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NEW LEGISLATION AIMS TO HELP THE STATE’S DISABILITY COMMUNITY

24 de Marzo de 2015 Senator Charles Perry recently filed SB 1664 which will give people with disabilities diagnosed before the age of 26 the ability to save up to $100,000 in a tax free savings account. The announcement of this bill occurred after Sen. Perry filed legislation with the support of a diverse coalition of disability advocacy groups. “Let's not kid ourselves. This is monumental,” said Senator Ch ...

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FREE ASSISTANCE AVAILABLE TO UNDERSTAND ‘OBAMA CARE TAX’

24 de Marzo de 2015 The Texas Association of Health Underwriters (TAHU) strongly urges individual taxpayers to consult with a professional health insurance agent in addition to their tax professional to make sure taxpayers are in compliance with the new Affordable Care Act health coverage provisions impacting 2014 tax returns. This year, for the first time, the requirement, known as the individual shared re ...

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PROSPECTS GOOD FOR SPRING TURKEY HUNTING

24 de Marzo de 2015 With a good mixture of mature gobblers and fearless young toms to challenge hunters, this year’s spring turkey season holds plenty of promise, according to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. The general season in the South Zone runs March 21-May 3 and culminates with a youth-only weekend May 9-10. In the 101 counties comprising the North Zone, the youth-only weekend seasons are Mar ...

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LOCAL COLLEGE CLUB HOSTS SUCCESSFUL MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS CONFERENCE

24 de Marzo de 2015 On Tuesday, March 17, the Starr County Campus Psychology Club of South Texas College hosted its 4th Starr County Mental Health Awareness Conference at the STC Auditorium in Rio Grande City. Mayra Avila, Coordinator of Counseling Services at South Texas College, presented on “Laughter Yoga,” where she discussed the history and benefits of laughter yoga and proceeded with a demonstration s ...

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OLYMPIC ATHLETE VISITS WITH GRULLA MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS

24 de Marzo de 2015 Grulla Middle School students were recently visited by a very special guest. On Friday, March 6, Olympian and Grulla Middle Alumni, Stephen Saenz, stopped by to speak to the 8th grade students about his 5 tips of success.  "If you don't have a positive attitude you can't move forward" said Saenz. He also spoke about a positive attitude being very important in everything one does. Accordi ...

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RGCCISD ACE STUDENTS LISTEN ATTENTIVELY “WHEN SEAN SPEAKS”

24 de Marzo de 2015 Starr County Extension Agent Mrs. Yolanda Morado in collaboration with Texas A&M presented “When Sean Speaks” to the Rio Grande City CISD ACE students at Grulla High School and Grulla Middle School on Wednesday, March 04. WhenSeanSpeaks. Inc, was founded to share a message for Injury Prevention and Alcohol Awareness, and as a way to help fund Research for Traumatic Brain Injury Treat ...

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VALLEY REP. WANTS TO LOWER DRINKING AGE TO 18

24 de Marzo de 2015 Active duty U.S. military personnel in Texas would be able to purchase and drink alcoholic beverages beginning at age 18 years under legislation that has been filed by Rep. Terry Canales, of Edinburg. House Bill 3831, introduced last Friday, would lower the drinking age from 21 to 18, but only for men and women who are serving their country in the U.S. armed forces, allowing them to purc ...

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REVIVE FORT RINGGOLD PROJECT HOLDS FIRST COMMUNITY MEETING

24 de Marzo de 2015 The Revive Fort Ringgold Committee held its first community meeting at the Ringgold Elementary School Library on Thursday evening, March 19. The event featured a brief presentation on project initiatives including ideas for structural, and landscaping improvements, as well as a discussion on project funding possibilities.  According to the website, fortringgold.org, Fort Ringgold, the so ...

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LEARN HOW TO GROW YOUR OWN FOOD, FREE GARDENING CLASSES

24 de Marzo de 2015 Vic Kaspar with the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service (TAMAE) will be at the Rio Grande City Public Library on Monday, March 23, at 5:30 p.m. to host an orientation meeting which will kick-start a series of six classes aimed at teaching Starr County residents how to set up and maintain a vegetable garden. “Join us for six free gardening classes,” reads a statement from TAMAE. “You ...

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RGC PARKS & REC. TO HOST BIRD MIGRATION CELEBRATION, MARCH 28

24 de Marzo de 2015 The Rio Grande City Parks & Recreation Dept. will host this year's Bird Migration Celebration event on Saturday, March 28, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the South Fordyce Nature Trails located on 1973 W. HWY 83, in Rio Grande City.  The major bird watching and nature hike event will feature guided tours by World Birding Center Naturalists for a minimal $5 fee. The celebration will a ...

