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Residents split on Taylor expansion Residents on Taylor Street are split on a joint effort to expand the roadway to five lanes. Read the Full Story
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

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García leads Pioneer to inaugural victory over Hidalgo

Diamondbacks sophomore quarterback Alec Garcia on his way to scoring Pioneer High's first ever touchdown during their 21-0 win over Hidalgo.HIDALGO – Sharyland Pioneer sophomore quarterback Alec García scored twice, including a 95-yard TD run from scrimmage, to lead the Diamondbacks to a 21—10 inaugural season-opening victory over Hidalgo on Friday at Bill Pate Stadium.

 “It’s exciting, it’s a starting point. I felt that we matched up pretty well,” said Pioneer first-year head coach Jason Wheeler. “We got some things we’ve got to correct, but anytime you get a win and you’re a young program, it’s huge on confidence and you can almost tighten up a bit more now. When you get a tough loss, it’s harder to get after them so much and we’re going to learn from this.”

 “We got a lot of work to do, but I saw some things,” he added. “We stood up defensively a lot there and kept them out of the end zone real well. Alec García, our speed guy, we put him back there at quarterback and he really gave us a spark there in the first half, and that really helped.”

Read more: García leads Pioneer to inaugural victory over Hidalgo

 

Patriots emerge victorious in Battle of Conway

Patriots Eagles game picsmAs the rains let up and a double rainbow appeared in the eastern sky the Veterans Memorial Patriots and the Mission Eagles took to the newly turfed field at Tom Landry Stadium for the most recent chapter in their long-running cross-town rivalry. With the Eagles having won the last three matchups between the two sister schools it was the Patriots turn to emerge as the victors as Coach David Gilpin’s team pulled off a 14-7 come-from-behind victory much to the pleasure of the boisterous Patriots’ fans that filled the visitors’ side bleachers.

It was the Eagles who drew first blood when MHS starting quarterback Jesus Cuellar completed a 38 yard touchdown pass to David Flores with 6:40 left in the first quarter. Cuellar, who connected on his first eight passes on the night, completed nine of 12 passes for 104 yards and one touchdown in the first half. Flores caught four passes for 64 yards and rushed 10 times for 27 yards on the night.

The Patriots scored their first points of the 2014 season when senior quarterback Santos Villarreal connected with John Garcia for a 10 yard touchdown pass with 1:31 remaining on the clock in the first half.  The point-after-attempt failed which gave the Eagles a 7-6 lead at the intermission.

Read more: Patriots emerge victorious in Battle of Conway

 

Patriots and Eagles to debut revamped Tom Landry Stadium

20140821 Tom Landry Stadium Statues lg-11Tom Landry Stadium will be rocking tonight as the Veterans Memorial Patriots and the Mission Eagles face off on the gridiron for their annual head-to-head, east side versus west side matchup. While the Eagles and the Patriots have met on the football field many times before, tonight’s contest will be unlike any other Eagles-Patriots game. Not necessarily as a result of the play on the field but definitely due to the look and feel of the game due to its surroundings.

As fans of both teams will certainly notice as soon as they’ve made their way up one of the ramps and emerged from under the bleachers, the natural grass is gone and brand new artificial turf has been installed. In addition, a new state-of-the-art track encircles the field, a new fieldhouse has been erected on the west end of the field, a new Eagle sculpture and Patriot sculpture have been erected at Tom Landry Stadium.

With all the improvements the stadium has undergone, the Patriots now having a sculpture they can call their own and with tonight’s contest being a non-district game for the first time in three years, this matchup has all the makings of being a celebration of the community of Mission coming together.

Read more: Patriots and Eagles to debut revamped Tom Landry Stadium

 

Celebrate Hummingbird Days at Quinta Mazatlan

20140829 HummingbirdCelebrate National Hummingbird Day from 9:00 a.m. to noon at Quinta Mazatlan on Saturday, Sept. 6, with keynote presentations on hummingbirds, designing gardens, hummingbird photography tips, art exhibit, native plant sale, special gift store items and more.

Quinta Mazatlan will kick-off the morning with keynote speaker, Rene Valdez, coming from Monterrey Mexico. Valdez will talk about hummingbirds of the Rio Grande Valley and Mexico. He will be followed by a program by horticulturist Ouina Rutledge, “Designing a Hummingbird Garden.” Mike Heep, owner of Heep’s Native Plant Nursery, will bring an array of great native plants for hummingbirds, along with his expertise on how to care for the plants. The program will be followed by a short walk to view the Hummingbird Garden at Quinta Mazatlan to get ideas to take home.

The Texas Nature & Environmental Photographers (TexNEP) booth with offer hummingbird prints for sale along with hummingbird photography. Vendors will be selling everything for hummingbird shopping, including feeders, ant traps, cleaning brushes, books, jewelry and more.

Read more: Celebrate Hummingbird Days at Quinta Mazatlan

 

Bats spotlighted at Bentsen State Park

20140823 Bentsen Park Bats lg-04The bat signal was on at Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park in Mission Saturday evening.

Bats were the topic of discussion during the most recent edition of the park’s Creatures of the Night interpretive program.

With 11 different species calling the Rio Grande Valley home, helping the public better understand these underappreciated–and oftentimes feared–winged creatures of the night that make up the second largest order of mammals in the world was the program’s goal. Led by Park Ranger and Interpreter Roy Rodriguez and Jesus Franco, assistant coordinator of the Rio Grande Joint Venture (a conservation partnership), Saturday’s program began with a PowerPoint presentation featuring the “A, B, Cs” of bats followed by an outdoor demonstration of the process biologists use to document vital information about them. Information that includes, but is not limited, to their species, sex, measurements, weight and overall health.

