Written by Julie Silva Friday, 11 April 2014 10:54
Palmview Leadership is a group of businessman who believe they can get the city’s finances under control while improving the city. None have run for office before.
“The city should be running like business,” said Joe Chapa, the slate’s mayoral candidate. “It takes businessmen to run a business. The other four individuals running for office are not businessman. We are businessmen. You cannot earn $10 and spend $20.”
Meanwhile, Palmview Proud includes two men who’ve already served on the city’s board of aldermen as well as two others who grew up in the area and have helped out in previous elections. They plan to focus on the Boys and Girls Club, infrastructure, public safety and economic development.
Written by Julie Silva Friday, 11 April 2014 10:39
A hearing on a plea to jurisdiction that could dismiss the election contest filed by Rey Ortiz, candidate for 92nd District Court, and Marla Cuellar, candidate for County Court-at-Law No. 8, is scheduled for today.
Attorneys for Omar Maldonado, who won the race for County Court-at-Law No. 8, and Luis Singleterry, who came out on top in the 92nd District Court race, filed motions for a plea to jurisdiction asking that the case be dismissed.
“Not a single voter has been identified as casting an improper vote (or that such improper vote was in favor of Contestee),” Maldonado’s motion states. “Nothing in the pleadings affirmatively indicate that anything improper occurred in this race.”
Written by Luciano Guerra Friday, 11 April 2014 10:37
At the soon-to-be renamed Rattler Stadium in Sharyland, the Rattlers and Lady Rattlers track teams both captured 30-5A district titles Saturday. The Rattlers breezed to a 54-point win over runner-up Edinburg Vela and the Lady Rattlers pulled off an impressive 98-point win over their closest challengers, the Palmview Lady Lobos.
Sean Landez led the way for the Sharyland boys as he won individual district championships in the long jump and in the 400 Meter Dash. Landez also ran the opening leg in the 4 x 100 Meter Relay and the anchor leg in the 4 x 400 Meter Relay which the Rattlers also won.
Running three races without much time to rest in between is not easy to do. Nonetheless, Landez managed to not only win, or contribute to wins in, all three races, but he also crossed the finish line in record time in one of those events.
Friday, 11 April 2014 10:35
KINGSVILLE — The John E. Conner Museum at Texas A&M University-Kingsville will showcase three Texas industries in the exhibit “Working Hands: An Exhibition of Photographs by Rick Williams.” The exhibit opened this week and ends Friday, May 23.
The exhibit was organized by Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
In “Working Hands,” Williams captures images of workers and work places in three diverse industries that constitute the three pillars of the Texas economy: ranching, oil and technology. The 40 finely-detailed photographs, along with supplementary print and video resources, contribute to an understanding of the workers who reshaped the landscape from boundless prairie to ranches, farms, towns and cities.
Written by Julie Silva Friday, 04 April 2014 08:21
But two Mission residents both say it’s time for change and unity in the city. Dr. John Robert Guerra and businessman Jaime Gutierrez are opposing Salinas in his bid for re-election.
“I truly believe we have to renew,” Gutierrez said. “Whatever doesn’t renew, it stays in the same place. It’s time to open scenarios for new generations. This generation is not here to divide. We’re not here to break down what has been done; it’s to take it to another level.”
“We want to be able to treat everybody fairly and equally,” Guerra said of his own bid for the seat. “I’d like to have a city government that is of the people, by the people, for the people. His (Salinas’s) poster says ‘one mission,’ instead of ‘our mission.’”
Written by Kathy Olivarez Friday, 04 April 2014 08:19
Guerra, one of 12 who applied for the position, will serve in the post until a special election in November. In the meantime, county precinct chairs from both parties will make nominations for candidates to face off in November. Guerra said he hoped to be one of them.
“If I don’t, I’m out of a job,” he said.
Guerra planned to meet with the command staff Thursday afternoon.
“We’re going to start restoring accountability back in the sheriff’s office,” he said. “We’re going to start holding the deputies accountable for their actions from now on. We’re not going to make any excuses. My work begins now.”
Written by Julie Silva Friday, 04 April 2014 08:17
San Juan Deputy City Manager J.J. Rodriguez will take over as Mission’s deputy city manager April 9.
“One of the things that stood out for Mr. Rodriguez is his experience—the fact that he worked at an organization that is very similar to us as far as population, size, growth,” said Mission City Manager Martin Garza.
Rodriguez served as city manager of Edinburg before moving to San Juan in 2010. Overall, Garza said, Rodriguez spent 22 years with Edinburg, and that tells him Rodriguez will be committed to the organization. He began as an intern in the Edinburg planning department and worked his way up to deputy city planner before he was named to the post of city manager.
Written by Andrielle Figueroa Friday, 04 April 2014 08:15
MISSION—Members of the Mission CISD Facilities Committee discussed the status of upcoming and pending projects for the district on Wednesday evening.
Mission High School
ERO Architects gave an update on the planning for the Mission High School Phase III project. Manuel Hinojosa with ERO Architects stated they have spent multiple hours with the MHS principal, staff and facilities administration to detail the specific needs.
“What happens now is a lot of testing of what we put together starts to be put into play,” Hinojosa said. “We have met with the cafeteria department, nursing department and special education department.”
Hinojosa said the company also has met with city officials and brought in consultants to follow guidelines. He added by the next board meeting in May they would have plans ready for board approval.
