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Thousands flock to Peñitas festival

20130927 Penitas-WhiteWing-Festival 1672Crowds lined up to see Los Guadalupos, children swung in a pirate ship and a car show lined the street.

Nine-year-old Yareli Olivares, of Peñitas, climbed the rock wall with a line of children behind her, waiting their turn.

“Good job!” her mom cried out as she slipped off and was dropped carefully to the ground. Olivares immediately climbed back up again, struggling to reach the top.

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MHS graduate to be honored as an Exemplary Migrant Student

20130927 Alicia-Carmona-at-commencementThe Texas Migrant Interstate Program will honor the salutatorian of Mission High School’s class of 2013 as an Exemplary Migrant Student. Alicia Carmona is one of nine students to be honored at the Association for Migrant Educators of Texas Conference in November. Carmona and the other eight honorees were selected from 126 nominations that were submitted.

Carmona is currently attending Texas A&M University in College Station. She is pursuing a degree in biomedical engineering.

The Texas Migrant Interstate Program is a special project of the Texas Education Agency designed to facilitate the intra and interstate coordination of information and services for migrant students.

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RGV soldier surprises son at Peñitas elementary school

20130920 RGV-Soldier-Surprises-sonPEÑITAS—Anthony David Garza sat at the front of the Corina Peña Elementary School cafeteria, demonstrating how to be a member of an audience for his peers Friday morning.

The kindergartner sat quietly with his arms in his lap as the La Joya Coyote mascot was led into the room and up onto the stage.

“Would you like to see your surprise?” a teacher asked Anthony.

“Yes!” he replied, swinging his legs excitedly.

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La Joya ISD to knock on drop-out doors

LA-JOYA-LOGOLa Joya ISD Office of Student Services Drop Out Prevention Division in conjunction with community volunteers, will be knocking door-to-door at homes of children who have dropped out Saturday.

Staff members from various departments, and volunteers will meet at La Joya High School cafeteria at 8:30 a.m. to organize a daylong block walking effort throughout the neighborhoods of La Joya ISD.

Volunteers from school and the community will be looking at district drop out data, identifying dropout students and visiting their homes to educate them about the importance of staying in school. This initiative is done with the goal of brining students back to the classroom and giving them the opportunity to graduate from high school.

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Peñitas White Wing Festival set for tomorrow, with Grupo Solido

City-of-Penitas-logoPEÑITAS—Grupo Solido is one of multiple attractions set up for the Peñitas WhiteWing Festival, scheduled for Saturday. Peñitas WhiteWing Festival’s Board President Homer Tijerina predicts this year’s event will be the largest so far.

“This will be our fourth year, but it’s our third year as a non-profit,” Tijerina said. “As soon as last year’s festival finished, we started planning for this year.”

More than 10 musical groups are set to perform throughout the event, including Country Roland Band, Grupo Atrapado, La Revancha, Revelado, Los Igualados, Grupo La Imagen, Grupo El Cuadro, Gabby Tamez, Alexis Chapa, Mariachi Los Lobos, Conjunto La Tradicion and Folklorico Ozamatli.

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Tom Landry Mural repairs underway

20130827 TOM LANDRY MURAL repairs JMB 0001Bill and Gen Long, owners of the building with the Tom Landry mural on Conway Ave. and Tom Landry Blvd., have received numerous inquiries concerning building repairs affecting the mural. People have asked if they are keeping the mural or taking it down.

Unfortunately, said Gen Long, the mural suffered some water damage due to seepage through the wall of the building. However, the Longs are taking steps to carefully repair the wall, making it waterproof, and then restore the mural.

Repairs to the wall were started two or three weeks ago and that part of the restoration of the mural is complete. But now, with the daily rains affecting the Mission area recently, the mural artist has not been able to re-paint the mural.

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State recognizes La Joya ISD for working with blind

20130920 LJISD Visual-disability-award 1269LA JOYA—Twenty years ago, Irma Ramirez dropped off her children at school and arrived at work when she realized she had trouble seeing one September morning.

A data entry clerk at La Joya Independent School District , Ramirez couldn’t see the words on the screen. She immediately went to a doctor who diagnosed her with Usher Syndrome, a genetic disorder affecting both sight and vision.

Ramirez’s sight went quickly.

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MCISD moves forward with high school, junior high renovations

20130913 MJH-cement-photos AF  1341 FEATUREMISSION—Mission CISD trustees agreed to move forward with improvements to both Mission High and Mission Junior High schools at a meeting last week.

Mission Consolidated Independent School District will issue requests for qualifications for renovations at the two schools.

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The high school’s construction budget is $18.2 million. Renovations for the campus have been delayed for almost five years, said Rick Rivera, executive director of facilities/maintenance/construction, and prices have risen in that time.

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