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What’s new this week at the Progress Times?

With our latest issue hitting newsstands tomorrow, the Progress Times is providing our readers with a sneak peek at our front-page stories.


These stories range from Mission residents participating in a global event to eradicate human trafficking to an overview of the Mission Historical Museum’s Night at the Boo!seum event.


As always, check out these teasers below and pick up a copy of our latest issue wherever newsstands are available.

20161015 Trafficking Walk PalmValley JB 13Daring to do what God calls you to do

On a recent Saturday morning many Mission residents noticed a seemingly never-ending line of people dressed in black wearing black tape across their mouths walking down E. Griffin Parkway toward Shary Road.  There were 600 people in that long, black line, walking in silence, single file. It wasn’t a protest, but a silent cry for help on behalf of the victims of human trafficking — modern day slaves used for sex or exploited for labor.  


Stephanie Hernandez organized the local “Walk for Freedom” after feeling called of God to do something about a very real problem that affects many young girls, boys and adults here locally as well as across the globe.


Citizens group wants Prop 1 supporters ousted from office

Members of an area watchdog group are calling for Hidalgo County residents to defeat a proposition on the Nov. 8 election ballot that, if passed, would create a county health care taxing district. They’re also calling on voters to oust the lawmakers who brought the measure back two years after it was defeated in the last general election.


Members of Objective Watchers of the Legal System (OWLS) said they want residents to defeat Proposition 1 because it would put a burden on the county’s poor and its ripple effect would adversely impact everyone by increasing the area’s cost of living.  At the top of the list of lawmakers the group wants removed are state Sen. Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa and state Rep. Bobby Guerra, both Democrats.


La Joya breaks ground on new city hall, police station

The “Jewel of the Valley” will soon shine brighter.


The city of La Joya held a groundbreaking for a new city hall and police station Wednesday, Oct. 26. Public officials, including La Joya Mayor Fito Salinas and City Administrator Mike Alaniz, were on hand to celebrate the occasion for the city.


Record numbers attend Halloween bash

A record number of children and their parents attended Monday’s Halloween event at the Mission Historical Museum, said one museum official.


“This was the largest group of people we’ve ever had,” said Linda Castaneda, who is in charge of the museum’s membership and business development.It was the third year for the event dubbed, “Mission’s Halloween Mysteries at the Boo!seum.” In the previous two years the event drew an estimated 2,500 and 3,000 persons, said Castaneda, a retired banker who has been with the museum for nine years.

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