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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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Operation Interdependence seeks volunteers for Packing Party

20140627 OI-Packing-Party-PicMcALLEN – Operation Interdependence (OI)-RGV is a community based project led by a committee that raises contributions to make and send care packages for our active US troops overseas. OI-RGV has been accepting donations of general care items and letters of support for the annual send-off to our soldiers.

OI-RGV is inviting the community to join them on Thursday, July 10, from 5-9 p.m. at the Salvation Army located at 1600 N. 23rd St., McAllen, for the "Packing Party" where these care packages will be put together. This will be a fun and family-oriented event that will give everyone an opportunity to give back to our deserving military troops.

“It's a great way to teach our children and youth our appreciation for the military's sacrifice and dedication to our country. We ask if everyone could please bring a box of quart size freezer bags to the event. Refreshments will also be provided,” said IBC Bank-McAllen Senior Vice President and OI-RGV Committee Chair Dora Brown.

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‘Super Circus Heroes’ opens July 17 at State Farm Arena

20140627 Ringling-Bros-circusHIDALGO – The “Greatest Show on Earth,” Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey Circus, presents their next show to Valley audiences, “Super Circus Heroes.” It opens July 17 and runs through July 20 for five performances.

Performances are 7:30 p.m. on Thursday and Friday; 2:30 and 6:30 p.m. on Saturday; and 2:30 p.m., Sunday.

To “become” Super Circus Heroes, families are welcomed to the arena floor an hour before show time to participate in the interactive super hero training camp at the All Access Pre-show Super Hero Party. The League of Super Circus Heroes will teach participants some of their super human skills such as juggling, wire walking and dance routines. Circus fans will also have an opportunity to meet the performers, take pictures and get autographs. Super heroes in training can try on capes and other spectacular costumes and also get an up-close look at a menagerie of exotic animals including camels and elephants.

Read more: ‘Super Circus Heroes’ opens July 17 at State Farm Arena

 

County clerk offers marriage license certificate options

Hidalgo-County-SealEDINBURG – The County Clerk’s office is now offering Hidalgo County couples an option when applying for a marriage license.

County Clerk Arturo Guajardo Jr. said couples can select from two styles of the marriage license certificates, which come in burgundy or blue, to commemorate their special day.

The County Clerk’s office began researching and organizing the transition into the two styles after the New Year and debuted the new options at the end of May. Guajardo and his staff issue about 5,000 licenses each year.

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Mayor Salinas wins another 4 years as leader of Mission

20140621 MISSION Mayor election 1907Mayor Norberto “Beto” Salinas had tough words for his opponent after winning the runoff election Saturday with 57 percent of the vote.

Salinas, who has been in office since 1998, received 2,668 of 4,661 votes, according to unofficial totals released by Hidalgo County on Saturday. Challenger, local businessman Jaime Gutierrez, received 1,993.

“Today they lost by a lot of votes,” Salinas said. “Everybody knows that the only votes they got was because they were spending a lot of money; they were giving a lot of money away. That’s one problem they have tonight … we have the job.”

Read more: Mayor Salinas wins another 4 years as leader of Mission

 

La Joya ISD board asks for $43M in expenses

LA-JOYA-LOGOLA JOYA–School board members asked administrators to work more than $43 million of additional expenditures into next year’s budget at a workshop Monday evening.

La Joya Independent School District Board of Trustees later approved 4 percent raises for its staff, $2,400 for its teachers and $1.25/hour for its clerical and technical employees. That, along with new positions, accounted for more than $12 million of the additional budget expenses.

The board has yet to discuss publicly the overall financial outlook for the district in terms of revenues versus expenditures, but according to Alfredo Vela, assistant superintendent of administration and finance, the district has $116 million in its fund balance–that’s up from $45 million in 2004.

Read more: La Joya ISD board asks for $43M in expenses

 

Rios uses music to motivate students

LJISD-Daniella-Rios---ElementaryThe youngest of nine, Daniella Rios grew up taking care of nieces and nephews, and she learned early on she was good at motivating children.

“I had a lot of patience. I had a lot of understanding with them,” Rios said, and that’s why she went into teaching. “I just knew I had it in me.”