Read more: Bats spotlighted at Bentsen State Park

 

County increases projected revenues for 2015

Hidalgo-County-SealProjected revenues for 2015 were increased from $172 million to $176 million in the third budget workshop held by Hidalgo County Commissioners Court.

At the same time, Budget Director Sergio Cruz decreased the projected shortfall from $16 million to a projected shortfall of only $35,548. At the last workshop, Cruz suggested reducing operating expenditures, the amount of money set aside for indigent health care and COPS grant employees to save $9 million.

Wednesday, Cruz found $7.5 million in additional revenues to cut the shortfall even more. Additional revenues include $2 million for the sanitation permit, $500,000 from a land sale, $2 million from salary savings, and $1 million each from third party collection, lapsed operating expenditures and additional revenue.

Read more: County increases projected revenues for 2015

 

Mission looks at changes in lighting and landscape ordinances

City-of-Mission-logoAware of the need for lighting in parking lots for safety and the need for additional beautification of parking lots, the Mission City Council approved changes in ordinances regarding city policies of both at a Monday meeting.

Lighting plans for parking lots will be examined whenever a building permit is sought for safety against vandalism, theft and assault, and for the convenience and comfort of the user.

Levels of lighting will be regulated to provide sufficient lighting but not cause interference on public thoroughfares or encroach on the privacy of occupants of adjacent buildings. The plan must show the types and heights of the lights to be used, which must provide illumination at 10-foot intervals.

Read more: Mission looks at changes in lighting and landscape ordinances

   

Mission economy gaining ground in '14

MEDC-logoA cross section of economic indicators in Mission are showing that the city is bouncing back from the recession with steady growth, job creation, stronger retails sales and more residential construction.

Through the first half of 2014, unemployment is down over last year and has dropped to its lowest point on average since 2008. Mission’s retail stores and restaurants are humming this year and the city stands to have its biggest year yet for retail. On construction, residential building is a bright spot and through the first six months, it’s the busiest in three years.

The Mission Economic Development Corporation and the City of Mission have worked together for years to draw more business to the city and to grow from within. In 2014, MEDC CEO Alex Meade, said that “as the economy begins to turnaround, businesses are seeking to expand”.

Read more: Mission economy gaining ground in '14

   

Buckner celebrates expansion of Family Hope Center

20140829 PENITAS Buckner-Ribbon-Cutting 3133 COLORPEÑITAS–Buckner International executives and community leaders celebrated the new expansion of the Buckner Family Hope Center in Peñitas with a ribbon cutting and ceremony on Tuesday, Aug. 26.

Thanks to the generosity of Buckner donors, the construction provides additional resources for families in the Peñitas area.

“We are excited for this new addition because it gives Buckner an opportunity to expand the work of the Buckner Family Hope Center and provide hope to even more struggling families,” said Monica Salinas, executive director of Buckner Children and Family Services in the Rio Grande Valley. “This expansion will provide a safe and stable environment as our families strive to gain control of their futures and make positive changes for their families.”

Read more: Buckner celebrates expansion of Family Hope Center

   

Students return to school

20140825 AREA Back-to-School 3093There were tears from both students and parents Monday as schools in the area welcomed them in for the first day of class.

La Joya Independent School District is one of few districts in the area to offer full-time pre-kindergarten programs, and some of the youngest students at Camarena Elementary weren’t quite ready for their parents to leave.

The first day of the school is the only morning parents are allowed on campus to visit their children’s classrooms before school, and Principal Mary Lily Garza said everything was running smoothly as she ushered parents out of the building at 8:15 Monday.

Read more: Students return to school

   

Coyotes ready to howl

20140816 LJHS Football Key Players bl-01At first glance, the La Joya Coyotes had an extremely disappointing 2013 season. With their only win being a non-district 64-0 thrashing of Brownsville Porter, the Coyotes went on to lose eight straight games en route to a 1-9 season.

While it has been said that numbers never lie, they can be deceptive. And according to La Joya head football coach George Espinoza that is the case when it comes to the team’s 2013 record.

“Last year we knew going into the season that we were very young,” explained Espinoza. “Therefore as a staff we decided that what we needed to do was to give our young players some experience. We had a lot of sophomores that got thrown into the mix right away and they had to grow up.”

Read more: Coyotes ready to howl

   

County requests RFQ for architects for new courthouse

Hidalgo-County-SealThe Hidalgo County Commissioners Court authorized administrators to advertise for architects with extensive experience in the design, construction, and related services of judicial and courthouse facilities.

There was no discussion on the proposed new courthouse, only an approval of the request for qualifications.

Alex Palacios, of Prodigy Engineering, told the court the construction manager for the new Hidalgo County Administration Building is asking for two additional weeks to complete the project. Palacios did not give a date for final completion.

Read more: County requests RFQ for architects for new courthouse

   

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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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DEATH NOTICE-Aurora Salas Delgado

MISSION – Visitation for Aurora Salas Delgado will be held on Thursday, Aug, 28, 2014, from 5 to 9 p.m. with a 7 p.m. rosary at Ric Brown Family Funeral Home in Mission.   A funeral mass will be held on Friday, Aug. 29, at 11 a.m. at St. John of the Fields Catholic church in Mission. Interment will follow at the Rio Grande Valley State Veterans Cemetery.

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DEATH NOTICE-Juan A. Salinas

MISSION – Visitation for Juan A. Salinas will be held on Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014, from 1 to 9 p.m. with a 7 p.m. rosary at Ric Brown Family Funeral Home in Mission. A funeral service for will be held on Friday, Aug. 29, at 10 a.m. at the funeral home followed by cremation.

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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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