Rodriguez leads Hidalgo County District Attorney's raceWhen early voting results were released after polls closed at 7 p.m., Rodriguez had a lead in the race...04 March 2014Read More...
Friday, 07 March 2014 07:00
Don’t forget to set clocks forward an hour at 2 a.m. Sunday morning to mark the beginning of Daylight Saving Time or else risk showing up for church and other activities late.
Some states began observing Daylight Saving Times early as 1918, and the practice became mandatory yearlong in the United States during World War II as a way to conserve resources for the war effort. Residents now spring forward in March and fall back in November.
The country will fall back once again Nov. 2.
Written by Progress Times Staff Friday, 07 March 2014 07:00
“I’m not ready to quit just yet. There are still many projects that I’d like to get done for our community,” he said. “During the last three terms, I have focused on reducing property taxes, improving the city’s infrastructure, creating jobs and bringing in new businesses into our community. To date, the city’s property taxes have dropped almost 15 percent since 1998, and I’ll be working to reduce them even further.”
Salinas has been the biggest advocate for the underprivileged and the elderly. Year after year, he has recommended that approximately 75 percent of the funds allocated to the City from U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) be strictly for the use of reconstructing or rehabilitating homes for low-income families.
Written by Julie Silva Friday, 07 March 2014 07:00
Carmen Gonzalez-Velez, 36, of Mission, faces a charge of suspicion of criminal negligent homicide, a state jail felony. She is being held at the Hidalgo County Jail under a $100,000 bond.
Cuellar, who played for the Palmview High School’s junior varsity soccer team, was coming home from practice when she exited the school bus on La Homa Road south of 4 Mile Line at about 7:30 p.m. The bus’s flashing lights were activated and the vehicle was facing south when Cuellar attempted to cross the road.
Written by Andrielle Figueroa Friday, 07 March 2014 07:00
MISSION—The Mission Redevelopment Board received an update on the status of the Conway Streetscape Project last week from Ricardo Gallaga with L&G Engineering.
Gallaga explained work on Conway Avenue started on Feb. 19, and crews had already demolished portions of the sidewalk at Leo Pena Placita Park.
“The grapefruit, under the direction of the city, will be cleaned … repainted and reinstalled at the same location,” Gallaga said.
MRA Chairman Richard Hernandez asked Gallaga who designed the park’s grapefruit statue, and City Manager Martin Garza said the city has searched for the designer but has come up empty handed.
Written by Luciano Guerra Friday, 07 March 2014 07:00
Talk about a tight race! The Veterans Memorial Patriots boys’ soccer team is one of three teams within a single point of the District 61-4A championship with only two games to go. After their clutch 2-1 win over the Rio Grande City Rattlers Tuesday evening, the Patriots have 16 points in the standings while the Rattlers and the Roma Gladiators are atop the race with 17 points each.
Having fallen to the Rattlers by a score of 3-0 in the first round of district play and having suffered only their second loss of the season at the hands of the Mission Eagles last Friday evening, Coach William Proctor’s boys bounced back in a big way against the Rattlers on their home field Tuesday. With the win the Patriots not only improved their district record to 6-2 but they kept their district championship hopes alive with only Roma and La Grulla still on their schedule.
After a scoreless first half Tuesday evening, Veterans Memorial’s Jonathan Manzo scored with a header off a corner kick at the 34:50 mark of the second half. Then with the score tied at 1-1, Omar Luna scored the eventual game-winning goal for the Patriots with 15:52 left in the game.
Written by Luciano Guerra Friday, 07 March 2014 07:00
Just one more win. That’s all the Mission High Lady Eagles need to clinch the District 61-4A soccer title for the second year in a row. And with their season finale being on the road against the last place Lady (RGC) Rattlers tonight, Coach Aaron Clemons’ squad could be celebrating back-to-back district championships all the way home from Rio Grande City.
With four of the five District 61-4A teams qualifying for the playoffs, doing so is not all that much of an accomplishment. However, winning the district title is always something to take pride in and after having lost many of last year’s key players to graduation, another district title this year would be especially gratifying for Clemons.
