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Texas Social Security Offices changing hours

Effective Nov. 19, Texas Social Security offices will be open to the public Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. – a reduction of 30 minutes each weekday. In addition, beginning Jan. 2, offices will close to the public at noon every Wednesday.

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The Refugees of Domiz: Thousands flee war-torn Syria to refugee camp in Kurdistan

20121116 Kurdistan DY Kurdish Refugees-5 featureShe looked exhausted with the dirt on her face from when she slipped in the mud while crossing the border—her baby asleep in her arms. Her two older boys stood quietly beside her as her husband, carrying their fourth child, spoke with officials. After losing his father, a brother and an uncle in the fighting in Syria, he made the decision to escape. His family’s safety was more important than protecting their house in Dargecit, Syria. And so they walked into the Domiz Refugee Camp only an hour before.

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Veterans Day ceremony set for Monday, Nov. 12

20120905 War Veterans Memorial McAllen Frank Plummer JMB  0081A Veterans Day celebration will be held at the Veterans War Memorial of Texas, in McAllen, on Monday, Nov. 12 at 11 a.m., with Sgt. Major Richard Clem (Ret.) as the keynote speaker.

Clem is recently retired from active duty at the White Sands Missile Base and has been to Afghanistan several times.

Events will start with the raising of a 150-foot high American flag owned by crane operator Jim Shawn. As the flag is raised, Steven Lopez, University of Texas-Pan American student, will sing the national anthem.

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Hair Show funds wigs and scarves for Cancer survivors

20121102 HairShow IMG 4996 featureMCALLEN—What do colored extensions, LED lights, glitter, Kool-Aid and Slinky have in common? These were all items used in hairstyles at the 3rd Annual Care for Hair Show: BATTLE of the DECADES on Oct. 24 at Metropolis Night Club in McAllen.

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Turn Back Those Clocks: Daylight Saving Time ends Sunday

20121101 DaylightSavingIt’s time to fall back with daylight saving time ending on Sunday, Nov. 4. Most of the United States ends daylight saving time at 2 a.m. Clocks should be turned back 1 hour, changing the time from 2 a.m. to 1 a.m.

As a reminder, with Daylight Saving Time, many fire departments encourage citizens to change their smoke alarm batteries when turning back the time.

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County questions subdivision in flood zone

The question of whether land located in flood zones should be developed for residential use was a topic of prime discussion in the Tuesday, Oct. 30, meeting of the Hidalgo County Commissioners Court.

County Planning Director Raul Sesin asked for preliminary approval of Vista Ridge Acres Phase IV in Precinct 1. Developer Jack McClelland is trying to develop one- or two-acre home sites where the front part of the land is not in the flood zone, while the rear portion of the land is in the flood zone. Sesin said construction of buildings would only be allowed on the land not designated by FEMA as a flood zone. The rest of the lots could be used to raise goats or horses or other animals since the land is located in a rural area.

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Labor of Love: Art League president isn’t done yet

20121019-Maxilou-Link-006 featureMaxilou Link, 12-time president of the Upper Valley Art League, has helped transform the artists’ organization and create the largest gallery in the Rio Grande Valley to host the works of local artists. Progress Times photo by Doug YoungWith paintings hanging from nearly every available space, it would be easy to believe the Kika de la Garza Building has always been a home for local artists.

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