Category Archives: e-Brief Features

Vietnamese`Fusion’ Gains Following & Awards

Khanh “Connie” Nguyen’s first impressions of the Rio Grande Valley in 2008 were of a place she didn’t plan to stay long. In the midst of the Great Recession, and buffeted by the upheaval of the banking industry where she worked in southern California, Nguyen’s mother advised she head to the Valley for a fresh start. Nguyen had family here and she decided it was worth a try. “Too hot,”…

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Sergio Tito Lopez Named BND Commission Chairman

Sergio Tito Lopez

Sergio Tito Lopez is the new chairman of the Brownsville Navigation District. His nomination was unanimous during the board’s regular meeting Nov. 17. Lopez also was sworn in as a commissioner, along with Ralph Cowen and John Reed. All were reelected to the commission Nov. 3. Lopez serves as chairman alongside BND Vice Chairman Cowen and Secretary Esteban Guerra, who were also unanimously elected to serve as part of the…

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TSC Adds New Programs In Industrial Education

TSC is making a major investment in equipment and labs to train students in its new industrial education programs.

Texas Southmost College of Brownsville continues to develop its industrial sector education by recently celebrating its first graduates in one program and offering a new degree program in another. The college this month marked its first graduates in its Industrial Insulation program. Nine students were part of the inaugural class. The graduates were promptly offered jobs with BrandSafway, a leading global provider of services for industrial and commercial markets. Juan…

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McAllen Homes to Shine Bright for the Holidays

McAllen residents are being encouraged to show off their holiday spirit and decorating skills with Keep McAllen Beautiful’s Holiday Home Lights Contest. The best three homes will win cash and prizes. The Holiday Home Lights contest encourages residents to help beautify and illuminate the McAllen landscape by lighting up their McAllen home. Those who would like to compete need to register by 11:59 p.m. Dec. 15. The Keep McAllen Beautiful…

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McAllen Celebrates the Season With Drive-Thru Experience

The City of McAllen is reimagining Christmas in McAllen this year with the South Pole Illuminated Drive and Theatre Experience. The McAllen Convention Center District will transform into a one-mile drive-thru holiday show of millions of lights and sound. “It has been a year of cancelled events, but one thing was for sure: the City of McAllen was not going to cancel Christmas,” said Mayor Jim Darling. “I am so happy…

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County Holds Online Vehicle Auction

Vehicle and Fleet Auction

Hidalgo County will hold a Webcast Vehicle and Fleet Auction by AMT Auctions Nov. 21. Items will be on display behind the San Carlos Headstart on Nov. 20, from 9 a.m. to noon and 1-4 p.m. Bidding starts on Nov. 11 at 10 a.m. and ends until the last item is sold. Buyers must register online at The webcast auction consists of vehicles and fleet. Items are sold “as…

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Anzalduas International Bridge Inaugurates New Lanes

Anzalduas International Bridge lane opening

On Oct. 29, the McAllen Bridge System officially inaugurated additional northbound lanes at Anzalduas International Bridge Port of Entry. Aiding were federal, state and local stakeholders. The newly constructed lanes are part of improvements to increase northbound vehicular traffic at the bridge. The total construction cost for the improvement was $2,867,922. “Our international ports of entry are extremely important to our local and state economies, said Texas Senator Juan “Chuy”…

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Hidalgo County to Hold Online Surplus Auction

Hidalgo County Webcast Surplus Auction items.

Hidalgo County will hold a Webcast Surplus Auction by AMT Auctions Oct. 30. The auction features items such as monitors, keyboards, office chairs, bookshelves, telephones, cameras and televisions. Items can be viewed at Palmer Pavilion today, Oct. 29, from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. (closed from noon – 1 p.m.). Those with an interest in bidding must register at Bidding starts at 10 a.m. with the auction taking place…

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New TABC Training Combats Human Trafficking

police officer

A new course from the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission and its partners provides training to prepare peace officers across Texas to combat human trafficking and rescue survivors. The agency joined forces with the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service and Texas Commission on Law Enforcement to produce the new continuing education course. The course will keep Texas officers at the forefront of combating these crimes. Training includes learning to recognize and…

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RGV Banker Elected To State Association Board 

Ricky Leal

An executive with First Community Bank has been elected to the board of directors of the Independent Bankers Association of Texas. Ricky Leal, the senior vice president/commercial lending for First Community, was selected during the organization’s recent virtual annual convention. Leal joined First Community 15 years ago as a commercial lender before rising to serve on the company’s executive team. First Community is the only bank company of its type…

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