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'The political machine has corrupted the process’

Problems with voter assistance evokes new legislation draft

LA JOYA — Allegations of a new element in voter and employee intimidation struck here this election cycle as employees of the La Joya Independent School District reportedly brought assistants to help them cast their vote.

“That’s not the intent of the voting process,” said Dr. Filomena Leo, LJISD’s former superintendent who believes voter assistance could be used against employees with serious repercussions. “This is a freedom we enjoy that comes with confidentiality. This brings fear, intimidation and coercion.”

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Incumbents seize election night

MISSION — New candidates may have fueled their campaigns by taking their platforms to the streets with campaign supporters to get their names out, but it was incumbents in local races that came out victorious this week to return to their positions.

La Joya Independent School Board incumbents Jose A. “Fito” Salinas and Johnn Alaniz will retain their seats on the board for another four years, joined by their PASS group members U.S. Border Patrol agent Narciso “Chicho” Solis and Palmview Municipal Judge J.J. Peña Jr.

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Interim County Judge Ramirez resigns

20091103_20091106_County_RamirezEDINBURG — Nearly a year after accepting what he called a managerial role as the interim judge of Hidalgo County, Rene A. Ramirez announced he would step down from his position effective today at 5 p.m.

“There’s nothing you can accomplish in two months,” Ramirez said in an interview of the time remaining in his position as interim judge. “And to sit not working and collecting a check is just not me.”

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Kino Flores convicted

KinoFloresJury finds State Rep guilty on all 11 counts

AUSTIN — On Wednesday afternoon, jurors convicted State Rep. Ismael “Kino” Flores (D-36) of all 11 counts of perjury and tampering with government records, the Associated Press reported.

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Mission pulls in highest sales increases

CityOfMission_logo-TransparentMISSION — The latest sales tax figures released this month by the State Comptroller’s Office show Mission is number one in retails sales growth for year-to-date through August in Hidalgo County.

Mission has posted a 3.06 percent gain in sales tax revenues for 2010, compared to the same period last year.

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Mission FD gets new equipment

CityOfMission_logo-TransparentMISSION — The Mission City Council approved several items to improve services by the Mission Fire Department at the Oct. 25 city council meeting.

The council authorized purchase of a cab and chassis for a large brush truck in the amount of $115,337. Four mobile computers and printers were also approved, at a cost of $18,056. Work Authorization No. 8 with L&G Engineering for additional work on the ongoing GIS (Geographic Information System) was also approved. The GIS project includes fire hydrant inspection, address collection and geo coding, water meter information collection and city staff training as needed. Cost of the GIS authorization is $69,000. In addition, the council approved two F-150 extended cab trucks to be purchased for the Fire Prevention Division.

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Ghosts and goblins gather for goodies

20101025_MRMC_Halloween-festival_EPG_PAGE-1_0078MISSION — Four-year-old Sebastian Garcia of San Juan heard the spookiest sound at Mission Regional Medical Center’s Halloween Safety Fair on Monday: his heartbeat.

Students from Veterans Memorial High School Health Occupation Students of America, or HOSA, set up a booth with stethoscopes to help children hear their heartbeats. A number of similar student groups from local school districts participated in the annual event offering candy and promoting a safe Halloween.

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School dedication honors La Joya WWII POW

DomingoTrevinoLA JOYA — La Joya Independent School District dedicated one of their newest schools, Domingo Treviño Middle School, on Oct. 21 honoring a former prisoner of war who dedicated his life to his country and community.

During the dedication, a lone chair symbolizing Treviño sat on the stage draped with a POW flag and a single red rose while Treviño’s granddaughter, Dr. Sandra Guerra, shared his history.

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