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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.


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


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.


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.


SISD second high school plans moving forward

20120907 SISD New High School Site PlanMISSION – Sharyland Independent School District officials reported to the school board Tuesday that plans are moving along for the construction of the proposed second high school for the district. Groundbreaking for the new campus, located at Shary Rd. and 6 ½ Mile Line, is expected to take place within two months.

The school district is still waiting for some details to be finalized before starting construction on the site, letting out bids for the new high school is still planned for late September. The district is currently under contract for an additional five acres where a homestead is still sitting within the piece of property and an additional quarter-acre on the west side of proposed high school complex to be used for the exit onto Glasscock Road. The reason for this acquisition is due to major power line anchors in the path of the proposed exit. These two items are expected to be complete within the next two weeks.


Mission citizen awards nominations now open

Jim Brunson, publisher of the Progress Times, has announced that nominations are now open and will be accepted until 4 p.m., Sept. 28 for the annual citizen awards for Mr. Mission, First Lady of Mission, Man of the Year and Woman of the Year.

The annual awards will be presented at the Mission Chamber of Commerce banquet on Tuesday, Oct. 16 at Mario’s Banquet & Conference Center in Mission. This is the eighth year the citi­zen awards presentations are to be made at the chamber banquet. Previously, the Pro­gress Times coordinated the annual Mission Awards Show­case banquet where the awards were presented annually.


City Planning Director Sergio Zavala retires

20120827 MISSION Sergio Zavala retires JB 0007MISSION—Sergio Zavala, director of planning for the City of Mission, announced his retirement this week. His last day on the job is today.

“I’m ready,” said Zavala during a break in the Mission City Council meeting Monday. “I’ve been thinking about it pretty much all year. Retirement thoughts have been coming more often and stronger.”

He said he was leaving on a positive note, and was particularly pleased to have completed updating a wide array of city ordinances and codes over the summer months.


Hospital Intersection Re-opening in 3 Weeks

20120829 CONSTRUCTION PalmhurstPlaza CVSpharmacy Conway BryanRdOverpass JB 0075North-south traffic on Bryan Road crossing Expressway 83 has been re-routed since the underpass bridge was demolished in March this year. However, TxDOT engineer Ryan Burch told the Mission City Council Monday that the intersection would be open to north-south traffic by the second or third week of September. Two lanes in each direction will then be open crossing under the expressway. Vehicles trying to access Mission Regional Medical Center from the north side of the expressway have had to detour to Conway, cross under the expressway and drive back to Bryan Road.

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