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Peñitas plans to lure new business with sewer upgrades

PEÑITAS — As one of the oldest communities in the country, leaders hope a new wastewater treatment system will bring new families and businesses to the area.

“Peñitas is going to be taking over,” Ray Cedillo, the president of the Peñitas Economic Development Corporation, predicted. “This is a moment in our city’s history that will change the economy.”

Read more: Peñitas plans to lure new business with sewer upgrades

   

Alton works to protect drainage systems

LOGOALTON — Three new ordinances approved here this week aim to protect the city’s storm and drainage system.

On Tuesday, Alton Planning Director Hernan Lugo explained the ordinances were being created statewide to protect the quality of the state’s storm drainage system.

Read more: Alton works to protect drainage systems

   

Judge Ramon Garcia takes the reins ahead of schedule

20101109_Hidalgo-County-Judge-Ceremony_010EDINBURG — Judge Ramon Garcia returned to his old job Tuesday, weeks ahead of schedule after Interim Hidalgo County Judge Rene A. Ramirez resigned.

At Tuesday’s Commissioners’ Court, Garcia was selected to serve as the new interim judge for the remainder of former Judge J.D. Salinas III’s term, which ends Dec. 31.

Read more: Judge Ramon Garcia takes the reins ahead of schedule

   

LJISD discusses improvement plans

LA JOYA — The La Joya Independent School District discussed their 2009 Financial Integrity Rating at a recent board meeting.

The rating system was developed in 2000 and has 21 standards for evaluating a school district’s financial condition. The standards assess the fund balance, asset balance, debts, when reports were filed, clean audit, tax collection rate, district’s academic rating, expenditures per student, cash, investments, administrative costs, ratio of students to teachers, earnings, and other financial related issues.

Read more: LJISD discusses improvement plans

   

SISD discusses construction project delays

20101025_SharylandISD_WalkThrough_CAB_0043MISSION — Administrators with the Sharyland Independent School District reported that renovations at Castleman Gym have been completed while a major renovation at Sharyland High School’s auditorium is behind schedule and won’t be complete until November.

“There’s a couple of little things, but it is pretty much complete,” said Superintendent Scott Owings when asked if the gym was done.

The gym received a new paint job, renovated locker rooms and restrooms, new bleachers, air conditioning and offices, and new wall pads, among other amenities.

Read more: SISD discusses construction project delays

   

Border Patrol agent, foundation leader dies

20101101_EddieVela_Funeral_CAB_0008MISSION — Family, friends and local U.S. Border Patrol agents packed into St. Paul’s Catholic Church on Monday to remember Eduardo “Eddie“ Vela who died last week. He was 33.

Vela died on Oct. 29 after a 15-month battle with a rare and incurable cancer called appendiceal carcinoma. Vela was diagnosed with the cancer on June 25, 2009 after having his appendix removed.

Read more: Border Patrol agent, foundation leader dies

   

Novitiate back to life with Juan Diego Academy

20101029_Juan-Diego-Academy_0080MISSION — Come August a group of high school freshmen will be the first to reinvigorate the former St. Peter Novitiate and Diocesan Seminary as a new site for education – Juan Diego Academy, the first Catholic high school in Hidalgo County.

Following last year’s fire that destroyed the novitiate, board members for the high school approached Bishop Daniel E. Flores about getting help for a site. Paul Rodriguez, the board’s chairperson, said the bishop acted quickly.

Read more: Novitiate back to life with Juan Diego Academy

   

'The political machine has corrupted the process’

Problems with voter assistance evokes new legislation draft

LA JOYA — Allegations of a new element in voter and employee intimidation struck here this election cycle as employees of the La Joya Independent School District reportedly brought assistants to help them cast their vote.

“That’s not the intent of the voting process,” said Dr. Filomena Leo, LJISD’s former superintendent who believes voter assistance could be used against employees with serious repercussions. “This is a freedom we enjoy that comes with confidentiality. This brings fear, intimidation and coercion.”

Read more: 'The political machine has corrupted the process’

   

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