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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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LJISD announces filing dates

La Joya Independent School District recently announced the filing dates for candidates that want to have their name on the ballot for the upcoming school board election on November 6. The start date for filing is July 23. Filing deadline is August 20.

Candidates can pick up applications at the LJISD central administration building located at 201 East Expressway 83, in La Joya, during regular business hours 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Applications can be dropped off in person or mailed to the same address attention to Irma Herrera.

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Palmview kicks off chamber, experiences growing pains

20120713 PalmviewChamberPresident LindaSarabia-CAB 8046Palview Chamber President - Linda SarabiaPALMVIEW – The City of Palmview has a new face; something new that City Manager Johnn Alaniz and Linda Sarabia think could help the city grow. The City of Palmview created a chamber of commerce last month.

Sarabia, the chamber board president, said businesses have been asking for a chamber. And now she has “taken the bull by the horns,” according to Alaniz.

The Palmview Chamber was officially organized last month, with the 11 board members as the only members. They are now looking bring in many more members soon by inviting local businesses to join.

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Mission EDC launches $100K small biz fund

MISSION — The Mission Economic Development Corporation and City Council unanimously approved creating Ruby Red Ventures, a $100,000 small business fund that aims to nurture entrepreneurial spirit and promote the creation of innovative business.

The idea is to encourage entrepreneurially oriented Rio Grande Valley residents to either expand or launch new ventures in Mission. Ruby Red Ventures would try to help people gain a better understanding of how to develop and follow a realistic business plan and provide forums so they can develop skills in presenting their ventures.

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City approves emergency maintenance for wastewater plant

MISSION — In a special emergency meeting of the Mission City Council July 19, the city manager authorized emergency services to repair a 48-inch main sanitary sewer line that ruptured July 18 spewing about six inches of sewage into the plant.

Public Works Director Roberto Salinas said the city is using a berm to block off the facility.

“We contained the area and had vacuum trucks come in and dispose of it at another facility,” Salinas said. “We believe it was an air pocket in the line that created corrosion. So the rupture came from the inside out.”

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Drainage manager, commissioners talk taxes on proposed bond

20120720 Drainage-BudgetEDINBURG — A little more than $10 million would go to projects in Mission if a bond referendum totaling nearly $169 million makes it to voters in November. However, officials have said that improvements to the county’s drainage system — including a series of gates to control flow — would benefit all of Hidalgo County.

While nothing is set in stone, should the bond issue get on the ballot in November, voters could have a choice between a $68 million bond issue and a $168 million bond issue, which would result in two different tax increases.

“That’s what we talked about in the workshop,” Drainage District Manager Godfrey Garza said July 18. “We’re seeking to have a final direction in the next two to three weeks.”

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