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Bobby Guerra pledges to support education, healthcare for District 41

20110916_DISTRICT-41_BOBBY-GUERRA_EPG_PAGE-1_0066McALLEN — Former Hidalgo County Democratic Party Chairman R.D. “Bobby” Guerra last week told supporters in the newly reconfigured District 41 that they should be represented by someone who’s dedicated to the ideals of the district.

“This is not about Democrats or Republicans,” Guerra said at an event kicking off his campaign to be the Democratic candidate for the state representative seat in the 2012 election. “This is not about being in power, it’s about what’s right. It’s time to make things right.”

District 41 in the last Legislature was reworked, cutting out chunks of McAllen, formally covered by Democrat Veronica Gonzales. It’ll now be represented by Republican Aaron Peña, who previously belonged to District 40, which extended west to some of the most Democratic parts of the county. Under the new plan, District 41 represents parts or all of the cities of McAllen, Edinburg, Mission, Palmhurst and Pharr.

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‘We can’t afford it’

20110916_Hidalgo-County-SealNo action on new county court

EDINBURG — The Hidalgo County Commissioners’ Court on Tuesday took no action on selecting a judge for Hidalgo County Court-at-Law No. 7 after not being able to agree on a candidate last week.

But on Wednesday, commissioners said they were inclined to forgo funding for the new court this budget cycle all together, citing budget and space constraints.

“We’re shooting from the hip,” said Precinct 1 Commissioner Joel Quintanilla of funding the court. “We’re not ready.”

By delaying the court’s creation and omitting its costs, which includes staffing, the county can save about $600,000 this year, Budget Officer Sergio Cruz said Wednesday.

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Citizen awards nominations close Wednesday

20101022-MrMission-WEBNomination deadline for the Mission citizen awards is 5 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 21, said Jim Brunson, publisher of the Progress Times. The awards for Mr. Mission, First Lady of Mission, Man of the Year and Woman of the Year will be presented by the Progress Times at the annual banquet of the Mission Chamber of Commerce on October 11.

Nominations may be submitted in person at the Progress Times office at 1217 N. Conway or by mail to Citizen Awards, c/o Progress Times, P.O. Box 399, Mission, Texas 78573. Nomi­nations may also be submitted by email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or by fax to 956-585-2304.

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County budget cuts won’t affect salaries

EDINBURG — At this week’s Hidalgo County budget workshop, county leaders said they didn’t want budget cuts to affect county staff.

“I don’t think we ought to be impacting our employees with furloughs or (salary) cuts,” Hidalgo County Judge Ramon Garcia said Wednesday. “If we’re going to be cutting, it should be something in the operating budget.”

Last week, officials decided on a three percent departmental budget cut that excluded law enforcement. Budget Officer Sergio Cruz said those cuts in some departments may mean someone loses their job. On Tuesday, officials said they didn’t want to see that happen.

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THE 24/7 PROGRESS REPORT

20110909_MCISD-Parent-Portal-001MCISD kicks off Parental Portal program

MISSION — Ida Gonzales is looking forward to taking an active role in her daughter’s education this year, discussing grades and homework assignments with Alyssa who just started high school at Veterans Memorial. But instead of waiting for a printed progress report or report card, Gonzales will look to the Internet for updates. Starting this week, Gonzales and hundreds of other parents will be able to log into a computer program to view their child’s grades via Mission Consolidated Independent School District’s new Parent Portal.

The Parent Portal aims to get parents access to their child’s assignments, attendance, class schedules and grades from their own computer at anytime.

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We Remebmer

20110909_KIA-Gonzalez-Body-Home-06Honoring fallen soldiers

The terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 have robbed the Mission area of six of its sons, brothers and fathers. The military support in Operation Iraqi Freedom from this area suffered from hostile after being struck by roadside bombs or improvised explosive devises (IEDs) or insurgent attacks.

Their deaths changed the course of life for their families and the community who welcomed them home before being laid to rest.

Immediately following their deaths, mourning parents said their sons served their country with honor and without reservation.

As the country remembers the lives lost in the terrorist attacks of a decade ago, the Progress Times would like to celebrate Mission’s soldiers and their families for their ultimate sacrifice.

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TxDOT Highway Construction Advisory for US Hwy 83 in Peñitas

The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) Pharr District will continue to overlay US 83 in the Peñitas area.

Where: US 83 (continue westbound between FM 492 to BUS 83 West in Penitas)

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BUSTING AT THE SEAMS

20110830_SISD_BoardMeeting_CAB_006SISD bond election set

MISSION — Sharyland could soon be the largest high school in the Rio Grande Valley and one of the largest in the state, in terms of student enrollment.

“That is not a goal we want to obtain,” said Sharyland Independent School District Superintendent Scott Owings.

Sharyland has built a reputation as being one of the best, if not the best, school districts in the Valley. This district does not want to lose that level of excellence we have established in the past, said Owings. All studies show that when schools get too large, education quality goes down.

With this in mind, SISD trustees voted this week to move forward with plans to build a second high school and called for a $55 million bond election to fund the project. The bond election will be held Nov. 8.

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