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Local author recognized by New York book club

20190315 FrankBrewsterSTA local author whose books promotes bilingualism has been recognized by the New York Latina Book Club-again.

Frank Brewster III, Mission native and the owner of Brewster’s Guacamaya Enterprises, had his poetry book “Del Corazon” ranked as one of the 50 best books of 2018 in their 6th annual best of the year list.

The book club seeks to promote Latino authors and literacy by reading at least one Latino book a month so that readers can embrace their Hispanic heritage, according to its website.

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Sharyland Pioneer High School holds Courts in Schools program

20190222 CourtsinSchoolSTDesirae Lynn Vasquez had no idea that spending the night at a friend’s place would result in her arrest.

Vasquez, 18, was at a party with classmates last April and decided to spend the night there, she said. However, police arrived to the party in response to a noise complaint leading to the arrest of Vasquez and other individuals after police found cocaine at the scene.

“It was terrible, I went to bed thinking I’d wake up in that bed but instead I spent three days in jail,” Vasquez said. “I was the only person my age there, and I was terrified I’d be in jail for years.”

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Sharyland ISD, City of Alton cancel elections

Sharyland-LogoDue to a lack of opposing candidates, the Sharyland school district and city of Alton cancelled their upcoming May 4 election.

The Sharyland school board of trustees cancelled their election during their Monday meeting. As previously reported, Trustee Noel O. Garza declined to file to run for re-election after 12 years on the school board.

“I thought it was a good time to get off while the district was at its peak,” Garza said. “This board has had multiple successes throughout the years and I am confident the board and superintendent will continue to do great things.”

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Local businessman is sole new name to the Sharyland school board

HectorRiveraThis story was updated from the print version to include comments from Noel Edward Oliveira.

A Mission businessman is running unopposed on the Sharyland school board of trustees along with two other incumbents.

Hector Rivera, whose business Hector Rivera EA provides tax consultations services, is running on the school board to replace Noel O. Garza who will not be running for reelection after 12 years as a school board member.

Garza could not be reached as of press time.

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SISD to add more cameras to school bus fleet

Sharyland-LogoBy April, the Sharyland school district will have installed two more cameras to each of their 73 school buses.

The additions, which means a total of five cameras per school bus, was discussed during a Tuesday meeting of the district’s Business, Operations, & Finance Committee Meeting.

In a presentation led by district Transportation Director Enrique Mata, Mata explained to members that three cameras were installed in each school bus in 2017.

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Sharyland Water Supply holds groundbreaking on new $4.2M headquarters

20190129 SharyWaterGroundbrreakingAfter celebrating its 50th anniversary last year, the Alton-based Sharyland Water Supply is taking the next steps in growing to meet the needs of their 18,000 customers.

Local representatives with the water company and neighboring cities met at a ceremony last week for the groundbreaking of the company’s new headquarters, a project that is expected to be completed by the end of the year.

“This project has been a long endeavor and a sign of the vital partnership between the water company and the cities it serves,” Alton City Manager Jorge Arcaute said. “We need that partnership to support the growth in our city and know your new building represents that growth in the area.”

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