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Alton breaks ground on new Fire Station

20130328 Alton Fire Station Groundbreaking 5781ALTON—City of Alton officials gathered at the empty lot just south of Alton City Hall on March 29 to break ground on the new Alton Fire Station. Mayor Salvador Vela gathered with councilmen and city staff on the property, while signage was mounted representing the beginning of construction.

Alton Fire Chief Javier Garcia said he was excited about the new building, and added the morale would definitely boost within the city’s fire fighter staff.

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Rash of building fires causes concern in old Mission

20130329 USA Sports Fire CAB 0015MISSION – Four recent fires—all in a three-block area between Oblate and Keralum Avenues, off 9th Street—have spurred a bit of concern for the Mission Fire Department. While only two of the fires related, there is something to be learned from all four of them.

Two fires have occurred in unoccupied, abandoned buildings. Both buildings have been torn down since the fires.

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UVAL opens new building

20130329 UVAL RibbonCutting CAB 0032MISSION — The Upper Valley Art League celebrated the opening of its new building, Art Link, last week with artists, friends, as well as chamber and community members.

Many of those in attendance were artists, UVAL members, teachers or regular visitors.

The name Art Link has a dual purpose said Gloria and Keith Dietrich as several league members had a different name in mind.

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LJISD employees given choice on paycheck option

LA JOYA – At this week’s La Joya Independent School District board meeting, board members voted to give employees a choice of whether they want to be paid bi-weekly or monthly.

The district had conducted a survey where 1,356 employees casted their votes. Of those votes, 625 (46 percent) employees preferred to be paid on a monthly basis and 731 (54 percent) employees preferred to be paid on a bi-weekly basis. Professional and para-professional employees were surveyed.

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Alton Commission reallocates $195,000 in Urban County funds

ALTON—The Alton City Commission approved a budget and program amendment for Urban County Funding during their March 26 meeting. Assistant City Manager Steve Peña explained they hoped to utilize remaining surplus funds from previous years.

The total remaining funds from Street Improvements projects in 2009 -2011 and Section 108 line item, repayment from a loan component under Housing and Urban Development Funding, is $195,331.

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Mission mayor objects to high cost for developer

MISSION—Mayor Norberto “Beto” Salinas argued that a property developer should have some assistance from the city on the project in constructing a lift station for its commercial development, which includes an apartment complex.

“It’s too much money that has nothing to do with construction,” he said at Monday’s Mission City Council meeting.

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T-Mobile employees give Boys & Girls Club facelift

20130321 B&GClub Extreme Makeover AF  5336MISSION—Eight selected Mission Boys & Girls Club members ran excitedly, from room to room through a newly painted and furnished club building last Thursday. A large painted space ship seems to fly off the wall in the front entrance and polka dots decorate the hallways to individual playrooms.

The facelift to the Boys and Girls Club building was provided courtesy of 150 T-Mobile employee volunteers who converged on the club last Thursday, performing a one-day, sweeping makeover of the facility. The volunteers repainted rooms, added painted murals, prepared flower beds and created outdoor games for the children. The club also received new furniture, school supplies, books and games.

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S.W.A.T. - Mission PD trains special tactics unit

20130326 MPD-SWAT SD 5858 featureMISSION — The Special Weapons and Tactics, better known as SWAT, teams are a common staple on television. They carry shields and batons going into dangerous riots, geared up and ready to run into a house to apprehend a suspect and rescue hostages.

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