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Jose S. De Leon III

Reporter

Location icon United States of America

Journalism alumnus from The University of Texas-Pan American in Edinburg, TX. Formerly of The Pan American, The Monitor and RG Vision, now with Progress Times.

Handles social media, entertainment blogs, news and feature stories.

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Progresstimes
08/17/2018
Agape Christian School names new director, assistant director

When Agape Christian School begins its next school year later this month, two familiar faces will be leading the school. Sandy Ehlinger, who has worked at the school in several different capacities over the years, was recently named as the school...

Sharylandtimes
09/07/2018
Sharyland High School welcomes new band director

For Marc Perea, the band instructors he interacted with as a student were the people responsible for pushing him to explore his talents as a musician. "I had band directors that were encouraging and even took me to college auditions," Perea, 38, ...

Progresstimes
07/08/2018
National Butterfly Center to hold 5th annual "Critter Camp"

Kids (and their parents) seeking relief from the summer doldrums can seek that out at the National Butterfly Center next week. The Center, located at 3333 Butterfly Park in Mission, will be holding their 5th annual outdoor summer camp starting Mo...

Sharylandtimes
06/15/2018
Sharyland Times Distinguished Student of the Week: Isaac Rosa

When the Sharyland Advanced Academic Academy graduated its first four-year class last month, the school's salutatorian also made history. Later this summer, Isaac Rosa will attend Yale University in New Haven, CT. This makes Rosa, the eldest of three children, the first graduate in his school's history to attend an Ivy League school.

Progresstimes
07/23/2017
La Joya native Aurora Cavazos celebrates 105th birthday

If you were to ask Aurora Cavazos the secret to a long life, she'd give you a one-word reply: happiness. "Happiness is having all my family around me every day and seeing them continue to surprise me with their love," Ca...

Progresstimes
07/10/2018
San Benito church assists Mission flood victims

This story first appeared in the Friday. July 6, 2018 issue of the Progress Times. When all was said and done, the San Benito-based Cross Church distributed 2,600 bags of packaged goods in Mission to 500 families hoping to recover from last month...

Sharylandtimes
08/31/2018
McAllen native discusses new movie

With parents from Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Raul Castillo recalled always feeling like he was part of two worlds whenever he and his family crossed the border as a child. "Being from the Valley, I always thought about where we as border residents belo...

Progresstimes
07/06/2018
La Joya HS class of 1986 commemorates teachers

Teachers are the people who, beside parents, mold children into the people they will grow up to be. The La Joya High School class of 1986 understands this and got together to commemorate their teachers at an event Wednesday where they unveiled tw...

Sharylandtimes
06/25/2018
Sharyland Times' Student of the Week: Anne F. La Grange

Despite coming from a long line of Aggies, Sharyland Pioneer High School graduate Anne La Grange is breaking tradition and attending The University of Texas at Austin this fall. "I knew in college, I wanted to study business and that UT has such ...

Progresstimes
07/16/2018
Mission location of Security First Credit Union remains closed

A local business will remain closed until further notice as it recovers from last month's flood. The Mission branch of the Security First Credit Union-located at 1409 E Griffin Pkwy-has been closed since the June 20 and June 21 rains in the...

Progresstimes
07/13/2018
Local organizations react to zero tolerance immigration policy

The Progress Times is the hometown newspaper for the local communities of Mission, Sharyland, Alton, Palmview, La Joya and surrounding areas in Western Hidalgo County. We have a staff of veteran reporters who work diligently every week to bring our readers the latest news as it affects their hometown area and people.

Progresstimes
08/10/2018
Alton holds first National Night Out

With an estimated 38 million citizens in 16,000 communities participating in National Night Out, one small city in the area celebrated this event for the first time. Tuesday marked the 35th annual National Night Out, a nationwide event that promo...

Progresstimes
07/27/2018
Weekend fire kills three

A 37-year-old mother, her 5-year-old-son and a family friend were killed early Sunday morning after a fire broke out in her home, injuring four others. Maria Izabel Maldonado was identified as the 37-year-old mother who was killed in the fire at ...

Sharylandtimes
07/27/2018
Sharyland ISD hoping to retain district bus drivers

Two months after a one percent pay increase for all their employees, the Sharyland school district is looking into another pay increase for their bus drivers. Members of the district school board of trustees met Monday at a workshop and discussed...

Progresstimes
08/31/2018
Flores Funeral Home holds back to school event

After 105 years of serving families with their loved ones, a local funeral home found another way to help families in need last weekend. On Saturday, Aug. 25, Mission's Flores Funeral Home held a free back to school event where they, along ...

Progresstimes
08/28/2018
Palmview tax rate to remain unchanged

After increasing the tax rate in the city last year by 2.5 cents, Palmview's interim city manager recommended to the city council that tax rate remained unchanged. Last September, the city approved the new tax rate that increased the rate t...

Progresstimes
08/29/2018
Alton receives more funding for $1.5 million park expansion

The Progress Times is the hometown newspaper for the local communities of Mission, Sharyland, Alton, Palmview, La Joya and surrounding areas in Western Hidalgo County. We have a staff of veteran reporters who work diligently every week to bring our readers the latest news as it affects their hometown area and people.

Sharylandtimes
08/17/2018
Sharyland creates safety committee

In the wake of several deadly school shootings this year, two of which killed a total of 27 people in high schools in Florida and Texas, the Sharyland Independent School District is being proactive in keeping its students and staff safe from the u...

Progresstimes
08/20/2018
Local businesses compete in H-E-B Quest for Texas Best

The Progress Times is the hometown newspaper for the local communities of Mission, Sharyland, Alton, Palmview, La Joya and surrounding areas in Western Hidalgo County. We have a staff of veteran reporters who work diligently every week to bring our readers the latest news as it affects their hometown area and people.

Progresstimes
07/27/2018
DHR opens transplant center

When Mercedes Rivas' body began rejecting the dialysis she had been receiving for years, she and her doctors knew she needed a new kidney as soon as possible. In late 2011, Rivas was diagnosed with Wegener's Granulomatosis, a rare dis...

Sharylandtimes
08/31/2018
Pioneer Cattle Pavilion nearing completion

The $1.1 million cattle pavilion at Sharyland's Pioneer High School is expected to be completed within the next few days, more than four months after its projected completion date. Last December, the Sharyland School Board of Trustees approved a ...

Sharylandtimes
08/24/2018
Sharyland school board discusses ad campaign budget

At a workshop for the Sharyland School Board of Trustees, board members discussed the possibility of airing television commercials to promote the school district. Carolyn Mendiola, an official with the district's public information department, led a presentation to the school board on Sharyland's advertising campaign for the 2018-2019 school year at the Monday workshop.

Progresstimes
07/29/2018
Alton police department wheels out new bike patrol unit

In an effort to be more visible to the community, the Alton Police Department has rolled out a bike patrol unit for five of its officers. This new unit, which has five officers patrolling the city's parks and nearby neighborhoods, is a way ...

Progresstimes
08/20/2018
Local businesses compete in H-E-B Quest for Texas Best

The Progress Times is the hometown newspaper for the local communities of Mission, Sharyland, Alton, Palmview, La Joya and surrounding areas in Western Hidalgo County. We have a staff of veteran reporters who work diligently every week to bring our readers the latest news as it affects their hometown area and people.

Sharylandtimes
08/24/2018
Sharyland welcomes new superintendent

The Sharyland community had a chance to meet the new district superintendent at a meet and greet last week. Held at the Mission Event Center Friday, Aug. 17, district officials and members of the public were given the opportunity to interact with...

Progresstimes
07/31/2018
La Joya preparing for August opening of new city hall

After having a groundbreaking ceremony for it nearly two years ago, the city of La Joya is entering the final stages of constructing its new city hall and police station. Last week city commissioners had a walk in tour of the 15,200 square feet b...

Progresstimes
08/31/2018
Mission Boys and Girls Club closes out summer season

For the 20 children participating, there was no better way to end the summer than with a talent show. These kids participated in the Hollywood Talent Show Thursday, Aug, 23 that was part of the Mission Boys and Girls Club of America. ...

Progresstimes
08/10/2018
Local organizations planning to 'reclaim the river'

The Progress Times is the hometown newspaper for the local communities of Mission, Sharyland, Alton, Palmview, La Joya and surrounding areas in Western Hidalgo County. We have a staff of veteran reporters who work diligently every week to bring our readers the latest news as it affects their hometown area and people.

Sharylandtimes
08/10/2018
Sharyland ISD, Rio Grande City, mourn the loss of one of their own

For Daryella Gutierrez, having Criminal Justice Professor Reynaldo "Rey" Molina III as her instructor was one of the things she was looking forward to the most in her upcoming senior year at Sharyland High School. Unfortunately, that won't come t...

Progresstimes
07/21/2018
Palmview expecting 2020 completion for wastewater project

Despite assurance from a representative working on the Palmview wastewater project that the project is moving smoothly, the city of Palmview is looking at an early 2020 year of completion for the project that will bring sewer services to the city....

