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City unveils new Fitness Court

Mission’s latest outdoor attraction is now open to the public. The city held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Fitness Court at Hollis Rutledge Park at 3408 N. Inspiration Road.  A Fitness Court is an outdoor gym with workout stations for bodyweight circuit training. It has seven stations with equipment designed for a full-body workout…

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Mission Resource Center coming soon

The Mission Food Pantry has been part of the community for more than 30 years, but soon it will transform into the Valley’s first resource center through the Food Bank of the RGV. The location at 115 S. Mayberry St. will be a multi-service outlet for Missionites and the surrounding area for those needing food…

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First U.S. monkeypox death, Hidalgo County cases increase

This article has been updated to reflect the most recent number of cases.  It’s been just over a month since the Hidalgo County health officials reported the first monkeypox case in the area. Since then, that number has increased to seven, according to the Hidalgo County Health and Human Services Department.  Each Monday, Hidalgo County…

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Mission CISD still tracking COVID cases, taking precautions

As school districts navigate through the second full school year in a pandemic, Mission CISD is trying to remain as vigilant as possible while still following state and CDC guidelines. And though the district has a daily report of active COVID cases on a public online database, that information might not always be accurate.  At…

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Uncertainty for Hall of Fame logo at Tom Landry stadium

By spring, the plan is to have new turf on the fields at Tom Landry Hall of Fame Stadium and Veterans Memorial High School Patriot Stadium. Although Mission CISD is in the design stage, there is a legal issue causing a hiccup in the process.  The Mission High School football stadium, named after Dallas Cowboys…

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City Council Highlights — tax rate, food pantry, school security

For the third year in a row, the city of Mission’s tax rate will remain at $0.5299 per $100 valuation. Mission City Council unanimously voted to approve the tax rate at the Sept. 12 meeting.  Along with the tax rate, the council also approved a $157,677,134 budget for the 2022-2023 fiscal year. Last year’s budget…

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Sullivan City plans to increase property tax rate

The Sullivan City Council plans to increase the property tax rate by about 3% in late September. Mayor Alma Salinas and the City Council discussed the proposed tax hike on Tuesday afternoon. “I think our community members will understand,” Salinas said. “And they can see that we’ve invested in our community.” Salinas, City Councilman Rene…

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La Joya ISD welcomes new school board trustee

A former union organizer joined the La Joya school board on Wednesday. State Rep. Sergio Muñoz Jr. administered the oath of office to former American Federation of Teachers representative Juan Jose “J.J.” Luna, 66, of La Joya during a meeting on Wednesday afternoon. “For 18 years, I sat out there,” Luna said, gesturing toward the…

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