Written by Progress Times Staff Thursday, 11 September 2014 14:42
The Progress Times announced today that nominations are now open for the annual citizens awards for Mr. Mission, First Lady of Mission, Man of the Year and Woman of the Year. Jim Brunson, publisher of the Progress Times, announced that nominations for the awards will be accepted until 4 p.m., Sept. 25 at the newspaper office.
The annual awards will be presented at the Mission Chamber of Commerce banquet on Thursday, Oct. 16 at Mario’s Banquet & Conference Center in Mission.
“We invite clubs, organizations and individuals to submit nominations for the citizens awards,” said Brunson. “These awards are designed to recognize and honor those who have devoted their time and effort to help others and to make Mission a better place to live, raise our families and to provide opportunity for our residents. You know who works hardest in your organization. Send in your nominations and recognize those who have served so well.”
Written by Julie Silva Friday, 12 September 2014 08:02
Owner Jim Vander Kolk did double-duty, speaking at the Mission Chamber of Commerce’s Buenos Tardes luncheon earlier in the day. At the luncheon, Vander Kolk emphasized he and members of the area have mutual values of integrity and trust.
“I always say an organization isn’t about brick and mortar,” he said. “It’s about people. It’s the people that drew us to this region, and it’s people that are restoring in us enthusiasm for this region.”
Friday, 12 September 2014 08:00
The incumbents are on a slate dubbed Team Liberty, a group formed two years ago that swept the school district’s election. They are J.J. Peña in place 1, J.J. Garza in place 2 and Johnn Alaniz in place 3.
Challengers in The Diamond Pack are Fernando Torres in place 1, Irma Linda Villarreal-Veloz in place 2 and Victoria Cantu in place 3.
Written by Luciano Guerra Friday, 12 September 2014 07:57
Making history is what the La Joya Palmview Lobos football team will be looking to do tonight at Joe R. Sanchez Stadium in Rio Grande City (RGC). Whether they achieve that goal will come down to their actions on the field as they face off against the RGC Rattlers. Never before in Palmview High School (PHS) history has a Lobos’ varsity football team opened its season with a 3-0 record. With a Week 1 win over Brownsville Lopez and a Week 2 win over Pharr San-Juan Alamo Southwest (PSJASW), Coach Mage Requenez’s Lobos could also be the first PHS football team ever to win three games in a row.
Immediately after pulling out their come-from-behind victory against PSJASW last Friday Requenez shared what opening the season with back-to-back wins means.
Written by Julie Silva Friday, 12 September 2014 07:55
A technicality thwarted an effort to change a residential subdivision into a light industrial zone at Monday's Mission City Council meeting.
Attorney Mario Rodriguez, representing several residents of the Melba Carter Subdivision, which is east of Conway Avenue and north of Trinity Road, told the council during a public hearing that the notice sent to residents did not match the item that was presented to and approved by the planning and zoning commission. The notice sent to residents was missing a line in the legal description of the property.
After meeting in closed session with the council, City Attorney David Guerra asked the city not to take any action because of the “discrepancy in the property description.
Friday, 12 September 2014 07:52
On Nov. 18, 2012, deputies responded to a shooting in the 3100 block or West 5 Mile Line Road. When deputies arrived at the scene, they observed multiple victims with gunshot wounds. The victims were later identified as: Casto De Los Santos, 52; Ramiro Rodriguez , 40; Aurora De La Pena, 19; a 13-year-old boy, and a 12-year-old boy.
The victims were transported to hospitals for immediate medical treatment; however, De Los Santos and Rodriguez died due to their injuries.
Friday, 12 September 2014 07:50
Ortiz, who ran for the democratic nomination to the post in the March primaries, lost to Luis Singleterry. In his letter of endorsement, Ortiz states he’s known Tijerina, of Mission, for 20 years and Ortiz notes Tijerina’s service through the U.S. Army Reserves.
“We have come a long way, but we have much more to accomplish,” Ortiz states. “Restoring public trust and integrity to our judicial system is critical to our mission to accomplish that goal. Judge Tijerina is the public servant who will be a fair judge, who will serve the public well and who will uphold the law.”
Friday, 12 September 2014 07:42
Jessica Monroe will lead a series of children’s art classes, “Fall into Art,” beginning Oct. 11 at the Upper Valley Art League, 921 E. 12th in Mission. Geared for ages 7 to 10 years, it runs for six weeks on Saturdays from 1:30 to 3 p.m., ending Nov. 15.
Monroe began teaching children’s art classes at UVAL in 1998 until 2001 when she left to attend Southwestern University where she earned her bachelor’s in studio art. After graduating, she returned to the Valley and taught art at Med High in Mercedes and Juan Diego Academy in Mission.
