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The grass is greener at Martin Valley Ranch Golf Course

20120607 Martin Valley Golf lg-16PALMVIEW — It’s been said that golf’s popularity is due to the fact that it combines two favorite American pastimes: Taking long walks and hitting things with a stick. That may or may not be true, but there is certainly no denying how popular the game of golf is across the country. So popular in fact that, according to a National Golf Foundation study, there were over 25 million golfers in the U.S. in 2011.

Golf’s popularity is certainly not lost on the many Rio Grande Valley residents who play golf on courses across South Texas on a regular basis, specifically, the Martin Valley Ranch Golf Course in Palmview.

Situated on land that was purchased over three decades ago by Jack Martin, Martin Valley Ranch Golf Course (MVRGC) is a 27-hole championship course with a par 72 on the first 18 holes and a par 36 on the back nine.

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30 more feet: City council amends changeable copy sign ordinance

20120615 Changeable Letter SignMISSION—Mission City Council voted unanimously Monday, June 11, to amend the sign ordinance, increasing the size and height of changeable copy signs along the Expressway corridor.

The amendment changes regulations for changeable copy signs from a maximum height of 20 feet and a face size of 40 square feet to a maximum height of 50 feet and a maximum face size of 210 square feet.

The council members also approved a request by Bert Ogden to issue a changeable copy ground pole sign permit at 1400 E. Expressway 83. The sign Bert Ogden proposed is 49 feet, 6.5 inches tall and has a face of 203 square feet.

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Community honors Kika with 8-ft statue

20120602 KIKA STATUE UNVEILING jb 0354-featureMISSION — Eligio “Kika” de la Garza II’s first job was as a newspaper boy in the 1930’s, earning one penny for every five-cent copy of The Monitor he sold at the unpaved intersection of Conway Avenue and Business 83.

Nearly 80 years later, city leaders and community members joined forces to ensure that the former congressman will be remembered for his service.

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ROAD MONEY-City leverages funds to bring millions in road monies

The City of Mission has landed yet another road widening project while having to pay only a fraction of the total cost. Addressing the need for a major north-south corridor on Mission’s west side, the city council is pressing forward with plans to widen Inspiration Road, between Expressway 83 and Mile 3 Road to the north.

City Manager Julio Cerda said the city is paying the engineering and right-of-way acquisition costs, or about $2.6 million of the total $12.9 million cost of the project. The rest of the funding is coming from the MPO (Metropolitan Planning Organization).

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LJISD approves raises, supplemental pay

LA-JOYA-LOGOLA JOYA – Amid school budget strains and cuts, La Joya Independent School District (LJISD) has found the means to give its employees a raise and supplemental stipend pay. These two items are costing the district $6 million. The district approved the raise and stipend during a May 28 special meeting.

At the special meeting, the board approved a $400 supplemental retention stipend for all employees, with the stipulation that the employee must come back to the school district next year. The stipend pay will cost the district approximately $1.6 million.

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Shindig at MHM celebrates opening of “That’s Entertainment!”

20120608 MHM Mario-SaenzThe Mission Historical Museum is hosting a not-so-traditional shindig this Saturday from 4 to 7 p.m. for the opening of their newest exhibit, “That’s Entertainment! Movies, Music and More from the Past in Mission.”

The special party features live music by Trio Nuevo Amanecer, Carlos Guzman and renowned singer and musician Mario Saenz. The nostalgia will be sprinkled with popcorn and Cokes at throwback prices, food vendors and a preview tour of the new exhibit designed by Maria Hurtado.

“In a time before computers, video on demand, or MP3 players, the citizens of Mission had to leave their homes to find entertainment,” said Casandra Karl, MHM director. “Although…a small community at that time, venues for movies, music and other diversions were prolific, and people had a lot to choose from when it came to entertainment.”

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Teaching at a place they call home

20120608 MCISD Aaron-Clemons Teaching HomeFor a small group of teachers in Mission Consolidated Independent School District, their very first day of work may have given them a sense of déjà vu because while they are walking the hallways as teachers now, they once walked the same hallways as students.

More than 40 teachers responded to an email earlier this school year indicating they are now teaching at a school they once attended as a student. The responses to the email are a testament to the heart and commitment of all Mission CISD educators. The responses are also more than we should include in one story and so the decision was made to create more than one story — of their stories. We will begin with the Mission CISD high schools.

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We Remember: Mission reflects on fallen soldiers

20120528 MEMORIAL DAY Service Jose Lopez DiegoMontoya JB  0051-nodataA standing room only crowd of family, friends, veterans and a police honor guard gathered on Memorial Day to pay honor to Mission’s sons who lost their lives in Iraq or Afghanistan. They filled Leo Peña Placita Park nestled in the heart of downtown Mission to hear words of remembrance, gratitude and honor.

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