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Port of Brownsville Bonds Maintain A2 Moody’s Rating

Moody’s Investor Services assigned a stable outlook to the Brownsville Navigation District and reaffirmed a high “A2” credit rating on its revenue bonds. The stable outlook reflects Moody’s view that “the port will maintain ample liquidity supported by strong operating cash flow margins.” Moody’s noted the Port of Brownsville’s “competitive position for cross border trade as well as the upside potential of near-term projects at the port and major private…

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Educators Extend Passion Into Business

Armonia Music Academy & Store owners and instructors Karina Vela and Ari Gonzalez.

Avi Gonzalez and Karina Vela have plenty to do with their day jobs as public school music educators.  In early 2020, they added even more to their duties in opening a business with a connection to what they know best. The Armonia Music Academy & Store in San Benito is their version of the School of Rock with an emphasis on violins, acoustic guitars and vocals.  The partners have turned…

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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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New Aeromar’s Service Flies Nonstop to Monterrey


Starting April 22, Aeromar will provide scheduled nonstop service from McAllen International Airport (MFE) to Monterrey International Airport (MTY). The flights will operate year‐round, initially on Thursdays and Sundays, seating 72 passengers. They will depart McAllen at 1:15 p.m. and arrive in Monterrey at 2:15 p.m. Return flights will depart Monterrey at 3:10 p.m. and arrive in McAllen at 4:10 p.m. Introductory promotional fares will begin at $118 dollars one…

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TSC Dual Enrollment Saves Families $22 Million

(photo TSC)

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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TSC Among Small Group of Colleges With Enrollment Increases


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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Keep McAllen Beautiful to Help Elderly After Freeze

Keep McAllen Beautiful

Keep McAllen Beautiful is looking for elderly McAllen residents who need help in removing their dead landscaping affected by the freeze. In addition, the non-profit is looking for anyone who would like to volunteer to help in the effort. “Keep McAllen Beautiful received so many calls of elderly McAllen residents in our community who were asking for assistance to remove the small plants and bushes that froze and died after…

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A Night At The Brew-seum Is Back

The International Museum of Art & Science’s annual fundraiser A Night at the Brew-seum is back this year with multiple in-persona and virtual events. With the main event taking place April 15, other ways to participate include a virtual 5K, a virtual science of beer bread baking event, a beer dinner and Beer & Yoga. This year’s in-person event will feature PODs for guests to participate in the evening. Each…

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Housing Construction Surges

There are few industries more sensitive to the immediate changes in the push-and-pull of economic trends than the housing industry. A year ago, the general economy came to a near standstill in the United States. The housing industry was hardly immune to the shock. “There was a pullback last March and April,” said Eddie Cantu, a Hidalgo County commissioner who is also a land developer. “People were waiting it out…

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McAllen Park Play Stations Now Open

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Play stations at various McAllen city parks due to a phased reopening. While trails and open spaces at McAllen parks had been available to the community, the play stations had been closed to the public since mid-March 2020. Currently, 14 of the 86 parks are now available for play. “We are excited to be able to slowly reopen the parks’ play stations to the public, especially the children, who over…

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