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Local communities plan safe Halloween events

20131025 halloweenWith Halloween just around the corner, local cities, fire departments and police departments are working double time to create spooky yet safe activities for citizens and their children.

Alton’s fire and police department have made a collaborative effort this year for a Halloween Haunted House, according to Alton Assistant City Manager Steve Peña. Located at the old fire department off of Alton Boulevard on Mile 5, thiswill be the first time the city of Alton has a haunted house.

“Both the fire and police chief have a lot of experience from doing these types of activities in other towns,” Peña said.

Assistant Fire Chief J.J. Salinas said they have received a lot of support from the community and local businesses, including sponsors. He added the haunted house is scheduled to be open on Halloween evening from 6-10 p.m. at 207 W. Main Ave.

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Progress Times names new editor

20131025 Julie-SilvaJim Brunson, publisher of the Progress Times, has named Julie Silva as editor of the newspaper serving Mission and Western Hidalgo County.

Silva is a veteran of print journalism since 2005, having served Central Texas, Laredo, Corpus Christi and the Valley as an editor and reporter. In 2004 Silva earned a bachelor's degree in mass communications from Texas State University-San Marcos.

Most of Silva’s career has been spent in Laredo at the Laredo Morning Times, where she served in several roles in her seven years, including reporter, city editor and managing editor. She said she feels that border town life opened her eyes to the wide range of stories waiting to be told, whether it is breaking news, enterprise reports or features on the people that make up the color of a community.

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City of Peñitas holds public hearing for use of CDBG funds

City-of-Penitas-logoPEÑITAS—The Peñitas City Council opened up their special called meeting on Tuesday with a public hearing to discuss the use of funding from the Urban County Program for 2014. The Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) are distributed to cities across the county through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

City Manager Oscar Cuellar said he anticipates an allocation of approximately $278,900 based on last year’s funding. The city manager said there is no guarantee on the amount.

The funds can be used from anything to public facilities needs (health, child care, youth and neighborhood facilities), city improvements (flood drain, water, sewer and street) and public service needs (Senior services, special needs services, youth services).

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Junior high robotics team makes HESTEC final four

20131025 HESTEC-robotics-teams-jr-highsMISSION—For the first time, Mission Consolidated Independent School District had junior high school students compete in robotics Sumo-Bot challenge at the annual Hispanic Engineering, Science and Technology Week (HESTEC) held at the university of Texas Pan American. 

These first-timers beat out many other junior high and high school teams to finish in the top five. Students from as far away as Laredo participated in the robotics day events.

The competition involved 60 teams made up of middle schools and high schools. Out of those 60 teams, 15 were middle school teams. Mission CISD was represented in this competition by two teams comprised of migrant students from Alton Memorial Jr. High School, K. White Jr. High School, and R. Cantu Jr. High School. 

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Mission football players unite to beautify cemetery

20131012 MCISD Football-service 2439GRANJENO—On and off the field, the Mission Veterans Memorial High School football team’s philosophy is “One heartbeat.”

Injured or in full health, 65 players flooded the Granjeno Cemetery on Saturday morning to clean it up in act of unity and community service. The cemetery made the news weeks before because it had become overgrown through age and neglect. A crew came in the week before the team and cut most of the grass, but there still were weeds and a lot of debris for the boys to remove. The historic site dates back to 1872 and is home to the bodies of several men who served in the Civil War.

Jerry Garcia, defensive lineman, hurt his shoulder in a game the week before, but was still able to hold open bags and lend a hand when needed, even if his teammates gave him a hard time about his lack of flexibility.

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New Mission police chief has heart for community

120131015 MISSION Police-chief 2755Robert Dominguez first realized he wanted to be a police officer as a sophomore at Edcouch-Elsa High School.

His underage friend who borrowed another friend's cherry red Gran Torino during school and was pulling back onto campus when he was pulled over by a trooper with the Department of Public Safety.

"Somehow with that arrest, seeing that trooper and that car and so forth, that got me interested in law enforcement," Dominguez said.

He graduated high school in 1981 and went on to earn a degree in criminal justice from Pan American University. In March 1987, he started his career with the Mission Police Department.

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Mission chamber eyes future with excitement

20131015-Mission-C-of-C-and-PT-Awards-Banquet- dy-028Working together was the theme of the night as Mission business leaders gathered Tuesday to celebrate the year’s successes and eyed the future with excitement.

At the Greater Mission Chamber of Commerce annual banquet, Board Chairwoman Sandra Vecchio, or RV Contractors, handed over the reins to incoming Chairman Rob Neagle, managing partner of Chili’s. The chamber always strives for excellence, Vecchio said, adding that she expects to see continued growth with Neagle at the helm.

“I’ve always envisioned the Mission Chamber of Commerce as the lighthouse of the community in which it serves,” Vecchio said. “Our success is not ours, but yours.”

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Citizen Awards celebrate unsung community leaders

20131018 Citizen-Awards-Composite featureFor more than 30 years, Progress Times has honored community members who helped build Mission and serve residents through the annual Citizen Awards.

Tuesday night at the Greater Mission Chamber of Commerce banquet held at Mario’s Banquet and Conference Center four more residents joined the illustrious group. Heather Broughton Marks was honored as the 2013 Woman of the Year, Richard Hernandez was named Man of the Year, Beatriz Tijerina was presented as the First Lady of Mission and Ben Olivarez was honored as Mr. Mission.

The awards, kept secret until the presentation, were presented by Jim Brunson, Progress Times publisher, who at times became choked up with emotion while giving the heartfelt biographies of this year’s honorees.

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