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Mission Veterans overcomes Juárez-Lincoln, stormy weather

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20140912 VMHS v J-L Football Small dy 009 2LA JOYA – The rains came early and often, and so did the touchdowns for Mission Veterans Memorial on a soggy Friday at Pack Stadium en route to a 48-6 victory over La Joya Juárez-Lincoln to notch their second victory of the season.
The Patriots improved to 2-1 with the triumph over the Huskies, who dropped to 0-3, and is still in search of its first victory of the young season.
While both teams were nursing injuries and battling a steady rain for much of the game, both squads struggled in the early going with Mission Veterans taking a slim 7-0 first-quarter lead with 6:41 remaining on an 8-yard TD run by Patriots quarterback Santos Villarreal.
Despite a few offensive lapses and a few bobbled balls due to the rain, Mission Veterans’ offense opened up in the second quarter and didn’t let up.
Junior John García increased the Patriot lead to 14-0 on a 1-yard TD run with 9:43 left in the second quarter. He followed that up with an 18-yard run a little more than three minutes later to give Mission Veterans a 21-0 lead.

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Coyotes’ mistakes lead to 59-7 loss

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20140911 Football LaJoya Vela MDThe La Joya Coyotes dropped to 1-2 in non-district play tonight as a result of their 59-7 loss to the Edinburg Vela Sabercats. Turnovers and costly penalties were the Coyotes' downfall as Coach George Espinoza's squad dug themselves into a hole that they could not climb out of.

After Vela scored on their first possession of the game, an Isaiah Calderon return to the Sabercats two yard line on the on the ensuing kickoff went to waste when a missed hand-off between La Joya quarterback Julio Garcia and one of his running backs fell to the ground and was picked up and run back for a 97-yard touchdown by a Vela defender.

Unfortunately for La Joya, that play was a sign of things to come as the only points they'd put on the board all night was a 4-yard run by Calderon late in the second quarter and the point after by Jorge Munoz.

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Mission citizens awards nominations now open

20131018 Citizen-Awards-CompositeThe Progress Times announced today that nominations are now open for the annual citizens awards for Mr. Mission, First Lady of Mission, Man of the Year and Woman of the Year. Jim Brunson, publisher of the Progress Times, announced that nominations for the awards will be accepted until 4 p.m., Sept. 25 at the newspaper office.

The annual awards will be presented at the Mission Chamber of Commerce banquet on Thursday, Oct. 16 at Mario’s Banquet & Conference Center in Mission.

“We invite clubs, organizations and individuals to submit nominations for the citizens awards,” said Brunson. “These awards are designed to recognize and honor those who have devoted their time and effort to help others and to make Mission a better place to live, raise our families and to provide opportunity for our residents. You know who works hardest in your organization. Send in your nominations and recognize those who have served so well.”

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Mission welcomes Royal Technologies

20140912 MISSION Royal-Technologies-ribbon-cutting 3437Mission leaders welcomed a $30 million investment in the community with the ribbon cutting ceremony for Royal Technologies on Wednesday evening.

Owner Jim Vander Kolk did double-duty, speaking at the Mission Chamber of Commerce’s Buenos Tardes luncheon earlier in the day. At the luncheon, Vander Kolk emphasized he and members of the area have mutual values of integrity and trust.

“I always say an organization isn’t about brick and mortar,” he said. “It’s about people. It’s the people that drew us to this region, and it’s people that are restoring in us enthusiasm for this region.”

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Six vie for La Joya ISD board

20140912 LJISD-CandidatesEach of the three incumbents up for reelection in La Joya Independent School District ‘s November election faces a challenger in The Diamond Pack, a slate of political newcomers.

The incumbents are on a slate dubbed Team Liberty, a group formed two years ago that swept the school district’s election.  They are J.J. Peña in place 1, J.J. Garza in place 2 and Johnn Alaniz in place 3.

Challengers in The Diamond Pack are Fernando Torres in place 1, Irma Linda Villarreal-Veloz in place 2 and Victoria Cantu in place 3.

