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    ‘With broken hearts,’ community honors fallen soldiers

    20150525 MISSION Memorial-Day 3914Army Staff Sgt. Bradley Espinoza died Oct. 19, 2009, from wounds sustained when enemy forces attacked his vehicle with an improvised explosive device in Quest, Iraq. Espinoza, 26, was from Alton.

    Army Spc. Alex D. Gonzalez died May 6, 2008, by small-arms fire and an explosive in Mosul, Iraq. He was 21 and from Mission.

    Army Cpl. Jose Rubio Hernandez died March 24, 2008, from wounds sustained when his vehicle encountered an improvised explosive device in Baghdad, Iraq. Hernandez, 24, was from Mission.

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    SHS club spreads animal awareness

    20150529 SISD SharyPAWS 8830At least one Saturday out of the month, the SharyPAWS club volunteers at the Palm Valley Animal Center to care for animals that have yet to find their forever home.

    It’s a messy job, they said, and it can be heartbreaking, but it comes with its perks.

    “Some of them don’t even get the chance to be adopted,” member Octavio Calleja said. “But it always makes me feel better knowing that they have us, someone that actually cares about them, a whole group of people.”

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    Pioneer ag barn complete

    20150529 ag-barnSharyland Independent School District’s architect has confirmed that Pioneer High School’s agricultural barn is substantially complete.

    At Tuesday’s school board meeting, Director of Operations Jesse Muñiz was excited to tell the board about the site’s progress since the last meeting in April. He put together a PowerPoint with photos of various aspects of the agriculture barn, including the cabinetry and completed pavement.

    “The ag barn is a nice facility. They’re going to start wearing ties there,” Muñiz said jokingly.

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    Hidalgo County preps for immigrant surge

    20150529 AREA immigration-press-conference 8801Officials from Hidalgo County said they’re ready for any influx of immigrants this summer, even though they don’t anticipate numbers as large as last year.

    Thousands of undocumented immigrants from primarily Central America fled to the McAllen area in 2014. As of May 17, 2015, there were 17,716 total guests at McAllen Sacred Heart for immigration relief.

    Hidalgo County Judge Ramon Garcia, McAllen Mayor Jim Darling, McAllen U.S. Border Patrol Sector Chief Kevin Oaks and leaders from Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley spoke to the public in a news conference May 21 to inform the public of their humanitarian efforts.

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    Lady Rattlers’ Gonzalez and Watson top All-Valley list

    sharyland-logoThe Sharyland Lady Rattlers soccer team underwent major changes this year. First there was the split of Sharyland High into two high schools. The opening of Pioneer High literally split the team in half as many of the girls that had contributed to the Lady Rattlers’ recent success were now Lady Diamondbacks. Then there was the change at the top as longtime head Lady Rattlers’ coach J.J. Lopez made the move to Pioneer bringing former Mission Lady Eagles’ head coach Aaron Clemons to Sharyland.

    How the Lady Rattlers would respond to such drastic changes was anybody’s guess. The fact that they exceeded pretty much everybody’s expectations by going 12 – 0 in District 31-5A play, clinching the district title by six points over the second place Lady Diamondbacks and advancing into the fourth round of the playoffs was due in large part to the play of one senior and one freshman – Nikki Gonzalez and Kaitie Watson.

    Gonzalez and Watson were both recently recognized for the parts they played in the Lady Rattlers’ success by being named All-Valley Player of the Year and All-Valley Newcomer of the year respectively.

    Read more: Lady Rattlers’ Gonzalez and Watson top All-Valley list

    More Articles...

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    2. Memorial Day services planned across area
    3. Chief appraiser answers questions regarding hike in property appraisals
    4. Induction and reorganization for SISD trustees
    5. Pioneer High’s Nora Monie best in state
    6. Quinta Mazatlan announces summer camps for kids

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