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OPINION: We The People - Vote wisely, this election matters

After conversations with friends seeking information about the upcoming elections, I was reminded that many people want to know who they should vote for. They need more information about the candidates – more than just their biographies and campaign slogans.

I will address two local races and Proposition 1 in this week’s column, and other offices next week.

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‘Code the Town’ takes over Mission

Mission has joined a national movement in a computer programming initiative called Code the Town. The camp is designed to teach the youth and adults how to create technology-based projects such as app building and video game development.

Much like its own language, code is what allows for the development and design of computer software. A particular code makes each individual program unique and gives it its specific functions such as animation, sound and motion.

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Residents protest Taylor Road expansion

Residents along Taylor Road pushed for an even more streamlined project at a public hearing to discuss expanding the roadway, citing safety concerns and lack of traffic.

In August, the city of Mission first presented a plan widening Taylor Road from U.S. 83 to Mile 4. The project brought together Mission, McAllen, Palmhurst and Hidalgo County, but after hearing opposition at the August meeting from residents of Palmhurst, the project was shortened to Mile 2 Road. Sharyland Independent School District, which has two campuses off Taylor, has issued a resolution in support of the project.

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Mission Chamber banquet is Thursday

The Greater Mission Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual membership banquet on Thursday, Oct. 16 at Mario’s Banquet and Conference Center, 1716 E. Griffin Parkway in Mission.

The chamber will take this opportunity to introduce the 2014-15 board of directors to the members and community and present awards for Business of the Year, Business Leader of the Year and Partner of the Year.

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Mission fire chief to retire

There were 15 employees and two fire stations when Mission Fire Chief Ricardo Saldaña began his tenure with the city.

Now, after watching the department grow to 75 employees and five fire stations, Saldaña has announced his retirement. The chief’s last day is set for Oct. 31.

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Palmhurst celebrates ‘Night Out’

The Palmhurst community as well as surrounding cities showed up the third annual Palmhurst Police Night Out.

The event is part of National Night Out, where police departments of each city host events for the community as an opportunity for them to meet members of the department.

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MCISD selects new architect for MHS renovations

MCISD hired PBK Architects last week to take over the Mission High School Phase III Renovation project.

The company is working out a contract with the Mission Consolidated Independent School District attorney and declined to comment.

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Richter bows out, Leo steps in

Virginia Richter said it was apparent things weren’t going smoothly in Sharyland ISD, and that was the reason she decided to resign from her superintendent position.

When asked by Progress Times what caused the discontent, she paused and stuttered for 15 seconds before giving her answer.

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