo’s gas station at the corner of W. Griffin Parkway and Inspiration Road. Dozens donned scarves, beanies and coats to deliver $5 gas vouchers to unsuspecting drivers...Read More...
OBIT-Julian Parra Barba
MISSION – Julian Parra Barba passed away on Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013 at his home in Mission.Read More...
PENITAS/McALLEN - Eva Chapa, 91, passed away on Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013, at Briarcliff Nursing Home.Read More...
OBIT-Raul Cruz Jr.
MISSION - Raul Cruz Jr., 68, passed away on Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013 at Mission Regional Medical Center.Read More...
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