Mission begins discussing 2020-2021 preliminary budget

Last Friday, July 24, the city of Mission held their first workshop to discuss the 2020-2021 preliminary budget. There, the mayor and council decided to hold regular workshops as more information about final property values and sales revenues comes in from the county. They met over a Zoom video conference, and held their second workshop…

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The Cost of Corona

Hidalgo County tops list of worst-performing counties in the U.S. based on weekly rate of deaths Like the family members of those lost to the coronavirus, raw numbers do not lie about how fatal this pandemic is – particularly in South Texas. Figures from USAFacts.org, the data-gathering tool used by the Centers for Disease Control…

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Sweating in the dark, charging in the car

Why my first-world problems pale in comparison to the issues of others  My father woke up at about 12:30 a.m. on Sunday, July 26, 2020, to the taptaptaptap sound of rain dripping through a crack in the ceiling of my family’s computer room. He and my mother rose out of bed to find a breach…

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H-E-B awards Faith Christian Academy $20,000 technology grant

A new grant will ensure students at Faith Christian Academy have access to the latest technology and equipment for the upcoming school year. Last week, the school received word from H-E-B that they were awarded a $20,000 technology grant. John Taylor, the 2019-2020 school year consultant and acting administrator for Faith Christian Academy, said the…

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MCISD invests in tech for 2020-2021 school year, approves school calendar

On Monday, the MCISD school board made the decision to invest approximately $1.4 million in technology, following the announcement that all campuses in the county will start the school year at home, socially-distant. The Mission Consolidated Independent School District had already opted to request campus closures for the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year to…

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LJISD preps budget and school reopening plan

The La Joya Independent School District held a work session and regular meeting this week, discussing the 2020-2021 budget and how they plan to approach the upcoming school year. During the work session, the administration discussed the Average Daily Attendance (ADA), budget summary and potential tax rate for the 2020-2021 school year. Assistant Superintendent for…

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The Curse of La Corona: Continued

Hidalgo County judge issues new Shelter-At-Home orders amidst spike in regional COVID-19 cases The Rio Grande Valley, especially Hidalgo County, is struggling to handle a recent surge in positive coronavirus cases – a surge that has been compared to that of New York at their peak of the pandemic. On Monday, July 20, in his…

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Hidalgo County reports 524 new cases of COVID-19

In Hidalgo County, 34 people died from coronavirus-related complications today, while 524 have tested positive. In a press release from the county, they report the death toll to be over 300 people. Hidalgo County Health Officials reported 34 residents have died due to complications related to COVID-19 and 524 more people tested positive for the virus,…

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MRMC named a Fortune/IBM Watson Top 100 Hospital

Finding out that the Mission Regional Medical Center made a list of the top 100 hospitals in the nation was bittersweet for the entire staff, who have been working around the clock throughout the coronavirus pandemic. On July 2, 2020 Fortune published their list of IBM Watson Health 100 Top Hospitals. Following nearly four years…

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