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Final 2016 issue of Progress Times

Tomorrow, we will release our final issue of the year as we will not go to print until January 6.

With the exception of the Winter Texan Times, our sister publications (Sharyland Times and The Progress) will not be publishing next week either.

Below is a sneak peek of our front page stories. Be sure to pick up a copy of this issue once it hits newsstands and have a safe holiday season. We shall see you next year.

Husband of Mission city councilwoman killed Thursday

The husband of Mission Mayor Pro-Tem Norie G. Garza was killed yesterday after being struck by a vehicle near his Mission home.

Oscar Garza, 59, a longtime Mission businessman and public servant was struck by a southbound vehicle about 6:30 a.m. as he walked his dogs in the 2900 block of North Bryan Road, according to a Mission Police Department Press release. The driver, whose name was not released, called Mission police to the scene. Garza was transported to Doctor’s Hospital at Renaissance in Edinburg where he succumbed to his injuries, per the press release.

Hidalgo County official reports Edinburg Main Canal leak stopped
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This file photo of one of several leaks into a City of Mission storm water drain shows water pouring into the concrete drainage structure underneath the Edinburg Main Canal. Hidalgo County Irrigation District No. 1 engineers estimate they have been losing 5 to 6 million gallons of water per day since the leaks were first discovered eight weeks ago. A video showing the leaks is available online at www.ptrgv.com. Courtesy photo

Water from the Edinburg Main Canal that was spilling an estimated 5 million gallons a day into a ditch that provides the main storm water runoff for Mission’s north side has been stopped, a Hidalgo County official said.

Hidalgo County Irrigation District 1 General Manager Rusty McDaniel told the Progress Times the canal “hadn’t leaked a drop” since a county work crew completed repairs on the canal about three weeks ago.

On Sept. 22 an irrigation district official informed Mission City Manager Martin Garza Jr. water was spilling into the city’s concrete culvert that runs underneath the canal about a quarter mile east of Stewart Road. Photos taken by an engineer hired by the city to review the problem revealed at least a half dozen places where canal water was pouring through seams that connect sections of the culvert.

La Joya ISD pays employees $2.4M in Christmas bonus

Christmas stockings for children whose parents work for the La Joya Independent School District may be more stuffed this year thanks to the school board.

During a special meeting Dec. 12 the La Joya ISD Board of Trustees voted to provide all district employees with a one-time supplemental holiday payment of $500.

The district has 4,747 employees including teachers and auxiliary workers like custodians and school bus drivers across 29 campuses, according to the district’s public information office. Though the district did not release the exact total of the bonuses, School Board President Oscar O. “Coach” Salinas said all staff members should have received the bonus by today. Calls to the district’s finance office were not returned by press time but if each employee received a bonus the total comes to $2,373,500.

La Joya Housing Authority fires executive director

Following his indictment for wire fraud La Joya’s Housing Authority has voted to fire its executive director. The action came nearly a month after the board of directors suspended Juan J. “J.J.” Garza without pay.

Garza attended the Dec. 16 special board meeting when he was terminated from the position he held for 17 years. During the same meeting the board voted to fire the authority’s auditor.

 

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