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Expy. 83/Shary Rd. most congested in county

20120411-cityofmissionrevisedlogoNEWMISSION — The Shary Road and U.S. Expressway 83 intersection is the most congested corridor in Hidalgo County, according to a survey done by the Hidalgo County Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO).

To help accommodate the traffic, Alex Meade, CEO of the Mission Economic Development Corporation (MEDC), asked the Mission City Council to approve a $142,597 expenditure from the new Mission Corridors Infrastructure Fund.

MEDC plans to engage L&G Engineering services for the Shary Road traffic improvement project. The total cost of the project is estimated around $554,190. Meade said about $168,000 would come from the MPO, $234,593 from the Texas Department of Transportation and MEDC paying $142,597 for the project.

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OWLS upset over public comment changes

20120411-HidalgoCountySealEDINBURG — A shift in the arrangement of the Hidalgo County Commissioners’ Court open forum has upset residents who speak weekly to the court about county business.

Previously, the open forum was held after the court approved its consent agenda near the start of the meeting. Now, as of about three weeks ago, commenters must wait until the end of the meeting, after all other county business, excluding matters under executive session like litigation.

“It’s never easy to take criticism, but we feel they should be open to hear our concerns,” said Virginia Townsend, a Mission resident and member of the Objective Watchers of the Legal System (OWLS).

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El Mesias reaches centennial milestone

20120404_El-Mesias-United-Methodist-Church_100th-Anniversary_JB__0023El Mesias United Methodist Church has reached many milestones in its collective 100-year history.  The most significant ones are intertwined in the influence it has in the lives of steadfast members.


In celebration, the public is invited to join the congregation in marking their centennial year with three days of celebration Friday through Sunday, April 13 to 15, according to Rev. Robert Lopez, the current pastor.

Graciela de la Garza, age 78, has seen the influence of the church on four generations of her family.  Her grandmother led the way, and she has been a member of the church all her life, as was her mother. Her children grew up in the church and her family members who still live in Mission also attend the church.

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Judge: Proper infrastructure critical for county

20120329-Hidalgo-County-Annual-Report-012PHARR — Hidalgo County Judge Ramon Garcia said the county’s drainage is one of the key initiatives in his administration at last week’s State of the County where elected officials discussed the progress and goals of the region.

“A good drainage system is badly needed,” he told the audience of elected officials, including city and school officials.

Drainage is one of the three infrastructure improvements needed here, he said. The others are transportation improvements and the renovation of the historic courthouse building.

The county’s drainage advisory committee is nearing the completion of its improvement plan. The committee serves as a link between stakeholders and residents – a mix of elected officials and community and business leaders – in the development and planning of the plan, officials said.

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UPX and STC partner to serve the community

20120406_UPX_LEG3757MISSION — The University of Phoenix (UPX) and South Texas College (STC) developed an academic partnership to encourage STC students to continue their education at UPX.

This partnership is the fifth of its kind in the nation UPX has developed in a community focused on serving its people.

Through the enterprise, UPX and STC will work with businesses and leaders in the area to identify workforce needs. The school will develop focused curriculum and career pathways to address workforce skills gaps in the Rio Grande Valley.

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LJISD board gets updates on health insurance, truancy

20120406_La_Joya_ISD_LogoLA JOYA — The La Joya Independent School District board was updated on prescription drugs benefits in the district’s health insurance plan and truancy statistics at last week’s board meeting.

The board received additional information about the drug benefits after a misunderstanding on how the plan works. There were concerns on the cost of prescriptions purchased through the plan.

Co-pays for prescription drugs had recently changed, confusing employees. Previously, co-pays for prescription drugs were a flat rate. Now, employees have to pay 20 to 30 percent of the cost of a prescription drug.

Board Member Espie Ochoa said employees needed to be better informed of these changes. She said she had fielded several calls about the higher amount employees are now asking to pay.

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Ladies Night at STC's Tech Campus set for April 12

20120406_STC_Logo_cmykMcALLEN — South Texas College’s Technology Campus located at 3700 West Military Highway in McAllen will host Ladies Night on Thursday, April 12 with an evening of music, a fashion show, refreshments and career exploration from 5-7 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public. The first 500 attendees will receive a free vanity bag.

“More than 1,400 women are pursing studies for careers in business and technology at STC,” said Mario Reyna, STC division dean of business and technology. “More and more women are coming to realize they have the qualities needed to succeed in these fields - innate curiosity, problem solving abilities and a willingness to learn."

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Weather make-up date set for local schools

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MISSION — Sharyland Independent School District (SISD) parents are reminded that Monday, April 9 is a bad weather make-up day for the district, necessitated by the weather-related closure of schools on March 30.

Students from the Mission Consolidated Independent School District (MCISD) will be made up in June.

April 9 was designated as a bad weather make-up day by SISD trustees when they adopted the school calendar.

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