October proclaimed National Dyslexia Awareness Month

Arnoldo Mata didn’t know much about dyslexia, or the struggles that come with it, until his granddaughter was diagnosed three years ago. This Mon. Oct. 12, 2020, the Mission city council approved a proclamation recognizing October as National Dyslexia Awareness Month. Mata, a Pharr native, has led local efforts to highlight the learning disability by…

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Mission cancels Halloween events, including trick or treating

The coronavirus won’t be permitted to participate in Halloween festivities in Mission this year. During this week’s regularly called meeting, the Mission city council discussed the modification of COVID-19 guidelines in the city of Mission. The first on that list of modifications was the cancellation of all Halloween events to take place on Oct. 31,…

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Mission Pink 5K goes virtual for 2020

A fundraising tradition in the Valley will be held virtually this year. The 11th annual Mission Pink 5K Walk/Run, benefitting the “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer” cause, will start virtually this Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020. The event, hosted by the American Cancer Society and Mission Regional Medical Center, will run until Oct. 31, 2020. According…

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Mission CISD Board of Trustees reimbursed more for travel despite decreased travel budget

On Sept. 12, 2019, a memorandum was sent to Mission CISD principals instructing directors to reduce unnecessary travel expenses. The memo, from Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction Dr. Sharon Roberts (through Superintendent of Schools Dr. Carol G. Perez), let principals know that in lieu of sending staff to a Texas Assessment Conference in Austin,…

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Plata and Vela to stay on Mission City Council

Council members Ruben Plata and Alberto Vela will be remaining on the city council for Mission. The 2020 election for the city, which would have involved Place 2 and Place 4 on the council, was cancelled in early August following the passing of candidate John A. Lopez. Lopez was originally slated to run against Plata…

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Mission budget set to include raises

City employees in Mission will be seeing raises in the upcoming fiscal year. On Mon. Sept. 14, the city of Mission approved the 2020-2021 budget and tax rate. They also discussed how pay increases will be implemented for civilian employees and first responders. Perez presented the item on adopting the 2020-2021 fiscal year budget for…

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Children’s book by local author teaches a lesson about racism

It’s never too early to speak with one’s child about the complex issues that exist in our society. Hortencia E. Camargo is hoping to encourage those conversations between parents and their children with her authorial debut and series. Camargo, a McAllen native and resident, has recently published a children’s book with WestBow Press. “An Ox…

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John Leguizamo speaks on representation during UTRGV Distinguished Speaker Series

Actor, producer, playwright, screenwriter and director John Leguizamo participated in an annual event held virtually this year. In its 17th season, the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley’s Distinguished Speaker series looked a bit different for 2020 – the event was held virtually, free to UTRGV students, faculty and alumni. Leguizamo joined the conversation via…

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Mission discusses CARES Act fund distribution

275 applications for CARES Grant Funding have been approved in Mission.  Daniel Silva, the Chief Executive Officer for the Mission Economic Development Corporation, announced during the Monday, Sept. 28, 2020 city council meeting that 275 applicants from the city were approved for the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act Grant offered by the MEDC.…

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