Progresstimes
07/18/2018
Mission police respond to downtown car crash

An SUV rear-ended a Chevrolet Malibu in downtown Mission Wednesday, causing traffic to slow down and sending a family of four to the hospital. Mayra Hernandez, driver of the Chevy Malibu, was heading northbound on Conway Avenue and attempted to t...

Progresstimes
08/20/2018
Withering on the vine; Local winery faces uncertain future

When he first expressed his intentions to create a winery in the Rio Grande Valley, Jorge Jaber said everyone thought he was crazy. "When I first came here in 1986, I bought this land with the idea of making a winery," Jaber, 86, said...

Progresstimes
08/17/2018
Agape Christian School names new director, assistant director

When Agape Christian School begins its next school year later this month, two familiar faces will be leading the school. Sandy Ehlinger, who has worked at the school in several different capacities over the years, was recently named as the school...

Progresstimes
06/29/2018
Palmview annexation goes into effect tomorrow

When the city of Palmview approved two rounds of annexation last fall, the city agreed to make the annexation ordinance go into effect June 30, to give the city time to provide services to its new residents. "The advantage of waiting to ena...

Progresstimes
08/03/2018
Mission Pawsible helps find new homes for animals

More than 1,000 cats and dogs in the cities of Mission and Alton have found a forever home thanks to a non-profit program in the city. That's according to Homer Garza, chairman on the advisory board for Mission Pawsible, the program that wa...

Progresstimes
07/30/2018
Two RGV businesses named finalists in H-E-B Quest for Texas Best

Two local businesses will compete against 23 other businesses next month to have their items placed on H-E-B shelves all over the state. Cappadona Ranch, based out of Linn-San Manuel, and the McAllen-based Nuts and Cows businesses are competing i...

Progresstimes
07/18/2018
Speer Memorial Library summer reading program in full swing

The Progress Times is the hometown newspaper for the local communities of Mission, Sharyland, Alton, Palmview, La Joya and surrounding areas in Western Hidalgo County. We have a staff of veteran reporters who work diligently every week to bring our readers the latest news as it affects their hometown area and people.

Progresstimes
07/20/2018
La Joya to terminate waste services with Waste Connections of Texas

Later this year, the city of La Joya may have a new company to handle its waste management services. City commissioners voted last week to give a 90-day notice of termination to Waste Connections of Texas for waste management services in the city...

Progresstimes
06/29/2018
Widespread flooding calls cities to action

The Progress Times is the hometown newspaper for the local communities of Mission, Sharyland, Alton, Palmview, La Joya and surrounding areas in Western Hidalgo County. We have a staff of veteran reporters who work diligently every week to bring our readers the latest news as it affects their hometown area and people.

Progresstimes
06/28/2018
Mission High School grad signs with Central Methodist University

Despite signing a letter of intent to run track at the Missouri-based Central Methodist University, a Mission High School graduate will still represent the Eagles thousands of miles away. Alex Cordova signed the LOI Tuesday at a signing ceremony ...

Sharylandtimes
06/25/2018
Sharyland approves "tight" $116 million budget

At their Monday meeting, the Sharyland Board of Trustees approved a $116,520,107 budget. The budget reflects an increase of $2.7 million from their previous budget which only covered a fiscal year of 10 months instead of the traditional September 1 through August 31 timeline.

Progresstimes
06/17/2018
Lone Star National Bank opens in Alton

With 35 years in existence. Lone Star National Bank celebrated this milestone by opening its 33rd location Tuesday in the city on the grow. After breaking ground last December for an opening in the city of Alton, Lone Star National Bank opened it...

Sharylandtimes
06/15/2018
Sharyland grad running for congressional seat

As a graduate of Sharyland High School's class of 2005, Eric A. Holguin said his experience living in the Rio Grande Valley shaped many of his views on several issues. "I always say, the Valley has blown up within the last 10 years and San Antoni...

Progresstimes
06/13/2018
Palmview purchasing second ambulance

This story originally appeared in the Friday, June 8, 2018 issue In preparation for growth in the city of Palmview, the city council is taking steps to ensure there is an expansion in the services the city provides to residents. After the city a...

Progresstimes
06/11/2018
Mission EDC program empowers future business women

With a severe lack of representation of Hispanic women in the workforce, a career readiness program in the City of Mission hopes to change that by empowering high school girls in the city. That's according to Cristina Garza, the programs di...

Progresstimes
06/10/2018
New voice, new mayor for Mission

The Progress Times is the hometown newspaper for the local communities of Mission, Sharyland, Alton, Palmview, La Joya and surrounding areas in Western Hidalgo County. We have a staff of veteran reporters who work diligently every week to bring our readers the latest news as it affects their hometown area and people.

Sharylandtimes
06/08/2018
Sharyland Pioneer High School graduates first four-year class

With a combined total of nearly $2 million in scholarships and grants and their diplomas, the Sharyland Pioneer High School class of 2018 took their first steps as Pioneer graduates Sunday. These graduates, 369 in total, attended their own commen...

Progresstimes
06/08/2018
Leo Peña Park renovations to be completed in August

A little after two months since breaking ground, progress is being seen at the Leo Peña Placita Park to make the park ADA compliant and move the amphitheater to the west side of the park. Located at the corner of Business 83 and Conway Ave...

Progresstimes
06/08/2018
Mission mayoral candidates: higher voter turnout expected tomorrow

Both mayoral candidates in the city of Mission are touting the possibility of a higher voter turnout for the City of Mission runoff election set for tomorrow, and they have the numbers to back it up. According to unofficial results from the Hidal...

Progresstimes
06/07/2018
Census Bureau: Alton is the fastest growing city in the county

This article originally appeared in the Friday, June 1, 2018 edition of the Progress Times Known as the "City on the Grow," Alton has been investing in several developments over the last few months to prepare for a growth in the city,...

Progresstimes
06/04/2018
Western Hidalgo County receives new representation at STC

This article originally appeared in the Friday, June 1 2018 issue of the Progress Times At a special ceremony Tuesday, two new trustees for South Texas College were sworn in-one of whom will now represent citizens living in western Hidalgo County...

Sharylandtimes
06/01/2018
Sharyland Richard Thompson Stadium to receive new scoreboard

Despite having a "tight" budget that forced the Sharyland school board of trustees to only give a one percent pay increase to teachers-half of what they've received in the last three years-Sharyland trustees approved the purchase of an $800,000 LE...

Sharylandtimes
06/01/2018
Pioneer seniors participate in legacy walks

Wearing their cap and gowns, Sharyland Pioneer High School seniors returned to their elementary and middle schools Wednesday to inspire the next generation of high school students. These students participated in Sharyland's Legacy Walk, a district-wide event where graduating seniors from both district high schools returned to the schools where their journey first began.

Progresstimes
05/27/2018
'The beginning of the end' Palmview begins street paving project

This article originally appeared in the Friday. May 25 edition of the Progress Times* In the last year, Palmview residents have seen lots of road construction work around the city as the crews lay down sewer lines for the Palmview Wastewater Pro...

Progresstimes
05/25/2018
Palmview preparing to finalize new policies and procedure manual

More than a year after the city of Palmview was cited for having a "weak" policy and procedure manual, officials are getting ready to finalize an update on the manual, which has not been updated since in nearly 20 years. At the May 15...

Sharylandtimes
05/25/2018
Pioneer, Sharyland Advanced Academic Academy graduating first senior cohort

After opening four years ago, Sharyland's Pioneer High School and Advanced Academic Academy will graduate its first set of seniors next month. These students are the first full four-year graduating class, meaning they've spent all their four years at their respective schools. In total, both schools will graduate around 460 students.

Progresstimes
05/25/2018
Downtown facade program celebrates fifth year

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Sharylandtimes
05/18/2018
Sharyland school board restructures

The Sharyland School Board of Trustees has a new president after the board reorganized their officers following the May 5 school board election. At a special called meeting Wednesday, school board trustees Melissa Smith and Jose "Pepe" Garcia were promoted as board president and vice president, respectively.

Sharylandtimes
05/25/2018
Sharyland Water Supply celebrates 50th anniversary

When it first opened in 1968, the Sharyland Water Supply Corporation served 700 customers in northwestern Hidalgo County. Now, 50 years later, the water company has three water plants with the ability to produce a total of 22 million gallons of w...

Progresstimes
05/16/2018
La Joya ISD considering early start for migrant program

Next month, the La Joya school board of trustees may vote on giving migrant students an early start to the district's migrant program. At their latest school board meeting held Wednesday, May 9, school trustees heard a presentation from Ric...

Progresstimes
05/11/2018
Palmview crime victim liaison program suspended

The Progress Times is the hometown newspaper for the local communities of Mission, Sharyland, Alton, Palmview, La Joya and surrounding areas in Western Hidalgo County. We have a staff of veteran reporters who work diligently every week to bring our readers the latest news as it affects their hometown area and people.

Sharylandtimes
05/11/2018
Sharyland ISD bids farewell to district retirees

Note: The following story has been amended to correct the name of Frank Perez. We apologize for the error* After years of working with the district, a total of 23 staff members from the Sharyland school district-ranging from custodians, teache...

