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Laura Warren Ogletree Architect with No Borders

Those who know Laura Warren Ogletree know she is a capable and gifted professional in the architecture and building industry.

Mayor Trey Mendez, Strong Leadership for Brownsville’s Future

Trey Mendez, an attorney by trade, is the mayor of Brownsville, a landmark city in South Texas. Mayor Mendez came into this position propelled by the idea that the city lacked long-term planning.

Bonnie Gonzalez, a Professional That Cares

It is reassuring to know that someone and a board of directors work diligently to better the health of the Rio Grande Valley residents.

A Husband and Wife Remind Us the American Dream Is Alive

I left the meeting with a great feeling, knowing that the American Dream is alive and well. Having met Juan Rafael Cano and his wife Sara Ana, was indeed an honor.
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Sen. Cruz to Big Tech CEOs: Who Elected You to Decide What the Media Can Report and What the American People Can Hear?

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), member of the Senate Commerce Committee, today questioned Google CEO Sundar Pichai, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, who had been called on to testify regarding Big Tech’s recent political censorship and attempts to interfere in the 2020 election, along with possible reforms to Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act.
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Harlingen EDC Awards $30,000 to HELP for Small Business Final Round of Applicants

On Tuesday, Oct. 13, the HELP for Small Business committee met one final time as they reviewed the remaining loan applications submitted.
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McAllen Holiday Parade, presented by H-E-B Newly Reimagined for 2020

Today, the City of McAllen unveiled details of this year’s newly reimagined McAllen Holiday Parade, presented by H-E-B and powered by Bert Ogden & Fiesta Dealerships.
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UPDATE: US/Mexico border wall nears 400 miles

As President Trump is in Arizona on October 19, 2020, as of this day, more than 370 miles of new border wall is complete
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Executive Order increases occupancy levels for all business other than bars to 75%

Governor Greg Abbott today issued an Executive Order to open bars and similar establishments at up to 50% capacity in conjunction with county officials.
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Publisher's Picks

5G is a Universal Fabric of Connectivity with the Promise to Connect Everything, Everywhere

The COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically reshaped societies and economies both in the United States and around the globe.

Senate Confirms Amy Coney Barrett for Supreme Court

Following a unanimous vote by the Judiciary Committee last week, the Senate just confirmed Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Amy Coney Barrett to become the 115th Associate Justice on the United States Supreme Court.

“Mexico Will Fulfill Water Delivery Obligations Under 1944 Water Treaty,” Texas Governor

Governor Greg Abbott announced today that Mexico will fulfill its obligations to Texas under the Utilization of Waters of the Colorado and Tijuana Rivers and of the Rio Grande (1944 Water Treaty), which was signed February 3, 1944.

Leaders Versus ‘Elite Leaders’

General Motors Incorporated (GM) recently announced that Fiesta Chevrolet is one of the nation's top 2019 Chevy dealers.

Employment data indicates that the pace of hiring in Texas has slowed

The most recent employment data indicates that the pace of hiring in Texas has slowed. In September, 40,700 net new jobs were added, compared to 111,900 in August.

Business of The Week

Announcing the Groundbreaking Ceremony for Avanti Valley View in Hidalgo, Texas

Madhouse Development Inc., (“Madhouse”), a real estate development firm based in Austin, Texas is pleased to announce the groundbreaking for the Avanti Valley View Apartments scheduled for October 18, 2020.

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Award-Winning Spectrum News 1 Coming to Dallas-Ft. Worth, South and West Texas

Spectrum Networks to Bring its Award-Winning Local News Network Spectrum News 1 to Customers Across Dallas-Ft. Worth, South and West Texas Launching October 16

Weslaco Welcomes J. Gonzalez Law Firm in Groundbreaking Event

The Weslaco Area Chamber of Commerce held a groundbreaking ceremony Thursday, September 3 at 10AM celebrating the start of construction of the J. Gonzalez Law Firm located on the corner of Westgate and Expressway 83 in Weslaco.

Valley Baptist Health System Continues with Rigorous COVID-SAFETY Standards

As Valley Baptist Health System remains laser-focused on efforts to ensure that local residents continue to have access to high-quality healthcare in the safest environment, area physicians are urging the community to avoid delaying both emergency and routine healthcare.

Mission CISD Board of Trustees cuts property taxes for second year in a row

When property owners in Mission Consolidated Independent School District (CISD) receive their tax bills this fall, they will see a reduction in the tax rate for the second year in a row.

Josh Mejia named IEDC 2020 Young Economic Developer

The International Economic Development Council (IEDC), a non-profit, non-partisan membership organization serving economic developers, announced on Friday their selection of Josh Mejia, Executive Director of the Brownsville Community Improvement Corporation (BCIC), as the Young Young Economic Developer of the Year for 2020.

