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Mission EDC/EDA to reassess Royal Technologies incentives

20140425 MISSION Royal-Technologies 1732The new Royal Technologies plant was expected to cost about $15 million when the partnership between the city of Mission and Royal Technologies originally was announced.

But as workers finish up the new facility, the price tag at the end of eight years is expected to hit between $35 and $40 million and the company, headquartered in Michigan, is expecting to hire three times as many employees than originally anticipated.

“We have to satisfy our customer needs, so what started out as a smaller project ended up being much larger,” said owner Jim Vander Kolk. “Part of our expansion here is growth for the future.

Mission Economic Development Corporation and Economic Development Authority agreed to hold a public hearing May 22 to discuss increasing the incentives originally planned for the Royal Technologies plant.

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Mayor objects to home occupation permit

City-of-Mission-logoA request for a conditional use permit for a home occupation daycare on 24th Street in Glasscock Village was approved in spite of opposition from Mayor Beto Salinas during the Monday meeting of the Mission City Council.

Salinas later said he opposes businesses in residential subdivisions in general.

The Planning and Zoning Commission approved the permit for one year with no opposition. Operating hours would be 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. with a maximum of 12 children, from infants to age 12.

However, three women from the adjacent subdivision for people aged 55 and older appeared at the council meeting to oppose the permit.

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STC Theatre celebrates Shakespeare’s anniversary

STC-logoSouth Texas College Theatre will conclude the spring 2014 season with its production of William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” to commemorate the bard’s anniversary. The production will run Friday and Saturday, May 2 and 3 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, May 4, at 2 p.m., at Cooper Center Black Box Theater on the Pecan campus in McAllen.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream tells the tale of a quartet of mismatched lovers and a gaggle of hapless actors that cross paths with the king and queen of the fairies, entangled in their own domestic dispute. A wondrous forest brimming with possibilities sets the scene for Shakespeare's spectacular tale, exploring the inexplicable magic of falling in love and the wonder of waking up from the sweetest of dreams.

General admission tickets cost $5. The May 4 performance will be interpreted in American Sign Language by interns from STC's Interpreting Training Program.

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Mission mayoral candidates face off at forum

20140422 Mission Mayoral Forum lg-04 featureMISSION—As a Mission mayoral candidate Jaime Gutierrez prepared to introduce himself during a public forum Tuesday night, opponent Dr. John Guerra asked to make a quick statement, grabbing the microphone.

“I think that the mayor should have been here,” Guerra said. “I’m just saying that this is inappropriate, very inappropriate for me to answer these questions, and the mayor may be able to take things away from us.”

All three candidates, Gutierrez, Guerra and incumbent Norberto “Beto” Salinas were invited to answer questions in a public forum hosted by the Progress Times at Speer Memorial Library.

The candidates were asked questions covering their top three issues in the city, campaign costs and the amount of hours they would devote to Mission if elected as mayor.

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Sharyland ISD adopts new election process

sharyland-logo-copy-1Sharyland ISD voters have the opportunity Monday to ask questions about the new voting system adopted by the district in February.

During this election, voters will revert back to the traditional “one man-one vote” format used by most governmental entities.

Until this year, one voter could cast multiple votes for the same person, depending on how many seats were up for election. For example, if two seats were up, a voter could cast two votes for one person or one vote for two candidates. It’s called a cumulative system.

The district adopted the cumulative system after it was sued in 1996 by the League of United Latin American Citizens, which was concerned about the available opportunities for Hispanics to win a place on the board.

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Juarez Lincoln High School FFA members heading to state competition in May

20140425 ADVANCING-LIVESTOCK-JUDGING-TEAMLA JOYA—Juarez Lincoln High School FFA members will be attending state competition after competing in this year’s Area 10 Career Development events in the livestock contest.

The following individuals placed ninthout of 66 teams in Area 10 and are one of only five teams that will be advancing to state. The group is representing the entire Rio Grande Valley at the Texas State FFA Convention.

The team will be competing at Texas A&M University College Station, on May 3. Competing is Victor Castorena, who ranked 18th out of 247 contestants. He was the team’s high point individual and will also be making his second trip to state.

Ashly Bell will also be attending;she ranked 19thand will also be making her second trip to state. Other team members are: Nigel Reyes, Adriana Ruvalcaba and Cindy Mendez as alternate.

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Alton Memorial Jr. High ranks in state robotics competition

20140425 AMJH-4th-place-state-robotics-teamMISSION—Out of 60 teams competing at the Texas Computer Education Association State competition, four from Mission CISD placed in the top 20.

The Gold Robo-Rangers of Alton Memorial Jr. High School took fourth place in their first year of competition.

Robert Granados, mathematics teacher and robotics coach, said through intense after school practice and mock trials, students worked hard for their success. He explained they would cover design and create mock competitions, which helped students prepare.

“We like to teach our students no matter where you come from you can keep up with everyone else,” Granados said. “We are very honored. It is rewarding to be competing with schools who have been doing it for years and we took fourth place.”

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Palmview races remain heated coming into early voting

City-of-Palmview-LogoEarly voting hasn’t yet begun, but it’s been an active week for both slates gunning for office in the city of Palmview.

Candidates and supporters with Palmview Leadership spent the night outside city hall Monday night after they heard Palmview Proud would be setting up their tent the next day.

Tuesday morning there was no tent, but the candidates were called into the interrogation room in the police department to discuss the city’s newly adopted electioneering ordinance and loitering.

Candidates for Palmview Leadership are Joe Chapa for mayor, Mario Garza in Place 1, Alejandro Cantu in Place 2 and Albino Villarreal in Place 4. All of whom have never run for an elected office before.

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