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Mission welcomes Royal Technologies

20140912 MISSION Royal-Technologies-ribbon-cutting 3437Mission leaders welcomed a $30 million investment in the community with the ribbon cutting ceremony for Royal Technologies on Wednesday evening.

Owner Jim Vander Kolk did double-duty, speaking at the Mission Chamber of Commerce’s Buenos Tardes luncheon earlier in the day. At the luncheon, Vander Kolk emphasized he and members of the area have mutual values of integrity and trust.

“I always say an organization isn’t about brick and mortar,” he said. “It’s about people. It’s the people that drew us to this region, and it’s people that are restoring in us enthusiasm for this region.”

Read more: Mission welcomes Royal Technologies


Six vie for La Joya ISD board

20140912 LJISD-CandidatesEach of the three incumbents up for reelection in La Joya Independent School District ‘s November election faces a challenger in The Diamond Pack, a slate of political newcomers.

The incumbents are on a slate dubbed Team Liberty, a group formed two years ago that swept the school district’s election.  They are J.J. Peña in place 1, J.J. Garza in place 2 and Johnn Alaniz in place 3.

Challengers in The Diamond Pack are Fernando Torres in place 1, Irma Linda Villarreal-Veloz in place 2 and Victoria Cantu in place 3.

Read more: Six vie for La Joya ISD board


Technicality delays zone change

City-of-Mission-logoA technicality thwarted an effort to change a residential subdivision into a light industrial zone at Monday's Mission City Council meeting.

Attorney Mario Rodriguez, representing several residents of the Melba Carter Subdivision, which is east of Conway Avenue and north of Trinity Road, told the council during a public hearing that the notice sent to residents did not match the item that was presented to and approved by the planning and zoning commission. The notice sent to residents was missing a line in the legal description of the property.

After meeting in closed session with the council, City Attorney David Guerra asked the city not to take any action because of the “discrepancy in the property description.

Read more: Technicality delays zone change


Mission citizens awards nominations now open

20131018 Citizen-Awards-CompositeThe Progress Times announced today that nominations are now open for the annual citizens awards for Mr. Mission, First Lady of Mission, Man of the Year and Woman of the Year. Jim Brunson, publisher of the Progress Times, announced that nominations for the awards will be accepted until 4 p.m., Sept. 25 at the newspaper office.

The annual awards will be presented at the Mission Chamber of Commerce banquet on Thursday, Oct. 16 at Mario’s Banquet & Conference Center in Mission.

“We invite clubs, organizations and individuals to submit nominations for the citizens awards,” said Brunson. “These awards are designed to recognize and honor those who have devoted their time and effort to help others and to make Mission a better place to live, raise our families and to provide opportunity for our residents. You know who works hardest in your organization. Send in your nominations and recognize those who have served so well.”

Read more: Mission citizens awards nominations now open


Funeral Services Planned for Berta Olivarez Filut

20140906 Berta Filut WebBerta Hilda “Bert” Olivarez Filut, 59, passed away on Friday, September 5, 2014, at her home in Mission following a lengthy illness.

Mrs. Filut was the executive director of Texas Citrus Fiesta for 19 years and was the owner of B&B Flowers and BP Feed Store.

Active in the community, she received the Woman of the Year award for her broad volunteer efforts. While a member of the Lion’s Club, she served as secretary and received the Jack Welch Fellow Award and the Melvin Jones Fellow Award.

Read more: Funeral Services Planned for Berta Olivarez Filut


La Joya ISD begins work on sports complex

20140901 LJISD Sports-complex-groundbreaking 3310Months after purchasing Martin Valley Ranch Golf Course, La Joya ISD is preparing to turn the property into a sports complex that could rival facilities around the state.

La Joya Independent School District has moved its plans for a $9.5 million natatorium to the land, which is now named Howling Trails Golf Course. Another $2.5 million will be used to construct soccer fields and tennis courts.

A $2 million planetarium also is planned for the golf course property.

Read more: La Joya ISD begins work on sports complex


Schools earn special recognition

20140905 school raise-handsNo longer are Texas schools designated as “exemplary” or “recognized”; under the state’s new rating system, top performing schools are listed as high-performing and high-progress.

Few campuses in the western portion of Hidalgo County earned either honor. Those that did are called Reward Schools.

A school is designated as high performing based on its reading and math performance. Graduation rates also are considered at Title I high schools. Schools are identified as high progress if they are in the top 25 percent in annual improvement or in the top 25 percent of the campuses that have shown the ability to close performance gaps.

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Mission CISD raises tax rate 3 cents

20140905 generic-schoolMission teachers will receive raises and equity adjustments ranging from $1500 to $3000 plus a 2.5 percent from midpoint pay bonus just before Christmas. Meanwhile, taxpayers will see their school taxes go up next year, and every year for the next three years if school administrators get their way.

The pay raises/adjustments for all Mission CISD employees will cost $3.75 million and the bonuses will run an additional $2.6 million.

In the Aug. 6 meeting of the Mission CISD Board of Trustees, Superintendent of Schools Ricardo Lopez pushed for a 5.5-cent tax increase this year, followed by a series of tax hikes each year until a total of 13 cents is added to the I&S tax levy. However, board members Sonia Trevino and Patty Bazaldua reined in the superintendent, instructing the staff to come back with a budget based on a 3-cent tax increase.

Read more: Mission CISD raises tax rate 3 cents


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