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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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City Commission Approves Speed Limit Reduction for Mirasoles St.

Rio Grande City At the regular meeting of the City Commission of Rio Grande City held on Wednesday afternoon, August 27, the City commission officially approved a speed limit reduction for Mirasoles St. from 30 miles-per-hour, to 20 mph. The speed limit reduction was originally proposed by citizen Marlene Mendoza, at a previous city meeting held on August 6. Mendoza, who is also an employee of the City of R ...

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Community Invited to Celebrates National Grandparents Day at Public Library

Rio Grande City The Rio Grande City Public Library cordially invites the community to celebrate Grandparent Day at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 3. Grandparents are encouraged to bring their grandchildren to the library and read books to each other. The event will also feature arts and crafts activities, Family Tree charts, Grandparent interviews, board games, and other activities. “It is a day to honor ...

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RGCCISD School Board Incumbents Will Not Seek Re-election

Rio Grande City On Monday afternoon, August 18, Dr. Norberto Cantu Jr., Eddie Ramirez, Judy Solis, and Flor Flores officially filed for candidacy for the upcoming Rio Grande City CISD school board elections.  Incumbents Cesar Gonzalez, Leonel Lopez, and Basilio Villarreal Jr., officially did not file for candidacy. Cantu, and Ramirez will run unopposed for places 3 and 7, currently held by Gonzalez and Vill ...

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Rio Grande City PD to Intensify Crackdown on DWI Activity

Rio Grande City At the regular meeting of the City Commission of Rio Grande City held on Wednesday afternoon, August 6, Mayor Ruben Villarreal discussed recent moves by the City's police department to crackdown on drunk driving activity. “We are being very proactive in regards to DWIs,” said Mayor Villarreal. “Now the police department is focusing on that facet of law enforcement. I want to let the public k ...

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RGC Residents Seek Speed Limit Reduction for Mirasoles St.

Rio Grande City At the regular meeting of the City Commission of Rio Grande City held on Wednesday afternoon, August 6, Rio Grande City resident Marlene Mendoza spoke in the Public Forum about the possibility of reducing the speed limit on Mirasoles St. Mendoza, who is also an employee of the City of RGC, explained the she believes a speed limit reduction would improve safety in the area. “I saw there was a ...

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Rio Grande City Police Chief Piper Set To Retire before Year’s End

Rio Grande City At the regular meeting of the City Commission of Rio Grande City held on Wednesday afternoon, August 6, Mayor Ruben Villarreal publicly announced that Rio Grande City's longtime Police Chief Dutch Piper is set to retire this December. According to one valley media outlet, Piper declared his retirement via a letter last Thursday. “Chief Piper has announced his retirement,” said Mayor Villarre ...

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Billion Dollar AEP/ETT Project Said to ‘Boost’ Starr County’s Economy

Starr County At the regular meeting of the City Commission of Rio Grande City held on Wednesday afternoon, August 6, Mayor Ruben Villarreal discussed an upcoming billion dollar Electric Transmission Texas (ETT), and American Electric Power (AEP), project set to run through Starr County. “I was at the convention for the Mexican American Chamber of Commerce [with] ETT and AEP [representatives where] we had an ...

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Starr Co. STC Students Will Now Be Able to Take a Bus to Other Valley Campuses

Starr County In response to the community’s need, South Texas College and Valley Metro have partnered to provide free transportation between all five of STC’s campuses, including the Starr County campus, with the expansion of the Jag Express Intercampus bus service beginning on August 18; reports a press release from the college. The Jag Express will have three bus lines and cover five routes from STC’s Mid ...

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Updates Issued on RGC Boys & Girls Club Sexual Assault Case

Rio Grande City Several reports issued over the weekend declare a grand jury has returned indictments against 2 individuals on a class A misdemeanor charge of failure to report child abuse in connection to sexual assault case for which the main suspect is a former Rio Grande City Boys and Girls Club employee. Over three months ago on Friday, April 4, former club mentor, Jason Solis, was arrested and stands ...

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Volunteers Invited to Relay For Life Registration Kick-Off Party

Rio Grande City Residents interested in forming teams, and volunteering to participate in the 2014 American Cancer Society – Relay for Life are encouraged to attend a kick-off event set for Thursday, August 7, at the First Baptist Church Fellowship Hall in Rio Grande City. “Please join us to find out about important changes in the team registration process,” declares a statement from organizers posted on so ...

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Rio Grande City Holds Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Hike & Bike Trials

Rio Grande City On Wednesday, July 30, the City of Rio Grande City held a grand opening celebration for the city's new Fordyce Nature Trails. According to one description, the trails consist of a 3 mile long nature-walking trail, a 4 mile long running trail, and a 5 mile long mountain bike & hike trail. “[These trails are] the first of their kind here in Starr County,” said Rio Grande City Mayor Ruben Villa ...

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Border Patrol Agents Rescue Undocumented Man Stranded Near La Grulla

La Grulla A press release from U.S. Border Patrol reports agents from the Rio Grande Valley Sector continue to save lives amid the 'Border Humanitarian Crisis.' According to the release, last week, agents rescued a man whose life was at risk due to the extreme heat near La Grulla. The rescue occurred Sunday evening when agents were searching for a man suspected of being in the country illegally who was aban ...

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Rio Grande City Sends-Off Beloved Employee With Special Luncheon

Rio Grande City On Friday afternoon, July 25, the City of Rio Grande City Staff held a 'Goodbye Luncheon' for departing employee, Bonny Amador, as an expression of gratitude for her 6 years of service to the City. During the first years of her employment Ms. Amador held the position of Director of the Rio Grande City Economic Development Corp. and Main St. Program Coordinator. During the last year, she serv ...

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Ac2E GT Middle School Relocates to Former RGC High School Campus

Rio Grande City The Rio Grande City Consolidated Independent School District recently announced in a press release that the Academy for Academic Enhancement Gifted and Talented Middle School will open its doors in a new location for the 2014-2015 school year. The school will occupy part of the old Rio Grande City High School located in the Paco Zarate Performing Arts building as well as the additional class ...

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STC Psychology Club Hosts Sixth Starr County Role Models Conference

Starr County The South Texas College Psychology Club hosted the Sixth Starr County Role Models Get Inspired! Conference on Tuesday, July 22, at the Starr County Campus Auditorium, located in Rio Grande City. The four featured panelists at the Starr County Role Models Get Inspired! Conference are Carlos Guzman, Roma ISD Superintendent, Dr. Luzelma G. Canales, Executive Director of RGV Focus, Alberto Esco, Ow ...

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Guillen Awards Full-Paid Scholarships To Starr County ROTC Grads

Starr County Texas State Representative Ryan Guillen has awarded two graduates from Starr County, Martin Gutierrez and Aritza Ortiz, with the Texas Armed Services Scholarship; reports a press release from the Rep.'s office. "Recipients of the Texas Armed Services Scholarship are young men and women who will lead our country, both on and off the battlefield, with great integrity and honor," said Rep. Guillen ...

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