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MCISD Implements New Notification System

MCISDlogoMISSION — The Mission Consolidated Independent School District is joining a growing number of school district in utilizing a mass calling/notification system. District officials recently announced that Superintendent Dr. Cornelio Gonzalez sent a pre-recorded test message to some parents and instructional staff announcing the new system called SchoolMessenger.

District officials said they hope this new system will improve communication between the schools and parents.

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SISD: Getting fit starts with education

MISSION — At the recent Sharyland Independent School District board meeting, members stressed the importance of fitness and the role it plays in a student’s academic success.

The school district uses a program called FitnessGram. It serves as a tool to provide a student and parent with personal information that can be used in planning a fitness program and develop motivation to take care of their health.

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Palmview says fraud allegations are politically motivated

PALMVIEW — Hours after the Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office Public Integrity Unit announced it had been investigating allegations that Palmview officials had been misusing a city-owned credit card for personal use, city officials pointed to candidates who recently lost their bid for a spot on the board of alderman as the culprits.

Palmview Police Chief Christopher Barrera, in a press conference on Monday, said the investigation was suspicious.

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Chamber banquet outlines new initiatives

FredKurth_thumbMISSION — Mission and its retail sector are poised for greatness despite the tough economic climate, said Fred Kurth, the 2010-2011 chairman for the Mission Chamber of Commerce.

Kurth explained the chamber’s goals and initiates at the group’s annual banquet last week where the group also introduced the president/CEO Matt Z. Ruszczak.

“We have a growing retail base,” Kurth said, explaining that the group would return its focus to its members.

With that focus, the chamber will reintroduce and reenergize programs like seminars and mixers to help chamber members improve their businesses with the help of local colleges and universities. The chamber will also increase its advertising to highlight members, Kurth said.

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Citizens Awards honors community service

20101022_CitizenAwards_thumbMISSION — Four people from Mission were awarded last week for their contributions to the community – together offering a total of almost 100 years of service.

The Progress Times presented the awards at the Mission Chamber of Commerce’s annual banquet. Honoring hard work and dedication, the recipients are chosen by past recipients of each award, using nominations from the community. Anyone who lives or works in Mission is eligible for the award.

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