Local couples say ‘I do’ on Valentine’s Day

After 9 years together, with her dressed in a white wedding dress and him in a tuxedo, Erika and Carlos Torres tied the knot on Valentine’s Day last week at the county Precinct 3 courtroom. “We’ve been best friends since middle school and started dating in high school,” Ericka explained. “We were supposed to get…

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Agua SUD polling site to be held in Peñitas

The Agua Special Utility district is preparing to hold its first election under its recently implemented single member system. During a board meeting last week, Agua directors called the May 2, 2020 meeting to order and in a 4-3 vote selected to make the Peñitas Library its sole polling location. Though the Agua elections previously…

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Everardo Villarreal outspends county commissioner Flores

Editor’s note: It was incorrectly stated in the print version of this story that Joe Flores’ February campaign finance report wasn’t filed. The report was submitted earlier this month and can be found on the Hidalgo County Elections Department website. The printed version of this story also incorrectly stated the amount of money donated by Law Office…

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Sharyland sets $40M bond election

Six candidates will compete for two seats in the Sharyland school board election as voters decide on a $40 million bond for renovations and improvements in the district. At a special meeting held Friday, Feb. 14, Sharyland trustees called the May 2, 2020 election that will include the bond to upgrade Sharyland High School and…

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Disabilities chamber of commerce launched in the RGV

Faced with what they say is a lack of opportunities for members of the community with disabilities, three women have banded together to create a non-profit dedicated to serving what they call an untapped market. “We figured it was time to start helping the community with the things we did for our family,” Esmeralda Leal,…

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‘You just know’

Mission couple celebrates 57 years of marriage Last December, Mission residents Gordon and Connie Willems reached a new milestone after celebrating their 57th wedding anniversary. “I felt very blessed about having lived this long while being able to do this,” Connie, 77, said. “When I got married, I just didn’t think about considering the possibility…

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Small town, big festival

Granjeno celebrates community in annual festival The city of Granjeno’s 14th annual Friendship Festival was a lot bigger this year. That’s according to Virginia Lender, who visited the festival in the small city with a little more than 301 citizens. “When I attended last year, it was more of a tailgate party without a lot…

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La Joya mayor dismisses EDC board, reappoints new members

Faced with a federal investigation into a La Joya Economic Development Corporation project spearheaded by the daughter of the city’s former mayor, the La Joya city council voted to replace everyone on the city EDC board. “We’ve been having some issues with the Economic Development Corporation so I will be making appointments to replace the…

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