Agua SUD refinances $17M in loans

The Agua Special Utility District will save millions in paying back several loans that go as far back as 1995. The water agency announced they refinanced seven loans totaling $17,470,500 into one loan totaling $12,995,000. The original loans had an average interest rate of about 5% each. The new, single loan has an interest rate…

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For newly crowned TCF King, citrus royalty runs in his blood

For the 84th annual TCF, the year marked one full of changes for the celebration. For one thing, the Mission school district – which hosts the organization’s coronation to crown King Citrus and Queen Citrianna at the Mission High School Gym – declined to host the event due to concerns regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. The…

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TCF selects 2022 Royal Court

As is tradition in every annual coronation, the Texas Citrus Fiesta names the members of the Royal Court for the festivities set for the following year to give them enough time to prepare their royal gowns. Following in Kaylee Ann Silva’s footsteps was Duchess of Live Oak Brianna Lee Villasano of Lin-San Manuel who was…

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Teach for America to honor local leaders and institutions

Those who have had a substantial impact on the educational opportunities for students across the Rio Grande Valley will be recognized by a national non-profit later this spring. Teach For America announced the recipients of their third annual Honor Roll Gala that is set for later this spring at the Mission Event Center. The three…

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New TCF Royal Court members begin their reign

Every king needs its queen and for TCF King Citrus TJ Flowers, his queen was Palmview native Kaylee Ann Silva, who was named Queen Citrianna 84th during last year’s coronation and will reign alongside Flowers in representing the TCF. “It felt like it took forever to get here but I’m here now with my Royal…

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Agua SUD, Palmview move forward with joint committee

Last week, representatives from the Agua Special Utility District and the city of Palmview met to break bread, literally. Agua SUD directors Homer Tijerina, Esmeralda Solis, Maribel Diaz and the utility district’s General Manager Jose E. “Eddie” Saenz met with Palmview Mayor Ricardo “Ricky” Villarreal and commissioners Jose Luis Perez and Alexandra Flores where, during…

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Former ADA pleads guilty in bribery case

Nearly one year following her arrest, a former Hidalgo County assistant district attorney pled guilty Wednesday for her role in a bribery case that involved her brother. The charge stems from a bribery investigation involving four individuals -including Alanis’ brother McAllen attorney Roel Alanis. They were charged with conspiracy to commit bribery and bribery in…

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TCF crowns new king and queen

2022 Royal Court also named Not even a pandemic could bring down a pageant that for generations has represented the strength and resiliency of the citrus industry that gave birth to the Rio Grande Valley. On Thursday, the Texas Citrus Fiesta held their annual coronation as part of their celebration of the citrus industry in…

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La Joya Housing Authority embarks on $250K roofing project

By this time next week, the La Joya Housing authority could be done with their largest capital improvement project in the history of the housing agency. On Wednesday, La Joya Housing Authority Executive Director Ruben Villarreal announced that the housing authority began a roof replacement project last week for 17 housing units. These upgrades arrived…

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Sharyland calls 2021 election, $40M bond could return

The Sharyland school board has until Friday, Feb. 12 to decide if last year’s failed $40M bond election will be back on the ballot in May. During their regular board meeting held Monday, Sharyland trustees called the Saturday, May 1 election to order where the seats occupied by school board members Melissa Smith and Jose…

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