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Rios uses music to motivate students

LJISD-Daniella-Rios---ElementaryThe youngest of nine, Daniella Rios grew up taking care of nieces and nephews, and she learned early on she was good at motivating children.

“I had a lot of patience. I had a lot of understanding with them,” Rios said, and that’s why she went into teaching. “I just knew I had it in me.”

Now just six years in as an educator, Rios’ passion for the job was recognized this year as she was named the Elementary Teacher of the Year for La Joya Independent School District. She teaches dual language mathematics and English language arts to third-graders at Clinton Elementary in Peñitas.

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Lifelong learner finds true calling in teaching at La Joya ISD

LJISD-Cynthia-E.-Barrera-SecondaryCynthia Barrera intended to get a degree in nursing when she first attended Pan American University back when the program was just beginning. At the time, she wanted a career in which she could help people.

But the university delayed the program a year, forcing Barrera to try out other types of classes. Taking a course on music education changed the young college student’s plans, and she settled on a career as a teacher, earning a four-year degree in three years. That was in 1986.

Nearly three decades later, Barrera’s dedication to teaching has earned her the distinction of Secondary Teacher of the Year from La Joya Independent School District. She teaches English language arts to eighth-graders at Memorial Middle School.

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Mission Regional Medical Center leaders object to financial incentives for free-standing emergency department

logo MEDCMission Regional Medical Center representatives asked the economic development corporation not to give a competing hospital incentive to build a free-standing emergency department 600 feet away at the MEDC’s Tuesday meeting.

Universal Health Systems asked for up to $110,000 to offset the costs of infrastructure and job creation as it prepares to build a 13,000-square-foot facility on the expressway next to the Mission hospital.

Because the item on the MEDC agenda was listed as a public hearing, no action was taken.

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Mission CISD awards $12.6 million contract to construct collegiate high school

MCISDlogoThe Mission CISD Board of Trustees awarded the Mission Collegiate High School contract to E-Con Group at its regular meeting.

Rick Rivera, executive director for maintenance, facilities and construction, said his department negotiated the cost of the project down by $67,000.

“The group also reduced the number of days for completion,” Rivera said. “They were the lowest proposal with the alternates. They also did two projects for us: the ag building addition at Veterans Memorial High School and the Waitz Elementary kitchen dining addition, and they did excellent.”

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Conway Baptist welcomes new pastors

20140620 New-ministers-ConAveThe members of Conway Avenue Baptist Church in Mission have recently welcomed three new pastors to their church family, according to Senior Pastor Johnny Mora. Joining the staff are Joe Ramey, associate pastor; Frank San Martin, youth pastor; and Chris Rangel, music pastor. They officially began their new assignments in April.

“We are excited to introduce to our community three new ministers God has brought to our way. These godly men come with a vigor to love God and love our community. We, as a church, have made it a goal to help the families in our community find hope in a broken world,” Pastor Mora said.

Pastor Ramey comes with 14 years of experience as a pastor in Virginia and two years as an associate pastor in Santa Fe, Texas.

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Dr. Kenneth White funeral services held Friday

Dr Kenneth WhiteLeaving a legacy that was larger than life, Dr. Kenneth E. White, superintendent emeritus of the Mission CISD, peacefully passed away in his sleep Sunday, June 8, at his home in Grapevine.

Services are scheduled for Friday, June 13, at 10 a.m. at Palm Valley Church in Mission. Burial will follow at Valley Memorial Gardens under the direction of Ric Brown Family Funeral Home.

Dr. White served Mission Consolidated Independent School District as its superintendent for 23 years, longer than any other individual. He was granted the emeritus status by the school board at the time of his retirement in June 1988. They also honored him that year by naming a new junior high after him.

Former Superintendent Ralph Cantu, worked with Dr. White for numerous years, as he came up through the ranks in the district.  

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Operation Interdependence mixer is Thursday

20140613 Operation Interdependence LogoThe local Operation Interdependence campaign is now in full swing as organizers are reaching out to the community for donations of small care packages and letters for our soldiers serving overseas.

The last of a series of weekly fundraising mixers will be held Thursday, June 19 at Remington’s at Embassy Suites, from 6-9 p.m. Donations of supplies for the care packages and monetary donations can be delivered at the mixer.

Donations can also be made at any IBC Bank branch. Every penny goes directly to buying supplies for our soldiers, according to the campaign organizers. Donations can also be dropped off at the Progress Times/Winter Texan Times newspaper, located at 1217 N. Conway, Mission. Other drop-off locations include Texas Regional Bank branches Valleywide, Gym at Uptown and Tierra Dulce.

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Voters hit polls in Mission mayor runoff

20140131 voteThere was a steady stream of voters headed into Mission City Hall on Monday evening, the first day of early voting in the runoff race between Mayor Norberto “Beto” Salinas and challenger Jaime Gutierrez.

Irene Garza, a native Mission resident, said she’s voted in most elections over the years, and even with only one race on the ballot, it was still important to her to cast a ballot.

Meanwhile, voter Meri Gomez, said she wants to ensure that somebody with a heart for the city is elected mayor.

“I believe it’s important to have someone who has been a part of this community and has not only a professional interest, but also a personal interest,” Gomez said.

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