Brandon Lozano, Victoria Garcia and Jonathan Valdez front and center stage on Oct. 28.

Brandon Lozano singing in the first half of the “Three Schools, One Voice” production.

Martin Cantu, La Joya mariachi director surrounded by the varsity band, on the way to perform at the McAllen Convention Center in 2017.

Motivated by Mariachi La Joya ISD Students Get Heard

LA JOYA - While buttoning up his elegantly embroidered chaquetilla, the vest that complements his bright red traje de charro, the traditionally ornamented uniform of mariachi performers, junior Brandon Lozano

Featured, top row, from left: Former U.S. and Texas First Lady Laura Bush; Sen. Judith Zaffirini, D-Laredo; philanthropist Susan Dell; former U.S. Navy jet fighter pilot Tammie Jo Shults; performer Vicki Carr; U.S. Olympian and world champion gymnast Simone Biles; and Sister Elizabeth Anne Sueltenfuss.

Graphics Courtesy Texas Women’s Hall of Fame

Sen. Zaffirini, six other prominent leaders, to be inducted into the Texas Women’s Hall of Fame

Gov. Greg Abbott recently announced that Sen. Judith Zaffirini, D-Laredo, whose Senate District 21 includes all of Starr County, will be inducted into the 2018 Texas Women’s Hall of Fame,

Godfrey Garza, the former general manager of Hidalgo County Drainage District No. 1, made more than $3.5 million in commissions on a South Texas border fence project that was largely bankrolled by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The county is now suing him, claiming he should not have received a commission on the federal money — and that he should have disclosed that project contractors hired his children’s company to work on the project.
--Courtesy The Monitor

Hidalgo County sues former employee and engineering firm involved in border fence project

Hidalgo County is taking a second crack at recuperating funds from a former employee who it alleges collected millions of dollars worth of unwarranted commission while overseeing construction of a


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