Sunday, September 21, 2014
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Mission police chief: RGV is safe

Many Winter Texans have been calling their RV parks and the local chamber of commerce offices asking if it is safe to come back to the Rio Grande Valley this fall because of the influx of immigrant youth and children. National media has given many the impression that the border is running wild with immigrant children all over the place.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry on July 21 issued an order to deploy 1,000 Texas National Guard members along the border to assist the Texas Department of Public Safety with law enforcement efforts along the river. Since then, the numbers of illegals crossing the Rio Grande have dropped dramatically.

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Palmview High School hosts Operation Lone Star

Operation Lone Star returned to South Texas this week, bringing with it free health care services for children and adults alike.

Student physicals, hearing and vision screenings, child immunizations and in some locations dental care and eye exams for prescription glasses were among the services provided all week and will continue to be provided until 2 p.m. today by hundreds of health care professionals at five sites across south Texas.

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H-E-B plus! store offers larger selection, donates to local non-profits

MISSION—Visitors to the H-E-B plus! on Shary Road took tours last week to see the multiple additions made to the existing facility.

Bob Tellez, director of retail operations for the Upper Valley, said customers could expect many upgrades and more items offered at the store. Areas offering more products include: the Flaming Bird Café, dairy department, the bakery, the entertainment department, lady’s apparel and the wine section.

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Family finds strength in tragedy

Juan “J.J.” Sanchez was just 15 when he lost his big sister in an accident involving a drunken driving.

Nine years later, Sanchez and his family showed up in full force to remember Jessica Sanchez during the National Crime Victims Week event hosted by the Mission Police Department. But this year, there  were additions to the clan who Jessica will never know, like J.J’s own 2-month-old daughter.

J.J. remembered Jessica at 17 as a happy girl with a beautiful smile whom everyone loved.

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Community unites in Relay for Life

Some ran, wearing headphones to help pass the time, huffing and puffing around Tom Landry Stadium in Mission on Saturday morning.

Others walked casually around the track in pairs or groups, laughing or chatting.

All of them had been touched by cancer and wanted to do something about it. During the 16th American Cancer Society Relay For Life, groups from around the Upper Valley joined to raise money for the agency. At least one person from each group had a member walking on the track at all times.

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Forgotten Friends works to save dogs

Eight black puppies piled onto each other for naptime Friday morning in cage in a back room at Smith Ranch Kennels in Los Fresnos.

Their mother was a stray who’d had several litters before, but Christine Compton, president of Mission-based Forgotten Friends Texas Rescue RGV, rescued these lucky pups two weeks earlier. There were originally nine, but one foster family decided to keep its pup.

The agency works with Smith Ranch Kennels to send dozens of dogs from around the Valley to shelters in states around the country through the ASPCA.

“The only reason we could do this was because we had grant money. But this time there is no money. We’re still going to apply,” Compton said, adding that several fundraising ideas have fallen through because there aren’t enough people to help them. “I’m just so tired of begging people for money. I want somebody else to do it.”

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