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Friday, April 28, 2017

Statement from Commissioner Jaime Canales

Courtesy Larry Sanchez, We are aware of multiple Webb County and City of Laredo offices that have been visited by federal authorities. We have limited information at this time but will cooperate in the investigation if necessary. In the meantime, we will continue working for our hard working community residents of precinct 4. We will


United ISD Hosts Groundbreaking for Lyndon B. Johnson High School’s 9th Grade Campus

Courtesy Carmen Rendon, (Laredo, Texas)-United ISD Held a formal groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of Lyndon B. Johnson High School’s 9th grade campus.  Leading the groundbreaking was United ISD Board of Trustee Ramiro Veliz, III and Superintendent, Mr. Roberto J. Santos.  Also in attendance were Leyendecker Construction, Franks Architects and Pfluger Architects.  L.B. Johnson’s 9th grade campus is projected for completion for the 2019-2020 school


“Earth Day” Celebrated At VME

Courtesy Veronica Cantu, (Laredo, Texas)-​In honor of Earth Day, Commissioner Jesse Gonzalez, Pct. 1 and City of Laredo Council Member Rudy Gonzalez, Jr., District I, donated trees to Veterans Memorial Elementary School and held a tree planting ceremony on April 21, 2017. Pre-kinder and kinder students gathered for a ceremony to plant the trees in


United ISD Celebrates “Afterschool Professionals Appreciation Week”

Veronica Cantu, (Laredo, Texas-United ISD celebrates ​“Afterschool Professionals Appreciation Week” with a special proclamation. During April 24-28, 2017, United ISD is recognizing the important contributions after school care providers offer to students. Pictured from left to right are: Superintendent Roberto J. Santos, City of Laredo Mayor Pete Saenz, Executive of Federal and State Programs Dr.


Children’s Author Visits Clark Elementary in Observance of National Library Week

Courtesy Alex Meyer, (Laredo, Texas)-Clark elementary school observed National Library Week (April 9-15), with a visit from children’s author Claudia Villarreal. Ms. Villarreal spoke to Pre-k – 5th grade students about the importance of developing good reading and writing skills. She also read excerpts from her book The Alphabet Thief Who Stole the Vowels. National


Laredo Animal Protective Society Receives Donation from Ruiz NEHS

Courtesy Alex Meyer, (Laredo, Texas)- The National Elementary Honor Society (NEHS), at Ruiz Elementary held a collection drive to provide the Laredo Animal Protective Society (LAPS), with much needed pet supplies and food, leashes, collars flea/tick shampoo toys and treats. The total value of donations was $650.00. Ruiz Elementary is proud to have a NEHS


TAMIU Benefit Concert with Mariachi Nuevo Tecalitlán Saturday at Civic Center at 7 p.m.

Courtesy Steve Harmon, (Laredo, Texas)-Tickets are still available for one of México’s most revered mariachi music groups, Mariachi Nuevo Tecalitlán de Guadalajara who will perform their concert México Mágico this Saturday, April 22 at 7 p.m. in the Laredo Independent School District Civic Center, 2400 San Bernardo Avenue. The annual event is presented by Texas


McAllen to host Free Spring Cleaning Day

Courtesy Laura D. Garcia, McAllen- The winter blues are long gone and spring is in the air. In an effort to assist McAllen residents with their spring cleaning, the City of McAllen will host an all-day Spring Cleaning Day on Saturday, April 29, 2017 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. McAllen Public Works invites residents


Two New Scholarship Signings Make United High School Proud!

Courtesy Alex Meyer, (Laredo, Texas)-United high school was ground zero for two scholarship signings on April 18, 2017. Graduating senior Alexia Nava accepted a cross country scholarship from the University of Texas Permian Basin. She was accompanied by her proud parents Ms. Angelica Nava and Mr. Jose Nava. In addition to participating in cross country


Ruiz Elementary School “Careers On Wheels” Enjoyed by Students!

Courtesy Veronica Cantu, (Laredo, Texas)-Ruiz Elementary school hosted law enforcement and emergency service agencies, private businesses and city services at their “Careers on Wheels” event. Students enjoyed interacting with guests while viewing the work vehicles and implements that were on display. The aim of this annual event is give students an opportunity to become familiarized


CBP Deploys Multiple Facilitation Measures as Holy Week Traffic Reaches Peak at the Laredo Port of Entry

Courtesy Mucia Dovalina, LAREDO, Texas– – As the onslaught of heavy traffic has reached its highest point this Holy Week, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Laredo Port of Entry have thrust into high gear a variety of effective measures to facilitate a smooth, orderly traffic flow, including a dedicated lane, electronic tourist


Press Release: U.S. Border Patrol Youths of the Month for April 2017

Courtesy Carmen Rendon, Laredo, Texas – United ISD: The Laredo Sector Border Patrol held their Youth of the Month ceremony for April’s honorees at Cigarroa High School. Four of United ISD’s seniors were among those celebrated. The monthly program honors local high school students who excel in academics and volunteer in their community. All students


Webb County Easter Holiday Closure

Courtesy Larry Sanchez, In observance of the Easter Day holiday, all Webb County administrative offices will be closed Monday, April 17th, 2017. The Webb County Sheriff’s administrative offices will also be closed but all other services will continue on their regular schedule. The Webb County Tax Assessor Collector’s and County Clerk Offices will be closed


Defendant Pleads Guilty to Murder

Courtesy Yanira Deleon, The District Attorney’s Office secured a guilty plea in its case against Jose Jorge Vigil Jr., 36, for brutally murdering Roberto Benavides, a 20-year-old man. On February 22, 2014, the Laredo Police Department Communication Division received a call from a worker at Union Pacific who discovered a body on the side of


CBP Advises Traveling Public on Easter Egg Regulations

Courtesy Mucia Dovalina, LAREDO, Texas – With the Easter festivities right around the corner, CBP is reminding the traveling public that cascarones (confetti-filled eggshells) are restricted to quantities of 12 per passenger and the shells may be decorated, etched, or painted but they must be clean, dry, and free of any egg residue. They may

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