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Learning the art of Citrus Fiesta

20130109-Girl-Scouts-Citrus-Fiesta-Product-Costume-005 featureMISSION—The Annual Texas Citrus Fiesta Product Costume Show has been around for decades, a competition that isn’t like any other, Girl Scout Troop 162 leader Rosie Olivarez said. Scouts, from her troop and neighboring troops, between the ages of eight and 17 have participated, though it is no easy task.

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Mission native Mikey Lopez signs with MLS

20130111 Lopez Mike UNC small FEATUREMISSION – At just 19 years old, Mission native and University of North Carolina star midfielder Mikey López is living his childhood dream of becoming a professional soccer player.

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Last Chance to Register

The deadline to register for entering the annual Mission Quilt Show is Saturday, Jan. 5. The show will be held at the Mission Historical Museum Annex, located at 200 E. Tom Landry. Show dates are Jan. 12 through Feb. 9.

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County Commissioners approve $631,000 in pay hikes, new positions

In a special meeting held New Year’s Day, the Hidalgo County Commissioners Court approved $631,000 of the approximately $1.9 million in salary increases and new positions asked for in their final meeting of 2012. Other requests will be reconsidered during their January 8 meeting.

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Mission native named Miss Hidalgo County 2013

20130104 MISSION native named Miss Hidalgo County 2013 AF -(photo-credit)RockyLozanoPhotographerMISSION—Cycling, pageants and education are three passions that fuel the life of Miss Hidalgo County 2013, Maritza Jimenez. The Mission native has received the title of Miss Hidalgo County 2013, an opportunity she has been hoping for, for the last three years.

Jimenez was born in Harlingen, and moved to Mission at 5 years of age. She graduated from Mission High School and attended Southwest Texas State (Texas State University-San Marcos) and the University of Texas-Pan American (UTPA).

Currently, Jimenez works at UTPA as an academic advisor for the Migrant Program. Jimenez admits she started in pageants to cure her shyness as a child.

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PHS’s Mariachi and Folklorico groups chosen to perform in Inaugural Parade

20130104 PHS-mariachi-folkloricoThe Palmview High School (PHS) Mariachi “Los Lobos” and Grupo Folklorico “Ozomatli” groups will bring a Hispanic flare to the 57th Inaugural Parade in January. The Palmview Lobos were chosen to perform for Barack Obama from nearly 2,800 marching bands, musical acts and drill teams that applied to be part of the historical event.

“The talented groups chosen to participate in the Inaugural Parade reflect the spirit, values and diversity of our great nation,” President Barack Obama said in a statement released by the Presidential Inaugural Committee. “Vice President Biden and I are honored to have them join us in the parade.”

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Mission area top stories for 2012 in review

February 10, 2012

One week after Sharyland Independent School District board extended Superintendent Scott Owings’ contract, trustees accepted his resignation. The resignation letter stated Owings resigned due to state budget cuts and not receiving a raise in the past two years. Owings resignation was also at the heels of allegations that he harassed two female school officials at a Texas Association of School Administrators conference. His resignation was effective as of June 2012, but Owings’ last month present with the district was February.

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MCISD Migrant Program pushes college readiness through robotics project

20121215 MCISD Alton JRhigh Migrant Robotics program AF  0029 featureMISSION— Migrant students are spending their Saturday mornings in school – learning about robotics, math and engineering.

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