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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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In the wake of corruption scandal, La Joya ISD adopts strict new policies

The La Joya Independent School District approved new policies Wednesday designed to prevent businesses from improperly influencing members of the school board. Under the new policies, businesses are prohibited from contacting members of the school board with unsolicited proposals. Members of the school board, meanwhile, must notify the superintendent about conversations with people who do…

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Faced with slower growth, Amazon abandons Peñitas project

Amazon recently abandoned plans to build a massive, multi-story warehouse in Peñitas. The company had planned to build the warehouse — what Amazon calls a “fulfillment center” — near the intersection of U.S. 83 and North 23rd Street. Amazon, though, apparently killed the project after concluding it already had enough warehouse capacity. “Basically what we’re…

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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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