Written by Luciano Guerra Friday, 04 April 2014 08:10
With nine of the 12 Big 6 schools’ soccer teams qualifying for the post season, Mission, La Joya and Sharyland high schools were certainly well represented in the state playoffs. Both of the Sharyland, Mission High School, Veterans Memorial and Juarez-Lincoln teams extended their seasons into the playoffs this year as did the Palmview High School (PHS) boys’ team.
Of those teams, all but the Juarez-Lincoln girls and the Veterans Memorial (VMHS) boys teams emerged victorious from their first or second round playoff games and will be playing in either the 5A area or the 4A sectional round this week.
Last Thursday night, the Sharyland (SHS) girls defeated Laredo LBJ, 5-0, and the boys defeated LBJ, 1-0, to advance to the area round. In Friday’s 5A bi-district action the Juarez-Lincoln boys defeated Laredo Alexander, 7-2, and the PHS boys defeated Del Rio, 2-1, to both advance to the area round as well.
Friday, 04 April 2014 08:09
McALLEN—As part of the South Texas Campaign, Customs and Border Protection has brought in additional resources and more than 100 Border Patrol agents to the Rio Grande Valley Sector to assist with the targeted enforcement efforts against transnational criminal organizations.
Utilizing a flexible and unified workforce, the STC is mobilizing resources to supplement the manpower currently in the Rio Grande Valley. In addition to personnel already deployed in from Laredo Sector; agents and vehicles have been temporarily reassigned from California and Arizona.
This risk-based approach enhances enforcement efforts and aims to disrupt and degrade criminal organizations that are responsible for smuggling illegal immigrants and drugs throughout the South Texas Corridor.
Friday, 04 April 2014 08:06
HARLINGEN – The Seventh Annual Jackson Street Classic Car Show will be held on Saturday, April 12, in downtown Harlingen. The event is organized by the Rio Grande Valley Chapter of the Antique Automobile Club of America. Cars will be displayed along Jackson between 4th and Commerce. The show is free and open to the public from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Car registration opens at 8 a.m. the day of the event. Hot rods and classic cars that are 25 years old or older are welcome. Nearly 200 cars participated in the show last year.
In lieu of a monetary entry fee, participants are asked to bring non-perishable food products for the Harlingen Neighborhood Food Pantry. The first 100 entrants will receive an event T-shirt.
The awards presentation is at 2 p.m. This year, there will be 10 different award categories, including Best Muscle Car, Antique, Classic, Import, Street Rod, etc. Entrants must be present at that time to win awards.
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Big 6 well represented in soccer playoffs
Five out of the “Big 6” boys soccer teams, along with four of the girls sides, advanced to the high school soccer playoffs that kicked off on Monday and conclude with the UIL state tournament on April 17-19 at Georgetown. The battle for supremacy in the boys District 30-5A...Read More...
MHS and VMHS soccer teams playoff bound
Four for four. All four soccer teams from Mission High School (MHS) and the Veterans Memorial High School (VMHS) have finished their District 61-4A schedule and all four teams are heading to the playoffs – boys and girls. With the old and politically incorrect adage of ladies first in mind, here is a breakdown of how the Lady...Read More...
Juarez-Lincoln Huskies are for real
Surprise! That’s what the La Joya Juarez-Lincoln (LJJL) Huskies boys soccer team did to their District 30-5A opponents last year. They caught them by surprise. They not only compiled an impressive 15-1 record in their inaugural 5A...Read More...
MCISD, city study pool improvements
MISSION—The Mission CISD Board of Trustees discussed the use of the North Side Swimming Pool at the March regular board meeting. Issues with heating, drainage and filtration maintenance have left the facility inoperable for student practice. The board discussed and agreed on a memorandum of understanding with the city of Mission to conduct a feasibility study to correct issues. “Just to let the community know that we do have a contract with the city of Mission, as far as the swimming pool is concerned, for 50 years,” said trustee James E. Olivarez.Read More...
AMJH teacher a finalist for H-E-B Excellence in Education
Alton Memorial Jr. High School Math teacher Rosbel Peña had a surprise visit this morning by representatives from H-E-B. He is one of six South Texas educators to be named as a finalist for a 2014 H-E-B Excellence in Education Award, spotlighting him as one of the best educators in Texas. The H-E-B program is the largest monetary awards...Read More...
Peñitas bids for city hall over budget
All five bids Peñitas received to construct a new city hall and police station were over the city's $3 million budget. The lowest bid, from Highmark Construction, was about $4.3 million, and the highest, from Foremost Construction, was $5.2 million. Other bids came from J Con Construction, Texas Descon and Col Air Inc., and ranged from $4.4 million to $5 million. City Secretary Ana Valdez said the city would look at rebidding the project. In July, the city announced a $3 million loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for rural development to replace the city's deteriorating city hall...Read More...
DEATH NOTICE-David Alonzo Salinas
MISSION - Visitation for David Alonzo Salinas will be held on Friday, April 18, 2014, from 12 to 9 p.m. with a 7 p.m. prayer service at Virgil Wilson Mortuary in Mission.Read More...
DEATH NOTICE-Naylea Anastasia Guerra
MISSION – A graveside service for Naylea Anastasia Guerra will be held on Thursday, April 17, 2014, at 10 a.m. at San Jose Cemetery in Mission.Read More...
DEATH NOTICE-Cesar Rivera
MISSION – A funeral service for Cesar Rivera will be held on Thursday, April 17, 2014, at 2 p.m. at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Mission. Burial will follow at San Jose Cemetery in Mission.Read More...
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