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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.

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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.

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USA Today features Mission’s church dogs

20120127_Snipes_Dogs_0491MISSION — USA Today ran a story this month about Rev. Roy Snipes, the popular priest at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, and his dogs who attend Mass, confessions and other church functions. The national newspaper said the dogs help to put people more at ease and “open hearts wider to receive the good father’s message.”

In a telephone interview with the Progress Times this week, Snipes fondly recalled his first dog assistant, Magna, whom he adopted over 25 years ago.

“Magna adopted me in Starr County,” he said. “She was the foundress of all this.”

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TxDOT resurfacing Conway Ave.

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MISSION — Construction crews began a road maintenance project on Conway Avenue in the downtown area this week. Texas Department of Transportation officials said the work should take about two weeks to complete.

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LJISD makes first float for Citrus Fiesta parade

20120120_LJISD_Float_Construction_dy_003LA JOYA — The cool air was filled with excited chatter as float committee members gathered around the 35-foot flatbed trailer that was going to be used for La Joya Independent School District’s first float to be displayed at the Texas Citrus Fiesta Parade of Oranges on Jan. 28.

For most of the committee members, this was the first time they had seen the trailer.

Irma Neti said it was very exciting to see what they have to work with.

“Our vision is coming together,” she said.

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Courthouse committee discusses layout

20110916_Hidalgo-County-SealEDINBURG —Members of the Hidalgo County Courthouse Master Plan Committee met on Wednesday to see layout and site ideas to bring to Hidalgo County commissioners in the next few months when the plan is complete.

During the group’s third brainstorm session, officials discussed the current progress of the project and announced that the ideas discussed will be presented to the general public at four “Precinct Community Forums” starting Feb. 15.

Before beginning the session, consultant Brian Godinez reminded committee members that a meeting held last month between county officials and the City of Edinburg where ERO Architects produced a preliminary draft of the courthouse designs was to update Edinburg officials, “our clients,” on the project.

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SISD hires new SHS principal

20120120_PrincipalWilsonMISSION — During this week’s board meeting, Sharyland Indepdendent School District trustees hired a new principal for Sharyland High School. Diamantina Chapa retired in December.

Cynthia Sandoval-Wilson, current principal at B.L. Gray Junior High, was selected by board members Tuesday to be the new principal. B.L Gray Junior High recently received a Blue Ribbon Award. Wilson had been a principal at B.L. Gray for nearly seven years. She will start as the new principal on Feb. 1.

Wilson said she looks forward to building a team approach at the high school, but she would also miss B.L. Gray.

“I do see the staff as my family,” she said. “I am looking forward to going to the next level.”

Wilson said she wants to see every student become successful and prepared for post-graduation.

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MCISD takes lessons from RGV school incidents

MCISDlogoMISSION — As disturbing as the recent rash of school safety issues in the Rio Grande Valley have been, Mission Consolidated Independent School District (MCISD) officials, like many others, are using each incident as a tool to make possible improvements to MCISD school safety.

“While we try to make the best plans possible and take appropriate measures to deal with many different safety scenarios, there is always something else that can be tweaked to make those plans better,” said Dr. Cornelio Gonzalez, superintendent. “Each time there is an incident like those of recent days, we take a look at the specifics of the event and then look at ourselves, our plans, our procedures (and) our buildings. Often times, we find something to improve upon.”

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