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Written by Progress Times Staff Monday, 21 April 2014 18:16
Business 83 at Interstate 2/U.S. 83 will be closed from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays until Thursday, April 24, according to the Texas Department of Transportation.
Traffic will be diverted onto the frontage roads on the expressway, and drivers are asked to follow the signs.
Written by Luciano Guerra Friday, 18 April 2014 08:30
It’s been said that revenge is a dish best served cold. On an unseasonably cool evening at Mission High’s Leo Najo Field Tuesday the Veterans Memorial Patriots baseball team served up a plate-full of ice-cold revenge on the Eagles for their first round loss – a 7-6 extra inning heartbreaker in which the Patriots blew a seventh inning lead and lost it in the eighth.
Tuesday’s game was originally scheduled to be played on the Patriots’ home field but it was moved to Mission High after their first round game was moved from MHS to VMHS due to a problem with the lights. Even so the Patriots scored three runs in the first, one in the second and six in the third to defeat the Eagles by a score of 13-5.
With two outs in the top of the third and VMHS holding on to a one run lead, Coach Casey Smith’s Patriots broke the game wide open with a three run homerun over the right-centerfield fence by designated hitter Corbin Garza and a three run inside-the-park homerun by third baseman Edward Pena. Garza’s homerun was his first of the season.
Written by Kathy Olivarez Friday, 18 April 2014 08:48
They were told in 1908 the county had a building of 6,000 square feet to serve a population of 12,350. In 1954, a new courthouse was built with 56,000 square feet to serve a population of 168,629. An annex building was constructed in 1968. In 1978, three additional stories were added to the north wing. In 2008 a sally port was added for better control of prisoners.
By 2010, it had been expanded to 294,833 to serve a population of 774,765. Now, a new 471,000 square-foot courthouse is being designed to meet the needs of the county for the next 25 years.
Written by Julie Silva Friday, 18 April 2014 08:47
From the beginning, Dr. John R. Guerra has said his campaign to become the next mayor of Mission is a grassroots effort.
Never was that more clear than when the 30-day campaign finance reports were submitted April 10. From January through April 10, Guerra spent $12,100, a fraction of what incumbent Mayor Norberto “Beto” Salinas and challenger Jaime Gutierrez spent during the same time period.
Salinas took out $75,000 in loans and took in another $50,400 in contributions. He spent $102,000. Meanwhile, Gutierrez received $58,000 in contributions and spent $56,000.
Neither Salinas or Gutierrez returned calls for comment.
Written by Andrielle Figueroa Friday, 18 April 2014 08:46
MISSION—Two candidates are running for the open position of Place 1 on the Mission CISD Board of Trustees. With no incumbent, the place is open to either Marcie Gonzalez Acosta or Roy Vela.
Gonzalez Acosta is a member of the Alton community and plans to be the voice for her fellow citizens if elected to the board of trustees.
“We have amazing elementary schools and a junior high,” Gonzalez Acosta said. “I feel I would represent our teachers, administration and students by being their advocate when our vote needs to be heard.”
Friday, 18 April 2014 08:44
Area residents have some tough decisions ahead of them as the city and school board elections draw near, and we at Progress Times want to do what we can to keep voters informed.
The newspaper will host two political forums in the week leading up to early voting:
-Mayoral candidates will sound off at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 22, at the Speer Memorial Library, 801 E. 12th St. in Mission
-Palmview city commission candidates are scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday, April 26, at the meeting room at the Hidalgo County Pct. 3 offices, 724 N. Breyfogle in Mission.
Friday, 18 April 2014 08:42
It’s the busiest intersection in the Rio Grande Valley, according to TxDOT. And the congestion just got a whole lot worse this week when construction crews closed parts of Shary Road down to just one lane of traffic to travel north and one to travel south.
Construction started this week to put in a raised median from Victoria Road (the Home Depot entrance) to the entrance to Cimarron (Cimarron Drive).
Concrete barriers were placed along Shary Road north and south of the expressway to take up the middle lane and one lane to each side. The three lanes will be blocked off for three months, according to Mission Police Chief Robert Dominguez.
Written by Julie Silva Friday, 18 April 2014 08:40
Attorneys for Marla Cuellar and Rey Ortiz, candidates in the March primaries who filed election contests, have filed notices of appeal after a district court threw out their cases.
Cuellar made an unsuccessful bid for the County Court-at-Law No. 8 bench, and Rey Ortiz lost the race to become the 92nd District Court Democratic candidate in the November race.
In an April 11 hearing, Judge Manuel Bañales granted pleas to jurisdiction filed by attorneys for Omar Maldonado, who won the race for County Court-at-Law No. 8, and Luis Singleterry, who came out on top in the 92nd District Court race, dismissing the cases.
Written by Julie Silva Friday, 18 April 2014 08:36
And, yet, their visions for the future of the city vary widely.
Candidates for Palmview Leadership are Joe Chapa for mayor, Mario Garza in Place 1, Alejandro Cantu in Place 2 and Albino Villarreal in Place 4. All of whom have never run for an elected office before.
