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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.”

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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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Mission CISD looks at raising taxes

MCISDlogoThe tax rate at Mission CISD might be raised anywhere from 5.5 and 13 cents to help make ends meet as the district faces a $3.2 million shortfall this current fiscal year.

Committee members discussed the shortfall and possible tax increase during a recent finance committee meeting when budget personnel estimated an even bigger shortfall next year if the tax rate is not increased.

In 2011, voters approved a tax ratification election that did not change the overall tax rate, but bumped up the district’s maintenance and operations tax rate from $1.04 to $1.17 and lowered the district’s debt service rate by 13 cents. Before and after the tax ratification election, the overall tax rate remained the same at $1.30.

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Future of Palmview at stake in upcoming election

20140411 Palmview-Leadership-CandidatesPALMVIEW–It’s four against four in the fight for the future of their city as the May election looms and two informal political parties take shape.

Palmview Leadership is a group of businessman who believe they can get the city’s finances under control while improving the city. None have run for office before.

“The city should be running like business,” said Joe Chapa, the slate’s mayoral candidate. “It takes businessmen to run a business. The other four individuals running for office are not businessman. We are businessmen. You cannot earn $10 and spend $20.”

Meanwhile, Palmview Proud includes two men who’ve already served on the city’s board of aldermen as well as two others who grew up in the area and have helped out in previous elections. They plan to focus on the Boys and Girls Club, infrastructure, public safety and economic development.

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