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Peñitas flower shop owner faces second arrest

A Peñitas flower shop owner faces a state felony charge after being arrested again for theft. Rosa Barrera, owner of Rossy Floreria, had a victim come forward not too long after her December arrest, where she stole $58,323.32 from a customer. The Peñitas Police Department arrested the former floral shop owner on February 1, 2024,…

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McAllen school board approves calendar after criticism

With significant difficulty, McAllen ISD trustees approved Monday a calendar that will move the district’s start date up by about a week next year and spread out teacher planning days more evenly throughout the school year. The board only very narrowly managed to approve a calendar; it spent most of the discussion bickering over holidays.…

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VMHS senior grows 2-foot broccoli plant

Big things are sprouting at Veterans Memorial High School, with the FARMERS’ program winter harvest bringing a 2-foot-wide broccoli plant. Aaron Villareal, a senior, explained the process of growing the giant vegetable and the program’s impact. Villareal isn’t sure about the cause of the plant’s large scale. “It might’ve been the nutrients we added. Maybe…

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Alton PD joins local Texas Anti-Gang Center program

The Alton Police Department will be helping municipalities across the Rio Grande Valley to combat gang criminal activity. On Tuesday, the City Commission agreed to a memorandum of understanding between local agencies of services part of the Texas Anti-Gang program. According to Texas.gov, the Texas Anti-Gang program consists of local government police units preventing organized…

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City of Mission liquidity concerns persisted through 2023

Correspondence and documents obtained through open records requests shows that liquidity issues in 2023 rippled further through the city of Mission’s operations than last summer’s deferral of economic development corporation payments. Signs of cash flow issues popped up on at least one occasion before and after when the city says those funds were deferred. According…

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Edinburg and McAllen unify with Hike & Bike Trail

The cities of McAllen and Edinburg are developing the second-largest trail route in Texas with their latest trail connector project. Last Friday’s groundbreaking ceremony fortified the Jackson Hike and Bike Phase 2 sidewalk expansion. McAllen Mayor Javier Villalobos said ‘the spirit of cooperation and working together’ is crucial when working with neighboring municipalities and entities.…

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Mission orders May charter election

When Missionites take to the polls this spring to vote for two city council seats, they will also have the opportunity to vote to amend their city charter. City leaders and a review committee of community members worked for months to draft a new city charter, which they presented to Mission City Council in a…

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