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At Least 40% of Active Texas Landfills are Leaking Toxins

At Least 40% of Active Texas Landfills are Leaking Toxins

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by John Michaelson/TNS by John Michaelson AUSTIN, Texas – As the battle over the site of a proposed landfill in central Texas continues, a new analysis is raising concerns statewide. The study finds that 40 percent of active landfills in the state that monitor their impact on groundwater are leaking…

Valley Pioneer Marks 100 Years

Valley Pioneer Marks 100 Years

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Judge Arturo Salas honors his Mother Judge Arturo Salas and his family honored his mother, Maria Rendon Salas, with a well-attended 100th birthday celebration given for her last month at the American Legion Hall in La Feria. Her life, spanning the past 10 decades, reflects the history of the growth…

Harlingen Christian Academy Challenges Local Businesses

Harlingen Christian Academy Challenges Local Businesses

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The Harlingen Christian Academy recently challenged local businesses – including the LongHorn Steakhouse in Harlingen – to collect enough food to feed 100 families for Thanksgiving through the “Challenge 100.” Restaurant employees and other volunteers recently gathered at the Academy to assemble 100 Thanksgiving packages for families in need –…

Making Sure Gulf Coast Restoration Funding is Used for Intended Purpose

Making Sure Gulf Coast Restoration Funding is Used for Intended Purpose

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Fishing, Tourism and Oil Would Benefit from Healthy Gulf by John Michaelson/TNS PORT MANSFIELD, Texas – As plans are put in place to allocate restoration funds from the massive BP oil spill, Texans who depend on the Gulf Coast for their livelihood say its health is an economic priority. Once…

Border Patrol, Hospital Sued Over Cavity Searches

Border Patrol, Hospital Sued Over Cavity Searches

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Woman Repeatedly Probed and Then Billed $5,000 by John Michaelson/TNS AUSTIN, Texas – A lawsuit has been filed against the University Medical Center of El Paso and a number of its doctors, along with Customs and Border Protection and several agents for alleged abuses against a U.S. citizen. Senior staff…

AVOID BECOMING A VICTIM OF AUTO CRIME DURING THE HOLIDAYS

AVOID BECOMING A VICTIM OF AUTO CRIME DURING THE HOLIDAYS

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ABTPA reminds Texans to keep their parked cars secure while shopping and traveling AUSTIN – Texans will be shopping and traveling during the holiday season, and the Auto Burglary and Theft Prevention Authority (ABTPA), part of the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles(TxDMV), urges them to take precautions to protect their…

Lil’ Miss Winter Wonderland Crowned

Lil’ Miss Winter  Wonderland Crowned

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2013 Tiny & Lil’ Miss Winter Wonderland Competition Tiny Miss Winter Wonderland Eva Garcia Tiny Miss 1st Runner Up Kaitlyn Bella Carvajal Tiny Miss 2nd Runner Up Ariel Nicole Dove Lil’ Mr. Winter Wonderland Riley Preston Lil’ Miss Winter Wonderland Emily Marie Garza Lil’ Miss 1st Runner Up Stephanie Mariah…

Main Street Lit Up with Parade Lights – Christmas Parade Winners

Main Street Lit Up with Parade Lights – Christmas Parade Winners

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The skies cleared by mid-day, revealing a lovely cool evening for a parade last Saturday, December 14. The 15th Annual City of La Feria Lighted Parade was bright with Christmas lights and included lots of dancing and singing for parade watchers lining the street. Large participation from the La Feria…

Valley Farmer Named Outstanding Young Farmer & Rancher Winner

Valley Farmer Named Outstanding Young Farmer & Rancher Winner

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SAN ANTONIO, Texas—A Texas farmer who helps to satisfy America’s sweet tooth took home the top prize in the Texas Farm Bureau’s (TFB) 2013 Outstanding Young Farmer & Rancher contest. Sugarcane farmer Sam Sparks, 33, and his wife, Shannon, were chosen over two other finalists today at the 80th TFB…

A Man for Many Seasons

A Man for Many Seasons

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J.D. Foster’s Remarkable Career J.D. Foster came to the Valley in 1995 after serving in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War as an aircraft sheet metal specialist, an experience that gave him the training for the next phase of his life. After leaving the service in 1956, he took…