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Returning float builders prepare for Parade of Oranges

20130122 Citrus Fiesta Product Float Split Rail RV Park AF  2308 featureMISSION—As the 76th Texas Citrus Fiesta concludes its two weeks of activities, the highlight of the Fiesta – and the one that draws the biggest crowds – is always the Parade of Oranges. Although the parade is beautiful, colorful and fun, it’s competitive as well.

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I-69 becoming a reality

The Hidalgo County Commissioner’s Court heard a report from members of the I-69 Texas Department of Transportation Advisory Committee in their Tuesday, Jan. 15, meeting of the court.

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Mission teen missing

Aaron-Juan-Garcia WEBOn Thursday, Jan. 3, Aaron Juan Garcia, 17 years old, was reported missing by his mother.

The mother told Mission Police the last time Aaron was seen was Dec. 6, 2012, behind their house located on the 2000 block of Washington. Police and family have spoken to friends and no one has seen him since. 

According to authorities, the family said Garcia was intoxicated and after an argument with his parents he left the residence, walking toward an irrigation canal. Police have been searching the area for any signs that Garcia may have fallen into the canal. Family told police that Garcia did not know how to swim.

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County officials urge protection against flu

EDINBURG—Hidalgo County health officials say this year’s flu season is off to an early and active start. Each year, approximately 30,000 people die due to influenza illness. The Hidalgo County Health and Human Services Chief Administrative Officer Eddie Olivarez says Hidalgo County has not had a fatality due to influenza in the last year, however, county officials are encouraging all residents to be proactive against the virus and recommend influenza vaccination.

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MHS band student named All-State Musician

20130118 PHOTO IN MHS band student named All State musicianMISSION—Five Mission High School band students participated this past weekend in the Area G Round of auditions for positions in the Texas Music Educators Association All-State Band.

Tenth grade contra bass clarinet player, Jesus Olivares not only edged out his competition but also recorded his audition, which was sent to the state headquarters for final selection as one of three contras to make the All-State 4A Band. These musicians are commonly referred to in the state as the top two percent of the state’s best of the best.

Olivares will join the other All-State musicians in the TMEA All-State Band clinics and concerts to be held in San Antonio in mid-February.

Two other MHS students made the list of alternates for the All-State Band. They are Noe Jaramillo, tuba; and Nancy Colunga, bass clarinet. These two students may get to step up if the 4A Area G person in their respective instruments cannot make the commitment to the All-State Band.

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Community Development asks for community input

20130118 mission big red buttonMISSION – City of Mission’s Community Development Department is seeking community input regarding city facilities and services needed. A key method the city is using to gather information about these needs is through an online survey available on the city Website, www.missiontexas.us. The online survey was launched earlier this month.

According to the city’s Website, the information gathered through the survey will be used to establish priorities for the use of federal funding, specifically for the Community Development Block Grant.

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