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Mission Chamber has new vision

20140708 Mission-Chamber-staff-photos AF  8956MISSION—The Greater Mission Chamber of Commerce is working in a different direction on a new vision, according to President and CEO George Myers, adding that the chamber has new programs it’s getting ready to roll out to the community.

“When I first came on board, the chamber had some issues,” Myers said. “It had gotten certainly much, much better with my predecessor Matt Ruszczak. He came in and did some real dramatic changes here.”

With new staff additions and responsibility changes, Myers said he believes his current team is one of the best formed by the chamber.

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Peñitas Public Library hosts artist Pedro Reyna

20140708 Penitas-Public-Library-Art-exhibition AF  8971PEÑITAS—Pedro Reyna said he started drawing as a child in the third grade. He would practice creating shapes when making doodles of Mickey Mouse and Superman. Now, Reyna has his artwork displayed at the Peñitas Public Library for the month of July in part with its summer program.

The 59-year-old gave a presentation to children at the library last week and instructed them how to draw specific features and how texture is added. Reyna said he hopes to instill a love for art in the children of the Peñitas community.

“They (students) were very curious to find out how some pieces were done,” Reyna said. “It’s a nice exhibition for any artist that wants to see it and get inspired.”

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Princesses and Divas fulfills many dreams

20140627 MISSION Princesses-and-Divas 2149Tucked into a retail center at the corner of State Highway 495 and Taylor Road, Princesses and Divas not only fulfills Paul and Jessica Mason’s dream of owning a business, it also helps the couple put young high school graduates to work.

“It was a magical dream come true because being in the military myself and coming from a low migrant background, it’s a dream to able to come and teach not just in the classroom, but be able to create something that you can continue on giving in the community,” Paul Mason said at a ribbon cutting last month.

The Masons, who teach at Cantu Jr. High School for Mission CISD, said they were approached by former students looking for jobs to help them pay for college.

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Tom Landry Mural sees its fourth renovation

20140630 MISSION painting-of-Tom-Landry-mural AF  8788MISSION—The Tom Landry mural has become a landmark in the city of Mission. The 95-by-18 foot tribute sits at the intersection of Conway Avenue and Tom Landry Boulevard on the north side the building owned by Bill and Gen Long.

Bill Long still recalls when the mural was just a way to keep children from spray-painting graffiti on his white building. Currently, the mural is seeing its fourth touch up in the last 20 years. The Tom Landry mural was dedicated on Sept. 18, 1995.

After being told by friends a mural would turn into a great tourist attraction, Long ran through his options of what to paint. His first thought was to create a mural of a grapefruit, but at the time, there was already dedicated art to citrus on a local building. He said he doesn’t remember how Tom Landry’s name was brought up, but he immediately knew it was the perfect fit.

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Fourth of July schedule

pt-square logoThe Progress Times, Sharyland Times and Winter Texan Times offices will be closed Friday, July 4, to allow employees to celebrate Independence Day with their families.

This week’s edition of Progress Times and Sharyland Times is being distributed Thursday, July 3.

We will resume our regular schedule Monday, July 7, and we wish all of our readers and advertisers a happy and safe Fourth of July.

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Catholic students help colonia residents

20140627 Catholic-youth-service 2066Bobby Acosta helped nail down a porch roof while 15-year-old Samantha Guerra balanced on a ladder around the corner, putting up trim.

They were two of more than 50 students who dedicated a week of their summer to working on the houses of low-income residents in Pueblo de Palmas, a small community north of Peñitas.

Last week was Acosta’s second year participating in the Catholic Youth Renovation Project in its fifth year. A Mission resident, Acosta, 14, said last year he helped install a toilet.

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Mission PD to get more officers

City-of-Mission-logoThe Mission Police Department will be able to bring in eight more officers through a federal grant that will pay 75 percent of their salaries for three years.

The Community-Oriented Policing Services grant was one of two grants for the police department approved at the Monday city council meeting.

Police Chief Roberto Dominquez said the COPS grant annually helps growing cities get an adequate number of policemen to serve their needs. The second grant, for $119,577, is a supplemental Stonegarden grant to pay overtime and purchase equipment to aid with border security.

Also Monday, the city council approved an ordinance authorizing the sale of refunding bonds for the waterworks and sewer system bonds approved in 2004. The move will result in a savings of $1,858,000 for the city of Mission. The bonds currently have a principal balance of $10,849,000.

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Educator finds love for teaching early on

20140627 SISD-Teacher Stephan-SlawsonMISSION—As a teenager, Stephan Slawson volunteered his time to help his favorite teacher with students in his campus special needs program.

Now, as the Sharyland District Teacher of the Year for secondary education, he believes the seed was planted early that sprouted his love for education.

Originally from Michigan, Slawson said that same favorite teacher was his inspiration to become an educator.

“Mrs. Hyslop is the teacher that I owe my spark and passion for working with special needs students to,” Slawson said. “Thank you Mrs. Hyslop, you had no idea how much you influenced my education, careerchoices and my life in general. Thank you for everything that you did and I wish I couldhave told you how much you meant to me.”

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