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New program will reimburse firefighters for border security calls

When federal agents found a corpse floating in the Rio Grande near Los Ebanos on a recent Friday morning, they called local firefighters for help.

The Palmview Fire Department dispatched an ambulance, a boat and six personnel, who spent hours at the scene June 1. They worked with Border Patrol agents to carefully pull the corpse from the Rio Grande.

“It was a pretty long operation,” said Fire Chief Jerry Alaniz.

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Sharyland Times’ Student of the Week: Anne F. La Grange

AnneLaGrangeDespite coming from a long line of Aggies, Sharyland Pioneer High School graduate Anne La Grange is breaking tradition and attending The University of Texas at Austin this fall.

“I knew in college, I wanted to study business and that UT has such a good business school but I always thought ‘No, I’m not going to go to UT,” she said. “My parents were graduates of Texas A&M and [I thought I would be too]. At least that’s what I thought.”

La Grange, who was ranked number nine in her graduating class, decided to apply to UT anyway and was accepted into it as well as Texas A&M. She ultimately decided to attend UT and major in Business Honors and Finance.

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Sharyland approves “tight” $116 million budget

Sharyland-LogoAt their Monday meeting, the Sharyland Board of Trustees approved a $116,520,107 budget.

The budget reflects an increase of $2.7 million from their previous budget which only covered a fiscal year of 10 months instead of the traditional September 1 through August 31 timeline.

The budget includes a $500 annual pay increase for teachers while administrative professionals, clerical and auxiliary workers will have a one percent of pay range midpoint increase.

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Sharyland Times Distinguished Student of the Week: Isaac Rosa

IsaacRosaWhen the Sharyland Advanced Academic Academy graduated its first four-year class last month, the school’s salutatorian also made history.

Later this summer, Isaac Rosa will attend Yale University in New Haven, CT. This makes Rosa, the eldest of three children, the first graduate in his school’s history to attend an Ivy League school.

“Since I’m part of the first class of four-year seniors to graduate and the oldest of my sisters, I’m setting the tone in school and at home,” Rosa said. “Its pretty encouraging for my sisters to see I can do well so they can too.”

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Sharyland grad running for congressional seat

20180615 EricHolguinAs a graduate of Sharyland High School’s class of 2005, Eric A. Holguin said his experience living in the Rio Grande Valley shaped many of his views on several issues.

“I always say, the Valley has blown up within the last 10 years and San Antonio continues to grow, but Corpus Christi and the region around it, continues to get stuck,” the Corpus Christi native said. “How can we do what the Valley does to grow? The Valley has become such an economic force in South Texas that the coastal bend is getting looked over in terms of economic opportunity.”

Holguin is the Democratic candidate in the special election for Texas’ 27th Congressional District seat-a district that includes the counties of Aransas, Calhoun, Jackson, Lavaca, Matagorda, Nueces, Refugio, Victoria, and Wharton and some parts of Bastrop, Caldwell, Gonzales, and San Patricio. The seat was vacated when Former Rep. Blake Farenthold stepped down last April amidst sexual misconduct allegations against him.

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Sharyland Pioneer High School graduates first four-year class

20180603 Pioneer Graduation2018With a combined total of nearly $2 million in scholarships and grants and their diplomas, the Sharyland Pioneer High School class of 2018 took their first steps as Pioneer graduates Sunday.

These graduates, 369 in total, attended their own commencement ceremony held at the State Farm Arena where they celebrated their last days as students at Sharyland Pioneer High School.

These students were also the first class who have attended the school since it first opened four years ago.

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