Category Archives: Community

Path Leads to Becoming the IT It Guy

Jose Cavazos

When Jose Cavazos’s co-worker at Barcom Technology Services in Harlingen told him they had a service call at the Valley Initiative for Development and Advancement office in Mercedes, he felt a sense of both nostalgia and excitement. Cavazos had considered stopping in VIDA’s former office in Weslaco several times, but it was always closed by the time he got out of work. “As soon as we walked into the building,”…

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Student Project Helps Women In Need

The front side of Knitted Knockers, which come in different sizes based on the woman’s bra-cup size.

McAllen ISD International Baccalaureate junior Gaby Markle learned to crochet during the summer of 2020.  “My grandma tried to teach me, but I am left-handed, so she gave me a book and a link to a YouTube video to learn,” Markle said. “I was not very good, so I wanted to create a club to improve and to get others involved.”  Rather than establishing an official school club, which means…

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Authenticity & History Fuel La Placita Reemergence

What appeared to be a risky location choice has paid off for Thomas Garza and Bandera Coffee.

Thomas and Ashley Garcia were aspiring entrepreneurs in the summer of 2018 and looking for the right spot to start their coffee shop business. The location they chose to open their Bandera Coffee seemed unorthodox at the time. It was on Van Buren Avenue in the La Placita section of downtown Harlingen. Thomas described it as part of town that had “a rough reputation,” but he and his wife decided…

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Time for the Great American Clean-Up

Keep McAllen Beautiful is spring cleaning the city of McAllen with its annual Great American Clean-Up and Don’t Mess with Texas Trash-Off. KMB is asking interested individuals to gather their favorite people and create a small group of up to do a litter clean-up around town April 5 through May 1. The Don’t Mess with Texas Trash-Off is April 17, part of the Great American Clean-up. “Put on your cleaning shoes…

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Scholarship Program Launches for Pharr Students

Scholarship applications are now available for Pharr students via the Pharr EDC Foundation, in partnership with the Pharr Economic Development Corporation and the City of Pharr. The Pharr EDC Foundation will award a total of 150 scholarships. Each will be in the amount of $2,000 ($1,000 per semester) for one academic year. The deadline to submit an application is April 12 by 5 p.m. “We are excited to open the…

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Hidalgo County Holds Online Auction

Hidalgo County is currently holding a Webcast Auction of fleet vehicles, heavy equipment and general merchandise March 31. Bidders can view items in person at Sunrise Hill/Sunset Park on March 30 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. (closed noon- 1 p.m.). Interested buyers must register with AMT Auctions at amtauctions.com. Bidding continues until the last item sells. Auctioned items sell “as is” with all sales final. Payments of cash or…

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State Parks Work to Return to Normal Capacity

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Texas State Parks have begun a process of expanding capacity statewide, tracking Gov. Greg Abbott’s latest reopening order. The parks encourage masks for visitors, especially when indoors or in areas where it is difficult to socially distance. Also, restrictions affecting group sizes have been lifted. “We’re excited to welcome more visitors to our parks,” said Rodney Franklin, director of Texas State Parks. “We want Texans to know that the safety…

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TSC Dual Enrollment Saves Families $22 Million

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Since 2017, families have collectively saved $22 million in college tuition and fees through dual credit partnerships between local school districts and Texas Southmost College, according to the college. Dual credit courses are those that students take that count for both high school and college credit. Students may attend these classes either at their high schools or on a college campus. From fall 2017 through fall 2020, Lower Rio Grande…

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VIDA Receives $75K From The Meadows Foundation

VIDA/Meadows Foundation

The Valley Initiative for Development and Advancement is the recipient of a $75,000 grant from the Meadows Foundation. The funds will train low-income women in high-demand jobs. Algur H. Meadows established General American Oil Company of Texas in 1939. He then led it to become one of the nation’s most successful independent oil-and-gas-production companies. Meadows and his wife, Virginia, returned their blessings by establishing The Meadows Foundation in 1948. The…

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TSC Among Small Group of Colleges With Enrollment Increases

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Texas Southmost College joins the elite ranks this year of only nine percent of community colleges across the nation that saw an increase in enrollment. From fall 2019 to fall 2020, TSC’s Department of Institutional Planning, Research and Effectiveness reports that TSC’s enrollment has seen a 1.73 percent increase. Across the state, Texas community colleges are seeing a 7.1 percent decrease. Nationally, community colleges are experiencing a 10.1 percent decrease…

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