I have so much hard news to write this week that it’s coming out of my ears and my fingers; but they’re not making it into this week’s Advance. Stories

Allen Williams, PSJA ISD’s Landscape & Wildlife Habitat Specialist gives a mini lesson to PSJA students as part of their school’s outside classroom.

PHARR - The National Wildlife Refuge Association recently named Pharr-San Juan-Alamo ISD’s Landscape & Wildlife Habitat Specialist Allen Williams as the National Wildlife Refuge System Advocate of the Year. Williams

Edinburg CISD elementary and middle school science fair winners pose for a photo during the awards presentations at Canterbury Elementary School and the Edinburg Activity Center. The 2019 Edinburg CISD Elementary School Science Fair winners Campus Cluster A (grades kinder-fifth),
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EDINBURG – The Edinburg Consolidated Independent School District recently hosted its annual science fair contest, receiving hundreds of entries from students at 38 elementary and middle schools. The Edinburg CISD

Hundreds of local leaders, business partners, and other community organizations were in attendance as Pharr Mayor Ambrosio Hernández, MD, hosted the third annual State of the City Address on Thursday, January 17, 2019. Hernández, a pediatric surgeon, began his address by announcing that, as Pharr’s primary care provider, “the diagnosis of the state of the City of Pharr is healthy, vibrant and flourishing,” and that “its prognosis is excellent and expected to move forward on a continued path of success.”

Pharr Mayor Ambrosio “Amos” Hernandez

Pharr Community Award - Team Mario

Pharr Community Award - Valley Interfaith

2019 Polo Palacios Service Award - Dr. Daniel P. King, Superintendent of Schools, PSJA ISD.

“Imagine coming from nothing and becoming an example of what hard work and education can get you. Imagine the possibility.”

Leading by example, Pharr Mayor Ambrosio Hernández, MD, offered himself as a role model – “I come from humble means, but I believe strongly that with every path we take,

Gorena Elementary School students pose for a photo underneath their new pavilion with their kindergarten teacher, Norberto Ramos.

Edinburg CISD school builds outdoor classroom with Lowe’s grant

EDINBURG – Gorena Elementary School from the Edinburg Consolidated Independent School District built a pavilion that serves as an outdoor classroom thanks to a $5,000 Lowe’s Toolbox for Education® grant

Pictured, l-r: Members Ignacio Almaguer, Mercidita Lomas, Marissa Anna Carranza Hernandez, President Diana Almaguer, Vice President Jose Espinoza, Secretary Dr. Fernando Castillo, and Treasurer Stephanie Leal.

Pharr Kiwanis elect new officers

The Pharr Sunrise Breakfast Kiwanis Club elected new officers for the 2018-19 activity period. The purpose of the Pharr Sunrise Breakfast Kiwanis club is to: Promote the adoption and application

Donna North has started its preseason strong and is expected to compete for the district title in 31-6A.

Despite moving up from Class 5A to 6A, Donna North will compete for the district championship this year.

Sophomore Gaby Aviles will help power a talented Donna North squad.

The McHi Bulldogs are still the favorite in District 30-6A after becoming the first girls team in the Valley last year to advance to the state tournament.

McHi’s Bella Diaz (middle) is one of several talented freshman that will keep the Bulldogs among the best in the Valley this year and beyond.

Rio Grande Valley girls soccer preview

While the McAllen High girls soccer team eyes a second straight trip to the state tournament, the fact that they won the 2018 Class 6A Region IV Tournament and advanced




ALAMO - Our beloved mother, Hermila E. Garza, 101, departed this world on Thursday, February 7, 2019, at 9:20 p.m.

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