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A federal judge last week ruled to allow surveyors onto the property of the La Lomita Chapel in Mission in preparation for the construction of a border wall. Photos by Susan Hanson

Requiem for the Rio GrandeValley

The irony hadn’t escaped me. In anticipation of a discussion I was to have the following week, I had traveled to the Lower Rio Grande Valley with a copy of

San Marcos Area Retired Teachers and Staff (SMARTS) recently visited Texas legislators to make the plea to “RAISE the BASE” — raise the percentage of contribution to our pensions. Left to right are Viki Hicks, Barbara Hollis, Peggy Hillburn, Rep. Erin Zwiener, Ginna Grimes, Gloria Traylor and Susan Pulis. SMARTS meets the 2nd Tuesday of the month, 11:30 a.m. at the Price Center. Photo submitted by SMARTS

Retired teacher urge Legislature to ‘raise the base’

San Marcos Area Retired Teachers and Staff (SMARTS) recently visited Texas legislators to make the plea to “RAISE the BASE” — raise the percentage of contribution to our pensions. Left

Olivia Grace Gutierrez, winner of the Keep Christ in Christmas poster contest sponsored by Archbishop Patricio Flores of the Knights of Columbus Council #16748 with Aurelio Joe Medina, chairperson of the age 5 to 7 division (left) and Father Al from Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church. Submitted photo

Poster contest winner

Fall semester Second Mile Award recipients at San Marcos Academy, along with Academic Dean Bob Wiegand, are (front) Ella Gomez, Major Howard, Edison Fisher, Millah Portis and Ryleigh Sanders, (second row) Alden Epps, Mitchell Howard, Jesilyn Reyes-Darling, Layton Schawe, Illiamna Sommerlate and Nathan Velte, (third row) Abby Funderburk, Grace Barrett, Cherry Vasquez, Emma Feigl, Kendall Opiela, Amber Velte, Faith White, Addy Cianciotto, Cendra Rodriguez, (fourth row) Gordon Murphy, Lily Xu, Victoria Polhemus, Erica Wright and Evelena Luo, (back row) Evan Schawe, Caleb Strube, Daniel Abu Jaber, Aaron Emerich, Catarina Vazquez, Frankie Blair, Isabella Allsup, Jacey Cano and Kayla Livingston. Photo by Don Anders

SM Academy students go ‘Second Mile’

San Marcos Academy students who have gone the “extra mile” in their classroom effort were recognized Jan. 22 during a chapel assembly. A total of 34 students received the Second

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