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Far from the Final Frontier

Space Odyssey Adventure Presented by TCF Jan. 2020 This month will see the continuation of an 83-year-old tradition in the midst of adapting to the new, as organizers set phasers to stun. The Texas Citrus Fiesta, held annually in the city of Mission, has three more events happening in January 2020: the Royal Reception, the…

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Investigation continues into fatal house fire just east of RGC

By Kenneth Roberts The State Fire Marshal and other authorities are continuing to investigate a house fire in the Las Lomas community just east of Rio Grande City that claimed the life of an elderly woman in the early morning hours of Saturday, Jan. 4. San Isidro Fire Department Chief Barney Benavides indicated that Bartola…

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B.L. Gray Jr. High unveils new outdoor roofs

B.L. Gray Junior High School students returning to school from the winter break will get to enjoy a new roof in the patio area. Monday, Dec. 16, 2019, the campus held a red-ribbon cutting ceremony in honor of the outdoor roofs that will provide shade and cover to students from the weather-thanks to multiple sponsors…

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Juarez-Lincoln High School senior earns full ride to Yale

Senior Christian Martinez had his college plans set before the end of the fall semester. Martinez, a senior at Juarez-Lincoln High School in the La Joya Independent School District, received word in December that he received a full-ride to Yale University, a private Ivy League school in Connecticut. The scholarship will cover all he needs…

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Out of this World

Stellar costumes embody Space Odyssey Adventure theme for Texas Citrus Fiesta Three separate competitions kicked off the Texas Citrus Fiesta early, getting youth and adults excited to participate in the annual festivities in January. The 83rd annual Texas Citrus Fiesta, themed “Space Odyssey Adventure,” inspired several film-themed costumes for this year’s Product Costume Show. The…

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Mission Housing Authority hires interim executive director

The Mission Housing Authority kicked off the new year with a restructured board and an interim executive director. During a special Thursday meeting, the board hired Antonio “Tony” Sandoval, 73, to serve as the housing authority’s interim executive director as the housing authority searches for a permanent replacement to their former executive director, Joel A.…

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Cash-strapped La Joya Housing Authority misses payday, can’t afford to pay employees

The cash-strapped La Joya Housing Authority couldn’t muster enough money to pay employees Friday. Without enough money in the bank to cover payroll, Executive Director Ruben Villarreal said he made the difficult decision to send all three employees home empty-handed. “It’s tough for everybody,” Villarreal said. “Everybody needs money to pay their bills.” Paying the…

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The Progress Times’ year in review

New years bring more time for growth, at both the public and private levels. 2019 included several stories from the Progress Times that we are proud to have brought our readership. Thanks to you, we are able to reflect on last year as we embark on 2020. Below are some of the highlights of 2019…

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MCISD to spend up to $1.6 million on scoreboard for Tom Landry Stadium

Mission may be looking at a new scoreboard at Tom Landry Stadium. During this week’s regular called trustees meeting at the Mission Consolidated Independent School District, the board discussed the beginnings of the Tom Landry Hall of Fame Stadium Scoreboard Project. At this stage, they are budgeting the new board at $1.6 million. Ricardo Rivera,…

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