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Texas Constitution to be amended

20111021_Lone_Star_FlagEarly voting begins Monday on Propositions

The Texas Constitution, first adopted in 1876, has been amended over 400 times. State legislators are asking voters to approve ten new amendments (propositions) this fall. Early voting for the Texas Constitutional Amendment Election runs Monday, Oct. 24 through Friday, Nov. 4, with actual election day on Nov. 8.

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Regional Leaders Continue to Receive Public Comment on I-69 Development

AUSTIN—I-69 Segment Committee regional leaders agreed recently to accept public comments through the end of October, giving citizens more time to weigh in on the group’s recommendations and priorities for I-69 corridor development.

The five-member citizen’s group met last month to read the public comments received in September and decided that more input was needed. Committee members will meet in November to finalize recommendations to be submitted to the I-69 Advisory Committee.

Jim Wehmeier, I-69 Segment Two Committee chair, noted that public comment provides valuable direction for the group’s recommendations.

“Decisions are not made in a vacuum,” he noted. “The committees adjust recommendations and priorities based on citizen input. For example, the I-69 Segment Two Committee added a recommendation for a relief route in Moscow largely because of public comment.”

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TX Dot Media Advisory - October 17, 2011 - Donna

Media Advisory, October 17, 2011

East Bound US 83 – 2 Lane Closure – Donna

Who, What, Where

  • The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) Pharr District will be performing a two-lane closure on US 83 in Donna to perform roadway work.  The lane closures will be needed between FM 1423 and FM 493 to complete this work.

When

Tuesday October 18, 2011 through Friday October 21, 2011

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TX Dot Media Advisory - October 17, 2011

Media Advisory – October 17, 2011

Eastbound US 83 (Mission) – Main Lane Closure

Who, What, Where

  • The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) Pharr District will be performing a travel main lane closure on US 83 in Mission to perform bridge work.  Travel lane closure will be needed between Shary Rd. and Conway Rd. to complete this work.

When

  • Monday - October 17, 2011
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MCISD to hold ribbon cutting at Alton Elementary School

Mission CISD (Consolidated Independent School District) will hold a special ribbon cutting ceremony at Alton Elementary School on Wednesday, October 19, at 6:00 p.m.  This brief ceremony will mark the completion of a major renovation project that has transformed the school over the last 14 months.

The completion of this 2008 bond issue project represents a major milestone for one of the oldest school campuses in the district. While the original building could not be saved, the additions to the school should serve the Alton area for many decades to come. The $5.3 million project replaced almost half the campus with new buildings and classrooms, while tying in several other existing buildings. The project also allowed for the school to have an enclosed campus for the first time.

After the ceremonial ribbon has been cut, light refreshments will be served and the campus will be open for visitors to tour.

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Citizen awards honorees announced

20111011_Miss_AwardsB_095The community turned out to honor four of its top citizens Tuesday night as the annual citizen awards were presented by the Progress Times at the Greater Mission Chamber of Commerce banquet.

Long-time insurance agent Sylvia Wolf was named First Lady of Mission and retired pharmacist Ricardo Martinez was honored as Mr. Mission. These awards are for long-term service to the community.

Selected as Man of the Year was Dr. Noel O. Garza, DDS and Cuquis Cerda was honored as Woman of the Year. Man and Woman of the Year awards are for civic or church service for two or more years. All of the honorees were presented with plaques by the 2010 recipients of the same awards.

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LJISD’s truancy program goes mobile

20111014_DeviceLA JOYA — Campus police with the La Joya Independent School District hope to get truant students back in class utilizing GPS monitoring and student mentoring with a mobile phone device.

The Attendance Improvement Management System, or AIM, which was unveiled this week, assists district police and truant officers in keeping track of truant students.

Currently being used on a volunteer basis, the initiative also helps the district keep truant students from having to pay court fines for missing school.

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Child struck by auto spurs traffic safety concerns

20111014_CrosswalkMISSION — The growing population and the traffic congestion created in Mission, especially around schools, caused concerns among the Traffic Safety Committee after a child was hit at a crosswalk near Castro Elementary last month.

The Traffic Safety Committee and Mission Police Department came up with additional precautions to be used where traffic is congested around Castro Elementary and Mission Junior High. Ordinances based on these concerns were passed at Monday’s city council meeting.

Assistant Police Chief Martin Garza said the incident at Castro Elementary occurred at 7:45 a.m. on Sept. 21 when a mother dropped her child off in an area that was not in the loading and unloading zone.

The parent, who parked in a “no parking, no standing zone,” was watching her child cross the street. But she struck another child in the crosswalk at the corner of Mayberry and Citriana streets as she started to move while still watching her child. Police said crossing guards had finished their shift in watching the crossing zones, so the child was crossing by himself.

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