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LJISD makes first float for Citrus Fiesta parade

20120120_LJISD_Float_Construction_dy_003LA JOYA — The cool air was filled with excited chatter as float committee members gathered around the 35-foot flatbed trailer that was going to be used for La Joya Independent School District’s first float to be displayed at the Texas Citrus Fiesta Parade of Oranges on Jan. 28.

For most of the committee members, this was the first time they had seen the trailer.

Irma Neti said it was very exciting to see what they have to work with.

“Our vision is coming together,” she said.

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Courthouse committee discusses layout

20110916_Hidalgo-County-SealEDINBURG —Members of the Hidalgo County Courthouse Master Plan Committee met on Wednesday to see layout and site ideas to bring to Hidalgo County commissioners in the next few months when the plan is complete.

During the group’s third brainstorm session, officials discussed the current progress of the project and announced that the ideas discussed will be presented to the general public at four “Precinct Community Forums” starting Feb. 15.

Before beginning the session, consultant Brian Godinez reminded committee members that a meeting held last month between county officials and the City of Edinburg where ERO Architects produced a preliminary draft of the courthouse designs was to update Edinburg officials, “our clients,” on the project.

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SISD hires new SHS principal

20120120_PrincipalWilsonMISSION — During this week’s board meeting, Sharyland Indepdendent School District trustees hired a new principal for Sharyland High School. Diamantina Chapa retired in December.

Cynthia Sandoval-Wilson, current principal at B.L. Gray Junior High, was selected by board members Tuesday to be the new principal. B.L Gray Junior High recently received a Blue Ribbon Award. Wilson had been a principal at B.L. Gray for nearly seven years. She will start as the new principal on Feb. 1.

Wilson said she looks forward to building a team approach at the high school, but she would also miss B.L. Gray.

“I do see the staff as my family,” she said. “I am looking forward to going to the next level.”

Wilson said she wants to see every student become successful and prepared for post-graduation.

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MCISD takes lessons from RGV school incidents

MCISDlogoMISSION — As disturbing as the recent rash of school safety issues in the Rio Grande Valley have been, Mission Consolidated Independent School District (MCISD) officials, like many others, are using each incident as a tool to make possible improvements to MCISD school safety.

“While we try to make the best plans possible and take appropriate measures to deal with many different safety scenarios, there is always something else that can be tweaked to make those plans better,” said Dr. Cornelio Gonzalez, superintendent. “Each time there is an incident like those of recent days, we take a look at the specifics of the event and then look at ourselves, our plans, our procedures (and) our buildings. Often times, we find something to improve upon.”

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Feds investigate Hosanna Health Care


MISSION — A flurry of federal agents worked inside the Hosanna Health Care offices on Conway Avenue for much of Jan. 19 as part of an investigation.

FBI agents, the Texas Attorney General’s Office and the Office of the Inspector General were all part of the operation, seen walking in and out of the office at 1001 N. Conway Ave. throughout the day.

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Cuellar discusses bridge infrastructure amendment at Buenas Tardes luncheon

20120113_Cuellar_0025MISSION — U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar told community business leaders he would push for an amendment that would allow municipalities to collect its own money to improve infrastructure at ports of entry.

He made his comments on Wednesday as part of a brief Legislative update at the Greater Mission Chamber of Commerce’s Buenas Tardes luncheon. Listening to Cuellar’s comments were members of the chamber as well as mayors for Mission, McAllen and La Joya.

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SISD gets low rate on bond; lower tax rate increase

20111021_SISD_SecondHighSchool_Site_CAB_0048MISSION — Sharyland Independent School District taxpayers won’t receive as high of an increase in their school taxes as originally projected by the school district.

In September, SISD had projected a 9.7-cent tax rate to district taxpayers to help pay a $55 million bond for a second high school. By getting a low interest rate on the sale of the bond, the tax rate increase will be 8.78-cents, almost one cent less than originally projected. Jesse Muñiz, assistant superintendent for business and finance, said the increase could be as low as 8.5 cents after the sale closes on Feb. 9.

Last week, the district was looking at getting a 3.89 percent interest rate on the bond sale. When the district ran everything through on Monday, they were able to get an interest rate of 3.80 percent. The difference in interest rates will save the district nearly $2.5 million.

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University of Phoenix opens Mission campus

20120113_University of Pheonix_OpensMISSION — University of Phoenix (UOP) officially opened their doors to the community yesterday, giving community members a place where they can work face-to-face with UOP personnel to get their bachelor’s or master’s degrees.

UOP is widely known for offering online classes in healthcare, business, criminal justice, arts and sciences, human services, education, psychology and technology. The school will offer some of these programs in a classroom setting at their new campus in located at 4201 S. Shary Rd. just before Military Highway on the second floor.

UOP started in 1976 and has become one of the largest private universities in the country. Students can study at more than 200 locations with online programs available throughout the world. The university holds the same accreditation as other major universities and credits students have from other schools could be applied to their programs.

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