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Mission museum honors Wall of Fame inductees

20140918-Mission-Historical-Museum-Banquet dy-072From a man that makes the news to the man that reports the news, with businessmen and volunteers in between, Mission residents with decades of service to the community were honored last week.

Six honorees were recognized by the Mission Historical Museum as the 2014 Wall of Fame inductees at a banquet Sept. 18. Honorees were Jim Brunson, publisher of the Progress Times; Sen. Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa; Don Riter Lester, chair of barbecue at the Texas Citrus Fiesta since 1995; Blanca Vazquez Marroquin, longtime volunteer for the Texas Citrus Fiesta and the museum; Amador and Alicia Esqueda Requenez, owners of Valley Welding Services.

To qualify, honorees must have lived in or worked in the community for 30 years or more. Proceeds from the awards banquet, which included a silent auction, go to support programs at the museum. Luis Contreras II, museum director, expected this year’s total to top $22,000.

Read more: Mission museum honors Wall of Fame inductees

   

Students, families honor the 21

20140919 ALTON Remember-the-21 9550ALTON–The ceremony to remember the 21 was solemn, but families and students couldn’t help but smile as they released butterflies Friday morning to honor the students who died in a bus accident 25 years ago.

“We chose the butterflies because like our 21 students, although their lifespan is short, it is long enough to leave its legacy for others to follow,” Carla Femat, chairwoman of Alton Memorial Junior High’s Remembering the 21 Committee.

On the morning of Sept. 21, 1989, a Dr. Pepper truck hit a Mission Consolidated Independent School District school bus filled with junior high and high school students at the intersection of Mile 5 and Bryan Road, sending the bus into a caliche pit filled with water. Sixty students survived.

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La Joya, Sullivan City officers join SWAT team

20140926 swatSeven officers from La Joya and Sullivan City will receive increased training and new equipment after they join the San Juan Police Department Law Enforcement Emergency Region Response Team.

LEERRT is the San Juan SWAT team, composed of smaller agencies and trained to respond to violent incidents.

The team assisted in the July 22 shootout in La Joya with gang member Joaquin Cibrian. The 29-year-old was shot and killed after he injured two Edinburg police officers. The standoff lasted three hours, according to San Juan Police Chief Juan Gonzalez.

Read more: La Joya, Sullivan City officers join SWAT team

   

Mission to join Run, Ride and Share program

20140926 run-ride-and-shareThe city of Mission is looking at joining the local Run, Ride and Share program to help protect riders and cyclists on the road.

Citing the death of a 50-year-old man by a motorist in Harlingen two weeks ago, McAllen City Commissioner Veronica Vela Whitacre told members of the Mission council the Valley needs to work together to make streets safe. The Run, Ride and Share program is intended to do just that. Vela Whitacre said she’d like to see it gain statewide support.

“What we’d like to do now is try to reduce the number of fatalities and accidents tht take place on our streets,” she said.

Read more: Mission to join Run, Ride and Share program

   

La Joya ISD approves natatorium contract

2014 LJIS LOGOLA JOYA–The price tag for the proposed natatorium at La Joya Independent School District has increased from $9.5 million when it was introduced in June 2013 to more than $16 million.

Last month, the district’s board of trustees agreed to negotiate with the lowest bidder, Texas Descon, on construction of the facility, which will be built on the district’s new Howling Trails Golf Course. However, Monday, the board approved the full bid of $16,386,833 million. It’s expected to take 12 to 14 months to construct.

Information given to the board states that the school district attempted to negotiate with Texas Descon to lower its bid, but the contractor was unable to do so. Trustees approved the item with no discussion.

Read more: La Joya ISD approves natatorium contract

   

MCISD Trustee Faces Theft Charges

20140922 Patty-BazalduaIrma Patricia "Patty" Bazaldua, vice president of the Mission CISD school board, was arrested Monday afternoon.

According to a Mission Police spokesman, Bazaldua has been charged with two counts of theft and two counts of forgery.

Bazaldua, an entrepreneur, was elected to office in 2008.

Mission Consolidated Independent School District  released a statement Monday night emphasizing that Patricia Bazaldua is not an employee of the district.

Read more: MCISD Trustee Faces Theft Charges

   

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

   

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