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Sheriff candidates sound off in forum The fate of the office for the top law enforcement officer in Hidalgo County could lie in the hands of 53 people. Read the Full Story
Minors stir immigrant debate Bishop Mark Seitz, of El Paso, emphasized the violence unaccompanied minors flooding the Rio Grande Valley are trying to escape in their home countries in written testimony to the Homeland Security Committee. Read the Full Story
Salinas vows lower taxes The council chamber was packed as Mission Mayor Norberto “Beto” Salinas took the oath of office for another four years as leader of the city. Read the Full Story
Salinas wins another 4 years Mayor Norberto “Beto” Salinas had tough words for his opponent after winning the runoff election Saturday with 57 percent of the vote. Read the Full Story

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OI kicks off care package campaign

20140522 Operation-Interdependence-Kickoff JB 3905“Once you’re over there, receiving that care package gives you a little piece of home,” said U.S. Army Sgt. David Facundo during the Operation Interdependence (OI) campaign kick-off event last week in McAllen.

The goal of this year’s OI campaign is to ship over 40,000 care packages to soldiers serving overseas. The official campaign period – a drive for donations of goodies for the soldiers – started last Thursday and continues until July.

Speakers at the kick-off event included IBC Bank President David Guerra, McAllen Mayor Jim Darling, State Representatives Sergio Munoz Jr. and Terry Canales, Col. (Ret.) Frank Plummer, U.S. Army Sgt. David Facundo (two time Afghanistan veteran), and Sergio Sanchez, of KURV. Channel 5’s Letty Garza served as emcee.

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Hidalgo County sees low voter turnout in runoffs

Hidalgo-County-SealMore than 8,000 votes were cast in the Democratic Party primary runoff, compared with 47,000 ballots cast in the March primary with far fewer races to decide. There are more than 312,000 registered voters in Hidalgo County.

About 1,300 voters opted to go Republican, compared with 6,000 in March.

Incumbent Juan R. Partida, a Democrat, had a sizeable win over Fidencio Guerra Jr. in the race for 275th District Judge. Partida garnered 5,894, or 74 percent, of the votes to Guerra’s 2,112, or 26 percent. With no Republican opponent, he’ll keep his office in January.

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Mission High School construction projected to cost more than $30 million

20140117 MHS SchematicsMISSION—Mission CISD is looking at spending more than $30 million to complete the third phase of the Mission High School renovation, according to Eli Ochoa, president and CEO of ERO Architects.

In June 2010, MCISD entered into an agreement with ERO Architects, which started baseline studies and kicked off the planning process of the MHS facelift. The district only had a construction budget of $18 million for the renovation project from a 2008 bond.

“The estimate is based on forecasting of when this project will be bought out, which is about 20 months from now,” Ochoa said. “We have been doing a lot of market studies on what has been happening throughout the state and what is coming up to the Valley. We have a preliminary estimate and right now it is at $33 million.”

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Conway Streetscape construction continues

City-of-Mission-logoMISSION—As construction on the Conway Streetscape Project proceeds, contractors are changing things up, Ricardo Gallaga, project manager, told the Mission Redevelopment Authority Tuesday.

“One change we have made to the process we were following before is we would do one side and then jump over to the next side of the block,” Gallaga said. “In looking at the parking of the business owners we decided, through coordination with the city and the contractor, to stay on the east side so that the west side parking lot is available.”

Gallaga said this month construction crews will be working from Eighth Street down to Fourth Street. He added the area already has been removed of old concrete and the area between Fifth Street and Sixth Street is ready for pouring of the new concrete.

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Ashley Smith named U.S.A. Junior National

20140530 Basketball Girls VMHS vs Roma lg-31Veterans Memorial High School sophomore Ashley Smith has been selected to participate in the U.S.A. Junior Nationals basketball program. As a result, she will be traveling to Columbus, Ohio as a member of a statewide, all-star team to compete in a five-day tournament against teams from across the country.

As part of the U.S. Basketball Program, the U.S.A. Junior Nationals program began in Atlanta, Georgia in 1980. Since then it has provided high school basketball players from across the nation, as well as Canada, Mexico, Russia, Japan and Europe, the opportunity to improve on their fundamental techniques through competition and to be seen by college coaches who may be looking for players to offer scholarships.