“We lost seven starters last year,” explained Clemons. “I’m really pleased with the way the girls came out this year after having to replace so many girls. They’ve gone out and played awesome. We’re still a very young team but I feel that once we get onto the field we can play against anybody. We’ve done well against the La Joya teams and we even beat McAllen High last year, which is something that we hadn’t done before. So we finally got that monkey off our backs.”
Written by Mendi Brunson Friday, 07 March 2014 07:00
My mother, June Brann, and I had a lot of political discussions over the years on a variety of subjects.
On one occasion—and more years back than I want to admit—we were discussing the public’s integrity and the tide of elections generally.
She said, “People will always vote their pocketbooks.”
I replied, “The people will never vote for an individual with higher moral character than that which they personally possess. The moral fiber of those elected to office reflects the moral fiber of the populace.”
Friday, 07 March 2014 07:00
McALLEN – The South Texas College Visual Arts Program at 3201 W. Pecan Blvd. is hosting Sharon Lee Hart’s “Sanctuary” photo exhibit which just opened and is running through April 10 at the Visual Arts gallery in Building B, Room 103. The gallery is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Dr. Janine Israel, assistant professor of psychology, will lead a discussion on “The Impact of Animal Presence on the Human Psyche and Soul” on March 25 at 11:30 a.m. at the Pecan Campus.
An artist talk will be held on April 1 at 6 p.m. at the STC Mid-Valley Campus Library, 400 N. Border in Weslaco, and on April 3 at 11:30 a.m. at the Pecan Campus. Finally, a reception will be held on April 3 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Pecan Campus Art Gallery.
Lady Eagles’ Iglesias coaching her final season
For Mission High Lady Eagles softball coach Iris Iglesias, coaching is more than a profession, it’s a way of life. However, after 35 years of coaching – all at Mission High School – Iglesias is planning to retire at the end of this school year. Not...Read More...
Six local wrestlers earn All-State honors
Six minutes. That’s how close La Joya Juarez-Lincoln wrestler Leslie Oliva came to taking the gold at the state tournament Saturday. After taking her first match in the University Interscholastic League’s (UIL’s) Wrestling State Tournament in Garland, Texas with a pin, Oliva (45-3) won her second and...Read More...
Rattlers to face Longhorns in hoops playoffs
In a season filled with challenges, such as the loss of head coach David Keith due to health issues, the Sharyland Rattlers basketball team has risen to the occasion putting together a 14-2 record and qualifying for the state playoffs. With...Read More...
Rodriguez leads Hidalgo County District Attorney's race
When early voting results were released after polls closed at 7 p.m., Rodriguez had a lead in the race for Hidalgo County District Attorney with 63 percent of the votes to Rene Guerra's 37 percent. Four years ago, 30,576 people cast a ballot during early voting, compared to 37,674 this year. Other early voting results were:Read More...
Sheriff’s office investigates home invasion near La Joya
Three men in ski masks kicked down the front door of a home north of La Joya Tuesday morning, according to a news release from the Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office. At about 2:20 a.m. in the 17000 block of Washington Palm, a 39-year-old woman said the men came in with a hand gun and demanded money. They took her purse and cell phone and took off in a Lincoln Navigator, states the news release. Deputies responded to the report and saw the vehicle at 3 Mile...Read More...
Palmview High soccer player dies in auto-pedestrian incident
A 16-year-old Palmview High School student was struck and killed in an auto-pedestrian incident after getting off a bus Monday night. Brenda Cuellar, who played for the school’s junior varsity soccer team, was coming home from practice when she exited the school bus on La Homa Road south of 4 Mile Line at about 7:30 p.m., according to the Texas Department of Public Safety. The bus’s flashing lights were activated and the vehicle was facing south when Cuellar attempted to...Read More...
DEATH NOTICE-Kevin Boehmer
MISSION - Kevin Boehmer, 56, passed away on Wednesday, March 5, 2014, at Mission Regional Medical Center.Read More...
DEATH NOTICE-Wilma Chastain
MISSION - Wilma Chastain, 81, passed away on Wednesday, March 5, 2014, at Solara Hospital in McAllen.Read More...
OBIT-Martin Diaz Jr.
MISSION - Martin Diaz Jr., 85, passed away on Tuesday, March 4, 2014 at Mission Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.Read More...
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