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Mission Lions host Mud Volleyball

20130608 Mud Volleyball Tourney lg-05Let the games begin!

Mud volleyball games, that is.

The Mission Lions Club is hosting the Second Annual Mud Volleyball Tournament this Saturday, beginning at 9 a.m. City of Alton crews have already begun preparing the mud pits for the event featuring good, clean family fun. It will be staged on Conway Avenue across the street from the Alton City Hall.

Some 48 teams are expected to participate in the all-day event, including a re-match of last year’s face-off between Mission Police and Mission Fire Department. Mission High School and Veterans Memorial High School will both be fielding teams, as well.

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La Joya works to revitalize business by offering USDA loan

city-of-la-joyaLA JOYA—Mayor Jose A. “Fito” Salinas and the La Joya Economic Development Board of Directors are working together to stimulate economic growth in the business community of La Joya.

As part of their many efforts, the EDC is offering the Revolving Loan Fund Program funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The Revolving Loan Fund Program was established to assist small businesses to access low interest loans to help with the expansion of a current business or to start a new business.

The minimum loan amount is $10,000 and the maximum is $150,000. These loans may be used for working capital, start-up cost, construction, repair and renovation, purchase of property and purchase of equipment.

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Mission EDC/EDA to reassess Royal Technologies incentives

20140425 MISSION Royal-Technologies 1732The new Royal Technologies plant was expected to cost about $15 million when the partnership between the city of Mission and Royal Technologies originally was announced.

But as workers finish up the new facility, the price tag at the end of eight years is expected to hit between $35 and $40 million and the company, headquartered in Michigan, is expecting to hire three times as many employees than originally anticipated.

“We have to satisfy our customer needs, so what started out as a smaller project ended up being much larger,” said owner Jim Vander Kolk. “Part of our expansion here is growth for the future.

Mission Economic Development Corporation and Economic Development Authority agreed to hold a public hearing May 22 to discuss increasing the incentives originally planned for the Royal Technologies plant.

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Mayor objects to home occupation permit

City-of-Mission-logoA request for a conditional use permit for a home occupation daycare on 24th Street in Glasscock Village was approved in spite of opposition from Mayor Beto Salinas during the Monday meeting of the Mission City Council.

Salinas later said he opposes businesses in residential subdivisions in general.

The Planning and Zoning Commission approved the permit for one year with no opposition. Operating hours would be 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. with a maximum of 12 children, from infants to age 12.

However, three women from the adjacent subdivision for people aged 55 and older appeared at the council meeting to oppose the permit.

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STC Theatre celebrates Shakespeare’s anniversary

STC-logoSouth Texas College Theatre will conclude the spring 2014 season with its production of William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” to commemorate the bard’s anniversary. The production will run Friday and Saturday, May 2 and 3 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, May 4, at 2 p.m., at Cooper Center Black Box Theater on the Pecan campus in McAllen.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream tells the tale of a quartet of mismatched lovers and a gaggle of hapless actors that cross paths with the king and queen of the fairies, entangled in their own domestic dispute. A wondrous forest brimming with possibilities sets the scene for Shakespeare's spectacular tale, exploring the inexplicable magic of falling in love and the wonder of waking up from the sweetest of dreams.

General admission tickets cost $5. The May 4 performance will be interpreted in American Sign Language by interns from STC's Interpreting Training Program.

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Mission mayoral candidates face off at forum

20140422 Mission Mayoral Forum lg-04 featureMISSION—As a Mission mayoral candidate Jaime Gutierrez prepared to introduce himself during a public forum Tuesday night, opponent Dr. John Guerra asked to make a quick statement, grabbing the microphone.

“I think that the mayor should have been here,” Guerra said. “I’m just saying that this is inappropriate, very inappropriate for me to answer these questions, and the mayor may be able to take things away from us.”

All three candidates, Gutierrez, Guerra and incumbent Norberto “Beto” Salinas were invited to answer questions in a public forum hosted by the Progress Times at Speer Memorial Library.

The candidates were asked questions covering their top three issues in the city, campaign costs and the amount of hours they would devote to Mission if elected as mayor.

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Sharyland ISD adopts new election process

sharyland-logo-copy-1Sharyland ISD voters have the opportunity Monday to ask questions about the new voting system adopted by the district in February.

During this election, voters will revert back to the traditional “one man-one vote” format used by most governmental entities.

Until this year, one voter could cast multiple votes for the same person, depending on how many seats were up for election. For example, if two seats were up, a voter could cast two votes for one person or one vote for two candidates. It’s called a cumulative system.

The district adopted the cumulative system after it was sued in 1996 by the League of United Latin American Citizens, which was concerned about the available opportunities for Hispanics to win a place on the board.

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Juarez Lincoln High School FFA members heading to state competition in May

20140425 ADVANCING-LIVESTOCK-JUDGING-TEAMLA JOYA—Juarez Lincoln High School FFA members will be attending state competition after competing in this year’s Area 10 Career Development events in the livestock contest.

The following individuals placed ninthout of 66 teams in Area 10 and are one of only five teams that will be advancing to state. The group is representing the entire Rio Grande Valley at the Texas State FFA Convention.

The team will be competing at Texas A&M University College Station, on May 3. Competing is Victor Castorena, who ranked 18th out of 247 contestants. He was the team’s high point individual and will also be making his second trip to state.

Ashly Bell will also be attending;she ranked 19thand will also be making her second trip to state. Other team members are: Nigel Reyes, Adriana Ruvalcaba and Cindy Mendez as alternate.

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