Sharylandtimes
05/07/2018
Sharyland school board incumbents retain their seats

With nearly 66 percent of the votes, Sharyland School Board Trustee Jose "Pepe" Garcia secured a second term on the school board Saturday. Garcia, a principal at the La Joya Independent School District, received 975 votes, handily beating his opp...

Progresstimes
05/07/2018
A+ Team sweep MCISD school board elections

Two incumbents and a former member of the Mission CISD school board will continue to serve on the Mission school board of trustees after winning in their respective races during election day Saturday, May 5. Petra B. Ramirez and Herminia "M...

Sharylandtimes
05/04/2018
Sharyland ISD hires new superintendent

Nearly eight years since she left the district, Maria "Mimi" Vidaurri is officially coming back to Sharyland as its new superintendent. Last month, the Premont native was selected by the Sharyland Board of Trustees as the lone finalist for the di...

Progresstimes
04/30/2018
Embattled raspa stand on thin ice with City of Mission

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Sharylandtimes
04/27/2018
SHS welcomes class of 2022

On Tuesday, Anapaula Martinez took her first steps toward the start of her high school career. She, as well as other 8th grade students from B.L. Gray Jr. High School, attended Sharyland High School's freshman orientation to be familiarized with ...

Progresstimes
04/27/2018
City of Mission contacted about border wall

This story was updated Friday, May 4 to include a statement from CBP spokesman Carlos A. Diaz.* Officials with the City of Mission, the Diocese of Brownsville and U.S. Customs and Border Protection met last week to discuss a geographical survey ...

Progresstimes
04/25/2018
Agua SUD replacing all of its water meters

With a predicted annual savings of up to $900,000 per year, the Agua Special Utility District have entered in a 15 year long agreement with an Illinois-based engineering company to replace every one of their water meters with smart meters. The Ag...

Progresstimes
04/22/2018
Contract extension awarded for Palmview interim city manager

The Palmview city council approved a six-month extension for their interim city manager Tuesday, nearly one year after he was initially appointed into office. "I think we've done a lot of positive things in the community and I want to...

Progresstimes
04/21/2018
Crime victims honored at Mission event

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Sharylandtimes
04/20/2018
Sharyland ISD mulling increase in meal price for students

Students at the Sharyland Independent School District may pay an additional 50 cents for their meal at the next school year. The Sharyland School Board of Trustees met Wednesday at a board workshop to discuss the meal price increase, which woul...

Progresstimes
04/15/2018
Border wall construction expected to affect many city attractions

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Progresstimes
04/14/2018
La Joya pushing for summer completion on new City Hall

After a year and a half since its groundbreaking ceremony, progress is being seen at La Joya's new city hall. City Administrator Mike Alaniz announced this Monday after a city council meeting where council members approved the payment of ne...

Sharylandtimes
04/13/2018
Pioneer High School theatre troupe heading to regionals

For the second time in the history of the school, Pioneer High School will advance to the regional level in this year's One-Act Play UIL competition. Previously, the Alpha Theatre Troupe advanced to regionals back in 2016. Pioneer's Alpha Theatre...

Progresstimes
04/06/2018
Alton receives funding for $1.5M park expansion

The Alton City Commissioners are expected to approve a grant from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission that will help the city expand their most popular park. Late last month, the TPWC approved a $500,000 grant to the city of Alton that will g...

Sharylandtimes
04/05/2018
Sharyland ISD names lone finalist for superintendent

At a special called meeting Wednesday, the board unanimously approved naming Maria Vidaurri, superintendent at Robstown Independent School District, as the lone finalist to replace current district Superintendent Robert O'Connor. "It's a great decision by the school board, they really went through all the applicants in search for someone who would be a great fit for the district and move it forward," O'Connor said Wednesday.

Sharylandtimes
03/30/2018
Sharyland rezoning two elementary schools

To combat a projected decrease in enrollment at one of their elementary campuses, the Sharyland Independent School District will rezone the area between two elementary schools. During their Monday meeting, the Sharyland School Board of Trustees unanimously approved a rezoning between Jessie L. Jensen Elementary School and John H.

Progresstimes
03/30/2018
Alton welcomes new police chief

After four months since the former police chief was fired, the city of Alton has welcomed a new police chief.Jonathan Flores, who has worked for the Hidalgo County Sheriff's Office-as well as the police departments for the cities of McAllen,...

Sharylandtimes
03/30/2018
Pioneer High School discusses effects of bullying

When he was 14 years old, a Sharyland Pioneer High School student was shocked to hear of the Orlando Pulse shooting, where a gunman opened fire at a gay nightclub and killed nearly 50 people and injured 58 others two year ago. For the stu...

Progresstimes
03/18/2018
Cancer-stricken Mission firefighter granted paid leave

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Progresstimes
03/17/2018
'A city of success:' Mission EDC to launch Cityflag-powered app

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Sharylandtimes
03/09/2018
Sharyland ISD welcomes new HR director

More than three decades after graduating from Sharyland High School, a former student returns to the district - as its new Human Resource Director. Deborah Garza, a Mission resident and student from the SHS class of 1983, started her new job with...

Progresstimes
03/09/2018
Palmview, Agua SUD sign interlocal agreements

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Progresstimes
03/04/2018
Alton bringing free Wi-Fi citywide

Over a month since the opening of its first ever public library, the city of Alton is continuing with its push into the digital age with a city-wide project that will bring free Wi-Fi to Alton residents. Dubbed the Alton Smart City Wi-Fi ...

Sharylandtimes
03/02/2018
Sharyland ISD extends full day Pre-K districtwide

Citing an expected growth in the kindergarten population, the Sharyland School Board of Trustees unanimously approved extending pre-kindergarten classes to all of their campuses during their Monday board meeting.

Progresstimes
02/26/2018
Mission EDC awarded nearly $500K

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Progresstimes
02/23/2018
City of Mission filing lawsuit against insurance carrier

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Progresstimes
02/23/2018
Palmview to offer warranty amnesty program

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Progresstimes
02/19/2018
Palmview lift station raises concerns

The Palmview Wastewater System calls for the construction of four lift stations with a capacity to hold 2 million gallons of water each. However, at their latest meeting the Agua board of directors addressed rumors that the city of Palmview is mov...

Progresstimes
02/16/2018
McAllen firm to assist in funding of Madero International Bridge

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Progresstimes
02/16/2018
Mission EDC to hold first Innovation Summit

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Progresstimes
02/14/2018
'A new vision for Mission' Armando O'Caña announces mayoral candidacy

The Progress Times is the hometown newspaper for the local communities of Mission, Sharyland, Alton, Palmview, La Joya and surrounding areas in Western Hidalgo County. We have a staff of veteran reporters who work diligently every week to bring our readers the latest news as it affects their hometown area and people.

Progresstimes
02/14/2018
2019 Queen Citrianna celebrates her new title

When she was selected as Queen Citrianna 82 last month, Alexandria Canchola had one person on her mind. "A few weeks ago, I told my mom 'I wish I could talk to my grandmother," Canchola, a McAllen resident, recalled as s...

Progresstimes
02/14/2018
Local movie rental store still standing

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02/02/2018
'Unlimited fun' Palmhurst Cicis holds red-ribbon cutting ceremony

The Progress Times is the hometown newspaper for the local communities of Mission, Sharyland, Alton, Palmview, La Joya and surrounding areas in Western Hidalgo County. We have a staff of veteran reporters who work diligently every week to bring our readers the latest news as it affects their hometown area and people.

Sharylandtimes
02/02/2018
Sharyland Advanced Academy graduating first senior cohort

This coming June, the Sharyland Advanced Academy will mark a major milestone as it graduates its first ever senior cohort class. The academy, which opened in 2013, will be graduating all 93 of its seniors, according to the schools' principal Ivan...

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02/02/2018
La Joya ISD super gets 5 percent pay raise, contract extension

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01/30/2018
MCISD campus housing Alton's first public library

Thanks to a partnership between the city of Alton and the Mission Consolidated School District, Alton finally has their own public library Located in the library of MCISD's Mission Collegiate High School at 605 S. Los Ebanos Blvd, Alton hel...

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01/26/2018
Palmview EMS services to go live next week

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01/26/2018
It runs in the family

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01/19/2018
Texas Rangers to assist DA in reviewing Agua SUD

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01/19/2018
Sharyland's Health Science Institute accepting applications

With plans of opening in 2020, the Sharyland Independent School District is already recruiting the students they expect will be their first cohort of the district's Health Science Institute - 8th graders. "The HSI comes is an expansion of our current medical program and we're very excited that this was approved by our school board earlier this year," Cynthia Aldape, the district's health science coordinator said.

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01/19/2018
Ancestor of Duchess of Mandarin Orange started first orange trees in RGV

During last November's Princess Anna Pageant, 16-year-old Alyssa Navarro and her mom came across an article of the Progress Times that would impact her family history. The article, Navarro said, detailed how the citrus industry was inspired by the Laguna Seca Ranch, a citrus growing region north of Edinburg created in 1867 by Macedonio Vela, so he and his family could settle after he was exiled from Mexico.

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01/15/2018
Local business awarded $20,000

When Ben Cavazos opened MAE Power Equipment in 1954, he had no idea his business would be standing today. Cavzaos opened the business when he was 24 years old. He got started with a $4,000 loan and rented a 900-square foot building, he sa...

