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Speer Memorial Library to host Ninth Annual Halloween Costume Contest

20131015 Halloween-Costume“I do believe in spooks, I do believe in spooks, I do, I do, I do...” If you are a believer, then join other library fans of Speer Memorial Library Children’s Department for its Ninth Annual Halloween Costume Contest. The library is located at 12th and Kika De La Garza Loop in Mission.

Lisa Rivera, Ccildren’s librarian, wants to see the most outrageous, most original and most appealing costumes at the library on Thursday, Oct. 17, at 6 p.m.   Judging will be in the categories of Most Original, Most Appealing and Best of Show in each of the four grade level categories: Pre-K, Kinder, first and second graders, third and fourth graders and fifth graders.

Participants are to pre-register before the event for further entry guidelines. A prerequisite for each entry is no grotesque or inappropriate costumes allowed. Registrations are ongoing in the department and may be received up to 4 p.m. on the day of the contest.

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Mission Food Pantry needs help

20131008 MISSION Food-pantry 0391A steady stream of people stopped in at the Mission Food Pantry on Tuesday morning as Carmen Flores continuously filled plastic grocery bags with a baggie of pinto beans, a can of corn and a can of mixed vegetables.

The pantry was formed by a group of churches in 1987, and since then, the food bank has opened several others in the area. The need is still great, said Adela Ortega, president of the food pantry’s board. Each Tuesday and Thursday from 8 a.m. to noon at a temporary location, 1400 E. Kika De La Garza Loop, about 45-100 people come for food. She estimated about 500 people are served each month.

Tuesday, most of the shelves at the pantry were bare, and Ortega said the organization’s been hurting throughout the summer. This week, more than $800 from the agency’s $7,000 budget was spent on groceries.

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MCISD Board approves almost $2.3 million for synthetic turf, track additions

MCISDlogoMISSION—The Mission Consolidated Independent School District Board approved a preliminary estimated budget of nearly $2.3 million for synthetic turf and track re-surfacing at the Tom Landry Stadium and Veterans Memorial High School Stadium on Wednesday.

During the district’s committee meetings last week, Superintendent Ricardo Lopez recommended they look at the addition of synthetic turf.

“We are having to redo our tracks at both VMHS and at Tom Landry Stadium,” Lopez said. “Because we are looking at the tracks, we need to examine whether we want to move forward on surface turf. Once we do the tracks, we are not going to tear up the track again after spending all of that money to add turf.”

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Hope reigns at MissionPink 5k

20131005 MISSION MissionPink 0269They wore tutus, fairy wings and kitten ears. They shook their maracas and blew whistles.

They created an army of pink, wearing shirts with phrases like “Big and small, save them all,” “Fight like a girl,” and “Save the rack.”

Those wearing shirts emblazoned with “Survivor” had a special place of honor and were celebrated by the more than 2,800 people who participated in the MissionPink 5K Saturday morning.

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Pro Football Hall of Fame honors Tom Landry

20131009 Tom Landry HOF Ceremony lg-18 featureMission native Tom Landry was recognized as a “Hometown Hall of Famer” during a special ceremony held at Mission High School Wednesday by the Pro Football Hall of Fame (PFHOF), Allstate Insurance Company and the community of Mission.

As the only head coach the Dallas Cowboys had for the first 29 years of their existence, Landry became widely known as one of the greatest, most innovative coaches in National Football League (NFL) history. As a result, the late Landry received the ultimate honor of being inducted into the PFHOF in 1990.

Among those present at the plaque dedication ceremony Wednesday was Landry’s only son, Tom Landry Jr., who shared a brief history of his father’s years in Mission, including his senior year at Mission High School where Landry Sr. played defense for the Eagles as well as being their quarterback and punter.

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La Joya city leaders approve TIRZ

20131007 LA-JOYA TIRZ 0410LA JOYA—The city of La Joya is moving forward with plans for a tax increment reinvestment zone first discussed in 2008.

The zone, also known as TIRZ, was approved at the Board of Aldermen’s Monday meeting. Through the zone, the city hopes to bring in more than $5 million over the next 20 years for infrastructure development, but it still must be approved by Hidalgo County Commissioners Court.

According to Lance Elliot, city consultant with TIF Services of South Texas, almost all of the property within the zone is vacant. Regardless, taxes of businesses within the zone would not be affected because it only affects new development. The money from the zone only can be used for public improvements within the zone.

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VMHS Principal battled breast cancer, 23-year survivor

20131004 VMHS-principal-Leticia-PenaMISSION—At 29 years old, Leticia Peña was leading a happy life. She had just given birth to her third child and was enjoying time with her husband.

But after delivery Peña noticed a lump in her breast. Multiple doctors told her she had nothing to fear.

Her family’s genetics proved otherwise.

“I’m a 23-year cancer survivor,” Peña said. “My journey with cancer actually began when I was a senior in high school. My dad’s sister died of breast cancer, and my mom was diagnosed shortly after.”

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Valley citrus greening quarantine expands

20131004 ACP-adults-laying-eggsMISSION—The Texas Department of Agriculture announced Sept. 24 that a new area in the Rio Grande Valley would be quarantined due to the spread of citrus greening in Mission.

In January 2012, San Juan was the first city in South Texas to find citrus greening in two groves.

The quarantined area begins at Mile 6 Road and drops south to just north of Anzalduas Park. It runs west up to Showers Road in Palmview and ends in the east at 23rd Street in McAllen.

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