After months of being closed for renovation, the gift shop at the Alamo is reopening on Friday with dramatic flare.
"The Alamo Gift Shop is vital to the daily operations because the Alamo derives most of its funding from proceeds from the gift shop," said Mark Loeffle with the Texas General Land Office, which now has control over the landmark.
He said the new Alamo gift shop is loaded with unique Alamo souvenirs for the tourist looking for that special relic of the shrine of Texas liberty.
During the first hearing on immigration of the 113th Congress, House Republicans honed in on seeking a middle ground between “mass deportation” of undocumented immigrants and providing a path to citizenship.
A sizable gap is occurring in Bexar County between employers who need a certain skill set for a job and people qualified for the open positions.
In January, Workforce Solutions Alamo reported that there were nearly 1,700 help wanted ads for registered nurses, nearly 600 for retail sales managers and nearly 400 for computer support specialists, but Eva Esquivel, works for Workforce, said people looking for jobs don't have the skills needed for these fields.
The Texas Education Agency has suspended issuing ratings for school districts this year as students get used to the new state exam. Three schools and one school district, who would have had their public school status revoked, have been given what amounts to a stay of execution because of the suspension.
Since the formation of the SA2020 organization nearly a year ago, workers have been focusing on setting up volunteer areas for the community to help the city achieve major goals.
Under the direction of Darryl Byrd, CEO of SA2020, 11 categories ranging from education, arts and culture, environmental sustainability and neighborhoods were identified as interests to attract volunteers. Partner agencies like Rackspace and AT&T will lead the causes, and currently only half have a lead agency.
Northside Independent School District could see a bond election next year as district officials push off the need for one in 2013. Northside has seen about 3,000 additional students to the district ever year and the student population is now close to 100,000 students and 110 schools.