Publisher's Word

Publisher’s Word: Laura Warren Ogletree Affecting Change by Design

This region is lucky to have a professional like Laura Warren Ogletree. She has proven to be an asset, always willing to help.

Anzalduas International Bridge Inaugurates Newly Constructed Northbound Lanes

Today, the McAllen Bridge System, in conjunction with federal, state and local stakeholders, officially inaugurated additional northbound lanes at Anzalduas International Bridge Port of Entry

Top News

Sen. Cruz to Twitter CEO: ‘Who the hell elected you?’

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), member of the Senate Commerce Committee, today questioned Google CEO Sundar Pichai, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey

A Quarter of a Million Already Voted in the Valley

The Advocacy Alliance Center of Texas wishes to remind voters that Early Voting continues through Friday, October 30th, at 62 polling locations across the Rio Grande Valley.

Senate Confirms Amy Coney Barrett for Supreme Court

Following a unanimous vote by the Judiciary Committee last week, the Senate just confirmed Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Amy Coney Barrett to become the 115th Associate Justice on the United States Supreme Court.

New Rescue Beacon in the Rio Grande Valley aids in Rescuing Migrants and Smuggling Victims

Since the fiscal year 2019, Congressman Henry Cuellar (TX-28) has delivered over $7 million in federal funds to the Department of Homeland Security for rescue beacons.

Texas Governor Abbott Welcomes New Amazon Fulfillment Center In Waco

Governor Greg Abbott today delivered remarks at the future site of Amazon's 700,000 square-foot robotics fulfillment center in Waco. Announced today, the fulfillment center is the largest capital investment in the City of Waco and is expected to create more than 1,000 jobs.

Rare Faculty Honor Sparks Hot Streak for STC Welding Program

In welding, the only thing you can’t fabricate is experience. So, when South Texas College faculty member Richard Ingram received exclusive designation as a Certified Welding Inspector this summer, it was an achievement built on heavy mettle.

Leaders Versus ‘Elite Leaders’

General Motors Incorporated (GM) recently announced that Fiesta Chevrolet is one of the nation's top 2019 Chevy dealers.

Pharr Keeps Citizens Safe During Voting with New Electioneering Ordinance

Earlier this month, the City of Pharr passed Ordinance O-2020-37 regulating electioneering in city-owned or city-controlled property in order to help keep citizens and the community stay safe during voting.

International Bridges will not open for Non-Essential’ Travel until November 21

Congressman Henry Cuellar (TX-28) released the following statement regarding the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) decision to extend the limitation of non-essential travel at land ports of entry on the U.S.-Mexico border through November 21st.

Community News

McAllen to Receive $493K in Coronavirus Recovery Grants for Public Housing Authorities

The McAllen Housing Authority was awarded a federal grant of $493,035 to help public housing authorities assist very low-income families, the elderly, and the disabled in affording decent, safe, and sanitary housing during the coronavirus outbreak, U.S. Senator John Cornyn announced today.

Five more deaths related to COVID-19 reported in Hidalgo County along with 123 new positive cases

Officials with the Hidalgo County Health and Human Services Department reported five more deaths related to COVID-19 on Thursday and 123 new known positive cases, Hidalgo County Judge Richard F. Cortez said Friday.

Rosie Martinez Appointed Victims Unit Director to the Sexual Assault Survivors’ Task Force

Hidalgo County Criminal District Attorney Ricardo Rodriguez Jr. announced the appointment of Rosie Martinez, Victims Unit Director to the Sexual Assault Survivors’ Task Force “Subject Matter Expert Advocate Group” of the Office of the Governor of Texas (SASTF).

McAllen High students advance in All-State Mariachi process

Four students plus one alternate from McAllen High School have advanced in the TMEA All-State Mariachi process.

Benefits of Obtaining an ITIN Webinar

Did you apply for a business grant but you didn't have an ITIN that the SBA requires? Or you went to open a business bank account but the bank required an Individual Tax Identification Number (ITIN) as well?

Precinct 4 to break ground on critical drainage project on Thursday, November 5th

Hidalgo County Precinct 4 Commissioner Ellie Torres, in collaboration with Hidalgo County Drainage District No. 1 General Manager Raul E. Sesin, P.E., C.F.M. will break ground on a critical drainage project at 10 A.M. on Thursday, November 5, 2020

Online acting classes at PCT, Nov/Dec 2020

The Pharr Community Theater (PCT) is offering 1/2 hour online acting classes from Nov. 9, 2020 to Dec. 4, 2020, twice a week, for kids, teens and adults.