Palmview Proud candidates are Jerry Perez for mayor, Arlando Nacianceno in Place 1, Jose “Hoss” Hernandez in Place 2 and Ricky Villarreal in Place 4. Perez resigned his seat of 18 years as the Place 1 alderman to run for mayor, and this is Villarreal’s first bid for re-election to keep his seat.
Written by Andrielle Figueroa Friday, 18 April 2014 08:29
PEÑITAS—Peñitas Public Library staff were overwhelmed by the huge turn out for the group’s Easter event held Tuesday. An estimated 140 children enjoyed an array of activities related to the holiday’s furry mascot, the Easter Bunny.
Library Director Yenni Espinoza said she was happy to see so many smiling faces in their recently renovated facility.
“To see all the kids coming in and for some of them it was their first time coming to the library since we reopened,” Espinoza said. “They were surprised; they ask what happened because the library is much bigger.”
Written by Andrielle Figueroa Friday, 11 April 2014 11:03
The tax rate at Mission CISD might be raised anywhere from 5.5 and 13 cents to help make ends meet as the district faces a $3.2 million shortfall this current fiscal year.
Committee members discussed the shortfall and possible tax increase during a recent finance committee meeting when budget personnel estimated an even bigger shortfall next year if the tax rate is not increased.
In 2011, voters approved a tax ratification election that did not change the overall tax rate, but bumped up the district’s maintenance and operations tax rate from $1.04 to $1.17 and lowered the district’s debt service rate by 13 cents. Before and after the tax ratification election, the overall tax rate remained the same at $1.30.
Written by Kathy Olivarez Friday, 11 April 2014 11:01
Gaitan replaces Eddie Guerra, who was named interim sheriff in the previous meeting. After being selected Gaitan, posted the required $1,500 bond and returned at the end of the meeting with Judge Rudy Delgado, who officially swore him in as Constable of Precinct No. 4.
Meanwhile, in order to save money, the court agreed to refinance bonds as presented by Cris Vela, financial advisor with First Southwest. Bonds refinanced were Limited Tax Refunding Bonds Series 2014A and Limited Tax Refunding Bonds, Taxable Series 2014B.
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Big 6 well represented in soccer playoffs
Five out of the “Big 6” boys soccer teams, along with four of the girls sides, advanced to the high school soccer playoffs that kicked off on Monday and conclude with the UIL state tournament on April 17-19 at Georgetown. The battle for supremacy in the boys District 30-5A...Read More...
MHS and VMHS soccer teams playoff bound
Four for four. All four soccer teams from Mission High School (MHS) and the Veterans Memorial High School (VMHS) have finished their District 61-4A schedule and all four teams are heading to the playoffs – boys and girls. With the old and politically incorrect adage of ladies first in mind, here is a breakdown of how the Lady...Read More...
Juarez-Lincoln Huskies are for real
Surprise! That’s what the La Joya Juarez-Lincoln (LJJL) Huskies boys soccer team did to their District 30-5A opponents last year. They caught them by surprise. They not only compiled an impressive 15-1 record in their inaugural 5A...Read More...
MCISD, city study pool improvements
MISSION—The Mission CISD Board of Trustees discussed the use of the North Side Swimming Pool at the March regular board meeting. Issues with heating, drainage and filtration maintenance have left the facility inoperable for student practice. The board discussed and agreed on a memorandum of understanding with the city of Mission to conduct a feasibility study to correct issues. “Just to let the community know that we do have a contract with the city of Mission, as far as the swimming pool is concerned, for 50 years,” said trustee James E. Olivarez.Read More...
AMJH teacher a finalist for H-E-B Excellence in Education
Alton Memorial Jr. High School Math teacher Rosbel Peña had a surprise visit this morning by representatives from H-E-B. He is one of six South Texas educators to be named as a finalist for a 2014 H-E-B Excellence in Education Award, spotlighting him as one of the best educators in Texas. The H-E-B program is the largest monetary awards...Read More...
Peñitas bids for city hall over budget
All five bids Peñitas received to construct a new city hall and police station were over the city's $3 million budget. The lowest bid, from Highmark Construction, was about $4.3 million, and the highest, from Foremost Construction, was $5.2 million. Other bids came from J Con Construction, Texas Descon and Col Air Inc., and ranged from $4.4 million to $5 million. City Secretary Ana Valdez said the city would look at rebidding the project. In July, the city announced a $3 million loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for rural development to replace the city's deteriorating city hall...Read More...
OBIT-Patricia Ann Cardenas
PENITAS - Patricia Ann Cardenas, 40, passed away Saturday, April 19, 2014, at her home in Peñitas.Read More...
DEATH NOTICE-Cristian Ivan De Anda
PALMVIEW – Cristian Ivan De Anda, 19, passed away on Saturday, April 19, 2014, in Palmview.Read More...
DEATH NOTICE-Maribel Garza
WASECA, Minn./MISSION – Maribel Garza, 48, passed away on Monday, April 14, 2014, at her home in Waseca. A funeral mass was held on April 20 at Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Mission. Burial followed at Garden of Angels Cemetery in Mission.Read More...
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