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01/12/2018
Sharyland Bannworth gym looking to expand

This coming fall, Sharyland students will be able to enjoy the benefits of a fully operational Boys and Girls Club at the Sharyland Bannworth Gym. The gym at Bannworth Park, located at 1822 N. Shary Rd., is currently open on a part time b...

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01/08/2018
Sharyland open enrollment program yields seven new students

At their school board meeting last month, the Sharyland Independent School District announced the district has enrolled seven students from outside their district as part of their open enrollment program. "It's not a large number but I think we like it that way," District Superintendent Robert O'Connor said at the board meeting.

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01/08/2018
New technical academy opens in Mission

With more than 2 and a half million jobs available in the technology market, a new technical academy is preparing to train local residents in those fields to ensure they receive the best job possible. Valley Technical Academy, housed insi...

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01/05/2018
Agua SUD interim GM steps down

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01/05/2018
Looking back: The top 10 stories for the Sharyland Times

With the start of a new year comes a lot of reflecting on what the previous year has brought to us. For us at the Sharyland Times, 2017 saw a variety of news to bring to you which brings us to this post. Below is a list of the 10...

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01/05/2018
Looking back: The top 20 stories for the Progress Times

With the start of a new year comes a lot of reflecting on what the previous year has brought to us. For us at the Progress Times, 2017 saw a variety of news to bring to you which brings us to this post. Below is a list of the 20 ...

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12/24/2017
Alton living up to its motto with new developments

Known as the "City on the Grow," Alton lived up to its motto holding a groundbreaking ceremony Tuesday for the Alton branch of Lone Star National Bank, the first standalone bank for the city. And city officials detailed other commercia...

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12/26/2017
Palmview approves second round of annexations

After annexing nearly 400 acres and 1,680 residents into the city last month, the Palmview city council approved an ordinance at their Tuesday meeting annexing an additional 480 acres into the city along with the more than 2,000 residents. ...

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12/24/2017
Palmhurst holds first Christmas tree lighting ceremony

The Christmas spirit was alive and well in Palmhurst as the city held its first ever Christmas tree lighting ceremony Wednesday evening. Located at the Shary Municipal Park at 4915 N. Shary Rd., the community was invited to marvel at the ...

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12/24/2017
The spirit of giving at Rio Grande Children's Home

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12/11/2017
South Texas College expands STEM education center in La Joya ISD

Noting the need for more access to college for students in western Hidalgo County, officials with the La Joya Independent School District and South Texas College held a ribbon cutting ceremony last week to celebrate the expansion of the college&rs...

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12/08/2017
Mission lawyers vie for 275th District Court Judgeship

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12/08/2017
Pioneer HS media club takes top honors at local film race

In its fourth year competing Pioneer High School's media club was awarded the top prize at a local film festival last month. The competition, in which filmmakers had 36 hours to write, film and edit a five to 10 minute long film, wa...

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12/15/2017
National Butterfly Center files lawsuit over border wall

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12/01/2017
SISD's Superintendent O'Connor announces resignation

Next August the Sharyland Independent School District will begin the school year without its current superintendent or human resources director. At the Nov. 27 SISD Board of Trustees meeting, citing health reasons Superintendent Robert O'Connor announced he is resigning from his position before the start of the next school year.

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11/27/2017
La Joya ISD taking "proactive" approach to sexual harassment

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11/24/2017
Sharyland ISD High School marching bands compete at state

For the second time in the history of both schools, the marching bands for Sharyland and Pioneer High School competed at the state level in the University Interscholastic League Marching Band Competition. Held Nov. 6 through 8, both bands placed in the top 25 out of of all the 250 schools who competed for a spot in the top 10.

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11/24/2017
New property annexed into the city of Palmview

The Palmview city council approved an ordinance at their Tuesday meeting annexing around 400 acres into the city. However, the city council voted to make the ordinance take effect next summer instead of the standard 15 days it normally takes for a...

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11/20/2017
Alton plans $1.5 million park expansion

Facing a lack of space in the Sylvia Vela Park, the city of Alton has applied for a grant to help them expand their Josefa Garcia Memorial Park. Located on the corner of Bryan and Mile 5 Roads, the park could receive $1.5 million to impro...

Sharylandtimes
11/17/2017
Sharyland High School holds free diabetes screenings

When her grandmother was diagnosed with diabetes, Sharyland High School senior Giselle Valadez feared the worst. "It was a big scare finding that out because the diabetes diagnosis came after she survived a heart attack," the 18-year-old student said. "She essentially had to change her lifestyle and give up drinking Coke and do daily walks to combat it."

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11/12/2017
Paving El Pinto Road priority of newest Agua SUD board member

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11/12/2017
Peñitas celebrates 25th anniversary

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11/10/2017
La Joya CWT slate victorious in city council race

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11/10/2017
Former Agua SUD employees received nearly a half-million in severance pay

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11/07/2017
Peñitas' city engineer resigns

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11/03/2017
SHS library to promote literacy with HEB prize money

A $1,000 prize from HEB will help the Sharyland High School library promote literacy among its students. That's according to Librarian Nicole Cruz, who made the announcement during a Monday check presentation attended by students, staff and HEB officials.

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11/03/2017
Silver anniversary; Peñitas mayors recall the city's 25 years of growth

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10/29/2017
Palmview preparing to take legal action against former city auditor

Two years ago the city of Palmview hired an accountant to create a list of its fixed assets. The city is still waiting for it and is seeking a refund. So says Finance Director Rachel Chapa, who announced to city council members Tuesday she is draf...

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10/27/2017
NBC prepares for 22nd annual Texas Butterfly Festival

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10/24/2017
MEDC launches computer courses for women

In their latest push to promote education in the field of Information Technology, the Mission Economic Development Center is offering IT classes to women. The MEDC announced a new program - Web of Women - that will offer free ...

Sharylandtimes
10/20/2017
Sharlyland grad is MEDC's next 'Expert-in-Residence'

An initiative meant to connect Mission residents to experts in the fields of science, technology, engineering, art, and math will feature a Sharyland High School graduate as its leader. The Mission Economic Development Corporation announced Oct. 6 their latest Expert-in-Residence will be the San Antonio-based company Cityflag.

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10/20/2017
Contract extended for Palmview interim city manager

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10/22/2017
La Joya City Council candidates outline platforms

With this year's general election set for Nov. 7 and early voting commencing Monday, Oct. 23, the Progress Times reached out to the four candidates vying for two seats on the La Joya City Council. Mary Salinas (Place 3) is the only ...

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10/13/2017
National Butterfly Center to sue federal government over border wall construction

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10/10/2017
Palmhurst begins development of Shary Chapel Municipal Park

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10/01/2017
Alton city commission approves propert tax rate decrease

For the 10th year in a row, the city of Alton has decreased their property tax rate, bringing the tax rate down by 10 percent since 2007. City commissioners unanimously approved an overall $5 million budget Tuesday that included the reduc...

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10/01/2017
Agua SUD appoints interim general manager

For the first time in two years, the Agua Special Utility District has a general manager, signaling new leadership for the utility district. Richard LeFevre was appointed by the Agua SUD board of directors to serve as its interim general ...

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09/22/2017
Palmview property taxes hiked to pay for financial 'negligence'

Facing nearly $2 million in loans, the Palmview City Council unanimously approved a 2.5 cent property tax rate increase Sept. 15. The loans, many of which have been taken out since 2008, also played a role in the council's decision ...

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09/16/2017
Cronyism concern raised at latest La Joya school board meeting

Despite concerns of cronyism expressed by a member of the public, the La Joya School Board of Trustees has approved a nearly $400,000 plan to hire a Mission company to replace air filters in district schools and buildings. And the employment of a ...

Sharylandtimes
09/11/2017
Sharyland ISD maintains current tax rate

Employees will receive a raise while the Sharyland Independent School District keeps its tax rate steady in its 2017-2018 fiscal year budget. The district has also approved three new academic academies. Next year's official budget, approved by the Sharyland Board of Trustees Monday, is $113,747,950.

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09/10/2017
Locals react with apprehension to DACA's end

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08/22/2017
Fired Palmview city manager files lawsuit against city

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08/22/2017
Sheriff's office investigating fatal Alton shooting

This story has been updated to include the name of the victim. The Hidalgo County Sheriff's Office has identified the victim of a Tuesday morning shooting in Alton. Sheriff's deputies responded to a call about shots fired and a m...

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08/21/2017
Bond granted for former La Joya police chief

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08/20/2017
Border wall protest draws about 1,000 people to La Lomita Chapel

When it was first built in 1865, La Lomita Chapel became an important site for the Calvary of Christ, the Catholic Oblate missionaries who rode up and down the Rio Grande Valley visiting widely separated ranches, ministering to the people, baptizi...

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08/16/2017
Passage of SB 814 causes La Joya ISD leaders to quit jobs

Rather than giving up their leadership positions on the La Joya ISD School Board of Trustees, two high-profile employees with the utility that provides water to much of western Hidalgo County have quit their jobs. But the state senator who sponsor...

