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Family finds strength in tragedy

20140410 MISSION Crime-Victims-Week 1719 featureJuan “J.J.” Sanchez was just 15 when he lost his big sister in an accident involving a drunken driving.

Nine years later, Sanchez and his family showed up in full force to remember Jessica Sanchez during the National Crime Victims Week event hosted by the Mission Police Department. But this year, there  were additions to the clan who Jessica will never know, like J.J’s own 2-month-old daughter.

J.J. remembered Jessica at 17 as a happy girl with a beautiful smile whom everyone loved.

“She would make you happy,” he said. “It’s a hole in your heart that’s always going to be there. It’s always a reminder to let you know you have to watch out and make sure they’re doing drinking the right way and not trying to get messed up and then jump in a car.”

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Thousands spent in race for mayor

City-of-Mission-logoFrom the beginning, Dr. John R. Guerra has said his campaign to become the next mayor of Mission is a grassroots effort.

Never was that more clear than when the 30-day campaign finance reports were submitted April 10. From January through April 10, Guerra spent $12,100, a fraction of what incumbent Mayor Norberto “Beto” Salinas and challenger Jaime Gutierrez spent during the same time period.

Salinas took out $75,000 in loans and took in another $50,400 in contributions. He spent $102,000. Meanwhile, Gutierrez received $58,000 in contributions and spent $56,000.

Neither Salinas or Gutierrez returned calls for comment.

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Two vie for Place 1 on MCISD Board

MCISDlogoMISSION—Two candidates are running for the open position of Place 1 on the Mission CISD Board of Trustees. With no incumbent, the place is open to either Marcie Gonzalez Acosta or Roy Vela.

Gonzalez Acosta is a member of the Alton community and plans to be the voice for her fellow citizens if elected to the board of trustees.

“We have amazing elementary schools and a junior high,” Gonzalez Acosta said. “I feel I would represent our teachers, administration and students by being their advocate when our vote needs to be heard.”

Read more: Two vie for Place 1 on MCISD Board

   

Progress Times invites community to mayoral, Palmview political forums

pt-square logoArea residents have some tough decisions ahead of them as the city and school board elections draw near, and we at Progress Times want to do what we can to keep voters informed.

The newspaper will host two political forums in the week leading up to early voting:

-Mayoral candidates will sound off at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 22, at the Speer Memorial Library, 801 E. 12th St. in Mission

-Palmview city commission candidates are scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday, April 26, at the meeting room at the Hidalgo County Pct. 3 offices, 724 N. Breyfogle in Mission.

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Shary Road lanes closed at Expressway 83

20140416 Shary-Rd-Lane-Closures JB 2408It’s the busiest intersection in the Rio Grande Valley, according to TxDOT. And the congestion just got a whole lot worse this week when construction crews closed parts of Shary Road down to just one lane of traffic to travel north and one to travel south.

Construction started this week to put in a raised median from Victoria Road (the Home Depot entrance) to the entrance to Cimarron (Cimarron Drive).

Concrete barriers were placed along Shary Road north and south of the expressway to take up the middle lane and one lane to each side. The three lanes will be blocked off for three months, according to Mission Police Chief Robert Dominguez.

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Candidates agree Palmview needs to grow

20140411 Palmview-ProudBoth Palmview slates are focusing on bringing more businesses to town, improving public safety and putting more focus on infrastructure.

And, yet, their visions for the future of the city vary widely.

Candidates for Palmview Leadership are Joe Chapa for mayor, Mario Garza in Place 1, Alejandro Cantu in Place 2 and Albino Villarreal in Place 4. All of whom have never run for an elected office before.

Palmview Proud candidates are Jerry Perez for mayor, Arlando Nacianceno in Place 1, Jose “Hoss” Hernandez in Place 2 and Ricky Villarreal in Place 4. Perez resigned his seat of 18 years as the Place 1 alderman to run for mayor, and this is Villarreal’s first bid for re-election to keep his seat.

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Peñitas library holds Easter event

20140415 PENITAS library-egg-hunt AF  7332PEÑITAS—Peñitas Public Library staff were overwhelmed by the huge turn out for the group’s Easter event held Tuesday. An estimated 140 children enjoyed an array of activities related to the holiday’s furry mascot, the Easter Bunny.

Library Director Yenni Espinoza said she was happy to see so many smiling faces in their recently renovated facility.

“To see all the kids coming in and for some of them it was their first time coming to the library since we reopened,” Espinoza said. “They were surprised; they ask what happened because the library is much bigger.”

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Community unites in Relay for Life

20140411 MISSION Relay-for-Life 1686 featureSome ran, wearing headphones to help pass the time, huffing and puffing around Tom Landry Stadium in Mission on Saturday morning.

Others walked casually around the track in pairs or groups, laughing or chatting.

All of them had been touched by cancer and wanted to do something about it. During the 16th American Cancer Society Relay For Life, groups from around the Upper Valley joined to raise money for the agency. At least one person from each group had a member walking on the track at all times.

“Relay is a unique opportunity for our community to come together to celebrate people who have battled cancer, remember those we’ve lost, and fight back against the disease,” Carlos Contreras, American Cancer Society specialist, stated in a news release. “Many of the participants are cancer survivors, which serves as a reminder that the Upper Valley is not immune to this disease and that by participating in relay, we are joining with the American Cancer Society’s efforts to create a world with less cancer and more birthdays."

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