Author Archives: VBR

Catholic Diocese Conducts Census Sundays

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The Catholic Diocese of Brownsville is launching Census Sundays in an effort to bolster census participation in areas that are still undercounted. In addition to announcements to parishioners, certain area churches will host drive-through events every weekend through Sept. 27. “A vital part of the mission of the Church is to care for the people of God – all people – Catholic or not,” states a release from the Diocese.…

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WestPlains Exports RGV Sorghum

Sorghum from throughout the Rio Grande Valley loads onto The M/V Tian Fu.

For the first time in 13 years, the Port of Brownsville resumed the export of grains overseas via vessel. WestPlains LLC, the operator of the port’s grain elevator, loaded 34,000 metric tons of sorghum onto the M/V Tian Fu in late-August. The grain was harvested from throughout the Rio Grande Valley. This is the first of four vessels with sorghum that WestPlains will ship to China this year. The port…

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National Small Business Week Sept. 22-24

National Small Business Week 2020

National Small Business Week will be virtual this year, taking place Sept. 22-24 after a rescheduling from May. National Small Business Week honors the nation’s small businesses for their achievements and dedication to their communities. Many of these businesses are veteran, women or minority-owned, This year’s National Small Business Week activities will include numerous educational panels. They will provide both retooling and innovative practices for entrepreneurs as small businesses. The…

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TABC Launches New Website

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A top-to-bottom redesign of the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission’s public website is live, offering users improved TABC search capabilities. Users now also have the ability to download application forms, and obtain quick and easy access to public information. The new site is the result of a more than nine-month redesign process relying on alcoholic beverage industry feedback. This includes those agency employees, state lawmakers and industry members. The site is…

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Weslaco’s Love Local Rewards Shoppers

Love Local shopping

The Weslaco Chamber of Commerce has kicked off its Love Local campaign through Nov. 27. The weekly drawing will reward those supporting Weslaco businesses by making purchases of at least $20. In order to be eligible for drawings, customers must send the chamber a photo of their receipt(s) through Facebook messenger. The more people shop, the more entries they receive. Customers may also receive extra entries by uploading a picture…

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SBA Opens Virtual Recovery Centers For Hurricane Hanna

Low-interest federal disaster loans are available to Texas businesses and residents affected by Hurricane Hanna July 25-28. The U.S. Small Business Administration declared a disaster and is making assistance available in Brooks, Cameron, Hidalgo, Kenedy, Starr and Willacy counties. This is in response to a request SBA received from Gov. Greg Abbott on Aug. 28. “Low-interest federal disaster loans are available to businesses of all sizes, most private nonprofit organizations,…

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McAllen VA to Distribute Produce to Veterans

A produce distribution drive-through takes place Sept. 10 to provide free fruits and vegetables to veterans. The event is made possible via a partnership between VA Texas Valley Costal Bend Health Care System and the Food Bank of the Rio Grande Valley. Food insecurity is a serious issue affecting many Americans either daily or at the end of the month when financial resources are exhausted. Food insecurity is especially prevalent…

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Edinburg Chamber Donates to Boys & Girls Club

The Edinburg Chamber and its business members donated school supplies to the Boys & Girls Club of the Rio Grande Valley after hosting a two-week-long school supply drive. The start of the 2020-2021 school year may look very different but many students must still purchase school supplies. The Edinburg Chamber of Commerce made the decision to help parents alleviate this stress. Distribution of the supplies took place at the club…

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Saving Texas Wineries & Distilleries

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Texas wineries and distilleries are facing a crisis. As Texas continues to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic, tasting rooms at hundreds of wineries and distilleries remain closed. This limits consumer access, negatively affects sales, impacts jobs and reduces tax revenue for local and state governments. Gov. Greg Abbott’s Executive Order closing bars had the consequence of forcing Texas winery and distillery tasting rooms to close. Industry leaders recently announced the launch…

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STC Child Development Center Adapts

South Texas College Mid-Valley Campus Child Development Center

With the beginning of the fall semester, services are available for student-parents at the South Texas College Mid-Valley Campus Child Development Center. Staff and faculty at the site say they have implemented stringent safety measures to protect children and parents. This includes electronic forms, zoom parent meetings and temperature checks. These are in addition to all the required sanitizing procedures as mandated by the CDC and state childcare licensing. “As…

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