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Mission Food Pantry moves to new location

20121113 Mission Food Pantry Move AF  0045MISSION—The Mission Food Pantry has found a new home at 1400 E. Kika De La Garza loop, occupying the old Texas Citrus Fiesta building. The pantry supports feeding families in Mission and neighboring cities, not only during the holidays but year round.

Assistant Manager Joe Garcia explained this is his 11th year working with the Mission Food Pantry, along with his wife, Manager Nadine Garcia. The pantry is an organization that helps citizens who have suffered through house fires, lost their homes, or are directed to their facility through community referrals.

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Residents protest Mission annexation

“I have lived on Lucky J. Street for 26 years and have not needed any services provided by the city. The county takes care of us and we do not need to pay taxes for the city of Mission to get services we do not need.” Those words, which drew a round of applause from many seated in the audience, were from Jesse Sanchez who spoke in opposition of the planned annexation of land north of Mile 3 Road on Moorefield Road in the Monday, Nov. 13, meeting of the Mission City Council.

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Team Liberty sweeps all five La Joya school board seats

20121106 LJISD School Board Candidates CAB 0153Arnoldo Ochoa listens as Isaac Sulemana talks on the phone with Team Excellence’s campaign secretary about discrepancies at a polling location. Team Excellence candidates did not receive enough votes to take the seats on the La Joya Independent School Board. Progress Times photo by Carina A. BrunsonIt was a somber evening at Team Excellence’s campaign headquarters in La Joya Tuesday as the election results for La Joya Independent School District school board started coming in. Both Arnolodo Ochoa and Isaac Sulemana were quite surprised at the outcome.

“We were confident,” said Sulemana.

Both candidates believe there were too many issues at some polling locations and refused to surrender too quickly. Calls were coming in to them saying numbers were not adding up.

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MCISD eyes artificial turf for Tom Landry Stadium

MISSION— Over the last 40 years football field turf has changed drastically. Starting with professional football teams, Astroturf was adopted by many clubs across the country. Problems with turf injuries has caused manufacturers to develop the more modern Field Turf and RealGrass, a synthetic alternative created to mimic natural grass.

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Peñitas pushes for annexation of bordering land

PEÑITAS—The Peñitas City Council is planning to annex 940 acres of land bordering the city of 5,000 residents.

City Manager Noe Cavazos explained the tracts of land included are up to Mile 4, Tierra Blanca, and a tract south of Mile 3, to the west of the current city limits.

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Football Contest prize money grows to $1,000

2012 Football-Contest-Rack-CardThis is the final week of the 2012 Progress Times Football Contest, and the prize amount this week is now $1,000 – if someone wins the contest when the entries are scored Monday. If no one wins Monday, then the prize amount for the final week will be $1,100.

“We will give the money away to some lucky winner or winners,” said Progress Times Publisher Jim Brunson. “If no one wins the contest under the current contest rules, we will draw the names of two winners from the last week’s entries and award each winner $550.”

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Thousands of butterflies wow Texas Butterfly Festival visitors

20121026 ButterflyFestival KO 3231SISD students rewarded for reading achievement: Students from Ruben Hinojosa Elementary in Sharyland Independent School District were rewarded for their achievements in the Accelerated Reader Program with a trip to the Texas Butterfly Festival. The children’s program held at Bentsen-Rio Grande State Park introduced children to many of the species of butterflies that migrate through the Valley annually. Progress Times photo by Kathy OlivarezA preponderance of butterflies taking part in the annual butterfly migration made the Texas Butterfly Festival, held October 25-28, a great success. School children and adult butterfly lovers attended different aspects of the festival. Queens, monarchs, snouts, sulfurs, hairstreaks, swallowtails and a number of other species stopped in at the National Butterfly Center to enjoy the habitat provided for them as they journeyed south for the winter.

At Bentsen-Rio Grande State Park, children from Mission and Sharyland Independent School Districts visited butterfly gardens where they not only saw a great variety of butterflies, they learned about the life cycle of butterflies, their migration and the host plants they need to live.

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MCISD welding program offers career options

20121022 MCISD WELDING Options Academy AF  0004Wilfredo Bara, 17, and Troy Vasquez, 17, used teamwork during their afternoon welding class on Oct. 22. Welding Instructor Rolando Gonzalez said these basic skills will prep them for welding gas pipelines in oil fields. Progress Times photo by Andrielle FigueroaMISSION — Sixteen seniors at the Mission Consolidated Independent School District (MCISD) have joined a new welding program offered in partnership with South Texas College’s (STC) School to Career Academy and Dual Enrollment initiative (SCADE).

The welding program, which started in June, offers a basic welding certification that could lead to a job as an entry-level welder with salaries as high as $50,000 annually.

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