Category Archives: Featured

Sample a Tasty Weekend with Cowboy Cook-Off

Ready to cook, taste and compete for the top outdoor chef spots all for a good cause? If so, head to the Los Fresnos Rodeo Grounds this weekend for the annual Cowboy Cook-Off Nov. 15-16. Up to $5,000 in prizes will be up for grabs for the best entries in several categories. This includes fajitas, brisket, pan de campo, chicken, spare ribs and tasty frijoles a la charra. But the best…

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Baxter Lofts Rises to the Occasion 

Baxter Lofts ribbon cutting

What eyesore? Those days behind us. Building ownership, Harlingen officials and regional business leaders gathered Nov. 6 for the official Baxter Lofts grand opening and ribbon cutting. To top things off, all units are also currently under lease at the Downtown Harlingen high rise residential property. “It’s another great day in the City of Harlingen,” proclaimed Mayor Chris Boswell. After decades of being uninhabited, private funds (not tax money) brought…

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IBC Bank Hosts Mentorship Presentation

IBC Bank-Brownsville recently held a luncheon at its Main Bank for the bank presidents from the four Minitropolis programs in the Brownsville area. Invitations went to Hudsonville, Cowboyville, Kenmont and Episcopal Day School Mintropolis presidents. Here, they had the chance to network and engage in conversation regarding the importance of their roles. In addition, IBC Bank-Brownsville President & CEO Al Villarreal introduced a mentorship program. It will allow students of…

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Port’s Website Earns Gold dotCOMM Award

Port of Brownsville website

The Port of Brownsville was recognized in October with a 2019 Gold dotCOMM Award for design and content of its website portofbrownsville.com. dotCOMM Awards is an international competition honoring excellence in web creativity and digital communication. It spotlights creatives in the dynamic web, transforming the marketing and communication of products and services. The port’s website’s honors come in the category for government entities. The site, redesigned in 2017, features a…

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Take Advantage Now of Expiring Provisions

tax credit

Several tax breaks that are available in 2019 are set to expire soon. Businesses face a use-it-or-lose-it opportunity, suggesting that you act now if the tax breaks make sense for your company. Work opportunity tax credit If you’re considering hiring a new employee, there’s a federal tax incentive to hire a person who falls within a targeted group (defined by the tax law). This incentive is the work opportunity tax…

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TSTC to Offer Evening Drafting and Design Course

For the first time, TSTC’s Architectural Design and Engineering Graphics Technology will expand its offerings with evening classes beginning Spring 2020. Department Chair Samuel Pizano says the change comes at a time when students are seeking flexibility. Evening and online courses are growing in popularity. In fact, the program has already seen its first registrants for evening classes. “We’ve recently seen a lot more interest in our program from students…

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INNO Discusses a “New Era” for Trade

Jose Espinosa Alvarez, an instructor at Universidad Autonoma de Tamaulipas, speaks at STC’s 7th annual INNO Conference Nov. 1.

South Texas College’s seventh annual Binational Innovation Conference (INNO) took place Nov. 1. This year’s conference brought together those from industry, education and economic development. Each brought pertinent information with a focus on both innovation and the impact of students on the future workforce. “A New Era of Manufacturing in South Texas and Northern Mexico” centered primarily on the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement. The proposed agreement looks to modernize the 24-year-old…

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Edinburg Honors Leaders at Banquet

The Edinburg Chamber of Commerce recently held its 87th annual Installation Banquet, recognizing community leaders with various awards.

The Edinburg Chamber of Commerce recently held its 87th annual Installation Banquet. More than 250 local business and community leaders were in attendance for a social hour and fine dining. During this time, many local leaders (including the 2019 Man and Woman of the Year, 2019 Ambassador of the Year, 2019 Leadership Award, and the 2019 Distinguished Business Awards) received recognition. Carlos and Sister Guerra, owners of La Muneca Cattle…

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Feeding a Community Need

Rick and Coni Aguirre with their daughters Erika and Emily are the founders and operators of Emily’s Meals. (Courtesy)

Emily’s Meals is an organization dedicated to feeding 40 people every day. And it all started with the innocent question of a 6-year-old girl.  Emily and her father Rick Aguirre went to the grocery store one normal afternoon. As they were leaving, Emily saw her first homeless person. Her dad took this moment to teach her about the act of charity, so they bought a meal and gave it to…

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Birding Festival Takes Flight

A roseate spoonbill shows its beauty as it wades through waters.

Now that the month of October and all the euphoria surrounding Halloween are almost over, this is now the time to go to Harlingen for the annual Birding Festival. The five-day festival takes place Nov. 6-10 at the new Harlingen Convention Center at 701 Harlingen High Drive. Now in its 26th year, the event brings hundreds of people from all the United States and from as far as England and other…

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