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Secretary of State visits Progress Times

20121002 Texas Secretary of State Esperanza- Andrade Visit 0004Texas Secretary of State Hope Andrade with Progress Times Publisher Jim Brunson. Progress Times photo by Sean DowneyTexas Secretary of State Hope Andrade stopped for a deskside visit with Progress Times Publisher Jim Brunson Tuesday morning. Andrade was making a trip through the Rio Grande Valley this week to encourage people to get out and vote.

She wanted to remind local residents that the deadline to register to vote in the upcoming general election is Tuesday, Oct. 9.

For people who are not sure if they are registered, she offered a helpful solution.

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SISD school bus accident

A Sharyland Independent School District school bus was involved in a minor accident this afternoon. 

The bus was at 495 between Shary and Taylor Rd. when a car ran into the right front passenger side of the bus. Police and EMS were called and each child on the bus was examined for injuries. No injuries were reported.

Students were transferred to another bus and transported home.

New Team RGV Flash to Debut New Season Starting November 2012

RGV Flash Cardinals webHIDALGO, TX—The State Farm Arena today announced the newest member to it’s family of professional sports teams, the Professional Arena Soccer League’s Rio Grande Valley Flash. The announcement of the Flash completes an expansion for the PASL that has seen the league's ranks swell from 12 to 19 teams as it heads into its fifth season of play.

The Flash will be operated by Monterrey Flash owner Gerardo Guerra Lozano. The Monterrey Flash are founding members and subsequent champions of the Liga Mexicana de Futbol Rapido. The Flash and the PASL's San Diego Sockers faced each other in last year's FIFRA Club Championships, with the Sockers winning by a narrow margin.

"We welcome the opportunity to be a part of the fastest growing futbol rapido (arena soccer) league in the US," said Lozano. "State Farm Arena will be a great venue to showcase PASL arena soccer."

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Chamber of Commerce presents South Texas Outdoor Life Festival

MISSION – The Greater Mission Chamber of Commerce (GMCC) is organizing the first South Texas Outdoor Life Festival to be held on Saturday, Oct. 27, from 7 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. at Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park/World Birding Center.

This new all-day event will offer the community and visitors the opportunity to participate in a variety of outdoor activities from a 5K run, 1K Family Fun Run, 35-mile bike race, kayak race, community bike ride, and a 9.19-mile mountain bike race, all in one location and in one day. Each race will conclude with an awards ceremony for each of the divisions.

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LJISD could lose $100M in free lunch funding

20120411-LJISD-Healthy-School-Lunch-Program-004LJISD could lose close to $100 million for their free lunch program if “over-claims” in the school district are not controlled before the next audit in December. A fourth grade student at LJISD’s Jose Escandon Elementary School selects from a wide variety of healthy food during the lunch break in April. Progress Times photo by Doug YoungLA JOYA – La Joya Independent School District is trying to rectify problems found during state audits  of the district’s free school lunch program.  Two previous audits by the Texas Department of Agriculture—one in December and one in March—found thousands of over claim meals. If the school district fails the next audit slated for December, they could lose reimbursements for the free lunch program for five years.

According to LJISD Superintendent Alda T. Benavides, there were two different types of findings in the school lunch program audits that could affect their eligibility for the free lunch program.

The PS1 finding, which is counting and claiming, has to do with counting of meals served. If records show a district served a certain number of meals and that district submits a claim for more meals than actually served, that would be a PS1 finding.

A PS2 finding, food production records, has to do with menu planning, menu records, nutrient analysis and the supporting document that goes with it. If there is a finding with a particular menu item as to the amount served, that could cause a PS2 finding, said Benavides. The Texas Department of Agriculture can disallow all meals either at the campus or district-wide for the meals containing that particular menu item.

In either case, she said, it would cause an “over claim.”

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SISD to advertise for bids on new high school

MISSION – With plans to advertise for bids in early October to construct the new high school, the Sharyland School Board approved ranking criteria for the proposals at a board meeting Tuesday. The school district expects to open bids by Oct. 31, and present the top ranking proposals to the board during a Business Operations and Finance meeting by the first week of November, said Jesse Muniz, superintendent of business and finance.

The board will be using the same ranking methods as previous bids, but administration wanted to make sure everyone was in agreement on how to evaluate and rank the proposals.

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‘Wall of Fame’ honorees presented at Museum banquet

20120913 Mission Museum Banquet lg-52 featureMission Historical Museum "Wall of Fame" inductees. From left to right: Rev. Roy Snipes, OMI, Clark Spikes Jr., Jerry Bell, Jim Schroeder. Progress Times photo by Luciano GuerraMission Historical Museum named five local residents to the museum’s “Wall of Fame” during the annual gala banquet held Thursday, Sept. 13 at The Club at Cimarron.

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Mission Skeet and Trap Club adds outdoor handgun range

20120919 MISSION SKEET TRAP CLUB pistol range JB  0052Lester Tisdale, handgun instructor at Mission Skeet and Trap Club, shows Progress Times reporter Carina A. Brunson how to load a pistol and get it ready to fire at the club’s newly opened pistol range. Tisdale, and other staff emphasize gun safety while shooters are using the range. Progress Times photo by Jim BrunsonMISSION – What was once a sanitary landfill, the Mission Skeet and Trap Club, home of an array of outdoor shooting sports, has recently added a new covered outdoor pistol range facility for handgun enthusiasts. Visitors can now enjoy shooting in the shade at targets 3 to 25 yards away.

The club’s previous pistol range was closed down last year. Since May, the club has been working on building an enclosed area where handgun owners could practice shooting without posing any dangers to anyone else in the area. Lester Tisdale, a board member of the club and a handgun instructor, said they looked at other gun ranges across the state before deciding on what they wanted to build. The building cost approximately $50,000.

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