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Volunteers Continue Work on County Veterans Cemetery Restorations; Contributions Welcomed

Rio Grande City A handful of dedicated volunteers continue their efforts to beautify Starr County's Veterans Cemetery which, over the years, had fallen into a state of disrepair. “This is a volunteer community project,” said project spokeswoman, Maria Elia Ramos. “Rosbell Barrera, and Norma Linda Salinas-Lopez, decided it was time to get our veterans plots at our County cemetery to the honorable condition t ...

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SOUTH TEXAS REP. RECEIVES NATIONAL AWARD FOR LEGISLATIVE EXCELLENCE

Martes 14 de Octubre de 2014 Congressman Henry Cuellar recently announced that he has received the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) Award for Legislative Excellence, which honors Members of Congress who demonstrate support for policies that enhance the ability of U.S. manufacturers to succeed in the global economy. “Jobs in the manufacturing sector support millions of American workers and are a v ...

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DOMESTIC VIOLENCE PREVENTION MONTH OBSERVED IN STARR COUNTY

Martes 14 de Octubre de 2014 In recognition of October being Domestic Violence Prevention Awareness Month, Starr County Judge Eloy Vera and Starr County Commissioners recently signed a “Zero Tolerance” Towards Domestic Violence Proclamation in an effort to promote awareness of Domestic Violence. Domestic Violence Awareness Month evolved from the first Day of Unity observed in October, 1981 by the National C ...

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RGC FIREFIGHTERS CELEBRATE NATIONAL FIRE PREVENTION WEEK

Martes 14 de Octubre de 2014 Earlier this week, Rio Grande City Firefighters, and Mayor Ruben Villarreal kicked-off the local observance of National Fire Prevention Week with a lively presentation to elementary school students at the Fort Ringgold Auditorium which highlighted the dangers of “playing with fire.” Fire Prevention Week was established to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire, the tragic 1871 confl ...

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CUELLAR NAMED LEGISLATOR OF THE YEAR BY TEXAS REHAB ACTION NETWORK

Martes 14 de Octubre de 2014 The Texas Rehab Action Network (TRAN) has named Congressman Henry Cuellar “Legislator of the Year” in recognition of his assistance to and support of public rehabilitation effort. TRAN, a voluntary group with approximately 800 members made up of professionals from the field and members of the business community, met for their annual conference on Oct. 2 in Frisco, Texas, where t ...

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TEXAS PARENTS ENCOURAGED TO PREPAY FOR THEIR CHILD´S EDUCATION

Martes 14 de Octubre de 2014 Open enrollment in the Texas Tuition Promise Fund, the state’s prepaid college tuition program, began September 1, and runs through February 28, 2015. Texas Comptroller Susan Combs reminds families that the Texas Tuition Promise Fund offers parents the chance to prepay for their child’s education at Texas public colleges and universities at today’s prices. “Saving for college is ...

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STARR COUNTY IMPROVING EMPLOYEE´S HEARTH 1″ONE STEP AT A TIME

Martes 14 de Octubre de 2014 The Starr County Employee Wellness Program is in full force providing opportunities for a healthier lifestyle; reports a press release from the County of Starr Public Relations Office. According to the release, The Wellness Committee realizes that employees have great responsibilities such as taking care of children, elderly parents and work. These duties sometimes make it diffi ...

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RIO GRANDE CITY NATIVE PARTICIPANTES IN NATIONAL BODY BUILDING COMPETITION

Photo Courtesy of James Allen Rio Grande City native, Jennifer Guzman, participated as an official constant at the National Physique Committee-Texas' (NPC) Iron House Classic competition on Saturday morning, October 4, at the McAllen Convention Center. “Stepping out from your comfort zone isn't easy. Doing an NPC Competition was a personal goal of mine,” declared Guzman who, through had work and dedication, ...

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TOURISM EXPERTS SEE A BRIGHT FUTURE FOR RGC TOURISM

Martes 14 de Octubre de 2014 On Thursday evening, October 9, a team of consultants from the Texas Historical Commission once again met with representatives from several Starr County entities including the Starr Co. Industrial Foundation, and the City of Rio Grande City to explore all possibilities for local tourism expansion which may be featured in an upcoming printed travel guide, and mobile app. This mar ...

