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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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Mission Walmart to open in early 2015

20140611 MISSION Walmart-groudbreaking AF  8335 featureMISSION—City officials were joined by members of Walmart to celebrate the new location of the company’s Neighborhood Market Store on Wednesday at 1006 N. Bryan Road. The smaller store will sit at 41,000 square feet.

“A typical Walmart is about 200,000 square feet, so this will be about one-fifth the size,” Garza said. “We will have all the consumables: paper goods, health and beauty products and mostly grocery line.”

The new facility will contain a bakery, deli, fresh produce, bakery, flowers, meat, paper, pet food and a pharmacy.

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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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Summer programs heat up around western Hidalgo County

20130406 Alton  6011 featureAREA—A number of summer programs are being offered in the western area of Hidalgo County. From Alton to Palmview, community and non-profit programs are providing learning environments meant to get kids active outdoors.

National Butterfly Center

The National Butterfly Center is holding its 2014 Summer Critter Camp from July 7-Aug. 1. The four weeks will cover environmental and life science education for children between the ages of 7-12.

Grounds Manager Max Muñoz said in simple terms the camp allows kids to play with dirt outside. He added children will enjoy everything first hand.

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Clinton Elementary wins Ronald McDonald House Charities pull tab challenge

20140530 LJISD Clinton Elem Ronald McDonald AF  8059PEÑITAS—William J. Clinton Elementary Principal Martin Muñoz said his students are focused on helping their community as well as promoting a green lifestyle.  


The Green Club spearheaded a pull-tab campaign at the campus, a project sponsored through the Ronald McDonald House Charities for the Rio Grande Valley. The students, with the help of the district and their community, managed to raise nearly a ton of can pull-tabs.


The campaign enlists the help of elementary schools from all over the Valley to collect pull-tabs from cans that will be recycled for donations. Families who stay in the Ronald McDonald House are asked for a $10 donation fee, but when payment can’t be made, the proceeds from the pull tabs are used to house the families.

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Kenneth White, longest serving Mission CISD superintendent, passes away

Kenneth E. White, Mission CISD (Consolidated Independent School District) Superintendent Emeritus, passed away Sunday, June 8. 

White is the only former Mission CISD superintendent to be appointed superintendent emeritus in the district’s history, and served the district as superintendent longer than any other individual, 23 years. The Board of Trustees appointed White superintendent emeritus upon his retirement in June 1988. That same year a new junior high school opened its doors and was given the name Kenneth White Jr. High School by the Board of Trustees.

White had 38 years of experience in education, beginning as a vocational agriculture teacher in 1950 at San Benito High School. In 1958, he became an assistant principal at that school. He came to Mission in 1959 as the principal of Mission High School. Dr. White held that position until he was promoted to the superintendent’s position in 1965.

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Jim Brunson: Beto has my support

20140307 Beto-SalinasI am doing something I rarely do – endorsing a candidate. I do so now because I have serious concerns about the candidate who is attempting to unseat Mission Mayor Norberto “Beto” Salinas.

I urge all our readers to support Beto Salinas in the run-off election because he has proven time and time again to be a valuable advocate and leader for the City of Mission. His accomplishments as mayor over the past 16 years are many and varied.

The pattern he has established is one of setting specific goals, then using his leadership skills, business and finance acumen and determination to achieve those goals. He has served as an elected official for many, many years -- first as Hidalgo County Pct. 3 Commissioner, from 1981-1992, then as mayor of Mission since 1998.

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