A new issue of the Progress Times is coming tomorrow. Since you’re all clearly excited for our latest edition, we’re providing you with a sneak peek at our front-page stories.
Pick up our issue to check out our preview of the La Joya city council elections, fans of the Veterans Memorial High School Patriots discussing the lack of home games this season and the latest on a freeway toll road coming to the area in a few years.
If you pick up our issue, you’ll also read the latest on Palmview interim City Manager Leonardo Olivares having his contract with the city extended, a new initiative for women at the Mission Economic Development Corporation and a preview of this week’s big games.
To read these stories and more in full, be sure to grab a copy of the Progress Times wherever our paper is sold!
Another hurdle passed in south-side freeway toll road
By Joe Hinton
Another hurdle has been passed toward creation of a 120-mile beltway for Hidalgo County.
On Tuesday contractors from across Texas and out of state met with officials of the Hidalgo County Regional Mobility Authority in a mandatory pre-bid meeting to discuss plans for the first 12.2 mile, $168.8 million leg of the beltway that will traverse southwestern Hidalgo County.
The deadline for submitting bids on the project is Nov. 10 and the contract will be awarded on Nov. 28 followed by a pre-construction meeting on Jan. 8.
Pilar Rodriguez, the HCRMA’s executive director, said the agency hopes to start construction in March on the proposed four lane highway known as the 365 Toll Project with a 42-month construction schedule. He said the highway is being designed with the potential to expand to six lanes with three in each direction.
La Joya City Council candidates outline platforms
By Jose De Leon III
With this year’s general election set for Nov. 7 and early voting commencing Monday, Oct. 23, the Progress Times reached out to the four candidates vying for two seats on the La Joya City Council.
Mary Salinas (Place 3) is the only incumbent running for reelection. She is joined by newcomer Ray Acosta (Place 1) to make the “Team L1berty” slate.
The duo faces off against the “Progress for La Joya” slate, made up of businesswoman Maria Aurora Ruiz (Place 1) and former La Joya Finance Director Rosa Treviño (Place 3).
While both slates want to make improvements in the city, they have focused on differing priorities.
Fans take ‘home away from home’ games in stride
By Joe Hinton
Except for a smaller press box and visitor’s bleachers – and the absence of a 12-foot tall statue of Tom Landry out front – Mercedes High School’s Tiger Stadium is nearly a mirror image of the as-yet completed Tom Landry Hall of Fame Stadium at Mission High School.
And despite having to drive east a half hour to get to the Oct. 13 game between the Veterans Memorial High School Patriots and Laredo Nixon High School Mustangs, the Patriot’s were well represented by fans in the home team’s bleachers. And complaints about having to make the drive from Mission to Mercedes because the Tom Landry Stadium is still under construction two months after its original completion date were few and far between.
Overview: seven state constitutional amendments on ballot
First of a two part series
By Joe Hinton
With early voting beginning Monday and the general or “constitutional amendment election” Nov. 7, the Progress Times takes a look at the seven amendments to the Texas constitution in as many ballot propositions. The overview, broken into two parts, this week and next, is based on information obtained from The League of Women Voters of Texas, Ballotpedia and published reports.
When not otherwise attributed, the majority of the arguments presented for and against a proposition were authored by the Texas House Research Organization and published by the League of Woman Voters and Ballotpedia. The HRO is a nonpartisan, independent department of the Texas House of Representatives comprised of 15 House members elected by the House membership. It provides impartial information on legislation and issues before the Texas Legislature.