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Mud Volleyball Tournament is Saturday

20130604 MUD VOLLEYBALL Lions Police vs Firemen JMB 0004 FEATUREThe public is invited to enjoy the friendly competition at the Mission Lions Club Mud Volleyball Tournament Saturday, beginning at 9 a.m. and continuing throughout the day. The event, being held at 4 3/4 Mile North Conway, will have a number of food booths provided by local non-profit organizations.

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Clarke found a home in teaching

20130607 SISD-Teach-of-the-year-Melissa ClarkeMISSION — Melissa Clarke, a second-grade teacher at Lloyd and Dolly Bentsen Elementary in Sharyland Independent School District, said the first time she was in front of a class, she knew she was home.

Clarke was recently named SISD’s Elementary Teacher of the Year.

She graduated from a bible college in Pennsylvania in 1985. She thought she would then go into teaching, but she got married, moved and had kids. She decided to stay home and raise her children and go wherever the family led her.

It wasn’t until years later she found herself in the McAllen area, divorced, with nothing to do. She didn’t know anyone and didn’t have a job.

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Mother’s devotion inspires daughter

20130607 SISD-Teach-of-the-year-Dianne SmedleyMISSION — Dianne Smedley says her mother’s devotion to teaching and coaching is what inspired her to follow in her footsteps.

Smedley was recently named Sharyland independent School District’s Secondary Teacher of the Year.

Growing up, Smedly witnessed the influence her mother made in the lives of her students. She also saw the rewards her mother received.

Her parents gave her the foundation she needed to be successful and the confidence to lead by example, she said.

In her college years she began volunteering, helping coach junior high basketball and track at a local school.

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Palmview to annex 900 acres

PALMVIEW—The City of Palmview is considering moving forward an annexation of approximately 900 acres of land.

The territory proposed for the annexation, if approved, will extend the city south of U.S. Highway 83.

A public meeting will be held at the Palmview City Hall Council Chambers on June 14 at 4:30 p.m., where community members can address concerns over the annexation.

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MCISD reviews salary study

MISSION — The Mission Consolidated Independent School District (MCISD) board received a presentation from Compensation Consultant Luz Cadena with the Texas Association of School Boards.

“We’ve taken a very serious look in terms of the compensation review process, we started it earlier in the year,” Mario Solis, the assistant superintendent for human resources and student services said. “Part of the issue that we wanted to address, over the last several years we were not having any type of pay raises due to financial issues and the changes in funding for school districts.”

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MRA discuss Conway Streetscape Project

MISSION — The Mission Redevelopment Authority approved the reimbursement agreement between Mission and the MRA for the $1million Conway Streetscape Project on Tuesday.

Executive Director Ricardo Perez explained a survey of Conway Avenue has already started, which has put the project in motion.

Juan Delgado, a representative with SpawGlass Contractors Inc, said he had met with City Manager Martin Garza, the Planning Department and the architect for the project to discuss options of how the project would flow and a potential project schedule.

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Ian Warshak inspires students at baccalaureate service

20130523 BACCALAUREATE jmb 0056 featureGraduating seniors from Mission, Veterans Memorial and Sharyland High School received a powerful life lesson last week. Baccalaureate speaker and Mission High alumnus Ian Warshak shared his experience of an illness last year that forced amputation of both legs and all of his fingers, putting him and his family through unexpected trials.

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Brenda Ochoa’s first love was attending school

20130531 LJISD-Teachers-of-the-Year-OchoaBrenda Ochoa, La Joya Independent School District’s Elementary Teacher of the Year, has always loved school. She said she remembers rushing to catch the school bus every morning. She was unconditionally devoted to school.

“The gravel road that separated my residence in Peñitas and the yellow school bus stretched out to what seemed like infinity,” says Ochoa.

Her mother’s voice would linger in her thoughts throughout the day, “Always try your best, mija.”

Ochoa grew up as the second oldest of seven children. By being the second child, she says she developed patience, listening skills and multi-tasking attributes.

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