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City of Mission Annual Tree Lighting Celebration starts today

MISSION—The 23rd Annual Mayor’s Christmas Tree Lighting is scheduled today, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Leo Peña Plazita. Parks & Recreation Administrative Assistant Jennifer Zamora explained the turnout each year has been successful, and 400 - 600 bags of candy are distributed to attendees.

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State helps school districts that miss AYP standards

MISSION—School districts across the state have had difficulty meeting Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) standards, especially with the most recent changes in 2011.

With 56 percent of schools in Texas missing AYP for the 2011-2012 school year, according to the Texas Education Agency (TEA), schools are trying to better equip their campuses for the Texas assessment exam that will require a 100 percent passing rate in 2013. The required passing rate for 2011-12 was 87 percent for English Language Arts and Reading (ELA), and 83 percent in Mathematics.

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Residents fight annexation by City of Mission

Monday, area residents came out to protest a proposed annexation of their homes and property by the City of Mission. One resident presented Mayor Norberto Salinas with a petition with almost half of the area’s 280 to 300 property owners attesting their opposition to the annexation. Most said the tax burden would be more than they could bear.

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Flu vaccines encouraged by County Health Department

HIDALGO COUNTY – Hidalgo County Health and Human Services recently began a push to make sure residents are vaccinated for the flu. According to Eddie Olivarez, Hidalgo County Health and Human Services Chief Administrator, Hidalgo County flu numbers are similar to what they were in January last year.

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Kops for Kids accepting toys

MISSION – Kops for Kids is now accepting new toys that will be donated to needy families just before Christmas. Collection boxes are now located at many area Winter Texan parks and schools.

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Buckner provides Thanksgiving dinner for local colonias

20121117 PENITAS Buckner feeds colonia 0112Volunteers help serve a hot turkey dinner to colonia residents at the Buckner Community Transformation Center. Buckner served meals to area families and gave them a meal to take home.PEÑITAS—Children and parents stood on a makeshift stage here, Saturday evening, and expressed what they were most thankful for at a festival held at the Buckner Community Transformation Center. Attendees enjoyed a hot turkey dinner with hundreds of their neighbors and friends.

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Bannworth and CWV Parks see long awaited completion in December

MISSION—Long-awaited parks improvements at Bannworth Park on Shary Road and CWV Park on South Mayberry, are nearing completion, according to Mission City Manager Julio Cerda. The projects include a new indoor swimming pool and a separate gymnasium building at Bannworth Park. The Mayberry Pool at CWV Park has undergone extensive refurbishing and a new gymnasium has been added next door. The gyms will serve as satellite locations for the Mission Boys & Girls Club.

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K. White Jr. High may restructure to meet federal mandates

MISSION—The Mission School Board last week approved a restructuring plan for the Kenneth White Junior High campus. The action was taken in response to federal No Child Left Behind Act mandates to make improvements at the campus, which has failed to meet AYP (Adequate Yearly Progress) test score requirements for four consecutive years.

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