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Chamber of Commerce presents South Texas Outdoor Life Festival

MISSION – The Greater Mission Chamber of Commerce (GMCC) is organizing the first South Texas Outdoor Life Festival to be held on Saturday, Oct. 27, from 7 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. at Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park/World Birding Center.

This new all-day event will offer the community and visitors the opportunity to participate in a variety of outdoor activities from a 5K run, 1K Family Fun Run, 35-mile bike race, kayak race, community bike ride, and a 9.19-mile mountain bike race, all in one location and in one day. Each race will conclude with an awards ceremony for each of the divisions.

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LJISD could lose $100M in free lunch funding

20120411-LJISD-Healthy-School-Lunch-Program-004LJISD could lose close to $100 million for their free lunch program if “over-claims” in the school district are not controlled before the next audit in December. A fourth grade student at LJISD’s Jose Escandon Elementary School selects from a wide variety of healthy food during the lunch break in April. Progress Times photo by Doug YoungLA JOYA – La Joya Independent School District is trying to rectify problems found during state audits  of the district’s free school lunch program.  Two previous audits by the Texas Department of Agriculture—one in December and one in March—found thousands of over claim meals. If the school district fails the next audit slated for December, they could lose reimbursements for the free lunch program for five years.

According to LJISD Superintendent Alda T. Benavides, there were two different types of findings in the school lunch program audits that could affect their eligibility for the free lunch program.

The PS1 finding, which is counting and claiming, has to do with counting of meals served. If records show a district served a certain number of meals and that district submits a claim for more meals than actually served, that would be a PS1 finding.

A PS2 finding, food production records, has to do with menu planning, menu records, nutrient analysis and the supporting document that goes with it. If there is a finding with a particular menu item as to the amount served, that could cause a PS2 finding, said Benavides. The Texas Department of Agriculture can disallow all meals either at the campus or district-wide for the meals containing that particular menu item.

In either case, she said, it would cause an “over claim.”

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SISD to advertise for bids on new high school

MISSION – With plans to advertise for bids in early October to construct the new high school, the Sharyland School Board approved ranking criteria for the proposals at a board meeting Tuesday. The school district expects to open bids by Oct. 31, and present the top ranking proposals to the board during a Business Operations and Finance meeting by the first week of November, said Jesse Muniz, superintendent of business and finance.

The board will be using the same ranking methods as previous bids, but administration wanted to make sure everyone was in agreement on how to evaluate and rank the proposals.

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‘Wall of Fame’ honorees presented at Museum banquet

20120913 Mission Museum Banquet lg-52 featureMission Historical Museum "Wall of Fame" inductees. From left to right: Rev. Roy Snipes, OMI, Clark Spikes Jr., Jerry Bell, Jim Schroeder. Progress Times photo by Luciano GuerraMission Historical Museum named five local residents to the museum’s “Wall of Fame” during the annual gala banquet held Thursday, Sept. 13 at The Club at Cimarron.

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Mission Skeet and Trap Club adds outdoor handgun range

20120919 MISSION SKEET TRAP CLUB pistol range JB  0052Lester Tisdale, handgun instructor at Mission Skeet and Trap Club, shows Progress Times reporter Carina A. Brunson how to load a pistol and get it ready to fire at the club’s newly opened pistol range. Tisdale, and other staff emphasize gun safety while shooters are using the range. Progress Times photo by Jim BrunsonMISSION – What was once a sanitary landfill, the Mission Skeet and Trap Club, home of an array of outdoor shooting sports, has recently added a new covered outdoor pistol range facility for handgun enthusiasts. Visitors can now enjoy shooting in the shade at targets 3 to 25 yards away.

The club’s previous pistol range was closed down last year. Since May, the club has been working on building an enclosed area where handgun owners could practice shooting without posing any dangers to anyone else in the area. Lester Tisdale, a board member of the club and a handgun instructor, said they looked at other gun ranges across the state before deciding on what they wanted to build. The building cost approximately $50,000.

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H-E-B’s Read 3 kicks off Texas-sized book drive

Last year, H-E-B launched an early childhood literacy campaign called Read 3 with a goal to collect one million books to give to families in need and succeeded. As Read 3 approaches its one-year anniversary, H-E-B aims to collect another one million books in 2012-13, starting with a two-week book drive in all Texas stores from Sept. 12 - 25.

H-E-B is encouraging customers to drop off new and gently used children’s books in special collection bins in all stores, and is giving away 600 different children’s book titles with 15 Combo Locos and a Meal Deal.

To celebrate the event, H-E-B is planning costume story times and local author readings in each region. Visit for a schedule of events in your city or town.

A Story time with Nate the Great is planned from 1 to 3 p.m. at H-E-B Plus, Saturday, September 15. H-E-B Plus is located at 2409 E. Expressway 83, in Mission.

Books collected in stores will be donated to children in need through schools, libraries, nonprofits and H-E-B’s annual Feast of Sharing dinners. If your organization is in need of books, applications can be found at

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Citizen Awards nominations now being accepted

The Progress Times is now accepting nominations for the annual citizen awards for Mr. Mission, First Lady of Mission, Man of the Year and Woman of the Year. Nomination deadline is 4 p.m., Sept. 28.

The Progress Times oversees the selection process for the annual awards and makes the awards presentations. The awards will be presented at the Mission Chamber of Commerce banquet on Tuesday, Oct. 16 at Mario’s Banquet & Conference Center in Mission.

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Leo Club has a roaring good time fundraising

20120907 SISD BTS Family Festival CAB 0298Sharyland Leo Club sponsor Julissa Sanchez readies herself to take a shot at the dunking booth during the Sharyland Back to School Family Festival held last Friday. The Leo Club hosted the event to raise money for scholarships. Progress Times photo by Carina A. BrunsonMISSION – Sharyland High School Leo Club hosted a Back-to-school Family Festival last Friday to raise funds for scholarships that will be given out in the spring. Club members, visitors and other participants were having a roaring good time during the event.

The Family Festival featured a food competition, moon jumps, face painting, a photo booth, cakewalk, bull riding, rock wall, dunking booth and many other activities for visitors. There was also live entertainment provided by local talents, including Sharyland High School cheerleaders and dancers. Local sponsors were also at the event providing information to visitors.

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