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Palmview Lobos going for 3-0

20140905 Football PHS-vs-PSJA-Southwest mdlc 003American novelist Norman Mailer once said, “It’s not the sentiments of men which make history, it’s their actions.”

Making history is what the La Joya Palmview Lobos football team will be looking to do tonight at Joe R. Sanchez Stadium in Rio Grande City (RGC). Whether they achieve that goal will come down to their actions on the field as they face off against the RGC Rattlers. Never before in Palmview High School (PHS) history has a Lobos’ varsity football team opened its season with a 3-0 record. With a Week 1 win over Brownsville Lopez and a Week 2 win over Pharr San-Juan Alamo Southwest (PSJASW),  Coach Mage Requenez’s Lobos could also be the first PHS football team ever to win three games in a row.

Immediately after pulling out their come-from-behind victory against PSJASW last Friday  Requenez shared what opening the season with back-to-back wins means.

Read more: Palmview Lobos going for 3-0

 

Technicality delays zone change

City-of-Mission-logoA technicality thwarted an effort to change a residential subdivision into a light industrial zone at Monday's Mission City Council meeting.

Attorney Mario Rodriguez, representing several residents of the Melba Carter Subdivision, which is east of Conway Avenue and north of Trinity Road, told the council during a public hearing that the notice sent to residents did not match the item that was presented to and approved by the planning and zoning commission. The notice sent to residents was missing a line in the legal description of the property.

After meeting in closed session with the council, City Attorney David Guerra asked the city not to take any action because of the “discrepancy in the property description.

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Sheriff’s office makes arrest in 2012 shootings

20140912 MISSION Homicide-arrest Jose-Carlos-MartinezThe Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office made an arrest this week in a homicide that occurred in 2012 in rural Mission.

On Nov. 18, 2012, deputies responded to a shooting in the 3100 block or West 5 Mile Line Road. When deputies arrived at the scene, they observed multiple victims with gunshot wounds. The victims were later identified as: Casto De Los Santos, 52; Ramiro Rodriguez , 40; Aurora De La Pena, 19; a 13-year-old boy, and a 12-year-old boy.

The victims were transported to hospitals for immediate medical treatment; however, De Los Santos and Rodriguez died due to their injuries.

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Democrat endorses Republican Tijerina in 92nd District Judge race

20140912 COUNTY Ortiz-endorses-TijerinaHidalgo County Democrat Rey Ortiz has endorsed 92nd District Judge Jaime Tijerina, a republican, in his campaign to remain on the bench.

Ortiz, who ran for the democratic nomination to the post in the March primaries, lost to Luis Singleterry. In his letter of endorsement, Ortiz states he’s known Tijerina, of Mission, for 20 years and Ortiz notes Tijerina’s service through the U.S. Army Reserves.

“We have come a long way, but we have much more to accomplish,” Ortiz states. “Restoring public trust and integrity to our judicial system is critical to our mission to accomplish that goal. Judge Tijerina is the public servant who will be a fair judge, who will serve the public well and who will uphold the law.”

Read more: Democrat endorses Republican Tijerina in 92nd District Judge race

   

Kids can ‘Fall into Art’ at UVAL

20140912 Jessica-MonroeJessica Monroe will lead a series of children’s art classes, “Fall into Art,” beginning Oct. 11 at the Upper Valley Art League, 921 E. 12th in Mission.  Geared for ages 7 to 10 years, it runs for six weeks on Saturdays from 1:30 to 3 p.m., ending Nov. 15.

Monroe began teaching children’s art classes at UVAL in 1998 until 2001 when she left to attend Southwestern University where she earned her bachelor’s in studio art.  After graduating, she returned to the Valley and taught art at Med High in Mercedes and Juan Diego Academy in Mission.

During the summer, she studied at New York University and the School of the Art Institute in Chicago.  She now spends most of her time in the studio.  Her painting are mostly inspired by philosophy and nature.

Read more: Kids can ‘Fall into Art’ at UVAL

   

OBITUARIES SATURDAY EDITION

20140906 Berta Filut WebBerta Hilda Olivarez Filut

Berta Hilda “Bert” Olivarez Filut, 59, passed away on Friday, September 5, 2014, at her home in Mission following a lengthy illness.

