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PHS student selected for U.S. Army All-American Marching Band

20111125_PHS_EricGomez_0112MISSION — Palmview High School trombone player Eric Gomez was honored last week for his selection to be a member of the U.S. Army All-American Marching Band.

The band will play during halftime during the U.S. Army All-American Bowl on Jan. 7, 2012 at the Alamodome in San Antonio.

Gomez, his family, school officials, representatives from the U.S. Army Accessions Command, friends, and classmates filled the cafeteria last week during a jacket presentation to honor Gomez. Gomez was one of 125 high school seniors selected to participate in the marching band. He was also one of eight trombone players.

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Car plows into Bob Starks meat market

20111125_BobStarksCarInsideMISSION – A Monday morning accident left a business here cleaning up and wondering when they would be open again.

Just after 10 a.m. Monday, a woman driving a Ford Expedition drove through Bob Starks Beef Shop at 2301 E. Griffin Pkwy. near Shary Road. A female driver and customer were both taken to the hospital. Witnesses said the two women were not severely injured.

Shattered glass was inside and outside of the store. The vehicle crashed through the windows in front of the store, a pillar of the building and a freezer that was outside. Inside, the floor refrigerators containing meats were pushed nearly halfway across to the other side of the business. Rubber balls and other items from toy vending machines also littered the floor.

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County prepares for Phase II in overdue collections

20110916_HidalgoCountySealEDINBURG — Hidalgo County officials said their Operation Clean Slate effort, which allowed individuals to pay overdue fines and fees online or at local justices of the peace office without a fear of being arrested, was a success and are prepared to enter the second phase while looking for ways to maintain effective collections.

Operation Clean Slate helped the county collect over $300,000 in overdue fines and fees, said Roy Salazar with the county’s budget office. This helped resolve over 1,600 cases.

The average case was for $170, Salazar said.

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CONJUNTO TRADITIONS: ‘IT’S LIFE’

20111118-La-Joya-ISD-Conjuntol_dy-044LJISD festival brings conjunto youth, legends together

Guarded by posters of rock and pop legends like Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Michael Jackson, a group of young men from Palmview High School worked on perfecting the sounds of their region that holds strong routes throughout South Texas and Mexico since the 19th century.

“It has a good beat to dance to, to listen to,” said 17-year-old Omar Garza, an accordion player with La Tradicion, PHS’s conjunto group.

After years of perfecting the mariachi scene for high schoolers, the La Joya school district struck another chord in creating classes and later individual conjunto groups for its three high schools, addressing the desire among students to get involved in another popular music genre celebrated in the area.

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LJ middle school a finalist for classroom makeover

20111118_LJISD_TECH-CLASSROOMLA JOYA — A La Joya middle school is among five finalists to receive a classroom makeover, up to $75,000, provided by eInstruction.

eInstruction designs and manufactures software and technology equipment specifically for classroom use.

Students at Dr. Javier Saenz Middle School submitted a music video in October explaining how they would use technology in their classroom and why they deserved the classroom makeover. Their two-and-a-half-minute video was one of 15 chosen out of more than 250 submissions. Teacher Oscar Garcia, who proposed the idea to his class, said there were more than 100 entries just in the middle school division.

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SISD discusses sale of bonds, renewable energy project

20111021_SISD_SecondHighSchool_Site_CAB_0048MISSION — Sharyland Independent School District trustees discussed underwriters for the sale of bonds and a renewable energy project during this week’s board meeting.

SISD board members approved several underwriters for their 2011 sale of bonds. The board made the decision to act swiftly on the sale of the bonds because market conditions and interest rates have been favorable. Time constraints were also an issue since the school wants the new high school ready for the 2014-2015 school year.

Underwriters approved were RBC Capital Markets, Edward Jones, Stephens, Raymond James, Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, Inc., Crews & Associates, Inc. and First Southwest.

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Vets in Soldier Ride ask for soldier support

20111111_guzman2MISSION — When retired U.S. Army Sgt. David Guzman sits in his backyard at the end of the day and listens to the mockingbirds sing and watches the trees sway in the wind, he asks himself what good, if any, he’s done for the day.

“I’m just here to do what I can,” Guzman said. “My second chance in life is to pass on what I can to other veterans.”

Tomorrow, Guzman and fellow veteran and Mission police officer Rolando Perez, both Mission residents, will honor wounded soldiers and remind the community that military members need all the support they can get.

The Wounded Warrior Project’s Soldier Ride will be in San Antonio for a 15-mile bike ride. The event allows wounded soldiers to “battle the physical and psychological damages of war,” through cycling officials said.

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Hidalgo County honors fallen soldiers

20111111_HidalgoCoVetMemorialWall_CAB_0086_1EDINBURG — Hidalgo County honored nine fallen soldiers during a ceremony at the courthouse on Nov. 5 adding their names to the memorial wall on the east lawn and their pictures to a wall in the administrative building.

Hidalgo County Judge Ramon Garcia said the memorial was to honor the memory and sacrifice the individuals made.

“Most of all the sacrifice that was made by these nine young men that we honor here today and their families,” said Garcia. “Freedom has been earned by their sacrifice.”

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