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Dec. 5 Rings in IMAS Holiday Market

IMAS Holiday Market

The International Museum of Art & Science presents a community Holiday Market Dec. 5. The event helps kick off this year’s annual Christmas Tree Forest. The festive artist and artisan market takes place from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. near the west entrance and Welcome Pavilion. The community is invited to support these local artists and artisans and then visit the Christmas Tree Forest and museum exhibitions. In addition to…

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Port of Brownsville Again Ranks High in Exports

Foreign Trade Zone No. 62 consistently ranks in the top three for exports out of 193 FTZs nationwide since 2012. (Courtesy)

For the eight year in a row, Foreign Trade Zone No. 62 at the Port of Brownsville remains near the top in the nation for the value of exports. The recognition comes from information in the U.S. Foreign-Trade Zones Board’s annual report to Congress. FTZ No. 62 ranks second in the country with more than $4.3 billion in exported goods in 2019. This is an increase from the $3.8 billion…

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Nomination an Essential Worker for the Holiday Parade

McAllen Holiday Parade

This year, the McAllen Holiday Parade will honor local essential workers and organizers are asking the public to nominate their favorite frontline hero to be parade grand marshals. Entry deadline is Nov. 30 at 11:59 p.m.  “This year has been a difficult year for everyone,”  said McAllen Mayor Jim Darling.  “As we learned to navigate through the challenges of wearing a mask, curbside delivery, Zoom meetings and Google classrooms, others…

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Edinburg Chamber Seeks Man & Woman of the Year

The Edinburg Chamber of Commerce is currently seeking nominations for Man and Woman of the Year for 2020. Nominations are due Dec. 1 by 5 p.m. The candidate, throughout his/her career and personal work should leadership characteristics. The chamber is also seeking a person who has successfully demonstrated abilities as an individual, as a team member and as a leader. Nominees should have a willingness to serve and assist other…

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TABC Initiative Focuses on Veterans

The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission invites military veterans from across the state to learn more about available assistance in starting a own business in the alcoholic beverage industry. The invitation comes from TABC’s Empowering Texas Veterans initiative, now in its second year. The initiative partners veterans who have established a business in the industry with protégés who want to begin a business on their own. The mentor will advise the…

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Sergio Tito Lopez Named BND Commission Chairman

Sergio Tito Lopez

Sergio Tito Lopez is the new chairman of the Brownsville Navigation District. His nomination was unanimous during the board’s regular meeting Nov. 17. Lopez also was sworn in as a commissioner, along with Ralph Cowen and John Reed. All were reelected to the commission Nov. 3. Lopez serves as chairman alongside BND Vice Chairman Cowen and Secretary Esteban Guerra, who were also unanimously elected to serve as part of the…

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McAllen Homes to Shine Bright for the Holidays

McAllen residents are being encouraged to show off their holiday spirit and decorating skills with Keep McAllen Beautiful’s Holiday Home Lights Contest. The best three homes will win cash and prizes. The Holiday Home Lights contest encourages residents to help beautify and illuminate the McAllen landscape by lighting up their McAllen home. Those who would like to compete need to register by 11:59 p.m. Dec. 15. The Keep McAllen Beautiful…

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Food Bank RGV and Clark Knapp Honda Partner Up

Daniel Clark, Chris Rodriguez, Stuart Haniff of Food Bank RGV, Israel Silva, Roger Solis and Andrew Moreno. (Courtesy)

The Food Bank of the Rio Grande Valley and Clark Knapp Honda are making the holidays brighter for families in the RGV. Clark Knapp Honda has made a donation of $5,000 to sponsor a special Thanksgiving Drive-Thru Emergency Pantry at the Food Bank RGV Nov. 18. From 7-10 a.m., or until capacity, The first 1,500 families will receive turkeys. The DTEP will follow the Food Bank RGV’s mobile drive-thru model…

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McAllen Celebrates the Season With Drive-Thru Experience

The City of McAllen is reimagining Christmas in McAllen this year with the South Pole Illuminated Drive and Theatre Experience. The McAllen Convention Center District will transform into a one-mile drive-thru holiday show of millions of lights and sound. “It has been a year of cancelled events, but one thing was for sure: the City of McAllen was not going to cancel Christmas,” said Mayor Jim Darling. “I am so happy…

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County Holds Online Vehicle Auction

Vehicle and Fleet Auction

Hidalgo County will hold a Webcast Vehicle and Fleet Auction by AMT Auctions Nov. 21. Items will be on display behind the San Carlos Headstart on Nov. 20, from 9 a.m. to noon and 1-4 p.m. Bidding starts on Nov. 11 at 10 a.m. and ends until the last item is sold. Buyers must register online at The webcast auction consists of vehicles and fleet. Items are sold “as…

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