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08/15/2017
Potentially losing $100K annually, Alton joins SB 1004 lawsuit

Citing an imminent loss of substantial revenues, Alton is now the third city in the Rio Grande Valley to sue the state of Texas over a senate bill that prohibits cities from charging telecommunications companies for putting transmitters in public ...

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08/13/2017
Border wall protest draws hundreds to La Lomita

When it was first built in 1865, La Lomita Chapel became an important site for the Calvary of Christ, the Catholic Oblate missionaries who rode up and down the Rio Grande Valley visiting widely separated ranches, ministering to the people, baptizi...

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08/04/2017
Peñitas city council approves 5-cent property tax increase

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08/04/2017
Palmview interim city manager calls tight budget "unacceptable"

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07/30/2017
Push for border wall disrupts National Butterfly Center

UPDATE #1: After press time, the house passed the $788B bill combining Pentagon budget, veterans programs, and $1.6B down payment on U.S.-Mexico wall.UPDATE #2: A July 28 article from the Texas Tribune reports that construction of the border wall ...

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07/21/2017
Restraining order issued against La Joya Housing Authority

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07/21/2017
NBC director stops construction crew from clearing its property

The executive director of the National Butterfly Center is seeking answers after she found work crews on her property clearing trees and brush that she said is endangering protected wildlife in the area. The Army Corp of Engineers has admitted res...

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07/21/2017
Palmview appoints first city finance director

On her last day as a senior tax accountant in McAllen, Rachel Chapa was selected to serve as the first ever finance director for the city of Palmview. Chapa, 51, was appointed during the Tuesday, July 18 city council meeting where she was...

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07/18/2017
'It's a plague'

Concerns raised over spread of hydrilla in La Joya lake Officials in the city of La Joya are growing concerned with an invasive plant that is spreading in the city's 115-acre Walker Lake Reservoir. About one third of the lake, wh...

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07/16/2017
Summer activities: visiting Bentsen Rio Grande Valley State Park

For Josh Hovick, camping is a way to remind him of his childhood in South Dakota. The 25-year-old Pharr resident spent most of his childhood camping every other weekend with his parents and siblings, he said. Those memories are ones he ho...

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07/10/2017
Two area cities join opposition to SB 4

The city of La Joya became the first in the Rio Grande Valley to join other cities around the state in a lawsuit against a senate bill that would ban so-called sanctuary cities. Set to go into effect Sept. 1, Senate Bill 4 aims to outlaw ...

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07/10/2017
Funding shortfall delays La Joya City Hall construction

Despite holding a groundbreaking last October, construction has yet to begin on the new La Joya City Hall as the city waits to secure additional funding to cover $400,000 in cost over runs. City commissioners are expected to hold a public he...

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06/26/2017
Mission cyber security boot camp receives $100,000 grant

With the growing demand for more people literate in computer science, Mission Economic Development Corporation held a news conference June 15 to celebrate the passage of a computer science bill and grant that will prepare Valley residents for a ca...

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06/23/2017
Sharyland ISD approves pay raises

Sharyland Independent School District employees will see a pay increase in their July paychecks. The Sharyland School Board on Monday approved a two percent pay raise for all district employees.

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06/16/2017
One year later: Granjeno mayor reflects on powerful storm

Granjeno Mayor Yvette Cabrera still remembers that fateful Tuesday night when her city was hit by straight line winds with speeds between 85 and 95 miles per hour, damaging at least 40 homes and the city's community center building May 31, 2016 . ...

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06/17/2017
Summer activities: Yoga classes part of McAllen Nature Center

Despite temperatures in the low 90s early Tuesday morning, the day was cool under the oak trees near the entrance of the McAllen Nature Center. There a group of 24 adults were participating in a yoga class, one of the programs offered by the cente...

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06/12/2017
Peñitas takes steps towards its own water supply

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06/09/2017
Palmview City Council fires city manager

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06/02/2017
Palmview High School graduates class of 2017

It was a sea of black Saturday at the State Farm Arena as Palmview High School graduated more than 500 of its seniors during their graduation ceremony. For many of the students, the graduation marked a reflection on the time they've spent...

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06/02/2017
Sharyland High School principal Mendiola graduates her final class

When she became principal of Sharyland High School four years ago, Carolyn Mendiola's daughter was among the graduating senior class. This year, Mendiola presented her son, Omar, with a diploma. Omar was one of the 406 seniors in Sharyland High School's class of 2017 to graduate at a May 27 ceremony at the State Farm Arena in Hidalgo.

Sharylandtimes
05/26/2017
New principal appointed to B.L. Gray Junior High

After nearly four years as its assistant principal, Julie Carranza was appointed the new principal for B.L. Gray Junior High School by the Sharyland ISD board of Trustees Monday. Carranza's promotion comes one month after the district selected current B.L. Gray Principal Lori Ann Garza as the new principal for Sharyland High School.

Sharylandtimes
05/19/2017
Sharyland ISD school board elects new president, restructures

The Sharyland Independent School District Board of Trustees has a new president. And after a swearing-in ceremony for their two returning members the board reorganized with new officers at a special meeting Wednesday. Julio Cerda, who ran uncontested for the Place 2 seat during the May 6 election, was elected from among board members as the new president of the board.

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05/19/2017
Palmview interim city manager sworn in

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05/12/2017
Longoria elected to fourth term on Sharyland ISD board

The only incumbent challenged for a seat at the Sharyland Independent School District Board of Trustees will remain with the board for another three years. Incumbent Ricky Longoria will remain in his Place 1 seat after receiving 625 votes while his opponent, second-time challenger Kevin Sparks, received 369 votes according to the Hidalgo County Elections Office.

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05/07/2017
Former La Joya school board member pleads guilty to federal charge

More than seven months after his arrest, a former La Joya School Board trustee has pleaded guilty to a federal wire fraud charge. On Wednesday, Juan "J.J." Garza pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud. He faces a ...

rgVision Magazine
05/02/2017
VOM FASS A Franchise Story - rgVision Magazine

Franchise entrepreneurship can be difficult, but rewarding Owning and running a business is a dream for many people, but starting from the ground up is not the only path available to entrepreneurs. Some seize opportunities provided by large established companies, and enter the business world by opening a franchise.

Sharylandtimes
04/28/2017
Lori Ann Garza named new SHS principal

One month after the district announced Sharyland High School Principal Carolyn Mendiola was promoted to a position in administration, the Sharyland ISD board of trustees named her replacement. Lori Ann Garza, principal at the district's B.L. Gray Junior High School, will take over Mendiola's position in the next school year.

Sharylandtimes
04/21/2017
Sharyland ISD board challenger outspends incumbent 3 to 1

A longtime Sharyland School Board member will face off against a returning opponent for the May 6 school board elections. Ricky Longoria, a certified public accountant for Burton, McCumber & Cortez who has served on the school board for nine years, is seeking a fourth term on the school board Place 1 position.

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04/11/2017
Mission prepares for rapid growth on city's southwest side

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04/10/2017
Palmview cracking down on underage drinking and public smoking

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04/10/2017
Amid criminal charges La Joya school board member steps down

Amid a federal indictment for his involvement in an alleged bid-rigging scheme, a La Joya school board trustee has resigned from his position with the district. Juan J. "J.J." Garza turned in his letter of resignation March 30 to hi...

Sharylandtimes
03/31/2017
SHS principal leaving high school for new district position

After leading the school for nearly three years, Sharyland High School Principal Carolyn Mendiola has announced she is stepping down from that role. Mendiola, who has been in the district for 13 years, made the announcement Monday following the latest Sharyland ISD school board meeting where she accepted a new administrative office position with the district.

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03/30/2017
La Joya ISD school board member resigns

A few days before his pre-trial hearing, the former La Joya Housing Authority executive director has resigned from his position as a school board member with the La Joya Independent School District. Juan J. "J.J." Garza turned in his lett...

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03/24/2017
Agua SUD, La Joya ISD, Peñitas, respond to bill seeking to curb conflict of interest

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03/20/2017
Sharyland ISD school board candidates announced

A heated race for a seat on the school board for the Sharyland Independent School district will pit one incumbent against a returning challenger. School board member Ricky Longoria will face off against chiropractor Kevin Sparks. Below are links to their announcements along with brief bios.

Progresstimes
03/19/2017
La Joya considering smoke-free ordinance

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rgVision Magazine
03/09/2017
South Padre Island gears up for Spring Break 2017 - rgVision Magazine

Imagine a small Texas island town of less than 3,000 people. It has white beaches, calm weather and water, idyllic seascapes completed by sunsets painted across the sky; the sounds of gulls and taste of salt in the air are the backdrop to the sandcastle capital of the world.

rgVision Magazine
03/09/2017
The Davenport Difference for Business Owners - rgVision Magazine

What does your insurance agency do for you? Considering the high cost of health care in the United States, it's no question these days whether an individual should be insured. In the workplace, health insurance is an enticing bene t; in Texas, 48 percent of the population is insured through their employer, according to a ...

Progresstimes
03/03/2017
Alton, Peñitas cancelling city council elections

The Progress Times is the hometown newspaper for the local communities of Mission, Sharyland, Alton, Palmview, La Joya and surrounding areas in Western Hidalgo County. We have a staff of veteran reporters who work diligently every week to bring our readers the latest news as it affects their hometown area and people.

