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A different kind of Thanksgiving, how a Sharyland educator celebrates

Dr. Leila Flores-Torres has spent the last 20 years traveling for Thanksgiving. Her destinations of choice? Areas with rich Indigenous cultures.  Flores-Torres is a Mexican immigrant who has lived in the United States for 26 years. She moved to the U.S. at age 24 after she earned her degree and became a licensed psychologist. Once…

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Calling local artists, Mission launches recycling program

The City of Mission calls on local artists to submit their work for the opportunity to design and paint a mural on the new recycling drop-off building.  When the city received a $25,000 grant from the Lower Rio Grande Valley Development Council, they decided to use the funds to set up Mission’s first recycling drop-off…

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What to know about the Taylor Road construction

Taylor Road is already in the early stages of construction for the long-awaited project that will turn the two-lane roadway into a five-lane roadway. At the Oct. 24 meeting, Mission City Council approved Texas Cordia Construction to begin the first phase of a project that has been in the making since the city first surveyed…

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Cultural inclusivity program underway at Mission

Mission CISD partnered with local nonprofit Village in the Valley (ViVa) to deploy a program highlighting diversity and inclusion in the district. Known as the Illumination Project, Mission will be the first district in the RGV to implement the one-of-a-kind cultural initiative.  ViVa is a local organization that founders Marsha and Dr. Onuwa Terry and…

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Shary Elementary parking lot to undergo construction

The traffic congestion at John H. Shary Elementary has been an ongoing issue for years, but Sharyland ISD is in the process of correcting the matter. At the Oct. 24 board of trustees meeting, the school board unanimously approved a contractor to complete work on the parking lot and bus drive to alleviate the problems. …

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New CEO to lead Mission’s economic development

When Teclo Garcia had the opportunity to take on the CEO position of the Mission Economic Development Corporation, he said he couldn’t turn it down. After working in other larger cities, Garcia wanted to help guide Mission in its new venture into international commerce. And as of Oct. 24, Garcia hit the ground running as…

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Texas schools deploy threat assessment program

To improve student and staff safety on school campuses, the Texas School Safety Center developed a formal program that guides districts in conducting threat assessments.  In 2019, Texas lawmakers passed Senate Bill 11, requiring public schools to conduct behavioral threat assessments and collect relevant data on their efficacy. In tandem with SB11, the Texas Education…

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Taylor Road, Lions Park and more Mission projects

The City of Mission has several infrastructure and capital improvement projects in the pipeline in addition to the seven drainage projects the city has already begun. From the all-inclusive park to traffic signal testing and police and fire, Missionites will see many changes throughout the next 12 months.  TAYLOR ROAD The long-awaited Taylor Road expansion…

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El Salinas Ranch ranks third on Queen’s List for The Brahman Journal

“This article appeared in the Oct 7 issue of the Progress Times.” The Brahman Journal named Sullivan City’s El Salinas Ranch the 3rd breeder of over 100+ gray females on the American Brahman Breeders Association’s Queen’s List last week. Former Mission Mayor Norberto ‘Beto’ Salinas attributes the ranch’s success to his breeding methods. NBS Miss…

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Palmhurst Celebrates Community

The city of Palmhurst kicked off its 11th Annual National Night Out in the brisk fall weather Tuesday evening at the Church of Christ located on Mile 3 Road. The day began with lower temperatures as a northern front blew thru the Rio Grande Valley. But not even the rain could keep the community from…

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