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Sharyland school board, administration actions questioned

sharyland-logo-copy-1MISSION—Former Sharyland ISD Board Member, Virginia Townsend said it has been 21 years since she has listened in on a Sharyland ISD regular meeting. During the public comments portion of this month’s regular meeting, Townsend told board members she did not like the way discussions were being conducted.

A group of community members came to show support for Townsend and three other citizens participating in the public comments portion of the regular meeting.

Townsend is an active member of the Objective Watchers of the Legal System (OWLS), a non-partisan public watchdog group based in Hidalgo County.

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Sharyland ISD Board approves raises for five positions

sharyland-logo-copy-1MISSION—After the discussion held earlier this month over the reclassification of positions, the Sharyland ISD Board of Trustees agreed to change positions and pay grades for five out of the eight recommendations.

Superintendent Virginia N. Richter had explained to the board that through interviews, the Human Resources Department had found incorrect classifications and pay grades.

Originally, the adjustments were projected to cost the district $65,644. The cost of the salary changes that were approved on Tuesday, totaled to $24,088.

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Glenn Beck’s Mercury One visits Palmview

20140719 Iglesia Del Pueblo lg-10It was Christmas in July for thousands of lower-income Valley children Saturday when radio talk show host Glenn Beck’s Mercury One charitable organization rolled into the parking lot at Iglesia Del Pueblo church in Palmview complete with tractor trailer-full loads of food, water, stuffed toys and soccer balls.

As volunteers worked to prepare and serve the kids and their parents breakfast, others handed each child their brand new stuffed toy or soccer ball. Iglesia Del Pueblo pastor Juan De La Garza explained how Mercury One came to be involved with the event meant to help the needy right here in the Rio Grande Valley.

“Some weeks back I got in contact with Glenn Beck through a friend of mine and as a result of our conversation Glenn decided he wanted to do what he could to help those being affected by the border crisis,” said De La Garza. “While Glenn was well aware of the border crisis, I explained that we actually have two issues we’re dealing with down here. We have the issue of the unaccompanied illegal immigrant children and we have the issue of the colonia residents who need help as well. What we came up with, and what we’re doing here today, is a way of dealing with both issues at the same time.”

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Northern sheriffs get close-up look at border crisis

20140717 Sheriffs Border Tour lg-08The tens of thousands unaccompanied immigrant children who have been caught this year at the border are being bused and flown to facilities across the country where they will be housed and cared for in make-shift camps until they are released to family. As a result, many officials in northern states are taking a sudden interest in this crisis and are demanding to know what is being done to deter future waves of children from coming to America illegally.

Last week six sheriffs from across the country were given the opportunity to take a ride on two of the Texas Highway Patrol speed and gun boats that have been patrolling the Rio Grande south of Mission since this crisis began.

Susan Tully, as the Federation for American Immigration Reform’s (FAIR’s) National Field director, helped organize the tour. Tully said FAIR is a nonprofit public policy organization out of Washington, D.C., that has been in place 35 years. Supporters of FAIR believe immigration policies should benefit America and Americans first and foremost, she said.

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Border Patrol opens facility to process unaccompanied migrant children

20140725 AREA Border-Patrol-processing-facility 2337McALLEN–It took contractors 17 days to get the new Border Patrol processing facility up and functional.

The facility, at the corner of W. Ursula Avenue and Ware Road, has the capacity to hold 1,000 children. The warehouse is filled with four pods that can hold 250 children each. Chain-link fences serve as dividers and forest green mats were stacked in corners for sleeping.

For now, it will solely be used to process the influx of unaccompanied children coming from Central America, but Kevin Oaks, chief patrol agent for the Rio Grande Valley Sector, said in the future it could be used to process other populations.

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  4. Sheriff candidates sound off in forum
  5. Mayor loses battle for commercial zone
  6. Most agree on protecting children in immigration debate
  7. County Health Department denies immigrants bringing many diseases
  8. Construction on time at Pioneer
  9. Minors stir immigrant debate
  10. Super Circus Heroes fly in RGV
  11. SISD looks at state testing standards
  12. County seeks to eliminate concern over immigrant diseases
  13. Princesses and Divas fulfills many dreams
  14. Valley celebrates 4th of July
  15. Tom Landry Mural sees its fourth renovation
  16. Fourth of July schedule
  17. Winter Texans warns county ‘not to kill the golden egg’
  18. Guitar Gods bring 2014 show to Pharr
  19. Educator finds love for teaching early on
  20. Saldaña finds true calling as educator

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