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Summer programs heat up around western Hidalgo County

20130406 Alton  6011 featureAREA—A number of summer programs are being offered in the western area of Hidalgo County. From Alton to Palmview, community and non-profit programs are providing learning environments meant to get kids active outdoors.

National Butterfly Center

The National Butterfly Center is holding its 2014 Summer Critter Camp from July 7-Aug. 1. The four weeks will cover environmental and life science education for children between the ages of 7-12.

Grounds Manager Max Muñoz said in simple terms the camp allows kids to play with dirt outside. He added children will enjoy everything first hand.


Clinton Elementary wins Ronald McDonald House Charities pull tab challenge

20140530 LJISD Clinton Elem Ronald McDonald AF  8059PEÑITAS—William J. Clinton Elementary Principal Martin Muñoz said his students are focused on helping their community as well as promoting a green lifestyle.  

The Green Club spearheaded a pull-tab campaign at the campus, a project sponsored through the Ronald McDonald House Charities for the Rio Grande Valley. The students, with the help of the district and their community, managed to raise nearly a ton of can pull-tabs.

The campaign enlists the help of elementary schools from all over the Valley to collect pull-tabs from cans that will be recycled for donations. Families who stay in the Ronald McDonald House are asked for a $10 donation fee, but when payment can’t be made, the proceeds from the pull tabs are used to house the families.


Kenneth White, longest serving Mission CISD superintendent, passes away

Kenneth E. White, Mission CISD (Consolidated Independent School District) Superintendent Emeritus, passed away Sunday, June 8. 

White is the only former Mission CISD superintendent to be appointed superintendent emeritus in the district’s history, and served the district as superintendent longer than any other individual, 23 years. The Board of Trustees appointed White superintendent emeritus upon his retirement in June 1988. That same year a new junior high school opened its doors and was given the name Kenneth White Jr. High School by the Board of Trustees.

White had 38 years of experience in education, beginning as a vocational agriculture teacher in 1950 at San Benito High School. In 1958, he became an assistant principal at that school. He came to Mission in 1959 as the principal of Mission High School. Dr. White held that position until he was promoted to the superintendent’s position in 1965.


Jim Brunson: Beto has my support

20140307 Beto-SalinasI am doing something I rarely do – endorsing a candidate. I do so now because I have serious concerns about the candidate who is attempting to unseat Mission Mayor Norberto “Beto” Salinas.

I urge all our readers to support Beto Salinas in the run-off election because he has proven time and time again to be a valuable advocate and leader for the City of Mission. His accomplishments as mayor over the past 16 years are many and varied.

The pattern he has established is one of setting specific goals, then using his leadership skills, business and finance acumen and determination to achieve those goals. He has served as an elected official for many, many years -- first as Hidalgo County Pct. 3 Commissioner, from 1981-1992, then as mayor of Mission since 1998.


MCISD valedictorians share dreams

20140602 VMHS-Graduation AF  8243 featureBoth valedictorians for Mission CISD showed vulnerability Monday when they addressed a crowd at the McAllen Convention Center filled with their classmates, friends and family.

“Mom, I know that my leaving to college makes you feel sad,” said Mission High school valedictorian Javier Eduardo Cervantes before pausing to collect himself. “You will always be in my heart.”

Cervantes has been accepted to Texas A&M University at College Station, where he plans to study petroleum engineering with a minor in business.


Palmhurst breaks ground on shopping center

20140604 Palmhurst-ground-breaking DR  0011PALMHURST—The City of Palmhurst is welcoming a new development, Palmhurst Village Center, adjacent to the new H-E-B property on Mile 3 Road.

The center will sit on 90,000 square feet at a cost of more than $20 million, and it will be separated into three separate pad sites.

Citizens will soon be able to enjoy a number of stores that have committed to spots in the center, including: Ross, Rue 21, CATO, Shoe Show, AT&T wireless, WB Liquors and Aqua Dental.

The city held a groundbreaking celebration Wednesday and welcomed Walter G. Busby, a partner of Turner Busby Development. Busby said the company is housed in San Antonio and the Palmhurst project is its first in the Rio Grande Valley.


Early voting starts Monday in mayor race

20140131 voteEarly voting starts Monday in the runoff election between Mayor Norberto “Beto” Salinas and challenger Jaime Gutierrez.

Salinas, a rancher and businessman, has served as mayor of Mission for 16 years, and before that he served as a Hidalgo County commissioner.

Gutierrez, a local businessman who owns a car dealership, says it’s time for change. Originally from Los Angeles, Gutierrez moved to Mission 12 years ago because he really liked the city.

Still, he sees two Missions: the north side and south side.


La Joya PD kept busy in chases

20140606 La-Joya-Drug-BustOfficers in La Joya were involved in three chases over the weekend and seized about 1,400 pounds of marijuana in the process.

Sheriff Geovani Hernandez said it started Saturday when an officer noticed what appeared to be a utility truck. When he looked closer, the officer saw a domestic extension cord hanging off the back when normally utility trucks use commercial cords.

Hernandez said when the officer pulled behind the truck, the driver made an illegal U-turn and headed west on U.S. 83 toward Sullivan City. He ended up driving the truck into the river, Hernandez said.


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