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Sharyland still ranked No. 3 in state

shraryland-logo_TNThe latest Texas High School Baseball Coaches Association poll, released April 14, shows Sharyland High School baseball is again ranked number 3 in the state for 5A schools, for the second week in a row.

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Photographer recounts war with Vietnam veterans

Doug-Binh-Chanh-1967McALLEN — Recalling memories of the Vietnam War, several soldiers talk about their struggles in the jungle and their return to civilian life, which, when dressed in military garb, was either met with disdain or complete disregard.

Last weekend with LZ: RGV, the community finally welcomed home and thanked Rio Grande Valley Vietnam veterans for their service with proclamations, presentations and the Healing Wall, a replica of the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, D.C., as an effort to remember those who died in combat.

“We failed to do that as a country,” said retired United States Army Lt. Gen. Ricardo Sanchez at a dedication ceremony.

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Kika de la Garza immortalized in scuplture

20110408_KikadelaGarza_Statue_0508MISSION — It’s a 19-year-old dream coming to reality for Gen Long, former Mission councilwoman. Her overdue “dream” was to see former U.S. Rep. Eligio de la Garza II immortalized in bronze for his 44 years of service to South Texas and as a Mission’s “favorite son.” He is lovingly known as “Kika” by his family, friends and the constituency he served.

“Kika has been a Godsend for agriculture in this area and also throughout the United States and many countries of the world. People do not realize what all he has done, but I have seen a lot of the successes from what he has done,” said Long.

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Public safety comes to south Mission

20110413_MISSION_Fire-Police_Sub_Ribbon_Cutting_CAB_0129MISSION — At Wednesday’s grand opening for the new Mission Police Department Substation and Fire Station No. 5 in south Mission, officials stressed the word “commitment.”

“We made a commitment to serve and to be the mayor and city council, and my commitment was to be able to do things that were going to be able to help our community,” Mayor Norberto “Beto” Salinas said. “Our commitment to our community is a very big commitment and we’re not going to stop there. We need to continue doing what we have made that commitment to be.”

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TEA demands MCISD refund $362,153 in migrant funds

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MCISDlogo_TNEven while the Mission school board is grappling with a projected $8 million budget shortfall, the TEA (Texas Education Agency) hit the school district with more financial troubles last week, demanding the district refund $362,153 in migrant funds.

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Grand opening planned for new fire, police substation

20110329_0051The City of Mission will host a ribbon cutting and grand opening ceremony Wednesday, April 13 at 10:30 a.m. for the new Police Substation and Fire Station No. 5 located at the corner of Glasscock and Military Rd.

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TxDOT Road Construction Advisories

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The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) has released the following advisory regarding highway construction and maintenance work in the Mission area.

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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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