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Hailstorm causes damage, strands residents


MISSION — David Reyna, a resident of Mobile Gardens Community, was watching a Mavericks basketball game with his family when last week’s storm made a grand entrance into his neighborhood and cut off his satellite signal.

“I told the boys that it was time to go to bed,” he said, recalling the March 29 storm. “That’s when I saw that a piece of aluminum siding had come right through my bedroom wall and broke the headboard on my bed.”

Strong gusts of winds left trees and other debris in residents’ yards throughout the Mission-McAllen area, leaving many without power for several hours. The rainfall that accompanied the winds and hail also left several motorists stranded due to flooding in the area.

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Desk from the heart

Students build desk for FFA philanthropist

20120330_Sharyland_FFA_Desk_lg_002MISSION — For students in Sharyland High School’s Future Farmers of America (FFA) shop class, creating handmade art is nothing new, but when it comes to constructing a desk for one of FFA’s top scholarship contributors, the pressure was on.

Dedicated to the challenge of building a desk to show their appreciation, the students used old-world craftsmanship and attention to detail complete with dovetailing on desk drawers made from aged red oak lumber to earn top awards at the recent 2012 Rio Grande Valley Livestock Show. Their desk, with an accompanying chair and lamp, was selected as grand champion shop project among over 450 other entries.

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Mormon Helping Hands transform colonia conditions

Church volunteers clean up 80 tons of debris

20120330_LDS_Colonia_Llano_Grande_Cleanup_JB4599Bright yellow shirts with the words Mormon Helping Hands, smiling faces, and trash bags dotted the landscape of Colonia Llano Grande on Saturday, March 17, as more than 600 volunteers from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints dedicated their Saturday morning to clearing out trash, brush and debris from the streets and alleys of this neighborhood just outside Weslaco.

In a massive effort dedicated to serving others, volunteers were able to remove over 80 tons of trash and debris. Focus was given to trimming trees obstructing traffic and power lines, clearing overgrown drainage ditches, streets, and alleys, cleaning lots, and making much needed home repairs. In total, 16 large truckloads of rubbish were collected and removed from the colonia.

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UTPA sells Shary-Shivers Estate

20120330_SharyMansionHome to be used as event center

PALMHURST — The Shary-Shivers Estate on North Shary Road, long known as the home of Mission’s legendary King of Citrus, John H. Shary, has been sold to a Mexican businessman.

The University of Texas-Pan American Foundation, which owned the property, announced that the sale would provide UTPA students with scholarships.

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MPD looking for hit and run suspect in pedestrian death

20120330_MissionPoliceDeptMISSION — Police are asking for help with a hit-and-run along U.S. Expressway 83 that left a man dead on March 23.

Jesus Garcia died less than three hours after police said he was hit by a black or dark blue flare side Ford F-150.

An eyewitness told police the driver briefly stopped before leaving the scene. The accident happened near Los Ebanos Road and Expressway 83.

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Alton opts for city sanitation pickup

ALTON — City leaders here voted to purchase $925,000 in sanitation equipment to do its own sanitation pickup.

“We are going to save money for the city in the long run,” said Alton Mayor Salvador Vela. “We have been using the large companies that serve cities all over the Valley for the past five years, and each year our costs per unit have risen because there is an automatic cost of living adjustment built into their costs. What cost $17 five years ago is now $24.”

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Bill Cosby: On top of his game

20120330_BillCosbyHe’s become an icon.  Yet he’s always relevant.  And his audience appeal spans audiences of all ages for five decades.  It’s Bill Cosby live at the State Farm Arena in Hidalgo on Thursday, April 13, at 8 p.m.  Doors open at 7 p.m. Part of the Rio Grande Valley Broadway Series performance line-up, Cosby’s comedy act gives Valley audiences a moment with the master to be up close and personal.

As a kid from the projects in Philadelphia, Cosby got his roots in the highs and lows of human nature so often found in his comedy routine.  His “stand-up” routine may be a little more sitting as the years pass, but he’s still relatable and current to the broad spectrum of humanity—and just as entertaining.

His original act trailed into eight gold records, five platinum, and five Grammy awards for his best-selling comedy albums. He was the first African-American to co-star in a dramatic series with the TV show “I Spy” when he won three Emmy awards.  And, his 1980s television sitcom, “The Cosby Show,” became a staple to viewing audiences, and his book, “Fatherhood,” became a best seller.  All are testament to his appeal.

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Severe overnight storm leads to school closures, power outages

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10:00 a.m., Friday, March 30, 2012

Jim Campbell, a data acquisition program manager with the National Weather Service in Brownsville, said the storm was actually two storms that had originated from Kenedy County. As the storm moved south it made most of its damage in McAllen, with reports of five inch rain. Campbell said it was difficult to gage the level of hail that had fallen through the western parts of Mission and McAllen. Weather officials who had been investigating the storm in McAllen had heard and seen reports of the hail reaching people's knees, he said.

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