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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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MCISD Implements New Notification System

MCISDlogoMISSION — The Mission Consolidated Independent School District is joining a growing number of school district in utilizing a mass calling/notification system. District officials recently announced that Superintendent Dr. Cornelio Gonzalez sent a pre-recorded test message to some parents and instructional staff announcing the new system called SchoolMessenger.

District officials said they hope this new system will improve communication between the schools and parents.

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SISD: Getting fit starts with education

MISSION — At the recent Sharyland Independent School District board meeting, members stressed the importance of fitness and the role it plays in a student’s academic success.

The school district uses a program called FitnessGram. It serves as a tool to provide a student and parent with personal information that can be used in planning a fitness program and develop motivation to take care of their health.

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Palmview says fraud allegations are politically motivated

PALMVIEW — Hours after the Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office Public Integrity Unit announced it had been investigating allegations that Palmview officials had been misusing a city-owned credit card for personal use, city officials pointed to candidates who recently lost their bid for a spot on the board of alderman as the culprits.

Palmview Police Chief Christopher Barrera, in a press conference on Monday, said the investigation was suspicious.

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