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DISTRICT 9 RESIDENTS ARE BEING ASKED TO TAKE PART in a new concept, participatory budgeting, which allows them to have a say in how tax dollars are allocated, said Councilman John Courage. He recently unveiled the new initiative “to increase citizen’s interaction” with city government. As part of the process, folks can submit projects they believe will benefit the community, help narrow the tasks (which could go on a ballot), and ultimately choose what gets funded. Courage is allotting $1.25 million across three funds to this public process, including $1 million from the D9 Pedestrian Mobility for possible sidewalks, bike lanes, intersection improvements and more; $225,000 from the Neighborhood Accessibility & Mobility Program for potential traffic calming, speed bumps, radar feedback and other uses; and $25,000 from the City Council Project Fund. Suggested programs must be in District 9; interested residents can contact Courage’s office at 210-207-0955.

JOHNSON HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS TOOK TOP HONORS recently in a national journalism competition, educators said. According to an online post, the pupils were among more than 5,000 from all 50 states to attend the Journalism Education Association/National Scholastic Press Association National High School Journalism Convention in Dallas. They earned awards in both yearbook and broadcast productions. For yearbook, winners included Victoria Boesen, honorable mention, themed photo; Xandria Hernandez, honorable mention, theme design; Liberty Vela, award of excellence, portrait photography; and The Citadel took third place in the convention’s best in show in the large yearbook category. For broadcast, Sam Kaman, honorable mention, short documentary; Paulette Carreon, superior, sports feature package; Maiya Cruz and Jadyn Herrera, superior, sports news package; and Josh Keating, award of excellence, news package.

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