Area News

Four new butterfly sculptures displayed in Mission

Four new butterfly statues have landed in Mission, bringing the community staple count to 47 colorful symbols. This week, the four sculptures were displayed at popular Mission locations – one at Valley Land Title Co., one at Aladdin Villas and two at the Split Rails RV Park & Resort. Former Upper Valley Art League President…

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Mission holds workshops and emergency meeting regarding COVID-19

The city of Mission held a workshop this week to discuss how they intend to use COVID emergency funds for members of the CDBG program. The Community Development Block Grant program involves “the development of viable urban communities by providing decent housing, a suitable living environment and expanding economic opportunities principally for people of low…

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COVID-19 cases in Starr County rise to 33

Starr County reported six new cases Wednesday, bringing the total amount of known cases in the county to 33. The new cases are evenly split between men and women from the cities of Rio Grande City, Roma and La Grulla and their ages range from 27 to 81. “This increase was expected but not a…

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Hidalgo County creates mortgage and rental relief program

On Tuesday, Commissioners Court approved $7,500,000.00 in Federal CARES Act Relief Fund to go towards the newly created COVID-19 Mortgage and Rental Relief Program. The program is a grant mortgage assistance program designated to help Hidalgo County residents in select cities and rural areas who have been laid off or had their incomes impacted by the spread…

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Aspiring artist wins congressional art competition

Karina Vela’s dreams of becoming a recognized artist are coming true this summer. Vela, a senior at Palmview High School, has a won the Spring 2020 Congressional Art Competition for the 28th district of Texas, the La Joya school district announced in a Wednesday press release. As part of this competition held each spring, the…

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Hidalgo County reports 21 new cases

The total number of people known to be infected with the COVID-19 virus rose to 537 after the county reported 21 new cases in a Wednesday news release. The rise in new case is attributed to a growth in the number of tests being administered in the county due to active mobile test sites and…

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