Mrs. Filut was the executive director of Texas Citrus Fiesta for 19 years and was the owner of B&B Flowers and BP Feed Store.

Active in the community, she received the Woman of the Year award for her broad volunteer efforts. While a member of the Lion’s Club, she served as secretary and received the Jack Welch Fellow Award and the Melvin Jones Fellow Award.

She was a member of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Mission and was in charge of altar decorations for all holidays and served on the church’s finance committee. She was a member of Holy Rosary Catholic Church Society and the Catholic Daughters of America.

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Pioneer perseveres, defeats Pace in home debut

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20140905 Pioneer v Pace Footbal Small dy 010 2It’s not how many times you fall down, but how many times you get up after falling down that matters.
Sharyland Pioneer embodied that saying on Friday when they overcame four fumbles and an interception to defeat Brownsville Pace 14-7 in their inaugural home opener at Richard Thompson Stadium.
“Wins don’t come easy, I don’t care if it’s the Dallas Cowboys or the University of Texas Longhorns, so I’ll take it,” Pioneer first-year head coach Jason Wheeler said. “We turned the ball over a lot, we’re our own worst enemy on offense. We’re moving the ball good, but the turnovers really hurt us and a lot of penalties. We’ve got to correct that.”
“When we play a better football team, we’re going to be in trouble and dig ourselves into a hole,” added Wheeler. “The good thing is that we’re playing great defense right now and when you do that, it keeps you in the game.”

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Coyotes ready to howl

Coyotes ready to howl

At 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...

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Huskies activating ‘beast mode’

Huskies activating ‘beast mode’

La Joya Juarez-Lincoln head football coach Tomas Garcia is ready to release the beast on his team’s District 30-6A opponents. After taking over a 2-8 Huskies’ team against 4A...

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Requenez returns to lead Lobos

Requenez returns to lead Lobos

Just two games into last year’s Palmview Lobos’ football district schedule the La Joya Independent School District’s (LJISD’s) Athletic Office announced the reassignment of head coach Manuel Flores and named...

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Funeral Services Planned for Berta Olivarez Filut

Funeral Services Planned for Berta Olivarez Filut

Berta Hilda “Bert” Olivarez Filut, 59, passed away on Friday, September 5, 2014, at her home in Mission following a lengthy illness. Mrs. Filut was the executive director of Texas Citrus Fiesta for 19 years and was the owner of B&B Flowers and BP Feed Store. Active in the community, she received the Woman of the Year award for her broad volunteer efforts. While a member of the Lion’s Club, she served as secretary and received the Jack Welch Fellow Award and the Melvin Jones Fellow...

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Residents split on Taylor expansion

Residents split on Taylor expansion

Residents on Taylor Street are split on a joint effort to expand the roadway to five lanes. Dozens of residents showed up at a public forum at Romulo Martinez Elementary School to learn more about the project, which requires cooperation from the cities of Mission, McAllen and Palmhurst as well as...

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Students return to school

Students return to school

There 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...

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OBIT-Jose Rivas

PALMVIEW - Jose Rivas, 72, passed away on Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014, at his home in Palmview.

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DEATH NOTICE-Adan Garza Garcia

MISSION – Adan Garza Garcia, 68, passed away on Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014, at McAllen Regional Medical Center.  He was born on Jan. 19, 1946.  Visitation will be held on Thursday, Sept. 11, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Nuevo Amanecer Church in Mission.  A funeral service will be held on Friday, Sept. 12, at 1 p.m. at Nuevo Amanecer.  Burial will follow at Lord & I Cemetery in Palmview.

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DEATH NOTICE-Senaida Soto

ALTON - Senaida Soto, 71, passed away on Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014, in Mexico. Visitation will be held on Friday, Sept. 12, from 12 to 9 p.m. with a 7 p.m. rosary at Virgil Wilson Mortuary.   The funeral mass will be held on Saturday, Sept. 13, at 1 p.m. at Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Catholic Church.  Burial will follow at Lord & I Cemetery in Palmview.

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