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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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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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McAllen ISD’s Dr. Gonzalez named Texas Superintendent of the Year

A combination of leadership, foresight and determination has catapulted McAllen ISD’s Superintendent Dr. J.A. Gonzalez to the top spot in Texas.

2020 U.S. Census – Zoom Town Hall with RGV Congressmen

Hosted by Congressmen Vicente Gonzalez, Filemon Vela, Henry Cuellar and Futuro RGV.
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Sister Pimentel named in Time 100 Most Influential People

UTRGV Distinguished Alumni Sister Norma Pimentel has been named to the Time 100 Most Influential People.
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Publisher's Picks

Going once…

Two Americans, Dr. Paul R. Milgrom and Dr. Robert B. Wilson of Stanford University, received this year’s Nobel Prize in Economics “for improvements to auction theory and inventions of new auction formats.”

Vote, but Vote Safely, Physicians Urge

Early voting starts in Texas this week. Physicians urge all Texans to play it safe as they fulfill their civic duty, reminding everyone that it is possible to vote safely during a pandemic.

K-Shaped Recovery

The U.S. economy continues to generate new jobs, with the latest (September) report showing a modest gain of 661,000. The unemployment rate has decreased from 14.7% in April to 7.9% last month.

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

States that Have the Fewest COVID-19 Restrictions – WalletHub Study

States that Have the Fewest COVID-19 Restrictions – WalletHub Study

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.

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.

Top News

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.

Fiesta de Palmas, presented by Reliant, to celebrate McAllen’s First Major Public Event Together at a Distance

Today, the City of McAllen and the McAllen Convention Center Facilities announced its first major public event will be celebrated in a reimagined new normal.

BCIC, RSTEC to host Virtual Tour for British Consulate

From River Thames to the Rio Grande, the Brownsville Community Improvement Corporations (BCIC) and the Rio South Texas Economic Council (RSTEC) are set to host a virtual tour of the Rio Grande Valley border region for the British Consulate General in Houston.

Mission Food Park at CEED Announces Grand Opening

The all-new Mission Food Park will host its grand opening on Friday, October 16 at 4 p.m. The event will run through Sunday evening.

Rebeca Huddle Appointed to the Texas Supreme Court

Governor Greg Abbott today held a press conference in El Paso to announce his appointment of Rebeca Huddle to the Texas Supreme Court. Huddle will replace Justice Paul Green on the bench, who retired in August of this year.

Pharr Celebrates Start of the 2020-2021 Produce Season

City of Pharr officials and Pharr International Bridge leaders celebrated the start of the 2020-2021 Produce Season by welcoming guests to a showstopping array of brightly displayed fresh fruits and vegetables at the annual bi-national event held at the Pharr International Bridge.

No Notes

Today during the Senate Judiciary Committee’s hearing on the nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court, U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) questioned Judge Barrett on the attacks from his Democratic colleagues insinuating she would not rule independently.

Vote, but Vote Safely, Physicians Urge

Early voting starts in Texas this week. Physicians urge all Texans to play it safe as they fulfill their civic duty, reminding everyone that it is possible to vote safely during a pandemic.

Stressing Importance of Getting Flu Vaccine this season

The 2020 flu season is different from previous flu seasons due to the ongoing pandemic.

Community News

Pharr Sales Tax Activity Continues to Increase

City Manager Ed Wylie announced that the sales tax activity for the city of Pharr as of the month of October 2020 continues to show a positive upward trend, demonstrating a steady increase in sales activity.

Do Not Disturb: Be Respectful of Your Neighbors

After numerous complaints, the City of McAllen is reminding residents to be mindful of their neighbors

Two Valley Residents Appointed to Task Force On Disaster Issues

Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Valley residents to the Task Force on Disaster Issues Affecting Persons who are Elderly and Persons with Disabilities for terms set to expire on February 1, 2023.

IDEA Public Schools and Community to focus on Bus Safety during National School Bus Safety Week

This week, IDEA Public Schools along with the Texas Department of Public Safety and local police departments will join forces to recognize National School Bus Safety Week.

Honoring a Loved One with the Digital Altar Exhibit

One of the central aspects of the yearly Día de los Muertos celebration at the Museum of South Texas History is the Community Altar Exhibit. However, due to Covid-19, the community is invited to participate in the new Digital Altar Exhibit.

