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Palmview receives $8 million to construct wastewater collection system

City-of-Palmview-LogoAgua Special Utility District has received $8 million to help fund a wastewater collection system in Palmview, according to U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar.

“Residents of Palmview will benefit from a vital infrastructure update with the construction of a wastewater collection system, which will improve quality of life and environmental standards,” Cuellar said. “I thank our partners at the North American Development Bank as well as the mayor of Palmview and the city council for their excellent work on this grant and look forward to our continued partnership.”

Of the $44.3 million project, $36 million came via the Texas Water Development Board in 2013. The remaining $8 million is coming from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency through the Border Environment Infrastructure Fund (BEIF), which is administered by the North American Development Bank.

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Alton to borrow $2 million

Alton LOGOA nearly 40,000-square-foot Junior's Supermarket looms over its much smaller predecessor on the corner of State Highway 107 and Main Avenue in Alton.

Next door, a McDonald's sees a steady stream of traffic, and down the street a Domino's sign flashes open. It's all evidence of the growth the community has seen in recent years.

Alton has tripled in population since the turn of the century from more than 4,000 in 2000 to an estimated 15,000 today.

Because of the activity, the city has lowered its property tax rate each year for the past six years as new businesses bring in increased property tax and sales tax figures.

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Jewelry boutique opens inside H-E-B

2040509 HEB Mias-Mirror-opening AF  7551MISSION—A celebration was held at the H-E-B Plus! for latest addition Mia’s Mirror, a jewelry boutique. Mission holds the fifth location of the boutique with others opened in San Antonio, Kyle and Victoria.

The store has everything from bracelets, earrings, necklaces, rings, scarves, sandals, purses and picture frames. The shop, which sits adjacent to the flower department, also will give cucumber water and chocolate to shoppers during the week, wine and champagne will be offered on the weekend.

In part with the store’s opening, H-E-B made a donation of $20,000 to the American Cancer Society and gave an Mia’s Mirror Makeover. Survivor Glam Squad, a non-profit group housed in McAllen, was invited to help with a head to toe makeover of cancer survivor Mary Meyhofer.

The group focuses on post-treatment survivor’s self-image. Meyhofer said she was feeling wonderful and very blessed.

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MHS senior wins first at national BPA competition

20140516 Andy-GarciaMission High School senior, Andy Garcia, is on a roll winning first at a national competition and as he bounces from one competition to another this year.

He just placed first in fundamental accounting at the 48th Annual Business Professionals of America (BPA) National Leadership Conference. Days later, he traveled to the DECA National Leadership Conference to compete in accounting and heads to the state UIL accounting competition to be held in mid-May. Then in June, Garcia has another trip where he has qualified to compete at the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) national competition.

In the BPA Fundamental Accounting competition, students assess entry-level basic accounting principles utilizing manual procedures. Students analyze, journalize and post transactions; develop general and subsidiary ledgers; and prepare payroll and financial reports.

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Election night results

The results are pouring in, and Mission Mayor Norbeto Salinas has the edge, as do the members of Palmview Proud.

 Click to see those results and more.

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Texas legislators agree on transportation issues

State Seal of TexasTexas members of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee met Monday in Mission with leaders across the Rio Grande Valley to discuss the area's needs as they prepare to look at the nation's transportation needs.

Congressmen Blake Farenthold, R-Corpus Christi, and Roger Williams, R-Austin, attended as well as Congressman Henry Cuellar, D-Laredo, who isn't on the transportation committee, but he is on the House Appropriation Committee. Cuellar said he's working with Bill Shuster, R-Pennsylvania, chairman of the transportation committee on trade corridors.

"We need to put extra dollars toward trade; that's one of the top priorities I'm looking at," Cuellar said.

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Mission, Palmview among contested races

20140506 Palmview-Election-site-photos AF  7523There’s been little peace outside Palmview City Hall the past few weeks, with groups gathered across the street, shouting at anyone who happened upon the municipal building to vote or otherwise.

A skywatch tower loomed over the entire scene, and a sheriff’s deputy stood guard in front of the entrance, ensuring law and order.

The mayhem comes to an end Saturday–Election Day. Polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 7 p.m.

In Palmview, two slates are facing off in campaigns that have included a lot of mud-slinging and accusations. Both sides say it’s time for change in Palmview, but have differing ideas on how to achieve it.

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Sharyland ISD School Board Trustee, Place 1

20140509 Ricky-LongoriaRicky Longoria
Age: 48
Education: BBA Accounting – University of Texas at Austin
Occupation: Partner – Burton McCumber & Cortez, LLP
Certified Public Accountant and Certified Fraud Examiner.
Previous elected positions: Incumbent Candidate

What is the biggest concern you have about the school district and how would you fix it?

Sharyland is a District that is growing and now opening two additional high schools. It is a District that is challenged by changes in curriculum and how it impacts teachers and students. Issues remain related to school finance and school accountability. My broad background and practical real world experience will ultimately provide guidance on how many of these challenges should be addressed. I will continue to work with the existing Board and obtain input from the community and teachers in the classroom to ensure we are moving in the right direction.

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