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Two charged with aggravated kidnapping

20111111_KidnappingMISSION — Two individuals were charged with aggravated kidnapping of a Mission businessman this week.

Armando Hernandez and Edgar Daniel Saavedra were both charged with aggravated kidnapping, a first-degree felony that carries a potential life sentence in prison.

Mission Municipal Judge Horacio Peña originally set a bond for $100,000 for Saavedra and $350,000 for Hernandez. An attorney for the suspects asked for leniency in the bonds. Peña posted the bonds at $75,000 for Saavedra and $200,000 for Hernandez. The higher bond for Hernandez was due to a possible flight risk since he is not a citizen.

Read more: Two charged with aggravated kidnapping

   

SH 495 full lane closure

20111108_RoadClosedMcALLEN – The City of McAllen will be performing a complete lane closure on SH 495 (Pecan Ave.) to perform roadway and utility work. The lane closure will be between Main St. and 10th St.

The lanes will be closed Tuesday, Nov. 8 and Wednesday, Nov. 9, 11 p.m. to 6 a.m.

Traffic will be detoured onto SH 336 (10th St.) and Main St. Alternate routes are recommended to avoid delays. Motorists should expect delays and are advised to observe all posted warning, construction detour and speed limit signs.

   

Abbott to Obama: ‘The threat from the cartels has only grown’

20111104_Greg-AbbottAUSTIN — After a Hidalgo County Sheriff deputy was shot in an exchange with suspected cartel operatives this week and Hidalgo County Sheriff Lupe Treviño told local media the encounter was spillover from drug cartels in Mexico, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott wrote President Barack Obama urging him to dedicate more border security in the area.

“We cannot simply rely on good fortune to protect American lives from the ever-present threat of cartel violence on our southern border,” Abbott said in the letter sent to the White House on Wednesday.

On Oct. 30, a deputy was shot in an altercation east of Edinburg responding to a kidnapping attempt following a failed drug transaction, law enforcement officials said. One of the suspects was fatally shot in the incident. Six people suspected to have ties to the Gulf Cartel were arrested.

Read more: Abbott to Obama: ‘The threat from the cartels has only grown’

   

Commissioner Flores to seek fourth term

20111104_Commisioner-FloresMISSION — Hidalgo County Precinct 3 Commissioner Joe M. Flores announced this week that he will seek a fourth term in the March 2012 election.

“I am seeking a fourth term because I am fully committed to all the residents of Precinct 3. When they elected me I made a pledge to improve the quality of life and promote economic growth for all our citizens,” said Flores in his announcement. “I am working for you, the people of Precinct 3 and all of Hidalgo County.”

Read more: Commissioner Flores to seek fourth term

   

County purchases elections equipment for $200,000

20111104_ElectionsEDINBURG — Hidalgo County commissioners recently agreed to purchase 120 refurbished voting machines to help the election’s department prepare for the upcoming election season next year.

The machines will cost nearly $200,000 and also require annual hardware and firmware maintenance fees that are up to $95 for each machine each year they’re in use.

The company, which the county is purchasing its equipment from, Election Systems & Software, no longer makes the iVotronic machines, including those that are compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act, but had offered to sell the county the remainder of the machines it had available. Hidalgo County began purchasing its electronic voting equipment from the company in 2005, according to county documents.

Read more: County purchases elections equipment for $200,000

   

‘Tales of the Hidalgo Pumphouse’ opens Nov. 10

20111104_Hidalgo_02The Pharr Literacy Project's presents their play, “Tales of the Hidalgo Pumphouse,” with a cast of 10 children and 10 adults. The two-act play's premier run will be held Nov. 10 thru Nov. 20 in Pharr, for two weekends: Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m.

The production will be held inside the black box theater at the Pharr Literacy Project, 203 W. Quentin Newcombe Jr. Ave. (formerly Park Ave.) in Pharr. The theater seats 60 persons at a time; therefore advance tickets are recommended but will also sell at the door at show time upon availability. Ticket prices are $7 in advance or $9 at the door. The box office is open weekdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information, call 783-7746.

Read more: ‘Tales of the Hidalgo Pumphouse’ opens Nov. 10

   

Christian recording artist Jeremy Camp comes to Valley Nov. 17

20111104_ENT_Jeremy-CampGrammy-nominated Jeremy Camp returns to the Valley on Thursday, Nov. 17, at the McAllen Convention Center at 7:30 p.m. for his 29-city tour, “We Cry Out: The Worship Project.”  Coming to the stage with Camp will be special guests Francesca Battistelli, Adam Cappa, and McAllen’s own Crawford Higgins.

Reserved tickets are $20, $35 and VIPs for $60.  VIP tickets include a question and answer session with the artists and early entry to the show.  Group purchases of 10 or more receive a $5 discount.  Go to the Convention Center box office, 10 a.m. -5 p.m., Monday through Friday, or 10 a.m. to show opening on the event date.  Doors open at 5 p.m. for VIP ticket holders and 6:30 p.m. for others. Tickets may also be purchased at www.ticketmaster.com.

Read more: Christian recording artist Jeremy Camp comes to Valley Nov. 17

   

USIBWC seeks applicants for committee

MERCEDES — The United States Section of the International Boundary and Water Commission (USIBWC) is seeking applications from community members interested in participating in the Lower Rio Grande Citizens Forum (LRGCF).

The LRGCF was established in 2003 to facilitate the exchange of information between the USIBWC and members of the public about Commission activities in the Lower Rio Grande Valley of Texas.

The commission is responsible for applying the boundary and water treaties between the United States and Mexico. Commission responsibilities in the Lower Rio Grande Valley include maintenance of Rio Grande flood control levees and diversion dams, water quality monitoring, boundary demarcation at international bridges, water accounting related to Rio Grande water that Mexico delivers to the United States as required by treaty, and review of plans to construct new infrastructure across or along the Rio Grande to ensure compliance with applicable treaties, among other activities.  Notably, during 2010 following Hurricane Alex and Tropical Depression No. 2, the Commission operated the Lower Rio Grande Flood Control Project to protect the community from Rio Grande floodwaters.

Read more: USIBWC seeks applicants for committee

   

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