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City of Alton writes off $281,520 in sewer fees

ALTON—The City of Alton Commission on April 9 approved write-offs of $281,520 in past-due, uncollected sewer fees. The fees have accumulated since 2005, and had never been billed by Sharyland Water Supply, which had made the monies presently uncollectable.

“This is basically a cleaning of the books that was recommended by our auditor,” City Manager Jorge Arcaute said. “It creates a more accurate record; we don’t want to live under the illusion that we are going to get this money at some point.”

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MCISD committee considers $18,500 change order

MISSION—The Mission Consolidated Independent School District Facilities Committee met on April 3, to discuss the status of projects under the 2008 Bond Program. In August 2011, ERO Architects was approved to design the roofing repairs for six projects under the program.

The six roofing projects include repairs for Bryan and Salinas Elementary Schools, a re-roof overlay for K. White Jr. High, Waitz Elementary, and R. Cantu Junior High School; and a complete re-roof for Roosevelt Alternative School and Options Academy.

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VMHS students bring home top awards at state Math/Science competition

MISSION—Veterans Memorial High School students returned from the recent state Texas Math and Science Coaches Association (TMSCA) meet with plenty of awards, including some state champions. The team placed second in the 4A division.

The Calculator Applications team members placed first at this state competition. The Number Sense team placed second. The Math team placed third, while the Science team placed seventh.

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Alton throws first pitch of baseball season

20130327 Alton Baseball Opening AF 0021The Alton Spring baseball season started on March 27 through the Alton Sports Authority organization. Carlos Garza with Alton Sports Authority hosted the ceremony.

In attendance were Public Works Director Rudy Garza, Commissioner Place 4 Emilio Cantu Jr. and Alton Chamber of Commerce Board President Felipe Gomez. Garza explained the mission statement for the organization was to serve young athletes, the families and the border community. He added its major effort was to provide opportunity for young athletes to achieve their maximum potential athletically.

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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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