Written by Andrielle Figueroa Friday, 03 May 2013 07:00
The event made its first appearance in Mission at the Mission High School Tom Landry Stadium.
Community Manager Heather Marks said the relay started in 1985, and since its inception, has grown tremendously.
“There are actually 5,200 Relay for Life events held through out the nation,” Marks said. “Every single one of them has a goal to celebrate cancer survivors, to remember those lost and to fight back against cancer.”
Written by Carina A. Brunson Friday, 03 May 2013 07:00
In light of increasing violence at schools across the country, a superintendent visited the Rio Grande Valley to discuss his Guardian Plan, which calls for school personnel to be the school’s first responders.
David Thweatt, superintendent of Harrold Independent School District, explained that the best way to ensure student safety would be by arming teachers and other personnel.
“We have stumbled on to something that is an undercurrent in our society,” said Thweatt. “We’re kind of taking back our own liberties.”
Friday, 03 May 2013 07:00
The Mission Police Department, along with the nation, will observe National Peace Officers’ Memorial Week the week of May 12 through May 18. A ceremony will be held on Monday, May 13, at 9 a.m. at the Mission Police Department.
This ceremony is a way for the men and women of today’s public safety family, city officials and other dignitaries to pay tribute to those members who gave their lives in the line of duty for the betterment of the community and public safety as a whole, said Robert Dominguez, interim chief of police.
There are approximately 800,000 law enforcement officers in the United States, including 146 sworn members of the City of Mission Police Department. More than 20,000 law enforcement officers in the United States have made the ultimate sacrifice and have been killed in the line of duty, including two members of the Mission Police Department.
Written by Andrielle Figueroa Friday, 03 May 2013 07:00
MISSION — The Mission Redevelopment Authority Board discussed the status of the $1 million Conway Avenue Streetscape Project Tuesday, explaining that the input of local merchants will be sought, said Executive Director Ricardo A. Perez.
The project spans from 1st to 14th street.
Perez said the City of Mission approved the contract for planning with Spawglass Contractors Inc. for the project on Monday.
Written by Kathy Olivarez Friday, 03 May 2013 07:00
EDINBURG — A new policy to allow Hidalgo County employees who received overpayments as part of a longevity plan instituted by the county five years ago was approved Tuesday.
Under the new policy, employees will be able to pay back the money in one lump sum or make payments over a period of month until the money is refunded.
County Treasurer Norma Garcia said her previous estimate of as many as 200 employees being affected was high.
Friday, 03 May 2013 07:00
Featuring Concerto Winner, Gerardo Adrian Garcia, violin
The South Texas Youth Symphony Orchestra will perform on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 12, for a Special Concerto. This performance will feature violin concerto winner, Gerardo Adrian Garcia. The event will be held at the Edinburg City Auditorium located on 204 N. 7th St. (just West of the Court House, off of University Drive) in Edinburg at 4 p.m.
Son of Margarita Oyervides and Jose Antonio Garcia, Gerardo Adrian Garcia, age 15, was born in McAllen. Garcia started playing the violin at the age of 12 under the direction of Jennifer Miller. During his first year playing the violin, he was a member of the chamber orchestra at Morris Middle School.
Written by Luciano Guerra Friday, 03 May 2013 07:00
Talk about pressure. In a fight for their playoff lives, the La Joya Palmview Lobos found themselves in a do-or-die situation Monday evening when they took the field against the Edinburg Bobcats. In what was a one game playoff to determine District 30-5A’s final playoff qualifier, the winner-take-all scenario became necessary when the two teams, who split their two head-to-head district games, ended regular season play in a tie for fourth place with identical 10-6 records.
Thanks to a stellar pitching performance by Chris Rocha and a clutch hit by right fielder Jose Chapa, it was Coach Ricky Garcia’s Lobos who emerged victorious and who will be playing Laredo United in the bi-district round of the state playoffs this weekend.
“We needed to get in,” said Garcia. “This makes three times out of the past five years that we’ve made the playoffs. That’s something for our seniors to start as a tradition and if they can show this to the young ones we’ll be a tough team to play. Being so young we’ve had a rollercoaster ride but when my players come together to play ball they play tough.”
Written by Carina A. Brunson Friday, 26 April 2013 09:43
MISSION — After more than two years of construction, the Bannworth Pool is finally complete, but negotiations between the City of Mission and the Sharyland Independent School District to set terms for the district use of the pool have failed.
This comes despite the presumption by both parties two years ago that the school’s swim teams would use the pool.
