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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.

Mission High School

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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U.S. Senator Cornyn and U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar visit with RGV officials

20130905 Cornyn-visit AF  1194MISSION — U.S. Senator John Cornyn emphasized the need to shorten delays at border bridges during a recent visit with area leaders.

Hiring more staff at border bridges is necessary to decrease delay times for vehicles when crossing the border, Cornyn said, adding delays cost the U.S. economy almost $8 billion, and by 2020 that amount would rise to $15 billion if changes were not made.

“We all understand that it is very important to have personal safety and security,” Cornyn said. “But it’s also important that people have jobs.”

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Road to national competition leads through the State Board of Education

20130913 MHS-FFA-parliamentary-practiceMembers of the Mission High School FFA Chapter Parliamentary Procedure Team already were excited to be the first parliamentary team from the Rio Grande Valley to take the state title and advance to national competitions.

Now their preparation for the national competition will take them on a side trip to Austin for yet another honor.

Tom Maynard, a member of the State Board of Education, invited the group of nine students to perform a parliamentary procedure problem demonstration in the Texas Senate Chambers and also for the State Board of Education.

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MHS students finish NASA Aerospace Scholars program

20130906 MHS-NASA-aerospace-scholarsMISSION—According to Mission High School seniors Flor Benavides and Jasmine Garza, the Texas High School Aerospace Scholars program sponsored by NASA was a lot of hard work, but well worth the effort. They were encouraged to apply for the program by their then physics teacher, Eric Gutierrez.

The program offers students a one-of-a-kind experience to help them explore the possibilities of a Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) related major or career. Students participate in online space exploration studies; participate in an online community including chat sessions with subject matter and NASA engineers/scientists and research about leading STEM professionals. The program concludes with a six-day residential summer experience at the Johnson Space Center in Houston.

Benavides and Garza said they were nervous about attending the summer session in Houston, but quickly discovered a competitive, but very supportive atmosphere they found challenging and very rewarding.

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State Rep. Muñoz kicks off Overweight Vehicle Corridor in Mission

20130830 Sergio-Munoz-visits-Anzalduas-Bridge AF  0017MISSION—State Representative of District 36, Sergio Muñoz Jr. visited the Anzalduas International Bridge on Aug. 30 to promote the passage of House Bill 474. The bill went into effect on Sept. 1 and covers approximately 25 miles in Hidalgo County where overweight trucks bringing goods from Mexico will be allowed.

The Texas and Mexico have different weight limit regulations for trucks transporting goods. Mexico allows trucks to carry 125,000 pounds, while Texas has an 80,000 pound weight limit. Prior to the new regulation truck drivers crossing from Mexico would have to stop and separate their loads into other vehicles before crossing the border bridge Hidalgo County.

This legislation allows trucks to proceed to Texas from Mexico without having to divide loads. The bill is predicted to reduce the amount of the trucks on the road, save industries time and money and promote economic development.

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Former Mission officer receives grant from Ruby Red Ventures program

20130903 ruby-Red-Ventures-Jose-Cruz AF  0008 featureMISSION—Jose Cruz started his security business from his home in Mission in 2009. Having previously served as a Mission police officer for 10 years, his interest in working with security technology came from experience.

Cruz has spent the last 20 years in law enforcement, including work with the Palmview PD, Hidalgo PD, and Hidalgo County Constable Precinct 3. He also spent two years with the United Nations handling operations and intelligence overseas.

The former police officer just received a $10,000 grant for his business Scorpion Security Consultant, from the Mission Economic Development Corporation through the Ruby Red Ventures program. Ruby Red Ventures is a program developed by the MEDC to foster entrepreneurial ventures in Mission.

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Mission citizen awards nominations now open

20130906-Citizen-Awards-Tim-Brown featureJim Brunson, publisher of the Progress Times, announced today that nominations are now open for the annual citizen awards for Mr. Mission, First Lady of Mission, Man of the Year and Woman of the Year. Nominations will be accepted until 4 p.m. on Sept. 27.

The annual awards will be presented at the Mission Chamber of Commerce banquet on Tuesday, Oct. 15 at Mario’s Banquet & Conference Center in Mission. This is the ninth year the citi­zen awards presentations are to be made at the chamber banquet. Previously, the Pro­gress Times coordinated the annual Mission Awards Show­case banquet where the awards were presented annually since 1981.

“The Mission Chamber has been a great partner, not only with the Progress Times, but on behalf of the entire community, as we have worked together in honoring those in our community who have given extraordinary service to the community,” said Brunson. “The citi­zen awards give the commu­nity an opportunity to recog­nize the hard work and dedica­tion of our leading citizens who have helped make Mis­sion a stronger, more vibrant community."

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‘We’ll make it happen’ - Mission inventors show determination

20130830 Sam-Shipp-Ruby-Red-Ventures AF  0006 featureSam and Jennifer Shipp, of Mission, are not your typical couple. While they may look typical and they are very pleasant in conversation, there is much more to them than meets the eye.

Meet Sam and Jennifer Shipp—inventors, entrepreneurs.

After obtaining his MBA from Idaho State University a few years ago, Sam moved to the Valley so the newly-married couple could be close to Jennifer’s family. But he soon found that even with an MBA, the salaries in the Valley were not what he needed to raise a family.

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