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New Emergency Pantry Hours at the Food Bank RGV

PHARR – The Food Bank RGV urges anyone in need of assistance, to please contact the main office at 956-682-8101 for a referral to a pantry in their area. If clients are unable to access their assigned pantry they may attend an Emergency Pantry distributions at the Food Bank.

What worried me the most

For general aviation pilots, the six biggest worries aloft are:

• Flying into bad weather that has the capacity to kill you (icing and turbulence being the biggest factors for instrument-rated pilots)

• Flying into instrument conditions without being instrument rated (the JFK Jr. crash serves as an example)

• Having a mid-air collision (there goes the wing)

• Losing an engine on takeoff less than 1,000 feet AGL (#@$%$&*#)

Congressman Gonzalez Calls for Support for Workers in Energy

WASHINGTON - Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) announced his support, along with a group of bipartisan Congressional Members, to ensure that any stimulus or relief legislation addresses the unique needs of those who work in the energy industry.



Greg Selber, Ph.D.

• Hometown: Austin, Texas

• High School: Lanier High School

• College: Texas Christian University

• The University of Texas

• Best Known for: Journalism

Selber started covering Valley sports in 1989 and since then has written for several newspapers, including the Valley Morning Star and Edinburg Review.

The Babe’s would lift my spirits

Amid the blues of today, thinking and reading about oldtime baseball is a good pastime. Plus, thanks today to Youtube and streaming video, we can watch championship games from most major sports for most of the really big games. We never run dry even when the real sporting events have been cancelled, thanks to that $#&*$% coronavirus.


The coronavirus has taken the world by storm. Athletic seasons have been affected from junior high to the professional ranks.

Maybe the worse part is that there’s not even a prediction of when all the restrictions – from restaurant closings to concerts to gatherings of 50 or more – are going back to normal, whatever normal is at that time. In the Valley, sports have come to a standstill – and that may be more action than what is happening.


The Coronavirus and Crime

There’s a new scam making its rounds on the Internet offering to put a person’s name on the list to receive the coronavirus immunization shot as soon as it has been approved by the FDA. In order for this government official (who says he’s using a pseudonym because his manipulation of the list is illegal) to add the person’s name, all that individual has to do is send off a staggering fee via bitcoin.

Hidalgo County Judge Cortez: “A Tsunami is coming”

EDINBURG – Concerned that residents of Hidalgo County are not taking seriously the emergency shelter-at-home order now in place, Hidalgo County Judge Richard F. Cortez is asking local law enforcement to step up efforts to enforce the order to keep people home.

“We know there is a tsunami coming,” Judge Cortez said in his most forceful language yet. “It hasn’t hit us yet. If there is anything we can do to mitigate this it is stronger enforcement on the orders.”

Life Lessons from Joseph (Part II of XII)

Genesis 37:2b, 3a, ... and Joseph brought their father a bad report about his brothers. Now Jacob loved Joseph more than any of his other sons, because Joseph had been born to Jacob in his old age ...

Was it right and proper for Joseph to report the evil things his half-brothers were doing to their father? Yes, but his action stirred the “pot” of bad-bloodbetween the brothers and Joseph.


Saturday Afternoon Speaker Series

WESLACO - February 8: Dr. George Diaz will present on “Los Tequileros: Prohibition Era Smuggling in the South Texas Borderlands”. Between 1920 and 1933, tequileros, mounted ethnic Mexican liquor smugglers, supplied Mexican liquor to thirsty American markets. While Anglos and ethnic Mexicans both violated U.S. laws, American law enforcement took a much higher toll on tequileros than their Anglo counterparts.

Edinburg Rotary recognizes ECISD UIL Academics Program

EDINBURG – The Edinburg Rotary Club recently recognized the top students from the Edinburg Consolidated Independent School District’s UIL Academics Program.

“We are extremely proud of all our students that participate in our UIL Academics Program,” said ECISD UIL Academics Director Nelinda Villarreal. “We would like to thank the Edinburg Rotary for recognizing and acknowledging the hard work of these students.”

Cub Scouts Earn Furs, Feathers & Ferns

Second Saturdays from February 8 to May 9 offer distinct opportunities for Scouts to gain hands-on learning experience and earn badges at Quinta Mazatlán! This Saturday, February 8 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m., Cub Scouts will have a chance to earn their Fur, Feathers and Ferns badge as they observe wildlife and plants, find out about endangered species, and do some gardening.



PHARR – Manuela P. Garcia, 97,went home to the Lord Tuesday, February 25, 2020, at San Juan Nursing Home.

Manuela was born in Pharr and lived there most of her life.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Servando Garcia; a son, Ramon Garcia; and a daughter, Yolanda Gamez.


EDINBURG - Fernando Arce, 82, went home to be with our Lord Wednesday, February 26, 2020, at Edinburg Regional Medical Center. He is preceded in death by his parents, Francisco Sr. and Olivia Arce; two sisters, Leonarda Arce Badillo and Consuelo (Chelo) Arce Cantu.


PHARR - Rafael Palacios Sr., 83, went home to our Lord Friday, January 31, 2020, at his residence in Pharr surrounded by his family.

Mr. Palacios was born and lived in Pharr all of his life. He is preceded in death by his parents, Pedro and Luz Palacios; and his two brothers, Pete and Julian Palacios.

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