Author Archives: Lisa Seiser

Inform. Educate. Entertain. Inspire. Those are the four key components Lisa believes must be present in “the perfect story” and accomplishing that is her goal every time she sits down to write. Lisa is an award-winning journalist with more than 25 years in the industry as a newspaper reporter, editor, photographer and page designer. In June of 2019, she left the Valley Morning Star after four years as its editor. During her stint at the VMS, she also created and was the editor of Valley Women Inspire, a magazine published by AIM Media Texas, owners of the Valley Morning Star, McAllen Monitor and Brownsville Herald. Originally from Southeastern Wisconsin, Seiser was the editor of a weekly newspaper, the Lake Geneva Regional News. She then moved to Junction City, Kansas, to be the editor of the Daily Union in that city before relocating to the RGV to work at the Valley Morning Star. Seiser has lived in Harlingen since June of 2015 and loves palm trees, the beach, traveling, golfing and her three rescue dogs.

Flood Insurance … Do You Need It or Not?

The morning of June 25, Lago Drive took on its namesake. It looked like a lake as homeowner James Terry assessed the damage and the depth of the water at the end of his driveway. During Hurricane Dolly in 2008, the water didn’t even reach halfway up the driveway, making the recent storm quite a surprise for residents on this street. More than half the homes on Lago received water damage inside. Just about a mile away, areas hit harder included Palm Valley, the home of the Harlingen Country Club, and along Bass Boulevard north of the Interstate. Willacy County, including Raymondville, was also hit extremely hard by the June storm.

Nearly six weeks later, water-damaged loveseats, bathroom cabinets, piles of floor tiles and black bags full of damp and mildewed photo albums still pepper the curb along Lago Drive on the west side of Harlingen just south of the Interstate. This is the result of a rainstorm that poured down 12 inches during a span of about four hours on June 24. Reportedly, more than 4,000 homes in the Harlingen…

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Jubilee Academies Impressive at Each Turn

Principal Tanya Perez cuts the ribbon as school administrators, area dignitaries, teachers and students celebrate the opening of the new Jubilee Harlingen campus.

Some teachers, parents and students waited eight years for this. On Aug. 9, three days before the official first school day, they beamed with pride and happiness as they walked through the halls of their brand new 43,000-square-foot Jubilee Academies Harlingen. “This is the best-built facility at Jubilee,” said Daniel Amador, Jubilee Academies RGV district superintendent. “We wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for the parents who stayed with us.…

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Jubilee Academies Opens Harlingen Campus

The front entrance of the new 43,000-square-foot Jubilee Harlingen

Just one day before the Back-To-School Jamboree and three days before the official first day of school, Jubilee Harlingen will have one of its biggest celebrations of all. After months of construction, the state-of-the-art facility is ready for its debut to administrators, teachers and community members. The campus celebrates with a 10 a.m. ribbon cutting Aug. 9. The event will be the official merging of the Jubilee-Harlingen and Jubilee-Destiny campuses.…

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