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SISD hires K9 agency for drug detection

20140801 K9MISSION—The Sharyland ISD Board agreed to award a contract to Valley K9 Detection Services at its last regular board meeting.

Superintendent Virginia N. Richter said she spoke with Mission CISD Superintendent Ricardo Lopez, who spoke highly of the company and recommended the use of the company, discussed at the Sharyland building operations and finance committee meeting.

The dogs are trained to uncover marijuana, cocaine, meth, pills, heroine and synthetic drugs. Valley K9 Detection Services has experience in training dogs and their handlers for local police departments.

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Board works to balance budget

sharyland-logo-copy-1There will be a tax increase for Sharyland ISD next year, and the only question is how much, trustees said Tuesday at a budget workshop.

Sharyland Independent School District is looking at a 5-cent, 7-cent or 9-cent tax rate increase as well as cutting each campus and department’s expenses by 5 or 10 percent to make up for a $3.2 million shortfall next year as the district opens Sharyland Pioneer High School and an early college academy.

Even after a tax increase and slashing the budget, the administrators estimated the district still would need to dip into its reserve funding to cover another million.

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DPS aims to deter crime on river

20140801 DPS Gunboat-Ride Immigration-Overload-DPS-Surge TXEG118Armed with six .30-caliber machine guns, each capable of producing 1,000 rounds of ammunition a minute, the Texas Department of Public Safety’s patrol boats are meant to be threatening.

“And a lot of people ask us, ‘Don’t you think that’s a little bit of overkill?’ And our answer is ‘Yes, it is, by design.’ The more threatening we can be to the cartel, the less chance of them engaging us,” said DPS Lt. Charlie Goble.

Goble and Capt. James Dunks, game warden with Texas Parks and Wildlife, toured the Rio Grande with Associated Press reporter Christopher Sherman last week as state leaders push for more border security on the Texas-Mexico border because of an influx of people, mostly from Central America coming into the country illegally.

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Commissioners consider capital improvement requests

Hidalgo-County-SealHidalgo County budget officers received about $342 million in requests for capital improvements within the county, Sergio Cruz, finance director, told commissioners court at its Tuesday meeting.

Cruz broke the number of requests down, saying the costs for requests for building projects amounted to about $281 million while equipment was figured at nearly $18 million. Road construction and repairs was the next largest request at just under $37 million, and infrastructure needs were figured at $822,300. Technology was figured at more than $5 million.

Cruz told the court the recent refinancing of bonds freed about $21 million to address these needs. There also was a contingency fund equal to about $3 million for capital projects.

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Mission council approves expenditures

City-of-Mission-logoMISSION -- A public hearing on the proposed City of Mission 2014-15 budget will be held at the August 25 meeting of the city council. The proposed budget is available for public inspection during regular business days from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the City Secretary’s Office, 1201 E. 8th Street.

At Monday’s Mission City Council meeting under budget considerations an allocation of $8000 was approved to build restroom facilities at the Mission Hike and Bike Trail park.

Mission Police Department was authorized to accept the 2015 Tobacco Prevention and Control Branch Tobacco Enforcement Program grant in the amount of $3750. The grant requires Mission Police to conduct 50 Controlled Buy/Sting Operations at permitted tobacco retail outlets in the city.

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  11. Sheriff candidates sound off in forum
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  15. Construction on time at Pioneer
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  17. Super Circus Heroes fly in RGV
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