Category Archives: News

Tugboat Operator Brings Much to Port

Signet Maritime’s fleet at the Port of Brownsville includes three tugboats, the Signet Defender, Signet Ranger and the Signet Magic. (photo Port of Brownsville)

In June, Signet Maritime celebrated 21 years of tugboat operations at the Port of Brownsville. The company’s full-service navigation center provides ship, barge and rig movements as well as harbor tugboat operations since 1998. The fleet includes three tugboats, the Signet Defender, Signet Ranger and the Signet Magic. These high-powered tugs assist ships and barges, often more than ten times their size. They also navigate through the 17-mile long Brownsville…

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Training Partnership Forms Skilled Workforce

Weslaco EDC, STC partnership

A partnership between the Weslaco Economic Development Corp. and South Texas College is leading to better trained workforces for warehousing, distribution and manufacturing companies in both the Mid-Valley and surrounding areas. A $100,000 STC grant is one component of the EDC’s partnership with the college and its Institution for Advanced Manufacturing. The training provided by the grant is initially focusing on occupational health and safety. The first round of training…

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Bulk Cargo Dock Rehabilitation Nears Completion

Port of Brownsville bulk cargo dock

The Port of Brownsville will resume exporting grains by vessel with the rehabilitation of the bulk cargo dock scheduled for completion this month. The renovation project is part of a 2016 agreement between the port and West Plains LLC to restore and operate the grain elevator. The elevator has a capacity to store three million bushels of grain. Since restoration efforts began, West Plains has invested multiple millions of dollars…

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Register Now for the RGV Leadership Class

RGV Leadership

RGV Leadership is now registering for its sixth annual nine-month educational program. Under the umbrella of the RGV Partnership, RGV Leadership promotes collaboration and discussion on the region’s most pressing challenges and opportunities. RGV Leadership strives to fulfill the following five objectives: Engage and expand the leadership skills of current and emerging leaders from the four-county region Build long-lasting regional relationships Focus and discuss challenges and opportunities of the region Have…

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Weslaco to Host Ambassador Info Session

Weslaco Chamber Ambassadors with Miss Weslaco 2019 Daisy Ramirez and Little Miss Weslaco 2019 Stella Silva. Ambassadors are Marisol Nuñez, Davis Equity Real Estate; Daryl Smith, Smith Security Group; Flo Lasater, Davis Equity Real Estate; Carla McCaleb, McCaleb Funeral Home; Sandra Charlton, CPA and Beverly Madden, Davis Equity Real Estate.

The Weslaco Area Chamber of Commerce will host an information session and mixer for its Ambassador Program on Aug. 15. Ambassadors are chamber members who serve as representatives of the chamber in the community. The dedicated group of volunteers also attends grand openings, ribbon cuttings, groundbreakings and public events. Ambassadors have a vested interest in the success and growth of the community. The event takes place from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at the Business…

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Leadership Mid-Valley Now Recruiting

Leadership Mid Valley, a program of the Weslaco Area Chamber of Commerce, will host a recruitment mixer Aug. 13 at 5:30 p.m. This event will give individuals the chance to talk to LMV alumni and ask questions about the program. The Weslaco Chamber is currently accepting applications for the next class that will begin in September. Applications for Leadership Mid-Valley are due Aug. 21 at 5 p.m. Leadership Mid Valley…

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New Park Coming to Weslaco

Weslaco park groundbreaking

The City of Weslaco held a groundbreaking ceremony on July 23 for a new 45-acre park off of FM 88 and Mile 11 Road. This project will feature a one-mile park trail and additional nature trails, a fitness equipment station. Other athletic amenities will include tennis courts, basketball courts, sand volleyball courts and youth soccer fields. Kids will be able to enjoy a splash pad, while entertainment will have a…

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McAllen Hosts Festival & Events Conference 

The McAllen Holiday Parade is one of many local festivals and events Texas Festival & Events Association Annual Conference attendees can learn from. (photo McAllen Holiday Parade)

The City of McAllen is hosting this year’s Texas Festival & Events Association Annual Conference August 9-11 at the McAllen Convention Center. With more than 450 member festivals and events, organizers are expecting attendees from Texas and beyond. Attendees also hail from Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and even Mexico. McAllen is the first city in the organization’s 26-year history to host two years in a row. This year’s conference…

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“Fill the Bus” Accepting Donations Today

Setting up "Fill the Bus" are Mike Bigelow of Schlitterbahn, School Tools manager Erica Lechuga and RGV Food Bank Agency Referral Specialist Lynda Galvan.

The eighth annual “Fill the Bus” is going on today, Aug. 8, at the Shary H-E-B until 6:30 p.m. The one-day event accepts donations of school supplies and backpacks, with those making donations of a value of $25 receiving a free Schlitterbahn ticket. Donations of a value of $40 receive two free Schlitterbahn tickets. All donations benefit the school tools program through the RGV Food Bank. Channel 4 is serving…

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Part 2: Q&A With The RGV Matters

Panelist Briana Pedraza asks questions of the MISD School Board candidates.

The RGV Matters is a youth-led organization that was founded in 2017 by recent McAllen ISD graduate Sydney Ramon. The organization’s main focus is to work within the community to further educate and empower the community.  Read about how The RGV Matters was founded and what its focus is here. Q: Why was it so important for y’all to host this forum? A: I think what made it really special…

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