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Mission woman charged in husband’s home invasion death

20110408_MPD_Arraignment_Vanessa-Garcia_CAB_0008MISSION — Mission police arrested a 28-year-old Mission woman on Monday in connection with her husband’s death in a 2010 home invasion.

Vanessa Garcia was charged Wednesday with capital murder. Her husband, Reyes Garcia, died from four gunshot wounds during a home invasion and robbery on June 23, 2010, police said.

Three other suspects were charged in June and one has a warrant for his arrest.

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MCISD wrestles budget cut increases

MCISDlogo_TNMISSION — As the Mission Consolidated Independent School District continues to make painstaking cuts to its budget, administrators struck board trustees with another blow over the weekend: They’ll have to make bigger cuts.

Initially, over the past few months, administrators estimated the loss of funding to the district would be about $5 million, but after paying closer attention to talks in the House and Senate, that shortfall is now closer to $8 million.

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SHS students donate artwork to Angels of Love Foundation

20110408_SISD_SHS-Students-Donate-Artwork-to-Angels-of-Love-Foundation_NEWSBRIEF_butterfliesMISSION — To raise money for abused and neglected children, art teacher Isabel Link from Sharyland High School and her art students created artwork that will be donated to a silent auction.

The silent auction is to be held at the Blue Ribbon Fashion Show Gala hosted by the Angels of Love Foundation, a McAllen non-profit organization created to help children who are neglected or abused around the Rio Grande Valley.

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Mission CISD announces early release for Easter weekend

MCISDlogo_TNThursday, April 21 has been designated as an early release day for Mission CISD (Consolidated Independent School District) schools. Pre-k students will be released at 10:30 a.m. All other elementary grades will dismiss at 12 p.m. (noon). Junior high schools and high schools will dismiss students at 1 p.m. on this day. Afternoon pre-k students will not attend school on April 21. The early release time for pre-k is needed to allow for proper busing procedures for the elementary schools on the early release day.

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Hidalgo County Precinct 3 Constable Lazaro "Larry" Gallardo Jr. presented with resolution

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Hidalgo County Precinct 3 Constable Lazaro "Larry" Gallardo Jr. poses with his family and Hidalgo County Commissioners at Tuesday's Commissioners' Court where Gallardo was presented with a resolution honoring his 2010 Constable of the Year award with the National Constables Association, which was held last month. Gallardo is the first south Texas constable to receive the honor, along with the state-association award.

MEDA Timeline

Important developments in the recent falling out between the Mission City Council and the organization that has served as the city’s economic development facilitator for 22 years.

Jul. 24, 1989 – City of Mission authorizes formation of MEDA (Mission Economic Development Authority) to conduct economic development activities on behalf of the city.

August 1994 – Due to legislation changes affecting sales tax revenues, the city of Mission forms MEDC (Mission Economic Development Corporation) to administer the portion of city sales tax revenues designated for economic development and quality of life improvements. The MEDC board has no staff, but approves city sales tax funds going to MEDA. MEDA staff still handles the day-to-day economic development activities for the city.

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‘Cancer is not a sentence’

20110401_0040EDINBURG — January 28, 2011 is etched in my memory. It was the day my mother began chemotherapy treatment for breast cancer.

On the drive to the Cancer Center at Renaissance, she held my hand and asked a series of questions: Will it burn? Will I lose my hair immediately? Will I still be the same person? How sick will it make me? Will you be there with me? Is it wrong if I’m scared?

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Mission rescinds MEDA’s authority, hires its employees, except Townsend

MEDAlogo_TNMonday – almost six weeks after the Mission City Council cut off all funding to MEDA – the council rescinded the authority of MEDA (Mission Economic Development Authority) to conduct any economic development activities on behalf of the city, effectively immediately.

Tuesday, Mission City Manager Julio Cerda visited with the employees of MEDA, asking them to go to work for the city. This was a limited time opportunity.

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