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Hidalgo County Urges Reporting Disaster Scams

As residents work to rebuild their homes following Hurricane Hanna, the Office of Hidalgo County District Attorney Ricardo Rodriguez Jr. is urging the public to beware of disaster scams. After an emergency, residents may see an influx of door-to-door contractors in their neighborhood. While some may be reputable, others may not be and it is important to know where to report them. To report a scam, call your local law…

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India Association Provides 42,000 Meals

Hari Namboodiri and Shima Choudhary, president and secretary of the India Association of Rio Grande valley present a check to Food Bank CEO Stuart Haniff. Joining them are India Association board members Sreekanth Nangavaram and KV Kanneganti.

The Food Bank of the Rio Grande Valley has received a donation of $8,400 from the India Association of the Rio Grande Valley. The India Association launched their “Stop Hunger” campaign in June and then extended it through July. Their goal is to provide as many meals possible to families in need amid the global pandemic. “India Association of RGV is always at the forefront of helping humanity. We are…

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Santa Rosa ISD Schools Help Clear the Air

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The students of Santa Rosa Independent School District will breathe a little easier when the school doors reopen. The SRISD Board of Directors will be purchasing an air filtering system that kills viruses and bacteria, and removes allergens from the indoor air. The SRISD Board of Directors voted on July 27 to purchase the Needlepoint Bipolar Ionizer. The air-purifying technology produces positively- and negatively-charged ions that kill pathogens. It also aides in…

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Hidalgo Uses Hurricane Hanna Online Damage Report Tool

A new online form will make it easier for both county residents and businesses to report damage caused by Hurricane Hanna to county officials. The Hurricane Hanna Self-Reporting Damage Survey allows residents to fill out a form online and submit a request for assistance. It is a creation of the Texas Department of Emergency Management. The form assists the Office of Emergency Management and partner agencies as they assess and…

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McAllen Residential Building Inspections Go Virtual

The City of McAllen’s Building Department is launching a program to conduct live remote video residential building inspections. The purpose of the Remote Video Inspections program is to provide an alternative to on-site locations. “As we try to navigate through these unprecedented times, the business of the city must go on,” said McAllen City Manager Roel “Roy” Rodriguez. “Homes are being constructed or renovated and we must make sure that…

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TSC Offers Fall Tuition Reduction Scholarships

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All students enrolled in Texas Southmost College’s fall 2020 semester will receive an automatic 20-percent tuition reduction scholarship. “The Scorpion family continues to be relentless in making higher education affordable for our community,” said TSC President Dr. Jesús Roberto Rodríguez. “The TSC Board of Trustees and leaders across campus unequivocally agreed our number one priority when budgeting for the fall semester should be providing direct support for students.” The scholarship,…

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STC introduces CARES ACT Scholarships

South Texas College will begin offering scholarships to eligible dual and traditional “last dollar” students this fall.

South Texas College is introducing two new scholarship opportunities for students who are seeking to enroll at the college in the fall.  The college will begin offering two scholarships to dual and traditional “last dollar” students who have completed their FAFSA application, and who are registered for fall courses.  STC plans to award approximately $1.2 million in scholarships to students. One scholarship will be $250 for STC Dual Credit Program…

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STC Begins Music and Culinary Classes at Mid Valley

Guitar instructor Jaime Garcia interacts with students during the spring semester. STC will begin offering Music and Culinary Arts courses at Mid Valley in the fall. (photo STC)

For the first time ever, South Texas College’s Mid Valley Campus is adding courses in both music and culinary arts for the fall semester.  STC will open a new piano lab that will allow both music majors and others to register for piano. Guitar instruction is also available.  “As the Music Department continues to grow, it’s become obvious we are now in a position to strengthen our presence on another…

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McA2 Virtual Art Walk Seeks Local Artists

On Aug. 7, McA2, a virtual art walk series, takes place and artists Angelika Eleni Ruiz Gualberto and Victoria Lopez are seeking artists who would like to participate. The collaboration of the two artists came from the need to express art in the community. Gualberto and Lopez have already successfully hosted two events. Assisting them with technical support are Joe Martinez of KCYP and Stephen Samuel Lopez. The June 5…

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City of McAllen Urges Businesses to Stay Open

In a July 21 release, the City of McAllen encourages business owners to review and abide by Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s orders regarding businesses in Texas. “Those orders do not require businesses to close nor are businesses or their customers required to adhere to particular hours, other than those contained in Governor Abbott’s orders,” reads the statement. The statement comes following Order 20-011 effective today, from Hidalgo County Judge Richard Cortez.…

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