Area News

Mission looking to spend $24.5 million on drainage improvements

Even after the Hidalgo County bond election secured $190 million for drainage improvements, Mission is responsible for an additional $24.5 million to cover additional in-city modifications. This week, the city of Mission held a joint workshop to discuss what the TEDSI Infrastructure Group has found in the beginning stages of the Mission drainage improvements. Following…

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MCISD discusses Pre-K program

The Mission Consolidated Independent School District met this week to discuss several items, including the Prekindergarten program. Dr. Sharon Roberts, the Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction, presented the item on the Prekindergarten program. Roberts said MCISD started a partnership with the Hidalgo County Head Start Program in 2017 on a School Readiness Partnership Model,…

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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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Families and local leaders celebrate opening of Katrina Park

Katrina Park will be host to even more children and parents following last weekend’s ribbon cutting. On Sat. Feb. 8, Precinct 3 Commissioner Joe Flores, in partnership with Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Service, held a ribbon cutting for the grand re-opening of Katrina Park in Peñitas. Local leaders from across the area, including Espie Ochoa…

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RGV athletes compete in Special Olympics Texas bowling tournament

Andy Lopez, along with several other skilled bowlers, spent last weekend at Main Event for a competition that evens the playing field. Last week, Special Olympics Texas partnered with Main Event to host the 2020 Special Olympics Texas State Bowling Tournament. Districts from across the RGV participated, including Sharyland, Mission, La Joya, Donna, McAllen and…

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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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Former La Joya mayor arrested in fraud scheme

Former La Joya Mayor Jose A. “Fito” Salinas was arrested Wednesday after he was indicted on two counts of wire fraud. According to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Texas, Salinas, 81, was indicted on two counts of wire fraud Tuesday relating to a public relations contract and…

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