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Bill Cosby: On top of his game

20120330_BillCosbyHe’s become an icon.  Yet he’s always relevant.  And his audience appeal spans audiences of all ages for five decades.  It’s Bill Cosby live at the State Farm Arena in Hidalgo on Thursday, April 13, at 8 p.m.  Doors open at 7 p.m. Part of the Rio Grande Valley Broadway Series performance line-up, Cosby’s comedy act gives Valley audiences a moment with the master to be up close and personal.

As a kid from the projects in Philadelphia, Cosby got his roots in the highs and lows of human nature so often found in his comedy routine.  His “stand-up” routine may be a little more sitting as the years pass, but he’s still relatable and current to the broad spectrum of humanity—and just as entertaining.

His original act trailed into eight gold records, five platinum, and five Grammy awards for his best-selling comedy albums. He was the first African-American to co-star in a dramatic series with the TV show “I Spy” when he won three Emmy awards.  And, his 1980s television sitcom, “The Cosby Show,” became a staple to viewing audiences, and his book, “Fatherhood,” became a best seller.  All are testament to his appeal.

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Severe overnight storm leads to school closures, power outages

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10:00 a.m., Friday, March 30, 2012

Jim Campbell, a data acquisition program manager with the National Weather Service in Brownsville, said the storm was actually two storms that had originated from Kenedy County. As the storm moved south it made most of its damage in McAllen, with reports of five inch rain. Campbell said it was difficult to gage the level of hail that had fallen through the western parts of Mission and McAllen. Weather officials who had been investigating the storm in McAllen had heard and seen reports of the hail reaching people's knees, he said.

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Road work Advisory

The City of McAllen will be performing paving operations at the intersections of SH 495 at 12th St. and SH 495 at Main St.  Lane closures will be set in place to allow the traveling public to safely go around the working area.

The road work will be conducted Thursday March 29 to Friday March 30, from 9 a.m. To 4 p.m.

Motorists should expect delays and are advised to observe all posted warning signs, and speed limit signs.

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Shary-Shivers Estate sold to Mexican businessman

20120330_Shary-EstatePALMHURST -- The University of Texas-Pan American announced on Tuesday that The University of Texas-Pan American Foundation has sold the historic Shary-Shivers Estate on North Shary Road to Obet Flores, a businessman from Mexico.

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SPORT AND SISTERHOOD

20120323_Rolleristas-Practice_IMG_0550-SDRGV rolleristas start new season

McALLEN — When it comes to sports, hitting a ball isn’t Amber Marshall’s thing.

“Volleyball, I guess you could say, isn’t for me. I’d get hit in the face,” she jokingly said with a laugh.

And when it comes to extracurricular sports activities for adults, there are few options for women.

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Sharyland expanding engineering programs

20120323_sharyland-logoMISSION — Sharyland Independent School District board members said they are in full support of implementing two new programs here – a pre-engineering academy and Project Lead the Way STEM.

One of the goals for the board this year was to investigate a possible academy to be offered at Sharyland High School. The staff recommended a pre-engineering academy for incoming ninth-graders. The item had been discussed during previous budget and curriculum plans to use high school allotment funds to provide financial support for the academy. The board approved to start the academy this coming year.

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Alton hears plan for widening of Mile 5

City-of-alton-logoALTON — Plans for the future widening of Mile 5 North (Farm-to-Market 676) between Conway Avenue and La Homa Road were outlined at this month’s Alton City Council meeting.

Melba Schaus of the Texas Department of Transportation told the council she would be the liaison for the engineer on the project and would be reporting on progress frequently.

Mile 5 Road will be widened to four lanes with a continuous turn lane in the center. Schaus said there would be no shoulders. When constructed the road would have a 60-foot face-to-face road. Currently it is a two-lane road.

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US 83 (Mission) - Main Lane Closure

  • 20110729_RoadClosed_FEATMISSION - The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) Pharr District will be performing main lane closures (West / East Bound) on US 83 / FM 396 in Mission to perform bridge work.  Main lane road closures will be needed between Conway Rd. and Shary Rd. to complete this work.
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