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SISD Place 4 trustee up for election

Two candidates are in the running to take up Place 4 on the Sharyland ISD Board of Trustees. Andrew Riddle challenges incumbent Jose “Pepe” Garcia, who hopes to serve for one more term. Constituents will decide who wins the seat in the May election.   ANDREW RIDDLE Riddle is a 2001 Sharyland High School graduate turned…

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Two seek Place 3 on Sharyland school board

Maritza Venecia and Anthony Limon vie for the Place 3 seat on the Sharyland ISD Board of Trustees. While Venecia is the incumbent, Limon hopes his experience as a former SISD principal will help sway voters in the May election. MARITZA VENECIA Venecia is finishing her first term on the SISD board, where she is…

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Mission passes sex offender ordinance

Mission City Council approved a new restriction ordinance for registered sex offenders at the March 25 meeting, effective immediately.  Ordinance 5461 prohibits sex offenders from intentionally entering or idling near spaces where children gather, and it provides specific regulations for city events and holidays.  Mission Police Chief Cesar Torres, who has been with the department…

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Honoring Anacua Village and Mission history

To commemorate the soon-to-be demolished Anacua Village, the local outreach group People’s Community Network will hold a small gathering on April 5 for former residents.  After more than 70 years, the Mission Housing Authority will level the low-income housing community to make way for two new complexes. But Missionite Irma Flores Lopez wants to make…

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Sharyland trustees name lone superintendent finalist

The Sharyland ISD school board named Dr. Elaine Howard the lone finalist in their superintendent search, moving one step closer to hiring a new district leader. The announcement is a culmination of a months-long process that required the trustees to comb through the applications of about 29 candidates, according to Board President Jose “Pepe” Garcia.…

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Low-income housing to be demolished soon

Mission’s affordable housing community Anacua Village could be demolished as early as next month to make way for two new housing projects — a mixed-income, multi-family complex and a senior-living complex. If the Mission Housing Authority estimates the timeline accurately, both complexes will be finished and occupied by the end of 2026.  Anacua has been…

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City urges residents to use mobile alert app

The City of Mission launched the My Mission 311 mobile phone app in 2021 to create a direct line of communication from the residents to city staff. Less than three years since the application debuted, the city is still fine-tuning the system. However, they encourage the Mission community to utilize the tool to promote city…

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Sharyland trustees vote ‘no’ on school chaplains

During the 2023 Texas legislative session, state lawmakers passed a bill allowing unlicensed chaplains to work in school districts with students, specifically in counseling roles. However, several school systems throughout Texas rejected the creation of programs for the clergy members. Sharyland ISD is among the districts to adopt a resolution prohibiting campuses from accepting chaplains…

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Road widening projects in Mission

TAYLOR ROAD Phase one of the long process to expand Taylor Road from two lanes to five lanes is near completion. At the Feb. 26 Mission City Council workshop, a representative from the managing firm SAM-Construction Services reported they are about 86% complete with the first part of the Taylor Road project. Despite being about…

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Mission declares May election winners

Two Mission City Council seats were up for election this year — Places 2 and 4, held by Ruben Plata and Jose Alberto “Beto” Vela, respectively. However, because the incumbents ran unopposed, the City of Mission declared them elected to office without an election.   PLACE 2 Plata has been a council member since 2007, coming…

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