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Former Princess Annas vying for queen

Only twice in Texas Citrus Fiesta history has a Princess Anna gone on to covet the title of Queen Citrianna. This year, two former princesses are vying for the crown.  Iyslah Flores and Mia Ayala were crowned the 62nd and 65th Princess Annas, respectively. Both come from families intertwined in TCF history. Ayala’s aunt was…

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Mission to become no-kill city for pets

This article originally ran in the Jan. 27 issue of the Progress Times.  In about 90 days, Mission will be a safer place for sheltered animals. The city joined the no-kill movement Monday night when the mayor and council approved a contract with the Rio Grande Valley Humane Society.  With the contract, Mission retains ownership…

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SISD to install fencing at elementary campuses

Following a request from the Sharyland ISD Board of Trustees, administration has plans to install guard shacks and fences to cover all eight elementary campuses and parking lots.  The district is still in the early stages, but according to Executive Director of Maintenance Mark Dougherty, SISD is looking at installing 6-foot ornamental fencing. The new…

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Low-income housing on track for demolition

Mission’s affordable housing community Anacua Village is on course for demolition pending approval from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). And if all goes as planned, by 2025, there will be a new mixed-income development with more units in the same location.  According to Mission Housing Authority Executive Director Arnold Padilla, the…

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Region One revamps teacher certification program

Throughout the last 50 years, there has been a steady decline in people earning degrees in education. Combined with the COVID-19 pandemic, retirement, extreme burnout and low pay, the Rio Grande Valley is one of the regions facing what has been dubbed a national teacher shortage. However, education researchers recently spoke about how shortage might…

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Mission joins statewide wellness competition

Mayor Norie Gonzalez Garza announced that Mission signed a commitment to participate in the It’s Time Texas Community Challenge — a statewide health and wellness program encouraging Texans to get active.  It’s Time Texas is a nonprofit organization that champions a culture of health in Texas by promoting physical activity, nourishing eating habits and optimal…

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SISD undergoes intruder detection audit

Jan. 10: This article has been updated to include information from the Sharyland ISD public relations department.  Sharyland ISD had at least one campus undergo the state-mandated intruder audits in the first half of the school year. The Texas School Safety Center conducts the inspections and determines if unauthorized individuals can enter the building from…

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Sharyland cracks down on student vaping

Sharyland ISD is among the many school systems nationwide trying to stop students from vaping or smoking e-cigarettes on campus. At the Dec. 19 board of trustees meeting, the board approved a contract for vape detectors.  Out of eight proposals, the board agreed to a $142,789 contract with Howard Technologies to install the detectors —…

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Pillar of Mission community retires

This article originally ran in the Dec. 21, 2022 issue of the Progress Times.  After nearly 30 years, Adela Ortega’s time as a City of Mission employee has come to an end. With her last day on Dec. 29, the Missionite reflects on the past three decades as she enters retirement. “Oh, it was wonderful,”…

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Putting Peñitas on the board

This article originally ran in the Dec. 16, 2022 issue of the Progress Times.  This week the Peñitas community flocked to the Walmart at 1705 Expressway 83 in the hopes of getting their hands on a tailor-made party game with familiar sites and attractions — Peñitasopoly.  The Peñitas-themed board game is a customized version of…

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