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Mission named a Better City for Pets

Mission added an accolade to its resumé when it was dubbed one of the Better Cities for Pets — a program created by Mars Petcare to help cities become more pet friendly. The city unveiled a new bone-shaped emblem at Bannworth Dog Park during a “paw-ty” on Monday. Community members and their pets attended to…

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Instagram account highlights alleged sexual abuse at Sharyland ISD

Updated 10.15.21, 3:49 p.m.: In an earlier version of this article, Progress Times named the Facebook page Red’s Voice in the defamation lawsuit. This has since been corrected to the Facebook page Voters Against Sexual Assault. The creator of Red’s Voice has no affiliation with Voters Against Sexual Assault. “This article appeared in the October…

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Mission FD to get ambulance unit

Mission took two more steps toward transitioning to a fire-based EMS system. City council authorized the purchase of an ambulance unit and engaging in ambulance consultant services during two special meetings this week. Previously, Mission operated exclusively on a third-city service EMS system, meaning a privately-owned ambulance company responded to 911 calls in Mission. Following…

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TLC Pharmacy offers third vaccine dose

This article first appeared in the August 20 issue of the Progress Times. Two days after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration authorized an additional dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, the TLC Pharmacy in Mission began administering the third shot to those in need. On Aug. 12, the FDA amended the emergency use authorizations for…

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MCISD home football games to be played elsewhere

Construction at Tom Landry Hall of Fame Stadium is underway, but that means the Mission High School and Veterans Memorial High School football teams will have to play their home games at other stadiums. The Tom Landry stadium bleachers were deemed unsafe due to cracked piers. Rick Hinojosa Engineering conducted a full stadium assessment at…

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Mask mandate for all school districts

Hidalgo County issued a mask mandate for all school districts, effective immediately for nine weeks. The mandate applies to students, employees and visitors in all district facilities and on school buses. The local health authority’s order states that school districts can opt-out of the mandate by a majority vote from their respective boards of trustees.…

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SHS alum hits first MLB home run

Tres Barrera, a 2013 Sharyland High School graduate turned professional baseball player, hit his first major league home run against the Miami Marlins Monday night. With the Washington Nationals up by four, Barrera led off the bottom of the second inning by launching the ball into the left-center field stands on a first-pitch hit, earning…

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O’Caña warns community about Delta variant

State health officials confirmed the first case of the COVID-19 Delta variant in Hidalgo County just days after Mayor Armando O’Caña urged the Mission community to be wary of the newer and more contagious COVID-19 strain. Hidalgo County Judge Richard F. Cortez announced that a 33-year-old unvaccinated male tested positive for COVID-19 while he was…

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SISD proposes ESSER plan, talks stipends

“This article appeared in the July 2 issue of the Progress Times.” Sharyland Administration presented their proposed plan for the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief funds at the June 22 school board meeting. They broke down the use of funds by function and dollar amount. And although it was not an item the trustees…

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MCISD board reorganization fails

“This article appeared in the July 2 issue of the Progress Times.” Mission CISD school board President Minnie Rodgers said she had a farewell speech prepared for when the new board president was voted into office, but she didn’t have the opportunity to read it. Two different motions to reorganize the trustees failed at the…

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