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CBP: Woman arrested for smuggling child at Pharr International Bridge

PHARR — U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Pharr International Bridge arrested a female Pharr resident on charges of alien smuggling..

On June 29, a green Mercury Villager minivan driven by a 36-year-old female United States citizen arrived at the Pharr/Reynosa International bridge with four minors. She showed agents her U.S. passport and birth certificates for four minor children traveling with her. During a secondary inspection, it was discovered that one of the children, an 11-year-old male, was a Mexican national without documents.

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Council to review home occupation permits

20120629 homebusinessA request to establish a flower shop in a residence spurred Mission Mayor Norberto “Beto” Salinas to order a review of the city’s home occupation ordinance.

“I want to protect the merchants who operate businesses in our central business district and who pay taxes to the city on their sales,” Salinas said during the discussion at Mission City Council meeting held Monday, June 25. “Allowing home occupations where people can produce and sell merchandise at lower costs because they have no overhead is unfair to the merchants who support the downtown area of the city.”

Mayor Salinas suggested that before the request was approved or denied, the council should review the home occupation ordinance. He said he wants to hear from other flower shop owners to find out how they feel about a home-based flower shop competing for their customers during peak selling periods.

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$168M drainage referendum recommended for improvements

Hidalgo-County-SealEDINBURG — The Hidalgo County Drainage Advisory Committee recommended that the Hidalgo County Commissioners Court go ahead with a $168 million referendum to improve efficiency in the county’s existing drainage system.

Two main issues facing the infrastructure are opening up and removing blockages that can choke the system and increasing efficiency of the existing system using a 1997 study and its recommendations, said Jim Darling, a McAllen city commissioner and co-chair of the Drainage Advisory Committee.

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Valley youth serve colonia, learn lessons in humility

20120625 Colonia Service Project St Paul Catholic 0187-featureJack Cavazos and April Cerda measure insulation on a house they are renovating through St. Paul’s Catholic Church and the Catholic Youth Renovation Project, which is a program from the Brownsville Diocese. Progress Times photo by Mark ReaganNORTH OF PEÑITAS — A dust devil ripped up dirt and trash as it crossed Tom Gill Road a mile or two south of the Pueblo de Palmas colonia where Rio Grande Valley youth spent a week in late June helping people improve their quality of life.

Roughly 50 teenagers teamed up to spend a week erecting walls, sheet rocking, building a roof, installing insulation and more as part of the Catholic Youth Renovation Project, which is sponsored by St. Paul’s Catholic Church, of Mission. The church established the project three years ago to help improve and repair the homes of needy families in the Mission area.

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Crime Stoppers host cheer clinic

The Mission Crime Stoppers will host the Mission Power Divas in a cheerleading clinic for girls ages five to 12 on Thursday, July 12. Proceeds will benefit the Crime Stoppers program.

The camp fee is $40 for a full day, but $35 if pre-registering during the month of June. It will be held at the Mission Parks and Rec building, 721 N. Bryan Rd., Mission, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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Chamber mixer at Yoko’s Sushi

MISSION – The Greater Mission Chamber of Commerce will hold its monthly mixer on June 29 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Yoko’s Sushi Bar. Yoko’s is located at 122 South Shary Rd., in Mission.

The mixers are an opportunity for networking and meeting new and existing chamber members. There is no cost to attend these events.

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SHS FCCLA boasts state champion teams at Dallas Leadership Conference

20120622 Sharyland FCCLA State ChampionsSharyland High School students took top honors in the Students Taking Action with Recognition (STAR) event competition at the recent Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) State Conference in Dallas. Three of Sharyland’s teams were named state champions and will advance to the national competition in July.

Taking first place as a team in Chapter Showcase Manual, senior, were Andrea Salazar, Marifer Valdez and Laila Kalaf. State champion Environmental Ambassador senior team members were Genoveva Jaimes, Jackie Luke and Edeliz Perez. State champs in Parliamentary Procedure, senior team, wereMaria E. Garza, Myriam Garza, Natalia Gonzalez, Anthony Jimenez, Sylvia Ponce, Marisa Rodriguez, Isaac Rosales and Carlos Valdez.

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TEA approves Mission Collegiate High School plan

Mission-Collegiate-High-School-crestMISSION — The Texas Education Agency (TEA) notified Mission Consolidated Independent School District officials that its application for an Early College High School has been approved. District officials have given the new school the name, Mission Collegiate High School.

“This is great news for the Mission CISD school community,” said Superintendent Cornelio Gonzalez. “We have been working closely with our partners at South Texas College in developing this new school for over a year. While we knew our application to TEA was strong, you never know until the official word is given.”

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