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RGC HOSTS SUCCESSFUL “NATIONAL NIGHT OUT” EVENT

Martes 14 de Octubre de 2014 On Tuesday evening, October 7, the Rio Grande City Police Department, in association with RGC Crime Stoppers hosted their 6th Annual observance of the National Night Out campaign. The event held at the Starr County Fairgrounds featured Mariachi performances, child fingerprinting, carnival rides, face painting and free food and drinks. “The National Night Out event was a tremendo ...

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RIO GRANDE CITY FINANCIAL AUDIT DECLARES THE CITY IS IN GOOD STANDING

Martes 14 de Octubre de 2014 The regular meeting of the city commission of Rio Grande City, held on Wednesday, October 8, featured the presentation and acceptance of the 2013-2014 financial audit of the City. The City's financial audit report was presented by Mr. Guillermo Reyna of Reyna & Garza, P.L.L.C.; a certified public accountants firm based in Edinburg, Texas. “We rendered an unqualified opinion, ...

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Rio Grande City Park/Street Renaming Ceremony Set for November

Rio Grande City A dedication ceremony has been set for the official renaming a municipal park, and an important road in Rio Grande City. On Saturday, November 8, FM 3167, commonly referred to as “Hospital Road” will be renamed “Veterans Memorial Drive”. On that same day, a currently nameless municipal park, located in the same general area, will be named “Silver Star Park”. The dedication ceremony is set fo ...

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The Starr County Young Voters Org. Hosts its First Community Event

Starr County The Starr County Young Voters organization, which is a relatively new group founded by local South Texas College students, held their “First Candidate Forum” event on Tuesday evening, September 16, at the STC Starr Co. Campus auditorium. At the event, candidates for the upcoming Rio Grande City CISD school board elections answered questions composed by the student-organization as well as questi ...

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Local Club to Host 3rd Mental Health Awareness Conference

Rio Grande City The South Texas College Starr County Campus Psychology Club is set to host the Starr Co. Mental Health Awareness Conference at the Campus Auditorium on Thursday, September 25, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Event organizers describe the conference as a discussion on mental health issues lead by Bob Luckett, Chair of the Anthropology, Criminal Justice, Sign Language, Sociology, and Social Work D ...

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‘Gathering of Superintendents’ Event Held at San Isidro ISD

San Isidro A first time ever gathering of former San Isidro ISD students who currently, or at one point, served as school superintendents took place at the district’s library on Friday, September 12. The gathering was coordinated by Silverio Pena, from the graduating Class of 1954. During the event, numerous stories and/or incidents of days at San Isidro ISD were recalled and remembered by those present. Ac ...

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RGC Native Gains Special Experience on UT Athletic Training Staff

Local freelance writer, Kenneth Roberts, reports Rio Grande City native, Oscar Garza, is gaining valuable experience toward a hoped-for sports medicine career through his involvement with several sports, including football, in the UT-Austin athletic training program. Oscar Garza, who just completed his sophomore year academically at UT-Austin, is an Athletic Training major. He is the son of Baldemar and Ara ...

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Rio Grande City Commission Fires City Manager (Developing Story)

Rio Grande City At the regular meeting of the City Commission of Rio Grande City held on Wednesday afternoon, September 10, the Commission moved to “terminate” the employment of now former city manager Matt Z. Ruszczak. “I move that we terminate City Manager Matt Z. Ruszczak under the condition of his contract, and that this action be immediate.” declared Rio Grande City Mayor Ruben Villarreal. The motion w ...

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Ramirez Named Rio Grande City EDC Board President

Rio Grande City Longtime Rio Grande City Economic Development Corporation (RGCEDC) board member, Rey Ramirez, was officially named board president at an EDC meeting held on Tuesday evening, September 2. “I'm going to recommend that, Rey Ramirez, [be named board] president,” declared former EDC board president Mayor Ruben Villarreal at the meeting. “I'm recommending a shift in leadership, for the purpose of ...

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Following Intense Debates, City Approves Alcoholic Beverage Permit for Downtown Establishment

Rio Grande City Following intense public debates and a formal public hearing, the City Commission of Rio Grande City approved the request of a local business owner for a wine and beer retailers' license during the commission's regular meeting held on Wednesday afternoon, August 27. The debates centered around the future establishing of a social-lounge on commercial property located immediately next to resid ...

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THC Works With Community Leaders to Enhance Local Tourism

Rio Grande City Late last month, a team of consultants from the Texas Historical Commission met with representatives from several Starr County entities including the Starr Co. Industrial Foundation, and the City of Rio Grande City to explore all possibilities for local tourism expansion which may be featured in an upcoming printed travel guide, and mobile app. The meetings kicked off a series of workshops t ...

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