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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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Mayor says no to providing lighting for ETJ

City-of-Mission-logoA request for the city of Mission to provide streetlights to colonias in the city’s extraterritorial jurisdiction within 10 years met with a resounding no from Mayor Norberto “Beto” Salinas at the Monday, April 14, meeting of the city council.

Planning Director Daniel Tijerina presented a resolution for the lights on behalf of La Union del Pueblo Entero (LUPE).

But Salinas took exception to the implication of the resolution the city of Mission did not have streetlights in some residential areas. He told Tijerina Mission already has streetlights in all residential areas.

The mayor also said he would not agree to provide streetlights in extraterritorial jurisdiction areas until those areas are annexed into the city. It is illegal to spend city tax money to provide services for people who were not inside the city, the mayor said. Salinas said the county is in charge of improvements in the rural areas. Paying for lighting in rural areas not a part of the city is not the responsibility of the city, he stated.

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Mission mayoral candidates speak at political forum

20140422 Mission Mayoral Forum lg-06Political newcomers Dr. John Guerra and Jaime Gutierrez, both running for Mission mayor, had the chance to discuss their platforms at a political forum for Mission mayoral candidates hosted by Progress Times on Tuesday. Incumbent Mayor Norberto "Beto" Salinas sent a letter ahead of the forum stating he had prior commitments.

For full coverage of the forum, pick up Friday's edition of Progress Times.




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Business 83 at Interstate 2/U.S. 83 Expressway complete closure

City-of-Mission-logoBusiness 83 at Interstate 2/U.S. 83 will be closed from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays until Thursday, April 24, according to the Texas Department of Transportation.

Traffic will be diverted onto the frontage roads on the expressway, and drivers are asked to follow the signs. 






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Mission stadium gets a facelift

20140411 MCISD-Tom-Landry-Stadium-removal-of-track AF  0036 FEATUREEarly Friday morning at Tom Landry Stadium, chunks of field grass and track were torn up by construction machinery. In an estimated 90 days, Mission CISD will see a brand new turf field and track. The Mission Eagles statue already has been removed and will be replaced on the east side of the field with the Veterans Memorial High School Patriot at either side of the scoreboard.

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Family finds strength in tragedy

20140410 MISSION Crime-Victims-Week 1719 featureJuan “J.J.” Sanchez was just 15 when he lost his big sister in an accident involving a drunken driving.

Nine years later, Sanchez and his family showed up in full force to remember Jessica Sanchez during the National Crime Victims Week event hosted by the Mission Police Department. But this year, there  were additions to the clan who Jessica will never know, like J.J’s own 2-month-old daughter.

J.J. remembered Jessica at 17 as a happy girl with a beautiful smile whom everyone loved.

“She would make you happy,” he said. “It’s a hole in your heart that’s always going to be there. It’s always a reminder to let you know you have to watch out and make sure they’re doing drinking the right way and not trying to get messed up and then jump in a car.”

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Thousands spent in race for mayor

City-of-Mission-logoFrom the beginning, Dr. John R. Guerra has said his campaign to become the next mayor of Mission is a grassroots effort.

Never was that more clear than when the 30-day campaign finance reports were submitted April 10. From January through April 10, Guerra spent $12,100, a fraction of what incumbent Mayor Norberto “Beto” Salinas and challenger Jaime Gutierrez spent during the same time period.

Salinas took out $75,000 in loans and took in another $50,400 in contributions. He spent $102,000. Meanwhile, Gutierrez received $58,000 in contributions and spent $56,000.

Neither Salinas or Gutierrez returned calls for comment.

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