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Former Commissioner Leftwich’s open letter to Mayor Boswell & Commissioner Uhlhorn

April 28, 2016

A recent (Mayor Chris) Boswell campaign ad declaring that he listened to citizens and has kept property taxes low, comparing Harlingen’s tax rate to much smaller cities like Combes, Santa Rosa, Rio Hondo and dozens of other tiny towns in the Cameron County area is disingenious and misleading to voters. The general fund is presently funded through property and sales taxes. An honest comparison would have been against similar cities in size, property values...
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UPDATE: Early voting for Harlingen elections ends on May 4

April 28, 2016

UPDATE: Early voting, which got off to a good start, ends on Wednesday (May 4). . EARLIER ARTICLE In case you have forgotten, the Harlingen city and school board elections will be held on May 7. Also, early voting for mayor and city commissioners begins on Monday, April 25 and runs through May 4. Mayor Chris Boswell is going for another term as mayor,...
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Spurs to take on OKC Thunder Saturday in second round of NBA playoffs

April 26, 2016

For those interested, the San Antonio Spurs will face the Oklahoma City Thunder at San Antonio’s AT&T Center on Saturday, in the second round of the western NBA playoffs. The Thunder advanced Monday with a 118-104 wibn over the Dallas Mavericks. Game time to be announced. The Spurs defeated the Memphis Grizzlies 4-0 in the first round. The Spurs and Thunder tied 2-2 in...
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UTRGV football feasibility study members named

April 23, 2016

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley has announced its football study committee members, which includes members of staff, faculty and students, community leaders and special advisers. As previously announced, the committee will be chaired by legendary football coach Mack Brown, who will work with consultants to develop a...
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Harlingen Kmart, Sears store to remain open in major closings move

April 22, 2016

Harlingen’s Kmart store and its Sears store at Valle Vista Mall will remain open, as Sears Holdings announces it will close 68 Kmarts and 10 Sears stores in a cost cutting move. The closings are to take place later this spring. The only Rio Grande Valley Kmart store to...
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REMINDER: Texans can purchase emergency prep supplies tax free on weekend

April 21, 2016

Texans Thursday were reminded by Gov. Greg Abbott that they can purchase emergency preparation supplies tax free this weekend (Saturday, April 23 until midnight on Monday, April 25). During the 84th Legislative session, Gov. Abbott signed SB 904 into law, allowing sales tax exemptions on emergency supplies on those...
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UPDATES: President’s immigration action appears to be in trouble in U.S. Supreme Court

April 19, 2016

UPDATE After the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments over President Obama’s executive action on immigration, shot down by two lower U.S. courts, it also appears to be in trouble in the highest court in the land. That is based on some of the questions asked by the court, which...
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H-E-B bows to animal rights pressure, to sell only cage-free eggs — eventually

April 19, 2016

H-E-B officials have announced on its website that it will sell only cage free eggs by 2025. The firm joins a number of other super market chains to make that sort of announcement. It comes after pressure from a number of animal rights groups. In a statement, the firm...
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Near average activity predicted for Atlantic-Gulf hurricane season, but prepare anyway is the urgent warning

April 15, 2016

Although the annual prediction for the Atlantic-Gulf of Mexico hurricane season is predicted to be near average, citizens in danger areas are again asked to be prepared anyway. The 2016 season, which begins on June 1 and is expected to produce 12 named storms and five hurricanes, by the...
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Dog racing back late this year at Valley Race Park

April 14, 2016

THE REAL DEAL By JERRY DEAL Do you remember the days when dog racing was a part of the daily Harlingen scene? I certainly do and I believe and certainly hope that the announcement that it will return late this year helps pump up positive things in this city...
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Harlingen 2016 Spring Rabies Clinic to begin Monday — through following Saturday

April 14, 2016

The annual Harlingen Spring Rabies Clinic will begin on Monday (April 18) for one week at various locations. Minimal immunization and licensing will be $15 per pet. For more information call (956) 215-5220. Location and times of 5:30-6:30 p.m., include. Monday –Bonham Park, 21st and Jefferson. Tuesday — Harlingen...
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Harlingen man gets 27 year prison sentence for sexual abuse of a child

April 13, 2016

Israel Leyva of Harlingen has been sentenced to 27 years in prison and fined $10,000 for the sexual abuse of a 12-year-old boy. A Cameron County District Court jury found Leyva, 34, guilty, then later announced the sentence in connection with a 2014 case. Leyva was first arrested on...
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