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Pigskin Jubilee marching band contest Saturday

The 70th Annual Pigskin Jubilee Region XV University Interscholastic League (UIL) Marching Band Contest will be held Saturday, Oct. 20 at the McAllen Memorial Stadium beginning at 4 p.m.

Acting UIL Executive Secretary Oralia Gonzalez said high schools from Alamo to Roma will be participating in the event, a total of 22 marching bands.

The schedule for La Joya, Mission and Sharyland school districts is as follows:


17th Texas Butterfly Festival starts Oct. 25

October is butterfly season in the Rio Grande Valley and the Mission Chamber of Commerce will be drawing attention to the hundreds of butterfly species found in South Texas during the 17th annual Texas Butterfly Festival at the National Butterfly Center, located at 3333 Butterfly Park Drive in Mission on October 25-28.


Mission Lions host BBQ fundraiser

Members of the Mission Lions Club are selling tickets to a top sirloin barbecue to be held Sunday, Oct. 28 at the Hidalgo County Pavilion, located on South Inspiration Rd.

Tickets to the sumptuous barbecue are only $7 and are available from any member of the Mission Lions Club or at the Progress Times office, located at 1217 N. Conway.


Power of Pink Breakfast focuses on breast cancer awareness

MISSION—Renee’s of Sharyland, located on 2600 E. Griffin Parkway, held its 9th Annual Power of Pink Breakfast. In observance of National Breast Cancer Awareness month, the event provided an inside look at cancer, its survivors and preventative measures women can practice.

Tomas Tijerina and Renee Martin, owners of Renee’s of Sharyland, welcomed the group of over 50 women dining at the event. Pink roses were left for each visitor at the breakfast tables along with bags full of pink instruction manuals for self examinations provided by local hospitals.


Mission to honor top citizens at chamber banquet

The votes are in. Mission’s outstanding citizens for 2012 have been selected, but their identities will remain a secret until the annual banquet of the Greater Mission Chamber of Commerce next Tuesday evening at Mario’s Banquet and Conference Center.

Presentation of the citizens awards for Mr. Mission, First Lady of Mission, Man of the Year and Woman of the Year will be a major highlight of this year’s annual banquet. The Progress Times accepted nominations for the awards in September and selection committees comprised of each award’s past recipients were formed to choose this year’s honorees.


Castro Elementary teachers remember co-workers with walk

20121006 MissionPink Castro Elementary Staff 1841 FEATURESFaculty and staff from Castro Elementary School turned out in large numbers Saturday for the annual Mission Pink Run/Walk for Breast Cancer Awareness. The school lost a teacher to breast cancer last year, and another teacher is battling the disease this year. Courtesy photoAs speakers pumped out dance music and thumping bass Saturday morning, runners and walkers of all ages created a river of pink outside Mission Regional Medical Center. Teams made shirts and carried signs with the names of women they honored during the Fourth Annual Mission Pink Run/Walk for Breast Cancer Awareness.


Palmhurst hosts first National Night Out

20121002 Palmhurst-National-Night-Out AF 0033 FeaturePalmhurst Mayor Ramiro Rodriguez and Chief of Police Michael A. Vela initiated the ribbon cutting ceremony at the Palmhurst National Night Out event with members of the City of Palmhurst Council and Palmhurst Police Department. Progress Times photo by Andrielle FigueroaPALMHURST—Tuesday evening, the City of Palmhurst had hundreds of citizens celebrate its first National Night out at the North Mission Church of Christ at 1410 E. Mile 3 Road. Attendees received free printed shirts marking the event and enjoyed performances from Midkiff Elementary School.


Town meetings explain upcoming county bond election for drainage

“Passing this bond issue is not a choice, it is a necessity. While voting for the bond issue may raise taxes by $25 a year, that is nothing compared to the cost of losing one’s home and possibly life in the flooding that would occur. We need to get the word out to make people understand how critical the drainage issue is,” said Dr. Gloria Egli of Weslaco, at the Weslaco Town meeting on the upcoming $184 million bond election to address drainage issues.

The $25 Elgi referred to was based on the value of a property valuation of $100,000. At a tax increase of $0.025, the average increase to property owners would be $25 per year. The average property in Hidalgo County is valued at slightly less than $100,000.


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