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Local FFA students win big at RGVLS

20110325_LEG_0864MERCEDES — Several students from local school districts participated in the 72nd annual Rio Grande Valley Livestock Show over the last two weeks, coming home with a number of awards.

Sharyland Independent School District Sharyland 4-H winners include: Daniel Hinojosa, grand champion medium wool market lamb; Evan Acevedo reserve grand champion Brahman heifer; Meaghan Welch reserve champion market goat division; John Kroeker reserve champion market goat in the medium to heavy weight division; Sarah Labus, second place market goat.

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MEDA board members tell council, ‘Slow down’

MEDAlogo_TNThe standoff between the Mission City Council and Mission Economic Development Authority (MEDA) has taken another unexpected turn.

On Thursday, MEDA board members rejected the council’s plan to restructure the board, adopting their own arrangement instead.

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Mission council supports MEDA board restructuring

MEDAlogoMission Mayor Norberto “Beto” Salinas and the city council unanimously voted in support of a proposal presented by City Attorney David Guerra calling for MEDA (Mission Economic Development Authority) to amend its bylaws to restructure its board of directors. The proposal, if approved by the MEDA board, would replace the current 15-member board with seven directors to be appointed by the council – a departure from the present self-elected directors of MEDA. The action took place following executive session at the Monday, March 14 city council meeting.

The plan calls for the resignation of the entire MEDA board. Eight members would resign immediately, and the remaining seven would resign effective upon approval of a new council-appointed board, according to Guerra.

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Student calls for disability acceptance

20110318_SERGIO-MUNOZ_AUTISM-AWARENESS_0017MISSION — When posed with the authority to write a declaration of independence of her own, 13-year-old Regina Torres chose uncharted territory.

Unlike her classmates, who vowed that homework would be abolished, Regina took charge against an issue that affects her family, and millions of other families and young children. In her declaration, no one would be treated differently because of a disability.

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Mission FD battles Texas wildfires

20110318_MISSION_FireDepartment_BrushTruck_JB_9116MISSION — The Mission Fire Department received a donation last month from the Texas Forest Service (TFS). With the donation came an additional responsibility for Mission firefighters – being on call to help the organization fight massive wildfires.

Gov. Rick Perry activated the Texas Intrastate Fire Mutual Aid System (TIFMAS) in February because of the threat of wildfires throughout the state. MFD was one of four fire departments that received the first round of TIFMAS grants ­– a truck specially designed to battle wildfires. Pharr Fire Department will be receiving a truck by the end of March.

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Precinct 3 offices to re-open Monday, March 21

WaterPipe_TNMISSION — After having been temporarily relocated for several weeks due to damages from a water leak, Hidalgo County officials announced Thursday that the offices for Justices of the Peace Luis Garza and Ismael “Melo” Ochoa are scheduled to reopen on Monday, March, 21, 2011.

Last month, an overnight water leak flooded the Precinct 3 Justice Complex at 730 Breyfogle Rd., making both offices unsuitable for use.

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MEDA board considers mass resignation

MEDAlogoThe workout team charged with carrying out the directive of Mission City Council to dissolve MEDA (Mission Economic Development Authority) as soon as possible has come up with a plan calling for the mass resignation of the entire MEDA board of directors. This plan was discussed by the MEDA board in a meeting held Wednesday, March 9.

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THE OWLS ARE WATCHING

20110307-OWLS-002EDINBURG — They’re the group elected officials love to hate. Unavoidable in bold red shirts, the Objective Watchers of the Legal System, or OWLS, have their eyes and ears on nearly everything government-related in Hidalgo County.

No matter the sentiment, the OWLS, for over 30 years, have been to be the non-partisan political watchers of the county. Representing those who don’t have a voice or suffering injustices in courtrooms, the organization also keeps an eye on how taxpayer money is being spent. Their continued presence reminds officials of their accountability to citizens.

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