Former Palmview councilwoman honored

She was considered an inspiration to everyone on the Palmview city council, and on their Tuesday meeting, members honored one of their own. Last month, Graciela “Gracie” Flores, 66 passed away after a decade-long battle with Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Flores served on the Palmview city council for two decades starting in 1995, becoming the first woman…

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9 compete for four seats on Mission school board

During the 2016 Mission school board elections, current school board President Jose Carlos “Charlie” Garcia, board Secretary Gerardo Javier “Jerry” Zamora, Sonia M. Trevino and Patty Y. O’Cana Olivarez ran together and won. Now, Trevino and O’Cana Olivarez have opted to not seek reelection on the board of trustees while their running mates will face…

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Hidalgo County addresses coronavirus

In a series of events held over the last week, county officials stressed they are preparing themselves for the potential arrival of coronavirus, but said there are no cases of it anywhere near the Valley. “I will repeat that, there are no confirmed cases of this in Hidalgo County, none in northern Tamaulipas,” Hidalgo County…

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Alton block walking event spreads awareness on 2020 census

With the sun beating down on her, Kayla Montano walked door-to-door in an Alton neighborhood and knocked on each of the doors. If no one answered, she and Alton city administrators and members of the non-profit La Union del Pueblo Entero left behind a pamphlet. If someone answered, the LUPE community outreach specialist had one…

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Special Olympics Texas holds area basketball meet

Xozhitl Herrera watched from the sidelines as her 12-year-old son dribbled a ball and attempted to shoot it into the basketball hoop, making three successful attempts. “It’s important for Vandelei to participate in sports,” Herrera said of her son. “He has Down Syndrome but he doesn’t let that stop him from wanting to be an…

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Villarreal defeats Flores in Precinct 3 primary

Joe Flores’ fifth term as Hidalgo County Precinct 3 commissioner will be his last after voters elected his opponent Everardo “Ever” Villarreal to run for commissioner in the Tuesday Democratic primary. With no Republican challengers, Villarreal placement as precinct commissioner is assured. Villarreal narrowly beat his opponent with 83 votes, or 10,025 compared to Flores’…

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Sharyland ISD sets May 2020 school board election

Both incumbents on the Sharyland school board of trustees will be facing challengers in the upcoming school board election. Certified Public Accountant Ricardo “Ricky” Longoria and engineer Julio Cerda are seeking reelection to the Sharyland school board after serving there for 12 and six years, respectively. Longoria is facing three challengers to his Place 1…

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Mission native recognized for fighting Australia bushfires

A Mission native who was greeted in Australia with a thunderous applause received a similar homecoming back home last week. On Thursday, Feb. 20, Mission native Rey Navarro, 39, an assistant fire management officer for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, was recognized by the Boys and Girls Club of Mission after spending over a…

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La Joya Housing Authority chairman steps down

After four years serving on the board, John J. Peña announced Tuesday he is stepping down from the La Joya Housing Authority board of directors. Peña, who served as chairman of the board, announced his resignation during the latest housing authority meeting. “I feel sorry to say this, I love all of you guys, and…

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