Sharylandtimes
03/03/2017
McAllen mayor faces challengers at first mayoral forum

McAllen-The city's declining sales tax revenues and the proposed border wall were among the most heavily discussed items during the first McAllen mayoral forum last week. Current McAllen Mayor Jim Darling faced challengers Othal E. Brand Jr., son of former McAllen mayor Othal Brand, and army veteran Jonathan Carranza during the Feb.

Progresstimes
02/17/2017
Bill aims to curb Agua SUD 'conflicts of interest'

The Progress Times is the hometown newspaper for the local communities of Mission, Sharyland, Alton, Palmview, La Joya and surrounding areas in Western Hidalgo County. We have a staff of veteran reporters who work diligently every week to bring our readers the latest news as it affects their hometown area and people.

Progresstimes
02/06/2017
Mission hospital may be sold to California-based foundation

Less than a month after negotiations for the purchase of Mission Regional Medical Center by an Edinburg-based hospital were dropped, the board of directors for Mission Regional signed a letter of intent Monday to sell the hospital to a Californi...

Sharylandtimes
01/20/2017
Sharyland Duchesses continue Texas Citrus Fiesta legacy

When she was awarded the title of Duchess of Star Ruby last fall, Linsey M. Garza recalled that her mother had cried that night. "My mom also cried when I told her I wanted to follow in her footsteps and compete in the Texas Citrus Fiesta...

rgVision Magazine
01/05/2017
Old Friends are Gold - rgVision Magazine

Gold Financial Services Offers Personal Touch to Lending in South Texas When you think about applying for a mortgage or getting a loan approved, you probably imagine months of waiting to get an answer from distant employees of some large bank. Gold Financial Services offers a different experience.

rgVision Magazine
01/04/2017
The Next Level Of Business - rgVision Magazine

Four local businesses were highlighted by the Mission Economic Development Corporation and awarded a total of $40,000 through the EDC's Ruby Red Ventures Program. The program, which started in 2012, promotes entrepreneurship in the city by giving small businesses the opportunity to win up to $25,000 in a competition held twice a year, according to ...

Progresstimes
12/28/2016
Agua SUD drastically lowers water service fee

The Progress Times is the hometown newspaper for the local communities of Mission, Sharyland, Alton, Palmview, La Joya and surrounding areas in Western Hidalgo County. We have a staff of veteran reporters who work diligently every week to bring our readers the latest news as it affects their hometown area and people.

Progresstimes
12/23/2016
La Joya Housing Authority fires executive director

LA JOYA - Following his indictment for wire fraud La Joya's Housing Authority has voted to fire its executive director. The action came nearly a month after the board of directors suspended Juan J. "J.J." Garza without pay. Garza at...

Sharylandtimes
12/23/2016
New district rating system introduced at Sharyland ISD

During the final 2016 school board meeting for the Sharyland Independent School District Tuesday, Superintendent Robert O'Connor spoke out against a new school rating system that will go into effect throughout the state in 2018.

Sharylandtimes
12/16/2016
Donna Wernecke Elementary School Principal Keren Meadors retiring today

Whenever Karen Meadors needed a pick-me-up at work, she spent time with the children at her school. The 58-year-old principal at Donna Wernecke Elementary School described herself as a "hands-on" principal who enjoyed eating lunch with her students in the school cafeteria or just hanging out with students in their classrooms during a lecture.

Progresstimes
12/09/2016
Samaritans donate new abode to Mission octogenarian

The Progress Times is the hometown newspaper for the local communities of Mission, Sharyland, Alton, Palmview, La Joya and surrounding areas in Western Hidalgo County. We have a staff of veteran reporters who work diligently every week to bring our readers the latest news as it affects their hometown area and people.

Progresstimes
12/16/2016
'This is needed' La Joya breaks ground on ER

LA JOYA - Strong winds and temperatures in the low 40s did not prevent a group of 20 people from attending the Dec. 8 groundbreaking for La Joya's first medical emergency room. The South Texas ER is being built behind the new La Joya City Hall, 7...

Sharylandtimes
12/02/2016
Othal E. Brand Jr announces McAllen mayoral run

The son of a former city of McAllen mayor announced he will attempt to follow in his father's footsteps and campaign for the position during the upcoming May 2017 election.Othal E. Brand Jr. announced his candidacy Nov. 23 during a 10 minute press...

Progresstimes
11/25/2016
La Joya Housing Authority suspends executive director

The La Joya Housing Authority voted Saturday to suspend its Executive Director Juan Jose "J.J." Garza without pay two months after he was indicted for allegedly using false companies to engage in a bid-rigging scheme. The special board meeting wa...

Sharylandtimes
11/18/2016
Sharyland Technology Fair showcases the future

Ten-year-old Gabriel Sandoval found himself shocked that he was playing the popular videogame "Minecraft" on a desktop connected to a computer the size of a credit card. Sandoval was one of the attendees of Sharyland's 7th Annual Technology Fair Thursday, Nov. 10, where the district was showcasing technology available to students.

Progresstimes
11/15/2016
'Empty cupboards:' Donations needed at Mission Food Pantry

Since April of this year, more than 15,800 items from the Mission Food Pantry have been given out to 1,551 different families in the city. That's according to a report by Mission Food Pantry Manager Adela Ortega. Ortega, who helped found the pant...

Progresstimes
11/11/2016
'Progress for Palmview' victorious

Voters made it clear at the polls they wanted to bring progress to the city of Palmview and elected three new city council members who campaigned on the promise to do just that. The "Progress for Palmview" slate of candidates all won sea...

Sharylandtimes
11/04/2016
Sharyland ISD unveils districtwide improvement plans

During an Oct. 25 board meeting, the Sharyland Independent School District Board of Trustees approved the 2016-2017 Campus and District Improvement Plans for all 11 schools in the district. Pam Montalvo, the district's assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, presented the improvement plan to the board.

Progresstimes
11/04/2016
La Joya breaks ground on new city hall, police station

The "Jewel of the Valley" will soon shine brighter. The city of La Joya held a groundbreaking for a new city hall and police station Wednesday, Oct. 26. Public officials, including La Joya Mayor Fito Salinas and City Administrator Mike Alaniz, we...

rgVision Magazine
11/04/2016
Planting a 'CEED' - rgVision Magazine

New Mission Building to Nurture Local Businesses After two years of planning and construction, the Mission Economic Development Corporation is unveiling the city's first ever technological hub. Opened to the public Oct. 12, Mission's Center for Education and Economic Development - CEED - building serves as a coworking space for business professionals.

Progresstimes
10/31/2016
La Joya ISD board election draws 10 candidates

With a surge in early voters compared to four years ago, the Progress Times reached out to the 10 candidates in the three slates vying for four seats in the La Joya School Board. Newcomers Anselmo Barrera (Place 4) and Oscar "Rito" Martinez (Plac...

Progresstimes
10/24/2016
Palmview city council race heats up

With this year's general election set for Nov. 8 and early voting commencing Monday, Oct. 24, the Progress Times reached out to the six candidates vying for three seats on the Palmview City Council. Arlando Nacianceno (Place 1) is the only incumb...

Sharylandtimes
10/14/2016
Mission Bert Ogden KIA celebrates Re-grand opening

Customers who stop by to see the newly remodeled Mission Bert Ogden KIA dealership will not be able to recognize it from before the remodeling. The building has been completely reconstructed from the foundation up, nearly doubling the size o...

Progresstimes
10/14/2016
Progress seen at La Joya ISD Natatorium Complex

After a one year delay, construction on La Joya ISD's $16.4 million Natatorium Complex has resumed construction and is making good progress, according to a district official. La Joya ISD Facilities Manager Daniel Garza said 20 percent of the tota...

Progresstimes
10/14/2016
Mission EDC facility officially opens

The Progress Times is the hometown newspaper for the local communities of Mission, Sharyland, Alton, Palmview, La Joya and surrounding areas in Western Hidalgo County. We have a staff of veteran reporters who work diligently every week to bring our readers the latest news as it affects their hometown area and people.

Progresstimes
10/07/2016
Agua SUD names new interim executive director

The Progress Times is the hometown newspaper for the local communities of Mission, Sharyland, Alton, Palmview, La Joya and surrounding areas in Western Hidalgo County. We have a staff of veteran reporters who work diligently every week to bring our readers the latest news as it affects their hometown area and people.

Progresstimes
10/07/2016
Mission teen dead after auto-pedestrian crash

A 16-year-old Mission High School student died after he was struck by a drunk driver Monday night, according to McAllen police. Hermann Alejandro Hernandez died at a local hospital after he and a female friend were struck by an auto near the foun...

Progresstimes
10/02/2016
Mission Industrial Park running out of real estate

During a recent board meeting of the Mission Economic Development Corporation, MEDC CEO Alex Meade mentioned the Mission Industrial Park has only 10 to 15 acres of land left to sell. That prompted the question: What's next? This article gi...