Now just six years in as an educator, Rios’ passion for the job was recognized this year as she was named the Elementary Teacher of the Year for La Joya Independent School District. She teaches dual language mathematics and English language arts to third-graders at Clinton Elementary in Peñitas.

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Lifelong learner finds true calling in teaching at La Joya ISD

LJISD-Cynthia-E.-Barrera-SecondaryCynthia Barrera intended to get a degree in nursing when she first attended Pan American University back when the program was just beginning. At the time, she wanted a career in which she could help people.

But the university delayed the program a year, forcing Barrera to try out other types of classes. Taking a course on music education changed the young college student’s plans, and she settled on a career as a teacher, earning a four-year degree in three years. That was in 1986.

Nearly three decades later, Barrera’s dedication to teaching has earned her the distinction of Secondary Teacher of the Year from La Joya Independent School District. She teaches English language arts to eighth-graders at Memorial Middle School.

Read more: Lifelong learner finds true calling in teaching at La Joya ISD

   

Mission Regional Medical Center leaders object to financial incentives for free-standing emergency department

logo MEDCMission Regional Medical Center representatives asked the economic development corporation not to give a competing hospital incentive to build a free-standing emergency department 600 feet away at the MEDC’s Tuesday meeting.

Universal Health Systems asked for up to $110,000 to offset the costs of infrastructure and job creation as it prepares to build a 13,000-square-foot facility on the expressway next to the Mission hospital.

Because the item on the MEDC agenda was listed as a public hearing, no action was taken.

Read more: Mission Regional Medical Center leaders object to financial incentives for free-standing emergency department

   

Mission CISD awards $12.6 million contract to construct collegiate high school

MCISDlogoThe Mission CISD Board of Trustees awarded the Mission Collegiate High School contract to E-Con Group at its regular meeting.

Rick Rivera, executive director for maintenance, facilities and construction, said his department negotiated the cost of the project down by $67,000.

“The group also reduced the number of days for completion,” Rivera said. “They were the lowest proposal with the alternates. They also did two projects for us: the ag building addition at Veterans Memorial High School and the Waitz Elementary kitchen dining addition, and they did excellent.”

Read more: Mission CISD awards $12.6 million contract to construct collegiate high school

   

MCISD top 10 sports achievements of the year

20140506 MHS Discus Tony Salinas lg-10Athletically 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 sports the Patriots got the better of the Eagles, but in others it was the Eagles that rose to the occasion and bettered the Patriots.

With a friendly rivalry between the two schools both schools’ athletes looked forward to facing off against their cross-town rivals every chance they got. With that in mind, here are the VMHS and MHS top 10 sports achievements of the year:

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Operation Interdependence mixer is Thursday

20140613 Operation Interdependence LogoThe local Operation Interdependence campaign is now in full swing as organizers are reaching out to the community for donations of small care packages and letters for our soldiers serving overseas.

The last of a series of weekly fundraising mixers will be held Thursday, June 19 at Remington’s at Embassy Suites, from 6-9 p.m. Donations of supplies for the care packages and monetary donations can be delivered at the mixer.

Donations can also be made at any IBC Bank branch. Every penny goes directly to buying supplies for our soldiers, according to the campaign organizers. Donations can also be dropped off at the Progress Times/Winter Texan Times newspaper, located at 1217 N. Conway, Mission. Other drop-off locations include Texas Regional Bank branches Valleywide, Gym at Uptown and Tierra Dulce.

Read more: Operation Interdependence mixer is Thursday

   

Voters hit polls in Mission mayor runoff

20140131 voteThere was a steady stream of voters headed into Mission City Hall on Monday evening, the first day of early voting in the runoff race between Mayor Norberto “Beto” Salinas and challenger Jaime Gutierrez.

Irene Garza, a native Mission resident, said she’s voted in most elections over the years, and even with only one race on the ballot, it was still important to her to cast a ballot.

Meanwhile, voter Meri Gomez, said she wants to ensure that somebody with a heart for the city is elected mayor.

“I believe it’s important to have someone who has been a part of this community and has not only a professional interest, but also a personal interest,” Gomez said.

Read more: Voters hit polls in Mission mayor runoff

   

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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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