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City of Peñitas is planning more annexations

PEÑITAS—The City of Peñitas met at a special meeting on Feb. 19, approving a resolution to begin planning another round of annexations in 2013. In December 2012 Peñitas annexed 1,300 acres, including 457.9 acres of voluntary annexations.

Finance Director Oscar Cuellar said the city is allowed to annex just under 500 acres for the year 2013.

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STC’s 2nd Annual Spring Break Stampede 5K/10K walk/run set for March 2

20130222 STC spring-break-stampede-run-2012South Texas College will hold the 2nd Annual Spring Break Stampede 5K/10K walk/run on Saturday, March 2 at Bentsen Palm Community Park, located at 1801 S. Inspiration Blvd. in Mission.

“Last year’s event was a success and we’re excited to continue this year,” said STC Student Activities and Intramurals Coordinator and race event co-organizer Armando Ponce. “The race is for everyone and for all ages. It’s an event that the whole family can enjoy and participate in. You can walk or run. The main thing is to have fun doing it.”

The race is sponsored by STC’s Health & Wellness Center, and includes 15 men’s and women’s divisions from age 10-and-under to 75-and-over. The pre-registration entry fee is $15 for the general public and $10 for STC affiliates, or $20 the day of the event.

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SISD super’s contract extended

20130222-Sharyland-ISD-Dr-Virgina-Richter-004MISSION – Sharyland Independent School District School Board members approved the extension of School Superintendent Dr. Virginia Richter’s contract during a special meeting this week.

A Sharyland native, Dr. Virginia Richter was hired with a three-year contract in July of 2012 after serving as an administrator with Pharr-San Juan-Alamo school district for 24 years.

Although no specifics of her contract were discussed, board members did approve extending her contract for an extra year.

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Mission Classic Car Show rolls into town Saturday

20130222 MISSION CAR SHOW JB 0027The much-anticipated 10th Annual Mission Classic Car Show will be held Saturday, Feb. 23, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Mission Sports Park, located in The Grove at Sharyland Plantation. Over $5000 in cash and prizes will be given away to the winners in five different categories.

While pre-registration is closed, car buffs can still register their cars the day of the show. “Just come over to the registration tent and sign up,” said Mindy Schroeder, show chairman. Registration is free, as is show admission and parking.

This show has grown rapidly to become one of the largest car shows in South Texas. An estimated 10,000 to 15,000 people attend this car show each year. And the show typically draws over 250 classic car entries from several states.

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Sharyland rolls out Bring Your Own Device

Sharyland ISD is rolling out the district’s new Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) initiative this week. They plan to start the initiative at the high school and add another campus every three to five school days in phases.

Sharyland Superintendent Virginia Richter said this would make it easier to recognize any issues that might come up such as slow speeds and overloading problems that might arise with an influx of students on their Wifi access.

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MHS field house to cost $1.3M more than Veterans

20130222 Mission High School Field House MapMISSION— On, Feb. 13, the Mission Consolidated Independent School District Board approved the final plans for the Mission High School field house. Executive Director of Maintenance, Facilities & Construction Ricardo Rivera explained the project was accelerated so the new facility will be ready before football season.

“We are trying to get this project started, that way it will hopefully be completed by next summer and before football season, next year,” Rivera said.

EGV Architects is the company working on the project; the proposed 16,000-foot field house has been designed to include a weight room, treatment room, boys and girls facilities with laundry rooms, and offices.

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Pioneer and Ranching Crafts Day is Feb. 23

EDINBURG – A new artisan and a special dance performance have been added to this year’s Pioneer and Ranching Crafts Day at the Museum of South Texas History set for Saturday, Feb. 23, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The event features traditional crafts, food, music, and dance from South Texas and Northeastern Mexico. Horse hair braiding, quilting, woodworking, spinning, weaving, and numerous other crafts will again be featured.

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Joe Correa Ag Science Lab dedicated

20130216 MCISD AgFarm Dedication AF 0019MISSION—Members of the community and Mission Consolidated Independent School District joined together last Saturday to celebrate the dedication of the MCISD Agriculture Science Lab in honor of Jose “Joe” Correa Jr. Correa, who dedicated 32 years to the district and the City of Mission.

Superintendent Dr. Cornelio Gonzalez said the event was a big step for the district, and a historical time.

“This is an opportunity to honor a person who had a tremendous impact on a lot of students,” Gonzalez said.

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