Tag Archives: Mercedes

Queen City Food Park Coming To Mercedes

Queen City Food Park owners Ashley and Roy Gonzalez.

  The Mid-Valley area will soon be getting a second food truck park when Mercedes opens its version in early 2022. The Queen City Food Park will be located right alongside the south side of Expressway 83 on its access road where it intersects with Virginia Street. Its owners are Ashley and Roy Gonzalez, who began the process of having a food park in mid-2020. The couple has worked closely…

Read More

RGV Restaurants Draw Upon Strengths

& Watering Hole in Brownsville. IMG 0481:

George Perez owns an iconic Brownsville restaurant whose name is ingrained into the city it has served for nearly 90 years. Mario Dominguez Jr. makes barbecue so renowned that it made Texas Monthly’s Top 50 for being among the best in the Lone Star State.  And yet, in both cases, neither restaurant owner assumed their Valley businesses would survive the seismic disruptions of 2020. Adjustments had to be made quickly…

Read More

MECA Wins Gold

Mercedes Early College Academy is the recent recipient of the College Success Gold Award from GreatSchools.org. MECA is one of only 1,770 public high schools among 26 states to achieve the College Success Award with the new Gold distinction. For the GreatSchools.org College Success Award, a public school must have a data verifying the college enrollment and college success of its graduates. To reach the Gold level, a school must…

Read More

Bridal Show Heralds Return To Celebrations

The State's old marquee announces Bridal Show 2021 in Mercedes.

The marquee on the old State movie theater announced a new event playing. “Bridal Show 2021,” the sign announced alongside Texas Avenue in downtown Mercedes. The movies may be long gone at the State, but there’s new life inside the former movie house and the adjoining First National Bank building. The two historic Mercedes buildings now house Jose’s Cafecito Courtyard & Catering. On a late August evening as summer waned…

Read More

TWC Grant Provides RGV Students New Opportunities

TWC Commissioner Julian Alvarez, center, awards VIDA and its students a $350,000 state grant.

A year ago, Delyssa Gonzalez was working as a home health provider in Brownsville. At the time, employment opportunities looked to be limited. Where Gonzalez is at the present time – training to be an electrician – is unimaginable compared to where she was. It’s a story she told in brief form in front of a crowd recently at the administrative offices of the Valley Initiative for Development and Advancement.…

Read More

Grant Expands Mercedes Library Offerings

Dr. Hector P. Garcia Memorial Library

Dr. Hector P. Garcia Memorial Library‘s adult fiction collection now has 34 new mystery titles thanks to a $500 Jeanette & Jim Larson Mystery Grant. All new titles will be available to the public for checkout starting May 7. “We are so grateful for receiving this grant. It could not have come at a better time for us. Prior to the pandemic we had removed hundreds of outdated titles from…

Read More

Triumph Launches Career Certification Program

(photo TPHS)

To propel and prepare students for the workforce, Triumph Public High Schools has launched a comprehensive program for its students. The new Career and Technology Education, Industry-Based Certification Program will lead students to career readiness while also preparing them for entering the workforce. The program is available to Triumph Public High School students in all markets it serves. This includes McAllen, Mercedes, San Benito and Brownsville, locally. This latest initiative…

Read More

Paranormal Cirque

Paranormal Cirque will exposes audiences to a unique creation of combined theatre, circus and cabaret with a new European style flare. Cirque Italia is now presenting a brand-new show for a mature audience. This innovative horror story features different shades of sexy and an incomparable storyline – the only thing you can be sure of during this unique experience is that you will not know what to expect. It might…

Read More

Path Leads to Becoming the IT It Guy

Jose Cavazos

When Jose Cavazos’s co-worker at Barcom Technology Services in Harlingen told him they had a service call at the Valley Initiative for Development and Advancement office in Mercedes, he felt a sense of both nostalgia and excitement. Cavazos had considered stopping in VIDA’s former office in Weslaco several times, but it was always closed by the time he got out of work. “As soon as we walked into the building,”…

Read More

Hidalgo County Holds Online Auction

Hidalgo County is currently holding a Webcast Auction of fleet vehicles, heavy equipment and general merchandise March 31. Bidders can view items in person at Sunrise Hill/Sunset Park on March 30 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. (closed noon- 1 p.m.). Interested buyers must register with AMT Auctions at amtauctions.com. Bidding continues until the last item sells. Auctioned items sell “as is” with all sales final. Payments of cash or…

Read More