Area News

Everyone will be able to roar at Lions Park

Mission has plans to make Lions Park the first all-inclusive park in the city. Last month, leaders from the Parks & Recreation Board, Lions Club, city council, Texas Citrus Fiesta, and several city departments (Planning, Sanitation, Engineering, Parks and Recreation, Facilities), Mayor Armando O’caña and City Manager Randy Perez held a charrette where they discussed…

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Texas Tribune panel examines Texas health care

As part of an ongoing series exploring the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead for the Texas government, the Texas Tribune held a daylong panel Wednesday at the Edinburg Conference Center at Renaissance to discuss healthcare issues in the state of Texas. “The Future of Health Care,” invited legislators, educators and industry leaders to multiple…

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Mission encourages participation in 2020 census

The city of Mission wants every resident in the area to be counted. During this week’s regular city council meeting, Deputy City Manager Aida Lerma spoke on the 2020 Census, which is 40 days away. Lerma, who was presenting on behalf of Joann Longoria (the Director of Community Development who was unable to attend the…

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Sharyland protesters bring a ‘Voice for survivors’

Fed up with what they say is a lack of action from the Sharyland school district regarding ongoing sexual misconduct allegations, nearly 50 members of the community took to the streets Saturday to demand change. Let by two Sharyland High School graduates, members from the public held a “Voice for Survivors March” to protest what…

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Uniquely You

Rhea Watson pens book that encourages children to embrace what makes them special Rhea Watson wants children of all ages to feel good about their unique attributes. Watson, a Speech Language Pathologist for the Sharyland Independent School District, recently published a children’s book entitled “Be You-Nique,” geared for children ages three to seven years old.…

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Former La Joya Housing Authority officials plead not guilty to federal felony charges

Two former officials of the La Joya Housing Authority pleaded not guilty last week to federal charges tied to an alleged bribery scheme. Sylvia Garces Valdez, the former vice chairwoman of the housing authority, and Frances A. Salinas, the housing authority’s former interim executive director, both pleaded not guilty to the federal felony charges against…

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Mission High School alumna in town for book signing

A Mission High School graduate will return to the Valley this weekend to celebrate her most recent book. Cyndy Bartelli, a San Antonio-based author, will be at the Viva Life Christian Book Store in McAllen tomorrow for a signing of the Spanish translation of her 2017 non-fiction book, “The Heart Healer,” which will now be…

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83rd annual TCF concludes with Parade of Oranges

After more than four decades as part of the Texas Citrus Fiesta’s annual Parade of Oranges, Ben Cavazos was finally able to do the one thing he hadn’t been able to in years: sit back and enjoy the parade.  The 89-year-old owner of the local business MAE Power Equipment had been serving as the parade’s…

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Bolide Brunch

Mayor’s International Brunch celebrates TCF and sister cities in Space Odyssey Adventure The Mission Event Center was filled with laughter, food and international relations as Mission leaders and Mexican sister cities gathered for the annual Mayor’s International Brunch last Saturday before the parade. The event, which was held in celebration of the Texas Citrus Fiesta,…

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Passing on the product

How an 83-year-old TCF tradition has withstood the decades JoAnn Ortiz is determined to keep a nearly century-old tradition going in Mission. The Product Costume Showcase, along with the Shoe Box Float competition, are some of the stapes of the Texas Citrus Fiesta. Done in celebration of the citrus industry in the area, these events…

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