An evening of blossoming dreams

By Jamie Treviño Glittering ball gowns were accompanied by matching face masks at this year’s Royal Reception for the Texas Citrus Fiesta. The Royal Reception took place at Balli’s Terrace Event Center on Sat. Jan. 23, 2021. The guest list was kept strictly to the participants, their immediate family, Texas Citrus Fiesta board members and…

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718 new cases of COVID-19 reported in Hidalgo County

The county reported Friday another 718 reported cases of COVID-19, increasing the total amount of cases of the disease in Hidalgo County to 63,551. The Friday news release did not specify when the people tested positive for the disease, adding that nine COVID-19 positive individuals died from complications related to the virus. A total of…

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‘The power of prayer’

Mission police lieutenant returns home from COVID-19 treatment to surprise parade Happy to be reunited with his family, Lieutenant Javier Ramon returned to Mission and was greeted by a surprise parade of law enforcement agencies. Ramon, who has been in San Antonio’s Brooke Army Medical Center after testing positive for COVID-19 last summer, was able…

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Mission to seek $22 million in certificates of obligation

The Mission city council approved resolution #1711, which authorized the publication of a Notice of Intention to issue certificates of obligation for the design, acquisition, construction and improvement of “certain public works.” City Manager Randy Perez presented this item to the council during this week’s regular called meeting on Mon. Jan. 25, stating this was…

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An array of dreams

Creative costumes abound in annual TCF Product Costume Show Several dreams were represented and displayed at the 2021 Product Costume Show, put on by the Texas Citrus Fiesta, including that of Leyana Lee Gonzalez, who took first place in the Teen Division. Part of the tradition of festivities, the Product Costume Show is a competition…

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Fourth COVID-19 vaccination clinic held at Palmview High School

1,000 more people in Hidalgo County received the coronavirus vaccine this week. This Wednesday, Jan. 20, Hidalgo County held its fourth vaccination clinic at Palmview High School, in conjunction with the La Joya Independent School District. Residents arrived early the day before, and within one hour of its announcement filled the parking lot to reserve…

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TCF Fun Fair, Carnival and Parade of Oranges postponed

Two traditional events that generate over $25,000 in revenue for the Texas Citrus Fiesta have been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The city of Mission held a special called meeting this Monday, Jan. 18, 2021 to discuss Texas Citrus Fiesta events as they relate to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. City council and city leadership,…

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LJISD cabinet reduces from five assistant superintendents to three

Following this week’s regular called board meeting, only three Assistant Superintendents will serve in cabinet positions at La Joya ISD. On Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021, an item on the agenda called for the approval of a resolution declaring a program change within administration at the La Joya Independent School District. According to the agenda package…

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Advocating for the voiceless

Hidalgo County declares January National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month Hidalgo County is making concerted efforts to spotlight the travesty of human trafficking. This Tues. Jan. 12, 2021, the Hidalgo County Commissioner’s Court proclaimed January National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month in an effort to raise awareness about the issue. Several representatives from…

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The power of the plush

One six-foot shelf grew into an entire business of its own when Terry Rosales and Erica Saenz saw a market for plushie pals. Rosales and Saenz, the owners of T & E Treasures (409 N. Bryan Rd. Suite 103 in Mission) have collected Snoopy, Garfield and Disney plush figures for years. The pair got into…

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