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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 Prior to the pandemic we had removed hundreds of outdated titles from…

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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…

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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…

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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,”…

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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…

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Connecting The Valley To Better Opportunities

Isidro Ramos, workforce development manager, works with a VIDA student as part of individual case management the workforce training provides. (Courtesy)

The Valley Initiative for Development and Advancement has proven to be a nimble workforce training program. In 25-plus years, it has been helping unemployed and underemployed residents land better-paying jobs. It demonstrated that again recently when VIDA launched an electrician journeyman training program. Administrators at VIDA see the Liquefied Natural Gas project coming closer to reality at the Port of Brownsville. They recognize there is a growing market for electricians.…

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Never Too Late to Seek a Brighter Future

Jose M. Gutierrez

For 10 years, Mercedes native Jose M. Gutierrez worked for Dollar Tree, earning the titles of store manager and district trainer. But four years ago, despite his success with the company, Gutierrez felt a sense of discontent. He began exploring the possibility of going to college and changing his career path. Gutierrez enrolled in evening class at the South Texas College Mid-Valley Campus in Weslaco. Two years later, after completing…

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From Restaurant Cook to Patient Care

Juan de la Rosa

Juan de la Rosa of Donna was working as a cook at Longhorn Steakhouse when he decided to pursue a career in a high-demand field where he could earn more money while helping people. He decided to enroll at South Texas College in the Patient Care Technician Program. In this program, de la Rosa knew he would also be taught entry-level skills in phlebotomy, EKG and monitor technician. While enrolling…

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Mid-Valley Pharmacies Offer Down-Home Service

Rows of vitamins and supplements at Mid-Valley Pharmacy in Mercedes.

Hometown pharmacies in Mercedes mean featuring orange-and-white themes and a community’s love for high school football. At Mid-Valley Pharmacy, a Mercedes Tiger football helmet sits up high on a main counter. Around the corner at Coach’s Pharmacy on Texas Avenue, the pharmacist is a former football coach. He also wears something orange to work every day.  The down-home connections are especially pertinent these days. Customers throughout the Mid-Valley depend on…

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Medical Residents Set the Standard

Dr. Miguel Tello, center, with the first class of physician residents of a UTRGV School of Medicine program in the Mid-Valley. (Courtesy)

Eddy Berges earned medical degrees and training in his native Dominican Republic and then in Puerto Rico.  A major goal still lay ahead and Berges pursued it by applying to several medical schools in the United States. Berges’ goal was to be accepted into a residency program. He found one in the Rio Grande Valley, and a program barely getting off the ground.  Berges and five other physician residents from…

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