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Matt Ruszczak named Mission Chamber CEO

Fred Kurth, chairman of the board for the Greater Mission Chamber of Commerce announced this week that the board has officially hired Matt Ruszczak as the new president and CEO for the chamber.

"We're real excited to have him on board. We look forward to new chamber growth with Matt as our CEO," said Kurth.

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Four men charged in SHS student's death

MISSION — Three teenagers and one adult have been charged in the death of a Sharyland High School student. Mission police said the suspects have also been charged with two counts of aggravated assault.

Sergio Montiel, 23, who Mission police said is suspected of fatally shooting Efrain Reyna, is being held on a combined $5 million bond – $3 million on the murder charge and $1 million on each count of aggravated assault.

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Mission halts dependent insurance

MISSION —The Mission City Council clarified its intention to seek different health insurance provider for the next fiscal year to pay premiums only for employees, not their dependents.

Mayor Norberto "Beto" Salinas on Monday said he checked around the Rio Grande Valley and found that with the exception of Hidalgo County, none of the cities or school districts supplemented the cost of dependent health insurance.

"We simply cannot afford to continue doing so," said the mayor. "The cost of dependent care has risen to $900 to $1,000 a family.... We are going to work with an insurance broker to find a policy that will provide affordable dependent insurance to our employees next year."

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County VSO earns achievement award

EDINBURG — Last week officials announced that Hidalgo County Veterans Service Office Director Emilio de los Santos was recognized with the 2010 Dan Garcia Memorial Achievement Award from the Veterans County Service Officers Association of Texas for going beyond the call of duty to serve South Texas veterans and their families.

Only one such award is merited each year to a VSO who exhibits sustained superior performance, is actively involved in community affairs and patriotic activities and who is constantly educating themselves to improve the quality of life for veterans. De Los Santos was also recently appointed by President Barack Obama to serve on the Selective Service System Local Board, meaning in the case of any future military draft, he would sit on a committee that determines whether a prospect would receive a deferment, postponement or exemption from service.

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Police: Gun wielding teen robbed peers

MISSION — Cesar Villegas, 17, accused of pointing a gun at teenagers demanding money and cell phones was dumbfounded to hear from Mission Municipal Judge Jonathan Wehrmeister that he could face up to life in prison during his arraignment on five charges of armed burglary on Nov. 12.

Villegas and the other three suspects have confessed to other crimes in the Mission, McAllen, Pharr and San Juan areas, police said. Other items were found in the suspect’s vehicle that might lead to other crimes committed within the past two weeks. Villegas was arrested in connection with burglaries that occurred on Nov. 11.

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Hidalgo Co. RMA board installs new members

20101119_COUNTY_Hidalgo-Co.-RMA-board-installs-new-members_EPG_MUSTAlonzo-Cantu_Forrest-RunnelsWESLACO — Two new members were welcomed to the Hidalgo County Regional Mobility Authority board last week in a workshop meeting to acquaint their members with new projects, including vital funding issues.

McAllen residents Alonzo Cantú and Forrest Runnels were given the oath of office by Sen. Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa, D-McAllen, at a Nov. 10 meeting. Cantú, a real estate developer, was appointed by former Interim Hidalgo County Judge Rene A. Ramirez while Runnels was appointed by Precinct 4 Commissioner Oscar Garza Jr. and Commissioner-Elect Joseph Palacios.

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Palmhurst denies re-zoning request for business

PALMHURST — A family’s request to revamp a defunct dancehall along 3 Mile Line Road was denied this week, prompting family members to say they had no other options in paying $5,000 for their taxes.

Norma Perez said she wanted to re-establish her husband’s dancehall on a property the couple had owned for over 15 years. Before his death she said he had wanted to reopen the business and expand on the already existing building of their property that sits in between Trosper and Los Ebanos roads.

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SHS student killed in November 16th shooting

MISSION — A teenager died Tuesday night in a McAllen hospital after he and another man were dropped off with gunshot wounds, police said.

Mission Police Chief Leo Longoria said Efrain Reyna, 17, of Mission was killed in the shooting at Glasscock and Trinity roads in The Cimarron neighborhood. Reyna was a student at Sharyland High School.

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