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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.


First Palmhurst National Night Out set for Oct. 2

PALMHURST—The Palmhurst Police Department will present the city’s First National Night Out on Oct. 2 from 6 - 9 p.m. An event, in the past, that has been shared with the city of Mission, will be held at the North Mission Church of Christ at 1410 E. Mile 3 Road.

Chief of Police Michael A. Vela said to kick off the night out, a convoy will commence on 3 Mile Road beginning on Shary Road and ending on Stewart Road.


Peñitas White Wing Festival a success

20120922 Penitas White Wing Festival-lg-34 FEATUREPalmview High School’s conjunto La Tradicion performs during the Peñitas White Wing Festival on Saturday. Progress Times photo by Luciano GuerraPEÑITAS — The third annual White Wing Festival in Peñitas was a big hit among those attending last weekend. It was also a big hit for the non-profit Peñitas White Wing Festival board that organized and hosted the event. From the early morning cook-off and the 5K run/walk to the live music that began at noon and continued until midnight, there were plenty of activities for those in attendance.


Peñitas considers 27 percent tax hike

PEÑITAS—The Peñitas City Council held its second public hearing Tuesday to address

a possible 10 cent tax rate increase. This would be 27 percent higher than the current tax

rate of $0.3625 per $100 valuation.

The council is scheduled to vote on the proposed tax rate increase at a meeting on Sept. 25 at 1320 S. Main St. at 6 p.m.


Peñitas White Wing Festival packed with action Saturday

The City of Peñitas will host the third annual Peñitas White Wing Festival Saturday, Sept. 22, combining several major events into a day full of activities, including a 5K Run, a cook-off competition, a car show, kids carnival and many hours of fun with music provided by 15 live bands.

Homer Tijerina, president of the Peñitas White Wing Festival non-profit, which puts on the annual event, said headliners for the event include the musical group The Hometown Boys, a Tejano-Norteño group, and Ram Herrera, a Tejano performer. Sons of the Rio Grande will bring country music to the festival grounds, while several other groups will perform throughout the day, including the three La Joya ISD high school mariachi groups – Mariachi Los Coyotes, Mariachi Sol ad Mariachi Los Lobos. Their conjunto counterparts will also perform: Conjunto Los Diamantes, Conjunto Sol and Conjunto La Tradicion.


West Nile Virus confirmed in Hidalgo County

EDINBURG – Hidalgo County officials were notified Sept. 7 by the Texas Department of State Health Services of a positive confirmation of the West Nile virus in Hidalgo County. County leaders held a press conference on Saturday, Sept. 8, at the Hidalgo County Health Department to address the issue.


Tempers flare at commissioners’ court over $5 million Pct. 2 fund

County officials continue to struggle with the upcoming budget shortfall as they seek ways to treat employees in an equitable way. In last week’s Hidalgo County Commissioners’ Court meeting it was stated that a 4.7 percent Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) would be given across the board. This week, a three percent COLA is being proposed instead.


Los Ebanos Ferry to get new port facility following flood

20120809 Los Ebanos Ferry -Church lg-5 featureThe Los Ebanos Ferry on one of its many daily trips across the Rio Grande River. Progress Times photo by Luciano GuerraLOS EBANOS — Thirteen miles west of Mission in the small, quiet border town of Los Ebanos, a scene right out of the history books takes place nearly 100 times a day: Pedestrians and motorists float across the Rio Grande River on a ferry powered solely by five men pulling on a rope.


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