Cinema of Horror Halloween Drive-In Movie Experience

The City of Hidalgo and Payne Arena, best known for its concerts that have taken the Rio Grande Valley by storm, has announced that it will be bringing a new, COVID-compliant twist to Halloween fright nights last week of October.

Scorpion family members motivated

The fall 2020 semester started a bit differently this year for Texas Southmost College freshman.

The City of Edinburg & MOSTH Celebrate the Day of the Dead

This year, the City of Edinburg and the Museum of South Texas History present 'Dia de Los Muertos: Los Muertos Bailan', a two-week celebration of the Day of the Dead.

Cornyn: Senate to Vote on COVID Relief Bill This Week

U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) released the following statement after Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) announced the Senate will vote on a $500 billion coronavirus relief bill

Devastating Outlook For Main Street’s Holiday Season

Alignable’s Consumer Confidence Poll shows 45% of consumers shifted from shopping at local businesses to purchasing goods from national, online retailers when they were most concerned about COVID.
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Do Not Disturb: Be Respectful of Your Neighbors

After numerous complaints, the City of McAllen is reminding residents to be mindful of their neighbors

Fiesta de Palmas, presented by Reliant, to celebrate McAllen’s First Major Public Event Together at a Distance

Today, the City of McAllen and the McAllen Convention Center Facilities announced its first major public event will be celebrated in a reimagined new normal.

Memorial service to be held for Mission Police K9

She is gone, but not forgotten. A memorial service will be held Tues. Oct. 20 to honor Mission Police Department’s K9 Roxy.

Mission CISD requests an additional four weeks to transition to in-person instruction

The Mission Consolidated Independent School District Board of Trustees has approved a request from administration to extend remote learning for students for an additional four weeks.

The City of Edinburg & MOSTH Celebrate the Day of the Dead

This year, the City of Edinburg and the Museum of South Texas History present 'Dia de Los Muertos: Los Muertos Bailan', a two-week celebration of the Day of the Dead.

Edinburg CISD principal earns Region One Outstanding Principal of the Year Award

For three consecutive years, the Texas Association of Secondary School Principals (TASSP) has named a principal from the Edinburg Consolidated Independent School District as the Region One Outstanding Principal of the Year.

PSJA ISD launches new COVID-19 Dashboard

This week, Pharr-San Juan-Alamo ISD launched the PSJA ISD COVID-19 Dashboard in an effort to continue to be transparent and to continually improve the safety of all students, employees, and families.

Pharr Celebrates Start of the 2020-2021 Produce Season

City of Pharr officials and Pharr International Bridge leaders celebrated the start of the 2020-2021 Produce Season by welcoming guests to a showstopping array of brightly displayed fresh fruits and vegetables at the annual bi-national event held at the Pharr International Bridge.

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.

Congressman Gonzalez Announces $2.9 Million for IDEA Weslaco Public School

Today, Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) announced a $2,905,113 grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Education to IDEA Weslaco Public School through their Teacher Incentive Fund program.

David Cortez is named Great American Rivalry Series® Scholar Athlete

Harlingen South High School senior David Cortez has been named Great American Rivalry Series® Scholar Athlete for 2020.

Choose Harlingen for Business and More

The Harlingen Economic Development Corporation has launched a campaign that will feature Harlingen based companies doing business in Harlingen and telling us why they choose Harlingen.

Scorpion family members motivated

The fall 2020 semester started a bit differently this year for Texas Southmost College freshman.

BCIC, RSTEC to host Virtual Tour for British Consulate

From River Thames to the Rio Grande, the Brownsville Community Improvement Corporations (BCIC) and the Rio South Texas Economic Council (RSTEC) are set to host a virtual tour of the Rio Grande Valley border region for the British Consulate General in Houston.

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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Exclusives

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.

“Professional Sports Should Be a Point of Civic Pride for A Community” – Ron Patel, GGE President

Golden Grape Entertainment, LLC (GGE) is the unique company managing the Bert Ogden Arena and HEB Park. Both facilities represent a dream come true; they were envisioned by the principal of the company, Alonzo Cantu.