Sexual Assault Survivors’ Task Force Issues First Biennial Report To Texas Legislature

The Office of the Governor's Sexual Assault Survivors' Task Force (SASTF) today issued its first Biennial Report to the Texas Legislature.

Hidalgo County Judge urges caution during election night celebrations

Recognizing that an Election Day tradition includes gathering together with favorite candidates to await results after the polls close, Hidalgo County Judge Richard F. Cortez is urging caution in this time of COVID-19.

Election Day is Here!

November 3rd is Election Day and the last opportunity to vote in the 2020 Presidential Election. All polls will be open from 7:00 AM until 7:00 PM. Voters in Hidalgo County can vote at any polling location.
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McAllen to Receive $493K in Coronavirus Recovery Grants for Public Housing Authorities

The McAllen Housing Authority was awarded a federal grant of $493,035 to help public housing authorities assist very low-income families, the elderly, and the disabled in affording decent, safe, and sanitary housing during the coronavirus outbreak, U.S. Senator John Cornyn announced today.

McAllen High students advance in All-State Mariachi process

Four students plus one alternate from McAllen High School have advanced in the TMEA All-State Mariachi process.

Mission Chamber Announces Annual Membership Award Recipients!

The Greater Mission Chamber of Commerce will be hosting its Annual Awards Banquet a little differently this year.

Mission Toughens up on Illegal Dumping

As part of an initiative to keep Mission neighborhoods clean and safe, the Mission City Council has increased fines up to $4,000 for individuals found illegally dumping trash and other waste.

Precinct 4 to break ground on critical drainage project on Thursday, November 5th

Hidalgo County Precinct 4 Commissioner Ellie Torres, in collaboration with Hidalgo County Drainage District No. 1 General Manager Raul E. Sesin, P.E., C.F.M. will break ground on a critical drainage project at 10 A.M. on Thursday, November 5, 2020

CARENOW® Urgent Care offering Drive-Thru flu shots for $20

CareNow® Urgent Care is pleased to announce the offering of drive-thru flu shots for $20 Friday, Oct. 30 from 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. Details are listed below.

Online acting classes at PCT, Nov/Dec 2020

The Pharr Community Theater (PCT) is offering 1/2 hour online acting classes from Nov. 9, 2020 to Dec. 4, 2020, twice a week, for kids, teens and adults.

PSJA ISD alumna among first known Hispanic female graduates of Texas A&M University

Pharr-San Juan-Alamo Independent School District (PSJA ISD) alumna, Irma Alvarado, was recently recognized for being one of the first known Hispanic female graduates of Texas A&M University and for paving the way for other graduates.

Weslaco Chamber Celebrates 85 Years during Texas Chamber of Commerce Week

On October 21, 2020, the Weslaco Chamber celebrated its 85th year of existence during Texas Chamber of Commerce week!

Knapp Community Care Foundation CEO, Yvonne “Bonnie” Gonzalez receives 2020 Exponent Philanthropy Outsized Impact Award

On October 8, 2020, Yvonne “Bonnie” Gonzalez CEO for Knapp Community Care foundation in Weslaco, TX, was announced as the recipient of the 2020 Exponent Philanthropy Outsized Impact Award.

Harlingen EDC Reauthorizes $100,000 goal line Assistance Program with TSTC

On Tuesday, Oct. 27, the Harlingen EDC Board of Directors approved an additional $100,000 for TSTC Foundation’s Goal Line Assistance Program.

SBA’s Lower Rio Grande Valley District to Kick off National Veterans Small Business Week 2020

The U.S. Small Business Administration kicks off National Veterans Small Business Week (NVSBW), Monday, November 2nd, highlighting our nation's 2.5 million veteran-owned small businesses.

Brownsville (Re)Open For Business Forgivable Loan Program

The Brownsville (Re)Open For Business Forgivable Loan Program’s primary objectives are to support eligible retail, food, personal services, and non-profit businesses that employ low- and moderate-income persons to retain jobs for city residents and stabilize local businesses.

U.S. Department of Transportation Awards $14.5M to the Port of Brownsville

This month, I was pleased to announce that the Port of Brownsville received $14,504,850 from the U.S. Department of Transportation through a Port Infrastructure Development Grant.

South Padre Island Showing Exemplary Social Distancing on the Beach #LiveFromSPI

Texas Border Business and Mega Doctor News are video streaming a Live feed from South Padre Island showing exemplary social distancing on the beach. Please share. This is how it should be done for a more sustainable future.

South Padre Island Hotel & Condo discounts for all Retail – & Banking – Industry guests

South Padre Island Hotel & Condo discounts for all retail – & banking – industry guests.
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