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VMHS DECA students advance to national competition

20130315 PHOTO MCISD VMHS DECA advances to nationalsMISSION—Several Veterans Memorial High School DECA members have qualified to compete at the DECA International Career Development Conference to take place in Anaheim, California in late April.

Maryah Lopez and Alejandra Martinez will compete in the Learn and Earn Project competition. Gabriel Lopez and Savannah Balderas will participate in the Entrepreneurship Project competition. Halisandra Medina and Matthew Gonzalez will compete with their advertising campaign.

Galilea Zorola was also elected as the 2013-2014 state secretary, and will help lead the 11 Texas DECA districts.


Alton council approves third judge for municipal court

ALTON—With no opponents filing for the city council positions up for election in May, the city council cancelled the city’s May 11 general election.

The council declared the incumbent candidates for Places 2, 3 and 4 unopposed, as they were the only ones who filed by the March 1 deadline.

The incumbents include Ricardo Garza - Place 2, Richard Arevalo - Place 3 and Emilio Cantu Jr. - Place 4. They are scheduled to take their oath on May 11, to remain on the council.


Gov. Perry appoints Alex Meade to Affordable Housing Board

20130315 Alex MeadeAUSTIN—Gov. Rick Perry has appointed Alex Meade III of Mission and reappointed William H. “Bill” Dietz Jr. of Waco to the State Affordable Housing Corporation Board of Directors for terms to expire Feb. 1, 2019. The board oversees the provision of affordable housing for low income Texans.

Meade is CEO of the Mission Economic Development Corporation. He is a member of the Texas Economic Development Council, Texas State Board of Plumbing Examiners, International Council of Shopping Centers, Industrial Asset Management Council, Texas Border Coalition, 281 Coalition, and I-69 Alliance. He is also a past member of the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas Oversight Committee and Advisory Board of Economic Development Stakeholders, and past interim director and manager of economic development for the Harlingen Area Chamber of Commerce. Meade received a bachelor's degree from St. Edward's University and a Master of Business Administration from The University of Texas at Brownsville.


MCISD considers $1.8 million for security changes

MISSION—Mission CISD held a committee meeting to discuss possible safety and security costs in upgrading each campus in the district, including the administration building. Assistant Superintendent for Finance and Operations Lucio Mendoza showed the committee proposed costs and purchases for the proposed campus security enhancements.

Principals were asked to fill out a report of any issues and concerns they have relative to their campuses, explained Mendoza. He added, they don’t have reports from the high schools or Mission Jr. High since a walk-through with Mission Police Department has not yet been conducted.

The most common concerns were based on entrances, fencing and rolling gates. Mendoza said their main focus has been on the purchase of magnetic locks. Magnetic locks would stay locked throughout the school day and only open while students change from class to class.


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.


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.

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.


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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