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Matt’s Cash & Carry owners mourn after business burns down

This article appeared in the January 7 issue of the Progress Times. Municipalities Valley-wide called in to put out the flames PHARR, TX–Isaac Smith was out of town when his family-owned business, Matt’s Cash & Carry Building Materials, went up in flames on New Year’s Day. “As soon as I heard what was going on,…

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Palmview hosts annual Christmas Posada

This article appeared in the Dec. 24 issue of the Progress Times. The City of Palmview and the Palmview Chamber of Commerce collaborated with community businesses and local schools to celebrate their Annual Posada last Thursday. Vendor tables lined up outside the Palmview Parks & Recreation Gym, selling food, warm drinks like coffee, accessories, and…

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Palmhurst hosts second annual Toy Giveaway Drive-Thru

This article appeared in the Dec. 24 issue of the Progress Times. The Palmhurst Police Department gave their time to help distribute toys to community children during last Friday’s Second Annual Christmas Toy Giveaway. A toy drive that originally began for a Palmhurst school spread into a Toy Drive that neighboring cities could also partake…

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UTRGV Athletics referendum meets mixed views from student body

Despite reassurance from the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Athletic Department, some students are hesitant about the recent referendum expanding on sports programs. The referendum attempts to add a spirit program on Edinburg and Brownsville campuses, a marching band, a Division I women’s swimming and diving program, and a Division I FCS football program.…

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Sharyland High School celebrates 100 years of SISD

Celebrates first annual Sharypalooza event Sharyland ISD celebrated 100 years of excellence alongside Sharyland High School’s Homecoming parade and first annual Sharypalooza Wednesday evening. Floats with student organizations, such as the Sharyland High School Junior Varsity Cheer Squad, and vehicles with the student homecoming royals lined up at the Mission Event Center, made their route…

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Greater Mission Chamber of Commerce hosts Annual Member Award Ceremony

This article appeared in the October 29 issue of the Progress Times. Mauve, blue, and orange decor accented the Mission Event Center as they welcomed guests to ‘A night in Morocco: Annual Member Awards.’ Upon entering through the main doors, caterers greeted guests with complimentary champagne. Guests were then led to the main event room…

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Alton Fire Department hosts drive-thru for Fire Prevention Week Sparky’s 70th birthday also celebrated

This article appeared in the Oct. 15 issue of the Progress Times. The Alton Fire Department celebrated Sparky’s 70th birthday this past Saturday during Fire Prevention Week, October 3-9, 2021, and hosted a drive-thru for community members to join in on the awareness. The drive-thru event, which went through extensive planning for 3-weeks, was something…

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Alton hosts final ‘Disaster Aware, Alton Prepared’ event

Alton hosted the final session of the ‘Disaster Aware, Alton Prepared’ event, where attendees received tips on home protection and personal safety measures for cold weather. The ‘Disaster Aware, Alton Prepared’ six-month community event has educated the public on safety measures of natural disasters, severe weather, and beautification of the city with personal responsibility. All…

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Mission CISD prepares to welcome students back during pandemic

Mission CISD is taking steps to welcome its faculty, staff, and students for the upcoming school year to in-person learning at 100% capacity. Superintendent Dr. Carol G. Perez for the Mission Consolidated Independent School District said that protocols the district adopted at the start of COVID will still be in place to ensure everyone’s safety.…

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