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4th of July in Weslaco 2019

4th of July

Celebrate the 4th of July Alfresco Weslaco style. Enjoy food and vendor booths and fun activities for the kids including a kids patriotic costume contest, kiddie rides and more. Live music and a fireworks display end the night. For more information, call 956-969-0838.

Clinic Takes Insurance Out of Healthcare

Michael Menchaca, family nurse practitioner, runs Menchaca Family Clinic with a basis of membership and not insurance.

Michael Menchaca was less than a year into running and owning his own night clinic and navigating the maze of health insurance requirements and documentation when a thought came to him on his daily commute home from Harlingen to Weslaco. “I thought, ‘there has to be a better way,’” he recalled. “Why can’t healthcare be like gym membership?” Menchaca describes it as an “overnight” change. The young nurse practitioner went…

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Celebrating 100 in Weslaco

Debby Rektorik has a signature saying when it comes to describing the lengthy list of activities that are celebrating her hometown’s birthday in 2019. “You’re only 100 once,” she will say. Weslaco began on Dec. 8, 1919 when the W.E. Steward Land Company invited one and all to buy property lots that were put up for sale. Prices ranged from $50 to $400 per lot. For the next two days,…

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Leadership Mid-Valley Accepting Applications

Leadership Mid-Valley XIV

Leadership Mid-Valley is now accepting applications for Class XV to begin in September. The eight-month program seeks to identify and motivate emerging leaders and then develop their potential for community leadership. This is done by exposing them to the realities and opportunities as well as problems of the community. Leadership classes begin in September and conclude in May. Participants meet once a month for tours, seminars and hands-on learning experiences. Session…

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Aurora House Glow in the Dark 5K

Aurora House run

The 2019 Aurora House 80’s Retro Glow Run and Walkathon features a DJ, Zumba, a Snapix photo booth, vendor booths, powder paint and an after-race black light dance party. Wear your best 80’s costume and come ready for a good time. Costume contest and warm-up is from 6-6:30 p.m. The one-mile fun run follows from 6:30-7 p.m. The 5K run/walk closes out the evening from 7-8 p.m. Entry to the…

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Local Education Receives $850K for Career Training

South Texas College is one of the local recipients of TWC's recent JET grants for training registered nurses. (photo STC)

One local college and four independent school districts are the recipients of $850,892 in grants from the Texas Workforce Commission. The funds are for programs that focus on supporting high-demand occupations through the Jobs and Education for Texans grant program. The award total for 27 JET grants is $5,718,073 in 27 grants. Funds go to multiple public community colleges, technical institutes, state colleges and ISDs for programs. “I congratulate these JET recipients as…

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Hurricane Preparedness Fairs Begin

hurricane

In an effort to prepare the community for hurricane season, emergency preparedness fairs are going on this week across Hidalgo County. The 10th annual Dare to Prepare fairs aim to assist residents in planning for weather-related emergencies. To better reach the public, some of the fairs are in the evening and at larger and more convenient locations. Hidalgo County Judge Richard F. Cortez, who also serves as the county’s emergency…

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Teaching Students to Succeed

Partners Angie Moreno and Janie Garza Reyes started Advanced College & Hair Design in Weslaco 30 years ago.

Going from one classroom to another, Janie Garza Reyes gives a tour of a barber school that started with a handful of chairs 30 years ago, and is now the largest school of its type in the Rio Grande Valley – and one of the largest in Texas. “We opened this school from zero,” Reyes said, referring to the longtime partnership between herself and Angie Moreno in starting and building…

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Excellence in the Making

First-place winners Ulises Guerrero and Anel Cuarenta of Sharyland High School

They came. They competed. They won. Regional high school student teams recently participated in the BBVA inaugural Young Entrepreneur of the RGV Challenge, culminating in an awards ceremony April 30. There was a selection and awarding of competition winners, but all 19 groups are in a league of their own. Working together on a business plan and other crucial elements, presenting before a distinguished, local team of successful business leaders and…

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Curtain Call for Old Theater

Weslaco’s iconic concrete water tower rises above the original ground water storage building that now serves as a community theater. (VBR)

There was a time that the round, domed building with 12-inch-thick concrete walls stored much of Weslaco’s water supply. But for almost half a century, the historic structure has served as a community theater. Now, following a renovation with the help of the Weslaco Economic Development Corporation, the Tower Theater has a new lease on life. Constructed in 1928, the ground-level water storage facility was replaced in 1941 by the…

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