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BPUB Waives SAT/ACT Scholarship Requirement

The Brownsville Public Utilities Board will not require standardized test scores such as the SAT and ACT for this year’s Project SHARE Scholarship. The decision reflects admission requirements for this year’s graduating seniors with many schools dropping the SAT/ACT requirement. The application process is now open for BPUB’s Project SHARE Scholarship program. Ten scholarships are available in the amount of $1,000 to graduating high school seniors. To qualify for the…

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SPI Celebrates “Cook Your Catch” Day Jan. 23

Cook Your Catch

South Padre Island will celebrate its second National Cook Your Catch Day Jan. 23 with events for avid anglers and cuisine fans of South Padre Island. The celebration includes a VIP fishing trip and dinner for regional influencers. Currently, eight restaurants will cook the catches of participants. The event also includes tips from fishing guides on techniques for catching different species and ideas from SPI chefs on how to make…

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McAllen Library Now Loaning Video Games

video game

The McAllen Public Library is now allowing borrowers 17 years and older to take home video game titles for PS4, PS5, X-Box One, X-Box Series X and Nintendo Switch. The new circulating games carry ratings of E–For Everyone and T–For Teens. Video game borrowers must reside in the City of McAllen and be 17 years or older. They must also have an MPL card and provide verification of a current…

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Edinburg Chamber Hosts Local Restaurant “Raids”

Edinburg Chamber Raid

The Edinburg Chamber Ambassadors will host “Chamber Raids” throughout the month at local restaurants, encouraging the community to support each business. According to a release from the Edinburg Chamber of Commerce, “Chamber Raids are flash mobs, but instead of dancing and singing our community rallies together to make purchases at the participating locations.” “To ensure all our business members are being supported during these difficult times we have decided to…

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McAllen Ranks as Safest City

McAllen Convention Center (photo McAllen.net/City of McAllen)

McAllen has once again been recognized as one of the top safest cities in America for its low crime rate, this time by MoneyGeek. The ranking compares the direct economic costs of crime to individual victims, perpetrators, communities and society at large. MoneyGeek analyzed crime statistics and research findings based on victim; criminal justice systems; crime career; and intangible costs to estimate the cost of crimes in over 300 cities…

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A Life Is Turned Around with VIDA

Maria Delgado

Each month, VBR shines a spotlight on a current participant or a graduate of Valley Initiative for Development and Advancement. VIDA’s mission is to simultaneously address the need for skilled works in the Valley while preparing unemployed and underemployed residents for high-skill, high-wage jobs. This month, the spotlight is on Maria Delgado. The story is written in her words just prior to her graduation in December 2020, which will provide…

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Trump Approves Pharr-Reynosa Bridge Expansion

Pharr International Bridge

On Dec. 31, President Donald J. Trump issued a presidential permit for the expansion of the Pharr International Bridge. The 2020 permit amends the current permit to allow for the addition of another bridge at the international port of entry. This second span will add additional lanes to completely separate trucks and cars. Dedicated lanes for empties, full cargo, certified cargo and passenger vehicles will add capacity and reduce wait times. Pharr…

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Edinburg Honors Man & Woman of the Year

Mario Lizcano and Linda Tovar, Edinburg Chamber of Commerce's Man & Women of the Year.

Mario Lizcano and Linda Tovar are the Edinburg Chamber of Commerce’s Man & Woman of the Year, respectively. The two receive the honors due to their positive impact on the Edinburg community. According to the chamber, both “demonstrated exceptional leadership and commitment to civic engagement to benefit our community.” Mario Lizcano currently serves as DHR Health’s administrator of Corporate Affairs. He also serves as Edinburg Census Committee chairman, promoting efforts…

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Kauffman FastTrac Coming to Harlingen

Kauffman FastTrac

Annually, the Harlingen Economic Development Corporation sponsors two Kauffman FastTrac courses. The next session begins Feb. 2 via Zoom for this accelerated business course, led by the UTRGV Entrepreneurship & Commercialization Center. The Harlingen EDC’s sponsorship gives up to 10 Harlingen-based entrepreneurs the opportunity to take this exclusive course at no cost. The course is at a value of more than $700 per participant. Course offerings are typically in the spring…

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Entrepreneur Finds Inspiration In Faith 

The Milagros are pinned to crosses, religious statues, hearts and other forms, and each charm symbolizes a specific request of saints.

Mari Rodriguez accepted a job with Central Power and Light and moved to the Rio Grande Valley in 1994. She thought it would be only for a year. Her plan did not include meeting a pharmacist from San Antonio named Cecilio who had also moved to the Valley. Mari would not return to Corpus Christi, where she lived previously. Mari and Cecilio would walk down the aisle. The couple then…

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