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MOSTH hosts annual Pioneer & Ranching Crafts Day

SOC_MOSTH_PioneerDays_Leo-LopezEDINBURG — The heritage of South Texas and Northeastern Mexico will be celebrated with authentic crafts, food, music, performances, demonstrations, and family-friendly activities at the annual Pioneer & Ranching Crafts Day on Saturday, Feb. 18, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. the Museum of South Texas History, 200 N. Closner Blvd.

New to this year’s event is Texas Parks and Wildlife with a “Feed the Birds” activity for kids to make and take home for free. Kiddie-sized train rides will be running to commemorate the establishment of Valley towns as the railroad was built in the early 1900s.

Read more: MOSTH hosts annual Pioneer & Ranching Crafts Day


SISD superintendent resigns

scott-owings-1MISSION — One week since Sharyland Independent School District board extended Superintendent Scott Owings’ contract, the board accepted his resignation.

Local media has reported the resignation comes at the heels of allegations of sexual harassment at a recent conference.

The resignation of Owings will be effective June of this year.

Read more: SISD superintendent resigns


BorderFest names Sen. Hinojosa Border Texan of the Year

20120203_PT_Sen_HinojosaHIDALGO — Mission native state Sen. Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa was selected as BorderFest’s Border Texan of the Year 2012. He was chosen for his contributions to the border region.

The festival’s committee and City of Hidalgo leaders honored Hinojosa on Monday. Lt. David Dewhurst, who was last year’s honoree, was also present at the event.

He will later be honored at a reception dinner that raises money for scholarship programs of Hinojosa’s choice. Officials said the benefit dinner has raised over half a million dollars for Rio Grande Valley students.

Hinojosa, who represents District 20, which covers Hidalgo, Brooks, Jim Wells and Nueces counties, said he was humbled and honored by the recognition.

BorderFest officials said they selected Hinojosa based on his dedication to bringing economic and educational benefits to the region he serves.

“Over the years, we’ve been recognizing people who give unselfishly” and without expectations, said Hidalgo Mayor David Franz.

Read more: BorderFest names Sen. Hinojosa Border Texan of the Year


Royal Court announced for 76th Texas Citrus Fiesta

20120203_PT_TCF_Coronation2_JB__1417The Neuhaus Gym stage was decorated with masks, ribbons and purple, green and gold feathers on Jan. 26 as beautiful duchesses, family and friends waited for the announcement of the new royal court for the Texas Citrus Fiesta.

The duchesses took the walkway one last time to do their promenade wearing simple, elegant gowns to gowns full of ruffles and layers adorned with beaded accents. They wore gowns of bright reds, yellows, golds, greens and blues. Some duchesses wore pastels of yellow, gray, periwinkle, purple, pink and green. The colors blended with each other on stage to make a rainbow of colors and glittering jewels to go with the Mardi Gras theme of this year’s Texas Citrus Fiesta.

Read more: Royal Court announced for 76th Texas Citrus Fiesta


Partnership makes role models out of students

20120131_STC_LJISD_CABLA JOYA — Speakers present at the South Texas College Teaching Center this week all agreed that even though it was cloudy and dreary outside, it was a sunny day for the La Joya Independent School District.

STC announced this week that they would be expanding their services at its La Joya Teaching Center. The expanded services will include more courses and offering these courses to not only students and employees, but to the community as well.

Read more: Partnership makes role models out of students


County holds off on salary adjustments for courts

20110916_HidalgoCountySealEDINBURG — Nearly 10 district courts here asked Hidalgo County Commissioners to approve salary adjustments for staff totaling over $36,000.

Over $10,000 of that was requested from indigent defense.

The salary adjustments were mostly for court coordinator and assistant coordinator raises, according to the requests the court was set to vote on this week.

Adjustments were at least $1,600 increases and at most $9,000 in indigent defense for the program manager’s salary.

Read more: County holds off on salary adjustments for courts


Notice to political candidates

Filing deadline for upcoming school board elections in Mission and Sharyland is March 5 and 6, respectively. It is the policy of the Progress Times that the filing deadline is also the deadline to submit candidacy announcements for the news section of this newspaper.

In accordance with this newspaper’s policy, we will not publish political announcements submitted to our office after the filing deadline for that particular election, other than paid advertisements.

The deadline to submit announcements by candidates running in the March primary is 5 p.m., March 5 for Mission and 5 p.m. on March 6 for Sharyland candidates.

Read more: Notice to political candidates


MCISD trustees discuss their toughest decisions

20120127-Mission-CISD-Board-Appreciation_dy-033MISSION — Texas schools have had to adjust their budgets in preparation for limited funding from the state and federal governments and along the way, school board trustees have had to make some of the most difficult decisions from maintaining school programs to whether a district can offer its staff a pay raise.

For trustees in the Mission Consolidated Independent School District (MCISD), making tough decisions includes taking from their professional lives to make choices for the school district and its students.

Read more: MCISD trustees discuss their toughest decisions


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