Tag Archives: La Feria

OLLU Sparks New Higher Ed Opportunities

Exterior shot of OLLU campus in La Feria.

Dr. Patricia Blanco was there at the beginning. It was fall 2013 and Our Lady Of The Lake University was making its big move in the Rio Grande Valley. The San Antonio-based university was establishing a bricks-and-mortar location in La Feria. It was a sure sign the Catholic school was intent on a permanent presence.  “It was a leap for OLLU,” said Blanco, the director of the university’s RGV campus.…

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RGV Cities Run High For Healthy Actions

Three Rio Grande Valley communities rank at the top of Texas cities of their size in a statewide competition that focuses on healthy actions like doing a workout, eating notorious food and drinking ample amounts of water.  McAllen, Harlingen and Los Fresnos each finished first among all cities of their population ranges in the 2020 It’s Time Texas Community Challenge. The competition recorded an eight week-period of time this year…

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VersoFrontera 2020


Our Lady of the Lake University-RGV hosts VersoFrontera, a one-day literary festival. Approximately 30 writers from the United States and Mexico will participate. These include Matt Sedillo, David Bowles, Liliana Valenzuela, Jessica Ayala and Edward Vidaurre. Also, Griselda Jane Castillo, Miriam Maldonado, Eddie Vega, Noreen Rivera and more. VersoFrontera is an initiative by the current San Antonio Poet Laureate Octavio Quintanilla. This year’s theme is “Telling Our Stories.” The festival…

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Local Company is Construction Heavyweight

J.J. Vela supervises the IBST plant operation.

Although the Rio Grande Valley is not as much of a manufacturing region as some other places in the state and the country, a local company continues to be a leader in the construction industry. It’s Innovative Block of South Texas. The La Feria business opened its doors in 2006 and is a major supplier of construction and solid blocks, as well as patio and walkway pavers. In addition, the company also…

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Old Dominion Stays on the Move

Jason Pettigrew, the company regional sales director, stands by the expanded warehouse at the service center.

Freight line companies are in the business of transporting cargoes from Point A to Point B and vice versa. But in the world of this movement of goods not all freight lines are alike. Take for instance, a North Carolina-based company Old Dominion which has been in La Feria for nearly two decades. Founded in 1934, the land carrier is the nation’s second largest such company after Federal Express’s fleet of trucks. Old…

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La Feria Independence Day Celebration

4th of July

The City of La Feria hosts the 13th annual Independance Day Celebration. The event includes live music, a BBQ cook-off, military recognition, raffle, games and activities. Food and merchandise vendors are on hand with the evening concluding with fireworks. For more information, call 956-797-2261.

Old Dominion Hosts Open House

The Old Dominion Brownsville Service Center will host an open house June 20 beginning at 11 a.m. The center is located at 27775 Solis Road in La Feria. The service center, which has 37 employees, recently completed a $6.6 million renovation. This includes the addition of 14 truck doors and a rebuild of the offices. The facility became part of the Old Dominion network’s 233 service centers in February 2001.…

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Giving Back: A Noble Donation

Noble’s Rene Capistran and Alfredo Garcia, in light blue shirts, prepare tacos for the participants at a children’s fishing tournament in Brownsville. Texas Noble Builders also served as sponsors for the event. (VBR)

When Noble Texas Builders unveiled its new headquarters in La Feria, scores of business leaders and elected officials showed up. Many wanted to check out the remodeled building that had been empty for a number of years. There were company employees brimming with enthusiasm. They now had one of the most modern office buildings in the Rio Grande Valley. In this small city of about 7,000 people, Texas Noble Builders…

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Pursuing a Noble Profession

Texas Noble Builders is constructing the Cameron County Events Center in Isla Blanca Park on South Padre Island. (VBR)

Texas Noble Builders is a company that does more than construct large scale commercial and non-commercial projects, even though that is its bread and butter. Founded four years ago by Brownsville native Rene Capistran and several partners, TNB’s community presence certainly speaks for itself. The company logo seems to be everywhere these days, from South Padre Island where it’s building the new Cameron County Events Center and two pavilions at…

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The Enlightened Exterminator 

Jose Guerrero and Gabriel Martinez prepare to treat a house for termites. (VBR)

Safeguard Pest Control provides solutions When Juan Martinez returned to the Valley after serving in the Marine Corps, he found a job with a pest control company. He enjoyed the work, moved up the ladder and eventually managed the business. In 1991, he started his own company, Safeguard Pest Control, with his assets of a pickup truck, experience, a strong work ethic and a Pest Control Structural license from the Texas Department of Agriculture. Now the largest independent pest control company in the Valley, Safeguard is run by his sons, Frank and Gabriel. “I started working here the day he opened the business,”…

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