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Paul Rodriguez appointed to STC Board of Trustees

MCALLEN — The South Texas Board of Trustees unanimously selected on July 24 Valley Land Title Company president and CEO, Paul R. Rodriguez, to replace the late Michael Allen, who died after a long battle with cancer in 2010.

Allen represented south McAllen, southwest Pharr, Hidalgo, Sharyland, southeast Mission and Granjeno in District 3 since May 2004. Rodriguez will serve out Allen’s term, which ends in May 2016.

Rodriguez said he appreciates the board’s confidence in him.

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MCISD discusses 4.5 percent increase in insurance rates

MISSION — Representatives from Humana presented Mission Consolidated Independent School District trustees and staff with an insurance plan that includes a 4.5 percent increase in rates along with a wellness plan to reward healthy living.

The increase would be an across-the-board increase, with no change in benefits offered. In response to concerns about the plan’s fourth tier, which resulted in higher costs for people who had serious health problems like cancer or multiple sclerosis, a $100 co-pay cap was added to it, which would result in an across the board $5 dollar increase in co-pays. In the current plan, people facing this situation would have to pay up to 25 percent up to $2,500.

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Draft budget revisions improve bottom line

MISSION – After rejecting a draft budget presented by staff during a budget workshop held July 16, the Mission City Council approved a revised 2012-13 preliminary budget in a special meeting held Monday, July 30. The proposed budget of $41,081,000 is $73,590 less than the budget adopted for the current fiscal year ending Sept. 30.

The revised version of the city’s preliminary budget presented Monday included several changes designed to bring up the projected fund balance in the General Fund to an acceptable level. The new fund balance figure that is projected at the end of 2012-13  is now at $4,737,000, according to the revised numbers – up from the preliminary number of $550,000 presented by staff to the council two weeks ago. Mayor Norberto "Beto" Salinas made it clear to staff during the prior workshop that the numbers presented were not acceptable.

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Mission residents show support for Chick-fil-A

20120801 CHICK-FIL-A DAY JB 0001The Mission Chick-fil-A drive-thru lane had a continuous line of cars Wednesday, as hundreds of customers packed the restaurant for hours in support of Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day and Dan Cathy, president of the national restaurant chain.Hundreds of supporters turned out at the Mission Chick Fil-A restaurant on Wednesday, following a nationwide call to action in support of the restaurant franchise. Similar scenes played out at Chick-fil-A restaurants all across the country.

The crowds were responding to former presidential candidate Mike Huckabee's call to make Aug. 1 a Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day, as a show of support for the restaurant's president Dan Cathy, who spoke out in favor of traditional marriage recently.

Gay rights activists besieged Cathy with harsh attacks since he made his comments two weeks ago, as the national media fanned the furor.

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MPD hosts National Night Out August 7

20110802 NationalNightOut Mission JB 0110The Mission High Flyers performing at National Night Out in Mission last year as a large crowd enjoys the entertainment. Progress Times photo by Jim BrunsonMISSION – Mission Police Department, together with Mission Crime Stoppers, will host their 17th Annual National Night Out (NNO) with a big block party at 6:30 p.m. August 7, at Leo Peña Placita Park, across from H-E-B on South Conway.

Mission Police Chief Martin Garza said this is an opportunity for the community to come together and take a stand together against crime. The event also gives the community an opportunity to meet their local law enforcement and officials, said Garza.

According to NNO’s website, the event is designed to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness; generate support for, and participation in, local anticrime programs; strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships; and send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.

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Mission Schools announce school dates, registration

MissionCISD two colorMission Consolidated Independent School District (MCISD) will start their first school day as a regular/full day of school for all students, except for pre-k students who are on a half-day program. Elementary school begins at 7:40 a.m. and will release students at 3:15 p.m. Junior high schools begin at 8:15 a.m. and release students at 4 p.m. The first bell at high schools will ring at 8 a.m. High Schools let out at 3:59 p.m.

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Early voting for primary runoff ends today

Early voting in the 2012 primary runoff elections began Monday and ends today, July 27. Election day will be Tuesday, July 31.

The big runoff races are for U. S. Senator, as both Republican and Democratic candidates seek to fill the vacancy left by U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison. On the Republican ticket Ted Cruz faces Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst. The Democratic run-off is between Grady Yarborough and Paul Sadler. The winners from each respective party’s runoff will face each other in the November election.

Another important runoff in the Republican Party is between Eddie Zamora and Dale A. Brueggeman, who seek to be the party’s candidate to take on Democrat Congressman Ruben Hinojosa, District 15, in November.

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SS Administration opens Mission office

MISSION — The Social Security Administration opened a new office, located at 1013 Business Park Dr. in Mission, July 16. The office phone number is 855-245-0647.

“We are delighted to bring service to Mission area residents,” said Melody Moody, district manager.

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