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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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Hailstorm causes damage, strands residents


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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

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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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