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Road Closure Advisory

20111108_RoadClosedThe Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) Pharr District will be performing a lane closure (west bound main lanes) on US 83 in Weslaco to perform roadway work on Thursday, Nov. 10.  The outside lane near the shoulder will be closed between FM 1015 and FM 88 to complete this work.

The work will be conducted between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Motorists should expect delays and are advised to observe all posted warning signs and speed limit signs. The entrance ramp before Airport Rd. will be closed as needed. The exit ramp after Airport Rd. will be closed as needed. The entrance ramp before FM 88 will also be closed as needed.

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Sharyland voters approve bond

MISSION —Voters approved the Sharyland Independent School District bond election to raise taxes to pay for a second high school in the district Tuesday.

Nearly 1,000 Sharyland voters turned out to vote for the bond. Of those, 70 percent of the voters approved the bond that will help the school district build a second high school on 6 ½ Mile Line and Shary Road.

The new high school is projected to cost the district $55 million. Taxes could rise by as much as $0.097 cents, making the total tax rate for SISD $1.297 per $100 valuation. District residents with a home valued at $100,000 could see their taxes go up by as much as $97; or with a home valued at $200,000, taxes could go up by $194.

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Two charged with aggravated kidnapping

20111111_KidnappingMISSION — Two individuals were charged with aggravated kidnapping of a Mission businessman this week.

Armando Hernandez and Edgar Daniel Saavedra were both charged with aggravated kidnapping, a first-degree felony that carries a potential life sentence in prison.

Mission Municipal Judge Horacio Peña originally set a bond for $100,000 for Saavedra and $350,000 for Hernandez. An attorney for the suspects asked for leniency in the bonds. Peña posted the bonds at $75,000 for Saavedra and $200,000 for Hernandez. The higher bond for Hernandez was due to a possible flight risk since he is not a citizen.

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SH 495 full lane closure

20111108_RoadClosedMcALLEN – The City of McAllen will be performing a complete lane closure on SH 495 (Pecan Ave.) to perform roadway and utility work. The lane closure will be between Main St. and 10th St.

The lanes will be closed Tuesday, Nov. 8 and Wednesday, Nov. 9, 11 p.m. to 6 a.m.

Traffic will be detoured onto SH 336 (10th St.) and Main St. Alternate routes are recommended to avoid delays. Motorists should expect delays and are advised to observe all posted warning, construction detour and speed limit signs.

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Abbott to Obama: ‘The threat from the cartels has only grown’

20111104_Greg-AbbottAUSTIN — After a Hidalgo County Sheriff deputy was shot in an exchange with suspected cartel operatives this week and Hidalgo County Sheriff Lupe Treviño told local media the encounter was spillover from drug cartels in Mexico, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott wrote President Barack Obama urging him to dedicate more border security in the area.

“We cannot simply rely on good fortune to protect American lives from the ever-present threat of cartel violence on our southern border,” Abbott said in the letter sent to the White House on Wednesday.

On Oct. 30, a deputy was shot in an altercation east of Edinburg responding to a kidnapping attempt following a failed drug transaction, law enforcement officials said. One of the suspects was fatally shot in the incident. Six people suspected to have ties to the Gulf Cartel were arrested.

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Commissioner Flores to seek fourth term

20111104_Commisioner-FloresMISSION — Hidalgo County Precinct 3 Commissioner Joe M. Flores announced this week that he will seek a fourth term in the March 2012 election.

“I am seeking a fourth term because I am fully committed to all the residents of Precinct 3. When they elected me I made a pledge to improve the quality of life and promote economic growth for all our citizens,” said Flores in his announcement. “I am working for you, the people of Precinct 3 and all of Hidalgo County.”

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County purchases elections equipment for $200,000

20111104_ElectionsEDINBURG — Hidalgo County commissioners recently agreed to purchase 120 refurbished voting machines to help the election’s department prepare for the upcoming election season next year.

The machines will cost nearly $200,000 and also require annual hardware and firmware maintenance fees that are up to $95 for each machine each year they’re in use.

The company, which the county is purchasing its equipment from, Election Systems & Software, no longer makes the iVotronic machines, including those that are compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act, but had offered to sell the county the remainder of the machines it had available. Hidalgo County began purchasing its electronic voting equipment from the company in 2005, according to county documents.

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‘Tales of the Hidalgo Pumphouse’ opens Nov. 10

20111104_Hidalgo_02The Pharr Literacy Project's presents their play, “Tales of the Hidalgo Pumphouse,” with a cast of 10 children and 10 adults. The two-act play's premier run will be held Nov. 10 thru Nov. 20 in Pharr, for two weekends: Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m.

The production will be held inside the black box theater at the Pharr Literacy Project, 203 W. Quentin Newcombe Jr. Ave. (formerly Park Ave.) in Pharr. The theater seats 60 persons at a time; therefore advance tickets are recommended but will also sell at the door at show time upon availability. Ticket prices are $7 in advance or $9 at the door. The box office is open weekdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information, call 783-7746.

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