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Smashburger partners with Food Bank RGV to collect school supplies

smashburger-school-tools-2011McALLEN – Smashburger McAllen has partnered up with The Food Bank of the Rio Grande Valley’s School Tools to collect school supplies for 43 schools in the South Texas region between July 18 and 30.

School Tools is a school supply collection campaign that provides low-income kids with needed school supplies. Donate three unopened school supply items such as three packs of pencils; three packs of notebook paper, three boxes of crayons, etc. and you will receive a free Smashburger kids meal.

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STC celebrates top spots on community college rankings

20110708_STC-Top-In-GradsMcALLEN — Although the nation just finished its celebration of Independence Day with an array of fireworks and parades, South Texas College is just starting its celebration, but not of Independence Day. Instead, STC is celebrating garnering top spots in national rankings of community colleges.

“Every time we receive the publications regarding annual rankings, it is a time of celebration for us because it reaffirms the decisions we make to ensure the education we provide is rigorous, as well as affordable and transferrable,” said STC Chief Academic Officer Juan E. Mejia. “As an institution, we have almost doubled our graduation numbers every year for the past several years and in May 2011 we graduated more than 4,200 students. Our graduation figures, which provide the basis for these rankings, serve as a signature of authenticity regarding the opportunities we provide to students through the academic and skill sets for better lives.”

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IRS Increases mileage rate to 55.5 cents per mile

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service recently announced an increase in the optional standard mileage rates for the final six months of 2011. Taxpayers may use the optional standard rates to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business and other purposes.

The rate will increase to 55.5 cents a mile for all business miles driven from July 1, 2011, through Dec. 31, 2011. This is an increase of 4.5 cents from the 51 cent rate in effect for the first six months of 2011.

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UVAL artists featured at Mission Chamber

20110603_Luciano-Guerra_UVAL_0002The Mission Chamber of Commerce is now exhibiting the works of members of the Upper Valley Art League in their building located at their building, 202 W. Tom Landry. Current featured artist is photographer Luciano Guerra of Mission. Exhibits at the Chamber will be changed out on a three-month rotation with a new artist and can be seen during regular business hours.

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Progress Times receives awards

20110624_Winner_IMG_8334The Texas Press Association announced last weekend that the Progress Times has earned several awards in the 2011 Texas Better Newspaper Contest.

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La Lomita exhibit opens

20110624-LA-LOMITA-IMG_6121Maria Hurtado, exhibit designer, and Vernon Wernecke, archivist and curator, encase one of the displays, now on view through Oct. 1 in the Annex Building, 200 E. Tom Landry. La Lomita Chapel has become the representation of the history and pride of Mission, says Casandra Karl, Mission Historical Museum executive director. The newest MHM exhibit, “La Lomita Chapel: Symbol of Mission,” contains images and artifacts of La Lomita, history, and its significance to the community.  An opening reception and a blessing by Rev. Roy Snipes, OMI, is set for Saturday, June 25, at 5:30 p.m. Admission to the exhibit and the reception are free and open to the public; donations are accepted. Call 580-8646 for more information or to become a member.

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La Lomita exhibit opens

20110624-LA-LOMITA-IMG_6121Maria Hurtado, exhibit designer, and Vernon Wernecke, archivist and curator, encase one of the displays, now on view through Oct. 1 in the Annex Building, 200 E. Tom Landry. La Lomita Chapel has become the representation of the history and pride of Mission, says Casandra Karl, Mission Historical Museum executive director. The newest MHM exhibit, “La Lomita Chapel: Symbol of Mission,” contains images and artifacts of La Lomita, history, and its significance to the community.  An opening reception and a blessing by Rev. Roy Snipes, OMI, is set for Saturday, June 25, at 5:30 p.m. Admission to the exhibit and the reception are free and open to the public; donations are accepted. Call 580-8646 for more information or to become a member.

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Tips for starting a veggie garden

Vegetable and herb gardening is “in” and studies indicate it will continue to grow in popularity.  The reasons are as varied as the people who garden.

Some do it to save money. Others want to ensure their food is chemical-free, and as safe as possible. Still others grow their own vegetables because fresher is just better. Many do it because gardening is good for you and some because it's still fun to play in the dirt.

Whatever the reason for opting to join the seven million Americans who grabbed their gardening gear and grew their own vegetables and herbs last year, the road to success is basically the same as everyone else's—planting at the right time, making sure the soil's in shape, weeding and watering responsibly, and feeding and nurturing plants. The backyard gardener doesn't need a farm-sized backyard—or pocketbook—to do it.

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