During the summer, she studied at New York University and the School of the Art Institute in Chicago. She now spends most of her time in the studio. Her painting are mostly inspired by philosophy and nature.
Written by Jim Brunson Saturday, 06 September 2014 16:13
Berta Hilda Olivarez Filut
Berta Hilda “Bert” Olivarez Filut, 59, passed away on Friday, September 5, 2014, at her home in Mission following a lengthy illness.
Mrs. Filut was the executive director of Texas Citrus Fiesta for 19 years and was the owner of B&B Flowers and BP Feed Store.
Active in the community, she received the Woman of the Year award for her broad volunteer efforts. While a member of the Lion’s Club, she served as secretary and received the Jack Welch Fellow Award and the Melvin Jones Fellow Award.
She was a member of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Mission and was in charge of altar decorations for all holidays and served on the church’s finance committee. She was a member of Holy Rosary Catholic Church Society and the Catholic Daughters of America.
Written by Ed Salas Saturday, 06 September 2014 01:07
Written by Luciano Guerra Saturday, 06 September 2014 00:56
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Just two games into the 2014 season the Palmview Lobos have already doubled their win total from last year. After going 1-9 in 2013 the Lobos have opened 2014 with back-to-back wins over Brownsville Lopez last week and PSJA SW tonight to open the season at 2-0 for the first time since 2011.
While the final score was in the Lobos’ favor, the Javelinas opened the scoring on their very first play from scrimmage with an 81 yard touchdown pass that left the Lobos’ faithful stunned. However Palmview bounced back on their first drive which went 80 yards and was capped off with a 51 yard touchdown pass from sophomore quarterback Andrew Puentes to senior wide receiver Rolando Ramos.
While their initial score was through the air, it was the Lobos’ running game that led Palmview to victory; in particular the running of senior running back Freddy Villarreal who carried the ball 37 times for 273 yards, three touchdowns and two two-point conversions. Jose Bernal contributed to Palmview’s impressive running attack as he carried the ball 14 times for 142 yards and one touchdown for the Lobos.
Written by Julie Silva Friday, 05 September 2014 10:11
No longer are Texas schools designated as “exemplary” or “recognized”; under the state’s new rating system, top performing schools are listed as high-performing and high-progress.
Few campuses in the western portion of Hidalgo County earned either honor. Those that did are called Reward Schools.
A school is designated as high performing based on its reading and math performance. Graduation rates also are considered at Title I high schools. Schools are identified as high progress if they are in the top 25 percent in annual improvement or in the top 25 percent of the campuses that have shown the ability to close performance gaps.
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- Trooper Eduardo Chavez Memorial Highway
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Coyotes ready to howl
Huskies activating ‘beast mode’
Requenez returns to lead Lobos
Just two games into last year’s Palmview Lobos’ football district schedule the La Joya Independent School District’s (LJISD’s) Athletic Office announced the reassignment of head coach Manuel Flores and named...Read More...
Funeral Services Planned for Berta Olivarez Filut
Berta Hilda “Bert” Olivarez Filut, 59, passed away on Friday, September 5, 2014, at her home in Mission following a lengthy illness. Mrs. Filut was the executive director of Texas Citrus Fiesta for 19 years and was the owner of B&B Flowers and BP Feed Store. Active in the community, she received the Woman of the Year award for her broad volunteer efforts. While a member of the Lion’s Club, she served as secretary and received the Jack Welch Fellow Award and the Melvin Jones Fellow...Read More...
Residents split on Taylor expansion
Residents on Taylor Street are split on a joint effort to expand the roadway to five lanes. Dozens of residents showed up at a public forum at Romulo Martinez Elementary School to learn more about the project, which requires cooperation from the cities of Mission, McAllen and Palmhurst as well as...Read More...
Students return to school
There were tears from both students and parents Monday as schools in the area welcomed them in for the first day of class. La Joya Independent School District is one of few districts in the area to offer full-time pre-kindergarten programs, and some of the youngest students at Camarena Elementary weren’t quite ready for their parents to leave. The first day of the school is the only morning parents are allowed on campus to visit their children’s classrooms before school, and Principal...Read More...
DEATH NOTICE-Viridiana Hernandez
PENITAS - Viridiana Hernandez, 25, passed away on Friday, Sept. 26, 2014, in Mission.Read More...
DEATH NOTICE-Jose Mendez
ALTON - Jose Mendez, 82, passed away on Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014, at Mission Regional Medical Center. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 30, from 1 to 9 p.m. with a 7 p.m. rosary at Ric Brown Family Funeral Home in Mission.Read More...
DEATH NOTICE-Cecilia Soto
MISSION - Cecilia Soto, 60, passed away on Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014, at her home in Mission.Read More...
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