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Judge temporarily prohibits Mission from making payments to company linked to western Hidalgo County corruption scandal

A state judge stopped the city of Mission from making payments to Performance Services Inc. on Tuesday after federal prosecutors linked the company to a kickback scheme. State District Judge Noe Gonzalez made the announcement during a hearing Tuesday morning in a civil lawsuit filed by former Mission Mayor Norberto “Beto” Salinas. Attorney Rick Salinas,…

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Sullivan City appoints interim police chief

The Sullivan City Council quietly selected an interim police chief last month. Sgt. Reynaldo Cortes, 30, of Sullivan City — the son of former City Councilwoman Adriana Rodriguez and the cousin of former Mayor Leo Garcia — accepted the temporary assignment on Dec. 21. “He has a passion for his hometown,” said Alamo police Chief…

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3 men accused of threatening Border Patrol agent

The Texas Rangers arrested three men last month after they allegedly threatened a Border Patrol agent during a traffic stop in La Joya. Jose Guadalupe Castellano, 28, of La Joya; his brother, Marco Antonio Castellano, 27, of La Joya; and his friend, Brandon M. Vergara, 20, of La Joya, were charged with obstruction or retaliation,…

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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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