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Palmhurst denies re-zoning request for business

PALMHURST — A family’s request to revamp a defunct dancehall along 3 Mile Line Road was denied this week, prompting family members to say they had no other options in paying $5,000 for their taxes.

Norma Perez said she wanted to re-establish her husband’s dancehall on a property the couple had owned for over 15 years. Before his death she said he had wanted to reopen the business and expand on the already existing building of their property that sits in between Trosper and Los Ebanos roads.

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SHS student killed in November 16th shooting

MISSION — A teenager died Tuesday night in a McAllen hospital after he and another man were dropped off with gunshot wounds, police said.

Mission Police Chief Leo Longoria said Efrain Reyna, 17, of Mission was killed in the shooting at Glasscock and Trinity roads in The Cimarron neighborhood. Reyna was a student at Sharyland High School.

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Winter Texans spend $802.5 million

20101115_MissionB_0019The 2010 Winter Texan Survey, published bi-annually by the University of Texas-Pan American (UTPA), reports that an overwhelming majority of Winter Texans plan to return to the Rio Grande Valley this season. The study also reveals that Winter Texans spent more money in the Valley last year and stayed longer than two years ago.

Some 96.9 percent of study participants said they would return next year. Those who might not return cited “poor health (72.2 percent) or family concerns (40.5 percent) would be the most likely reasons to prevent them from returning.”

While some Winter Texans are concerned with terrorism or threat of violence (21.2 percent), most resorts are reporting that their reservations for the 2010-11 season are either about the same or better than last year’s reservations. Most resorts are reporting that they will not be sponsoring trips to Mexico this season, however.

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Legislation filed to stop use of road spikes by drug cartels

20101112_BORDER-PATROL_Legislation-filedAUSTIN — State Rep. Aaron Peña has filed legislation on Monday that will outlaw the use, possession and manufacture of caltrops, more commonly known as road spikes.  Other border security legislation filed by Peña includes the creation of southbound checkpoints along the border to stop the flow of illegal cash and weapons into Mexico.

As chair of the House Committee on Emergency Preparedness, Peña has been holding hearings across the state of Texas assessing natural and criminal threats to public safety.  At the hearings and in subsequent meetings with border law enforcement the committee heard of drug runners increasing their use of road spikes against law enforcement. Typically these devices are crude and homemade but very effective. They pose a serious threat to the lives of law enforcement and innocent bystanders caught in the vicinity of a pursuit.

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City approved $17.8 million levy for 2010

CityOfMission_logo-TransparentMISSION — The Mission City Council approved the Certified 2010 Tax Roll for the city as having a total taxable value over $3.2 million.

The total 2010 tax levy stood at $17.8 million. This was divided into maintenance and operations funds of $14.4 million and interest and sinking funds of $3.4 million. Of that levy, $1.8 million will go to the Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone.

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MCISD educators gripe over new grade book program

MCISDlogoMISSION — After weeks of hearing from teachers within the Mission Consolidated Independent School District about problems with accessing and inputting grades and attendance records to a new computer program, administrators and board members said they were displeased to discover educators were still having problems, even after meeting with program officials.

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Peñitas plans to lure new business with sewer upgrades

PEÑITAS — As one of the oldest communities in the country, leaders hope a new wastewater treatment system will bring new families and businesses to the area.

“Peñitas is going to be taking over,” Ray Cedillo, the president of the Peñitas Economic Development Corporation, predicted. “This is a moment in our city’s history that will change the economy.”

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Alton works to protect drainage systems

LOGOALTON — Three new ordinances approved here this week aim to protect the city’s storm and drainage system.

On Tuesday, Alton Planning Director Hernan Lugo explained the ordinances were being created statewide to protect the quality of the state’s storm drainage system.

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