Sharylandtimes
09/30/2016
Sharyland ag farm to be named after 'Lacho' Garza

The Sharyland Independent School District Board voted to name Sharyland High School's agricultural farm after one of the school's most well-known teachers during their Sept. 27 meeting. In a 6-0 vote, the board approved naming the agriculture farm after Horacio "Lacho" Garza, a retired agriculture teacher with more than 30 years of experience teaching at the high school.

Progresstimes
09/23/2016
La Joya Housing Authority executive director arrested

La Joya Housing Authority Director Juan Jose "J.J." Garza appeared before a federal judge Sept. 22, nearly one week since federal agents arrested him. Garza, dressed in the same faded green shirt he wore when he was arrested Sept. 16, pleaded not...

Progresstimes
09/16/2016
Resident voices drainage ditch concerns

The Progress Times is the hometown newspaper for the local communities of Mission, Sharyland, Alton, Palmview, La Joya and surrounding areas in Western Hidalgo County. We have a staff of veteran reporters who work diligently every week to bring our readers the latest news as it affects their hometown area and people.

rgVision Magazine
09/13/2016
IMAS to celebrate A Legacy of Discovery - rgVision Magazine

Don't miss the black tie event of the year! McAllen's International Museum of Arts & Science (IMAS) will again host its annual fundraiser to benefit the museum Saturday, Sept. 24. Now in its 38th year, Collage is one of the longest running fundraisers in the Valley, according to IMAS Chairman Laura Warren.

Progress Times
09/02/2016
Mission Redevelopment Authority hears updates on mobility projects (Part 1)

The Mission Redevelopment Authority (MRA) is helping fund ten major projects for the City of Mission, including new sewer lift stations, a rail line extension for the steel plant, a new water tower, road and waterline construction projects and the proposed Mission Event Center. The Progress Times interviewed Daniel Silva, MRA executive director, for updates on each of these projects.

Progress Times
09/02/2016
Mission Redevelopment Authority hears updates on mobility projects (Part 2)

The Mission Redevelopment Authority (MRA) is helping fund ten major projects for the City of Mission, including new sewer lift stations, a rail line extension for the steel plant, a new water tower, road and waterline construction projects and the proposed Mission Event Center. The Progress Times interviewed Daniel Silva, MRA executive director, for updates on each of these projects.

Progress Times
08/26/2016
Striking out cancer: H-E-B raising funds for cancer research

Texas grocery chain H-E-B partnered with the Houston-based MD Anderson Cancer Center to benefit the cancer center. To celebrate this campaign, six H-E-B stores across Texas, including Mission’s, held events where the public was invited to strike through the word “Cancer” that was painted onto an H-E-B delivery truck.

Progress Times
07/29/2016
Mission boutique hosts police appreciation day (Part 1)

Local boutique Renee's of Sharyland hosted a police appreciation day event where local leaders spoke about the need to thank the men and women in blue. Mission police officers were also in attendance so customers could do a meet and greet with them.

Progress Times
07/29/2016
Mission boutique hosts police appreciation day (Part 2)

Local boutique Renee's of Sharyland hosted a police appreciation day event where local leaders spoke about the need to thank the men and women in blue. Mission police officers were also in attendance so customers could do a meet and greet with them.

rgVision Magazine
07/06/2016
Conquering Sugar - rgVision Magazine

Sugar, according to nutritional therapist Melissa Gauna can be just as addicting as drugs. Despite being consumed on a daily basis, Gauna says most people aren't aware of how damaging sugar consumption can be. "Sugar is a stimulant; it makes people feel good. It gives them a high, then they crash so they want that ...

Progress Times
06/17/2016
Peñitas extends contract for city manager

After being appointed interim city manager in September 2015, the city of Peñitas extended a one-year contract for City Manager Omar Romero

rgVision Magazine
05/04/2016
Through the grapevines - rgVision Magazine

"I cannot wait to finally try the wine," Stephanie Leal exclaimed as soon as we stepped out from the gusty fields of Jaber Estates into the bar where the tasting is held. Leal and her group had spent the last hour touring the only combination winery/vineyard in the Rio Grande Valley.

The Monitor
08/07/2015
Immigrant child dies in Mission hospital

An 11-year-old Salvadoran immigrant died in a local hospital Thursday after U.S. Border Patrol agents found him in the brush near the Anzalduas International Bridge, federal officials confirmed Friday. The boy, whose identity was not released, was found unresponsive near a brush with a group of immigrants about 5 p.m.

Themonitor
08/10/2015
Arrest made in June carjacking

More than a month following a June 5 carjacking in Mission that led to the discovery of 265 pounds of marijuana in the stolen vehicle, police arrested a suspect in connection to the case.

The Monitor
08/07/2015
FESTIVA REVIEWS: 'Rick and Morty'

The season two premiere "A Rickle in Time," picks up immediately where season one ended, in which Rick froze time in order to clean up the mess from an epic intergalactic party he hosted last season while babysitting his grandkids, Morty and Summer.

The monitor
07/24/2015
Identity of victim in fatal DPS chase released

Police released more details in a fatal chase between Texas Department of Public Safety troopers and a suspected human smuggler that ended in the death of one when the truck driven by the suspected smuggler crashed into a lake.

The Monitor
05/19/2015
Pharr teen charged in fatal Mother's Day crash

Garcia-De La Rosa spent four days hospitalized in critical condition before succumbing to her injuries Thursday, he said. The wreck occurred as Saucedo was traveling southbound on the outside lane of 10th Street in a black Chevy Tahoe when he suddenly switched to the turning lane, hitting a black Ford Mustang that Garcia-De La Rosa was in and a red Mercedes SLK that were stationary at a red light, according to a police crash report.

The Monitor
05/11/2015
Stripes clerk accused of paying for oral sex with $10 from register

Officers responded to a report of a robbery March 30 at the store in the 700 block of North Bicentennial Road where the store manager showed them security footage of a woman stealing several items from the store the day before while an employee looked on, police say.

The Monitor
04/26/2015
Police: Edinburg couple killed by drunk driver

Caesar Roy Martinez, of Edinburg, faces two counts of intoxication manslaughter after police said his vehicle rear-ended a car at the intersection of Monte Cristo Road and 25th Avenue at about 4 a.m. on April 14. Juan and Adela Serrato, both of Edinburg, died in the collision.

The Monitor
05/10/2015
Ex-Pharr cop indicted on second sexual assault charge

Erasmo Mata Jr., 25, is accused of having sexual intercourse with a 17-year-old girl during work hours on five separate incidents from July to October 2013, court records show. He was originally indicted last August on one count of sexually assaulting a child but a second count was added the morning his trial was scheduled to start.

The Pan American
'A Night in Old Mexico'

Thanks to the CineSol Independent Film Festival, a showcase that screens films from Rio Grande Valley filmmakers annually across the RGV, local residents had a chance to see Robert Duvall's A Night in Old Mexico, which was filmed in Brownsville. In the movie, Academy Award-winning actor Duvall (Tender Mercies, 1984) plays a cantankerous rancher whose land...

The Monitor
03/31/2015
Chavez march highlights immigration advocacy in Valley

"Whenever people go into the grocery store to pick up fruits and vegetables, a lot of them probably aren't aware of the conditions of the people who picked them," the former Donna school board member said. "The stories of the pickers don't appear on grocery aisles - the results of their struggles do."

The Pan American
A place to be proud

After a brief hesitation, UTPA student Samantha Herrera takes a quick breath to compose herself, then begins telling the audience at the patio of McAllen's Cordoba Cafe of her coming out experience. This was the scene at the LGBT Pride Speak-Out event, which took place at 1303 N. 10th St.

The Pan American
'I lost a brother'

Former UTPA theater professor dies Friday's performance of Richard III from the University Theatre Productions was dedicated to former UTPA Theater Professor James Hawley, who died of lung cancer Oct. 7 at the age of 71. A memorial service for the Iowa native was held Saturday at 2 p.m. at St.

Panamericanonline
The Lego Movie

We've officially reached the pinnacle of cinema, ladies and gentlemen. That's all. Go home. No need to see any other movie ever, for nothing else you see will surpass the quality The Lego™ Movie provides. As the film's theme song says, everything is awesome! Am I overselling it? Yes.

The Pan American
International connection

Adorned in frames made of bamboo and cane sugar sticks are artworks from visiting artist Ava Tomlinson, whose exhibition, "From Jamaica West Indies to New York City," is part of UTPA's Black History Month Celebration. Black History Month is a national event founded by the Association for the Study of African American Life and History...

The Monitor
01/29/2015
FESTIVA REVIEWS: 'Broad City'

After seeing the first season of this series pop up on several top 10 lists last year I decided to check out the pilot and ended up binge-watching the rest of the available episodes in one sitting.

Themonitor
01/05/2015
Cine El Rey joins 'The Interview' conversation, hosts free screening of controversial film

Sony's Dec. 17 initial axing of The Interview 's wide release on Christmas Day was due to an unprecedented hack (perpetrated by North Korea, according to the FBI) and theaters' responses to violent threats. Today's theatrical premiere is limited to a few hundred screens across the nation's independent and arthouse theaters, as well as theaters that are willing to take the risk.

