Tag Archives: Pharr

Nursing A Dream Into Reality

Cristina Martinez

Growing up, Cristina Martinez witnessed her mom’s financial struggle and her resilience every day. Martinez’ mom did not graduate from high school, and yet, as a single mother with three children, she had to find a way to provide for them. “She worked as a custodian for many years to be able to provide,” Martinez said. In January 2020, Martinez, a resident of Pharr, was earning $10.50 an hour working…

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Pharr Salute to Veterans Parade and Fireworks

Pharr Salute to Veterans Parade and Fireworks

The City of Pharr’s annual Pharr Salute to Veterans Parade and Fireworks event takes place Nov. 6 in Downtown Pharr (118 South Cage Blvd.). The parade will take place at 4:30 p.m. with the Fireworks Show following at 8 p.m. The Pharr Salute to Veterans Parade and Fireworks event allows the community to show gratitude while honoring the men and women who have valiantly served the nation. Participants should sport…

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Registration Open For Pharr Veterans Parade

Pharr Salute to Veterans Parade and Fireworks event

Registration is now open for the City of Pharr’s annual Pharr Salute to Veterans Parade and Fireworks event. The parade will take place at 4:30 p.m. Nov. 6 in Downtown Pharr (118 South Cage Blvd.). The Fireworks Show will begin at 8 p.m. Businesses and organizations that would like to participate in this year’s parade can register online. Groups can register as vehicle only, vehicle with trailer/float, walking/marching group or animal/equestrian…

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Feeding America Provides 90,695 meals for Rural Valley

Food Bank of the RGV volunteers load produce and product onto a client’s vehicle at food distribution at the Willacy County Housing Authority in Raymondville. Clients receive a variety of product such as fresh produce, protein and shelf stable foods.

The Food Bank of the Rio Grande Valley, Inc. is the recent recipient of a grant from Feeding America and an anonymous donor. Funds are helping the food bank provide an additional 90,695 meals to rural and underserved Valley communities. This grant enabled the food bank to feed 3,930 households and reach 6,270 children while providing extra support for Feeding America Client Surveys. These surveys allow the Food Bank RGV…

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Pharr To Host Start Of The Produce Season

The Pharr International Bridge is the leading border crossing for volumes of produce cargoes. (Courtesy)

The Pharr International Bridge will host a special event to initiate the start of the 2021-2022 Produce Season Oct. 7. Officials invite the public to celebrate alongside produce growers, importers, distributors, and consumers from the United States and Mexico. The annual “Start of the Produce Season” event begins at 10 a.m. at the bridge, 9900 South Cage Blvd. “The Pharr International Bridge continues to remain the number-one produce gateway in the…

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UTRGV School of Nursing Set To Expand

Rendering of the UTRGV School of Nursing facility in Pharr. (Courtesy City of Pharr)

The UTRGV School of Nursing celebrated its expansion during a signing ceremony Sept. 2 with the City of Pharr at the site of the school’s future facility at 2800 N. Cage Boulevard. In May, the U.S. Department of Commerce awarded the school a $2-million grant under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act fund. The federal funding will also be matched with $24 million in local investments. The project…

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Interchange Getting $300-Million Makeover

The girders and concrete pillars form a trail of construction at FM 495 in Pharr and head toward what is the Rio Grande Valley’s largest highway construction project since the region saw its first convergence of freeways in the 1990s. The project of three decades ago would be called the Pharr Interchange. The highways in the early 1990s, known as U.S. Highway 281 and Expressway 77/83, are now I-69C and…

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A Comeback Greater Than The Setbacks

Adela Tann

Adela Tann had her future all figured out. She completed the Patient Care Technician program at South Texas College in 2013 and enrolled in the college’s Vocational Nursing program, graduating in 2015. Next on her list was earning the title of registered nurse. But before she could pass the National Council Licensure Examination, Tann moved to Iowa to help care for her sister, who was diagnosed with terminal cancer. In…

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Pharr Chamber Announces New President/CEO

Greater Pharr Chamber of Commerce President/CEO Marcela Beas

Marcela Beas is the new president/CEO of the Greater Pharr Chamber of Commerce. Beas previously served as interim president of the chamber since 2020. Prior to that, Beas was the chamber’s membership manager, managing the fulfillment of annual new membership sales and existing member retention targets. She also executed marketing initiatives to create brand advocacy and member growth for the Chamber. Beas holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business…

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Making the Impossible Possible

Jorge Sanchez thought he had the perfect plan in place after graduating from high school. He earned a scholarship to St. Edward’s University in Austin, where he planned to major in biology with a concentration in biological sciences. But as he calculated the cost for tuition, room and board, and books, Sanchez realized this plan did not make financial sense. “Even though I was given a scholarship to study at…

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