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Hidalgo Receives Recognition for Health Efforts

Health and Human Services Chief Administrative Officer Eduardo Olivarez, Commissioners Court, and Health Department Public Health Education Coordinator Ricardo Salinas, holding the county's Gold recognition.

Hidalgo County’s Health and Human Services department has received state recognition in the form of a Gold Award. The award comes from the Texas Healthy Communities Program for efforts to reduce cardiovascular disease and stroke, as well as other chronic diseases in the county. “This award is a direct result of collaborative efforts of a workgroup coordinated by Ricardo Salinas,” said Eduardo “Eddie” Olivarez. Olivarez serves as Health and Human Services…

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Pharr Hosts First Responders Festival

Pharr First Responders Festival

To honor and celebrate the lives and dedication of first responders, the City of Pharr is hosting the inaugural First Responders Festival Sept. 28. Families may attend this free event from 6-11 p.m. in Downtown Pharr (118 S. Cage Blvd.) to learn more about first responders, safety tips and life-saving resources. “Our first responders are crucial to saving lives and are always the first to arrive on the scene during an…

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Brownsville Names Engineering & Public Works Director 

Armando Gutierrez Jr.

Armando Gutierrez Jr. is now the Engineering & Public Works director of the City of Brownsville. Gutierrez oversees the department to implement systems, operational plans and policies to improve city services by efficiently and effectively allocating resources. The Engineering & Public Works Department aims to execute capital projects for improvements to city infrastructure. There is an emphasis on streets and drainage. Gutierrez was most recently the director of Public Works for…

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McAllen ISD Hosts College Night

College Night

The annual McAllen ISD College Night event takes place Sept. 23 from 5:30-8 p.m. at the McAllen Convention Center. More than 60 universities will be representing their institutions of higher education. They will provide students and parents with admissions information as well as address individual questions. Local scholarship associations will be available to disseminate scholarship information. University alumni will also be available to share their individual college experiences. Financial aid…

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McAllen ISD Hosts Dyslexia Conference

The McAllen ISD inaugural Dyslexia Conference takes place Oct. 19 at McAllen High School. Here, parents can increase their knowledge about dyslexia while also learning strategies for home and school. The free event takes place from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. McAllen High is at 2021 La Vista Ave. Dyslexia, also known as reading disorder, is characterized by trouble with reading despite normal intelligence. Dyslexia affects different people in varying degrees.…

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SBA Funds to Expand Small Business Exporting

STEP

The Texas Department of Agriculture is the recipient of a $500,000 grant from the U.S. Small Business Administration to support export growth among small businesses. The funds come through SBA’s competitive State Trade Expansion Program. “STEP is a great example of a true export development and promotion tool for preparing U.S. small businesses for international opportunities,” said District Director Angela Burton. “STEP grant awardees will offer the resources to help small businesses…

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ECO-RIO Builds Student STEAM Skills

Danny Conner and his live reptiles are among the many educational entertainers at ECO-RIO.

The largest environmental educational event in South Texas, ECO-RIO, takes place this weekend at Fiesta De Palmas. From Sept. 21-22, students 12 and under can build STEAM skills for free. The Science-Technology-Engineering-Art-Math event also builds environmental leadership.  Since nature education takes many forms, ECO-RIO features more than 40 educational booths. Students will have opportunities to see live animal ambassadors up-close. Many educational entertainers will be on hand including Sky King Falconry, Contacto…

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Bailey is Border Texan of the Year

Guy Bailey

University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley President Guy Bailey is the 2019 Border Texan of the Year. He will be honored at a dinner and reception Nov. 21 at the McAllen Convention Center. “I am deeply honored and humbled to have been selected as 2019 Border Texan of the Year. This is easily the highest honor I have ever received, and I am particularly pleased because it comes from my colleagues in the Rio Grande…

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Brownsville Ranks As a Best City

In a recent City Lab article, Brownsville takes a ranking as one of the Best Cities to Live, Based on Salaries and Cost of Living. According to an analysis by Indeed job site Chief Economist Jed Kolko, Brownsville is one the cities with the highest adjusted salaries in the United States. Kolko’s data encompasses all 185 United States metros with 250,000 people or more. Brownsville Mayor Trey Mendez praised Brownsville’s quality…

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New Mobile Cranes Coming to Brownsville

The Port of Brownsville’s new Model 6 cranes will feature a powerful lifting curve with a maximum lifting capacity of 125 tons. (photo Port of Brownsville)

In June, the Port of Brownsville ordered two new mobile harbor cranes, soon increasing its dockside handling capacity. The seaport is experiencing higher cargo volumes across its range of services. The two new Konecranes Gottwald Model 6 mobile harbor cranes will be delivered both fully assembled and commissioned. They will be ready to begin work as early as December. The cranes will handle a wide variety of cargo, including breakbulk,…

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