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Former Princess Annas vying for queen

Only twice in Texas Citrus Fiesta history has a Princess Anna gone on to covet the title of Queen Citrianna. This year, two former princesses are vying for the crown.  Iyslah Flores and Mia Ayala were crowned the 62nd and 65th Princess Annas, respectively. Both come from families intertwined in TCF history. Ayala’s aunt was…

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A different kind of Thanksgiving, how a Sharyland educator celebrates

Dr. Leila Flores-Torres has spent the last 20 years traveling for Thanksgiving. Her destinations of choice? Areas with rich Indigenous cultures.  Flores-Torres is a Mexican immigrant who has lived in the United States for 26 years. She moved to the U.S. at age 24 after she earned her degree and became a licensed psychologist. Once…

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‘The acting bug bit me’

This article appeared in the Oct. 7 issue of the Progress Times. Mission HS grad JT Campos talks acting in the TV/film industry and Queen of the South Mission High School graduate Joseph Thomas ‘JT’ Campos never imagined acting would change his life. The Queen of the South actor tells his experience in the TV…

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Veterans reflect on Independence Day

Parades, fireworks, and celebrations run wild every year in cities around the United States of America. They follow a tradition when it comes to the most glorious and liberating holiday of the country, Independence Day. There I was at the steps of the Upper Valley Art League (UVAL), in Mission, Texas with retired Army Sgt.…

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Review: VMHS drama club comes alive in ‘Xanadu’

The Harlequin Drama Club from Veterans Memorial High School performed the Broadway musical “Xanadu” at the VMHS Performing Arts Center Thursday night. Let me preface this review by saying that I am probably one of four people in the world that loves the movie “Xanadu.” It is, admittedly, the best bad movie, which makes it…

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Member Market offers open air shopping

EDINBURG – The Edinburg Chamber of Commerce will host its outdoor Member Market from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday, April 22, at the historic Edinburg Chamber Depot, 602 W. University Dr. Edinburg. The public can support small businesses while discovering food and product vendors and services from different members of the Edinburg Chamber…

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Mission Chamber CANCELS Winter Texans Drive-In Concert

Winter Texan Fiesta Drive-In Concert, Canceled.  MISSION, TX – After careful evaluation and consideration, the Greater Mission Chamber of Commerce (GMCC) has decided to cancel this year’s Winter Texan Drive-In Concert, scheduled for Thursday, February 25, 2021, due to the ongoing inclement weather conditions and power outages across the city. The GMCC apologizes for any…

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Calculated, chaotic victory in The Queen’s Gambit

Mix genius, addiction, personal tragedy and triumph, and you get coming-of-age miniseries The Queen’s Gambit. Premiering to rave reviews on Netflix last year, The Queen’s Gambit tells the story of Beth Harmon, an introverted young girl (then woman) who discovers her masterful affinity toward chess. The seven-episode miniseries is based on the 1983 novel of…

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An unexpected Christmas film

One wouldn’t normally expect a Christmas movie to start with a bank robbery, but Hope for the Holidays takes us there from the get-go. Just in time for the season, Hope for the Holidays is available to rent or purchase on Amazon Prime. When our publisher Dee Rendon suggested I review it, and we watched…

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