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‘FUN WITH A PURPOSE’

Boy Scouts celebrate 101 years

20110225_Boy-Scout-troop-84_002MISSION — The skills young men learn as Boy Scouts can help them approach nearly any situation successfully, local scout leaders say.

Vidal Rodriguez, scoutmaster for Troop 83, recalled one incident during a summer camp where a scout became ill.

“The scout started showing signs of hypothermia and my troops picked up on it and stepped up to help, without me saying anything,” he said. “They knew how to react. They didn’t panic or think twice about it.”

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Census dispute likely

Mission moves to 4th largest RGV city

20110225_TEXAS-MapMISSION — The commercial boom here along U.S. Expressway 83 hasn’t just proved beneficial for sales tax or hotel-motel tax receipts in Mission, but has also moved families to call the city home, 2010 U.S. Census estimates show.

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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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