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What’s new in the Progress Times?

Another week is ending, which means it’s time for a new issue of the Progress Times.


Below is a sneak peek at tomorrow’s front page stories, which include Mission Mayor Norberto “Beto” Salinas reaction to President Donald Trump’s plan to reduce the country’s $19 trillion debt to an update on Alton’s Five Mile Road widening project.


To read the full stories, make sure you pick up an issue of it tomorrow wherever our papers are sold.

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Alton’s assistant city manager says the memorial in honor of 21 Mission junior high and high school students who died in September, 1989 when their bus was knocked into a flooded caliche pit at Bryan Road and 5 Mile Road in Alton will not be impacted by a $22 million road widening project set to begin sometime in 2018.

Five Mile Road widening should not impact student memorial

By Joe Hinton


Alton’s assistant city manager said plans to more than double the width of one of the city’s two main thoroughfares will not impact a roadside memorial honoring 21 Mission students who died in a 1989 school bus crash in the city.


The comment from Jeff Underwood, assistant Alton city manager, followed the Alton city commission’s approval to spend $1.3 million to acquire property along an approximately four mile stretch of 5 Mile Road for the widening project. The allocation matches what Hidalgo County is providing for an overall $22 million Texas Department of Transportation project that will widen 5 Mile Road between State Hwy 107 and Ware Road. The project will double the number of lanes from two to four and include a center turning lane with shoulders on both sides, Underwood said.


Mayor supports Trump effort to reduce $19 trillion debt
Says city will likely continue housing rehab program
By Joe Hinton


For Mission natives Roberto E. Villarreal and Hector Martinez, the homes the City of Mission built for them using federally funded Community Development Block Grants are the best they’ve ever lived in.


In 2015 the city demolished the home Martinez’s late father, Eleuterio, first purchased in the 1950s in the Madero subdivision on the city’s south side after it became too dilapidated to repair.


“The old house the roof leaked, it was wood framed, uninsulated and leaning to one side,” Martinez, 48, said Wednesday recalling the house he moved into with his father in 2010 after medical issues hospitalized the younger Martinez for nearly a year and he was forced into medical retirement from his job as a certified dialysis technician. “The floors were uneven and the kitchen floor was sinking into the groun


Son of migrant farm workers new Mission planning director

By Joe Hinton


As a young man growing up in Mission Jaime Acevedo had dreams of becoming a doctor. That is until he began taking pre-med classes at the University of Texas Pan American campus.


“In high school you had your science classes where you would do autopsies on frogs and different things. But when I got to Pan Am they actually had little babies and it kind’a freaked me out and I realized this was not for me,” said Acevedo, who on Monday was introduced as the City of Mission’s new Planning Department Director.


Mission Valero robbed, two men arrested

A pair of 18-year-old San Juan men have been booked into the Hidalgo County Jail on allegations they held up a Mission convenience store Monday.


Mark A. Reyes and Luis D. Almazan are each being held in lieu of a half-million dollar bond after being charged with the armed robbery of the Valero Stripes Store at 311 N. Conway Avenue.


According to Mission Police Lt. Jody Tittle, the two men entered the store about 5:28 a.m. and Reyes allegedly brandished a handgun before the pair left with an undisclosed amount of cash and lottery tickets. Tittle said Reyes was arrested March 27 and Almazan was arrested the next day. Police did not disclose how detectives were able to identify the suspects nor where each was arrested.

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