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MCISD remembers the 21

20140919 ALTON Bus-memorial 3499Ciro Ochoa Jr. still can remember the face of every parent he saw in the aftermath of a bus accident that killed 21 students on a September morning 25 years ago.

After a temporary morgue had been set up to identify the bodies of students killed, Ochoa, then-vice president of Mission Consolidated Independent School District Board, sat in a back room of a community center with two lists of names as one-by-one parents came in to find out if their children were alive or dead. Also in the room were the chief of police, the mayor and a member of the clergy.

Read more: MCISD remembers the 21


New Mission Collegiate High School under construction

20140910 Mission-Collegiate-High-School-Construction CV 8885Mission CISD students attending Mission Collegiate High School will have a brand new campus next year. Construction on the new campus, located behind Alton Memorial Jr. High and Cavazos Elementary on Los Ebanos Road, began this summer and buildings are now beginning to take shape.

Since initiating the Collegiate High School with a freshman class of 125 students in 2012, the school’s classrooms have consisted of portable buildings located at Mission High School. Each year, a new freshman class with another 125 students is added and presently 321 students attend the school, representing 9th, 10th and 11th grades. When the new campus opens next fall, total enrollment is expected to be about 450 students, and will include 9th through 12th grades.

The new buildings are designed to accommodate approximately 600 students.

Read more: New Mission Collegiate High School under construction


Mission welcomes Royal Technologies

20140912 MISSION Royal-Technologies-ribbon-cutting 3437Mission leaders welcomed a $30 million investment in the community with the ribbon cutting ceremony for Royal Technologies on Wednesday evening.

Owner Jim Vander Kolk did double-duty, speaking at the Mission Chamber of Commerce’s Buenos Tardes luncheon earlier in the day. At the luncheon, Vander Kolk emphasized he and members of the area have mutual values of integrity and trust.

“I always say an organization isn’t about brick and mortar,” he said. “It’s about people. It’s the people that drew us to this region, and it’s people that are restoring in us enthusiasm for this region.”

Read more: Mission welcomes Royal Technologies


Six vie for La Joya ISD board

20140912 LJISD-CandidatesEach of the three incumbents up for reelection in La Joya Independent School District ‘s November election faces a challenger in The Diamond Pack, a slate of political newcomers.

The incumbents are on a slate dubbed Team Liberty, a group formed two years ago that swept the school district’s election.  They are J.J. Peña in place 1, J.J. Garza in place 2 and Johnn Alaniz in place 3.

Challengers in The Diamond Pack are Fernando Torres in place 1, Irma Linda Villarreal-Veloz in place 2 and Victoria Cantu in place 3.

Read more: Six vie for La Joya ISD board


Technicality delays zone change

City-of-Mission-logoA technicality thwarted an effort to change a residential subdivision into a light industrial zone at Monday's Mission City Council meeting.

Attorney Mario Rodriguez, representing several residents of the Melba Carter Subdivision, which is east of Conway Avenue and north of Trinity Road, told the council during a public hearing that the notice sent to residents did not match the item that was presented to and approved by the planning and zoning commission. The notice sent to residents was missing a line in the legal description of the property.

After meeting in closed session with the council, City Attorney David Guerra asked the city not to take any action because of the “discrepancy in the property description.

Read more: Technicality delays zone change


Mission citizens awards nominations now open

20131018 Citizen-Awards-CompositeThe Progress Times announced today that nominations are now open for the annual citizens awards for Mr. Mission, First Lady of Mission, Man of the Year and Woman of the Year. Jim Brunson, publisher of the Progress Times, announced that nominations for the awards will be accepted until 4 p.m., Sept. 25 at the newspaper office.

The annual awards will be presented at the Mission Chamber of Commerce banquet on Thursday, Oct. 16 at Mario’s Banquet & Conference Center in Mission.

“We invite clubs, organizations and individuals to submit nominations for the citizens awards,” said Brunson. “These awards are designed to recognize and honor those who have devoted their time and effort to help others and to make Mission a better place to live, raise our families and to provide opportunity for our residents. You know who works hardest in your organization. Send in your nominations and recognize those who have served so well.”

Read more: Mission citizens awards nominations now open


Funeral Services Planned for Berta Olivarez Filut

20140906 Berta Filut WebBerta Hilda “Bert” Olivarez Filut, 59, passed away on Friday, September 5, 2014, at her home in Mission following a lengthy illness.

Mrs. Filut was the executive director of Texas Citrus Fiesta for 19 years and was the owner of B&B Flowers and BP Feed Store.

Active in the community, she received the Woman of the Year award for her broad volunteer efforts. While a member of the Lion’s Club, she served as secretary and received the Jack Welch Fellow Award and the Melvin Jones Fellow Award.

Read more: Funeral Services Planned for Berta Olivarez Filut


La Joya ISD begins work on sports complex

20140901 LJISD Sports-complex-groundbreaking 3310Months after purchasing Martin Valley Ranch Golf Course, La Joya ISD is preparing to turn the property into a sports complex that could rival facilities around the state.

La Joya Independent School District has moved its plans for a $9.5 million natatorium to the land, which is now named Howling Trails Golf Course. Another $2.5 million will be used to construct soccer fields and tennis courts.

A $2 million planetarium also is planned for the golf course property.

Read more: La Joya ISD begins work on sports complex


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