The pool has been in the planning since Feb. 22, 2012, when the Mission City Council authorized staff to seek bids on improvements at Bannworth Park, including an enclosed swimming pool and a separate multi-purpose gymnasium for an estimated cost of $2.2 million.
Written by Andrielle Figueroa Friday, 26 April 2013 09:40
MISSION — Agape Christian School from kindergarten through sixth-grade created informational posters, towers and robots all with recycled materials from their homes as part of an Earth Day activity titled “Our Planet, Our Earth.”
Earth Day, nationally recognized on Monday, helped charge the campus-wide event. The campus’s main hallway was decorated with posters and projects made from recycled newspapers, milk jugs, cans, paint and cardboard.
Fourth-grader Alicia Gomez said recycling could help save the planet.
Friday, 26 April 2013 09:32
MISSION—For only the second time since 1935, a One Act Play from Mission Consolidated Independent School District is advancing to the state competition. The Veterans Memorial High School Harlequins placed first at the regional competitions held this past weekend, qualifying them for state.
In addition to qualifying for state competition, several individual honors were received by members of the Harlequins at the regional competition. Beto Cantu and Alex Hinojosa were named part of the all-star cast. Anna Olivarez was an honorable mention.
This will be the second year in a row that the Harlequins have qualified to compete at the state level.
Friday, 26 April 2013 09:29
Promoted to sergeant were Teodoro “Ted” Rodriguez and David Meza.
Officers promoted to corporal were Jorge Saenz, Marco Ramirez, Roel Valasquez, Estaban Jara and David Garza.
Written by Luciano Guerra Friday, 26 April 2013 09:26
After having clinched a share of the District 32-4A championship against the Mission High School (MHS) Eagles, the Veterans Memorial High School (VMHS) Patriots baseball team claimed the title outright last Friday evening with their 9-4 home field victory over the Rio Grande City Rattlers. With the win, Coach Casey Smith’s Patriots improved their district record to 12-1 (25-4 overall) with only winless PSJA Southwest (0-13) left on their district schedule.
Against Rio Grande, VMHS fell behind when the Rattlers scored two runs on a double, a walk, a passed ball and an errant throw to first base in the top of the second inning. The Patriots responded quickly however when they scored two of their own in the bottom of the frame with J.R. Martinez’ clutch single which drove in teammates Edward Pena and Isaac Guerrero.
VMHS went on to score two additional runs in the third, four in the fifth and one in the sixth innings. Patriots’ pitcher Edward Pena held the Rattlers to single runs in the fifth and the sixth frames for the 9-4 title clinching victory.
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Sharyland’s Alanis gives boys West All-Stars showcase victory
West girls hang on to down East in PKs MISSION—Sharyland midfielder Gilberto “Tito” Alanis closed out his high school soccer career on Thursday, May 9, by doing what he’s always done, come through in the clutch. Alanis scored the game-winning goal...Read More...
Sharyland Ranked No. 2 in State
MISSION, May 9, 2013—The latest poll by the Texas High School Baseball Coaches Association released today shows Sharyland High School (29-1) is now ranked No.2 in the state. The Woodlands (29-3) is ranked No. 1. This weekend, Sharyland will face its first real test in the playoffs as the Rattlers take on McAllen High School (19-11) in the area round. The first game in the best of three series against the Bulldogs will be held Friday at McHi baseball field at 7:30 p.m. The second game of the series will be played at noon, Saturday at Sharyland High baseball field. If a third game is necessary,...Read More...
Big 6 baseball playoff schedules 2
Veterans Memorial vs Corpus Christi Flour Bluff
Game #1 Thursday, May 2: 7:30 p.m. at Flour Bluff High School
Game #2 Saturday, May 4: Noon at Veterans Memorial High School
Game #3 (if necessary) May 4: 30 minutes after Game #2 at Veterans Memorial Sharyland vs Del Rio
Game #1 Friday, May 3: 7:30 p.m. at Krueger Field, Laredo
Game #2 Saturday, May 4: 11 a.m. at Krueger Field, Laredo
Game #3 (if necessary) Saturday, May 4: 30 minutes after Game #2 at Krueger Field, Laredo
VMHS Harlequin Drama Club advances to area competition
S.W.A.T. - Mission PD trains special tactics unit
MISSION — The Special Weapons and Tactics, better known as SWAT, teams are a common staple on television. They carry shields and batons going into dangerous riots, geared up and ready to run into a house to apprehend a suspect and rescue hostages.Read More...
Local students excel at Rio Grande Valley Livestock Show
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