As George Blue, assistant office administrator for the U.S. Basketball Program, explained they are not necessarily targeting athletes that are good enough to play for Division I schools. Instead, they are hoping to attract those players who have the potential of playing at the Division II, Division III and NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics) level but may otherwise be overlooked by collegiate coaches.

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Lady Patriots’ Alexandria Gonzalez honored

Lady Patriots’ Alexandria Gonzalez honored

With only 15 girls from across the state being selected, the Texas Girls Coaches Association’s (TGCA’s) Track and Field All-Star Team is a very select group. That’s 15 girls from all the 4A and 5A schools in the Lone Star State. Of this year’s honorees only one is from the Rio Grande Valley – Veterans Memorial High School’s Alexandria Gonzalez. Having been nominated by the Lady Patriots head track coach Kathy Howell, Gonzalez met all the criteria...

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Felipe Valencia takes gold at state

Felipe Valencia takes gold at state

Palmview High’s Felipe Valencia set a new gold standard at the UIL State Track and Field Meet in Austin last week. For the second year in a row, Valencia earned a gold medal in the state 5A shot put competition. As the defending gold medal winner in the event, Valencia is now the only two-time track and field state champion in La Joya Independent School District history. Prior to his winning the gold last year, it had been 45 years since then La Joya High...

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Guillermo Galvan named best in state

Guillermo Galvan named best in state

As a two-event UIL State Track and Field qualifier, Veterans Memorial’s Guillermo Galvan earned the right to compete at the state meet last weekend in both the shot put and the discus. He won regional championships in both events at the Region IV-4A meet. Having never qualified for the state meet before, Galvan had no expectations of taking the gold in either event. “Going into the state meet my goal was never to be a state champion,” said Galvan. “I...

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Mission runoff election is Saturday

Mission runoff election is Saturday

Mission Mayor Norberto “Beto” Salinas was confident heading into Election Day that he’d keep his title once votes are counted Saturday evening. He faces local businessman Jaime Gutierrez in a runoff; the only race on the ballot. After Salinas narrowly missed clinching his seat without a runoff in May, he said he hadn’t changed his campaign strategy. He’s depending on voters who have kept him in office more than 16 years to hit the polls. “I think they started going out again to vote,” Salinas said. “I’m very happy to see that they responded to the campaign.”

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Conway Baptist welcomes new pastors

Conway Baptist welcomes new pastors

The members of Conway Avenue Baptist Church in Mission have recently welcomed three new pastors to their church family, according to Senior Pastor Johnny Mora. Joining the staff are Joe Ramey, associate pastor; Frank San Martin, youth pastor; and Chris Rangel, music pastor. They officially began their new assignments in April. “We are excited to introduce to our community three new ministers God has brought to our way. These godly men come with a vigor to love God and love our community. We, as a church, have made it a goal to help the families in our community find hope in a broken world,”...

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Dr. Kenneth White funeral services held Friday

Dr. Kenneth White funeral services held Friday

Leaving a legacy that was larger than life, Dr. Kenneth E. White, superintendent emeritus of the Mission CISD, peacefully passed away in his sleep Sunday, June 8, at his home in Grapevine. Services are scheduled for Friday, June 13, at 10 a.m. at Palm Valley Church in Mission. Burial will follow at Valley Memorial Gardens under the direction of Ric Brown Family Funeral Home. Dr. White served Mission Consolidated Independent School District as its superintendent for 23 years, longer than any other individual. He was granted the emeritus status by the school board at the time of his retirement...

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OBIT-Iris Aida De La Rosa

MISSION – Iris Aida De La Rosa, 75, passed away on Sunday, July 20, 2014 at Mission Regional Medical Center.

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OBIT-Rosa Maria Guerrero Villarreal

MISSION/CORPUS CHRISTI - Rosa Maria Guerrero Villarreal, 55, passed away on Saturday, July 19, 2014, at her home in Corpus Christi.

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DEATH NOTICE-Alejandro Alanis

LA JOYA - Alejandro Alanis, 77, passed away on Sunday, July 20, 2014, at Mission Regional Medical Center. Services will be held later in Mexico.

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