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


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Texas Border Business

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

Laura is the president and principal officer of the Warren Group Architects Incorporated. This renowned architecture design firm serves the entire State of Texas and Latin-America. Her firm is currently taking care of modification projects for her clients. They are the architects for Valley Baptist of the Rio Grande Valley, DHR Health, the Veterans Administration, and the GSA. They are doing design and modification for Hidalgo County and new building facilities and changes to the morgue. “Work activity hasn’t stopped,” she told Texas Border Business. 

Laura’s activities to manage her business are far from routine. They involve the research of sites for clients, designing, reviewing drawings, as well as submittals to build, etc.; it is work that she loves. Learn more about her work and how she still finds the time to lend a hand to nonprofits raising funds to benefit children with disabilities. More inside.

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

The Sunday Speaker Series features: Frank B. Alexander crashed a small plane into the Shrine of San Juan Roman Catholic Church, now site of the Basilica of Our Lady of San Juan del Valle. This incident is the subject for the next Sunday Speaker Series Online presentation, a Museum of South Texas History program. Associate Education Officer Joseph Fox will present “The Story of the 1970 San Juan Plane Crash” at 2 p.m. Sept. 13 on Facebook Live. 

Edinburg – Until last year, a group of neighbors in Edinburg had never received a tax bill from the Hidalgo County Irrigation District No. 1.

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In August 2019, however, the district sent bills to nine homeowners for allegedly delinquent taxes for the years 1983 through 1997. For most homeowners, the taxes over those 15 years totaled between $230 and $260. The problem was far worse. More in this issue.

Bad News: The U.S./Mexico border to remain closed to Mexican shoppers until October 21, 2020. The Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) made the decision to extend the limitation of non-essential travel at land ports of entry on the U.S.-Mexico border through October 21st. This announcement comes days after the U.S. State Department decided to lower its travel advisory for Mexico to a Level 3 ‘Reconsider Travel’ from its highest possible Level 4 ‘Do Not Travel’.

Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Sasha Crane to the Governor’s Commission for Women for terms set to expire on December 31, 2021. Governor Abbott is charging this commission with developing a strategy and implementation plan to help make Texas the number one state for women-owned businesses and to address the issue of human trafficking. 

I found this message in the net. It was attributed to Mr. Steve Jobs; however, I could not find verification of whether he wrote it or not. Nevertheless, I found it to be wise and insightful. I am sharing with my readers. 

Steve Jobs, a billionaire, with a fortune of $7 billion, passed away in 2011 at the age of 56 from pancreatic cancer. Here are some of his last words:

“In other eyes, my life is the essence of success, but aside from work, I have a little joy, and in the end, wealth is just a fact of life to which I am accustomed.

At this moment, lying on the bed, sick and remembering all my life, I realize that all my recognition and wealth that I have is meaningless in the face of imminent death.

You can hire someone to drive a car for you, make money for you – but you cannot rent someone to carry the disease for you. One can find material things, but there is one thing that cannot be found when it is lost – “life”. 

More in this issue. Enjoy!

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