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LJISD, area police crack down on truancy

20110311_LJISDCasanovaLA JOYA — La Joya Independent School District’s (LJISD) Isidro Casanova is making the rounds with businesses within the school district to gain support for the Student Safe Return Program.

Casanova, who serves as the LJISD attendance/truancy supervisor, and LJISD Chief of Police Raul Gonzalez, met last week with police departments from Sullivan City, La Joya, Peñitas and the Hidalgo County Sherriff’s Office to discuss how all entities can work together to keep school-age children in the classroom.

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MEDA to discuss merger with MEDC

MEDAlogo_TNMission Economic Development Authority (MEDA) will meet Wednesday, Mar. 9 at 5:30 p.m. to again discuss the Mission City Council’s order to dissolve MEDA and move its operations under the direction of MEDC (Mission Economic Development Corporation).

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US Refurbishing Mosques

islam-religion_TNThe Obama administration Department of State is using our tax dollars to pay for refurbishing Mosques around the world -- and provide them with the Internet -- while our nation continues to go deeply into debt.

Atlanta TV station reports:

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Council removes Roseland as MEDC board president

logo_MEDCMISSION — Nearly a dozen days after the Mission City Council voted to disband the Mission Economic Development Authority, moving its work under the city-controlled Mission Economic Development Corporation, city leaders have made yet another change to the group by removing the MEDC board president.

On Monday, the council voted to remove Joe Roseland from the MEDC board after serving on the board for almost 15 years. Roseland said he was previously asked to resign from the board.

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County, RMA tangled…again

image002_thumbEDINBURG — A question of eligibility for a few appointed members of the Hidalgo County Regional Mobility Authority could not only negatively impact the group’s work on the project, but also affect the organization’s ability to hold onto $80 million in funding for the venture by stalling its progress.

Late last month RMA Chairman Dennis Burleson sent letters to Hidalgo County Commissioners and RMA board members about the need to ensure that all the members appointed fit the qualifications under a petition sent to the Texas Department of Transportation Commission for the board’s creation.

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Mission councilwomen barred from MEDA executive session

MEDAlogoTwo Mission City Councilwomen were barred from participating in an executive session of the board of directors of Mission Economic Development Authority (MEDA) on Thursday, Feb. 24. The meeting of the MEDA board was called to discuss the action taken by Mission City Council on Feb. 18 ordering an immediate stoppage of funding to MEDA and the dissolution of the independent corporation.

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Boy Scouts celebrate 101 years

20110225_Boy-Scout-troop-84_002MISSION — The skills young men learn as Boy Scouts can help them approach nearly any situation successfully, local scout leaders say.

Vidal Rodriguez, scoutmaster for Troop 83, recalled one incident during a summer camp where a scout became ill.

“The scout started showing signs of hypothermia and my troops picked up on it and stepped up to help, without me saying anything,” he said. “They knew how to react. They didn’t panic or think twice about it.”

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Census dispute likely

Mission moves to 4th largest RGV city

20110225_TEXAS-MapMISSION — The commercial boom here along U.S. Expressway 83 hasn’t just proved beneficial for sales tax or hotel-motel tax receipts in Mission, but has also moved families to call the city home, 2010 U.S. Census estimates show.

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