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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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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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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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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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Mission Police challenge fire fighters in mud volleyball match

The Mission Lions Club is getting dirty. Or is that muddy?

Well, at least the volleyball team members will be getting very muddy in the community’s very first Mud Volleyball Tournament being held next weekend on Saturday, June 8, in Alton.

Eight mud pits have been prepared, courtesy of the City of Alton, and over 35 teams have signed up for what is shaping up to be an exciting competition. Highlighting the “friendly competition” is a challenge match between the Mission Fire Department and the Mission Police Department. Rosie Sterling, event chairman for the Mission Lions Club, assured that this is a “non-competitive, recreational” tournament.

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City avoids rate increase for Shary Municipal Golf Course

“I have a bad feeling about raising the rates at the golf course. We don’t want to lose our Winter Texan players,” said Mission Mayor Beto Salinas, when Paul Schaeffer, Shary Municipal Golf Pro presented proposed new rates to the Mission City Council in their Tuesday, May 28, meeting.

“Mission has a lot of Winter Texans who play our course. Having a nice golf course nearby is one of the reasons they decide to winter in Mission. They live nearby because the like the Shary Golf Course. They pay for hook-ups in parks and keep our restaurants full during Winter Texan season. They also shop in Mission,” Salinas said.

Schaeffer told the council the recommended rates were still slightly below what other golf courses are charging, but he needed to raise rates in order to buy new equipment. The only way the golf course could afford to get the new equipment needed was to raise the rates, he said.

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Students learn from Aleman’s experiences

20130531 LJISD-Teachers-of-the-Year-AlemanDalia Aleman, La Joya Independent School District’s Secondary Teacher of the Year, barely remembers living with her family in a vehicle, but does remember when times were hard for her, putting herself through school and living on $600 a month.

She doesn’t hide this fact from her students either. Aleman says she shares her own life experiences with her students. She wants them to see her as human, that she is someone’s daughter, a sister and a mother. She shares her struggles and how she got to where she is at today – with hard work.

Aleman shares how she was a divorced mother of two putting herself through school and trying to make a living.

“I tell them I know what it is like to be poor, but I also tell them that what they choose to make of their lives is up to them,” said Aleman. She isn’t afraid to tell them she had a Lone Star Card and it is okay to get help when you need it, “As long as you use it to better your life.”

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