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Road work Advisory

The City of McAllen will be performing paving operations at the intersections of SH 495 at 12th St. and SH 495 at Main St.  Lane closures will be set in place to allow the traveling public to safely go around the working area.

The road work will be conducted Thursday March 29 to Friday March 30, from 9 a.m. To 4 p.m.

Motorists should expect delays and are advised to observe all posted warning signs, and speed limit signs.

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Shary-Shivers Estate sold to Mexican businessman

20120330_Shary-EstatePALMHURST -- The University of Texas-Pan American announced on Tuesday that The University of Texas-Pan American Foundation has sold the historic Shary-Shivers Estate on North Shary Road to Obet Flores, a businessman from Mexico.

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20120323_Rolleristas-Practice_IMG_0550-SDRGV rolleristas start new season

McALLEN — When it comes to sports, hitting a ball isn’t Amber Marshall’s thing.

“Volleyball, I guess you could say, isn’t for me. I’d get hit in the face,” she jokingly said with a laugh.

And when it comes to extracurricular sports activities for adults, there are few options for women.

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Sharyland expanding engineering programs

20120323_sharyland-logoMISSION — Sharyland Independent School District board members said they are in full support of implementing two new programs here – a pre-engineering academy and Project Lead the Way STEM.

One of the goals for the board this year was to investigate a possible academy to be offered at Sharyland High School. The staff recommended a pre-engineering academy for incoming ninth-graders. The item had been discussed during previous budget and curriculum plans to use high school allotment funds to provide financial support for the academy. The board approved to start the academy this coming year.

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Alton hears plan for widening of Mile 5

City-of-alton-logoALTON — Plans for the future widening of Mile 5 North (Farm-to-Market 676) between Conway Avenue and La Homa Road were outlined at this month’s Alton City Council meeting.

Melba Schaus of the Texas Department of Transportation told the council she would be the liaison for the engineer on the project and would be reporting on progress frequently.

Mile 5 Road will be widened to four lanes with a continuous turn lane in the center. Schaus said there would be no shoulders. When constructed the road would have a 60-foot face-to-face road. Currently it is a two-lane road.

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US 83 (Mission) - Main Lane Closure

  • 20110729_RoadClosed_FEATMISSION - The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) Pharr District will be performing main lane closures (West / East Bound) on US 83 / FM 396 in Mission to perform bridge work.  Main lane road closures will be needed between Conway Rd. and Shary Rd. to complete this work.
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Billy Leo honored for work in Hidalgo County, La Joya

20120316_MayorBillyLeo_023EDINBURG — The days of working on strategies and overseeing local elections and campaigns are taking a backseat as La Joya’s former mayor Billy Leo sets his sights on traveling.

“I’ve always wanted to travel, all my life,” Leo said, adding that he’d like to travel overseas.

Leo was honored this week by the Hidalgo County Commissioners’ Court for his work in the county and La Joya.

After nearly 15 years as mayor of La Joya, Leo lost his last campaign against Jose A. “Fito” Salinas last year. Since then, he’s working on a few other projects before ultimately retiring from public life after over 30 years in politics.

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State budget cuts affect local doctors

20120316_ValleyDoctorCrisis_12byReynaldoLealAfter completing his family medicine residency in 1985, Dr. Javier Saenz opened a practice in the Rio Grande Valley town of La Joya. Born 20 miles away in Rio Grande City and raised by a father who worked as a grocery clerk and a mother who worked on a farm, Saenz wanted to “come home” and serve the Valley, an impoverished region that is medically underserved.

Today, Saenz Medical Center treats up to 150 patients per day. Saenz is the volunteer physician for the local high schools and their football teams. A middle school is named after him.

Despite his success, Saenz, 56, said he feels nothing like a hero these days. He said his practice is hanging by a thread.

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