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LJISD’s fund balance grows by $30 million

LA-JOYA-LOGOLA JOYA — La Joya Independent School District board discussed the findings of an annual financial report for the fiscal year ending Aug. 31 that shows the district has approximately an extra $30 million in its general fund.

The school district’s general fund has increased from $63 million last year to over $93 million this year, officials said at last week’s board meeting. Revenues exceeded expenditures by over $25 million after the district did less spending than what they budgeted for.

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SINGING A NEW TUNE

20110121_SINGING-A-NEW-TUNEMISSION — When Elianna Perez was told she had leukemia, she wasn’t so concerned about the diagnosis, but instead the news that she’d be losing her hair after chemotherapy. Then came a discovery she never saw coming: she couldn’t sing.

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IBWC using aircraft to survey Rio Grande flood control project

IBWC-Logo_WebEL PASO — The United States Section of the International Boundary and Water Commission (USIBWC) will be performing aerial surveys along the Rio Grande through March as part of a program to map and assess the agency’s Rio Grande flood control system.

During the project, residents may see several small planes in a crop row pattern flying back and forth at an elevation of about 5,000 feet while ground crews set up ground targets in the form of a white X.

The IBWC is publicizing the activity to inform residents who might otherwise be concerned about the unusual flight pattern along the U.S.-Mexico border.

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Product Show designers depend on teamwork

20110114_MISSION_PRODUCT-SHOWMISSION — Nearly every year after the Christmas gifts have been opened, the Gerlach family unloads containers filled to the brim with dehydrated lemons, grapefruit and other local citrus products to transform their dining table into a 24-hour craft station.

Mary Virginia Gerlach, the family’s designer, slips into her dining room any chance she gets. She takes a few minutes in the morning before heading off to work at Pizza Hut’s McAllen corporate office. In the evening, she and her granddaughter, Makenzie Gerlach, will work together, and just before bed, if there’s enough time, Gerlach said she’d add a few more touches to her entry for the Texas Citrus Fiesta’s Product Costume show.

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JLHS students and staff have a home of their own

20110114_LJISD_BuildingLA JOYA — Juarez-Lincoln High School’s (JLHS) students got a belated Christmas gift after the holiday break – a new home.

The nearly 2,000 students and staff had been housed at the old ninth grade campus next door to the new La Joya High School since the school was formed in 2008. The facilities there were missing certain elements for the students, like their own gym or separate areas for girls and boys wrestling, but mainly a place to call their own.

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Why does the Valley flood?

Editor's Note: The following is an article submission from Mission resident Ned Sheats who has been searching for answers on the Rio Grande Valley's flooding problems since 2008. His submission consists of a month's worth of Internet research, discussions with Mission city officials and Godfrey Garza Jr., the director of the Hidalgo County Drainage District No. 1, as well as his own opinions on what he's learned in the process.

MISSION — The Rio Grande Valley is in fact not a valley, but a very large flat flood plain. If you know the Valley, you understand that most of the water moves east and little goes into the Rio Grande. Wouldn't it be easy to dig more ditches to the ocean?

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Judge Garcia takes official oath of office

20110107_Garcia_3EDINBURG — Hidalgo County welcomed the new year by ushering in its newest chief when Interim Judge Ramon Garcia was officially sworn into office on Jan. 1 at the Edinburg City Hall by Judge Joe Evins, Garcia's longtime mentor.

Garcia has been serving as interim County Judge since November, when he was selected to complete the unexpired term vacated after former Interim Judge Rene Ramirez resigned as chief administrator.

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Product Costume Show kicks off Citrus Fiesta

100116_TCF-Product-Costume-Show_JMB_2010_0189_TNThe Texas Citrus Fiesta’s Product Costume Show will be held on Jan. 15 at 2 p.m. The Costume Show, featuring costumes made using citrus and other Valley agricultural products, will be held at the recently-renovated Mission Community Center, located at 1420 E. Kika de la Garza Loop, in Mission.

Minnie Rodgers, co-chairman of the show, said they have 15 entries this year as of press deadline, including costumes and hats in the competition.

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