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Palmhurst to hold special mayoral election

This article originally ran in the May 13 issue of the Progress Times. With Mayor Ramiro Rodriguez Jr. winning the election, posthumously, the city now has to hold a special election to determine who will become the new leader of Palmhurst. A special election is like a reset, nullifying the original election. Within 120 days…

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Mission CISD incumbents sweep election

Veronica “Betty” Mendoza, Hermina “Minnie” Rodgers and Petra Ramirez will retain their positions on the Mission CISD board of trustees. The three women earned more than 50 percent of the votes in each of their races.  Mendoza, who earned 3,109 votes, went up against Amanda Salinas O’Caña, who earned 1,850, according to the unofficial results…

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Former coach wins election, incumbents remain on Sharyland board

David Keith defeated Irene Becerra Thompson by 15 votes in the race for place 7 on the Sharyland ISD board of trustees. According to the unofficial results on the Hidalgo County website, Keith earned 1,266 votes (37.19 percent), Thompson earned 1,251 votes (36.75 percent) and Leonor Garcia earned 877 votes (26.06 percent).  Even though Keith…

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Mission CISD chooses contractor for turf projects

This article originally ran in the May 6 issue of the Progress Times  At the April board of trustees meeting, the school board finalized a contract with Hellas Construction for the baseball and softball field turf projects. The board approved the contract for $3,852,000 for synthetic turf on all four fields and their bullpens.  Hellas…

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Visitor side construction underway at Tom Landry

After running into issues with the repairs at Tom Landry Hall of Fame Stadium, which delayed the project for months, Mission CISD leaders and the board of trustees decided to split the repairs into two projects. G&G Construction would continue work on the home side while the district put the visitor side out to bid…

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Sharyland parent urges for dress code change

Sharyland ISD employee and parent Meagan Sullivan stood in front of the Board of Trustees on April 25 for one reason — to ask the district to remove or relax the rule regarding hair length for male students.  For Sharyland boys, hair length must pass a three-way test. According to the Student Code of Conduct,…

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Mission CISD elections – Former trustee challenges incumbent

Three seats are up for election on the Mission CISD board of trustees — place 1, place 6 and place 7. In each place, an incumbent goes head-to-head with a challenger looking to unseat them.  In the race for place 7, former MCISD trustee Juan Carlos “JC” Avila goes up against two-term seatholder Hermina “Minnie”…

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New name to join Mission City Council

With place 3 council member Noralinda “Norie” Garza running for mayor, Mission will elect a brand new member to take her place on Mission City Council. Constituents will have the opportunity to choose from business owner Jose Vargas, retired police officer Javier Ramon and attorney Abiel Flores.  Vargas has owned and operated pharmacies in Mission…

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Football stadium repairs split into two projects

This article originally ran in the Feb. 18, 2022 issue of Progress Times. The Mission CISD board of trustees and administrators convened for school board meetings nearly every week of 2022 to discuss the progress at Tom Landry Hall of Fame Stadium. Each week representatives from Rick Hinojosa Engineering and G&G Construction presented the change…

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Trustees talk dress code changes at Sharyland

This article originally ran in the June 18, 2021 issue of the Progress Times. Sharyland’s student dress code was once again up for discussion at Monday’s board of trustees workshop, with tucked-in shirts becoming a point of contention. After previously meeting with the principals and reaching a consensus, administration proposed several revisions to the dress…

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