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Mission, Palmview among contested races

20140506 Palmview-Election-site-photos AF  7523There’s been little peace outside Palmview City Hall the past few weeks, with groups gathered across the street, shouting at anyone who happened upon the municipal building to vote or otherwise.

A skywatch tower loomed over the entire scene, and a sheriff’s deputy stood guard in front of the entrance, ensuring law and order.

The mayhem comes to an end Saturday–Election Day. Polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 7 p.m.

In Palmview, two slates are facing off in campaigns that have included a lot of mud-slinging and accusations. Both sides say it’s time for change in Palmview, but have differing ideas on how to achieve it.

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Sharyland ISD School Board Trustee, Place 1

20140509 Ricky-LongoriaRicky Longoria
Age: 48
Education: BBA Accounting – University of Texas at Austin
Occupation: Partner – Burton McCumber & Cortez, LLP
Certified Public Accountant and Certified Fraud Examiner.
Previous elected positions: Incumbent Candidate

What is the biggest concern you have about the school district and how would you fix it?

Sharyland is a District that is growing and now opening two additional high schools. It is a District that is challenged by changes in curriculum and how it impacts teachers and students. Issues remain related to school finance and school accountability. My broad background and practical real world experience will ultimately provide guidance on how many of these challenges should be addressed. I will continue to work with the existing Board and obtain input from the community and teachers in the classroom to ensure we are moving in the right direction.

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Multiple Palmview voters at one address raises concerns

20140131 votePALMVIEW–Eighteen people are registered to vote at a one-bedroom home at 205 Minvera St. in Palmview according to a list of registered voters released by Hidalgo County.

Meanwhile, eight people are registered to vote at 403 Palma Vista Drive, the furniture store where Albino Villarreal is registered to vote. Villarreal said he should be the only one registered at the store. He previously has indicated he sleeps at the store for security purposes.

Villarreal is one of four members of the Palmview Leadership slate of candidates in the May 10 city election. His opponent, Ricky Villarreal, has questioned Albino’s residency status, even taking the issue to court, but it was dismissed.

Two women named Claudia Villarreal are registered to vote from the business, but Albino Villarreal said he did not recognize the name. However, both Albino Villarreal’s wife and daughter are named Claudia. Other people registered at the store are Alisha Monik Camacho, Abigail Alexis Flores, Marissa Flores, Manuel Galvan and Leonardo Garza.

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Mission celebrates Arbor Day

20140425 National-Butterfly-Center-Arbor-Day SD 0187MISSION—Students were elbow-deep in potting soil early Friday morning at Midkiff Elementary. Giggling and pointing out bugs in the lawn, all grade levels participated in planting flowers on the campus borders.

Principal Dora A. Villalobos said the campus has participated in planting flowers for the last 11 years on Arbor Day.

“This is a program that has been going since Midkiff’s inception. Mr. Midkiff had a love for planting and keeping the earth full of trees,” Villalobos said. “Now it really has expanded. It is full force as far as the degree of the amount of plants.”

This year, the City of Palmhurst donated 25 oak trees to the campus. Councilmen Ruben De Leon and Robert A. Salinas were present to plant the first tree.

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Volunteers needed for Stamp Out Hunger drive

PHARR – Volunteers are needed for the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive this Saturday, May 10. Those interested would be assigned to post offices during the event to help with crowd control, collecting donated products and unloading boxes or bins.

The Food Bank of the Rio Grande Valley is partnering with the National Association of Letter Carriers, the Campbell’s Soup Company and the U.S. Postal Service for the drive.

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CBP to deploy two additional aerostats in Rio Grande Valley

20131219 Penitas Border-Patrol-Aerostat 0569 featureU.S. Customs and Border Protection has completed the operational utility evaluation of three aerostats that were deployed in the Rio Grande Valley Border Patrol Sector in November 2013, and is planning to deploy two additional aerostats this June.

The aerostats have been very effective for the Border Patrol, both as a deterrence and as a means of spotting illegal activity. Additionally, the aerostats have helped agents save immigrant lives in remote and inhospitable areas.

The aerostats were acquired from the Department of Defense as they are no longer needed by the military in Iraq and Afghanistan, but have significant benefits to the protection of the United States when deployed in a homeland security situation. The significant advantages of using excess military equipment include economic benefits and, in partnership with DOD, quality training in its use and maintenance.

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Palmview slates face off

20140426 Palmview Political Forum lg-05 featureCandidates for the Palmview City Council questioned whether the city should be run like a business at a political forum hosted Saturday, April 26, by Progress Times.

“We are here for our community. Businessmen are here to make a profit,” said Arlando Nacianceno, who is running for Place 1 on the Palmview Proud slate.

“The city’s not a business; business is not a city” added Jerry Perez, mayor candidate for Palmview Proud. “The city is public services.”

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Soldier ‘gave us an inheritance’

20140426 PFC Diego Montoya Dedication lg-09There’s a peace that radiates from Rosie Peña Guerra when she talks about her son, Pfc. Diego Montoya, who died in Afghanistan in 2010.

That peace doesn’t waver when she talks about how her twin sons, David and Mark Guerra, didn’t have to be prodded to serve their country. David is in the Navy, and currently serving in the Mediterranean and Mark is in Army training in Georgia.

“It’s times like these that you come so close and even closer to the Lord than you have ever been before,” Peña Guerra said. “It’s built my faith. I stand on God and His word. I realize that my kids are only borrowed for a moment, but that’s who I depend on to get me through difficult times to be able to have peace and to be able to have rest and come through the grief and mourning.”

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