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2015 BEGINS WITH CONTINUED JOB GROWTH FOR TEXAS

17 de Marzo de 2015 The Texas job market began 2015 with continued positive momentum in job growth as seen in 2014. The state added 20,100 seasonally adjusted nonfarm jobs in January for a total increase of 392,900 jobs over the year. The state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell to 4.4 percent in January down from 4.6 percent in December 2014. “We are pleased to see that the growth of jobs in our ...

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NEW PARALEGAL CERTIFICATE PROGRAM OFFERED BY UTPA

17 de Marzo de 2015 The demand for paralegal professionals is on the rise as employers seek to hire specialists to fulfill some duties traditionally carried out by attorneys. To address this change in the industry, and to develop more locally trained legal workers, the Office of Continuing Education at The University of Texas-Pan American has introduced a brand new Paralegal Certificate Program to begin Apr ...

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BILL WOULD PROTECT TEXANS STATEWIDE AGAINST PAYDAY LOAN DEBT TRAP

17 de Marzo de 2015 A bill that creates a common-sense statewide solution to the payday lending crisis threatening the financial security of hundreds of thousands of Texans was filed today in the Texas House of Representatives.  The measure limits some of the worst short-term lending abuses in the state and mirrors the strong work done by 20 Texas cities over the past few years. House Bill 2808, by Represen ...

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LOCAL 911 DISPATCHERS ATTEND DOMESTIC VIOLENCE WORKSHOP

17 de Marzo de 2015 According to a press release from the County of Starr public relations office, the Rio Grande City Police Dept. sponsored a workshop for all Starr County Telecommunication Professionals, also known as 911 Dispatchers, which was recently held at the Starr Co. Sheriff’s Office. The class was designed to provide dispatchers with the tools to identify and assist with calls of sexual assault ...

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STARR CO. SHERIFF’S DEPT., LA CASITA FD TEAM UP FOR BLOOD DRIVE EVENT

17 de Marzo de 2015 A press release from the County of Starr public relations office reports Starr Co. Sheriff Rene “Orta” Fuentes and his staff recently participated in a blood drive event facilitated by a United Blood Services Mobile Unit.  Joining the Starr Co. Sheriff's Dept. in their efforts were the Fire Department Cadets from La Casita, Texas and their instructor Chief Tony Moreno. The blood drive wa ...

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UNITED WAY OF SOUTH TEXAS RECOGNIZES TWO STARR CO. ACTIVIST

17 de Marzo de 2015 According to a press release form the County of Starr public relations office, The United Way of South Texas recently honored Mrs. Delia Bermea Perez and Mrs. Ventura Hinojosa of the Starr Co. Victims of Domestic Violence Program with the Loaned Executives of the Year Award during their Volunteer and Company Awards Ceremony held on Thursday, March 12, in McAllen.  “Congratulations to bot ...

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COUNTY MOVES TO REHABILITATE OLMITOS GARCIA CREEK

17 de Marzo de 2015 According to a press release from the County of Starr public relations office, Starr Co. Judge Eloy Vera recently met with representatives from United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) to discuss the rehabilitation of Olmitos Garcia Creek located North East of El Arroyo Ranch.  According to the release, Judge Vera was able to se ...

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RGC PUBLIC LIBRARY TO HOST ‘TALKING BOOK’ PROGRAM

17 de Marzo de 2015 The Rio Grande City Public Library invites the community to attend the launch if its new Talking Book Program to be held on Tuesday, March 17, at the library located on 591 E. Canales St. A Spanish language program will be held at 9:00 a.m. followed by an English language program at 10:00 a.m. Story time for students will take place at 5:00 p.m. followed by a craft exercise in which the ...

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COUNTY, TXDOT DISCUSS F.M. 755 RELIEF ROUTS FOR RGC, ROMA, GRULLA

17 de Marzo de 2015 A press release from the County of Starr public relations office reports that Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) representative, Toribio Garza Jr., made a presentation at a recent Starr County Commissioners’ Court meeting where he discussed the plans to construct relief routes around South Texas. According to the release, Judge Eloy Vera was adamant about ensuring that the discus ...

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RGC HOSTS SUCCESSFUL “ROLL OUT” OF NEW HERITAGE TOURISM PROGRAM

17 de Marzo de 2015 On Saturday, March 7, the City of Rio Grande City held a Tourism Experience Roll Out event in which local presenters showcased the rich history and honored traditions that form South Texas' Heritage. The new tourism products showcased were a result of a collaboration that took place over several months between the City and the Texas Historical Commission. The program featured demonstrati ...

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