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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.


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.


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.


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.”


County committee discuss options for courthouse

20110916_HidalgoCountySealEDINBURG — As a committee of residents continues their ongoing discussions on improving the Hidalgo County Courthouse, it still remains unclear if the county wishes to relocate to another city.

“All I’ve heard is what Edinburg is willing to do,” said Edcouch Mayor Pro-Tem Eddy Gonzalez at a committee meeting Monday. “I’m sure there are other communities out there interested.”


Road Closure Advisory

20111108_RoadClosedThe Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) Pharr District will be performing a lane closure (west bound main lanes) on US 83 in Weslaco to perform roadway work on Thursday, Nov. 10.  The outside lane near the shoulder will be closed between FM 1015 and FM 88 to complete this work.

The work will be conducted between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Motorists should expect delays and are advised to observe all posted warning signs and speed limit signs. The entrance ramp before Airport Rd. will be closed as needed. The exit ramp after Airport Rd. will be closed as needed. The entrance ramp before FM 88 will also be closed as needed.

Sharyland voters approve bond

MISSION —Voters approved the Sharyland Independent School District bond election to raise taxes to pay for a second high school in the district Tuesday.

Nearly 1,000 Sharyland voters turned out to vote for the bond. Of those, 70 percent of the voters approved the bond that will help the school district build a second high school on 6 ½ Mile Line and Shary Road.

The new high school is projected to cost the district $55 million. Taxes could rise by as much as $0.097 cents, making the total tax rate for SISD $1.297 per $100 valuation. District residents with a home valued at $100,000 could see their taxes go up by as much as $97; or with a home valued at $200,000, taxes could go up by $194.


Two charged with aggravated kidnapping

20111111_KidnappingMISSION — Two individuals were charged with aggravated kidnapping of a Mission businessman this week.

Armando Hernandez and Edgar Daniel Saavedra were both charged with aggravated kidnapping, a first-degree felony that carries a potential life sentence in prison.

Mission Municipal Judge Horacio Peña originally set a bond for $100,000 for Saavedra and $350,000 for Hernandez. An attorney for the suspects asked for leniency in the bonds. Peña posted the bonds at $75,000 for Saavedra and $200,000 for Hernandez. The higher bond for Hernandez was due to a possible flight risk since he is not a citizen.


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