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Student caught with gun at Mission school

20130315 MCISD Rafael Cantu Jr-High CAB 0004A 13-year-old student at Rafael Cantu Junior High in Mission CISD was caught with a handgun at the school Thursday, March 7, according to Mission Interim Police Chief Robert Dominguez. The student was arrested and charged with unlawful carry of a weapon and carry of a weapon in a prohibited area.

A letter sent home to parents by the junior high principal states that administrators acted on a tip that a student had a weapon on campus. The school was put on lockdown and police were immediately called.

Dominguez said the staff did a tremendous job in how they handled the situation.

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Student caught with gun at school

A student was arrested Thursday, March 7, and charged with unlawful carry of a weapon and carry of a weapon in a prohibited area after being caught with a gun at school. The student is a 13-yr-old at Rafael Cantu Junior High in Mission Consolidated Independent School District, according to Mission Interim Police Chief Robert Dominguez.

Mission Police investigating the case believe the student was having bullying issues and had taken the gun to school as a scare tactic.

The gun belonged to a relative. According to police, the student pried open a lock to get to the gun.

Mission Police are now investigating the incident.

Dominguez said MCISD dealt with the incident correctly.

Look for more details in the upcoming issue of the Progress Times, March 15.

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La Joya to hold Home Rule Election May 11

LA JOYA—The 2013 May elections are on the horizon, as March 1 marked the deadline to file ballots for the next term. In Western Hidalgo County, only the City of La Joya will be holding an election in May.

La Joya City Administrator Mike Alaniz said the city will hold a home rule election, to determine if residents want La Joya to become a home rule city. Early voting for the May 11 election will begin on April 29.

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Former agriculture teacher Joe Correa passes away

20130308 Jose-Joe-Correa-JrLongtime Mission CISD agriculture teacher Jose “Joe” Correa, Jr. passed away Tuesday, March 5, at Adalante Assisted Living in San Antonio.

Visitation will be held at Ric Brown Family Funeral Home in Mission from 2 to 9 p.m. with a rosary at 7 p.m. The funeral mass will be Saturday, March 9, at 10 a.m. at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Mission. Burial will follow at El Toro Cemetery in San Perlita.

Correa’s lasting imprint of “service over self” was recently recognized when the district’s agriculture farm was renamed in his honor last month. A sign created by students in the welding program now stands at the entrance of the newly-designated “Jose ‘Joe’ Correa, Jr. Agriculture Science Lab.”

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Mission begins adaptive baseball for special needs children

MISSION—Mission Boys and Girls Club is forming a special baseball and softball league for children with disabilities.

The 2013 Pony Champions League Baseball and Softball is now open for applications from participants, ages 3 to 18. The league divisions include T-Ball and a Coach Pitch Division, based on skill level.

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Richard Thompson named AD of the Year

20130308 ThompsonMISSION – Sharyland ISD Athletic Director Richard Thompson was named Region VII Athletic Administrator of the Year at the Texas High School Athletic Directors Association state conference this week in San Angelo.

Members of THSADA Region VII, which comprises all Rio Grande Valley and Corpus Christi athletic administrators, chose Thompson for the award.

Thompson has spent his entire coaching career at Sharyland High School, starting as a varsity assistant football coach in 1980. Before becoming an assistant athletic director, Thompson served as the head boys track coach, head boys cross country coach and head girls cross country coach. Thompson has been the athletic director for 13 years, taking the position in 2000.

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Mission Day in Austin: Mission delegation lobbies legislators

20130308 Mission-Day IMG 3426MISSION—A select group of individuals from Mission joined together for Mission Day at the Capital in Austin on Feb. 19. The group’s mission was to share with legislators issues important to the area, including education, transportation and city elections.

This year, members from the city council, the chamber of commerce, business community, economic development corporation, Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone board and AGUA Special Utility District were in attendance in Austin.

Mission Chamber of Commerce CEO Matt Ruszczak said the trip was a great success.

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Daylight Saving Time begins Sunday

20130308 Daylight-SavingsRemember to “Spring Forward” and set your clocks ahead one hour this weekend so you don’t arrive at church an hour late.

Daylight Saving Time begins Sunday, March 10 – officially at 2 a.m. But you don’t have to wait until then to set your clocks; just set them ahead an hour before you go to bed Saturday night. You may lose an hour’s sleep, but at least you’ll make it to church on time.

Daylight Saving Time begins the second Sunday in March and ends the first Sunday in November – this year ending on Nov. 3.

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