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County court to apply for grants to aid victims, youth

EDINBURG — A district court here will apply for close to $1 million in grant funding to assist local residents.

Those grants include the Court Efficiency Intervention Project, Victims Empowerment Project and Young Adult Re-Energizing Project. Judge Noe Gonzalez with the 370th District Court made the request to the Hidalgo County Commissioners’ Court on Tuesday.

“Each one of those grants has its pluses,” he said.

Gonzalez said the projects would allow the county to help offer public awareness on family violence and victims of crime.

Read more: County court to apply for grants to aid victims, youth

   

Courthouse plans meet resistance

20120224_COUNTY_PCT3_FORUM_EPG_0019MISSION — At the first community forum where Hidalgo County’s options for remodeling or constructing a new courthouse were unveiled, several residents and Hidalgo County Precinct 3 Commissioner Joe M. Flores said it would be too expensive to build a new courthouse in a struggling economy.

“How are we going to pay for a new courthouse right now,” Flores asked during the hour-long forum where residents were given a historical background of the courthouse as well an update on a 28-member team’s work on the courthouse master plan.

Read more: Courthouse plans meet resistance

   

Ninth annual Mission Classic Car Show is Saturday

20120224_ClassicCarShow_0111MISSION — Lovers of old cars, rev your engines and get ready for one of the biggest car shows in South Texas this weekend. The ninth annual Mission Classic Car Show will be held  on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Sports Park in The Grove at the Sharyland Plantation.

Mindy Schroeder, chairwoman of the show, said $5000 in cash and prizes will be given away to those who win the different categories.

First, second and third place will be awarded in all categories. Other prizes include Mayor’s Choice, Exhibitors’ Choice, Ladies’ Choice and Kids’ Choice. Additional prizes include Best Paint, Best Flames, Best Engine Compartment, Best Interior, Long Distance Travel, Outstanding Truck, Outstanding Foreign Car and Most Unique.

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Regional drainage plan to be finalized in coming months

MISSION — A regional drainage plan that could help the Rio Grande Valley manage its storm systems and maintain its economy after a major hurricane hits should be completed by the end of May, officials said this week.

At a special workshop at Hidalgo County Precinct 3 Offices on Wednesday, engineer Sharlotte L. Teague, a consultant on the project with S&B Engineering, said the Lower Rio Grande Valley Regional Economic Adjustment Plan (Regional EAP) would include top projects that are vital to maintaining the area’s economy. Currently, a narrowed list of projects has over 70 different initiatives across Hidalgo County.

Through the Lower Rio Grande Valley Development Council’s grant from the Economic Development Administration in 2009, the group’s “Regional Economic Adjustment Plan for Building Disaster Resilient Communities” has the Valley working as one region following Hurricane Dolly in 2008.

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Chamber hosts Heroes Opportunity Job Fair

20120224_HeroesOpportunityFair_CAB_73MISSION — The Greater Mission Chamber of Commerce was all a buzz Tuesday morning as the chamber, Workforce Solutions, local veterans and community members came together to offer services to veterans in the area.

The job fair was tailored to veterans with local, state and federal entities sharing resources that were specifically available to veterans.

Entities present included South Texas College, University of Texas-Pan American, University of Phoenix, Mission ACE Club, Small Business Administration, Veteran Affairs, Texas Veteran Leadership Program, American Legion 101, Catholic War Veterans, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Texas Department of Public Safety, among others.

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County, local leaders discuss firearm safety around schools

EDINBURG — Representatives from various state, local, education and legislative entities came together recently to discuss firearm safety around schools within Hidalgo County.

Stemming from the incident that occurred in December at Harwell Middle School in Edinburg in which two students were shot, leaders and school officials want to ensure that a similar occurrence is not repeated in the future.

The Edinburg Consolidated Independent School District, along with Superintendent Dr. Rene Gutierrez, held a panel discussion which included Hidalgo County Judge Ramon Garcia, Precinct 4 Commissioner Joseph Palacios, Hidalgo County Sheriff Lupe Treviño, state Sen. Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa, state Rep. Sergio Muñoz Jr. and ECISD Board President Carmen Gonzalez, among others. Also in attendance were superintendents from school districts throughout Hidalgo County, school board members, school principals, parents, law enforcement officials and ranch landowners.

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People Poll

Mission Mayor Beto Salinas and the city council voted to shut down the bar at Smokin’ Aces last Monday. As reason for denying renewal of their permit to serve alcohol, the mayor cited two calls to police during a three-month test period imposed by the city. The bar owners argued that the mayor was being unfair because, in most cases, they called police to keep things from getting out of control.

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Council shuts down bar at Smokin’ Aces

MISSION — Smokin’ Aces, a bar located on the city’s east side known for bringing musical acts to the Rio Grande Valley since 2007, is no longer allowed to sell alcohol after city leaders say the owners didn’t do enough to provide adequate security.

The decision to not renew the bar’s conditional use permit, comes after a 90-day period given to the owners to address safety concerns from police and nearby residents.

The bar is located west of Taylor Road on the south side of Business 83. Last year, when the conditional use permit came up for renewal, the council was presented with a list of incidences where police were called. According to authorities, police visited the bar 40 times in 2011, but found that only 19 complaints were alcohol related.

Read more: Council shuts down bar at Smokin’ Aces

   

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