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Benavides: LJISD won’t cut pre-k

LA-JOYA-LOGOLA JOYA — Superintendent Dr. Alda T. Benavides put many La Joya pre-kindergarten teachers at ease when she said the district has no plans to cut their program.

“The state is talking about cutting pre-k. La Joya ISD is not,” Benavides said to the full boardroom. “There will be no discussion to cut pre-k.”

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Mission Classic Car Show is this weekend

20110225_Car-ShowMISSION — One of the biggest classic car shows in the Rio Grande Valley, the eighth annual Mission Classic Car Show, comes to Mission Sports Park in The Grove at Sharyland Plantation on Saturday. Admission is free to the public.

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City of Mission dissolves MEDA

MEDAlogo_TNIn a surprising move this morning, Mission City Council voted to dissolve Mission Economic Development Authority.

The action was taken in a special called meeting of Mission City Council convened at 10 a.m. today. After a lengthy executive session in which the full council met with City Attorney David Guerra and City Manager Julio Cerda, the mayor and council unanimously voted to stop funding to Mission Economic Development Authority (MEDA) and to dissolve the organization, dedicating all functions of MEDA to MEDC (Mission Economic Development Corporation).

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Mission visits Austin

20110218_Mission-Visit-to-Austin_-IMG_6282AUSTIN — From the House and Senate floors, to legislative offices and the governor’s headquarters, over 30 representatives from the City of Mission made a trip the state capitol this week to meet with lawmakers and push the city’s key goals like improved highways and ports of entry for better cross border traffic for Mexico.

Mission Day was held in Austin on Wednesday, but on Tuesday, city officials held a reception at the Stephen F. Austin Hotel with over 100 people, including 14 state representatives.

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SISD mulls early resignation policy, probationary teachers

shraryland-logoMISSION — The Sharyland Independent School District is considering revising its early resignation policy to include all contract employees as a way to cut down on expenditures before having to terminate over a dozen probationary educators.

“We have to make some tough choices up ahead to know where we stand,” Superintendent Scott Owings said of possible terminations.

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Registration underway for Mission Classic Car Show

20110217_CAR-Show3MISSION — The eighth annual Mission Classic Car Show will be held Saturday, Feb. 26 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Mission Sports Park located in The Grove at Sharyland Plantation. Admission is free and registration is free for show participants.

Set up and sign-in for exhibitors begin at 9 a.m. and cars must be in place by noon to be eligible for $5,000 in cash and prizes, said Mindy Schroeder, show coordinator.

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Rep. Aaron Peña Expresses Condolences for Slain ICE Special Agent

20110218_ICE-Agent-Jaime-Zapata(Austin, TX) -- Another tragic death occurred Tuesday as U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Special Agent, Jaime Zapata, was attacked and killed by gunmen at a drug trafficking checkpoint between Monterrey and Mexico City. His partner, Victor Avila, was wounded in the attack and was sent back to the United States.  "Our thoughts and prayers go out to these two brave men and their families for this savage attack," remarked Rep. Peña.

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Pct. 3 water leak closes JP offices temporarily

WaterPipeMISSION — Offices for Justices of the Peace Melo Ochoa and Luis Garza are closed for the remainder of the week, following an overnight leak, officials announced Wednesday.

The leak flooded the Precinct 3 Justice Complex at 730 Breyfogle Rd. The offices are tentatively scheduled to open Feb. 22, pending the progress of the cleanup.

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