The Pan American
Galax Z Fair III

Austin has South by Southwest (SXSW), South Padre Island has the Ultimate Music Experience, and McAllen has Galax Z Fair. The music festival was held for the third year, on non-consecutive days in McAllen March 10 and 13. The first day, which ran from 5:30 p.m.

Panamericanonline
Hope for The Simpsons

10 late period Simpsons episodes to restore your faith in the series Against all odds the 26th season of The Simpsons, the longest-running American primetime show ever,premieres Sept. 28. The latest season promises, among other things, a crossover with Futurama and a death in the premiere. I'm not including the Family Guy crossover since...

The Pan American
'Unrealistic expectations'

Kevin Galaviz, a senior writing tutor at the UTPA Writing Center, tries not to worry about his appearance, but finds it hard. "I'm always paranoid about what people think of me. I'm always thinking that someone I'm walking by is judging me, so I just avoid eye contact most of the time when I'm in...

The Pan American
Whovians unite

Ramiro Martinez still remembers the day he attended a theatrical screening of the 50th anniversary special of the sci-fi series Doctor Who, Day of the Doctor in McAllen's Cinemark Hollywood USA on Nolana Avenue. On Nov. 25, the local theater played the episode at six sold-out screens, stunning the San Juan native.

The Monitor
03/07/2015
Police: Woman attacks ex-boyfriend over money, booze

Police obtained a warrant for Marlen Olivarez's arrest Friday after Ronald Johnson, her ex-boyfriend who she lives with, came forward to file charges last month. Olivarez became upset with Johnson, 69, because he refused to give her money, according to a criminal complaint.

The Pan American
Movie minority

UTPA students discuss rise in Hispanic moviegoers Hannah Jones, an accounting major at UTPA, loves attending the movie theater. The Harlingen native religiously watches a new movie at least twice a week, a habit she picked up from her family which is Hispanic on her mother's side.

The Monitor
03/21/2015
FESTIVA REVIEWS: 'Jane the Virgin'

This "Jane the Virgin" stars Golden-Globe winner Gina Rodriguez as our titular hero who accidentally gets artificially inseminated during a routine checkup. The subversive series sees Jane's unexpected pregnancy turn her life upside down with several storylines involving long-lost fathers, love triangles, scheming wives and a Czech crime lord.

Panamericanonline
Give me a break, Kirk Cameron

A lament for limited releases in the Rio Grande Valley If you've read my Holiday Movie Preview, then you might remember how I listed the surreal black comedy Birdman and the drama Whiplash as "TBA" releases. Essentially, these two independent movies from small studios were supposed to arrive in our Valley theaters in November but...

The Pan American
UTPA alumna discusses juggling career with family

Ever since high school, Christina Hickey has liked a challenge. Now the career of this UTPA alumna has her dealing with them every day. As a civil engineer Hickey takes part in managing and designing the construction of McAllen's roadways, drainage systems and buildings. Hickey, who graduated from UTPA with a master's in computer science...

The Pan American
Sex, shoes and curves

With the spring semester in full swing, the UTPA Theatre Department is set to premiere three productions for this semester: Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Real Women Have Curves and Twelve Dancing Princesses. Tom Grabowski, the UTPA theatre director, called the lineup an interesting one and explained how the range of genres this semester is intended to...

Themonitor
12/08/2014
Autopsy: Infant died of blunt force trauma to the skull

MERCEDES - Authorities are conducting a criminal investigation in the death of an 11-month-old infant after his death was ruled a homicide Thursday. Jeremy Villa Jr., was taken to Knapp Medical Center in Weslaco on Sunday after officers responded to a baby in distress call at the mother's home in Mercedes - the infant died later that day.

Themonitor
12/08/2014
HESTEC encourages more women in STEM fields

This message was directed to about 700 students with 300 of their mothers from 20 different Rio Grande Valley high schools who took part in HESTEC's Latina Day, which celebrated and encouraged women to enter the fields of science, technology, engineering and technology (STEM).

Themonitor
12/08/2014
Houston man charged with child porn at Hidalgo bridge

A search through his phone by Customs and Border Protection officers found pornography with several young men who appeared young enough to be minors, according to a criminal complaint filed Wednesday. Rosales walked to the port of entry about 1 a.m. Tuesday.

Panamericanonline
Holiday movie preview

Dear readers, we are less than a month away from the end of the fall semester and are heading toward finals and graduation. My mind's too busy to think about all that since I'm too preoccupied about all the movies coming out in the midst of the holiday movie season.

The Monitor
03/07/2015
FESTIVA REVIEWS: 'Better Call Saul!'

For a spin-off to truly work, it needs to step out of the shadow of the TV show it preceded to be able to stand on its own while sharing a universe with it. In that regard, AMC's new series Better Call Saul shows a lot of potential in succeeding.

The Monitor
04/05/2015
Volunteer green thumbs help plant new garden

The 28-year-old guide at the Edinburg Scenic Wetlands and World Birding Center led the students in a demonstration Saturday on the proper way to fill in the flower beds - located directly across from the center. The beds were to be filled in with native plants such as red sage, pigeon berries and wild petunias.

Themonitor
12/08/2014
HESTEC challenges Valley high school students

"Just by being here today, each of you have been given an opportunity to do important work not just for the community, but for yourself," Garcia said. "If you think you can do some good, or feel responsible for others, then you have the capacity to lead."

The Pan American
Student spotlight

The technical aspects of theater production range from scenery, visual effects and costumes. The visualization of these elements are collectively known as design. Viewers watching a play are drawn to the action of the actors onstage, so they may not immediately notice the effort by designers working behind the scenes of what they're watching.

The Monitor
02/01/2015
Former La Joya ISD nurse aide accused of improper student relationship

Albeza Maria Melendez Peña, 34, was formally charged with one count of improper relationship with a student after investigators concluded she was having a sexual relationship with an 18-year-old male student off-campus, La Joya school district Police Chief Raul Gonzalez said.

Panamericanonline
Paranorman: A horror film where we're the monsters

What is scarier? A horde of zombies seemingly destroying your town and wanting to eat you or being the victim of bullying in which your classmates and townsfolks are the abusers? Laika's Paranorman, the 2012 stop motion horror comedy film, argues that there really isn't much of a difference.

Panamericanonline
Life after cancellation

In 2010 they saved the cheerleader, and now they have to save the network. Or something. During the Olympics this past Saturday, a commercial aired that probably made you gasp with excitement, or horror. That's right. Heroes, NBC's 2006-2010 superhero series about a group of individuals with superpowers, is coming back next year.

Themonitor
12/08/2014
Local organizations to commemorate World AIDS Day at UTPA

The Counseling and Psychological Services at UTPA and Student Health Services at UTB will be hosting several events to mark the occasion at the UTPA Ballroom at the southwest corner of campus, according to a news release. Aside from a candlelight vigil for AIDS victims and free HIV testing for the general public from 10 a.m.

Themonitor
12/08/2014
Missing San Juan man found

The San Juan Police Department has confirmed that Jesus Murillo was found at the Hidalgo Port of Entry Friday morning. Murillo, 73, was reported missing by his family after he was last seen at his residence Nov. 11 in the 800 block of South Standard in San Juan, according to a news release.

Panamericanonline
Gone Girl

"When I think of my wife, I always think of her head...And what's inside it. I picture opening her skull and unspooling her brain and sifting through it, trying to pin down her thoughts. What are you thinking, Amy? How are you feeling? Who are you? What have we done to each other?

Themonitor
12/08/2014
Agents seize more than 650 pounds of marijuana

FRONTON - An abandoned vehicle led U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers to 29 bricks of marijuana worth nearly $523,000 Sunday, according to a news release. Agents stationed in Rio Grande City were responding to a suspicious vehicle on the nearby city of Fronton.

Themonitor
12/08/2014
HESTEC continues with robot brawl

Thursday's competition had students from 60 Rio Grande Valley middle and high schools battle each other at the University of Texas-Pan American fieldhouse with handheld robots they built. Christopher Gonzalez, coach for the Rio Hondo Robotics Club, explained the differences in competing these last two years.

The Pan American
Curtain call

The University Theatre Productions is getting ready for its fall season that begins next month. Theater Director Thomas Grabowski discussed how the start of the 2014 fall semester marks the beginning of the end for the University's Theatre Program. This is due to the upcoming merger with the University of Texas at Brownsville that will...

Panamericanonline
Favorite television shows of 2013

I'm using the word "favorite" instead of "best" on this list. "Favorite" sounds a lot more fun, and that's the best way to describe this list of the the 10 TV shows I loved in 2013. These were the shows that, for every week they aired, were the shows I anticipated the most and kept...

The Pan American Online
No car, no problem

Lack of a vehicle won't stop UTPA students The usual amount of heavy traffic seen at UTPA suggests that most college students drive. However, according to a 2012 study by the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute the percentage of teenage drivers has dropped in recent years.

Panamericanonline
How I Met Your Mother

Admittedly, I wasn't planning on writing something on the How I Met Your Mother finale. Due to an increase in schoolwork and personal stuff, I only managed to watch half of its final season. Heck, I was actually thinking of NOT watching the final episode. Ultimately, the reason why I decided to watch the...

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